Find Money For Your Art

QCA presents: Researching and Developing Your Funding Network as part of the Build Your Own Business (BYOB) Workshop Series.

R&D presenters 2 Wed, November 13 & December 4, 6-8pm

Join representatives from New York Foundation for the Arts and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s office alongside individual artist Mark Salinas for a moderated conversation about the local and national funding landscape.

Individual artists and non profit organizations will develop techniques and best practices for determining and approaching appropriate funding sources, including government, foundation, private and corporate support. Participants will develop the language they use to frame their work in various contexts, and learn what it takes to establish and sustain fruitful relationships with granting organizations, government offices and corporate sponsors. The first 12 artists to register for BOTH sessions will have the opportunity to have a letter of interest to a funder reviewed during the second session of the workshop.

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Avenue, (Entrance on 37th Street, under the blue awning)
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission: $10. (RSVP required)
RSVP for Part I on Nov 13, 6-8pm
RSVP for Part II on Dec 4, 6-8pm

Members FREE


Courtney Harge is a Program Officer for Fiscal Sponsorship at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where she works to empower artists through NYFA’s services and resources. She provides technical assistance and fundraising support to artists in NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, Artspire. Prior to NYFA, Courtney worked at Gibney Dance as the Development Manager, where she oversaw both individual and institutional fundraising. Courtney has worked at the Public Theater, Theater for the New City, and the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center in capacities that allow her to serve the full spectrum of artists. She holds a Masters, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and received her Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors, from The University of Michigan with a concentration in Theater Performance. In addition, Courtney has founded her own theater company, Colloquy Collective, for which she serves as Artistic Director.

Matthew Wallace is the Chief of Staff to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, the Chair of the New York City Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries. He has been the Council Member’s principal budgetary liaison where he helps organizations and artists navigate the City funding process. Matthew helps organize the office’s discretionary funding allocations and advises organizations who apply to the Council Office. He has also coordinated cultural events and hearings for the Committee as well as representing Council Member Van Bramer on the board of MoMA PS1 & the Museum of the Moving Image. Matthew has also sat on Cultural Development Fund panels at the Department of Cultural Affairs as a reviewer of grant applications. Matthew came to Council Member Van Bramer’s office in 2010 following law school where he specialized in environmental law. Matthew is also a member of the New York State Bar. He lives in Long Island City with his wife, Laura.

Mark Salinas is a Designer based in Sunnyside, New York.  He received his BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York City, and his certificate in Tailoring from Central St. Martins in London.  After 12 successful years in the Fine Art, Film, and Fashion industry, Salinas launched his own design and fabrication studio, Arrows Up, in 2007, specializing in retail window displays and marketing props.  His roster of notable clients includes Adidas, Chanel, Macy’s, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and The National Kidney Foundation. Even while designing for others, his Sunnyside studio is kept busy with personal projects such as community beautification efforts, artist residencies, and creative collaborations. Salinas has been awarded a Queens Council on the Arts Visual Arts Grant both in 2010 and 2013 for community beautification projects.  In 2011, he represented the USA at William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich Artist in Residency International Program in Dufftown, Scotland.  These works resulted in a 2012 solo exhibit at Chambers Fine Arts gallery in New York City aptly named ‘NYC: Ceilidh’.  Recently, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris awarded Salinas with a 2014 Visual Arts Residency & Exhibition for his directorial debut of an evening-length dance production.

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  1. I wish to attend tonights workshop and will pay at the door. I will become a member.

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