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Visionary Initiatives in Art (VIA) Art Fund Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
and Artists for Contemporary Visual Arts Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 175982
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Visionary Initiatives in Art (VIA) Art Fund



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Grants starting at $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International artists, nonprofit cultural institutions and international biennials for projects in the field of contemporary visual arts. LOIs are due November 4, 2016. Funds are available for the production, exhibition, public dissemination and institutional acquisition of ambitious and pioneering art projects with far-reaching impact.

VIA Art Fund awards funding within two grant categories:
- Artistic Production Support
Nonprofit organizations and institutions, as well as individual artists and curators, may apply for production support for new artistic commissions that take place outside the museum or gallery walls, and within the public realm or in nontraditional exhibition environments. These projects must have a confirmed exhibition venue or presenting partner. Artistic Production funding ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 per project, with grants at the $50,000 to $100,000 level reserved for permanent or long-term installations, or newly commissioned works that may be gifted to a U.S. public collection through VIA Art Fund’s support.

- Incubator Support
Under VIA Art Fund’s new Incubator category, small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations and alternative initiatives that are pivotal in cultivating artistic excellence, addressing the art community’s evolving needs, and creating a more dynamic and inclusive contemporary art ecosystem may apply for unrestricted funding. Proposals considered under this category include experimental curatorial projects and exhibition series; discursive programming and public symposia; research and educational initiatives; innovative digital and new media platforms; publications and scholarly journals; and artist-in-residence programs.

The fund will also consider grant requests for seed funding from independent, start-up organizations at the nascent stages of a project or initiative. VIA Art Fund’s Incubator support is dedicated to nurturing experimental organizations and programs that champion diverse voices and new avenues of inquiry in the field of contemporary art. Incubator grant amounts are set each cycle and for 2016, grant awards will range from $15,000 to $20,000 per project.

With a particular focus on works mounted beyond traditional exhibition environments, VIA Art focuses its grant-making activities on projects in the field of contemporary visual art that exemplify the three core values:

1) Artistic Production - Support for the creation of the exhibition, documentation, and dissemination of new work that reflects artistic excellence and innovation. Whenever possible, VIA Art awards grants with the intention to gift a work of art to a public institution once the production and exhibition phases are complete.

2) Thought Leadership - Support for the work of both established and emerging voices in contemporary art that bring new knowledge and dynamic avenues of understanding to the field. The creative output of these thought leaders generates entry points for dialogue and collaboration, and fosters vital intellectual exchange.

3) Public Engagement - Promotion of works that penetrate social, cultural, geographic and economic barriers to inspire and educate diverse audiences. These projects act as platforms for inquiry and investigation, generating meaningful collective experiences for audiences and cultural producers.

Artistic Production grants: $25,000 to $100,000
Incubator grants: $15,000 to $20,000

Projects must start after May 2017.

LOIs are accepted from individual artists, curators, nonprofit art organizations, cultural institutions, and biennials working internationally in the field of contemporary visual art.

Organizations must provide proof of nonprofit status.

-Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 4, 2016
-Letter of Inquiry Notification: December 9, 2016
-Application Deadline (by invitation only): January 6, 2017
-Grant Award Notification: April 14, 2017

If the project takes place in the United States, the featured artist(s) may be American or international. If you are an international artist submitting a proposal, your project must take place in the United States. If you are a nonprofit entity (American or international) applying for support for a project outside the United States, your proposal must feature the work of American or U.S. based artist(s) or curator(s).

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

Please submit your Letter of Inquiry in a single PDF file to

VIA Art Fund
83 Newbury Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116


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