Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, “Geolocation.” From Kate Albers’ interview with the artists on her blog Circulation/Exchange
Blogs are by no means new, but the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant category for blogging is still a unique award in its field. In some cases, it can be the only way arts writers can earn money for their personal blogs. In addition to issuing awards for articles, books, and short-form writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program supports bloggers writing on a range of art issues.
Since the Arts Writers Grant Program is now accepting applications through May 18, I wanted to get a sense of how bloggers specifically have used their award, so I reached out to a few past awardees. Their answers were so informative and important, that I will divide the interviews into a three part series.
The bloggers who contributed to this series are: Kate Albers who maintains Circulation/Exchange, featuring short critical essays exploring the intersection of social media and photography. Daniel Temkin’s esoteric.codes documents the history of obscure programming language and bridges the hacker and arts community. Founded in 2007, Sharon Butler’s Two Coats of Paint publishes commentary about painting, artist interviews and studio visits. And Gelare Khoshgozaran and Eungsong Kim’s contemptorary—which recently went live—is devoted to alternative and emerging artistic practices by women of color, queer and immigrant artists in the U.S.
Part I: So Your Blog Got a Grant—What Happens Now?
Writers who win grants for their blog don’t always just use the money to pay the rent and keep writing. Sometimes the money also helps them rethink their whole angle or go deeper into their subject.
Kate Albers: The grant allowed me to take two semesters of sabbatical (instead of one) from my faculty position at the University of Arizona. It really went entirely to this, straight income replacement. So while the money was spent on pretty mundane things—like rent, groceries, and child care—what it really funded was those extra months of time without teaching or university service responsibilities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. The value of this is incalculable, and goes well beyond the parameters of what appears on Circulation/Exchange.