Friday, March 26, 2010

State Grant Program For Individual Artists

Here is another grant program for individual artists

A new $3 Million Dollar annual grant program has been announced for artists in one particular state! This grant program will hope to answer the question "Who will create opportunities for artists who have been poor in money and opportunity?"

  • Three $25,000 individual grants will be awarded for experienced artists in the state.

  • Three $20,000 grants to state institutions with artist-in-residence programs. Half of the grants will be given to resident artists to offset work and living expenses during residencies.

  • Grants to institutions for the historical documentation of major exhibitions on artists of the state.

  • Grants to art institutions for the improvement of exhibition space

  • Grants to underwrite visits to the state by nationally recognized curators and critics who can expose local artists to the national art world

  • Grants to institutions for the acquisition of artworks

  • Grants for a special program that would provide assistance to artists for unforeseen special projects, such as expenses to finish artwork for a major exhibition sponsored by a national art museum.

The organization that is funding this grant program will begin accepting applications for the different fellowships and grants at different times later this year.

While no other organization in the state offers a more financially lucrative grant program for artists there is another organization that offers one $20,000 individual fellowship to similarly experienced artists. But this fellowship program is awarded annually to artists of different disciplines, including the performing arts, visual arts, media arts and literature.

The impact of this funding program will be felt by the art community at large. Documenting major exhibitions is crucial, for instance, both for the sake of stewardship and historical documentation. One of the most impressive shows in recent memory arrived to critical fanfare but with no catalog to document the show for future generations. The financially strapped Art Museum didn't have the money to produce one.

After five years, the foundation will evaluate the impact of the programs on the community and the foundation's overall financial situation. Then, a decision will be made whether to continue.

Rarely do foundations give directly to individuals because they are required to disperse money to public charities. So it asked the Internal Revenue Service for special dispensation, promising that all individual grants would be used for charitable purposes.

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