Workshop: Writing a Great Grant

Writing a Great Grant: An Overview for Individual Artists

Led by: Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Executive Director of Fresh Arts, with Christa Forster, author and 4-time winner of the Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant

For individual artists // limited to 50 registrants

Wednesday, October 22 , 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ Fresh Arts

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Join Fresh Arts’ executive director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and 4-time HAA Individual Artist Grant recipient and author, Christa Forster, for a two-hour in depth presentation on best practices when composing and applying for artist project grants. Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance Grants Manager Shannon Teasley will be present to answer any specific question related to the Individual Artist Grant.

Our goal with this workshop is to help local artists develop and refine their grant writing skills and to highlight some important and attainable grants administered locally, such as the Houston Arts Alliance's Individual Artist Grant and the Idea Fund. Even if you do not plan to submit any proposals this fall, this overview will be a fantastic opportunity to develop your strategies for framing your work and honing your grant-writing skills.

Representatives from both the Houston Arts Alliance and the Idea Fund will be on hand to answer questions about these grant opportunities.

Additionally, the following week we will host a grant review panel “Office Hours”, which will provide applicants with the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with an experienced grant-writer to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their grant application. 


Wednesday, October 22

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

@ Fresh Arts

Winter Street Studios

2101 Winter Street, #B11

Houston, TX 77007


FEES & REGISTRATION - Save $10 for registering early! Members save $10!

Registration deadline: Noon, Wednesday 10/22/14

Members - $10 // Non-members - $10


WALK-UP REGISTRATION- late fees apply

Members - $15 // Non-members - $20

*NOTE: This workshop is limited to 50 participants. Registering in advance online is strongly encouraged.



This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information about the Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant Program, please visit HAA’s website.

**Participation in this workshop does not guarantee funding with Houston Arts Alliance.

Please direct any questions you may have regarding this workshop to Sarah Schellenberg,



Christa Forster is a writer, performer and educator. In the early 90s, she earned her MFA from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. During that time, she co-founded a 5-piece rock band -- Shag -- in which she wrote and performed original songs, playing out regularly at Rudz, Mary Jane’s, The Ale House, the Edge. In the mid 90s, she co-founded the non-profit theater company Infernal Bridegroom Productions. In the late 90s she committed to teaching high school English full time, and she has taught at Jesse H. Jones High School, St. John’s School and currently teaches at The Kinkaid School. In 2002, she married the photographer David A. Brown; they have two children, ages 9 and 8. Since 2000, she has written and premiered original works, including Antilogical Pedagogical at Diverseworks, Rock v. Threads (for Anthony Barilla’s 3x3 project in Kosovo), and most recently What’s on [My] Mind? at 14 Pews. She appeared in the Public Poetry reading series in 2013 and has published articles in CITE and Sculpture magazines. In 2015, she will co-present a workshop she’s developing -- “Mindfulness: How to Change Your School Culture by Doing Nothing” -- at the National Alliance for Independent Schools conference in Boston.

Jenni Rebecca Stephenson has been a student of dance and theatre, as well as vocal and instrumental music. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, Jenni Rebecca studied vocal performance with Katherine Ciesinski and received her bachelors of music from the Moores School of Music, where she was a frequent soloist with the Moores Concert Chorale and performed multiple musical theatre/opera roles with the Moores Opera Center. Jenni Rebecca later received her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing at UH, where she directed for the Stuart Ostrow Musical Theatre Collaboration and the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop, as well as three full-length operas at the Moores Opera Center. Jenni Rebecca began her career as an arts administrator in fund development for Theatre Under The Stars and has served as principle grant-writer for Fresh Arts (and Spacetaker) since 2008.




Oct 22, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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