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Artist Residency Express Grant (AREx)

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, Public Agencies,
Schools, and Artists for Short-Term Arts Residencies

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

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05/31/19 - By 5:00 PM (PST); Applications are due at least 30 days prior to the residency.


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Grants of up to $1,500 to Nevada nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, public agencies, and individual artists to support short-term, artist-led residencies. Visiting artists will provide participants with a hands-on educational experience in an artistic discipline or traditional cultural practice. The shape and schedule of the residency is up to the sponsor and the artist. An intensive residency may occur over one to three days, or it may be appropriate to have more residency activities of shorter duration, such as two hours a week for six weeks.

-The primary focus and purpose of the activity involves a visit by an artist/group who provides participants with an active educational experience in the arts or traditional cultural practices. The AREx grant is not intended to support concerts or assembly programs.
-A maximum of three Artist Residency Express Grants per location is allowed, whether applied for by the sponsoring organization or the artist, depending on available funding.
-A maximum of three AREx grants per Roster Artist may be funded.

The Artists in Schools + Communities Roster is an online resource for schools, organizations and communities seeking to engage professional artists. Roster artists have been chosen through an adjudication process, and are skilled in teaching and sharing their specific art form, whether creative writing, dance, film/video, folk traditions, music, photography, sculpture, theater, storytelling or visual arts.

All AREx grant recipients agree to fulfill the following for a residency:
-The activity is educational and involves a visit by an artist who provides participants with an active, hands-on experience in the arts. Supplementary activities such as readings, lecture-demonstrations and lecture-performances may accompany the educational activities but cannot be more than 20% of the residency.
-The residency is planned collaboratively between the artist(s) and appropriate teacher(s) and/or community representative(s).
-For school programs, a full day will not exceed four hours of contact time with participants.
-A teacher or adult representative of the sponsoring organization must be present at all times during the program. If the artist is working with a large group of preK-12 students, the adult-student ratio will be appropriate to the activity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164193

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will provide up to $1,200 to support artist fees and $300 for travel (at least 50 miles one way) for a residency. In some cases, an artist may charge more than the grant will support. It is up to the sponsor to ensure the artist(s) receive full payment.

Term of Contract:

Residencies will be 20 hours maximum. The shape and schedule of the residency is up to the sponsor and the artist. An intensive residency may occur over one to three days, or it may be appropriate to have more residency activities of shorter duration, such as two hours a week for 6 weeks.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Individuals: Artists/groups on the Artists in Schools + Communities Roster who are Nevada residents only.
- Nonprofit Organizations, Public Institutions and Schools: Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public institutions such as schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries. Organizations in the process of applying for nonprofit 501(c)3 status may apply using a Fiscal Agent.

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Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is a minimum of 30 days prior to the planned residency. Available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the year while funds are available. Applications may be submitted until May 31, 2019. All grants close at 5:00 PM (PST) on the deadline date.

No match is required. NAC does require that grantees report all in-kind contributions of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support. Artists should work with the sponsoring organization to get a statement of in-kind donations or services for their budget and final report.

Potential AREx applicants should speak to a member of the NAC staff regarding eligibility, funding, and the grant contracting process.

A written confirmation of participation between the artist and the school/organization is submitted with the application.

AREx sponsors using an artist or group on the NAC Artists in Schools + Communities Roster do not have to submit Support Material for selected artist(s) or group(s).

AREx sponsors using a non-roster artist must provide additional Support Material for each artist or group.

In general, Artist Residency Express Grant applicants will be notified about eligibility and funding within two weeks of submission through email, with a formal Grant Management Packet to follow.

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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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For questions regarding Nevada Arts Council grants and applications contact:
Nevada Arts Council – Grant Management Team
Phone: (775) 687-7104

Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Director

For technical questions regarding your online account including username/password issues contact:
Submittable Technical Support
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 1

Nevada Arts Council
716 N. Carson St. Suite A
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775.687.6680

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