How To Prepare Successful Arts Grant Applications in the 21st Century

6:30-8:30 pm at the Dorma Showroom, 1040 Sixth Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York.

Panel discussion with reception to follow.

There is no charge for admission but all attendees must register in advance.

This event is open to the public and is supported by the Yale Alumni Association of New York.

Topics to be discussed:

  • The changing funding environment.
  • Reductions in corporate and government support for the arts.
  • The need for reliable tracking of grant performance.
  • The stress on artists to generate income for themselves.


Lisa Robb, Executive Director, New York State Council on the Arts. Lisa joined NYSCA after a long career as an executive in arts organizations. Most recently she served for 11 years as Director of the Pelham Art Center, a community arts center in Westchester County. She was also Director of Operations at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and The Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco.

Kerry McCarthy, Senior Program Officer, Arts and Historic Preservation, The New York Community Trust. Before joining The Trust in 2009, Kerry ran a consulting company serving City nonprofit arts organizations. She has more than 20 years’ experience in museum and performing arts. Currently, she is a board member of Grantmakers in the Arts and a member of the City Department of Education’s arts education committee.

Linda Earle, Executive Director of Ohio Wesleyan University’s New York Arts Program (NYAP) and board member of Poets House.  Before joining NYAP, Linda served as the Executive Director of Programs for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists. She was a senior Program Director at the New York State Council on the Arts.

Christa Blatchford, Chief Executive Officer, The Joan Mitchell Foundation. The Joan Mitchell Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. It works to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society.


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