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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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Foundation / Corporation

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Artist Trust (AT)

Deadline Date:

11/13/17 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 2018);
-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 18, 2018. Applicants who will not be interviewed as finalists will be notified on January 17, 2018.

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 2018);
-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.

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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.

Applications submitted by October 16, 2017 are eligible for preliminary review and feedback from AT staff, by request. Complete your application in Submittable and check the box for preliminary review. AT staff will review your submission, provide comments, and reopen your application for editing. You can then make changes and resubmit before the final deadline.

Applications must be submitted by midnight PST on November 13, 2017.

Awards will be announced and disbursed in February 2018.

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