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Emerging Artist Grant

Grants to Minnesota Early-Career Artists With
Disabilities to Support New Artistic Works

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Foundation / Corporation

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Jerome Foundation - VSA Minnesota

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 Postmarked or Received


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Grants of $2,000 to Minnesota emerging artists with disabilities to support new artistic works in the fields of visual arts, performance arts and composition, writing, and multi-media. Applications will be evaluated primarily on the basis or artistic quality.

Applicants may enter in only one of these broad areas of arts. If you are active in more than one area, choose the area with your strongest skills and work:

-Visual Arts – Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media, Film/Video, Computer Graphics, Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Printmaking....

-Performance & Composition – Music Performance or Composition, Theater, Dance, Choreography, Spoken Word, Comedy,....

-Writing – Essay, Short Story, Play, Poetry, Screenplay....

-Multi-Media – Combining elements of several art forms, each perhaps feeding, supporting or transforming the other to create an impact.

Grants MAY fund:
-New work that has artistic expression as its primary reason for creation.
-Documentation, publishing and production of new work that you develop in 2018.
-Travel or time to research, complete and present new work.
-Professional documentation expenses of new work.
-Purchase of supplies, equipment or artist services to create new work.
-Workshops, conferences, mentor, etc. to help you create new work.
-Rental of a studio, theatre or other space for creating/presenting new work.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177945

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These grant funds are intended to support work that will be completed in 2018.

This grant will not support costs incurred before February 1, 2018, or after February 28, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply if:
-You want to create new art work in 2018 (writing, visual, performance, multi-media),
-You are a Minnesota artist who has a disability,
-Your artistic career is “emerging,” and
-You did NOT receive an Emerging Artist Grant in 2015-17.

Grants may not fund:
-Documentation, publishing or production of work that you have already completed.
-Activities not directly related to the creation of new work.
-Costs associated with any degree program or work on scholarly manuscripts.
-Art activities for an organization that employs the artist.
-Costs incurred before February 1, 2018, or after February 28, 2019.
-Work that is primarily educational, scientific, journalistic or technical in nature.

Applications will NOT be accepted if:
-The documentation artwork, writing or other materials were created before January 1, 2013, OR were created for credit in an undergraduate or graduate program.
-The documentation (art sample) cannot be opened by VSA staff or grant reviewers.
-The artist is currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program.
-The artist is a legal resident of a state other than Minnesota.
-The artist or nominator is a member of VSA Minnesota staff or Board of Directors
(and immediate families).
-The artist received an Emerging Artist grant in 2015-17 (must sit out two years after receiving a grant), has received the limit of three Emerging Artist grants, or has not submitted a final report for a past grant.
-The application is late, incomplete or faxed.
-Statement of Disability is not included. This program is designed to recognize artists with disabilities as active, producing members of the Minnesota arts community. Therefore, each applicant is asked to state his/her disability on page 5. This information will remain confidential and will not be shared with grant review panelists.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be received OR postmarked by December 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

VSA Minnesota
528 Hennepin Ave., #305
Minneapolis, MN 55403

612-332-3888 / 800-801-3883

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USA: Minnesota