I found out this morning that I was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for $25,000. I’m beyond grateful for Gigi’s help with my submission. I doubt that I would have received the funding had it not been for her wise suggestions and smart editing.
I just received a $5,530 Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant! Gigi’s grant writing workshop for artists was so helpful. I received many pointers on how to write a compelling grant application. I will use the funds for canvas, paint and marketing materials for “As the Bee Sees; a Pollinators Perspective,” an exhibit of nine 48” x 72” original paintings of food crops such as apple, zucchini, cherry, blueberry, cucumber from the point of view of the bee.
Gigi helped me transform my ‘meh’ grant application into a super application that was good enough for me to win a $5000 grant in a highly-competitive grant pool. Best of all, she made grant writing FUN. I enjoyed the entire process, learned a ton about myself and my art making, and I’m looking forward to starting the whole process again. She is the worth every single penny, and more.
Thanks for your help on my Artist Talk. I felt much more confident after our session. Your suggestions and techniques were invaluable and helped me feel so much more comfortable. The audience was very attentive and responded with huge applause and lively questions.
Although I defined my problem pretty narrowly (advice for getting into a gallery), Gigi wasn’t afraid to jump in wherever she sensed an unspoken problem or need. Her openness (and the validation that I might even be gallery-worthy!) were really important to me.
Business coaches never seemed like the right fit for my work as a writer, teacher and owner of an independent press. Then, I found Gigi. An artist and writer herself, Gigi ‘gets it.’ She’s generous in sharing her experience and wisdom. During our Skype sessions, she helps me clarify my goals and offers pragmatic suggestions that I’m able to immediately make use of.
Artist coaching with Gigi was fun, fun, fun and super productive. I enjoyed having her as a cheerleader, bringing problems in I needed help with and the assignments to take away. It was exciting to put our minds together to reach my goals. Her editing suggestions for my newsletter were so effective. Overall I feel more professional in my communications since working with Gigi.
I received two important exhibitions after I worked with Gigi on my new artist statement. I appreciated the clarity she gave me. She helped me work on the big picture and accompanied me on the tiny steps to reach my goal.
When I came to work with Gigi, I was in need of some serious help putting my creative house in order. She’s a wonderful listener and helped me find a way to honor both my heart and my head as I made a strategic plan to move forward with my career. She also helped me revise my artist statement, renegotiate my artistic goals and feel grounded in my dreams.
Working with Gigi propelled my career forward by leaps. She helped me make smarter decisions which helped shape the right choices for my career and make the most out of opportunities.
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