Creating Effective Work Samples

Online Your computer or mobile device , Cyberspace
Business skills
Who is this class for?

In this 90-minute online workshop led by James Scruggs, artists will learn best practices for producing and selecting work samples to use in applications for grants, awards, residencies, and other opportunities. James is a Creative Capital Awardee and has also sat in on panels for Chashama, New Jersey State Council for The Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Fund, HERE Arts Center, and Yaddo Artist Residency.

During this session, James will provide:

– Notes on what to look for in a photographer/videographer and how to direct them

– Tips for selecting and editing accurate and memorable work samples

– Advice on how to use careful editing to make your project more clear

– First-hand insight on what happens behind the scenes during the panel decision-making process

This workshop is a great chance to hear advice from someone with a perspective as both an artist/applicant and panel reviewer. To close the presentation, James will join a mock panel to provide real time, spontaneous feedback on work samples for a few in-studio audience members. James will be joined by Creative Capital awardees Carrie Schneider and Arturo Vidich for this portion of the workshop.

This online workshop series will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with all registered participants after the workshop concludes, regardless of whether a participant attends the live workshop. The recordings will be available online to registrants indefinitely; they are not available for download.

James Scruggs is a writer, performer, producer, arts administrator and teacher who creates large scale topical, theatrical, multi-media work usually focused on inequity or gender politics. His solo theater piece, A Voluptuary Life explored the whitewashing, and hetero-washing of LGBTQ+ history. He’s a consultant and Fieldwork facilitator for The Field and is also currently a program leader for Creative Capital. James Scruggs has a BFA in Film from the School of Visual Arts.

You may attend this online workshop by computer (Mac OSX 10.8 or PC computer Windows 7 and higher) or mobile device (iPhone iOS version 9.3 or higher, iPad iOS version 9.3 or higher, Android OS version 4.0 or higher).

For computers, please login using Chrome web browser, which must be totally up-to-date.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, and Safari may also be used, but will require you to download and install Intermedia AnyMeeting’s Desktop Application (our online workshop platform).

A strong wifi or hard-wired Internet connection is preferred (1 Mbps or faster).

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