Crowd Granting Assignment


Next week we will have crits of your in-studio work. We will also work on this project simultaneously:

Two weeks ago, I briefly outlined this project. The goal is to explore creative forms of fundraising but also to become more familiar with the grant application process. We are determining a project to complete together through this process. This “Crowd Granting” project will be completed in four parts:

Part 1 – Funding: This part of the project is meant to explore less traditional ways of raising money to do art projects. Over the course of this next week your assignment is to raise $100. However, there are some rules as to how you can go about raising this money.

You can raise the $ any way you want, except:

  1. You can’t ask friends/family for money
  2. You can’t raise it through your regular night/day job
  3. You can’t get arrested and blame the assignment

We will share the stories of how we went about raising the money on Tuesday, October 25th and also share some preliminary ideas about what projects people would like to do with the grant money. We will assign a treasurer and transfer the funds to that person. If you are interested in being the treasurer, please come to class prepared to speak to your treasury skills.

Part 2 – Due DIGITALLY, BEFORE CLASS on Tuesday November 1st: Project Grant Application. Submit the project grant application to without your name on the proposal. (I will format them so that they can be viewed in class, they will be ordered alphabetically by title.) Each artist will be asked to submit a full proposal for the project that there is now substantial cash for. This project should be something that we can complete together as a class before the end of the semester. Maybe it’s an event, a group critique with guests from outside Pratt, a large sculpture that we commission and install in John Monti’s office while he’s at lunch, it’s a collaborative IRA, etc. etc. Proposals must be formatted like this:

  1. Title your application with a project title.
  2. Reference images are helpful but not mandatory for this application.
  3. Letter of interest: Provide a brief 150 word description of the overall project.
  4. In more detail (500 wds max), explain how the project will be completed. Provide a proposed timeline, date by date, after the longer project explanation (Projects must be able to be completed by the end of the semester).
  5. Detailed budget, including a percentage for contingencies.

Page 1 should contain reference images and your 150 word description of the overall project.

Page 2 should contain detailed explanation and proposed timeline.

Page 3 should contain your detailed budget.

Tips for a successful proposal: We will be looking for a concise proposal, including how the project would be completed, a budget, and why. The budget should not exceed the money that can be raised in our class. (Please look out for sample budgets and grant applications in the coming days). Grammar counts! Please ask someone to edit your application for you before submitting, it is easy to overlook your own mistakes.

Part 3 – (In class Tuesday November 1st). Deciding on a project to fund. We will be the jury. Images can be viewed in any round, beginning with Round 1.

Round 1 – Round 1 will just be the 150 word brief description of the project. In this round we will forward anything that is of interest to at least half of the class by a show of hands.

Round 2 – In the remaining applications, we will carefully read section two, with some discussion of the idea, but most conversation focused on anticipating any problems with the completion of the proposed project. We will pass these on to round 3 with a yes, maybe, or no.

Round 3 – We will want to end up with at least 2 projects for this round, so will look at the “yes” category (and possibly the “maybe” category, depending on if we make it to 2 or not). We will go through the budget to make sure it sounds realistic to us. After Round 3, we will decide on a project.


Part 4 – Completing the project. Depending on which project is chosen will depend on how we complete the project.

Crowd Granting Assignment

Assignment due next week

Neomaterialism001 – Chapter from Joshua Simon’s Neomaterialism

harriet-hawkins– Chapter from Harriet Hawkins’ For Creative Geographies


If you want to stay on Swale for this evening event after class on the 4th, RSVP HERE

Tue, Oct 4 at 6:00 PM, Brooklyn, NY

Public Food: A Science of the Living City Panel aboard Swale

By: NYC Urban Field Station 

What if healthy, fresh food could be a public good? Community gardening has deep roots in many New York City neighborhoods, while new forms of urban farming – including entrepreneurial models, rooftop farms, controlled environment agriculture – are also emerging and proliferating.   Activists define food justice as access to healthy, fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.  Some argue that food justice is a right.  Swale, a collaborative floating food project, is dedicated to rethinking New York City’s connection to our needs for sustenance. Built on a 130-foot by 40-foot floating platform, Swale contains an edible forest garden. Functioning as both a sculpture and a tool, Swale provides free healthy food at the intersection of public art and service. With Swale, the creators want to reinforce water as a commons, and work towards fresh food as a commons too.  Please join us in a conversation with community practitioners, city managers, and researchers about growing, foraging, and harvesting public food in public spaces.

On The Panel:

Marla Emery-US Forest Service | Lindsay K Campbell – US Forest Service | Brittany Quale- GreenThumb |  Ray Figueroa- NYC Community Garden Coalition

Additional Details:

Swale is docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 at the Northeast Corner. Doors will be open at 5:30pm the panel discussion will begin promptly at 6:00pm.

When Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar Where Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6 – Near Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – View Map Tags Things to do in Brooklyn, NY Seminar Food & Drink

NYC Urban Field Station

Organizer of Public Food: A Science of the Living City Panel aboard Swale

The New York City Urban Field Station‘s mission is to improve quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management. It began as a partnership between the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and now also includes the Natural Areas Conservancy.

Assignment due next week

Assignments due next week


Download “Participation” (link above) and read Claire Bishop’s introduction.

Also, pick one additional essay from “Participation” to read and present to us in class. If you choose the same essay, you may co-present it.

Finally, bring a list of 25 influences to class. This is also research for a future work.

So you have them, Part 1 and 2 of Armgard Emmelhainz attached as well.



Assignments due next week