2019 Early Career & Emerging Artists with Disabilities Grant Program

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 or can be requested in several formats at 612-332-3888, 800-801-3883, or

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.

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