My name is Shawn Whitsell. You may or may not know that I was recently accepted into the 2018 class of the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, a partnership between National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania. I will be taking courses in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, marketing and more, and building my professional network, forming lasting relationships with a diverse community of arts professionals around the world. The knowledge and skills I acquire from the program will be applied to my company, the Destiny Theatre Experience, and several other arts institutions I partner with, which will ultimately help me engage and serve the community in more enriching capacity.
By the time I discovered the program, I had only a few days to apply and the scholarship deadline had already passed. So, I invested the $500 deposit that will go toward the $4950 tuition and decided to create my own scholarship (Send Shawn to the Penn) to cover the remaining balance, which includes travel and lodging.
Here's the plan:
I am exchanging my services as an artist/writer/performer/public speaker/teaching artist for contributions to the scholarship fund. This means, I am willing to facilitate creative writing and beginner actors workshops for children or adults at churches, community centers, etc. (as long as it doesn't conflict with the work that I am already doing). I am also available for speaking engagements (aimed at youth) and spoken word performances. I am also a freelance writer who writes presses releases, public services announcements and web content for individuals and institutions. I also contribute regularly to the Connect Magazine. If I can be of service to you as a writer, I am open to assisting in exchange for a contribution. I am also open to other ideas you may have for an exchange. It just has to be creative/arts-based, involve community empowerment or something else along the lines of the type of work I do.
If you wound like to discuss an exchange, contact privately to discuss the terms before making a contribution.
If you would just like to contribute without the exchange, you can make a donation of any amount right here, right now.
Thank you for your time, consideration and for (potentially) helping me fund this scholarship and send me to the Penn. Please know that your generosity is much appreciated.
Peace and Respect,
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