Grants are available from VSA Minnesota to help Minnesota artists with disabilities who are early (emerging) in their artistic careers and want to create new work.
Six grants of $2,000 each will be awarded in early 2019 to writers, performers, composers, visual or multi-media artists who create new, original work (not a performance of someone else’s song or play). Grant money can be used for whatever will help the artist create and present this new work – art supplies, a class, mentor, computer, camera, time to do research, festival entry fees, etc.
Artists submit a simple application including samples of recent work, an artistic resume, list of exhibits or other accomplishments, an “artist’s statement” of their approach to their art, and a narrative with a budget to outline what they want to do with the grant.
February 1, 2019 is the application deadline. In March a panel of artists and administrators will review the applications and determine the recipients. Applicants are also considered for other exhibits, publications, performances, etc.
Guidelines are available at http://www.vsamn.org/artists-disabilities/emerging-artist-grant or can be requested in several formats at 612-332-3888, 800-801-3883, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jerome Foundation and VSA Minnesota have been offering these annual grants since 1996. VSA Minnesota is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts. The Jerome Foundation seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development and production of new works by emerging artists.