I haven’t ever applied for a grant before. It always seemed an inefficient way to gamble. But when Arts Northern Rivers offered their fast turnaround Micro Grants – $1000 to help alleviate the direct impact of Covid – I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try.
Because the Gympie exhibition didn’t happen, now online here, and I had a lounge-room full of paintings I considered applying to put on a pop-up exhibition downtown. I may yet do that.
Instead my application was for setting up a digital learning situation to supplement the real world teaching I do. You know that I’ve been thinking about how to do this for a long time. The distances and weekend work become wearying. The Covid gave everyone more experience with video learning. The programs and apps are more forgiving.
It was time.
No-one was more surprised than me when I was awarded the grant. One of thirteen. Thrilled to bits.
Now I just had to do it.
The grant application was an interesting process.
One of the questions was “How had the Covid impacted on your practice/business?” Shocking to look at the actual numbers. I included a timeline. I was programming for my own learning. I would not only be taking my teaching experience and putting it on a different platform, I would be learning how to present, film, edit and sell.
There are a number of things that will make it more likely to happen. The input of cash has meant I can buy the microphone and a tripod. Some of the new equipment is in the header photo, the other gear I’ve had for a while, or borrowed. The attention to it means my research has a purpose. And there’s a time limit. I need to have it basically done by the end of September.
That’s where you come in.
I’m giving you notice here that this is my plan. And I need your help.
The academic process of describing something in future tense is no longer an academic exercise. It just got real.
Let’s see how big this thing can get.
How you can help
- Keep me sane. Call me, or email, or message. We all know about that vortex that we can fall into when we get a new program or software. I remember that time, redoing my last website, when someone came and made me go to Bunnings on a Sunday afternoon. “Do I have to get out of my pyjamas” I’d asked plaintively. I always need to have lunch, or coffees, even if I’m in the middle of things. Mine is a medium double shot cap, on full cream milk. But a phone or text conversation will stave off the vortex just as easily.
- I may need someone to hold a camera during filming. No experience necessary
- I’ll be looking for people to test the learning material such as videos, PDF’s and processes. If you’d like to be on the receiving end, and would be happy evaluating your experience, and my teaching, please contact me.
- Thanks in advance