People typically divide arts and culture into seven main categories: painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, cinema, theater, and music. Over the years, these categories have grown and shaped to look a little different, but their importance has remained the same. While some may not consider the arts to be essential and see them only as a means of passing the time, they are so much more.
In 2019, the value of arts and cultural production was $919.7 billion, amounting to 4.3 percent of gross domestic product. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the arts contribute more to the national economy than the construction, transportation and warehousing, travel and tourism, mining, utilities, and agriculture industries. Not only are the arts important for the economy, but they are also an important part of a well-rounded education.
These forms of expression make life more meaningful. They inspire creative thought and can be entertaining and fun to experience. The arts also allow people to hear or express ideas for social change. And just like the venues and buildings that display art need grants, artists and organizations that support the arts all require funding to continue their work.
In order to keep the arts around for future generations to enjoy, it is important to continue to fund these various art forms. GrantWatch has a category specifically for Arts and Culture grants. Below, are five of these grants that are available in the United States.
Five Arts and Culture Grants to Check Out
- There are grants available for U.S., Canada, and International artists for science-related film projects. These grants of either $25,000 or $50,000 will be for projects that spotlight diversity and expand the scope of science.
- Awards of $7,000 to U.S. and territories painters to recognize outstanding works of visual art. The purpose of the program is to recognize exceptional pieces of new surrealist art.
- Grants to U.S. performing arts and entertainment professionals for emergency financial assistance. Funding is intended for those who are suffering financially due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.
- Grants available for U.S. nonprofits to increase equity in the arts. Funding is for projects that address challenges related to DEI in performing arts. There is an emphasis on classical music for projects.
- Finally, there are grants available for U.S., Canada, and International organizations, groups, and individuals for music workshops and amateur musicians. Funding may only be used towards instrument rentals, scholarships, and chamber music faculty fees for participants.