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Arts Innovator Award (AIA)

Awards to Washington Artists to Create
New and Inventive Works in All Disciplines

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Artist Trust (AT)

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Deadline Date:

11/12/18 Midnight PST


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Awards of $25,000 to Washington artists to recognize innovation in any artistic discipline. Applicants who wish to apply as a team must contact program staff prior to applying. This unrestricted award is given to artists who are experimenting with new ideas, originating new work, pushing boundaries, and taking risks in their field.

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GrantWatch ID#: 173568

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant is open to individual artists and artist teams working in any discipline and residing in Washington State. Artist Trust will confirm applicant eligibility during the application process. Applications made in the name of collectives, companies, large groups, or organizations will not be accepted.

Applicants must be:
-18 years of age or older by application deadline;
-Washington State residents at the time of both application and payment (payment will be made February 2019);
-Generative artists (those who are the originators of works of art) with a minimum of five years in professional art practice; and
-Available for finalist interviews on January 17, 2019. Applicants who will not be interviewed as finalists will be notified on January 17, 2019.

Applicants may not be:
-Recipients of more than one AT grant per calendar year;
-Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award or Arts Innovator Award;
-Current graduate or undergraduate matriculated students at the time of both application and payment (payment will be made February 2019);
-Current AT staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee, consultants, contractors, AIA panelists, or their family.
-Affiliated with Chihuly Studio, Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, Portland Press, or family of Dale or Leslie Chihuly.

Individual Artist versus Artist Team:

A team of two to five artists may apply as a team if they can demonstrate a documented history of creating and presenting work as a team for at least three consecutive years. Artists applying as a team must contact AT to verify eligibility. Members of eligible teams may not be recipients of any other AT award within the same calendar year, and individuals from a team cannot receive additional AT funding within the same calendar year of receiving an award.

Applications made in the name of collectives, companies, bands, large groups, organizations, or ensembles will not be accepted.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar: October 3 at noon PST
An informational webinar about the award and the application process.
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One-on-one consultations with staff, provided in-person or over the phone, on October 5 or October 17. Make an appointment at

Pre-Application Information:

Those wishing to apply as a team must contact Artist Trust to confirm eligibility.

A letter of recommendation is required for this award.

Preliminary Application Review: submit an application through Submittable by October 22, 2018 and request preliminary review. Staff will review your application and provide detailed feedback by November 2, 2018. The application is then opened for editing and must be resubmitted by the final deadline.

Applications must be submitted by midnight PST on November 12, 2018.

Awards will be announced and disbursed in February 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Katy Hannigan, Program Manager
206/467-8734 x25

Brian McGuigan, Program Director
206/467-8734 x23

Artist Trust
1835 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington