Summary of Grant/Proposal Experience
As a music educator, Lisa possesses a passion for both the visual and the performing arts. In 2006, she approached her principal with the idea of hosting an artist-in-residence. She was given permission to pursue the project with the understanding that she would be responsible for locating available grants, composing the grant proposal, contacting potential artists, securing the funds, and completing and submitting all grant-related paperwork. She was certainly up for the challenge, and quickly located a grant funded by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and Millersville University. The residency went so smoothly that the artist residency became an annual event, highly anticipated by students and teachers alike. Each year, a different art form was represented, and the students spent a month learning from artists in the fields of musical composition and instrument building, theater, African dance and drumming, composition, writing and book making, weaving with wheat, and tile mosaic. In 2015, Lisa was contacted by a representative from the Lancaster Conservancy about a large grant available to schools that wished to participate in the beautification of a local hiking trail. With administrative permission, Lisa completed the complex proposal and was awarded $10,000 for the school of 935 students to host a resident mosaic artist for several months, and to create and install a tile mosaic on the retaining wall in a nearby park on the riverfront trail. Because the $10,000 did not cover all expenses for the project, Lisa secured a second grant through the Donegal Foundation to offset the remainder of the cost. Below, you will find an excerpt from the narrative portion of an artist-in-residence grant proposal, chosen to demonstrate Lisa's ability to write within very specific guidelines provided by a company or organization.