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Artists 360 Grant

Grants to Arkansas Practicing and Student Artists
for Career Advancement and Project Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mid-America Arts Alliance - Artists 360

Conf. Date:

10/03/20

Deadline Date:

10/16/20

Description:

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Grants of $1,500 and $7,500 to Arkansas practicing and student artists in eligible counties for career advancement and project support. Funding is intended for creative projects, entrepreneurship skill development, and networking. Eligible artists must reside in one of the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington.

Project Categories

Touring Project

Projects that involve the touring/presenting of your work within and outside of Arkansas. Examples include:

  • Performance of a play at a festival
  • Series of music performances/concerts
  • Book tour
  • Film screening as part of a film festival
  • Work featured in an art exhibition outside of Arkansas

(Successful Touring Project applicants will have a well-articulated project description and plan for touring, and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

Works in Progress

Projects that involve a specific phase of a work in progress that has a clear end goal. (Projects DO NOT need to have a public component.) Examples include:

  • Creation of a component of a visual art or public art installation, exhibition or body of work
  • Creation of any part of an album, including composing, recording, sound mixing, etc.
  • Creation of any part of a play including playwriting, rehearsals, staged readings, performances
  • Creation of any part of a dance including choreography, rehearsals, performances
  • Creation of any part of a film, web series, or electronic media project including editing, sound mixing, etc.

(Successful Works in Progress Project applicants will have a well-articulated project description, specifying the stage of the project the grant will support and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

Creative Research and Professional Advancement

Projects that focus on professional advancement and creative research opportunities that strengthen an artist’s expertise and advances their creative practice. Examples include:

  • Apprenticeships with masters of the artist’s own discipline
  • Residencies and workshops that lead to the development of a body of work
  • Research connected to the development of a work of art or creative exploration

(Successful Creative Research and Professional Advancement Project applicants will articulate the artistic strength, quality, and reputation of the proposed residency, workshop, laboratory, apprenticeship or research opportunity, and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

Social Practice

Projects that activate Northwest Arkansas communities and address social issues, opportunities and challenges. Projects must focus on the creation and presentation of art and have a public component. Examples of projects include:

  • Performances and visual art works that increase dialogue and civic discourse around local issues
  • Projects that recognize and engage specific neighborhoods
  • Projects that celebrate and preserve cultural traditions of underrepresented or marginalized groups
  • Placemaking projects that activate underutilized spaces with art and community participation for the benefit of the residents

(Successful Social Practice Project applicants will have a well-articulated project description that includes clear outcomes; impact/benefit for the community being served, and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183484

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists: $7,500
Student Artists: $1,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
Practicing Artist is defined as follows:
-Has an active and current artistic practice
-Has specialized training in the field (not limited to academic training)
-Has demonstrated success in the arts through the creation of high quality work and/or contributions to the field
-Is recognized as a practicing artist by peers (artists working in the same discipline and by experts in the field)
-Create work in one or more of the following artistic disciplines:
--Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
--Performing Arts (dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
--Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
--Traditional Arts (work that is made based on artistic traditions shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation through demonstration, conversation and practice – may include crafts, storytelling, dance, music, or functional art)
-Be a resident of the State of Arkansas and have established residency in one of the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian or Washington (Artists 360 prefers applicants with at least one year of residency in the counties.)
-Retain residency within the five-county region for the duration of the grant period (November 2020-October 2021)
-Must complete the online application form, answer the narrative questions, and submit a resume/CV and digital work samples that support their proposed project
-Be available for an Artists 360 retreat on January 15-17, 2021*. (*If this retreat needs to get rescheduled due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, the Foundation will make an announcement in early January. The Foundation is committed to keeping a safe and healthy environment for artists.)
-Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
-Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status

Student Artist is defined as follows:
-Be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year (part-time or full-time) in an accredited post-secondary institution located in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington counties
-Create work in one or more of the following artistic disciplines:
--Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
--Performing Arts (dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
--Traditional Arts (work that is made based on artistic traditions shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation through demonstration, conversation and practice – may include crafts, storytelling, dance, music, or functional art)
(Student artists do not have to be an arts major to be eligible for Artists 360.)
-Must complete the online student application form, answer the narrative questions, and submit digital work samples
-Be available for an Artists 360 retreat January 15-17, 2021*. (*If this retreat needs to get rescheduled due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, they will make an announcement in early January. The Foundation is committed to keeping a safe and healthy environment for artists.)
-Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
-Must be a U.S. citizen, per or have non-resident status

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be two outreach sessions, where applicants can learn more about the program. These sessions will be virtual. Click on the dates below to register for a session.

Artists 360 Outreach Session, Saturday, September 12, 2020, 1 p.m. Central: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kFSjOORuQP-xGfVvFnhGvA

Artists 360 Outreach Session, Saturday, October 3, 2020, 1 p.m. Central: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8RTXWVyVQrWH0u1T4TOCIg

Pre-Application Information:

-Applications for the 2020-2021 Grant Cycle Open on September 8, 2020.
-Application Deadline for the 2020-2021 Grant Cycle is October 16, 2020.

Artist 360 Applications: https://arkansasgrantprogram.submittable.com/submit

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian or Washington

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