How to Apply for an Artist Grant Workshop

How to Apply for an Artist Grant / Tacoma
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 11am – 1pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Tacoma Public Library,
1102 Tacoma Avenue S, Tacoma WA 98402

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Over 1,000 artists a year support Artist Trust and receive benefits as members. Learn more about how a membership gets you discounts on Artist Trust programs and statewide businesses here.


This workshop provides an overview of applying for artist grants, presented by Artist Trust Program Manager Katy Hannigan. You’ll learn about funding opportunities available for you and your projects, how the grantmaking process works, and tips to make your next application stand out. Following the workshop, Tacoma artists Jasmine Brown, RYAN! Feddersen, Melinda Raebyne, and Jason Skipper will share their experiences applying for grants and other opportunities and answer questions.

*This workshop is open to artists of all disciplines who are interested in applying for GAP.

Presented in partnership with Tacoma Public Library.

Email Program Coordinator Zach Frimmel for any questions regarding scholarships, member codes, or accessibility.


  • Hear from local artists about the grant application process
  • Understanding the components of a solid grant application
  • How the application and selection process works from start to finish
  • Funding opportunities available for your work
  • Resources for additional support
  • Reference guides with sample applications


Katy Hannigan

As the Program Manager at Artist Trust, Katy develops responsive programming that supports Washington state artists in their creative and professional endeavors.


Jasmine Iona Brown (Seattle) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and traveled to five continents before settling in greater Seattle. She earned her BFA at Howard University and her MA in African Studies from UCLA. Her graduate study in ancient history and cultures led her to incorporate antique artistic mediums, such as egg tempera, into her artwork. She is fascinated with the human face and the tragic narratives of marginalized people.

Jasmine received 2017 GAP Award funding for a continued series of egg tempera portraits of murdered people of color painted in the Byzantine icon style. She has selected a total of 10 more portrait subjects ranging from Michael Brown to the Charleston 9. She wants to call attention to these tragic killings in a way that honors the humanity of the victims while encouraging the viewers to grieve and find solutions to urban violence, police brutality and hate crimes.


RYAN! Feddersen (b.1984) Confederated Tribes of the Colville (Okanogan / Arrow Lakes) is a mixed-media installation artist who specializes in interactive and immersive artworks that invite audience engagement. Now located in Tacoma, she was raised in Wenatchee, Washington and follows in a long lineage of creative people. Feddersen attended Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009, graduating Magna Cum Laude with concentrations in painting, print art, drawing and sculpture. She draws on the indigenous traditions of performance, communal / experiential practice, and social engagement. Feddersen spent several years working in arts administration and since transitioning to a career artist two years ago, has received grants, residencies and fellowships from Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Artist Trust, the Institute of American Indian Arts, 4Culture, the Evergreen Longhouse, and the Bill Holm Center.


After almost ten years of acting in other peoples films, Melinda decided to make her own films; films spoken from her heart, told in her own voice. Melinda is interested in making films that examine important social issues while giving a voice for those who are suffering from the pain of social injustices. She understands what it feels like to hide in a veil of façade in hopes to just fit in.

In March 2016 Melinda Raebyne received the Right Now Today Humanitarian Award for her work on Asylum. Asylum was Melinda’s first film. A narrative short that looks at mental trauma brought on by domestic violence. It was awarded Best Narrative Short at the Cinema On The Bayou Film Festival. She served as the Event Director with the Seattle Latino Film Festival in 2013 and 2014. During the Summer of 2016, she was asked to be a filmmaker mentor for Tacoma’s Grand Cinema Film Camp. Currently, Melinda is working on two projects; Stories of Us and For Sale. Stories of Us is a collection of stories from people who make up the landscape of America. The hope is to build a bridge of compassion to show how we connected to one another through like experiences. For Sale will be an exhibit that invites viewers into the life of a person who’s a victim of human trafficking with the goal of bring to light of this issue that has infested the US and other countries all over the world.


Jason Skipper’s debut novel Hustle was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, and Pembroke, and he has received awards and recognition from Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, and Crab Orchard Review. In addition, he is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference, grants from Artist Trust, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses and Best of the Web anthologies. He is an Associate Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.


The venue for this event is wheelchair accessible and can be accessed by public transportation. The venue has identified as a non-scent-free space with gendered bathrooms. This event is service dog-friendly and child-friendly, but child care will not be provided. Also, if you do plan to bring your child please keep in mind that certain topics and language may not be appropriate for children.

Email Zach Frimmel for any workshop or other accessibility questions.