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Grants: The Artist’s Lottery

Starts December 5

1 session: Saturday, December 5, 12-4pm

This interactive, hands-on workshop is designed for emerging artists who are new to applying for grants. Learn how to research grants for your projects, read grant instructions, and understand their language and what funders are looking for in your proposal. During the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to write a mock grant proposal based on a mock application that will be provided to you. Your proposal will be evaluated in class. You’ll also learn how to select your best work samples for proposals.

Instructor Statement
For my latest project, Little Men, I was a recipient of a $10K Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, in 2018. I have also previously received grants for a variety of film and script projects. As a past panelist for the MSAB, I was exposed to the ins and outs of the grantmaking process, which I believe will be beneficial for you to learn.

Space is limited – early registration encouraged!

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is highly recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. A few days prior to the class start date we’ll e-mail you the link and ID code needed to access this class on Zoom. Your instructor will be provided a student roster to take attendance. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.

Tuition: $80 / $60 low-income

Ayesha Adu has taught Digital Filmmaking at SPNN and was also a teacher’s assistant for SPNN’s Youth in Government class in 2002. In July 2020, ze gave a presentation for the FilmNorth Academy on zir personal journey to becoming an independent filmmaker, and shared zir award-winning screenplay and short film, Little Men. In 2000, Ze was also a book consultant for the Capstone Press book, Director: Film, TV, Radio, and Stage. Ze has written articles for the Walker Art Center’s Walker Reader, in 2019 and 2020.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




December 5
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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1 session: Saturday, December 5, 12-4pm