I received a Vermont Arts Council grant – yippee!
Just yesterday, I found out that I was awarded a grant from the Vermont Arts Council to attend the Focus on Book Arts conference – the grant will cover about half my trip. I am so very very happy. Since it’s official, I can now make the following statement:
This project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
You can read more about my plans at the conference in this post. I took the application process really seriously. I made up this whole packet, using a postcard with images of my work on the front. I was so proud of it, I took pictures.
No, I’m not kidding – it was my first real grant application and I was proud.
If there’s anything I learned from this process is that if you really want something, go for it. You may not get it this time, but the more you ask, the more likely it is that you’ll eventually get something you want. I figured that if I didn’t get the grant, at least I went through the process of applying for a grant. I could no longer use fear as an excuse for not trying because I had already completed the process once.
Something I mentioned in my application was that I hoped to gain knowledge at the conference that I could pass along to the Vermont book arts community. I am scheduled to present a hands-on workshop for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont on August 5th. I don’t know what exactly I’ll teach, but it will be based on something learned at the conference, so stay tuned.