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Artist in Community (AIC) Grant

Grants to New York Artists for the Creation of New, Community-Based
Works of Art in Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua Counties

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Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

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Grants of $2,500 to New York artists for the creation of new work that engages a community in the creative process and reflects local community life and culture in Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua Counties. Grant information sessions will take place between July 7 and September 29, 2017. New applicants are required, and returning applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one session. Visual, literary, media, musical, multi-dimensional, and performing artists are all encouraged to apply.

Community can broadly be defined as a group of individuals sharing a common geography, interest, or belief. Sample communities can include:
- Geographic: town, village, region
- Racial/Ethnic: Hispanic or Latino, African-American, Italian-American
- Philosophical: arts, business, faith-based
- Occupational: farmer, historian, gallery-owners
- Educational: preschoolers, faculty, graduates

The artist may expend this grant support on expenses directly related to the proposed project. Such expenses can include, but are not limited to: artist stipend, consumable materials and supplies, mileage, site preparation, and any other expenses directly related to the planning, creation, and completion of a community-based artistic project outlined in the grant request.

Below are three common ways in which artists engage communities in the creative process:

Community Setting: the artist creates work based on a particular community, its members, local history, folklore, natural environment or a significant structure. The finished work and creative process are then shared with the public via an exhibit, lecture program or other means.

Community Involvement: the artist involves the community members in the creation of the artwork via workshops and or presentations about the artistic process, or a performers in the artist-created work.

Community Interaction: the artist directly interacts with the community members during the creation of the artwork and they participate in the creative process. For example: community members may contribute components of the finished work, provide information, input or materials via interviews, donations etc. or may work directly with the artist in the creation of the artwork.

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GrantWatch ID#: 159309

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The award for the Artist in Community grant is $2,500. No partial awards will be made.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this grant, applicant artists must:
- Currently reside in Cattaraugus, Allegany, or Chautauqua County and have done so for at least one year prior to the application deadline of October 6, 2017
- Provide proof of residency (copy of Driver’s License or utility bill)
- Maintain a legal mailing address within the county during grant project.
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Propose a project that takes place entirely and solely within the county you reside.
- Propose a project that takes place between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018.

Funds will not be granted for:
- Projects conducted in any part outside Cattaraugus, Allegany or Chautauqua Counties, (and the county in which you reside).
- Projects which have no public interaction.
- Previous AIC recipients are not eligible to re-apply for three years following their grant award.
- Artists who apply directly to NYSCA and CCAC within the same year
- Projects where the arts are not the main focus
- Projects by artists who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate art degree program.
- Projects that are currently in any stage of progress. All proposals must be for new work.
- Projects directly connected to the performance of ordinary duties as an employee.
- Capital expenditures or equipment purchases.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council offers free in-person informational seminars to assist applicants in understanding the grant application process. Seminars focus on specifics of the grant application, including writing the narrative, successfully completing the budget, successful project examples, and review panel tips. Applicants can attend any seminar in any county. Please register for the seminar of your choice by calling the Foundation (see Contact Information below).

All new applicants are required to attend a grant workshop or meet with Grants Administrator individually before applying and at least two weeks before grant deadline to ensure ample time to prepare grant. If you have not applied and received a grant in the past 3 years, you must attend an informational seminar.

FY 2017 Applicants
Any applicant that has applied in the past year is strongly encouraged to attend a grant workshop to review changes to the application process; however, this is not mandatory.

Please see the URL for Full Text link below for current seminar dates.

Pre-Application Information:

CCAC’s Grants Administrator will gladly review and critique a draft of your narrative up to two weeks prior to the deadline date. All drafts have to be submitted by email to Courtney Mealy.

All applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision via mail in late November/early December. CCAC distributes funding to grant recipients immediately following disbursement from New York State. Grant Award may not be available until late spring.

Contact Information:

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

Submit grant applications to:

Courtney Mealy, Grants Administrator

Cattaraugus County Arts Council
100 West Main Street
Allegany NY 14706

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Chautauqua Counties