Support for Individual Artists

GIA members have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists for over 20 years. This has been one of the most active and energetic groups of funders within GIA and the Support for Individual Artists preconferences have been the flagship program of this group.

The GIA Library features a number of recommended articles on Support for Individual Artists.

Posted on December 3, 2014 by SuJ'n

The Alliance of Artists Communities announces applications are open for its 2015 Creative Access residency awards. This program, supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, provides visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) month-long, funded studio residencies. Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, shares:

'Creative Access' reflects our ongoing commitment to develop greater resources for underserved artists of all kinds and model best-practices for the entire residency field. We are thrilled to launch this new program with our residency partners, and so grateful to the Neilsen Foundation for its leadership and support.

The application deadline is: January 15, 2015.

Read more about the application announcement here.

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children by offering unrestricted cash awards to parent artists whose work is of the highest caliber. We're delighted to announce the winners of our 2014 Fall Awards. Once again, in this round demand was high: we received over 1,000 applications. To ensure that all applications received broad consideration, we enlisted previous awardees to serve as jurors. As talented artists and writers, they are eminently qualified to evaluate these portfolios; as fellow parents, they are particularly attuned to the particular circumstances of our applicants.

As with previous rounds, we've also selected 10 finalists whose work showed such strength we felt compelled to acknowledge it publicly. 

 
2014 Fall Awards ($6,000 each)
John Brandon, Fiction
Gabe Brown, Painting
Susan Graham, Sculpture
Kate Leary, Fiction
Maggie Smith, Poetry
 
2014 Fall Promise Awards ($2,000 each)
Skye Anicca, Fiction
Brandon Lingle, Nonfiction
Kathleen McGookey, Poetry
Thorpe Moeckel, Nonfiction
Susan Montgomery, Mixed Media
...
Posted on November 18, 2014 by cstrokosch

The Alliance of Artists Communities, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, is pleased to announce the inaugural awardees for “Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio”. The two exceptional artists are Tiziana Panizza from Santiago, Chile, for her project Solitary Land; and Samir Parker from Thane, India, for his project Re-Flexing the City. Each artist will receive a $20,000 award, made possible through a grant to the Alliance of Artists Communities from The Rockefeller Foundation.

Administered by the Alliance of Artists Communities, “Artists as Change Agents” was established to advance new work initiated at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and extend the impact of a Bellagio Center residency by providing support to artists whose work addresses the challenging issues of our times and exemplifies the Foundation’s goal of promoting the wellbeing of humankind around the world. Recognizing that such work often struggles to find mainstream support, these prestigious awards provide critical resources for the completion and dissemination of promising new work.

“Solitary Land” — Tiziana Panizza; Santiago, Chile

Project Summary

Tiziana Panizza’s...

Posted on November 8, 2014 by Tommer

Those of you who attended the 2013 Support for Individual artists Preconference will remember Conflict Kitchen, the Pitsburgh Artist-run take out restaurant thet provided our lunch. They are currently closed after a death threat from an unknown individual who interpreted their Palestinian lunch wrapper as anti-Israel.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has coverage. And here's a quote from Conflict Kitchen form their Facebook page:

The Post-Gazette's (and other media and lobbying groups) insistence to continually misrepresent our food wrappers as "anti-Israeli messages," shows a distinct lack of research into what is actually on the wrappers, a reinforcement of right-wing accusations, and thoughtlessness about our current situation. Like we have done for four years with every other country of focus, our food wrappers contain the viewpoints of multiple people within our focus country on a wide variety of topics. Our Palestinian...
Posted on November 7, 2014 by SuJ'n

When composer and Director of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the Houston Methodist Hospital Jefferson Todd Frazier tells people that he works for a center for arts and medicine, he says he receives some odd looks. Arts and medicine are two things that most people would rarely combine, and yet the Center for Performing Arts Medicine, or CPAM, has been doing just that successfully for 25 years. It was founded by a doctor known for treating opera performers, Dr. C. Richard Stasney, after he received a phone call from a performer in need of specialized care.

Read the full article here

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Tommer

The American Music Project is a nonprofit foundation that hopes to put a brighter spotlight on the American repertory, old and new, and to commission new works. “The goal of the foundation,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement, “is to facilitate more performances of our great musical legacy, as well as to raise awareness and, ultimately, help increase the amount of American music that is performed regularly in our concert halls and opera houses.”

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Tommer

This strategy sampler summarizes funding trends, policy goals and key programmatic issues of state arts agency individual artist fellowships, including eligibility parameters and application evaluation criteria and protocols. The information herein is based on publicly available fellowship program guidelines in fiscal year 2014 as well as 10 years of data tracking fellowship awards.

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Cynthia Gehrig

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 2014

At its March 3, 2014 meeting, the Foundation's Board of Directors approved substantial changes to Jerome's New York City and Minnesota Film and Video Programs. Effective June 15, 2014, the names of the programs will be changed to the Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program. Each program will continue to support emerging independent film and video artists who produce experimental, narrative, documentary, and animated work, but will be expanded to support artists who create work using non-traditional hardware such as mobile devices and computers. This provides artists who prefer not to work in traditional film and video formats an opportunity to receive support from the Foundation for their narrative, documentary, animated and experimental projects.

The New York City and Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Programs will consider projects created for exhibition in traditional venues such as theaters, television, or festivals, as well as non-traditional exhibition venues such as projections in public spaces; distribution through smartphones, electronic notebooks and other mobile devices; and virtual environments such as internet sites. It...

Posted on May 14, 2014 by cstrokosch

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting calls for the 2014 Audience Engagement Grant Program. Since the program’s inception in 2004, Open Society Foundations has funded 54 photographers who have gone beyond documenting a human rights or social justice issue to enacting change.

As in the past, project grants are available to documentary photographers, photo-based artists, and socially engaged practitioners who use their work to move target audiences beyond the act of looking, to directly participate in activities or processes that lead to change around an issue. And while past funding has successfully supported a diverse range of projects from photographers highly skilled at developing meaningful partnerships and audience engagement, the Foundation recognized that many artists have less experience in this work but are interested in further developing these skills.

In response, beginning in 2014, artists are also able to apply for Project Development support, with grantees receiving funding to attend an Open Society-organized retreat in December of 2014. This event will be designed in collaboration with Creative Capital’s Professional...

Posted on March 7, 2014 by cstrokosch


Posted to Supporting Today’s Artists by Caitlin Strokosch, executive director, Alliance of Artists Communities

One of the reasons I love serving on Grantmakers in the Arts’ Individual Artists Support Committee is that every conversation centers on how we can do more to support artists. Again and again we ask: What else do artists need (besides more money)?

For the Alliance of Artists Communities—an international coalition of artist residency programs—our currency is time and space. Few artists have in their everyday lives the luxury of concentrated time to dive deep into their work with the focus it deserves, even when granted the funds to develop new work. As such, residencies form a critical part of the artist support ecosystem by offering an environment that combines nobody’s-looking-over-your-shoulder solitude with a community of other artists engaging in the challenging R&D work that occurs during a residency. And while time and space are extraordinary, time+space+money is even better!

That’s why in the past few years we’ve seen more funders and residencies team up to extend the support given to...

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Abigail

The Committee welcomed Paul Tyler, grants director of ArtsKC, a regional arts council in Kansas City, Missouri. Also new to the Committee is Ruby Lerner, executive director of Creative Capital, a nationally-focused support organization serving artists with funding, counseling, and career development services.

A subcommittee has been working on establishing a new blog, Supporting Today's Artists, which is now live on the GIA website and features content from GIA members and the broader field. All GIA members are invited to submit content; information may include new program initiatives, collaborations, program evaluations, research, press releases, and leadership transitions related to the artists support field. Suggested content for the new site may be directed to Tommer Peterson at GIA: tommer@giarts.org.

GIA deputy director Tommer Peterson provided an update on the Artist Support Benchmarking Initiative. The research team working on the project is beginning to develop a method for collecting data that illustrates the ecology of artist support throughout...

Posted on March 4, 2014 by cstrokosch

The Creative Interventions Tour, a new placemaking project led by artist Hunter Franks, will travel through Akron, Detroit, Macon, and Philadelphia, where Franks will lead workshops that bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. He will craft the interactive activities with input from local organizations, taking into account specific community needs. Franks will document his experiences in each of the cities to share lessons and assess how small-scale, temporary interventions can create wide community impact.

For example, one activity, Vacant Love, will mobilize people to write love letters to their neighborhood; the letters will then be posted on a vacant building and a fundraising event will be held to help restore the building. Another activity, the Free Portrait Project, will provide locals with a personal Polaroid portrait in exchange for a story about their first love. A copy of their portrait will then be displayed in a public space along with the story for passersby to peruse, ultimately creating connections between neighbors.

More information on the Knight Blog,...

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Paul Tyler

Posted to Supporting Today’s Artists by Paul Tyler, Grants Director, ArtsKC

We’ve had limited financial resources to invest in direct support for artists over the past few years, but I have come to realize that our work supporting artists through professional development training may have substantially more impact than our grantmaking over the long run.

Artist INC is a professional development initiative for artists that began in Kansas City in 2009 as a collaborative partnership of ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council, Charlotte Street Foundation, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center. The Artist INC synergistic array of programming is designed to connect artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice. The program menu offers an assortment of seminars, workshops, online options, community training, a university course, and direct individual support in order to reach a variety of artists at different...

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Abigail

Since 1998, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation has supported contemporary art exhibitions through its biennial Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. This opportunity provides funding for thematic exhibitions that are fresh and experimental in nature, and for which other funding is not yet forthcoming. The award provides assistance at the beginning stage of the exhibition’s development and offers the curator the support needed to realize the concept.

This year is the first time the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation will support not only the curator of these winning exhibitions but also the artists that participate through the Living Artist Stipends. When the 2012 Exhibition Award winners, Choreography at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, open this fall, each living artist, collaborative, or collective with a piece of existing work in the exhibits will receive a $1,000 stipend. The Foundation developed the Living Artist Stipend to provide financial recognition for work an artist has previously completed that contributed...

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Abigail

The Joyce Awards recognize artists of color who collaborate with nonprofit institutions by awarding them $50,000 to commission thought-provoking works of art, which aim to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together. The 2014 Joyce Award winners are Camille A. Brown, Jessie Montgomery, Lynn Nottage, and Tracey Scott Wilson. Read more about the winners and the award program here.

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Abigail

During our November call we recapped the 2013 GIA preconference, held on Sunday October 6 at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Heartfelt congratulations and thanks went out to preconference co-chairs Melissa Franklin (Pew Center for Arts & Heritage) and Esther Grimm (3Arts) for their planning and logistical work. Also acknowledged were the committee members who participated in sessions or otherwise contributed to making the day a success.

It was noted that the opening session, Starting Up: A Conversation among Artist Support Pioneers, was videotaped and is available on the GIA website. Using this documentation as a starting point, the committee agreed on the usefulness of the material in its current form and proposed ways to make specific content within the video more readily accessible. The committee also discussed the value of continuing to gather and document the history of the field and how historical resources might inform current and future decisions. The committee will continue to address this in the coming year.

As part of our ongoing effort to keep artists at the...

Posted on November 1, 2013 by Abigail

Toolkit: A Look Inside the Artist Selection Process is a new web resource developed by members of GIA's Individual Artists Support Committee. Responding to feedback received at the 2012 GIA Conference, the Committee undertook to design web resources, or Toolkits, to help inform and create dialogue around best practices in providing support to individual artists; this Toolkit is their first.

Selection processes, including open application and nomination-jury formats, are from four different kinds of funders: a nonprofit grantmaker, a public agency, a family foundation, and a private foundation. Each resource paper provides a snapshot of direct funding for individual artists within the context of each organization’s programs and includes a timeline, information about jury panels and applications, and reflections on the various approaches and challenges.

Posted on August 13, 2013 by Abigail

At this point in the year, our committee is engaged primarily in working with GIA staff to develop conference and preconference sessions that reflect the interests of our sector.

Preconference:

Our meeting began with an overview of the plans for the preconference, “Taking Stock,” co-chaired by Melissa Franklin and Esther Grimm. Melissa and Esther described the flow of the day, including the three main dialogues around which the day pivots: a conversation with funders who helped and still help to forge the field, a conversation with three funders who are breaking ground today, and a final conversation led by artists on the work that might shape our future. Intermixed with these sessions is a look at the national study on the support of individual artists that GIA launched this year and a lunch crafted by Conflict Kitchen. Presenters include Ted Berger, Frances Phillips, Cindy Gehrig, Holly Sidford, Ben Cameron, Carolyn Somers, Tony Grant, Ain Gordon, Anne Carlson, Dan Blacksberg—and more.

The preconference schedule will be updated on the GIA conference website as additional artists and presenters are identified.

We discussed the importance of...

Posted on May 30, 2013 by Abigail

During our May 2013 meeting the Committee welcomed new member Joe Smoke of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Committee member Ben Cameron presented an overview of the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a ten-year $50 Million program. This innovative program, now in its second year, will provide awards to more than 200 artists, as well as a range of dance companies, theaters, and presenters.

Funders Resource Subcommittee:

During the Individual Artists Support Committee’s breakfast roundtable at the 2012 GIA Conference we heard from many participants the need for information on the basics of individual artists support. A subcommittee made up of Esther Grimm (3Arts), Rose Parisi (Illinois Arts Council Agency), Jayson Smart (Rasmuson Foundation), and Carolyn Somers (Joan Mitchell Foundation) was formed to develop resource toolkits. The first toolkit will include examples of artist award selection processes. This resource will sit on the interest area page on the GIA...

Posted on March 21, 2013 by Abigail

New Members:

We welcomed Tony Grant of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Vincent (Vinnie) Murphy of the Tanne Foundation, Melissa Franklin of The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and David Terry of the New York Foundation for the Arts to GIA’s Individual Artists Support Committee. The committee now comprises eighteen representatives of organizations that support individual artists nationally.

Our winter meeting focused on representing, sharing, and understanding our work to support artists.

Communicating our Cause:

At nearly every meeting, we review conference and panel proposal opportunities with the goal of proposing sessions that include artists and keep their concerns front and center. We discussed the inclusion of artists at the Americans for the Arts conference and learned about a panel for that conference organized by Heather Pontonio of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, called “The One About Helping Artists to Succeed,” for an intended audience of local art agencies. We discussed our hope of having more panels related to artists and featuring artists...