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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Fellowship (Aminah Fellowship)

Fellowships to Ohio African American Artists in
Eligible Regions to Produce Visual Art Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Deadline Date:

02/03/20 5:00 PM


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Fellowships to Ohio individual African American artists in eligible regions to develop visual arts projects and participate in outreach activities that benefit the local community. Eligible applicants must be professional artists who produce work that is rooted in cultural traditions, heritage, and storytelling. Artists must reside in Franklin County.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, offers a 90-day artist fellowship and unrestricted award for a local professional African American visual artist residing in Franklin County. The fellowship is intended to provide an artist with the gift of time to develop a work in progress and connect to resources related to the work of MacArthur Fellow Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.

The fellowship requires the artist to participate in three community outreach activities and actively create work during the 90 days. In addition, the artist may be connected to resources and people with knowledge of Aminah’s history and work, as well as those that live in the Shepard and Poindexter communities. 

There is also an option for an exhibit or public presentation, if desired and possible. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159776

Number of Grants:

Four (4) fellowships will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In 2020, the fellowship includes an unrestricted $15,000 cash award.

Term of Contract:

Fellowship Begins March 2, 2020
Fellowship Ends May 31, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to the Aminah Fellowship must:

- Identify as African American;
- Be a resident of Franklin County;
- Be a professional visual artist (age 18 and older);
- Definition: individuals who devote a significant portion of their time to the creation of personal artwork. The professional artist likely sells their artwork or shares their independent body of work with the public on a regular basis. Individuals working in a creative industry primarily producing commercial work are not eligible.
- Collaborative applications are NOT accepted. Each artist must apply individually.
- Produce work in any of the following media: visual arts (painting, 3D and 2D, wood carving, sculpture and fiber – with a focus on found objects, natural and synthetic materials).
- Produce works deeply rooted in storytelling, cultural traditions and heritage;
- Are NOT enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students.

NOTE: Award recipients must remain residents of Franklin County for the entire fellowship period.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline – subject to change:

- Application Opens December 3, 2019
- Application Due February 3, 2020 at 5:00pm
- Applicants Notified February 18, 2020
- Fellowship Begins March 2, 2020
- Community Outreach #1 Week of March 30, 2020 (approximate)
- Community Outreach #2 Week of April 20, 2020 (approximate)
- Community Outreach #3 Week of May 4, 2020 (approximate)
- Fellowship Ends May 31, 2020
- Final Report Due June 30, 2020

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Franklin County

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