OMPA and Ori Art Gallery have teamed up to present a grant writing workshop for the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Get insight and advice from Leila Haile and Subashini Ganesan—two veteran grant writers who have served on numerous grant-selection committees. Learn how to take your grant writing application to the next level, or just get your mind wrapped around the basics.

In this class we’ll cover mission statements, the elements of a business plan, project planning, budget creation, research, and basic grant application tips in an accessible, radical, and chill atmosphere. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session. The workshop will be recorded and made available online to BIPOC filmmakers. RSVP for Zoom info. Space is limited.

Note: COCO is an event by and for communities of color.

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Leila Haile (they/them) is a disabled Queer African multidisciplinary artist working in illustration, tattooing, art as direct action, dance and storytelling. They have been working in Nonprofit management, development and fundraising for 7 years and have a passion for youth work and disability justice. An activist and community organizer for the past 12 years, they specialize in issues of race, gender, disability, class, organizational culture shift & intersectionality. With an approach to training and education rooted in empathy, inclusivity, and creative problem-solving, their work spans across nonprofit, community and government entities.

Subashini Ganesan (she/her) is an artist, arts administrator, and the Creative Laureate of Portland. Ganesan choreographs and performs potent and universally relevant expressions drawn from her foundation in Bharatanatyam. Her original works have been presented by PICA, Conduit, Performance Works NW, Ten Tiny Dances, Portland Center Stage, Third Angle New Music, and Risk/Reward. In 2010, Ganesan founded New Expressive Works (N.E.W.), a vibrant performing arts venue in Portland that celebrates multicultural independent performing artists who teach, are in residency, and create bold new works. She serves as a Board of Director for the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Portland Parks Foundation.

Photo Credit: Intisar Abioto.


Our monthly meetup for the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) is now called Creatives of Color Oregon, or COCO for short! This new name better reflects the private nature of this virtual space, compared to the in-person Creatives of Color Collaborative we’ve hosted for the entire production community.

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