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Public Art Fellowship

Fellowships to New York Artists in Eligible Counties
for New Community-Based Initiatives

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St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/17 Midnight EST Receipt


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Fellowships of $2,500 to New York artists (at least 18 years of age) residing in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence Counties for community-based arts activities. Workshops will be held July 25, and August 1, 10, and 12, 2017. New applicants must attend a training workshop prior to submitting an application. Previous applicants must attend a workshop or view an online video and inform program staff of their intent to apply.

Funds support creative artists who create new original works, including composers and writers. Funds are not provided for interpretive work (i.e. they do not fund actors, musicians, or other artists who are only presenting interpretations of existing works).

Fundable expenses include artists' fees; marketing/publicity costs; and supplies and materials needed for the execution of the program.

Proposals will be evaluated on:

- Professional Image and Artistic Vision: Presentation of the artist and work samples, and viability of the project’s prospects for completion.
- Active Community Engagement: Emphasis on how community members help shape the work in process.
- Artistic Merit of Work Samples: Artistic merit of the project as demonstrated by the proposal and submitted samples of the artist’s work.
- Local Funding Priorities: Projects that actively engage children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155152

Estimated Size of Grant:

Public Art Fellowships are $2,500 each. There is no limit on the amount which may be spent on a project – only on the size of this grant.

Term of Contract:

Events must take place between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Individual artists, at least 18 years old, living in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence Counties.

Not Eligible to Apply:
- Individuals applying directly to NYSCA within the same fiscal year, regardless of that application’s status or outcome; DEC site staff or board members (in this case SLC Arts).
- Previous recipients of this grant who have failed to provide final reports or other documentation, or have failed to comply with previous contracts.

Not fundable:
- Activities that take place in a different county from where the grant check is being sent
- Projects involving partners that apply directly to NYSCA
- Non arts-related activities: Galas, benefits or fundraising events, including food, entertainment and reception costs; Entertainment (includes balloons, clowns, magic, culinary or martial arts, gaming, “sip and paint,” and puppets or circuses lacking strong artistic merit); Projects that are recreational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, or religious in nature (includes at-risk/social service programs when the purpose is primarily for rehabilitation, therapy or worship)
- Non-ADA compliant venues
- Permanent things: equipment; capital improvements (includes land, buildings, renovations); anything which extends the life of or improves the value of privately-owned property; acquisition of works of art; creation of textbooks or classroom materials
- Activities not open to the general public (includes camps, clubs, college associations, etc.); in-school activities and programs; lobbying expenses; events that take place in a private residence
- Organization or personal finances: general operating expenses; operating expenses of privately owned facilities (includes homes and studios); start-up or seed funding for the establishment of a new organization; contingency funds (funds reserved for emergencies or unexpected outflows, mainly economic crises); requests which, when added to other income sources, will equal more than the total project expenses
- Awards: competitions or contests (includes cash prizes, juried shows, fellowships, educational scholarships, and other awards to students); regrants by applicants to fund other activities
- Programs in which children are used as professional artists (paid a fee); projects which are part of a liturgy, or which intend to proselytize

Pre-proposal Conference:

SLC Arts offers free training workshops to help individuals and organizations learn how to apply for Public Art Fellowships, and to provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations. These workshops also contain information about any changes to the grants process or paperwork since the previous year, and provide a valuable opportunity to network with other local artists and organizations.

First-time applicants must attend a workshop in 2017 to apply for a 2018 grant; returning applicants are encouraged to attend. Please register in advance.

Grant Workshop Schedule:

Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 – 12:30
Arts Association of Northern New York
119 West Main Street; Sackets Harbor

Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 – 12:30
Northern New York Philanthropy Center
131 Washington Street, Watertown (Room 4)

Thursday, August 10, 2:00 – 3:30
Lyons Falls Library
3918 High Street; Lyons Falls

Saturday, August 12, 10:00 – 11:30
St. Lawrence County Arts Council
41 Elm Street, Room 125; Potsdam

Pre-Application Information:

New applicants must attend a training workshop in the current year prior to submitting their application. Previous applicants must attend a workshop OR view the Arts Council’s online video, and notify the Grant Coordinator of their intent to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to ask for free help: 1) During a scheduled workshop; 2) By calling or e-mailing SLC Arts with questions; 3) By scheduling an appointment to
meet with SLC Arts staff in person to review an application.

Contact Information:

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

Register for the grant workshops:

Apply online:

Alicia Murphy, Regrants & Community Engagement Coordinator

SLC Arts
PO Box 252; 41 Elm St. Potsdam NY 13676

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties