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Telling Your Story: Grant Writing Workshop for Artists Part ll
September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join our second workshop with Lauren Woods for a partnership with ILA’s flagship program, G-to-G (Getting to Our Goals) Coaching Series!
After the wealth of information exchanged in our first session of “Telling Your Story” workshop, we invite you to join ILA, SSCAC, and Lauren Woods for an afternoon writing session, specially catered to Black artists, and creative entrepreneurs. Set time aside with us to work on your next grant application, artist statement, or mission/vision statement. We’re excited that Lauren shared an abundance of knowledge that can now be applied tactically in real-time. Join us for an afternoon of building and growing together.
ILA’s flagship program, G-to-G (Getting to Our Goals), is an ongoing effort to advance our mission of educating, celebrating, and elevating Black artists across Chicago. These monthly activations serve as an opportunity for working creatives to connect with subject matter experts in their area of interest. G-to-G coaching sessions are presented in a lecture/interactive format, with ample opportunity for group discussions among teaching artists and attendees.
ILA, founded by Rachel Gadson, believes in the power of Black artists and exists to inspire and promote their creative works. Through educational experiences, empowering events, and intentional programming, we are creating a generational web of growth and expansion within the arts.
Lauren M. Woods is a program manager for the Building Collective Power strategy at The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, she is responsible for leading grant making initiatives that support local journalism, media, and civic storytelling in the Chicago region. Prior to joining the Trust, Lauren managed the district-wide Service-Learning Initiative at Chicago Public Schools and directed the Midwest educational partnership strategy for an international nonprofit, WE.
As an artist and fourth generation Chicagoan, Lauren believes in the transformational power of narrative and storytelling to activate community and spark systems change.
As a young Black girl from the south side of Chicago, my city and environment have always been cultural influences on my creative spirit. I thrive off of creative expression and connection, and as an artist, one of my biggest challenges in advancement became access and resources.
As I’ve learned to progress, I now seek to be the connection with ILA as a trusted resource. Creating community through connection to help Black artists get the opportunities they deserve is the backbone of our impact.