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Hadley Creatives

Opportunity for Kentucky and Indiana Artists in the Louisville
Area to Participate in a Professional Development Seminar

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Louisville and Creative Capital

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Deadline Date:

08/05/19 5:00 PM EST


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Opportunity for Kentucky and Indiana artists in the greater Louisville area to participate in a professional development seminar. Funding is intended to support attendance by artists in the dance, music, media, visual arts, and theater and literary disciplines who are at a pivotal point in their careers. The 6-month learning and engagement program will help artists cultivate an expanded peer network, build their professional practice, and dedicate time for reflection and career planning.

Applications are accepted from qualified visual, literary, and performing artists who engage in the following art forms (multidisciplinary artists should apply in one of the above disciplines which most closely relates to their practice):

- Dance
- Media including film, video and digital production (documentary, narrative, animation, or experimental) and new media (artistic work that is computational and distributed digitally, in the form of websites, mobile apps, virtual worlds, computer games, human-computer interface or interactive computer installations).
- Music (vocal and instrumental)
- Theater & Literary includes fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word.
- Visual Arts (Installation artists and photographers should apply in this discipline.)

Creative Capital facilitators will engage with Hadley Creatives participants through a two-day retreat, two intersessions, phone consultations, and a one-day retreat. In addition, four monthly intersessions provide participants opportunities to learn from local cultural leaders and professional experts. Throughout the program participants are encouraged to meet with current and past Hadley Creatives. Sessions will take place as follows:

- Announcement & Introduction to Hadley Creative Community: Friday, October 11, 2019 (evening)
- Orientation: Monday, October 14, 2019 (evening)
- Opening Retreat: Saturday - Sunday, November 2 -3, 2019 (overnight)
- Workshop 1: Monday, December 9, 2019 (evening)
- Workshop 2: Monday, January 13, 2020 (evening)
- Workshop 3: Monday, February 10, 2020 (evening)
- Workshop 4: Monday, March 16, 2020 (evening)
- Closing Retreat: Sunday, April 19, 2020 (full day)

For further details on the program schedule and information, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181875

Number of Grants:

15 artists are selected.

Term of Contract:

The Opening Retreat is November 2 - 3, 2019, and the Closing Retreat is April 19, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible artists engage in the following art forms: Dance, Music, Media, Theater & Literary, and Visual Art.

Hadley Creatives is designed to provide participants with opportunities for growth. The experience's value is greatest for applicants who are:

- Generative (those artists responsible for generating or creating entirely new work) rather than interpretive (artists who interpret or execute work created by others). Some artists participate in both generative and interpretive work, but the Hadley Creatives seeks artists with a significant history in generative work.
- Demonstrating a readiness and eagerness to actively participate in the program by engaging with fellow artists and facilitators in a meaningful way.
- Devoting themselves to meaningful, focused artistic activity outside of a degree-granting program (minimum of 3 years).
- Pursuing the creation of original work within a specific artistic discipline as a means to livelihood or a way to achieve the highest level of professional recognition.
- Working in their art form 15 or more hours per week.
- At least 18 years or older by October 1st, 2019.
- Living in the greater Louisville area. (The greater Louisville area is defined as Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties in Kentucky; and Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington Counties in Indiana.)
- Willing and able to spend at least 8 hours a month working toward the Hadley Creatives goals
- Able to attend all sessions
- Not enrolled in a BA or MA (or any other postsecondary degree) programs during the 6-month program. (Participation in any postsecondary work makes an applicant ineligible.)

Competitive Applicants are:

- Imaginative, rigorous, and thought-provoking
- Compelling with a distinctive vision and authentic voice
- Bold and risk-taking
- Technically proficient and demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship
- Expanding artistic practice within their field and arts community

Pre-proposal Conference:

Louisville Literary Arts Grant Writing Workshop:

Visual, performing, and literary artists are welcome to the 2020 Hadley Creatives Application Workshop. Come join the session as the Louisville Literary Arts Instructors give strategies for writing compelling responses for any grant application while using the Hadley Creatives: Generation 3 (2020) application as a teaching tool. Two sessions will be offered to present the same information. Food will be served from 5:30-6:00 PM. Attendance is voluntary and offered on a first come basis to 40 participants per session.

Session 1:
July 11, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Chef Space
1812 W. Muhammad Ali,
Louisville, KY 40203
TARC Routes: 18, 19, & 21

Session 2:
July 18, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Jewish Family & Career Services
2821 Klempner Way
Louisville, KY 40205
TARC Routes: 23

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications should be submitted by Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. The Foundation will notify all applicants via email no later than Wed, Oct 9, 2019.

Selected artists are committing to full participation. Artists invited to participate in Hadley Creatives will be expected to attend and fully engage in the program. Therefore, interested applicants should please review the schedule before submitting an application. Applicants who feel they are unable to fully participate should consider applying at another time.

Artist volunteers who have received grants from multiple sources will read over your responses for content and clarity before you submit your application. Up to 40 thirty minute sessions will be available on a first come basis. Check back for registration information.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Direct all questions regarding the application, submission process, or online form to:

Ramona Lindsey, Program Officer (preferred method)

Community Foundation of Louisville
325 W. Main Street, Suite 1110
Waterfront Plaza, West Tower
Louisville, KY 40202

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