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Artist Fellowships - Drawing and Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts

Fellowships to Massachusetts Artists to Recognize
Exceptional Work and to Create New Works of Art

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Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)

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10/07/19 11:59 PM ET


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Fellowships of $15,000 and finalist awards of $1,500 to Massachusetts artists to recognize exceptional original work and to foster the creation of new art in traditional arts, drawing and printmaking, and poetry. The fellowships will be awarded to primary creators of original works of art.

In the 2020 cycle, the MCC welcomes Artist Fellowships applications in the following categories:

Drawing and Printmaking: This category includes work created using the techniques, materials, media, and methods of drawing and printmaking, collage, artists' books, and computer-generated work.

Poetry: This category includes original work in all forms and genres of poetry. Translations are not eligible.

Traditional Arts: This category accepts work in the traditional arts - including music, craft, dance, verbal arts - created and preserved within communities defined by cultural connections such as a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or geographic area. Whether sung or told, handcrafted or performed, traditional art forms reflect a community's shared sense of aesthetic heritage. The folk and traditional arts typically are learned during the course of daily living from someone steeped in the tradition, rather than through books, classes, or other means of institutional instruction. This Artist Fellowships category is for individuals not groups.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162384

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Artist Fellowships are $15,000, and the Finalist awards are $1,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You may apply for an Artist Fellowship if you are:
- 18 years or older.
- A legal resident of Massachusetts for the last two years. You should also be a legal resident when the grants are awarded. A “legal resident” is defined as someone who meets the definition of a “full-year resident” in the Massachusetts tax code. Visit the Mass Department of Revenue web site to learn more.
- An artist who creates original work. If you are an artist who interprets or translates the work of others, this isn’t the program for you.

You are ineligible (for now) if you:
- Received a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in the past five years. For FY20, this includes 2015, 2016, 2017 2018, and 2019. Finalists from these years may reapply.
- Are a high school or undergraduate student, or a graduate student in a related degree program (such as an MFA). You are encouraged to apply for an Artist Fellowship after you have completed your studies.
- Are a governor-appointed Mass Cultural Council member. Mass Cultural Council staff and family are likewise ineligible to apply.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact program staff.

Pre-Application Information:

Online application available: August 15, 2019
Application deadline: October 7, 2019 by 11:59:59 PM ET
Grants announced by February 2020


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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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Apply for Poetry and Traditional Arts:

Mass Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave 3rd Floor
Boston MA 02116-3803

Kelly Bennett, Program Officer, Artist Fellowships
Choreography, Crafts, Drawing & Printmaking, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres

Dan Blask, Program Officer, Artist Fellowships
Dramatic Writing, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Film & Video, Music Composition, Poetry

Maggie Holtzberg, Folk Arts & Heritage Program Manager
Traditional Arts ellowships, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

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