Fundraising Fundamentals Workshops

Workshops are free, but space is limited and registration is required for each workshop on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for this year’s workshop topics and to RSVP!


Building and Cultivating Relationships with Individual Donors – Move from Facebook likes to donations

Tuesday, July 17, 6:30PM at El Museo del Barrio

Led by Dara Silverman


This session is designed to help participants learn how to strengthen and grow the base of relationships for themselves, their arts organization, or art project – today and for years to come. We will cover topics on the development cycle, tracking donors, and making an individual plan. This workshop will focus on how individual artists fundraise in person and online, using Facebook and Instagram to engage with people, and practicing making an ask.


Work Samples Dos and Don’ts

Tuesday, August 7, 6:30PM at El Museo del Barrio

Led by Ana Fiore and Lina Alfonso


In order to access funding, residencies, and other professional opportunities, artists are often required to submit work samples for consideration. Who reviews work samples? How are they reviewed? How important is formatting? Context? Our interactive workshop will cover these issues and provide a series of examples from a range of artistic disciplines that will ask participants to consider what makes a work sample compelling and why.


Grantwriting Basics for Artists

Tuesday, August 14, 6:30PM at El Museo del Barrio

Led by Maria Michails


This session will cover the common components of most grant proposals, providing tips, exercises, and examples to help make future proposals more effective. Artist Maria Michails will draw on her years of experience in fundraising, sharing examples of an artist bio and statement, project description, budget, and her approach to organizing and maintaining this integral part of her practice.

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