Join Emma Raynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation, and Laura Roumanos, Co-Founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville, in a 45 minute crash course that covers everything from searching for job and exhibition opportunities, responding to request for proposals, and learning the tricks of the trade to writing the perfect grant submission.
The Art of the Pitch: Preparing and writing proposals, grants and more
Featuring: Emma Raynes, Laura Roumanos
Friday, September 14 | 4PM – 4:45PM
Location: 60 Water Street, DUMBO – across from Photoville
You have been working on a long term project for years, what is next? Applying for a grant to keep going? Search for an exhibition opportunity or try and find a job that pays the bills while documenting that one passion story? Join Emma Raynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation and United Photo Industries and Photoville’s Co-Founder Laura Roumanos, in a 45 minute crash course that covers everything from searching for job and exhibition opportunities, responding to request for proposals and learning the tricks of the trade to writing the perfect grant submission.
Emma Raynes is the Director of Programs at Magnum Foundation, a non-profit organization that expands diversity and Creativity in Documentary Photography. At Magnum Foundation, Emma oversees grant-making and mentoring activities and produces laboratories that stimulate imagination at the intersection of photography, technology and social justice.
Emma Raynes holds an M.A. in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research and a B.A. in Art History at Bowdoin College. She received the Lewis Hine Documentary Initiative Fellowship from Duke University and was a Van Lier scholar at the International Center of Photography. As a practitioner, she has completed ethnographic research, community-based photography projects, and radio documentaries in the United States and internationally.
Laura Roumanos is the executive producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries (UPI) and Photoville, where she has produced over 400 photo exhibitions and public projects throughout the world. Roumanos has brokered partnerships with over 100 entities.
Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia, Roumanos worked as a producer and arts administrator before making the big move to New York City to join the Manhattan Theatre Club. She then worked as the general manager at St. Ann’s Warehouse for several years where she helped present and produce large-scale international theatre, music, and art events. She’s also the co-producer for the New York Times Portfolio Review, which is in its 6th year at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. While spearheading UPI over the past several years, Roumanos has also worked as the senior producer of both Creative Time and the Future of StoryTelling, and has recently moonlighted as the line producer and director of operations for the World Science Festival.
She also continues to consult, manage, and produce numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City with artists such as Karen O, Spike Jonze (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among many others. Roumanos is often sought by the New York arts scene for consultation and advice regarding public art and multi-disciplinary projects across all artistic platforms.