Fundraising for Art Projects Workshop (Audio)

Yowza! Money tree.

On December 13, 2011, the Burning Man Special Events Team hosted a free workshop about fundraising for art projects, conducted by yours truly, wearing my art curator / maker / facilitator / supporter hat for the evening.  We’re happy to say that it was well-attended, both in house at Burning Man HQ and online via live webcast.

We recorded the audio from the workshop [UPDATE: sadly, the audio is no longer available] and uploaded the accompanying Fundraising for Art Projects PowerPoint presentation so those of you who couldn’t attend can still benefit from the information presented. Feel free to share this around, of course … the more people learning how to raise funds for art projects the better.  Here’s the workshop description:

Want to create something awe inspiring — on playa or off — and wondering how to cover the costs? If so, this workshop on fundraising might be just for you! If you want to create a medium- or large-scale art project, you’re likely going to need money to realize your vision … and unless you’re independently wealthy, this will require fundraising of some kind. This workshop will cover fundraising strategies, tips and techniques to help maximize your effort whether you’re looking for help from your immediate community or a broader audience of donors. (Note: this workshop will NOT cover grants or grantwriting. It will instead focus more on on-line crowd-sourcing options and similar direct fundraising efforts.)

If you’re interested in learning specifically about applying for Burning Man Art Grants, there’s a workshop coming up soon on that topic … stay tuned for more information.

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase

Will Chase is Burning Man's former Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He was the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Burning Man Journal, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He also oversaw the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social media presence. Will first attended Burning Man in 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004 until he transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009.

3 Comments on “Fundraising for Art Projects Workshop (Audio)

  • Please keep us posted for any arts funding workshops, grants, or other funding sources for projects, collaborations, community, urban revitalization, technology and art, etc.

    Thank you

    Richard Felix
    Co-founder of PublicArtSpaces

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  • El Gallo says:

    I am designing a large scale project that I hoe can be completed by this year’s BM. The theme turned out to be auspiciously related to my project. I am going over the Power Point now, but if I have missed out on the grant submission workshop could you send me any materials on that?

    Gerardo el Gallo

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  • Amberry says:

    Thank you so much for posting this online. The future is so fantastic :-) You touched on a lot of things we’re currently trying to work out for BM piece, and answered questions I didn’t know we should have been asking. Thank you

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