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Makeshift Grant

Grants to New Mexico Arts Nonprofits and Individuals to
Develop a Public Arts Display in Downtown Albuquerque

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Downtown Albuquerque Arts and Cultural District

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Grants of $2,500 to New Mexico arts nonprofits, curators, and artists to develop public arts projects in microspaces in Albuquerque’s downtown arts and cultural district that are viewable 24 hours a day. Sculpture, film, visual art, multimedia/projection, and installations of all kinds are welcome.

Each applicant is asked to pair up with a local business or property owner. Applicants are encouraged to focus on increasing economic opportunity for emerging artists specifically in Albuquerque, including but not limited to Chicana & Chicano artists, Native/indigenous identifying artists, LGBTQIA artists, homeless/transitional/formerly incarcerated artists, and artists who are veterans of the military and armed forces.

Makeshift is aimed at benefiting the area in multiple ways:

1. Beautifying Downtown and reactivating/utilizing existing space that is visible on a 24-hour basis from public right of way (for example: art exhibit in empty storefront windows, building facades, adding a mural to brick walls that can be seen from the sidewalk, etc.).

2. Increasing economic opportunity for emerging artists in Albuquerque, with a focus on Chicana & Chicano, Native/Indigenous identifying artists, LGBTQIA, Homeless/Transitional/Formerly incarcerated persons, and Veterans.

3. Providing free and easy to view/experience arts installations that anyone can access (a “walkable outdoor gallery”) that encourage visitors to explore the area by walking.

Funds consist of:

- Artist honorarium and materials budget in the amount of $350 per installation, for a new show every 3 months over the course of 12 months
- Curator stipend of $150 per installation for selection, coordination, and documentation of each show
- $500 for marketing + general materials budget for the space
- Optional: if you choose to partner with a nonprofit as fiscal sponsor for your application, we will include a 10-percent fee ($250) to cover administrative expenses for processing checks/paying artists and curators

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GrantWatch ID#: 182270

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants can be curators, artists, arts administrators/arts nonprofits, or anyone with experience putting together shows with one or more artists.

Both existing and completely new projects are accepted. There must be new work in the space at least every 3 months over the course of 12 months.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend the following information session:

- Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 from 12 pm to 1 pm
Free Range Spaces Coworking, 1710 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted beginning on September 4, 2017, with a deadline of October 16, 2017.

Projects that are selected to receive a grant via Makeshift will be notified by November 15th, 2017, and expected to launch their first quarterly exhibition by February 28, 2018.

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

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Submit applications via mail to:
Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District
115 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 205
Albuquerque, NM, 87102

Joe Cardillo

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico: Albuquerque