Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs - Iowa Arts Council
05/01/18 11:59 PM
Fellowships to Iowa individual artists to support artistic development and professional advancement. Applications are invited from artists working in a range of disciplines who represent excellence, innovation, career readiness, and value to public audiences within the state.
The Iowa Arts Council is committed to recognizing the impact individual artists have on the vitality of the arts in Iowa. The Artist Fellowship Program provides support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and the capacity for continued contributions to the excellence and innovation of the arts in the state. The Artist Fellowship Program seeks to elevate the arts in Iowa by advancing the artistic careers of Iowa artists through funding and professional development. Fellowship recipients exemplify the following program priorities:
-Excellence & Innovation: Artist capitalizes on new, emerging methods or trends in their field, achieving artistic vision through unique and highly creative means in concept and form
-Career Readiness: Artist is at a pivotal stage in artistic career and is committed to advancing to the next level
-Public Value: Artist contributes to the vitality of arts in Iowa by actively creating and presenting new work that is accessible to Iowans
The Artist Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Iowa Arts Council and selected fellows. Fellows are expected to fully engage in the professional development and networking opportunities provided, as well as to utilize the integrated funding and promotional resources offered over the course of the fellowship period.
The Artist Fellowship Program seeks to support professional, active Iowa artists at a pivotal stage who are committed to advancing their artistic career. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their artistic career for the one-time award.
The Artist Fellowship Program is not an award to support a specific art project, an award of recognition for lifetime achievements nor is it an award for artists just beginning their careers.
-Fellows are provided opportunities during the fellowship period to be recognized for the impact and value of their work, including:
-Award Ceremony: Fellows are recognized at an award ceremony in Summer 2018 at the State Capitol.
-Meet the Artist Events: Fellows are required to participate in Meet the Artist events across the state to introduce their work to new audiences.
-Artist Fellowship Video: Fellows are featured in a group video documenting the impact of the program and an individual video highlighting their individual work.
-Social Media: Fellows are highlighted in department social media platforms over the fellowship year and on an ongoing basis afterwards.
GrantWatch ID#: 179815
Fellows are provided financial support for the development of their artistic career and to enhance their capacity for creative work, including:
-Grant Award: Fellows are awarded a $10,000 grant for the fellowship award period.
-Crowdfunding: In partnership with Hatchfund, Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, the Iowa Arts Council features fellows’ projects on curated pages in order to leverage additional promotional and monetary support for their work. This benefit extends beyond the fellowship period.
Fellows are regularly convened during the fellowship period to receive professional development to elevate their artistic careers, including:
-Creative Capital Workshop: Fellows are required to participate in Creative Capital’s Core Weekend Professional Development Program held in Des Moines from August 24 - 26, 2018. Creative Capital is the nation’s leading provider of professional development for artists. The Core Weekend Professional Development Program is an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop integrating business management, strategic planning, fundraising, communication, marketing and promotion.
-Panelist Program: Fellows serve as panelists on the Iowa Arts Council‘s review panels over the course of the fellowship year. The panelist program provides the opportunity for fellows to develop their grant writing skills by offering expert citizen advice on arts activity taking place across the state.
Fellowship recipients are required to use the grant award and participate in all programmatic activities during the fiscal year 2019 fellowship period of July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.
Eligible applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Individuals who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to apply.
-Legal Iowa resident as defined by Iowa Code 422.4 and Iowa Administrative Code 701.38.17 (422)
-21 years of age or older
-Full-time Iowa resident for 3 consecutive years prior to application
-Full-time Iowa resident for the duration of the funding period
The following types of entities are not eligible to apply.
-Past recipients of the Iowa Arts Council Artist Fellowship
-Individuals enrolled in any type of undergraduate or graduate degree granting program at the time of application
-Only individuals can apply; artist groups, artist collaboratives and artist collectives are not eligible
-Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grantees who have an outstanding final report or who have been placed on a department funding moratorium
Eligible applicants to the Artist Fellowship Program must be originating, non-interpretive artists working in any artistic discipline(s). Originating artists create original works of art (e.g., visual artists, playwrights, composers or choreographers). Interpretive artists perform or interpret original works of art of others (e.g., dancers, actors, or performers).
Iowa Arts Council Administered Program Eligibility:
-Eligible artists can only receive one Artist Fellowship award in their lifetime
-Eligible applicants may only receive one grant award per state fiscal year regardless of grant program
-No more than one application per applicant can be submitted during a single grant deadline regardless of grant program
-Eligible applicants may only submit an Art Project Grant application in the same fiscal year if they do not advance to the second round of the Artist Fellowship review
-Eligible artists may only receive an Art Project Grant or an Artist Fellowship in a single fiscal year
Application to the Artist Fellowship Program is a two-step process. All applicants must submit a first round application. Finalists will be selected from the first round to advance to a second round of review at which time they will be invited to submit a second round application.
The deadline for the first round application is March 15, 2018 and the second round application (invitation only) is May 1, 2018.
March 15, 2018 - First Round Application Deadline:
The deadline to submit an online first round application to the program is 11:59 PM, March 15, 2018.
April 1, 2018 - Invitation to Submit a Second Round Application:
Applicants invited to submit a second round application to the program will be notified by April 1, 2018. An invitation to submit a second round application is neither a guarantee of funding nor an endorsement of the applicant by the Iowa Arts Council or Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. All applicants will be notified of their status at this time.
May 1, 2018 - Second Round Application Deadline for Invited Applicants
The deadline to submit an invitation only, second round online application to the program is 11:59 PM, May 1, 2018.
July 1, 2018 - Award Decision Notification:
Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by July 1, 2018.
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 - Funding Period:
Fellowship recipients are required to use the grant award and participate in all programmatic activities during the fiscal year 2019 fellowship period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.
August 1, 2019 - Final Report Deadline:
Fellowship recipients are required to complete a final report by August 1, 2019.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
State Historical Building
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319