QCAs High School to Art School students participated in a portfolio review and college info session today during our annual Art Info Day. Representatives from Pratt, MICA, Queens College, and Cooper Union visited our class to discuss applications, school life, and life after school.

Portfolio review

Reviewing drawings




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It’s almost midnight.

You, know, the beginning of that witching hour when everything is beginning to blur into each other like a sea of words –

with a riptide pulling it closer and closer to your deadline when suddenly you can’t move.

There it is.

That sneaky little two part question at the end of the list.

The one you have answered.  But only the first part.

And at this point in the game you aren’t quite sure how to answer this.

Your eyes dart desperately over the guidelines, the FAQs, you scan the website for something, anything that will shed light on this stubborn question.

Who you gonna call?

I see it all the time: questions from people like you who are looking for answers to specific challenges.

Thankfully, most of them don’t come in at the eleventh hour like the one in the story above.

Given enough time to really focus on your project, you can get the answers to your particular grantwriting questions.

Questions like:

  • What are the best foundations for my project?
  • Am I too old to be considered for a grant?
  • How can I get to know the funders and build a relationship?
  • Will my strong political or religious views influence the funder?
  • Do I really have a shot if this is my first grant?

These are some of the questions that either I didn’t have a chance to answer in the Grantwriting 101 Tutorial, or are so specific to your particular situation that the only way I can answer them for you in person …

Which I will be happy to do on:

Wednesday, Nov 5th, 6:00 pm
at the

Grantwriting 101 Roundup

Queens Council on the Arts

37-11 35th Avenue

Astoria, NY 11101


That’s right, I will answer as many questions as you throw at me … and you can ask me anything.

You can ask me how to set up your project narrative… how to structure administrative fees for your staff and artist fees for your dancers… or what’s the difference between your program goals and your project objectives.

You can ask a long question or a short one.

It’s up to you.

Remember that everything I tell you will be with one goal in mind:  to help you position yourself as the best candidate for the grant from the grant panelist’s perspective.

This is probably the most important piece of information you will ever get that can energize your grantwriting to create a life you love doing what you love whether it is making art or making a creative difference.

There is a hitch, however. You have to be in the room with us.

You are welcome to email me your question ahead of time but to be fair to everyone who shows up, I will take their questions first.

Oh, and …

Have you heard about the Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report?

Due to popular demand, I am just about done putting together a special report covering everything I taught in the Grantwriting 101 Tutorial.

It is the best stuff about writing a winning grant from an experienced grant panelist.


I sit on dozens of grant panels nationwide every year and have given away millions of dollars in grant awards.

These behind the scenes insights and observations and more are included in this special report to give you an edge in writing your grant and building up your creative career.

It will give you the tools, strategies and thinking you need to create proposals that win award letters and to build yourself a thriving creative business.

How can you do that?

I want you to have everything you need to create a rich life.

The mindset and strategies behind successful grantwriting can help you build your big dream into a bigger and bolder reality.

I have spent a lot of time around grant on both sides of the table for foundations, philanthropies & corporations around the country.

And what is more important is that I am passionate about helping artists like you build wildly successful creative careers.

I am on a mission to make you the best candidate for a grant by pulling back the curtain on what really happens when a grant panel meets.

Who else can give you that invaluable rare peek into a panelist’s thinking?

Not only will you get all of the information from the teleseminar calls, you will also get:

  • exclusive interviews with prominent funders
  • a resource guide of websites and services to put everything you need to write a winning grant at your fingertips

I want all of you to be confident about your ability to make art, make money and make a difference.

The Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report will burn a path to your wildly successful career as an artist.

If you want to you know as soon as this special report is ready, just click below.

CLICK HERE: The Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report


Don’t miss this!

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P.S. I am thrilled that I can answer your questions this special report.
If you weren’t able to join the Tutorial, don’t worry.  All of that information plus more will be included in the report for you.
Can’t wait to get your hands on it?  Just click below.

CLICK HERE: The Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report





An author looking for a grant submitted a proposal to a funder.

“I’m a writer, how difficult could this be?”

The proposal was written beautifully.  Great looking samples, a solid budget, respectable references…

But it did not make it into the money pile.

The author read the rejection letter in disbelief.  Not again!

Impulsively, she picked up the phone and called the program officer with frenzied thoughts ricocheting in her mind.

Why didn’t I get the grant?


Is the competition so great that someone like me really has no shot at all?

Is there something I could have done better?  What?  Just tell me!

I just need to know so I don’t continue beating myself up doing this.

“I know you must be disappointed but I can tell you what the panel comments were…”  said the program officer.

The author listened in astonishment:

Is that how my proposal really came across?

Oh, so that is what they were looking for in Question #4.

Hey, who are these panelists anyway?  Hmmm…

She was so grateful to the program officer for giving her this feedback and just as important, the encouragement to learn from this experience and try again.  Instinctively, she wanted to reciprocate, to give something back to this really nice person on the other end of the line.

But what?

“Well, I am always looking for more grant panelists.  Would you be interested?”  asked the program officer.

Me?  The author was surprised but she said yes.

She learned the grant process as a panelist.

She met the funder, she met other funders, and she gave more and more of her time and growing expertise to be as helpful as possible as a grant reviewer.

The author wrote another grant and this one got funded.

And not only did she get the grant money, her proposal ranked so highly that the grant reviewers gave her an additional marketing award for her project.

Her book was published, she went on to write a bunch of other successful grants.

What is she up to these days?


If you were thinking to yourself, “Oh, I think this is Hoong Yee’s story,”  give yourself a pat on the back for being super smart.

Yes, this is my story.

This is how I began developing my grantwriting strategy that helped me become a successfully published children’s book author and allows me to do what I love – write & illustrate stories.

I was a struggling writer trying to get a grant while pursuing book deals.

I didn’t have a plan.

I was frustrated because I didn’t know how I was going to make my dream come true.

But I needed to make a change and figure out a way to support what I desperately wanted to create and to stop getting rejected time and time again every time I sent out proposals.

That grant officer gave me the chance to sit on the other side of the table.  To see what lights up a grant panelist’s eyes and what causes them to toss a proposal into the reject pile.

I began to see a pattern slowly emerge and understood how to build relationships with my funders, readers & fans who helped me to sell out of my first printing of 10,000 copies.

When I finally got the nerve to send out my second proposal, I was ready to quit if I didn’t get the grant.

Getting that award letter actually changed my life


I didn’t know it at the time but I was just getting started.

I was creating something that not only changed my life, would eventually change hundreds of lives.

After spending 15 years as the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts supporting hundreds of artists with grants and resources, I feel I can talk to you about being an artist who struggled with getting grant support and how my grantwriting strategy can help you create a career & life you love.

But what about me?


I know what you’re thinking…

“You have lots of experience but me, I’m a beginner”

Everyone is a beginner.

What you can learn in my upcoming Grantwriting 101 Wrap report can help you start a practice of success.

Let’s talk about your dream.

“Getting rejected is awful.  Now what do I do?”

“This is what grantwriting feels like:  You work on your proposal, you send it out into a black hole, you wait for a letter to come shooting back to you,”  an artist said to me in a recent conversation.

Sounds like a Hail Mary type of approach to me.

But the truth is, there are real people on the other end.

And like any other kind of exchange among people, a relationship can go a long way in increasing your value.

Successful grantwriting is a practice of executed strategy.

Of redefining what No means to you.

Of turning a No into a Not Yet.

Of bulletproofing your inner confidence.

My goal is to show you a path to success in getting grants and finding funders who love you and what you do.

“I don’t have time to do all this!  I’m an artist.”

Thinking of hiring a pro?

Unless that pro has had experience reviewing grant proposals as a panelist, you will only get one side of the picture – the grantseeker’s side.

You need to understand what a successful grant proposal is from the perspective of the person deciding the fate of your application – the grant reviewer.

The Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report mindset and strategy is a way of growing your art career and your bottom line at the same time.

Tell me more about the Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report

OK, so what will all of this great information do for you?

If you have a dream as precious to you as the one I had to become a published childrens’ book author, the answer is simple:

This will change your life.

Imagine getting a phone call telling you that you got a grant before you even write the application!

How would you feel knowing that you can go to not just one, but several funders who know you and would love to fund your project?

Wouldn’t you feel honored if a funder told you they had extra money and decided to give it to you?

I have seen these things happen to many people including myself.

And they can absolutely happen for you.

The key is that you have to see this for yourself and be willing to work hard to make that precious dream of yours come true.

I am on a mission to make you the best candidate for a grant by telling you what really happens when a grant panel meets.

Everyone who joined the Grantwriting 101 Tutorial got tons of information, case studies, examples and most important – the rare peek at the grant panelist’s perspective.

For those of you who missed the Tutorial, I have some good news!

I am really excited about the Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report which I am putting the finishing touches on.

It will contain the key points, insights – all the good stuff –  from the Grantwriting 101 Tutorial and more!

Not only will you get all of the information from the Grantwriting 101 Tutorial teleseminar calls, you will also get:

  • exclusive interviews with prominent funders
  • a resource guide of websites and services to put everything you need to write a winning grant at your fingertips

I want all of you to make that big dream of yours come true.

Let’s start with giving you the confidence about your ability to turn your funders into your raving fans and your grant proposals into award letters.


If you want us to let you know when this special report is ready, just click below:

CLICK HERE: The Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report


Here’s to your success!






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When I held that first rejection letter in my hand, I decided that I was not going to let anything stop me from making my dream happen.
I said yes to change my life.
What are you going to do?
Get on the list for the Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report and click below.

CLICK HERE: The Grantwriting 101 Wrap Report

3rd Space – Improv: Friend or Foe?
An Improvisational Performance Workshop with Katha Cato 

Join us this Friday, October 17, 6:00-8:00pm, for a 3rd Space event featuring Katha Cato, founder of the Queens World Film Festival. This session will focus on how to successfully prepare for improvising, how to remain present and in the moment, and will even show you how to experience the pure thrill of working without a net in front of others.

For over 30 years Katha Cato has shared the recipe for successful improvisation with actors, corporations, youth groups and others. Whether you are an experienced, fearless improviser or someone who shudders at the thought of being asked to improvise at an audition, this session is for you. RSVP Here

Katha Cato featured on NY1:

9450960157_2c6f0fbba2_zArt school bound seniors applied and interviewed for our Seniors Intensive fall session this past Saturday October 4th at QCA.

Our instructors have selected a class of 15 students to become a community of artists and peers who will be be working on their portfolios, essays, and artistic content for the next 13 Saturdays and Thursdays.

Some of the highlights for the HS2AS program this fall are Art Info Day (College reps come to present and do portfolio reviews on October 25), National Portfolio Day (November 16), drawing from models, and going on various museum, gallery, and studio visits.