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Artists 360 Grant

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

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Mid-America Arts Alliance - Artists 360

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Grants of $1,500 and grants of $7,500 to Northwest Arkansas student artists and practicing artists for career advancement and skill development and growth opportunities. Eligible artists must reside in one of the following counties: Benton, Crawford, Carroll, Sebastian, or Washington.

For practicing artists, funding is available for creative projects, learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable creative practices, and connections to a dynamic regional artist network.

For student artists, funding is available to support creative practices and career advancement, learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable practices, and connections to a dynamic regional artist network.

Project categories for practicing artists:
- Touring: Projects that involve the touring/presenting of your work within and outside of Arkansas.
- Works in Progress: Projects that involve a specific phase of a work in progress that has a clear end goal.
- Creative Research and Professional Development: Projects that focus on professional advancement and creative research opportunities that strengthen an artist’s expertise and advances their creative practice.
- 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.

For more information about project categories, please see the URL for Full Text (RFP).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183484

Estimated Size of Grant:

Practicing Artist: $7,500
Student Artist: $1,500

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be September 2019 through October 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be either a practicing artist or a student artist.

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)

Student artists must be enrolled for the 2019-20 school year (part-time or full-time) in an accredited post-secondary institution located in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington counties.

An applicant must:
- 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 (September 2019 through October 2020)
- 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 October 3-5, 2019
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status

Additionally, artists must 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, or wearable art
- Performing Arts: dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, or performance art
- Literary Arts: fiction, nonfiction, or 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a series of artists 360 outreach sessions throughout the Greater N W Arkansas area beginning the week of May 1st, 2019. The list of venues for outreach sessions will be constantly updated throughout the application window. Please see

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications for the 2019-20 grant cycle open on May 1, 2019.
- Application deadline for the 2019-20 grant cycle is July 8, 2019.
- Applicants will be notified by August 19, 2019.


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URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington Counties