Name: Laura Elkins
Grant Applied For: Small Projects Program; city offers up to $1,000, to “make grant funds more accessible for small-scale arts projects.”
Money Needed To: Produce a “series of monumental paintings” known as HOME (w)RAP.
Background: Elkins has more than two decades of exhibition experience, but she’s also gotten ink for being involved with lawsuits stemming from a run-in with a neighbor over perceived building violations (Show & Tell, 6/4/04). In her application, Elkins writes that her “work comes from experience” and that HOME (w)RAP is a response “to events that took place during a construction project.”
Plan: During her recent experience with construction crews, Elkins no doubt saw plenty of ladders in action. Perhaps that’s why she requested funds from the city for a $444 “rolling ladder” that would allow her to “easily access the entire painting surface” of her large-scale project. Other costs that the experienced artist was hoping the city might pick up included those of an art projector and an easel.
Amount Asked For: $1,000
Upshot: Elkins says she has “no idea” whether or not the suit had any impact on the DCCAH’s decision to not award her the grant. She does know that because she was unable to afford the ladder and other supplies, her project is about 6 months behind schedule. “The projector would have made things easier,” she says.