Back in August I applied for a visual arts grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). It was the first real grant I’ve applied for, requiring extensive preparation, a couple classes, lots of thought, calculations, and organization. You submit all of this, along with samples of your work, and then you wait. Three to four months. Wondering if you should be making plans for the following year, but not quite sure.
Well, I got home from rock climbing this afternoon, opened the mail, and…I got the grant.
I applied so I could pursue the documentary work on eating disorders (see posting below on anorexia and bulimia) which I began this past year. I have some goals set out in the grant, which need to be met by the end of 2007. Now I can (once the holidays pass…) jump in and get moving. Pretty exciting stuff. Can’t wait to show you what I come up with.
Getting a grant is exciting and moving, not just to have the money to work with, but moreso to have the recognition from people you respect. It’s more of a pat on the back that says, “What you’re doing is valid and important. Keep moving.”
A grant also seems to give validity to others that what you’re doing is bonafide, genuine. I hope it might open some other doors as I move forward. Stay tuned.