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Crafting a Winning Proposal

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

ACRE Development Director Dana Bassett will lead an in-depth discussion designed to help artists successfully complete applications for a variety of opportunities.

Proposals for grants, residencies, and exhibition/performance calls are a critical component of most artists’ careers. Yet, administrators for these opportunities report that only 30-50% of applicants are eligible for consideration due to incomplete or improperly formatted proposals.

This workshop aims to ameliorate this statistic to ensure that Chicago artists have the tools needed to apply for opportunities to further their careers. We will explore the field of artist opportunities, discuss considerations for evaluating if a program or funding opportunity is a good fit for your practice, and examine the elements that comprise the majority of proposals.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an awareness of the field of artist opportunities and research strategies for finding funding and programs for your career
  • Tips for identifying which opportunities to pursue
  • Examine the common elements of proposals and how to prepare eligible, competitive proposals
  • Understand how to prepare project budgets
  • Communication strategies for contacting administration before and after application decisions

Guest Speaker

Dana Bassett is the Development Director for ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists.


This workshop is presented as part of CAC's FIELD/WORK Residency. In order to engage Chicago's broader creative community, a limited number of spaces for select residency workshops are open to the general public and CAC Artist Members. 

Registration for this workshop is sold out and tickets are no longer available.