2019-20 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2)

The Professional Development Grant program assists artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. The following 36 Professional Development Grants totaling $53,260 were awarded on December 9, 2019. (*First time grant recipients)


2019-20 Professional Development Grant awards (Cycle 2):

*Adam Bacher – Participate in Speakers Academy class with the National Speakers Association – $1,200

*Alexis Day – Participate in a residency at the Studios at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA – $1,600

*Amelia Unsicker – Travel to present work at The PGK Dance Project in San Diego, CA – $1,800

AnneLouise Sterry – Attend the Association of Performing Artists Professionals Conference in New York, NY – $1,600

*Ashlin Aronin – Participate in The Arctic Circle residency program, sailing from Longyearbyen, Norway – $1,600

*Becky Springer – Attend a four day workshop with Jodie King at the Sedona Art Center in Sedona, AZ – $1,400

*Cecily Overman – Attend Shakespeare training program at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA – $1,850

*Emma Colburn – Participate in DAK’ART 2020 Biennial for Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal – $1,600

*Ezra Weiss – Career coaching with Kim Gumbel of Vespertine Works – $1,200

*Hannon Welch – Participate in residency at Carrizozo AIR in Carrizozo, NM – $1,930

Jennifer Swanson – Update of artist website – $1,500

*Jennifer Viviano – Travel and exhibit work at Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, MO – $2,000

Jessica Mehta – Participate in the Native Arts Cohort at the Potlatch – $1,960

*Jonathan Hanisits – Participate in residency at Casa Lu with printmaker Abraham Leon in Mexico City, Mexico – $1,550

*Kacy McKinney – Participate in a residency through Editora Quixote-Do in Brumadinho, Brazil – $1,000

*Kate Zipsy – Attend Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference in New York, NY – $1,500

*Katie Janovec – Travel to train with Rashaad Hasani and Ryan “Future” Webb in Washington, DC – $1,800

*Kelli Pennington – Work with Mary Virginia Swanson to refine portfolio and website in Tucson, AZ – $1,600

*kia metzler holden – Creation of an artist website – $1,500

*Kyla Yeoman – Attend DocShop workshop, part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, MT – $1,000

*Leif Lee – Work with artist coach Beth Pickens, and attend class at Mercy Corps NW – $1,450

*leo ariel abbott – Study tap dance with Kaycie Jones at Portland Dance Studios – $,1500

*Maerose Sweeting-Boyer – Attend Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI – $1,750

Margaret Connelly – Creation of an artist website – $1,500

*Nathaniel Hughes – Study with coaches Alicia Cutaia, Russ Stark, and Anni Kupper in Portland – $1,450

*Peter Field – Attend film directing workshop through Raindance at Rough Diamond Productions, in Los Angeles, CA – $1,000

*Shana Palmer – Travel and exhibit work at Epsilon Spires New Media Center in Brattleboro, VT – $1,150

*Shatha Almutawa – Participate in mentorship and study with poet Zeina Hashem Beck – $1,800

Stefano Iaboni – Work with videographer to make promotional recording of performance – $600

*Stephanie Gervais – Participate in residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont – $1,500

*Talilo Marfil – Work with marketing agency on branding and creation of a new website – $2,000

Tiffany Kirkpatrick – Attend residency with Cross Cultural Collaborative in Nungua, Accra, Ghana – $1,500

*TJ Thompson – Study for with percussionist Scott Amendola in Berkeley, CA  – $1,150

Vanessa Renwick – Participate residency and festival presentation at Basement Films in Albuquerque, NM – $720

*Greater Portland Flute Society – Update organizational website – $1,500

*In Mulieribus – Travel to perform two at a conference in Spokane, WA – $1,500