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Artist Fellowship Program

Fellowships to Connecticut Artists for New Works
and Career Development in Any Discipline

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Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA)

Deadline Date:

07/25/18 11:59 PM


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Fellowships of $1,000, $3,000, and $5,000 to Connecticut individual artists to devote time to artistic and career development activities. This program supports established artists working in a broad range of disciplines and is intended to promote the creation of new artistic works. Program participants receive recognition, funding support, and professional development opportunities.

Applicants will be asked to identify their work in one (1) broad category and up to four (4) general categories.

Broad Categories:
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Dramatic Writing
- Film
- Digital Media Literature
- Design
- Traditional Arts
- Community / Teaching Artist

General Categories:
- Mixed Media
- Painting
- Photography
- Works on Paper
- Sculpture
- Installation
- 3D Printing
- Graphic Design
- Illustration
- Architecture
- Book Arts
- Crafts
- Playwriting
- Screenwriting
- Musicals
- Children’s Theater
- Improv Theater
- Spoken Word Poetry
- Fiction
- Creative Non-Fiction
- Children’s Literature
- Performance Art
- Choreography
- Ballet
- Modern /Contemporary Dance
- Music Composition
- Songwriting
- Pop Music
- Jazz / Blues
- Classical Music
- Soundscape
- Music Production
- Children’s Music
- Opera
- Orchestra / Ensembles
- Folk Music
- Folk Dance
- Hip Hop
- Social Practice
- Puppetry
- Storytelling
- Animation
- Feature Film
- Short Film
- Documentary Film
- Interactive Art
- Environmental Art
- Public Art
- New Media
- Internet Art
- Other

Potential uses of Artist Fellowship funding include but are not limited to:
- Set aside time to work / artistic compensation
- Buy supplies, equipment, etc.
- Hire/employ others
- Pursue opportunities/projects that further artistic development
- Attend conferences, residencies, workshops, etc.
- Studio improvements, rental of workspace

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181546

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program provides competitive Artistic Excellence grants of $5,000; Artist Fellowship grants of $3,000; and Emerging Recognition grants of $1,000.

Term of Contract:

The funding period is from January 1, 2019 through December 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Connecticut artists of all disciplines.

Applicants must be:
- At least 18 years of age;
- A citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States;
- A full-time resident of Connecticut for a minimum of one (1) year at the time of application; and must remain a Connecticut resident during the grant/funding period and actively working on the creation of new work

Fellowship awards are highly competitive and artists are encouraged to apply only when they have created a substantial body of recent work that can be presented professionally. Applicants must be the primary creator of original works of art.

Ineligible Applicants include:
- High School students and students currently enrolled full-time in degree-granting institutions.
- Prior Connecticut Artist Fellowship recipients who have received an award within the past five years (FY18 - FY14 recipients are ineligible), Prior CT Artist Fellowship Artistic Excellence (newly designated recognition as of FY18) recipients who have received an award within the past seven years. FY18 Emerging Recognition awardees may reapply the following year but will not be considered for emerging recognition a second time.
- Applicants who submit incomplete applications or applications which do not follow the required format.
- Applications submitted after the deadline.
- COA staff and members of their immediate families.
- Applicants with outstanding final reports from any past COA programs.

Note: The Artist Fellowship Program recognizes individual artists. Applicants may submit work samples representing collaborative work; however, awards are only granted to the individual applying for the grant.

The COA does not fund the following:
- Any organization whose primary place of business and operations is not in Connecticut
- Organizations whose membership and participation policies do not comply with non-discrimination laws
- Brick and mortar and capital improvements except in the Arts Endowment Fund and Good to Great programs.
- Specific activities or projects that are already funded by another COA program during the same fiscal year
- Activities that have already been completed
- Activities to eliminate or reduce existing deficits
- Activities funded by or which generate revenue for COA
- Religious programming and activities
- Benefits, fundraisers, social events
- Interest expenses paid on loans or debts
- Scholarship assistance for academic or non-academic programs
- Lobbying activities
- Political contributions
- Legal fees
- Individuals who are not residents of Connecticut at the time of application. Applicants for the State Troubadour and State Poet Laureate programs must have resided in Connecticut for at least five years prior to the submission of the application.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, July 25, 2018

- Deadline: on or before 11:59pm, July 25, 2018
- Panel Review: Fall 2018
- Notification: early December, 2018
- Funding Period: January 1, 2019 – December 30, 2019
- Final Report: January 30th, 2020

Dates are subject to change

For more information or questions, please contact Tamara Dimitri.

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