artist enhancement grants
Post #314 • July 5, 2004, 8:40 AM • 9 Comments
This just in: Artist Enhancement Grants from the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.
The Artist Enhancement Grant Program is designed to assist practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Florida. The program provides support for artists to take advantage of specific, professional development, skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers. Project-oriented applications will not be eligible, nor will funds be awarded for the completion of a specific piece of work. Examples of opportunities eligible for support include:
- Attending advanced workshops, conferences, master classes, seminars or residencies.
- Participating in a performance or exhibition opportunity of significance.
- Preparation of portfolios, work samples, marketing materials or website development.
- Major equipment purchases that will have significant impact on the artist's career.
- Any activities that enable the artist to acquire techniques that improve his/her ability to present a body of work. Grants are available in three established amounts: $500, $750, and $1,000.
I commend the DCA for writing up crystal-clear guidelines for this award. I only wonder about how the grant amount affects one's chances - does asking for $1000 decrease them relative to asking for $500?
Our very own Rem Cabrera down at the local DCA will administer the award.
This new grant serves as some consolation for the retooled Individual Artist Fellowship Program, which now will award grants to visual artists only every other year (beginning 2005), and has arranged new disadvantageous categories for application: Media Arts and Visual Arts/Crafts. This creates a weird distribution of unrelated competitors: documentary makers vs. video artists in one category, painters vs. woodturners in the other.
The Artist Enhancement Grant Program resembles in name, amount and concept the Artist Access Grant put out by the Tigertail Foundation. Given their calendars, you could easily apply for both using the same pitch if you time it right. Next deadline is August 30.