Thursday, January 28, 2010

The End

I guess this chapter blog is an experiment that has failed.

I'm not sure if anyone still reads this blog. It's true, I haven't updated in quite a while. I wanted to keep the post about the Council of the Arts grant at the top, and really didn't know how else to do it. But that seems to be a dead issue.

I was planning to get the blog going again, but that is now out of the question. What lies in the future for this blog is anyone's quess. It may even be deleted eventually.

It was a pleasure doing this for you all. Rome wasn't built in a day, and I knew it would take time to build this blog up.

It was nice knowing you all.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Report on COAHSI Workshop

I attended the COAHSI worshop on Wed, Sept. 2 at 8 pm at the College of Staten Island. Here are my notes. Here is the url for COAHSI so you can explore further on your own:

Types of grants:

If we haven't ever received a grant from COAHSI before, we would apply for a Premier grant as a "Community arts and cultural organization that presents art and cultural programing through projects and public presentations." Request ranges to $3,000

If we have gotten funding before, we'd apply for an Art Fund Grant. Request range $750 - $5,000

They also have a "Creative Communities" grant, which specifically mentions "crafts", and specifies that projects must be open to the public and take place on Staten Island during the year 2010. request range $500 - $5,000

An individual can also apply for all of the above or for an "Original Work Grant".

COAHSI also has Arts & Education grants.

What happened at the meeting:

Ginger Shulick was the workshop leader and is the person with whom we can work in developing our proposal. She went over the main hand out which covered eligibility and non-eligibility, what activities wouldn't be covered for funding, what criteria should be covered, and what types of proposals are successful. (I have this handout and will bring to next meeting)

There were about 10 other participants. Participants included filmmakers, live theater directors and visual artists of all types. Two people seemed interested in ANG/EGA, and I ran into a college chum who runs Staten Island Out Loud.

I also picked up handouts of the grant guidelines; a sample budget; and a "grant writing basics" written by the Queens Council on the Arts. (I will bring all these to the next meeting. Maybe they are all available at the url above as well.)

What I learned:

I am sure we can think of a project or group of projects that qualify for a grant of one sort or another. Ginger recommends that we request the maximum amount possible. They will give 15 Premier grants and 5 Art Fund grants.

The deadline for submission is October 16 at 5pm. Submission must be on CD or DVD. Picture files should be relatively high resolution JPEG, properly labeled, etc. They will notify the winners in early December, and they should get the checks in early January 2010.

Criteria for grants (taken directly from handout):
  • Funding priorities: artist fees, marketing and publicity expenses, direct administrative expenses, supplies and materials. They want to see as high an audience/market "bang for their buck" as possible.
  • Quality and clarity of project including clear and realistic plan for implementation
  • Artistic merit of past works and activities of organization/artists involved in the project.
  • Cultural significance
  • Degree of public service offered, and demonstration of community interest
  • Need and impact on the artistic discipline, geographic area, or local population;: projects which address communities or artistic disciplines which are underrepresented or under-served will receive foremost attention
  • Demonstration of of managerial, planning, a,nd fiscal competence
  • Appropriate request level and realistic budget
  • Preference will be given to organizations using Staten Island-based artists
  • Project must be accessible to any member of the community who wishes to partake in the experience.
We should not consider anything in Public Schools, but we can do events or teaching /outreach in public libraries and other cultural institutions. If we want to do a project in the public schools, we should apply for an Arts & Education grant.

This blog is a perfect way for us to toss around some ideas for our project. We don't have all that much time, so we can get some things on the table before we meet. I'm sorry for taking so long in getting this up for you. I hope it's helpful.

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Band Sampler for the Ages

We all know what band samplers are, those seventeenth century records of stitches and designs worked in bands and kept as reference works. Some of us have even stitched our own band samplers to hang proudly on our walls. But I've just been reading about a modern take on this old idea. At a blog called Pin Tangle is a category called "For the Love of Stitching Band Sampler" which details the story of Sharon B's band sampler. What started out as doodles and references for teaching has grown into a 44ft-plus experiment in color, stitch, texture and design. It is truly amazing. Take the time to scroll through and look at the pictures, all 14 pages and 100-plus bands. It makes me want to pull out fabric, thread, and stitching books, and do some experimenting of my own.

Monday, June 29, 2009

It's all about...

the S.E.X.

Uh, Stash Enhancement eXperience, that is!

That's what a group of us did this past Saturday on our joint 4BS/SIEGA shopping trip. We went first to Where Victoria's Angels Stitch and then on to The Edwardian Needle. Both stores are amazing and are well worth the visit. In between we stopped at Atlanta Bread for lunch. This is a sandwich, soup and salad place, with fresh bread for sale as well. Luckily, the day stayed sunny, and we shopped the day away.

On the way home, we turned our thoughts to next year. This year was New Jersey. Maybe next year, we'll go to Connecticut or Maryland!


Sunday, June 14, 2009


Welcome to the brand new blog of the 4 Bridges Stitchers (ANG), the next step on our cyber journey. This blog will serve several purposes –

1. To supplement the newsletter with items or issues that come up between meetings
2. To serve as a temporary chapter website
3. To record our chapter activities and history
4. To document progress on outreaches and group projects.

I hope that everyone will enjoy reading our blog and feel free to leave comments. A blog will be a great way to stimulate and encourage conversation between meetings. Those of us who can’t attend meetings may find this a good way to participate. And please, if anyone would like to write an entry, just let me know and I will post if for you. (Leaving comments doesn’t require any permission, membership on a website, or password, but others will be able to read what you write.) Just click on the word “comments” under this post and let me know what you think of our blog. If you have questions about blogging, this blog, or our chapter, just leave a comment.

AIDS Banner
The other day I had a brain wave about our AIDS banner. To be honest, the squares have been sitting on my craft table since the winter, waiting for inspiration to hit. Work has been stalled on this banner for so long in part because, I think, the design was complicated and not easily sewn together. The squares, which commemorate AIDS victims, were to frame a central panel that would feature a red AIDS ribbon over a map of Staten Island that would in turn be encircled by the name of the group this was for.

After the squares were stitched, work on the banner hit a brick wall. In the mean time, the group’s name changed, and our contact there moved on to another job. The banner was supposed to be something that the group could march behind at parades, so it needed to be big. I think that we should assume that this group may no longer want or need a parade banner. My brain wave involves something much simpler. Since there are twelve squares, I see four rows of three squares each, separated by a strip of fabric. Around the border will be the words, “Staten Island Remembers Those We Have Lost to AIDS.” The letters will be cut out of fabric and appliqu├ęd onto the border after the quilt top, batting, and backing have been put together, thus taking care of quilting the border. The squares will be “stitched in the ditch” or machine quilted in the seam between the square and fabric. On the back we can sew a muslin sleeve or put tabs on the top so that it can be hung in an office or displayed at AIDS events.

I think that this will be the easiest and quickest way to get it done. Let me know what you think.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Welcome to The Four Bridges Stitchers Blog. A blog is a place to read news and then comment. or to send news to members.

Please lets use this for the benefit of all.

Bruce Rajswasser, President
4 Bridges Stitchers