I’ve been raised under the sensible dictum that, while one should not give up over failures or get lazy over successes, one should still take a proper moment to mourn or celebrate, respectively.
A couple of months ago, I applied for a small grant. Yesterday, months before I expected to hear from the foundation, I received an envelope with their logo. I expected a form “thanks and we regret” letter. I did not, in any way, shape or form, expect what was inside: a check.
My first grant.
Now, organizations have gotten grants to hire me–but this is the first time I, as an individual artist, have applied for money for a project and received it. The check is barely 1/10th of what I need for this particular piece, which I have barely started–but I’m going to use my blog to take my moment to say: