Event | Fundraising Workshop in Mandarin

Event | Fundraising Workshop in Mandarin

Learn about tools and strategies to improve your fundraising skills!


With the support of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative funding from Council member Stephen Levin, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will conduct a fundraising workshop in Mandarin on Thursday, May 24, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Judy Cai, the Senior Program Officer of NYFA Learning, will discuss the fundraising landscape, including how to tackle both the researching and writing components of grant applications, as well as addressing the advantages of fiscal sponsorship. Michael Liu, Associate Director, Membership and Events of the China Institute, and Wei-Ming Liu Egelman, Institutional Giving Manager of the HERE Arts Center will also provide insights and expertise, offering tools and strategies for accessing resources and developing fundraising techniques.

Title: Fundraising Workshop in Mandarin
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cost: Free; RSVP required  

Event Accessibility:
New York Foundation for the Arts is committed to making events held at the NYFA office at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn accessible. If you are mobility-impaired and need help getting to NYFA’s office for events held on premises, we are pleased to offer complimentary car service from the wheelchair accessible Jay Street-MetroTech subway station, courtesy of transportation sponsor Legends Car Service. Please email Judy Cai at [email protected] or call 212-366-6900 ext. 150 between 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM at least three business days in advance of the event to coordinate. The elevator access point for pickup is at 370 Jay Street, on the NE corner of Jay and Willoughby Streets.

Presenter’s Bio:

Judy Cai is the Senior Program Officer of NYFA Learning at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). She facilitates various professional development programs at NYFA, such as entrepreneurial boot camps and the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, to better serve individual artists. With a strong interest in arts and cultural exchange, Judy also manages a number of NYFA’s China programs, and outreach to local Asian artist communities. Since 2013, she has led four intense professional training programs for Chinese art administrators and curators in the United States. She is also the Chief Representative in the United States for the Shanghai Interactive Festival of Theatre (SHIFT), the only festival focused on interactive theatre and arts and technology in Mainland China.

Prior to this position, Judy was the Outreach Coordinator at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. A strong advocate of global arts exchange with extensive experiences in international communications, Judy has also worked at Christie’s, Dance/USA and Shanghai International Arts Festival. Judy Cai has an M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a B.S. in Culture and Arts Management, and a Bachelor of Law from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Panelists’ Bios:

Michael Liu

Michael Liu is a performing artist, arts advocate, and nonprofit professional with international experience and a track record of success across multiple disciplines. Currently, Michael serves as Associate Director of Membership and Events at China Institute, the oldest non-profit organization in America solely dedicated to advancing a deeper understanding of China.

Previously, he served as Director of Chinese Community Initiatives at Flushing Town Hall, a multi-disciplinary nonprofit organization that presents arts and cultural activities in Flushing, New York; and as Business Development Manager at Theatre 80, a historic off-Broadway venue in East Village, New York. Trained and experienced as a professional director, actor, singer, and voice talent, Michael performed for national audiences in Taiwan before shifting his career to arts administration. Prior to relocating to New York, he also worked as associate producer and project manager at National Performing Arts Center in Taiwan, formally known as National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, and as theater manager at the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education. He holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, an M.F.A. in Theater Acting, and a B.A. in Diplomacy.

Wei-Ming Liu Egelman

As a grant writer, translator, marketer, and dramaturg, Wei-ming Liu Egelman has built a career around helping artists and arts organizations tell their stories. Currently, she does so as Institutional Giving Manager at HERE Arts Center, an organization devoted to nurturing career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art. Outside of HERE, Wei is an experienced translator of plays, film scripts, grant applications and project proposals for performing and visual artists, art criticism, and academic articles. In this role, she articulated the visions of playwrights such as Katherine Hui-ling Chou, I-shu Lee, Zhu Yi, and Pen-ning Hsing, as well as visual artists such as Iting Hou and Yi-kuan Lin. In a previous life, she crafted and executed marketing strategies for the Performance Center at National Central University in Taiwan, and served as dramaturg to productions such as Three Heads (Benshi Theatre Company), How I Learned to Drive (Performosa), and Blithe Spirit (Greenray Theatre Company).

Wei holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Taiwan University, and an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Script Development from Columbia University. There are other things she tried but failed to hold, like the family cat for any length of time, and a PhD degree in Theatre from CUNY Graduate Center. Despite the failure, she is still fond of cats and academia, and can be spotted feeding and petting her academic friends in public, to their slight confusion.

This workshop is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the City Council. NYFA is grateful to Council Member Stephen Levin for his support.

This program is presented by NYFA Learning, which includes professional development for artists and arts administrators. Sign up for NYFA’s free bi-weekly newsletter to receive updates on future programs, and the free Con Edison IAP Newsletter, which features upcoming opportunities and events of particular interest to immigrant artists.

Image: Doctor’s Hours in Mandarin, May 15, 2017, at Lair East; Photo: Judy Cai

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