Inside a Grant or Residency Panel Process
Get an inside look at a panel selection process for artist grants, including what panelists look for and consider, and tips that can bolster your next application. The group will review project descriptions and work samples from real applications to provide honest feedback and advice. The session will take the form of a mock panel-room conversation and have time at the end for questions from the audience. This panel will be led by Creative Capital Awardee James Scruggs, and will feature Ali Rosa-Salas and awardee Julia Christensen, all of whom will offer their perspectives and panel experience.
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James Scruggs is a writer for theater, TV and Film, a performer, producer and arts administrator. His theatrical work is usually large scale, topical, multi-media performance pieces. This work is often fully immersive and interactive; usually focused on race, racism, supremacy, and gender politics. He’s received several grants, and awards, including 2-NJSCA Grants, 2-MAP Grants, and a Creative Capital Grant to create performance works staged and reviewed in NYC. His 3/Fifths SupremacyLand premiered in NYC (May 2017). The fully immersive, actually interactive dystopian theme park explored the historic weaponization of black skin. Receiving four stars in NYC Timeout; He has a BFA in Film- School of Visual Arts. www.jamesscruggs.com
As Director of Programming at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Ali Rosa-Salas develops the Center’s live performance programming, exhibitions, and artist residencies. As an independent curator, she has produced exhibitions, performances, and public programs with AFROPUNK, Danspace Project, Discwoman, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She has also organized discursive events as an Alumnae Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and as the Associate Curator of the 2017 American Realness Festival. Ali graduated from Barnard College with a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and has an M.A. from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Julia Christensen is a multidisciplinary artist who explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and change. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Contemporary Art Center, Thessaloniki, Greece; Eyebeam, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Christensen is the author of Upgrade Available published by Dancing Foxes Press in 2020, and Big Box Reuse, published by MIT Press in 2008. She has also written for magazines including Cabinet, Orion, and Print. She is associate professor of integrated media and chair of the Studio Art department at Oberlin College, where she has additionally served on the faculties of the Environmental Studies program and the Technology in Music and Related Arts department in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition to her award from Creative Capital, Christensen has received support from New York State Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and Turbulence, and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio, and the Experimental Television Center. In 2017 she was awarded the LACMA Art + Tech Lab fellowship, and in 2018 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.