I need help

I have a hard time understanding things....and one thing I don't get is when it comes to art funding. When I go look online for art grants etc I often see things like this:

To become a USA Fellow, one must be nominated. Each year nominations are made by an anonymous group of arts leaders, critics, scholars, and artists chosen by USA. Nominators do not know one another; their identities remain confidential. (I found that here).

Can someone explain to me if I ever have a chance of getting nominated when I know NO ONE? Does anyone have thoughts or advice on grants for living space etc? If you are a full time artist who needs help what do you do? Am I even close to being in a world where I would be considered for grants and help?


Kim Hambric said...

While I was at the bookstore last weekend looking for a book on social media, I saw the title Grant Writing for Dummies. Perhaps this would have a helpful sentence or two.

Would the owners of the galleries you are in or have been in have any info. or contacts for you? Perhaps they know artists that have been in this situation.

When I hear of situations like this or I experience them myself, I think of the movie Nemo. Yeah, a kids' movie. I am always overwhelmed by the scene where Nemo swims up to the edge of the small world he has grown up in and sees the huge ocean spread out before him. He excitedly says "wow". I don't think that is the word I would use. I feel so worn down being a tiny fish in a huge ocean. I don't know which sharks would be of help or which ones would just eat me. Yet, in the world of Disney, Nemo overcomes using the phrase, "just keep swimming." Darn those movies for making me feel better about the real world.

Are there any artists you have read about that have made it to a certain level that you might be able to contact? Are there any well-known artists in your area that you could approach for information?

I hope someone will come up with some helpful information for you. With me here, its like the blind leading the hard of seeing. I meant that in the best way possible.

Lynda Lehmann said...

I have never applied for a grant. But I know how you feel. If I didn't get so much joy out of doing art, photography, and writing, my bubble might burst. It's the art that sustains me.

I think the only advice I can give you is to get the book Kim mentioned. Also, you might want to apply for membership to one of the large artist's support organizations, like the Artist's Guild. I think they make resources and support available. Or join the nearest art league in your area, and check out their recommendations.

Good luck, and keep swimming! We're all little fishies in this great big sea, so hang on to your fins and keep going!

Margaret Ryall said...

I wish I could offer something specific to help with this problem but the granting system in Canada is very different (that I could talk about). Take a look at this site (if you haven't already) http://www.antiquesatoz.com/artatoz/grant.htm

self taught artist said...

kim, great thoughts and i have no excuse other than overwhelm for not thinking them. appreciate the input, i can easily ask and order that book from the library! i like the nemo analogy and feel better knowing others feel the same...little fish big sea

lynda, the artists guild i will look at again. i've joined the local art council but so far when i look it is always grants for some installation or piece of art that is supposed to mean something. i'm looking more for a living type grant.

margaret, appreciate the link also. i know you have first hand experience with the banalities of it all! i can barely make sense to myself afterall...grant writing is intimidating so i was looking for those nomination type grants, hoping i wouldn't have to fabricate obtuseness.