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Funderdome: The Art of the Pitch

  • CUE Art Foundation 137 W 25th St New York (map)

Admission: $10 PURCHASE TICKETS / Free for members

With grant season looming, CUE hosts a series of events designed for artists in the midst of applying for project funding. Grant writing panel, The Art of the Pitch aims to give artists an insider’s perspective of the grant review process with expert advice from professionals who work with foundations and arts councils. Our guests will share tips on how to craft a compelling proposal, and we’ll cover the top “do’s and don’ts” of applying for funding. 

At a follow up event, we will invite participants to sit down with a consultant who will provide individualized and tailored feedback on a completed grant application. 

Kimberly Bartosik, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Lisa Dent, Creative Capital
Elizabeth Grady, A Blade of Grass
Lynn Lobell, Queens Council on the Arts


Kimberly Bartosik is the Program Manager for the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a Bessie Award-winning performer. She creates viscerally provocative choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Bartosik’s work has been commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Gibney Dance Center, The Chocolate Factory Theatre, Abrons Art Center; The Yard, Danspace Project, French Institute Alliance Francaise’s Crossing the Line Festival, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (France), Artdanthe Festival (France), BEAT Festival, The Kitchen, La Mama, Mount Tremper Arts, Barnard College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Arizona State University, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and Movement Research.
Bartosik has received support for her choreographic work from the Jerome Foundation; FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts in partnership with The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USArtists International; New York Foundation for the Arts, Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD); MAP Fund; American Dance Abroad; New Music USA, Live Music for Dance; and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists (nomination only) and Emergency Grants. Bartosik is a 2015 Merce Cunningham Fellow and a 2015-16 Gibney Dance in Process (DIP) Residency Artist.

Lisa Dent is the Director of Resources & Award Programs at Creative Capital. As a member of the foundation’s senior management team she oversees the financial and advisory services programs, advising awardees directly regarding the full realization of their projects by providing strategic insight and connecting them to a wide range of internal and external resources. Prior to joining Creative Capital Lisa held curatorial positions at the Columbus Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery.  In addition, she has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director and producer. From 2004-08, Lisa owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists working in a variety of media. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Visual AIDS.

Elizabeth M. Grady, Ph.D., is the Programs Director for A Blade of Grass. She is a curator and critic, and was Program Manager of smARTpower, a U.S. State Department program run by the Bronx Museum which sent fifteen artists to fifteen countries to do 6-week art projects which engaged local communities (2010-2012). She curated Proyecto Paladar, a large-scale participatory food-based installation project for the 11th Bienal de la Habana in May 2012 and contributed to the accompanying catalogue-cookbook Ten Dinners in Havana, published by the Paladar Group in 2013. She has been Adjunct Professor of Art History and in the Graduate School at FIT-SUNY since 2002. Recent projects include a 20-artist exhibition, The Situation, for the Moscow Biennale (2009), the Biennial of the Canary Islands (2009), and project coordination of a major Matthew Ritchie archiving and conservation project. She has curated numerous exhibitions in the United States, and has held curatorial positions in various institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Publications include Matthew Ritchie: More than the eye (Rizzoli, 2009) and The Situation (Moscow Biennale, 2009), and essays for numerous exhibition catalogues.

Lynn Lobell is the Grant & Resource Manager for Queens Council on the Arts. Ms. Lobell has served as QCA’s Managing Director since February 2007. Prior to that appointment she has served as Director of the Queens Arts Fund (QAF) since 1999. Ms. Lobell has served as grant panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs as well as for other NYC organizations. She has served on several grantmaker discussion panels for various organizations throughout New York City and facilitated the selection process for the Queens Laureate Poet in 2010.
Ms. Lobell serves as an advisor on the Astoria Performing Arts Center board as well as a consultant to the New York Foundation on the Arts Filmmaker Doctors Hours. Lynn received an Arts Management Certificate from NYU in 2005 and graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.F.A. in photography. Ms. Lobell was recently honored by NYC Council member Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer for her commitment to the arts community in Queens. Lynn has also worked as a freelance photographer as well as an artist’s representative and photo editor for various magazine publications.