In this panel, hear from organizations like Photoville who can help fund your stories, plus photographers like Joni Sternbach and the Restless Collective who have successfully turned to third parties to raise money. Plus, get tips on how to craft a proposal and pitch your idea!
Speakers: Laura Roumanos Alan Winslow Morrigan McCarthy Dianne Debicella Joni Sternbach
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 Uplands
Many aspiring and professional photographers alike share a passion for storytelling. But with long-term projects can come real expenses like travel, gear, and even multi-media costs that aren’t easy to pay for with a limited budget. The good news is there’s a long list of non-profit, crowdfunding platforms, and federations that award grants and help pay for inspiring photography projects like yours. In this panel, hear from organizations like Photoville who can help fund your stories, plus photographers like Joni Sternbach and the Restless Collective who have successfully turned to third parties to raise money. Plus, get tips on how to craft a proposal and pitch your idea!
Laura Roumanos is a Lebanese Creative Producer originally hailing from Australia. She is currently the Executive Director and co-Founder of Photoville, a non-profit organization devoted to reaching a wide, diverse audience by producing a free annual photo festival in NYC, activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and connecting artists to a worldwide audience through educational programming and community events. Laura graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts back in Australia and worked as a Producer before making the big move to NYC 16 years ago. Since then, Laura has worked for the Manhattan Theatre Club, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Creative Time, The Future of StoryTelling, and the World Science Festival, in addition to producing several large scale theatrical shows for creatives such as Karen O, Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Spike Jonze, Opening Ceremony and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Laura is currently a Coro Leadership NY Fellow and is committed to working with the New York Creative community on sustainable and equitable programs and initiatives.
Alan Winslow is a photographer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He has spent the past six years alternating between freelance work and long-term, grant-funded projects that become public artwork. Alan teaches photography at The Maine Media Workshops and Brooklyn Central. Alan regularly tempts the Gods by consuming unnatural quantities of street food.
Morrigan McCarthy is a photographer who enjoys the way images can tell complex stories. Morrigan studied poetry and dance at Connecticut College and documentary photography at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was selected as the 2012 Maine Visual Arts Fellow and attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007 where she won an award for outstanding work. She has spent the better part of the last six years traveling for long-term projects including The Geography of Youth, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York where she works as a freelance photographer and co-founding member of the Restless Collective.
Dianne Debicella is the Senior Program Director for Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas. Dianne helps over 3,500 sponsored artists and emerging organizations, representing all artistic disciplines, finding funding and other resources to support their work. Since 2006, she has led the program to become one of the largest art fiscal sponsorship programs in the country with an annual budget of $17 million. Dianne is the co-founder of Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (CSA+D) and serves on the steering committee of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. She received her B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and her M.P.A. from Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management program.
Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from New York University/International Center of Photography with an M.A. in Photography. She was part of the adjunct faculty at New York University, and currently lectures at Cooper Union, ICP, and The Center for Alternative Photography. Sternbach uses early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and portraits. Sternbach’s solo exhibition, SurfLand, was featured at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, along with her first monograph published by PhotoLucida. Her work is included in many collections, including The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. She is the recipient of several grants including the Clarence John Laughlin award and NYFA.”