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CICF Artist Ambassadors Micro-Grants Available for Visual and Performing Artists

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CICF Artist Ambassadors Micro-Grants Available for Visual and Performing Artists

   

CICF ARTIST AMBASSADORS

Formed in 2019, the CICF Artist Ambassadors cohort was brought together to explore how CICF grant funding could support artists—specifically, artists of color, from the LGBTQ+ community, and artists with disabilities.

Since the group’s inception, it has interviewed and surveyed dozens of artists to understand the needs and perceptions of artists in our community. The group has intentionally taken a slow, exploratory process to provide support in ways that are responsive to the artist community’s needs in Central Indiana.

The ambassadors will conduct multiple grant rounds in 2020 and 2021 to support visual and performing artists—including individuals, partnerships and collectives.

This first round of grants has been launched in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on under-appreciated artists, and are intended as a bridge for those seeking small grants to simply keep creating.

See both Visual (1) and Performing (2) criteria below:


(1) Visual Artist Micro-Grants through the CICF Artist Ambassadors 
Micro-grants of $500 are designed to support the work of visual artists living and working in Central Indiana who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or a person with disabilities and to support the advancement of their artistic practices and careers. They were created by the CICF artist ambassadors in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on under-appreciated artists, and are intended as a bridge for those seeking small grants to simply keep creating.

The purpose of the grant program is to support, enhance or advance an artists practice, productivity, skill, knowledge, creative acumen, cultural awareness, approach, project(s), connections, network, materials/supplies, marketing-promotion, artistic project-related travel, facilitation of an event, exhibit(s), participation in an event, shipping of artwork, etc.

Self-taught or informally trained artists are encouraged to apply.

Apply here: https://www.cicf.org/what-we-do/support-local-artists/visual-artists-grants/

VISUAL ARTIST ELIGIBILITY: 

  • BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or visual artists with disabilities
  • residents of Central Indiana (defined as the 9-county metro area)
  • artists working alone or in a collaborative group in all visual media that consider themselves to be professionals in their field
  • exhibited work or made their work public for a time period of at least three years
  • 21 years of age or older
  • must not be enrolled in a degree-granting program after June 2020

TIMELINE:

  • Applications open: Sept. 28, 2020
  • Application deadline: Nov. 6, 2020
  • Grant announcements: mid-Jan. 2021
  • Grant implementation deadline: April 30, 2021

VISUAL ARTS CATEGORIES: 
Painting, drawing, illustration, mixed- media, multiple-media and any other new or alternative media, assemblage, collage, construction, installation, pottery, ceramics, printmaking, book arts, design, craft, textile arts, photography, works on paper, conceptual art, graphic/digital art, video art, film, sculpture (of any type of material), and public art.

EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS: 

  • building a website where people can buy work
  • purchasing supplies and materials for a new series of works
  • covering fees and shipping costs to participate in an out-of-town show
  • attending a workshop to learn new glazing techniques

SELECTION CRITERIA: 

  • artistic quality and artistic merit of the work
  • commitment to pursuing a professional career
  • feasibility of the proposed project

(2) Performing Artist Grants through the CICF Artist Ambassadors 
 
Grants are designed to support the work of performing artists living and working in Central Indiana who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or a person with disabilities and to support the advancement of their artistic practices and careers. They were created by the CICF artist ambassadors in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on under-appreciated artists, and are intended as a bridge for those seeking small grants to simply keep creating. Grant amounts will range from $500 to $2,000 for individuals, and $2,000 to $5,000 for artist collectives.

The purpose of the grant program is to support, enhance or advance an artists practice, productivity, skill, knowledge, creative acumen, cultural awareness, approach, project(s), connections, network, materials/supplies, marketing-promotion, artistic project-related travel, facilitation of an event, exhibit(s), participation in an event, etc.

Self-taught or informally trained artists are encouraged to apply.

Apply here: https://www.cicf.org/what-we-do/support-local-artists/performing-artists-grants/

PERFORMING ARTIST ELIGIBILITY: 

  • BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or performing artists with disabilities
  • residents of Central Indiana (defined as the 9-county metro area)
  • artists working alone or in a collaborative group in all performing arts that consider themselves to be professionals in their field
  • 21 years of age or older

TIMELINE:

  • Applications open: Sept. 28, 2020
  • Application deadline: Nov. 6, 2020
  • Grant announcements: mid-Jan. 2021
  • Grant implementation deadline: April 30, 2021

SELECTION CRITERIA: 

  • artistic quality and artistic merit of the work
  • commitment to pursuing a professional career
  • feasibility of the proposed project

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