ARCHITECTURE FOR THE .00002 PERCENT

Grant workshops and seminars tailored to the forthcoming Graham Foundation application cycle.

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IS MY BODY MEANT TO BE READ?

In August, we’ll open our first intensive, IS MY BODY MEANT TO BE READ?, a bootcamp-style, twice-weekly seminar where participants will spruce up their web portfolios, develop business plans and accountability processes, draft lead sheets, organize sales funnels, and take on various other tasks related to monetizing their studio practice. If all of this sounds foreign to you, stay tuned — we’ll announce more information, including guest speakers, next week. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

HOW TO COMMUNICATE IN WHITE PEOPLE is a counter-institutional grant workshop that demystifies how artist-creatives can exploit grants to their own ends. Organized into recurring 90-minute sessions, the workshop is conducted in an open-inquiry format where participants have the opportunity to review sample proposals that have received institutional recognition, compare dummy applications, or receive feedback on their own proposal materials. 

Please note: all grant workshops between July 15, 2023 and September 9, 2023 will focus on the Graham Foundation and its forthcoming application cycle. The July 15 session will offer a preamble to the grant and workshop series detailed below. 

July 15, 2023
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

This seminar is hosted on Zoom. Tickets ($50 apiece) can be found here. House rules for these events can be found here. Educators are encouraged to reach out via email to schedule sessions for their classes.


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GRAHAM FOUNDATION EDITION

July 22, 2023 – September 9, 2023

Please note: During this time, our grant workshops will cumulatively focus on the Graham Foundation's individual applicant cycle.

Starting next week, we’re leading a souped-up HOW TO COMMUNICATE IN WHITE PEOPLE grant seminar and workshop series organized around the soon-to-be-available Graham Foundation application. 

Held every Saturday from July 22 through September 9, these workshop-seminars will prepare participants to apply for the architecture and architecture-adjacent art grant while, too, shining a painfully illuminating light on how grantmaking foundations operate. 

Individual workshops in the series are $50 apiece. Participants who enroll in all eight Graham Foundation workshops ($400) will receive access to our searchable database that provides additional information about past projects that have received funding — namely how much money they received and used — for the duration of the application cycle as well as 5 hours of editorial support and consultation.

The deadline to submit letters of inquiry to the Graham Foundation is September 15, 2023.

We apologize for the difficulty of booking sessions through Calendly. We're working toward a better solution. In the meantime, feel free to reach out via email (studio@nor.la) for expedited multi-ticket purchases.

A GRANT SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP SERIES WITH A UNIQUE TWIST

In addition to preparing participants to apply for an individual grant through the Graham Foundation, the workshop-seminars will read against the grain of the foundation’s request and use the criteria it upholds to shape, evaluate, and strengthen grant and project proposals across the creative industries. Participants who are interested in learning about grants or improving their grant proposals are encouraged to attend even if they don’t plan to submit a letter of inquiry.

Per our ongoing practice, the studio will develop an application that it will share with applicants throughout the sessions. These dummy applications will model best practices and demonstrate how to, for example, center architecture in a project where architecture may only have a secondary role.

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

Beyond applying for a Graham Foundation grant, participants who want to learn more about the grant writing process and develop a project using the foundation’s application as a template are welcome to attend. PhD candidates in the process of completing a doctoral dissertation on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society may be eligible for Carter Manny Award and are encouraged to enroll.

WANT US TO WRITE YOUR GRAHAM FOUNDATION LETTER OF INQUIRY? Email us or schedule a free consultation.


PROGRAMMING SERIES SCHEDULE

All sessions are hosted on Zoom. Individual tickets for all sessions available here.

THE GRAHAM FOUNDATION
July 22, 2023
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

The first workshop-seminar will examine the Graham Foundation’s broader grantmaking activity. Using case studies sourced from the foundation’s website and comparing them to information found in the nonprofit organization’s 990 tax forms, participants will learn how to conduct the background research necessary to understand unspoken rules about grants and develop realistic expectations about what will and will not receive funding. 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
July 29, 2023  
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

This workshop will focus on case studies of past projects that have received Research and Development funding. Participants will talk through attractive research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. They will also learn to define goals, outline work plans, and draft budgets.

PUBLICATIONS
August 5, 2023
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

Case Studies of past publication projects that have received Production and Presentation funding. Participants will talk through attractive publication-related expenses such as contributor fees, documentation, materials, supplies, and print costs. They will also learn to define goals, outline work plans, and draft budgets specific to publication projects.

EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS


August 12, 2023 
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

Case Studies of past exhibition and installation projects that have received Production and Presentation funding. Participants will talk through attractive exhibition-related expenses such as travel, shipping, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. They will also learn to define goals, outline work plans, and draft budgets specific to exhibition and installation projects.

PROGRAMMING
August 19, 2023
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

Case Studies of past programming projects that have received Production and Presentation funding. Participants will talk through attractive programming-related expenses such as speakers’ fees, venue rental, documentation, materials, supplies, and other production costs. They will also learn to define goals, outline work plans, and draft budgets specific to public programming.

FILM AND NEW MEDIA PROJECTS
August 26, 2023 
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT


Case Studies of past film and new media projects that have received Production and Presentation funding. Participants will talk through attractive digital media-related expenses such as equipment, location scouting, venue rental, documentation, materials, supplies, and other production costs. They will also learn to define goals, outline work plans, and draft budgets specific to film and new media.

PRELIMINARY EDITS
September 2, 2023
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

Open edit session. The studio will share its application and make live edits.

FINAL EDITS
September 9, 2023
3pm ET / 2pm CT / noon PT

Open edit session. The studio will share its application and make live edits.



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RESOURCES

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WYATT CODAY is intersex and autistic. She lives in Los Angeles, where she directs NOR RESEARCH STUDIO.

HOW TO COMMUNICATE IN WHITE PEOPLE is a workshop that deconstructs grant applications and demystifies what institutions are asking artists to perform in exchange for cash and clout.

NOR RESEARCH STUDIO is a design research studio that develops didactic media, exhibitions, publications, and other forms of intellectual property for artists, nonprofits, and creative businesses.

If youre an artist or creative trying to stabilize your practice, we want to work with you. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation here. You can also fill out this intake form, which makes for a great self-reflexive diagnostic tool. Feel free to drop us a line at wye@nor.la if you want to trade notes.

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