Winning the Art Lottery

(or in other words: I got a grant!!!)

As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I’ve been forcing myself to apply to more things recently, such as shows and the like. So with that in mind, this past fall I took my first crack at applying for an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant—figuring that it would be a useful exercise, but not really expecting anything to come of it.  Okay that’s a lie—I enjoyed several glorious days daydreaming about how wonderful it would be to actually get it, and then, like the modest Canadian I am, I spent the next few months trying to remind myself of all the reasons I wouldn’t get it.

So when my Mom called the other day, saying that a letter had come from the OAC, wondering if she should open it or not, I was half hopeful, half trying not to get my hopes up. Needless to say, when she said that I’d been awarded one of the 25 grants they gave out (of 81 applications), I couldn’t believe it!

The grant I applied for was a Crafts Projects Creation & Development grant—part of my proposal was towards my first solo show which is scheduled for July at Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery in Medicine Hat, and the other part was so I could attend NCECA this year in Milwaukee.

It’s such a great feeling of validation to be selected by a jury of fellow artists and arts professionals to receive funding for making my work, and I am truly grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for making this possible.

Time to get my hands dirty!

Ontario Arts Council