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Public Art Fellowship

Fellowships to New York Artists in Jefferson, Lewis, and
St. Lawrence Counties for Community-Based Arts Initiatives

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St. Lawrence County Arts Council (SLC Arts)

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Deadline Date:

09/15/18 Midnight EST Receipt


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Fellowships of $2,500 to New York artists residing in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties for public arts activities that engage the local community. First-time applicants must attend an informational workshop before applying. Funding is intended to support new and original work that engages a segment of the community through a public program and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process.

Public Art Fellowships represent a “live & work” investment in local artists. They are designed to increase support for local artist-initiated activity, and to highest the role of artists as important members of the community. These grants are intended to support creative artists (not interpretive), interested in working within a community setting. Community engagement in as essential element of this grant opportunity. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as a public exhibition or performance, and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the project’s development and creative process.

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: Clear plan for engaging a segment of the community, as described in the Project Narrative
- 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

Number of Grants:

A maximum of [2] Public Art Fellowship grants will be awarded per county.

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 01 and December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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).
- Individuals not based in Jefferson, Lewis, or St. Lawrence County
- 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, or projects in which a NYSCA grantee
profits or handles ticketing, or serves as a community partner or fiscal sponsor
- 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
- Assignments used for college or university study to earn academic credit.
- 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 2018 to apply for a 2019 grant; returning applicants are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, July 19, 11:30 – 1:00 – Carthage Free Library, Carthage
Monday, July 23, 11:00 – 12:30 – Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 – 3:30 – Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, Massena
Monday, July 30, 2:00 – 3:30 – Hepburn Library of Edwards, Edwards
Thursday, August 2, 5:00 – 6:30 – North Country Arts Council, Watertown
Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 7:30 – Ogdensburg Public Library, Ogdensburg
Tuesday, August 14, 11:00 – 12:30 – Flower Memorial Library, Watertown
Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 – 11:30 – Canton Free Library, Canton
Tuesday, August 21, 11:00 – 12:30 – Lewis County Historical Society, Lowville
Thursday, August 23, 11:00 – 12:30 - Flower Memorial Library Watertown

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Pre-Application Information:

A complete application with all supporting materials must be received by September 15, 2018, Midnight EST.

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.

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