I am writing a proposal for an individual artist grant with the Rasmuson Foundation, an Alaskan group that supports communities and art projects. Creating the proposal has been a great exercise in planning and organization. I need to submit a budget/plan for my research project, a writing sample, writing resume, and artist statement. Those elements have helped me to clarify what I do and what my goals are.
Here’s what I have so far: I want to inspire readers while entertaining them with tales of old Alaska. I write young adult historical romance, and I am currently working on a series of novels set in the Gold Rush. I am planning a research trip to Kantishna (in Denali National Park) and an interview with a National Park Service historian for the main part of the grant.
I talked to an acquaintance who has earned grants in the past, to ask her for tips. She did, then added that it was a valuable process even when she didn’t win a grant. Now I see what she means. This is a way to solidify my dreams into a concrete plan. And I am grateful for the Rasmuson Foundation for providing this and other opportunities for Alaskan writers and other artists.
Like the bumper sticker says, “Art Matters.” (Thanks Alaska Council for the Arts for the logo!) What do you have in your community to support art or artists?