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

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