NEW DATE! Writing a Great Grant (for independent artists)

Writing a Great Grant: An Overview for Individual Artists

Join Fresh Arts' interim director, Julie Farr, and 5-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 Grant Managers, Dominique Estevez and Deidre Thomas, will be present to answer and specific questions related to the Individual Artist grant which opens December 4, 2015.

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/winter, this overview will be a fantastic opportunity to develop your strategies for framing your work and honing your grant-writing skills.

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.


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.

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
@ Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter St., #B11  (map)

Early registration - $5 members, $10 non-members (ends November 30th at noon) 

Late Registration - $10 members, $20 non-members




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.

Dominique Estevez’s career in the arts started back in 2008 as a student at the Moores School of Music of the University of Houston, where she received her bachelor of arts in Music and a minor in Marketing.  During her tenure at UH, she performed with the University’s Wind Ensemble, jazz ensemble and marching band.  In the summer of 2010, she had the opportunity to perform with Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps as the lead trumpet soloist and worked with Al Chez, long time trumpet player from The Late Show with David Letterman.  With a background in music, Dominique continued her career in arts administration by joining the Houston Arts Alliance staff in 2013.  She currently resides as the Grants, Programs & Services coordinator where she splits duties between Grants and Programs & Services department.  She serves as the point of contact for resources provided to non-profits in the Houston area, and provides grants administrative support at HAA.  She believes the most rewarding part of working at HAA is witnessing artists’ ideas come to life.  Prior to HAA, Dominique worked at the Apple store where she initially developed her passion for helping and educating others.  She loves working out, traveling and volunteering with various organizations around the Houston area.  

Deidre Thomas is a Houston native and is currently attending Houston Baptist University in pursuit of her MBA. Deidre joined The Houston Arts Alliance staff in 2015 and serves in the Grants Department. The Grants departments awards over $4 million dollars annually to artists and arts organizations in the 4th largest city in the nation. As a Grants Coordinator, she serves in all aspects of the Houston Arts Alliances’ grants programming and initiatives. In this role, she also applies a broad range of skills in process management and technology, and has been instrumental in creating systems and resources to support the management and growth of the grants programs. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston in Sociology, minor in African American Studies and a certificate in nonprofit management through American Humanics. Her background includes work in fashion, education and marketing. She is a fashion enthusiast and lives vicariously through other creatives working in different mediums. She runs her own blog, The Esoteric Tribe, a celebration of multicultural fashion and art. She loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to visit Dubai, Singapore and Costa Rica. These experiences and fine places introduced her to new people, big ideas and global concepts that helped shape the person she is today.

Dec 1, 2015
If you previously registered and cannot attend on the rescheduled date, please notify us and your registration will be refunded. For all inquires please email ANGELA@FRESHARTS.ORG
$5/Members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
6:30 pm

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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