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WaveMaker Grants

Grants to Florida Artists and Arts Professionals in
Eligible Regions for Innovative Public Arts Projects

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01/15/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Florida artists and arts professionals in eligible regions for public arts projects. Funding is intended to support innovative local works that encourage critical dialogue and thought, and expose audiences to creative artistic practices that are typically under-recognized by traditional venues in Miami-Dade County. The very nature of these projects spring from a cultural landscape that is endlessly diverse, nuanced, and equally defined by what is within and beyond its watery borders.

Whether receiving funds to continue a substantial body of work or to conduct research, all projects must engage or be made accessible to the public in Miami-Dade County via process, presentation, production, or publication. Manifestations may include exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, workshops, screenings, readings, publications, residencies, programming of artist-run-spaces, online projects, etc. Support for curatorial or publication (print or online) projects must be for original projects with significant collaborations with artist(s) in Miami-Dade County and substantially contribute to contemporary art discourse in this area. Projects that connect or engage artists from different communities and areas throughout the County are strongly encouraged.

Wavemaker Grants Funding Categories:

  • New Work/Projects, to support the creation and presentation of new work or projects that are artist-driven, artist-centric, and innovative in concept and form.
  • Long-Haul Projects: In response to Miami’s seemingly insatiable appetite for what is new, fast, and fashionable, this category supports the continuation or completion of existing long-term projects, highlighting the value in the time, focus, and determination required to take on and ultimately finish lengthy artistic pursuits.
  • Research and Development/Implementation, to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. Upon completion of the R & D phase of this category, grantees will be invited to submit a short-form proposal to receive additional funds to implement their projects.

All grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence, conceptual rigor, and relevance to the local cultural, geographic, and socio-economic context
  • Overall vision of the applicant(s)
  • Capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the proposed project
  • Accessibility of the resulting project to the public
  • The project’s potential for meaningful impact on the local community, regional arts ecology, and other artists

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148130

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- New Work/Projects: Grants of up to $6,000
- Long-Haul Projects: Grants of up to $6,000
- Research & Development/Implementation: Grants of up to $2,000. Upon completion of the R & D phase, grantees will be invited to submit a short-form proposal to receive up to an additional $4,000 to implement their projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Visual artists, curators, creative/arts writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within Miami-Dade County are eligible to apply.

If applying as a group, the artistic group can be long-standing or created specifically for this project. Please identify one participant to serve as the lead contact for the project.

Non-profit organizations are not eligible.

Projects that will not be funded include:
- Those proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
- Projects in which the lead artist/organizer, or the majority of artists, or the key visual artist are not residents of Miami-Dade County at the time of application
- Projects that are not accessible and presented to the public
- Projects or artists that receive funding in the first cycle of WaveMaker Grants will not be eligible for support in cycle two.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An info session and budget workshop webinar will take place on January 9, 2020, 7:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Friday, November 15, 2019: Applications open via Submittable
- Wednesday, January 15, 2020: Applications close at 11:59PM EST
- February - March 2020: Applications reviewed by a guest panel
- April 2020: Grantees announced at 2020 Wavemaker Grants Award Ceremony.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information:
Monica Pena, Programs Coordinator

Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

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USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County

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