Artists and art lovers converged at CitySpace in Charlottesville Friday to learn how to apply for available state funds.
The workshop is part of a series offered by the Virginia State Commission of the Arts. Program coordinators gave an overview of grant programs and tips on writing proposals. The event was geared toward first-time applicants.
“The grants that the Virginia Commission of the Arts talks about are diverse and really help support part of our local and state culture,” said Sarah Lawson, executive director of Piedmont Council for the Arts.
Workshops will continue across Virginia through January and February.
Virginia Commission of the Arts Press Release
JANUARY 3, 2014--The Virginia Commission for the Arts will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops to be held in January and February, 2014. Workshop locations include: Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Wytheville, Lynchburg, Winchester, Arlington and Norfolk.
VCA Program Coordinator Cathy Welborn and Arts in Education Coordinator Tiffany Glass Ferreira will provide an overview of grant programs, updates to the Guidelines for Funding, application and review procedures, as well as general tips on preparing competitive proposals in preparation for the March 1, 2014, and April 1, 2014, application deadlines.
Workshops are free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. Attendance is not required in order to apply for Commission funding; however, workshops can be helpful for first- time applicants preparing requests for: General Operating Support Grants for Arts Organizations, Project Grants, Local Government Challenge Grants, Artists In Education Grants, Technical Assistance Grants, Touring Assistance for Presenters, and applications for inclusion in the Performing Arts Tour Directory and the Artist Roster.
Participants are encouraged to download the 2014-2015 Online Guidelines for Funding appropriate applications to bring to the workshop at www.arts.virginia.govPersons requiring the services of an interpreter for the hearing impaired should contact the Commission office at least one week in advance of the workshop.
Virginia Commission for the Arts Application Assistance Workshops will be held in the following locations: (Note: for specific directions or details for parking for the workshop you wish to attend, please contact the host sites directly in advance of the meeting day.)
Richmond, Area 5 January 8, 2014, 10am-Noon Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center Parlor 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 340-1400; www.vmfa.state.va.us
The Virginia Commission for the Arts is the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission distributes grants to arts and other not-for-profit arts organizations, educational institutions, educators, artists, and local governments. For 2014-2015 applications and more information about the Virginia Commission for the Arts, visit www.arts.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-3132.