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WaveMaker Grants

Grants to Miami-Dade County, Florida Artists
for Unconventional Public Arts Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Locust Projects

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Deadline Date:

01/15/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Miami-Dade County, Florida artists, arts professionals, groups, and collectives for experimental, original, artist-centric projects and activities that operate without traditional funding sources and outside the demands of the marketplace.

Funding is intended for projects that have a profound impact on the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami’s arts community. These projects are non-commercial, non-institutional, stimulate critical thinking and dialogue, and expose audiences to innovative artistic practices typically under-recognized by traditional venues. The very nature of these projects—unpredictable, courageous, and unencumbered by convention—springs 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 conduct research or to continue a substantial body of work, 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/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 critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami’s arts community.

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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.

(WaveMaker R&D Grant winners will still be eligible for up to $3,000 for their Implementation proposal)

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:

There will be outreach sessions at Cannonball in November and December, during which applicants will be able to find out more about WaveMaker Grants and budgeting for projects.

November 13th, 7:00 PM: Info Session @ Bakehouse Art Complex
November 20th, 7:00 PM, Info Session @ Locust Projects
December 18th, 7:00 PM, Info Session @ ArtCenter/South Florida

Pre-Application Information:

Thursday, November 15, 2018: Applications available via Submittable
Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Applications due online, by 11:59 PM EST

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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:
Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Programs & Outreach Manager

Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Miami-Dade County