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Project Budgeting For Artists And Designers
Executive Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA)

Course Description

The first time many artists and creative workers put together a project budget is when someone else needs to see it, often under a looming deadline and mounting stress. Budgeting guru Kay Takeda will familiarize you with the format and the goals of effective budgeting, using simple spreadsheets as tools. She shares how budgets can be similar to artist statements: both present compelling and convincing stories of your values, your efforts, your community, your professionalism, and your ambitions. When done right, budgets are a flexible, financial expression of your work and an important communication tool to help you clarify what you need and your priorities when it comes to getting a project done.

This course consists of an hour-long video and hours of opportunity for research and  budgeting work.

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Kay Takeda
Executive Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA)
Kay Takeda has worked for over 25 years to support the advancement of artists and the arts sector. Currently, she is Executive Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), which recognizes artists making innovative work through unrestricted grants and responsive project support. Previously, she developed strategy and oversaw artist-focused initiatives at Joan Mitchell Foundation, including the launch of the multi-year Joan Mitchell Fellowship. In prior roles, Kay expanded local grantmaking community partnerships and professional development at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; led national grantmaking programs at Arts International, and managed exhibitions and programming at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor. She serves on the board of Movement Research, frequently sits on funding panels, and lectures widely on professional issues affecting artists.