Better Fundraising Through Science: How National Science Foundation Grants Can Help You Support Your Art

A Workshop led by Michael Bennett
Saturday, October 31 at 10 am

Free and open to the public

In this era of shrunken public funding for the arts, inflationary art market prices for a fractional subset of artists, and museum management models based on corporate revenue generation strategies, most artists struggle to make a living at practicing their craft. Crowdfunding is touted as a viable response, but a growing body of evidence suggests that only a small percentage of campaigns are successful. This presentation will describe another viable, but less widely pursued alternative: National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. Through collaboration with academic researchers as fellow "investigators" on NSF proposals, as "societal impact" consultants on NSF grants and/or as an organizer of a workshop focused on scientific/technical dimensions of one's practice, artists are able to access this under-utilized funding source. The presentation will describe successful examples of artists working in these modes and sketch ways of using even "unsuccessful" proposals to further an art practice.

Michael Bennett is an associate research professor in Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, a Lecturer in Law in the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, and Special Advisor on Technology and Legal Practice at the Northeastern University School of Law’s NuLawLab. He received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and his doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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