This Mock Grant Panel offers you an opportunity to practice writing a grant application for your arts-based project, and to get formal feedback from a review committee. The top two applications will be awarded a no-strings-attached cash prize in the following amounts: first place ($500) and second place ($250). Artists of all disciplines, collectives, and emerging arts organizations without nonprofit status are invited to apply below through Monday, October 28 at midnight at no cost.
The 2019 Mock Grant Panel will be held Tuesday, November 12 at Blank Space (2847 Cherokee St) from 6:00-8:00 pm. The three-person review committee—which includes Stan Chisholm, Jessica Baran, and Denise Ward-Brown—will publicly discuss and comment on each application, similar to the Regional Arts Commission’s citizen review panels. The committee will use MAPS fiscal sponsorship program application criteria to rate and rank all applications. Award notifications will be made by Wednesday, November 27.
Mock Grant Application Questions (for preview purposes only)
2019 Review Panelists
South St. Louis native Stan Chisholm works under the alias 18andCounting, building himself as an experimental hip hop lyricist, producer, DJ, sculptor, installation artist, curator, educator, designer, and Illustrator. In 2015 he formed TheOnlyEnsemble, a group consisting of a rapper, several percussionists, synthesizers, violin, and a DIY sliding didgeridoo. Initially for the LoFi Cherokee recording that same year, the group has since remained banded and exploring new sounds. He self-produced, recorded, and released several projects including Animal Skins (2017), TheBirdsAtThisHour (2016), and UnstrumentalRaps (2012). He is affiliated with the Far Fetched Collective, Dismal Niche Tapes, and Lorn’s Wednesday Sound.
In 2018 he served as Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s first-ever DJ-in-residence. He has received steady praise and various awards from The Riverfront Times for Best Solo Project (2011), Best DJ (2012), Mastermind Award (2010), and Best Eclectic Electronic Act (2016). In 2019, he joined the Board of Directors for St. Louis’s 61-year-old New Music Circle. As a visual artist, in 2013 he became the first-ever Regional Arts Commission: Artists Count Fellow. Chisholm has exhibited at Laumeier Sculpture Park, The Hyde Park Art Center, 1st Amendment Gallery, and Hoffman-LaChance, and is a founding member of Blank Space, an art and music venue. Chisholm received his B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jessica Baran is a poet, curator, critic and Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera Projects. The author of three poetry collections, she is the former art writer for the Riverfront Times (2008-2012), Assistant Director of White Flag Projects (2008-2011), and Director of fort gondo compound for the arts (2012-2016). She is also an educator who has instructed and advised graduate students in the MFA program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art (2012-2017); taught writing and literature courses to inmates through St. Louis University’s Prison Arts & Education program (2013-2017); and overseen numerous public workshops and panels in a broad range of contexts.
Originally from Northwest Indiana, she holds a B.A. in visual art from Columbia University, NY and an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also an alum of the ICI Curatorial Intensive (NYC, 2013) as well as the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute (Cherokee Street, 2014). In 2014 the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis awarded her an Artist Fellowship in Literature for her poetry writing. She lives in St. Louis with her husband, poet Nathaniel Farrell, and their dog Benny.
Denise Ward-Brown is a filmmaker whose work frequently explores African and African-American themes and history. Most recently, she completed Home Going, a three-part documentary suite about Washington Park Cemetery—a historical representation of the African-American Church, an autonomous institution founded in a segregated society. She is currently producing and directing projects with funding from the Missouri Humanities Council and a 2016 Ferguson Seed Fund Grant from Washington University.
Ward-Brown also was awarded a $20,000 Regional Arts Commission Fellowship, a Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant, Sam Fox School Faculty Creative Activity Research Grants, and a Project Series Grant from the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. With support from a 2015 grant from The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation, she designed the course Tale of Two Cities: Documenting Our Divides, in which students engaged with and documented social justice organizations throughout St. Louis.
Ward-Brown began making documentary videos in West Africa as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 1997. Her first films addressed traditional celebrations in Ghana, and she received second place in the Documentary Award category at the Abuja International Film Festival in 2004. She has received production grants for her award-winning documentary Jim Crow to Barack Obama, including a CALOP grant in 2011 and a Kresge Arts in St. Louis Grant.
Ward-Brown earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and an MFA from Howard University.