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Minnesota Humanities Commission Small and Mini-Grants

The MHC grant program provides funding for Minnesota groups and organizations conducting public projects in the humanities. MHC grants are intended to foster connections among humanities scholars, cultural organizations, and community groups. Eligible projects involve one or more of the humanities disciplines: history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, modern and classical languages, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, linguistics, cultural anthropology, history and criticism of the arts, and historical or philosophical approaches to the social and natural sciences. Small grants are for multi-speaker programs, panel discussions, pilot projects, and small-scale, single-site projects. In some instances small grants may be used to fund planning for a larger humanities project. Applications may be submitted at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a project. Mini-grants are for funding small programs, especially speaker programs. Applications may be submitted at least four weeks prior to the program date. Applicants will be notified of a decision within two weeks of receipt of the application.

Mid Atlantic Region Artists and Communities Program

The program offers support to partnerships between visiting artists and non-profit organizations engaged in community-based creative projects. Creative artists from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania choreographers, composers, poets, writers, filmmakers, media and visual artists of all kinds) are supported in collaborative partnerships outside their home community with arts and/or community organizations. These projects serve to motivate and encourage people to examine issues of importance to them, thereby increasing appreciation of the role of the arts in community life. The projects must involve active cultural participation by members of the host community.

MMA Theodore Rousseau Fellowships

Fellowships are for the training of students planning to enter museums as curators of painting, by enabling them to undertake related study in Europe. The purpose of these fellowships is to develop the skills of connoisseurship by supporting firsthand examination of paintings in major European collections, rather than to support library research for the completion of degree requirements. Short-term fellowships of at least three months will be considered along with 12-month requests.

MMA Summer Internship Program

The internship program is for students and recent graduates interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training, interests, and the availability of projects, interns work in one of the museum's departments--curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. All internships are nine to 10 weeks, full-time, five-day, 35 hours per week, and include a one-week orientation for graduate students and a two-week orientation for college students. The application deadlines for the internship for College Students and the internship for Graduate Students fall in mid- to late-January, respectively; call for exact dates. The deadline for the Cloisters Summer internship program for college students is the first Friday in February. For more information on the Cloisters internship, contact College Internship Program, the Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040; or call (212) 650-2280. Contact the museum for information and application deadline for the Roswell L. Gilpatric internship. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

MMA Charitable Frohlich Fellowship

This two-year fellowship is available to promote art conservation. The value of the award varies according to applicant's level of training or experience, with the possibility of additional funds available for travel, books, photographs, and other expenses. Fellowships begin on September 1.

MMA Bothmer Fellowship

The annual fellowship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student who has been admitted to a doctoral program of a university in the United States and who has submitted an outline of a thesis dealing with Greek and Roman art. The thesis outline must have already been accepted by the applicant's thesis advisor at the time of the fellowship application. Preference will be given to the applicant who, in the opinion of the grants committee, will profit most from utilizing the resources of the Department of Greek and Roman Art, its collections, library, photographic and other archives, and the guidance of the curatorial staff.

MMA Lifchez/Stronach Curatorial Internship

This internship will be awarded to a student who has recently graduated from college or is enrolled in an art history MA program and would use the internship to continue in a career in art history. The student should come from a background of financial need or other disadvantage that might jeopardize her or his pursuing such a career without this support. The intern will be assigned to a curatorial department to work on projects appropriate to her/his academic background, professional skills, and career goals. The internship is full-time from September to June. Interns are invited to participate in orientation activities during the summer. Annual deadline dates vary; contact the program office for exact dates.

Arts International Islamic World Arts Initiative Grants

The initiative provides grants in support of projects that foster cultural understanding between the Islamic World and the United States. For the purposes of this initiative, the Islamic World is defined as the following countries, as well as the community of artists and scholars born in these countries who now live elsewhere in the world: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirate, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara, and Yemen. Round one supports commissioning projects, consortium projects, and residency projects. Round two invites proposals for touring artists from Islamic countries to the United States.

ASCSA NEH Fellowships

The school is the most significant resource on Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and postclassical studies in Greek language, literature, history, archeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. The fellowships support scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities. Fellows will be expected to reside primarily in Athens, contribute to and enhance the scholarly dialog, as well as contribute to and expand scholarly horizons at the school. Guidelines and application are available online.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Grants

he foundation has established two program areas for support. Grants are awarded to curatorial programs at museums, artists organizations, and other organizations to assist in the innovative presentation of the visual arts with an emphasis on projects that cultivate new, expanded, and diverse audiences. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogs, education, audience development, and other organizational activity directly related to these areas. This category supports the creation of work through regranting initiatives, artist-in- residence programs, and the work of choreographers and performing artists where the visual arts are an inherent element of the production. The historic preservation program awards grants to organizations working to preserve historic buildings, districts, and landscapes and to organizations seeking to increase public participation in the urban planning process. Proposals should be submitted in a one- to two-page letter describing the request; these cannot be considered without a project budget and a copy of the organization's 501(c)3 ruling. If more information is desired, the foundation will contact the applicant. Grant notifications are mailed July 1 and January 1.

Canada Council New Media Residencies

The Grants to New Media and Audio Artists program assists Canadian artists working with new media or audio technologies as means of artistic expression. The grants support innovation and experimentation with form, content or technology by providing artists with opportunities for research, creative development and production of independent new media and audio artworks. The program offers Research Grants, Production Grants and grants for New Media Residencies. The New Media Residencies grants encourage creative collaboration and knowledge exchange between artists working with new information and communications technologies (new media) as means of artistic expression and other sectors of society that are working with new or emergent technologies. The program supports projects that provide mutual benefit to artists and host organizations through research residencies and production residencies. Grants may be used to cover direct costs of the residency, such as artists' subsistence, and the direct costs of research, creative development and production of artworks undertaken during the residency. To ensure the vitality and continued excellence of new media art, these grants help support residencies for artists committed to the creation of independent, artist-controlled new media art. Independent means that the artist initiates and is the driving force behind the proposed project and maintains significant creative control over the project. Other funding sources must not compromise the applicant's creative control.

Belo Foundation Grants

The foundation supports primarily Dallas-Fort Worth area nonprofits. The company's giving focuses on two main areas: enhancing urban parks and open spaces, and journalism education that promotes an informed citizenry. Past grant winners include local groups that commissioned art works for downtown public places, schools, universities, and children's agencies. Belo provides funds for capital and endowment campaigns, scholarship funds, operating budgets, and building construction and renovation.

Lois and Richard England Family Foundation Grants

The foundation is committed to improving the lives of those in need in the Washington metropolitan area. Grants focus on local human services--comprehensive services that enable low-income families or individuals to become self-sufficient, to live independently, or provide employment and training; education--preschool, elementary, and secondary education; and enrichment programs, particularly for children in underserved communities; and arts and culture--directed at local institutions, especially organizations with community outreach. Access to arts education for disadvantaged children is a key interest. The foundation also supports targeted programs to enhance Jewish life and causes locally, nationally and internationally. There is no formal application procedure; the foundation requests a brief proposal.

British Columbia Arts Council Operating Assistance for Organizations

This program is intended to provide operating assistance to organizations whose primary objective is to serve the development of a specific artistic discipline or the arts and cultural communities in general on a province-wide basis. Applicants are judged on the merits of their entire operation from program content to administrative and financial management. Operating awards are made once each fiscal year for current or future operations. Eligibility in this category is reviewed on an annual basis. Organizations that have not previously received funding in this category are requested to establish their eligibility with the Cultural Services Branch (CSB) prior to filing an application. Areas eligible for assistance include performing arts, arts festivals, museums and galleries, arts training institutions, arts periodicals, and media information and deadlines. The March 15 deadline applies to theater, dance, music, and literary organizations; and the September 30 deadline applies to arts festivals, museums, galleries, and media arts organizations. Organizations that have not previously received funding for operating assistance are required to contact the office.

Canada Council Paris Studios Creation/Production Grants to Professional Artists

Two studios, with living accommodation, at the Cit? Internationale des Arts in Paris are available at moderate cost to Canadian visual artists (including architects, independent critics and curators, photographers, and craft artists). The studios may be used for a period of three months to one year, between September 1 and August 31, by individuals who wish to pursue creative work in Paris. An allocation for subsistence and travel expenses is provided.

Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Fellowships

The center awards up to 15 fellowships for independent study on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. Each fellow is given a place to study, use of the Biblioteca and Fototeca Berenson, weekday lunch, and an opportunity to meet scholars from various countries working in related fields. The selection committee looks for scholarly excellence and promise, requires a project of importance that is suitable to the resources of I Tatti and Florence, and assesses the candidate's ability to contribute to collegiality and the intellectual life of the other fellows. Projects do not have to be devoted to Florentine subjects, but it must be possible for the greater part of the project to be accomplished in Florence. Fellows will be in residence for a full academic year. Renewals are rarely granted. Applicants should send completed application form, curriculum vita, project description, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Walter Kaiser, Director, Villa I Tatti, Via di Vincigliata 26, 50135 Florence, Italy (telephone: 39 055 603 251, fax: 39 055 603 383), with duplicates to the Villa I Tatti office in Cambridge (listed). Completed application and supporting materials must be received at each address by the specified deadline date for applications.

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Senior Fellowships

Applications will be considered from scholars for study in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, etc.) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines physical objects or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form. In addition, applications are solicited from scholars who are specifically interested in curatorial research related to objects in the painting, sculpture, graphics, and other collections of the gallery. One Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships will normally be awarded for an academic year; applications for a single academic term or a quarter are also possible. In exceptional cases, application may be made for a period of two years. The Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships are intended to support primarily research related to objects in the collection of the gallery. Senior fellows receive a monthly stipend with additional allowances for research materials, round-trip travel, and local expenses.

Carole Fielding Film/Video Production or Research Grants

The program offers annual grants for film, video, or multimedia production, and for research projects in historical, critical, theoretical or experimental studies of film or video.

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Fellowships

Applications will be considered from scholars for short-term fellowships (maximum of 60 days) for study in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, etc.) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines physical objects or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form. In addition, applications are solicited from scholars who are specifically interested in curatorial research related to objects in the painting, sculpture, graphics, and other collections of the gallery. The notable resources represented by the collections of the National Gallery of Art, its library, photographic archives, the Library of Congress, and other specialized research libraries and collections in Washington will be available to the visiting senior fellows; lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions will complement the program. Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend that includes round-trip travel and local expenses. Fellows may be eligible for a $1500 per month housing allowance. Application forms must be obtained from the center. This award is granted twice per year.

Center for Photography at Woodstock Arts Administration Internships

Interns learn business practices and fund-raising strategies associated with an artists' space dedicated to serving contemporary photographers. Interns will assist center staff with: organization and production of education programs; organization and production of gallery exhibitions; organization and production of the Photography Quarterly journal and other center publications; general administrative operation of the center including membership, fund-raising, public relations, special events, and community outreach.


This art history prize is given by the International Confederation of Art Dealers (Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art) to encourage the study of the history of art in the 19 countries where the confederation is represented--Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, San Marino, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. An author wishing to be considered in the competition should forward a copy of his/her bound manuscript, a curriculum vita, a brief summary, and a support letter from a professor or other qualified scholar in the field to which the work relates, as well as a letter from an editor/publisher willing to publish the work if it is granted the CINOA Prize. Contact the organization via e-mail for more information.

NYFA SAFE Student Competition

The program, Saving Antiquities for Everyone, is dedicated to ending the destruction of the shared cultural heritage and undiscovered past by raising public awareness. Through partnerships with academia, advertising, the media, and the legal and law enforcement communities, the program develops educational programs and media campaigns to inform the public about the irreversible damage that results from looting, smuggling, and trading illicit antiquities. The purpose of the competition is for advertising and design students to create public awareness ads for SAFE. Guidelines are available online.

Djerassi Creative Artist Residencies

The program are awarded each year for artists to spend one to two months working on independent or collaborative projects. Artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music, visual arts, and media arts/new genres are invited to apply. The facility is located one hour south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains facing the Pacific Ocean. The former cattle ranch has 600 acres of land and hosts approximately 12 artists from several disciplines at one time. Applications can be obtained from the Web site or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the program.

Early Southern History and Decorative Arts Summer Institute

The summer institute offers a four-week curriculum in a museum setting with lectures, object and room studies, research projects, field trips, and workshops, all dealing with early (pre-1821) southeastern US material culture. The program is sponsored by the museum and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Six hours of graduate credit in history can be earned. The program is designed for persons interested in American art, art history, American history, American studies, and museum studies.

aine Arts Commission Discovery Research Grants

Discovery Research is a process by which community members are identified, interviewed, and convened for information on local events; culture and traditions; performing, visual and literary arts; crafts; and cultural organizations. The grants provide support for cultural assessment, cultural planning, local cultural inventories, and folklife field research. For example, a grant to the Town of Brunswick supported an extensive inventory of the individual artists, cultural organizations and nonprofits, and traditional culture in the region as part of a larger community planning process. A letter of intent is requested by March 3; full proposal is due April 7 for the spring deadline. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates.

Maine Arts Commission Artist Roster

The program compiles a roster of qualified artists for presenting organizations to use in their programs and for schools and other nonprofit organizations to use in their artist in residence program. The artists are paid directly by the presenting organizations or the sponsoring organizations of residencies. Competition for a listing in the roster is intense. Performing groups must have been in existence for at least one year before applying; individual artists must have been performing in programs in Maine for at least one year and must demonstrate the capability of finding their own bookings. Artists must be available for touring and residencies throughout the state; to remain in the program, all artists must participate in five commission-funded activities (or for five days in one activity) every two years. Applicants to the program are reviewed either by panels or in performance by professionals in their respective disciplines and are periodically evaluated to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact the program staff for exact dates and applications.

Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Grants

The foundation awards grants to support arts (visual arts and performing arts) and culture, including education and programs that benefit the disadvantaged and children in Hartford, CT. Types of support include capital campaigns, building construction/renovation, and program development. The board meets in March, June, September, and December. There are no application forms.

Folger Postdoctoral Short-Term Research Fellowships

Applications are welcome in all areas covered by the Folger collection for work on projects that draw significantly from the Folger holdings from the 16th through 18th centuries: English, American, and European literature and drama; English, American, and Continental history; political, economic, and legal history; and history of philosophy, art, music, religion, science and medicine, and exploration. Short-term postdoctoral fellowships are offered for independent research for a term of one to three months during the period of July to June of the next year. Application consists of a completed Folger's application form, four copies of the applicant's curriculum vita, four copies of a 1000-word description of the research project, and three letters of recommendation submitted directly to the fellowship committee.

Frese Senior Research Fellowship

The fellowship is awarded for study in the history, theory, and criticism of sculpture, prints and drawings, and the decorative arts of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines visual material in these media. The fellowship is for full-time research. Fellows are expected to reside in Washington, DC, throughout the academic year and participate in the activities of the center. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. The award is limited to one-half of the applicant's salary. Senior Fellows who relocate to Washington are eligible for a housing allowance (up to $12,000).

Getty Conservation Guest Scholar Grants

The program at the Getty Conservation Institute supports new ideas and perspectives in the field of conservation, with an emphasis on the visual arts--including sites, buildings, and objects--and the theoretical underpinnings of the field. The program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue scholarly research in an interdisciplinary manner across traditional boundaries in areas of wide general interest to the international conservation community. Guest scholars are in residence at the Getty Center for three to nine consecutive months. In addition to the stipend, the grant also includes a workstation at the Conservation Institute, research assistance, airfare to Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grants Program

This program provides direct assistance to Massachusetts artists, to recognize exceptional work and to support the further development of their talents. Artist Grants give individuals the financial ability to hone and deepen their craft. They also provide artists with recognition and affirmation from their peers and the public. Fellowship grants of $5,000 are offered in discipline categories which rotate according to fiscal year. Currently, the categories available for funding are choreography, drawing/printmaking/artist books, fiction/creative nonfiction, painting, poetry, and traditional arts.

US Bank Foundation Grants

The foundation seeks to build strong partnerships and lasting value in operating communities by supporting organizations that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families; and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the communities in which employees live and work. Areas of support include human services; economic opportunity and neighborhood housing development; elementary and secondary education; and arts and culture. Types of support include general operating budgets, capital support, equipment acquisition, employee matching gifts, employee-related scholarships, special projects, renovation projects, and matching funds. Application deadlines vary by state. Guidelines are available online.

Getty Research Institute Library Research Grants

These grants provide short-term support to scholars at all levels to pursue independent projects that will benefit from research in the collections housed in the Getty library. Projects need not relate to the theme of the scholar year. Grantees receive partial support for costs related to research, travel, and living expenses for periods ranging rom several days to a maximum of three months. Application materials are available on the Web site.

Getty Graduate Internships

Full-time internships are available to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in art museums and related fields of the visual arts, humanities, and sciences. Internships are offered by several programs of the Getty Trust, including curatorial--prepare exhibitions, as well as engage in research and writing projects; conservation--inspection, care, and treatment of objects; education and research--museum education, professional education of conservators, provenance research, or public programs; information management--museum registration, Web services, institutional archives, or library special collections; and grantmaking--select and award grants in the areas of research, conservation, and education. Each internship is full time (five day, 38-hour week. Most internships are for eight months; conservation internships last 12. The grant includes health benefits and an educational travel allowance. Housing is not provided. Applications are available online.

Germanistic Society of America Fellowships

Usually up to six fellowships are awarded annually to enable prospective specialists to study for an academic year in Germany, primarily in art history; economics and banking; German language and literature; history; international law; philosophy; political science; and public affairs. Candidates selected for these awards, administered in the United States by the IIE, will be considered for Fulbright travel grants.

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards

Individual artist awards are made annually in each of the following disciplines: choreography, fiction, media, work-in-progress, music composition, new genre, playwriting, poetry, and visual arts. Individual artist award recipients are selected solely upon the basis of artistic excellence, as demonstrated in examples of completed work. Each artistic category carries its own set of criteria and guidelines for applying; contact the program office or visit the Web site for application materials.

Getty Research Institute Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Residential Fellowships

Pre- and postdoctoral fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme. The theme for the current program is Duration. Recipients are in residence at the institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center. Pre- and postdoctoral fellows are in residence for the entire academic year. Both fellowships provide an office at the institute, airfare to Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

USC Art History Fellowships

The program is designed for people pursuing the master's of fine arts degree and pursuing experience in teaching art on a college level. The fellowships include stipend, full tuition, monthly living expenses, and a private studio on campus.

Walker Cowen Eighteenth-Century Studies Manuscript Prize

The university sponsors this biennial prize and awards it to the author of an unpublished book-length manuscript (60,000-150,000 words) dealing with scholarship in 18th-century studies in history, literature, philosophy, or the arts. The award includes publication of the manuscript by the University Press of Virginia. To be eligible, manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate. The winning author will be offered an advance publishing contract and a payment of $2,000. The other half of the prize money will be disbursed upon acceptance of a final revised manuscript for publication.

West Virginia Commission on the Arts Mini Grant Program

The mini grant program is designed for individual West Virginia schools or other sponsors that do not present a season of events. Sponsors may request funding to assist with the presentation of West Virginia artists in performances, workshops, and other projects. The program has limited funds that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications from schools that have not already received a minigrant for the fiscal year will receive funding priority.

Gunk Foundation Public Art Projects Grants

The grant program is intended to challenge the current market-dominated system of art production and to move art out of the market and into the public realm. The foundation is interested in supporting projects that make it out of the museum, gallery, and alternative spaces and into daily life, such as work that is shown in the spaces of public transportation, city streets, or work places and is seen by people outside of the art and academic worlds. Grant proposals must include completed application form; resumes of project participants; examples of previous work done, including slides, video, or short written pieces (no originals); one-page summary of the proposed project; and budget and timeline. Application forms are available on the Web site.

Mississippi Arts Commission Arts-Based Community Development Program Grants

The arts-based community development program responds to the commission's goal to support the development of Mississippi communities through the arts by working to stimulate increased participation in the arts and access to the arts by the entire community; advance community support for arts programs and local understanding of the benefits of the arts to community life; and increase the capacity of Mississippi communities and organizations to use the arts to effect positive community change. The program offers mini-grants, project grants, and operating grants. These grants must be matched dollar for dollar in cash. In addition, as a publicly funded agency, the commission works to ensure that the public at large has access to artistic resources of the state. Services include training seminars and information services, staff consultations, facilitation of board workshops and planning discussions that strengthen the capacities of community arts organizations, and access to national, regional, and statewide information and potential partnerships. Mini-grants and operating grants are paid in two installments: 50 percent as soon as possible following receipt and approval of a properly signed contract, and 50 percent as soon as possible following receipt and approval of the final report. Project grants are also paid in two installments: 75 percent after the contract is signed, and 25 percent after the final report is received. Grantee must submit a final report, which must be postmarked no later than 60 days after the completion of the project or by the deadline date, whichever comes first. Contact program staff for deadlines.

Milagro Foundation Grants

Started by musician Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah, the foundation supports educational efforts that help youths live healthy, literate, and culturally enriched lives. Priority is helping at-risk and vulnerable populations acquire the skills to succeed in life. The foundation is especially interested in arts education. Preliminary letters of inquiry are accepted at any time. The board meets in February, June, and October.

Iowa Arts Council Artists in Schools and Communities Residency Grants and Mini Grants

Artists in Schools and Communities Residencies provide matching grants to assist communities in bringing professional artists into Iowa?s schools and communities. The Artists in Schools & Communities Residency Model is designed to provide students an in-depth experience with professional artists. AiS/C residencies give participants the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, help build confidence and self-awareness, share their ideas with others, and be involved in the creative process. Professional artists are at the core of the program. Their presence in communities is a catalyst for learning and fosters greater awareness of the role of the artist and the arts in our society. Residencies may involve one artist, an artist company, or several artists working in different disciplines.

Museum Loan Network Grants

The purpose of the network is to increase the public's access to, and appreciation and understanding of, objects that might otherwise be inaccessible by encouraging the sharing of works of art between collecting institutions for extended periods of time. Three types of grants are available. Travel grants are available for the support of travel by museum personnel to prospective lending institutions to research possible loans and initiate loan negotiations. Surveying grants will be awarded to lending institutions to enable them to identify stored and/or underutilized objects, which are both suitable and available for future long-term loans. In addition, funds may be used to consult with potential borrowers to identify the type of objects that they would be interested in borrowing. Implementation grants will be awarded to support costs associated with actual loans of objects, such as insurance, matting and framing, and transport. Intent to apply is due by February 18; full proposal is due March 18. Annual deadline dates may vary; contact program staff for exact dates.

West Virginia Commission on the Arts Challenge America State Partnership Grants

The program is an opportunity to strengthen America?s communities through the unique power of the arts. NEA has helped build a network to place art experiences at the center of American community life. Challenge America focuses new resources to expand the reach and impact of NEA activities in every Congressional District. The focus of the program is on arts education and outreach documentation and evaluation, with funds available for projects in the areas of arts education, access to the arts, positive alternatives for youth, cultural heritage/preservation, and community arts development. The listed application deadline is for letters or intent. Guidelines are available online.

History of Art Graduate Fellowships at the University of Michigan

The Department of the History of Art and the Museum of Art at the University of Michigan offer a variety of financial aid to students who have completed the first year of graduate work. The sources of aid include departmental, graduate school, and museum funds, and grants in aid from external agencies. For first-year students, Regents fellowships provide support for three years, and CIC and University Merit fellowships provide support for four years for those students who intend to continue through the doctorate. Other graduate fellowships and financial assistance include Rackham Graduate School fellowships; Charles L. Freer and Area Center fellowships in non-Western Art (China, South and Southeast Asia, Near East, Japan); Rackham Nontraditional fellowships; teaching, research, and grading assistantships; as well as assistance with photographic and library collections. Some travel stipends are available for seminar and individual research projects, including a fund for students of medieval art. Applications can be obtained from the departmental graduate secretary. In the case of both new applications and renewal applications, the student must see that letters of recommendation are sent directly to the chairperson of the department. Applicants are urged to be thorough and candid in their appraisal of their resources and needs.

Mississippi Arts Commission Arts in Education Program Grants

The goal of the arts in education program is to strengthen education in and through the arts with a focus on promoting sequential, comprehensive arts education in grades K-12 for all students throughout the state. The program offers minigrants, project grants, large-scale project grants, and operating grants, all requiring a dollar-to-dollar match. Mini-grants have quarterly deadlines and are paid in two installments: 50 percent of the grant award as soon as possible following receipt and approval of a properly signed contract, and 50 percent as soon as possible following receipt and approval of the final report. Grantees must submit a final report, which must be postmarked no later than 60 days after the completion of the project or by the deadline date, whichever comes first.

Iowa Arts Council Arts Education Professional Development Assistance Grants

Grants are available in Iowa for individual artists, arts organizations, and arts educators to attend professional development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. There are no restrictions on location of event or length of event. Individuals or arts organizations may submit only one request per year for professional development assistance. In the case of organizations, only one person per organization may be subsidized to attend a professional development opportunity. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Iowa Arts Council Mini-Grants to Individuals and Organizations

Mini-grants provide cash-matching funds to eligible individuals and organizations to support new or exemplary arts projects. Examples of eligible projects include the creation or completion of significant work by artists; event planning and presentations of art exhibitions, performances, readings and concerts to the public; sponsoring arts related workshops and conferences; commissioning artists to create public art or other significant new works; arts education projects by artists, arts educators, schools, area education agencies or organizations; marketing and promotional activities for artists and organizations; and artist apprenticeships. Applicants who have not been previously funded receive a higher funding priority; arts education residencies of less than five days receive a lower funding priority. Applications are due the first working day of the month before the month the activity begins. For example, if the activity begins anytime in March, the application must be received the first working day in February.

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