Several workshops will be held to explain how to write effective proposals, craft budgets, and navigate the online submission for the Propeller Fund. Throughout the year, Propeller Fund offers professional development and networking opportunities to its grantees, including a mentorship and residency program, social gatherings and exhibitions, through its program space at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

Upcoming programs schedule:

March 11, 6:30 PM: Artist Tax Workshop with Janet Ecklebarger at Gallery 400 Lecture Room
March 14-15: Propeller Fund at Chicago Creative Expo at Chicago Cultural Center 
May 24, 11:00 - 7 PM: Application workshop and opening of 2012 Propeller awardees exhibition and Mana Studio Residency
June 18, 6:00 PM: Information Session at Hyde Park Art Center
July 2, 6:00 PM: Information Session at Threewalls
June and July: One on one meetings available
August 1: Propeller Application 2014 Deadline  

March 11 Artist Tax Workshop

6:30PM to 8:00PM

Gallery 400 Lecture Room

400 South Peoria
FREE and open to all

This workshop with Janet Ecklebarger will instruct artists on how to properly claim a grant on their taxes.
Janet Ecklebarger has been a practicing artist for over twenty years and, for almost ten years, has been preparing income taxes. She specializes in deductions for artists, musicians, and other creative types while also offering tax and accounting techniques for the right brained.

Topics covered:
• Taxability of grants and other artist incomes
• Deductions and how to treat them including record keeping
• DBA's and banking
• 1099's receiving and instituting
• Role of Fiscal Agents
• Sole Proprietorship vs. S Corp and LLC

May 24: Application Workshop, followed by Mana Pilot Program Reception

Mana Contemporary, 2233 S. Throop St.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Applying to Propeller Introduction and tips on writing a compelling proposal, budgeting, navigating the online system and juror's point of view. Presenters include previous Propeller Fund awardees and jurors.

3 – 4:00 PM: One-on-one meetings in 15-minute sessions with Propeller staff

4:00 PM: Keynote on community-engaged art in Chicago by artist Michael Rakowitz

5:00 – 7:00 PM: Propeller 2012 awardees exhibition reception and launch of Mana Studio residency

Information Sessions

Wednesday June 18, 6 PM
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Wednesday July 2, 6 PM
119 N. Peoria St. #2C

One on one meetings

Have a question about applying? Staff members will be available for one-on-one meetings in June and July, Tuesday – Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Meetings must be scheduled at least one week in advance and are subject to availability. Please email to set up a meeting time.

Propeller and Beyond

Ongoing opportunities for Propeller Fund grantees include: Pilot Program at Mana Contemporary Chicago, a one year free studio residency for the incubation of new projects; exhibition programs, socials, and webinar presentations from leading creative organizers at our exhibition/flex space, also at Mana; and mentorship with Chicago art administration professionals to help sustain ongoing projects.