This year Louisville is hosting the 30th Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Thanks to Mr. SpreadLove and Stevon I am hosting a workshop for writers & artists at KMAC (715 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202).
One part of the workshop deals with writing proposals. You can visit my LINKTREE for the full presentation (free for a limited time) and I included proposal tips below:
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1. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
I don't yet have a handle on what I'm looking forward to. There was something about that 70 degree day in the Winter that reminded me anything is possible. Last Thursday I de-installed my first solo exhibition "Something in the Water" at the Speed Art Museum and I'm preparing for two group shows. A colleague invited me to apply for another residency and I caught the tail end of a deadline extension for the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.
Thanks to Today's Woman I got a feature in their January issue and Terra Leavell hooked me up with an event where I sold $1500 worth of my art in one day at the 1619 Gathering Space. This summer I'll be teaching a Juneteenth arts camp with Louisville Visual Arts and a few of my Something in the Water collection pieces will be featured in the Carnegie Center for Arts & Humanity.
I am writing all this to make sure I celebrate the wins.
Being an artist can be tumultuous. There are times when we feel lost or unsure. It's amazing how things can change so quickly in such. short period of time. I am committed to celebrating my success. Out loud. I invited you to do the same.
Enjoy the journey.
Raise your hand if you LOVE writing artists statements!
Rarely does someone enjoy the precess. Personally, I've written hundreds of artist statements, cover letters, references, reviews, and bios for other people, but when it comes to writing my own artist statement it tends to take me 2 or 3 days to even get started.
Here are 5 things that can help when writing an artist statement.
1. DESCRIBE YOUR SPECIFIC PROCESS. Sometimes your process is all magical with prayer crystals and stars and quasars and whatnot. More often, though, your process is a bit mundane or repetitive. There is value in every type of creative process. In one artist statement I described how I painted while home schooling my son. That collaborative effort between me and my son (at the time he was a toddler) informed my work. While having a child limited my work in some ways, it also amplified a deficit in many fine arts spaces. My artist statement became centered around navigating that challenge.