The second part of the grant has been written, and I’m now in the process of securing the fiscal agent, getting pictures, and collecting samples of letters from students and peers. (To provide back-up materials for the impact statement.)
I’ve read and re-read. Proofed and re-proofed the grant, and it’s probably as good as it’s going to get! Will it be enough? That we don’t know, which leads me to the rant that I will imagine is on the mind of artists, art lovers, and anyone who works in the art field:
Tim Pawlenty’s theft of funds from the Legacy Act. To my mind, this is akin to someone asking for a grant from the state, and then turning around and using the money for something completely unrelated. If money was needed for other projects, the honest thing to do would have been to create a ballot that requested money from the public to support THAT cause, and let the public vote for a special assessment for that. It’s at best disingenuous, and at worst completely devious, if not illegal, to ask for funds for the environment and art and then repurpose those funds once approved for completely unrelated projects. Frankly, I want my money back. I agreed to a tax hike because I wanted additional monies for the causes stated on the bill. Whether I would have approved a tax hike for whatever else he wants to spend the money on is a non-issue, because I wasn’t given a choice.
And now this man is running for president (maybe...) and we have a choice to make. Do we want someone who would engineer this kind of deception in control of the funds of the entire nation?
As the executive director of an art center, part of my job was raising money to try to continue the legacy of Minnesota artists. It was hard, and often unrewarding. The state was stingy with their money, and required reporting and feedback on how the money was used. If the money was not used for the requested purpose, there would have been repercussions. Apparently Tim Pawlenty doesn’t feel that the same way as the rest of his government, feeling that he has the right to simply pilfer from whatever pot he wants without asking the permission of the people who voted him in, and voted to give the government the money to distribute to those who want to further the cause as stated in the ballot.
The principles of grant making and grant writing are stability, specificity, and accountability. The State Arts Board adheres to these, and demands the same from the grantees. Why in the world does THEIR boss not?
Okay, rant over! The grant will be submitted this week. Whether there will be any money left for this very worthy cause is, I guess, anyone’s guess.