I decided to withdraw my application from Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). I do not believe I would have all of the necessary components together for a strong application. My emphasis now is on my collage pieces, completing all oil pastel pieces, (currently 13 are completed), and refining my artist’s statement. I should have new images to post by mid-November.
My grant proposal was denied from Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) for this round. I spoke to the Director of Grants who gave me excellent feedback on my proposal. She pointed out, diplomatically, how I need to share a personal perspective and an account of who I am and why I feel driven to create this exhibit. Also, some of the proposed pieces of my exhibit were viewed as confusing and not easily understood. I have always taken a more objective approach with my art, believing that the art itself would tell my thoughts, feelings and some insight into my history. Why is a written explanation necessary? I came to understand the importance of narrative with my previous exhibit. I now understand the importance for this exhibit. I will complete a new artist statement and post it on my website by November. I plan to re-submit for RACC funding. I hope for their support, however, the process of submitting grant applications helps to build a stronger exhibit even if I’m not awarded funding.