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Harlem Workshops Demystify Grants

The arcane world of grant writing will be made a little less mysterious at two free workshops for artists of all types, planned for Harlem Sat., Aug. 18.

Many artists are put off by a perception that grant writing is difficult, leading some to perceive it as a waste of time instead of a potential source for income while they work on their creative endeavors. It only takes one afternoon to learn that applying for grants, like most other kinds of writing, becomes a lot less perplexing when people who understand the rules explain them.

A 10 am workshop at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, located at 163 W. 125th St., will provide beginners with technical assistance in the grant application process, as well as an introduction to budgeting and fundraising. It will focus in part on the 2001 Fund for Creative Communities, a regrant program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, with financial support from the New York State Council on the Arts. The workshop will provide guidelines and applications for the grants, which will be made available for theatre, dance, and music projects; as well as crafts, literature, film/video, design arts, photography, visual arts, and multi-disciplinary projects.

A 1 pm workshop that day will concentrate on the New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship applications, which are available to playwrights and screenwriters, choreographers, music composers, fiction writers, painters, architects, photographers, and video artists Those grants are $7,000 each, for the career development of artists living and working in New York state. As at the earlier workshop, the guidelines and applications will be available to those who attend.

The Fund for Creative Communi-ties grants, discussed in the 10 am meeting, are primarily intended for nonprofit organizations in Manhat-tan, although "individual artists are welcomed to apply through a conduit." The grants discussed at 1 pm, by contrast, are specifically intended for individuals.

The workshops are sponsored by the International Agency for Minority Artists Affairs and the Harlem Arts Council. They are free to the public, and do not require advance registration. Organizers stress that attendees should be on time, and that the workshops will begin exactly at 10 am and 1 pm in conference room 8A. The site is accessible to people with disabilities according to ADA guidelines.

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