Artists 360 Practicing Artist 2021 Application

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Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, provides grant funding and professional development opportunities to individual artists of all disciplines in the Arkansas counties of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington. Artists 360 is designed to elevate and energize greater Northwest Arkansas artists by providing them with: 
  • $7,500 grants to support creative projects
  • learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable creative practices
  • connections to a dynamic regional artist network
The application deadline is July 19, 2021.

Applicants will be notified by September 2021.

Applicants facing difficulties completing the online submission should contact artistservices@maaa.org. For more information on Artists 360, visit Artists360.art

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for Artists 360, you must:

Be a Practicing Artist. (for students, use the Student Artist Application.) Practicing Artist is defined as follows:
  • Have an active and current artistic practice
  • Have specialized training in the field (not limited to academic training)
  • Have demonstrated success in the arts through the creation of high-quality work and/or contributions to the field
  • Are recognized as a practicing artist by peers (artists working in the same discipline and by experts in the field)
Create work in one or more of the following artistic disciplines:
  • Visual Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
  • Performing Arts (dance, theater, music opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
  • Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
  • Traditional Arts (work that is made based on artistic traditions shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation through demonstration, conversation and practice - may include crafts, storytelling, dance, music, or functional art)
Be a resident of the State of Arkansas and have established residency in one of the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington. (Artists 360 prefers applicants with at least one year of residency in the counties).

Retain residency within the five-county region for the duration of the grant period (September 2021 through October 2022). 

Be available for an Artists 360 retreat virtually on November 5-7, 2021. Attendance will be over Zoom. 

Be 18 years of age at the time of application.

Must be a citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status.

PROJECT CATEGORIES
Artists 360 grants are designed to support projects in one of the following categories:

TOURING PROJECT
Projects that involve the touring/presenting of your work within and outside of Arkansas. Examples include:
  • Performance of a play at a festival
  • Series of music performances/concerts
  • Book tour
  • Film screening as part of a film festival
  • Work featured in an art exhibition outside of Arkansas
(Successful Touring Project applicants will have a well-articulated project description and plan for touring, and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Projects that involve a specific phase of a work in progress that has a clear end goal. (Projects DO NOT need to have a public component.) Examples include:
  • Creation of a component of a visual art or public art installation, exhibition or body of work
  • Creation of any part of an album, including composing, recording, sound mixing, etc. 
  • Creation of any part of a play including playwriting, rehearsals, staged readings, performances
  • Creation of any part of a dance including choreography, rehearsals, performances
  • Creation of any part of a film, web series, or electronic media project including editing, sound mixing, etc.
(Successful Works in Progress applicants will have a well-articulated project description specifying the stage of the project the grant will support and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

CREATIVE RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT
Projects that focus on professional advancement and creative research opportunities that strengthen an artist's expertise and advances their creative practice. Examples include:
  • Apprenticeships with masters of the artist's own discipline
  • Residencies and workshops that lead to the development of a body of work
  • Research connected to the development of a work of art or creative exploration
(Successful Creative Research and Professional Advancement Project applicants will articulate the artistic strength, quality, and reputation of the proposed residency, workshop, laboratory, apprenticeship or research opportunity, and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

SOCIAL PRACTICE
Projects that activate Northwest Arkansas communities and address social issues, opportunities and challenges. Projects must focus on the creation and presentation of art and have a public component. Examples of projects include:
  • Performances and visual art works that increase dialogue and civic discourse around local issues
  • Projects that recognize and engage specific neighborhoods 
  • Projects that celebrate and preserve cultural traditions of underrepresented or marginalized groups
  • Placemaking projects that activate underutilized spaces with art and community participation for the benefit of the residents
(Successful Social Practice Project applicants will have a well-articulated project description that includes clear outcomes; impact/benefit for the community being served, and how the project fits into their overall body of work.)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Each Artists 360 application should include:
  • Completed online application form including project description and budget
  • Artist Resume/CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • Five artwork samples (images - 1MB max. per image, audio files, film files, or URLs to audio and film files)
  • Work Sample Summary (maximum 4 pages)
  • Proof of residence (Arkansas driver's license, bill from a bank, mortgage company, utility company, credit card company, doctor, or hospital, bank statement, property tax bill, current valid homeowner's or renter's policy or motor vehicle insurance card or policy, current valid Arkansas motor vehicle registration, 2018 tax filing (IRS or state of Arkansas)
REVIEW CRITERIA
Artistry: Successful applicants will demonstrate artistic excellence, variously defined by the practitioners and norms in their discipline, and show a deep commitment to their work. Selected artists will be advanced in their practice (whether through higher education, apprenticeship, or studies with elders and leaders in their craft). 

Program Readiness and Collegiality: Selected artists will have the desire to advance their career and deepen their practice, as well as an interest in sharing their work and process as part of a network of artists.

Balanced Cohort: Panelists will consider the overall balance of the group of grantees to ensure a broad representation of perspectives, disciplines and experience levels.

Questions? Visit Artists360.art

Email puce@maaa.org

Eligibility Information








Thank you for your interest in the Artists 360 Grant Program.

Given the answers you provided, you are not eligible to apply. Please click the submit button and we will add your contact information to our email distribution list so that you can be among the first to know about other opportunities for artists. 

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Artists 360 Application Form

I. Applicant Information

Applicant Contact Information






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If you do not have a website, please include a URL of an internet platform which showcases your work (i.e., Facebook, Soundcloud, Etsy, Instagram, etc.)



Demographics







Applicant Creative Background











If you do not have an artist statement, or have never written an artist statement, use this opportunity to describe what you make, and how and why you make it. An artist's statement should give reviewers insight into your work and process. 

Provide a short biography to be used in AR 360 publicity materials. Your biography should be in third person. To expand the size of the text box, drag the lines in the lower right corner down so you can see your narrative in full. Insert a line space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

What do you see as key opportunities or challenges relative to your artistic career, and how do you think participation in this program will help you to advance as a professional artist? 

Project Information



Provide a short description of your project for use in AR360 publicity materials.


Describe your project for touring/presenting your work within or outside the state of Arkansas. Include your plan for touring and how the project fits into your overall body of work.

Describe your work in progress project, including what phase of your project will be supported by the AR 360 grant and how the project fits into your overall body of work. A public component does not need to be planned during the grant period, but you are encouraged to consider ways to share your work with the public or with other artists communities for feedback.

Describe how this professional advancement or creative research project will strengthen your expertise and advance your creative practice. Articulate the artistic strength, quality, and reputation of the proposed residency, workshop, laboratory, apprenticeship or research opportunity.

Describe your project including impact/benefit for the community being served; help us understand the community and any partners you plan to engage; and how the project fits into your overall body of work.


Collaborative partners might include artists and other individuals, civic and educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations. To expand the size of the text box, drag the lines in the lower right corner down so you can see your narrative in full. Insert a line space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

Outline key dates of your project either in a paragraph form or with a bullet point list. Project work supported by an AR 360 grant should be completed by December 2022.

Applicant and Project Accessibility Information

Answering "No" or "Not Applicable will not preclude your application from consideration.







Application Support Material


Fill in your best estimation of project expenses. Depending on your project, expense categories could include: artist fees, including the portion you need to compensate yourself; travel; publicity; rental fees; supplies and materials; among other types of expenses. Your project budget will be as individual as the project itself and certainly may exceed the grant amount ($7,500). At a minimum, the project budget below should total $7,500. 

Describe any additional support (besides the Artists 360 award) that you currently have for your proposed project. You should also include any plans you have to generate additional funds for your project (other grants, crowdfunding, sales, fees, individual gifts, inkind donations, etc.) Artist 360 grants do not require a match, and you are not evaluated on your ability or plan to generate support or income from your project. We ask this question to get a better sense of the scale of your proposed project.

Upload your Art Resume/CV. Limit three pages, pdf format.                                

Proof of residency in one of the following Arkansas Counties (Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington). A proof of residency document must include your name and your residence address, be dated within 90 days and be computer-generated (typed). Scans of documents will be accepted in either jpg or PDF formats.You only have to provide one of the following acceptable documents: valid Arkansas Drivers' license, bill from a bank, mortgage company, utility company, credit card company, doctor, or hospital, bank statement, property tax bill, current valid homeowner's renters policy or motor vehicle insurance card or policy, current valid Arkansas motor vehicle registration, 2020 tax filing (IRS or state of Arkansas). 

When applicable, include the following for each work sample corresponding to the order the samples are submitted: artist name, title of the work, website address, medium, dimensions, date of completion or performance or publication, running time, number of pages and other details regarding the creative development, inspiration or relevance of the work. Clearly indicate selections intended for review including portion, (i.e., url - "Video Titles" - view from 1:36 to 3:06) (limit four pages, PDF format).                                   
Work Sample Website Addresses

For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 
Work Sample Files

Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.



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