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Fellowships to Missouri Artists in St. Louis City
and County for Career Development Activities

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Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis

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Fellowships of $20,000 to Missouri artists in St. Louis City and St. Louis County at any stage of their career to advance their creative abilities. Funding is intended to invest in and foster the careers of St. Louis artists of all disciplines by providing funds to allow for more time and space to study, reflect, experiment, explore, practice, and create. In addition, these fellowships are investments in the cultural vitality of the region.

The goal of these Fellowships is to advance the individual artist’s creative journey. The Fellowships recognize artistic excellence and honor the work of seasoned artists, advance the work of mid-career artists, and nurture the work of developing artists.

Eligible artists have produced, presented, performed, and/or exhibited public artistic works in any of the following disciplines: Architecture, Craft and Traditional Arts, Dance, Design, Literature, Media Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, and/or the Visual Arts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174199

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Amount Awarded: $20,000 each

Term of Contract:

Artist Fellowship Year Start: Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An individual artist in any discipline and at any stage of career development―emerging, mid-career, and established―is eligible to apply for an Artist Fellowship, provided that the artist:
- Is 25 years or older.
- Is not enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and has no plans to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program in the next 15 months.
- Is a current resident of St. Louis City or County and has maintained primary residence in St. Louis City or County for at least one year.
- Has created and presented their own original works to the public or performed for the public in the past three years.
- Has not received an Artist Fellowship in the past 10 years.
- Is in good standing with RAC, with no delinquent reports or required grant documentation.

Grant Restrictions:
- Any non-current Artist Support Grant must be completed and required reports submitted before applying for an Artist Fellowship.
- Artists who are granted Artist Fellowships must remain residents of St. Louis region for the duration of the Artist Fellowship period (12 months).
- Artists who are granted an Artist Fellowship must wait one full calendar year after the fellowship period has ended to apply for the Artist Support Grant.
- Artists may apply for and receive an Artist Fellowship every 10 years, not to exceed three lifetime Artist Fellowship Awards.
- Organizations are ineligible to apply.

These Artist Fellowships are for individual artists and 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship is not required to receive a fellowship.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In the workshops, learn how to access the application, what to include (and not) in your artist’s statement and work documentation, and get some answers to your questions.

Mon, July 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112
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Mon, August 12, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
Gallery 210 at UMSL
44 Arnold Grobman Drive
St. Louis, MO 63121
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Thu, August 29, 2019, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
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Tue, September 3, 2019 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
Intersect Arts Center
3636 Texas Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118
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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Schedule:
- RAC Artist Fellowship Applications Open: Monday, July 15, 2019
- How-To-Apply Workshop – Monday, July 22, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., RAC
- How-To-Apply Workshop – Monday, August 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Gallery 210 (UMSL)
- How-To-Apply Workshop – Thursday, August 29, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Online
- How-To-Apply Workshop – Tuesday, September 3, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Intersect Arts Center
- RAC Artist Fellowship Applications Deadline: Thursday, September 12, 2019
- Artist Fellowship Discipline Reading Begins: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
- Notification of Advancement to Citizen Review: Friday, October 25, 2019
- Artist Fellowship Citizen Review Panelist Begins: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
- Artist Fellowship Citizen Review Panel Meeting: Second week in November
- Full Commission Vote on Awards: Thursday, December 12, 2019
- Artist Fellowship Notifications via email: Friday, December 13, 2019
- RAC Artist Fellows Announced Publicly: January 17, 2020
- Artist Fellowship Year Start: Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Eighty percent of the award will be made available at the beginning of the fellowship period. The remaining 20% will be made available after the fellowship mid-point upon completion of a mid-point report and check-in.

Contact Information:

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

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If you have questions regarding the Artist Fellowship application, please contact:
Yetunde Janski-Ogunfidodo
Program Manager - Grants
(314) 863.5811 ext. 1009

General Contact Information:

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

Phone: (314) 863-5811
Fax: (314) 863-6932

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USA: Missouri: St. Louis City and St. Louis County

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