Money Moves: Grant Writing As Artistic Practice - Red Bull Arts Detroit

Money Moves: Grant Writing As Artistic Practice

Saturday Nov. 16th


Too often artists view writing grants and proposals as fire-burning hoops that they are forced to jump through, or as a rigged lottery system. Led by current Red Bull Arts Detroit resident artist Holly Bass, this workshop will take a transformative look at grant writing and reframe it as an inherently valuable part of a rich creative practice. Participants will leave with practical approaches to writing successful local and national grants, as well strategies for art-world “code switching” and navigating cultural expectations. The session will feature a mini-grant panel in which we collectively review participants’ actual samples and statements. This workshop is geared towards artists of color, particularly those who face the challenge of working outside of the white cube (i.e. in community spaces, in urban art forms), as well as those who work in abstract or experimental forms that are not necessarily centered on identity. Participants must submit a work sample as well as a brief project description or artist statement in advance of the workshop. (See below for registration details)

This workshop is free. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited to 12 participants. To register, please RSVP to Please include a brief work sample (3 images or a 2-minute video or audio excerpt) and a brief project description or artist statement (100-150 words). Need help getting started? Find a couple writing tips here:

How to write an artist statement

Conceptual design of a new $20 note featuring Harriet Tubman that was produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and obtained. Image description: The photo depicts Harriet Tubman in a dark coat with a wide collar and a white scarf, set in the center of a green $20 US bill.