The next dots between cohort begins November 2021. This financial coaching program is for artists who have started to bring in more resources than ever before and need to establish the financial and business structures that will support their long term career growth. The program includes three sessions with a financial planner, three workshops on art business practices and 1:1 mentoring with BIPOC arts leaders and small group discussions led by past fellows.
This is a free program for up to 30 BIPOC artists in the Southwest with 10 spots for BIPOC artists located across the US.
Topics past fellows explored:
-increasing credit to purchase a home or land
-opening retirement accounts or better understanding current investment accounts
-planning for children's education or helping parents
-addressing past debt
-strategies for dealing with uneven income
-when to take on loans in order to grow your business
-restructuring student loans
-having financial conversations with a partner
-utilizing networks and finding new relationships
-structuring fundraising campaigns and other communication strategies
Click here to fill out the application form. Applications accepted until October 1, 2021. Finalists will be notified by October 18, 2021. Program runs November 2021-May 2022. Time commitment of 2-4 hours a month for 6 months.
Up to four leaders who run community arts programs will also be chosen in addition to the focus on individual artists. If you run a nonprofit arts program and want help with fundraising strategies, please fill out this form.
Sheetal Prajapati is a Brooklyn-based educator, artist and advisor. Currently she is the Interim Managing Director at Common Field and works as an arts advisor through her agency Lohar Projects, focusing on public engagement, artist projects, organizational planning and professional development. She serves on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Fine Arts program and is the Board Chair of Art and Feminism. Previously, Sheetal spent fifteen years developing public programming, outreach, and artist-centered initiatives at organizations including Pioneer Works (Brooklyn), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Sheetal speaks about art and practice, public engagement, and pedagogy across the country in cultural spaces including Residency Unlimited, The Museum of Modern Art, The High Line, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Creative Time, and University of North Carolina Greensboro amongst others. As an artist, she has held residencies at Wassaic Project (New York), Pocoapoco (Mexico), Strange Foundation (New York), Elsewhere Museum (North Carolina) and Arquetopia Foundation (Mexico).
As a field advisor, Sheetal has served on review and selection panels for artist grants, residencies and fellowships at organizations like The Laundromat Project, Apex Art, The Joyce Foundation, Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts amongst others. Through her agency Lohar Projects, she has worked with clients including Times Square Arts, Grounds for Sculpture, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Eyebeam Center for Technology. Part of her agency's work also includes developing and leading professional development seminars for artists at places like Creative Capital, KODA, and The Joan Mitchell Center. Sheetal received an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Northwestern University in History and Gender Studies. For more, visit sheetalprajapati.com.