November 16 #ArtistHotline Guest Chat: “Application Strategies: Grants, Residencies, and Open Calls”

November 16 #ArtistHotline Guest Chat: “Application Strategies: Grants, Residencies, and Open Calls”

Gain Insight on Arts Applications, from Researching Opportunities to Submitting

Grants, Residencies, and Open Calls: artists, writers, and performers know these opportunities are valuable, but how do you find them? How do you evaluate a competition to know whether it’s worth your time and potential application fee? Most importantly, once you’ve decided to go for it, what are the secrets to a successful application?

Get insight into these questions on Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST on Twitter during our #ArtistHotline Guest Chat, “Application Strategies: Grants, Residencies, and Open Calls.” We’ll be joined by industry experts Julia Fierro, novelist and founder of The Sackett Street Writers Workshop; Sharon Louden, artist, writer, and editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: essays by 40 Working Artists, and Andrew Simonet, choreographer, writer, and founder of Artists U. Learn more about our guests below.

This guest chat is part of #ArtistHotline, a full day tweet chat dedicated to supporting artists in their professional development. In addition to the guest chat, join us starting at 9:30 AM EST with all your career-related questions and hear from NYFA staff and our partnering organizations around the world. At 4:00 PM EST, we will be joined by Jacque Donaldson, Program Officer, Fellowships/Curatorial, who will respond to inquiries about this year’s NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship application.

To participate in “Application Strategies: Grants, Residencies, and Open Calls:”

Guest Chat Bios


Julia Fierro’s second novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on June 6, 2017. Her first novel, Cutting Teeth, was called “a comically energetic debut” by The New Yorker and was one of 2014’s most anticipated debuts. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, The Millions, Buzzfeed, Glamour, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers Workshop in 2002, a creative home to 3,500 writers in NYC, LA, and online. Named “Best Writing Classes” by Time Out NY, and “Best MFA-Alternative” by Poets & Writers, Sackett Street was profiled in The Observer and The Economist. Julia lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Find Julia tweeting @JuliaFierro.


Sharon Louden holds a MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. In addition, Sharon is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art and the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Published in October, 2013, the book is now in its sixth printing. With sales in over 18 countries, it has become Intellect Book’s #1 best selling publication two years in a row. The book has been translated into Korean, garnered over 45 reviews, been the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances, and received more individual feedback than can be counted.

Sharon’s second book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life will launch at the Strand Book Store on March 2, 2017 as a part of an extensive 80-stop conversation/book tour. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, Last Artist Standing, focusing on artists over 50 years of age, will be published in 2020. For more information about Sharon Louden and her work: and

Find Sharon tweeting @LoudenStudio.


Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer, and the founder of Artists U. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist and works with artists nationally to build sustainable lives. He was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Headlong created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Andrew’s projects included CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. His work has been supported with grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Japan Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, The Tremaine Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work was produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. 

Since 2006, Artists U has offered free, artist-to-artist workshops and resources for building sustainable lives, and now includes programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina. Andrew currently writes fiction and is the writer and producer for Barbacoa, a documentary film about documented and undocumented workers in Philadelphia’s restaurant industry. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

Find Andrew tweeting @andrewSimonet

Inspired by the NYFA Source Hotline, #ArtistHotline is dedicated to creating an ongoing online conversation around the professional side of artistic practice. #ArtistHotline occurs on the third Wednesday of each month on Twitter. Our goal is to help artists discover the resources needed, online and off, to develop sustainable careers. This initiative is supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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