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2:21 Minnie introduces artist Shannon Amidon, and introduction to the concept of the artist’s residency.
3:56 Shannon shares about her month-long residency in Iceland.
4:55 How to go about getting a residency of your own (see resources below).
9:05 What kinds of organizations sponsor residencies?
10:52 Remember: residencies are competitive. Shannon’s thoughts on dealing with rejection.
11:22 Shannon’s history as an artist.
12:51 Shannon’s vision for starting up a residency program of her own (a residency for families)!
14:36 What it means to Shannon to live a creative life on her own terms.
15:57 Where Shannon’s income comes from, what she’s discovered is the secret to higher sales, and the types of marketing that work for her.
18:16 How Shannon’s residency experiences have changed her process and output.
19:57 How Shannon got started with grants.
22:56 The difference between grants and residencies.
24:29 Shannon’s upcoming projects.
25:31 A discussion on best practices for packaging and shipping artwork. (Melissa mentioned this video by the Golden Paints company on how to build a shipping collar to keep anything from touching the surface of your paintings during shipment.)
Resources and Tips from Shannon
Tips on Applying for Grants or Residencies
Start locally, a lot of grants are region or medium-specific.
Have a clearly defined project or goal in mind.
Explore crowd funding kickstarter, indiegogo, etc.
Read and follow all directions very carefully.
Take your time with the application, no last minute rushing.
Have excellent images.
Attend grant-writing workshops. Read other artists’ proposals, preferably winning ones, to see what good applications look like.
Don’t get discouraged grants and residencies can be very competitive keep applying.
Remember that all successful artists have support.