Writing, Funding, and Legalese


This class is designed to help artists learn the skills necessary to write about, fund, and create legal documents for their documentary work. Funding and exhibiting work often requires succinct text to complement its creation. One key strategy is to leave room for the viewer to make his or her own critical judgments. Students will learn how to write informative text that offers open-ended interpretation for readers, viewers, and listeners—and this type of writing can help in grant writing—and will also learn to view a contract as a document of expectations, a necessary agreement between the artist and the subject. Students with projects at any stage of completion will leave the class prepared to submit to one specific grant, scholarship, or exhibition. (12 hours/All Levels)

Alyssa Miserendino is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She works in the mediums of photography, sculpture, video, sound, and installation. The recipient of an undergraduate fellowship award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an investigative journalism grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Alyssa continues to pursue bodies of artwork about paradox and human connection. Her documentary project, Our World Insideout, brought her to Brazil to give a TED talk, and has expanded with each new grant the project has been awarded. Her work has been recognized by international juries and published in magazines and books. She completed her MFA at UNC–Chapel Hill.

Additional Information:
There will be no class February 14.


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