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Ice C.R.E.A.M Social: Grant Writing for Artists

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Join grant writers, recipients, and selection panelists at Makara Center for the Arts for an afternoon discussion and Q&A on arts funding. Learn the basics of a grant proposal, budgets, and other tips & tricks to help convince people to give you money.

Featuring special guests Adriana Sánchez Alexander and Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, moderated by Marytza Rubio. 

Free admission!
Limited seating, for ages 18+
Icy treats for all!

Adriana Sánchez Alexander is a writer, educator, and cultural worker from Santa Ana, CA with a background in designing and implementing community-based arts projects. She is a founder of Workshop for Community Arts (2007), an arts collaborative that works across artistic disciplines to re-imagine what it looks like to create art in partnership with community. In 2016, Workshop for Community Arts was a recipient of grants from the California Arts Council and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture.  
With approximately 10 years of grants experience, Adriana has written all kinds of grant applications for all kinds of organizations, both arts-based and not. She has developed grant narratives for dozens of organizations as a Grants & Communications Consultant for The Olin Group (a nonprofit consulting firm in OC), as Development & Communications Coordinator for the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California, and as Grants & Communications Manager for ACCIÓN Texas. She also formerly directed the Writers in Communities program at Gemini Ink, a literary arts nonprofit located in San Antonio, TX, where she oversaw the successful writing and implementation of an NEA Arts & Aging grant for intergenerational storytelling.  
She received her MFA in poetry from UC Irvine in 2009 and a Master of Public Policy degree, also at UC Irvine, in 2015.  


Jessica Ceballos y Campbell is a mestiza poet, interdisciplinary artist, publisher, designer, advocate, instigator, and cultural wanderer, whose work for 20 years has been centered on exploring the intersections of art and personal narrative, and how those are affected by and inform the spaces we occupy and exist in. 

Her interest in grant writing began in 2002 when she was invited to help build a two-theatre/gallery space in Santa Monica. She assisted the director of development and quickly learned that if she can write a grant application well enough, she’d be able to focus on launching an outreach program for youth. After starting the program she continued to write grants for the theatre, for a youth services program in Alaska, and for a group of experimental video artists. With about a six year gap, in 2013 she returned to dividing her time between her own art, and consulting on program design & implementation and grant proposal writing for small-budget organizations and collectives - with her attention focused in communities of color.

Her work in community has been recognized by the State of Alaska, the California State Assembly, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Los Angeles Council Districts 1, 14 & 13. Her personal, professional, collaborative, and consulting projects have been awarded grants from individual and small business sponsors, The Ahmanson Foundation, Sony USA Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Poets & Writers, City Council Districts 13 and 14, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, to name a few. She's a 2015 Western States Arts Federation Emerging Leader of Color fellow alumna, a 2016-17 Arts for LA ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program fellow where for her culminating project she’s designing an entirely interactive, living data resource advocacy project to launch soon, and she’s been a peer review panelist for several cultural/literary arts programs. 


Marytza Rubio is the founder & executive director of Makara Center for the Arts and the manager of grants for the Illumination Foundation. 

Makara is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to provide access to arts & culture in Santa Ana through workshops, public perfomances, and multimedia resources. 

Earlier Event: July 20
Makara Closes at 4 p.m.