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