Arts in Context

Spring 2020 Lectures offered by TLAD and Teaching and Learning Lab.
Class One 2/19/20
Syllabus Review
1. Review these past graduates’ final reports.


Flint_Arts in Context_Final_Report_2018


Impact Report 2018 Josh Tangen

Prepare a short presentation of your work, your resume’, and a list of goals/research areas or applications you are most interested in.


Class Two 2/26/20

Assignment #1

Resume’ or Academic CV

List of Goals/Research Areas/Applications

Read SWOT and PEST definitions: SWOT and PEST GUIDE


Class Three 3/4/20

Student Presentations

Assignment #2

1. PEST ANALYSIS of an organization or non-profit in arts and design.

2. ARTICLE REVIEW on a topic pertaining to your professional practice interests. Arts in Context Article Review Assignment 2020

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.


TLAD GUEST. 3/10/20 TLAD Collaborative Learning Seminar 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Simonette Quamina, Artist and Faculty,


Class Four 3/11/20 

Visitor Lauren Allen, Associate Director of TLAD’s Project Open Door

PEST and Article Roundtable

Assignment #3

Professional Interview

Interview Assignment Arts in Context 2020

Artist/Designer Statement


Class Five 3/18/20 

Individual Meeting Times: No Group Class

Bring Hard Copy:  Academic CV, Artist/Designer Statement, SWOT analysis of yourself and an organization, PEST analysis of organization, proposal for a professional interview.

8 Pearl

8:20 Victoria

8:40 Michelle

9:00 Yue

9:20 Tiangi

9:40 Diya

10:00 Ariel

10:20 Danni

10:40 Qin

11:00 Haotian

Assignment #4

Case Study


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

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- when selecting grants, jobs, applications.  Then look at the organization in terms of a  SWOT anaylsis 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.


RISD Internship Site:

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


Sites Shown in First Class:
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


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.

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 the 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