Arts in Context

)2019 Arts In Context Syllabus


8:30 am final presentations:  (8:30 NOT 8:00 AM)
one’s studio work, resume’, artist or designer statement, application interests…
10:00 am Deb Dormody Deputy Director for the Alliance of Artists Communities will come to speak to us.
I will review the items submitted to me and get my feedback on them as soon as I can. It may take me till Friday to complete these.
Please peruse the website:
 and find two residencies you are interested in or qualified for … for next summer, or for this coming year.  You can also peruse the Alliance site for jobs within the residency world that you may be qualified or interested in.
Here is Deb’s background. She is on the board of Dirt Palace in RISD, and started the renowned Craftland on Westminster Street.
She is entrepreneurial and strategic.

Deb Dormody has a high level of skill in both the operational practices of successful organizations, as well as expertise in mission-driven programming. As Deputy Director, Deb manages the Alliance’s grantmaking programs, oversees the annual conference and Emerging Program Institute, and develops strategy for research projects and programs. Previously, Deb was the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence. She acted as the liaison to the city’s arts and cultural communities, provided policy input for zoning and public space use, and administered a grantmaking program activating Providence’s neighborhoods through the performing arts. For 8 years, Deb was co-owner of Craftland – a shop, craft school, and gallery. Additionally, Deb founded If’n Books + Marks in 2000 and continues to exhibit her handmade books nationally. She is featured in the film documentary Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine. She serves as board co-chair of Dirt Palace Public Projects in Providence, RI and is on the advisory board for North Branch Projects in Chicago, IL. Deb is originally from Bristol, CT, where annually there is a festival dedicated to the Chrysanthemum.



Tuesday March 12th; GROUP CLASS with Individual Presentations

Your group presentation will open with images of your own work then move into a list of interests, then an evaluation and requirements of what you want to apply to or research for the term.

This will be a 10 to 15 minute sharing and will show how you have researched and evaluated an initial plan for the term.

  1. 4-5 slides of personal work and a description of your artist or designer statement
  2. SWOT analysis PEST analysis of your own work and or of entities you want to apply for.
  3. Personal plan or guide: name of organization, due date, requirements listed simply in a short table.

The shared guide of your individual research to be given in class may contain which organizations, residencies, grants, you are interested in and show the website of each and how you evaluated it; if you have applied for something, show what your application looks like or what your upcoming proposal entails.  Show the parameters or requirements for the proposal or submission too.

Alliance for Artists Communities

TransArtists  International Residencies
Res Arts  International Residencies
Academic Job Sites:
Colleage Art Association
Academic Keys
Higher Education
New York Foundation for the Arts


Every SWOT Analysis starts the overall approach thinking in facts through two high level points of view.

  • Internal Factors – The Strengths and Weaknesses of the subject of analysis are always internal factors. In business context may include financials, talent , machinery, equipment, systems, and intellectual property. Also they can include intangibles as culture, leadership and patents. The analysis of strengths and weaknesses from and internal standpoint will be objective, and need to be assessed within a context or boundary. The analysis will focus on the advantages or disadvantages created by this internal entities.
  • External Factors – Threats and Opportunities are always external factors. These are external elements influencing the subject of analysis. The entities involved might include market behavior, demographics, partners, suppliers, global economy, political and environmental policies, etc. The analysis will focus on new business opportunities and space for growth. Also the factors that can erode current areas of excellence or block new opportunities.

After identifying these external and internal factors the analysis will try to combine them to reach conclusions. Questions that analysts will need to answer:

  • How to use our Strengths to:
    • take advantages of new opportunities.
    • block possible threats.
    • minimize the risk of our weaknesses.
  • How to treat our Weaknesses to:
    •  reduce their impact in the future.
    • eliminate their source

March 5  Individual Meetings Room 224 TLAD: No group class.

Please bring a specific list/plan for opportunities in your field that are upcoming or that you would like to write an application for, a proposal for, or investigate for the term.

If you have written an application and sent it in; please show me the application.

8:30 am Meiqi
9:00 am Zhiqing
9:30 am Yuxin
10:00 am Anna
10:30 am Christina
11:00 am Emily
11:30 am Liam

Using SWOT and PEST is  just a way of looking at things through categories, instead of looking generally.  These little guides can move us into more efficient ways of looking for appropriate ways of applying.

Please think of one’s own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) Personal_SWOT_Analysis-tpl when selecting grants, jobs, applications.  Then look at the organization’s SWOT by perusing the website carefully, to examine what is good, weak, presents an opportunity for you and if and what the downsides of the organization are.

Please look on Alliance for Artists Communities, TransArtists, ResArtist (links below) for appropriate residencies that are open to your discipline and evaluate one or two in terms of both a SWOT and then PEST lens.

PEST=Political, economic, social and technological or  PESTLE = Political, economic, social and technological, legal, environmental both are analysis guides that may be used to learn how selected grants, jobs, foundations, internships that fit into your own personal goals? How does the organization look objectively in terms of PEST or PESTLE? Is it sound economically, does it fit into your environmental commitments and how?  Does it seem financially and socially responsible and feasible, what does it bring in terms of technology to your goals?

Research widely on the web, as some residencies are not listed on the Alliance such as National Parks Residencies ( Museum, arboretums, historical society residency programs are often listed under programs on the home sites but may not be advertised nationally (as an example Mt Auburn Cemetary Artist in Residency Program and even college residency programs may be listed only on the college site such as Olin College of Engineering’s Sketch Model: Creative Residency Program (  If you are interested in galleries, find the submission guidelines for submission and evaluate the gallery website carefully to see if your work would be a good fit.

RISD Internship Site:

RISD Summer Internship is open now for registration and goes until May 15, 2019.

Feb. 26  Individual Meetings Room 224 TLAD: No group class.

Please bring a new/recent resume’ or academic CV and if available an
application/job opening/internship/grant notice or a plan for the term to our
individual meeting for conversation. Please allow for 5-10 minutes variance in
timing due to flow of conversations. You may wait on the couch outside my
office if I am late. Please note the time slots may be slightly altered to an
original list if I shared one with you already. Email me if there is an issue
with your time.

8:30 am Meiqi
9:00 am Zhiqing
9:30 am Yuxin
10:00 am Liam
10:30 am Christina
11:00 am Emily
11:30 am Anna

Past Graduates Final Impact Reports:

Flint_Arts in Context_Final_Report_2018


Impact Report 2018 Josh Tangen

Feb. 19 Syllabus, Introductions


Updated Resume’ or Academic CV

List of Goals/Research Areas/Applications

Read SWOT and PEST definitions: SWOT and PEST GUIDE


Sites Shown in First Classa:
Residency Sites:
Alliance for Artists Communities

TransArtists  International Residencies
Res Arts  International Residencies
Academic Job Sites:
Colleage Art Association
Academic Keys
Higher Education
New York Foundation for the Arts



Articles and Resources


RI Arts Charrette 2013

non-profit-lists RI


resume_booklet_ resources




writinggrantproposal-saic-sullivan Writing Interview Protocols and Conducting Interviews: Tips for Students New to the Field of Qualitative Research



Arts in Context Gathering PEST