Tips and Tools: Advice from a First-Time Grant Winner

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“Assent” by Laine Nixon, Courtesy of Laine Nixon

Abstract painter and Professional Development Program alumna Laine Nixon recently applied for and won her first major arts grant: the John Ringling Towers Fund Individual Artist Award. When she talks about her recent win, Laine stresses the lessons she learned through Creative Capital’s “Grantwriting for Artists” webinar and was kind enough to share the top tips she walked away with that helped push her application over the top.

To experience Tracie Holder’s highly requested webinar for yourself, join Creative Capital on January 18th for “Grantwriting for Artists.

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2017 Resolution? Make More Art: Upcoming Grant and Residency Opportunities

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Artist-in-residence Jessica Auer at Bare Loon Lake. Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2014. Courtesy of Yukon Arts Centre

Start the new year off on an artistic high note by taking time to prioritize your creative practice. We’ve gathered here residency, grant and award opportunities created to give you the time, space and money you need to make more art in 2017.

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Time to Create: Upcoming Grant and Residency Opportunities

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ANIMA by Studio Nick Verstand. Photo by Nick Verstand. Courtesy of SXSW.com.

Uninterrupted time for art making is precious and too often elusive. A residency can reinvigorate an idling practice or provide essential time to finish a big project. The list below has something for artists of all disciplines with opportunities in international metropolises and remote villages.

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Ready, Set, Create!: Upcoming Fellowship and Residency Opportunities

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Akademie Schloss Solitude. Courtesy of artistcommunities.org

Sometimes the resource you need to create is a good bout of uninterrupted time, which in our ceaseless schedules can become a luxury—costly and elusive. Residencies and grants reinvigorate neglected practices and can provide the final push for an ambitious project. We’ve scoped out some opportunities for artists and writers to find solitude and support around the country and the world. 

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Make Time: Upcoming Residency & Grant Opportunities

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Uninterrupted time for art making is a must for good art-making. A residency can reinvigorate an idling practice or provide essential time to finish a big project. The list below has something for artists of all disciplines with opportunities in international metropolises and remote villages.

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Grants & Residencies for Writers: Giving Your Work Some Space

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On Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm EST, Ethan Nosowsky will present his Creative Capital webinar, Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers.

I’ve been editing books for almost twenty years, and I can’t count the number of writers I’ve worked with who simply would not have gotten published without a well-timed grant or a much-needed residency at an artist’s colony. Being able to teach one less class, or having the time to clear your head and get down to work among other artists can provide the opportunity for a breakthrough that will allow you to finish a manuscript.

I’ve served as a judge on panels for many awards and residencies over the years, and I’ve often seen bad applications sink the chances of otherwise qualified writers. It’s important to realize that writing a strong application is a learned skill, and in my Creative Capital webinar, Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers, I try to explain what it is that prize committees and residency panels are looking for, and I offer tips that will help you put your best foot forward. Continue reading

It’s Gonna Be May: Summer Opportunities For Artists

2015 Artist-In-Residence David Shrove hosting his monthly studio visit. Photo" Michael Palma. Courtesy of the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling.

2015 Artist-In-Residence David Shrove hosting his monthly studio visit. Photo: Michael Palma. Courtesy of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling.

To quote our favorite teen boyband (and accompanying meme)—guess what: it’s gonna be May. If you’ve been waiting all spring to get yourself together and apply for that one residency (or grant, or open call)—now’s a pretty good time. If your a visual artists or a writer, this coming month is filled with exciting international opportunities to either work in isolated and inspiring spaces or incubate within an community. We’ve listed our favorite picks, all for free or with a stipend. Go forth!

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Where In The World Will You Make Art?

A project completed by Devan Shimoyama during the Fire Island Artist Residency.

A project completed by Devan Shimoyama during the Fire Island Artist Residency.

Sometimes what you need is space—physical and psychic—to fully engage in your practice. Whether you are an artist, performer, or writer, one of the perks of living creatively is that your work can flourish in many different contexts and many different cities. Have you ever asked: What would it be like to paint on the shores of Romania? Or work on an experimental theatre project in Ireland? Or write next to a lake in central Mexico? With the residencies and open calls we’ve found for you, all for free or with a stipend, the opportunity is yours for the taking.

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We Got Your Back: Residencies and Opportunities

Pu'u o Pele and Pu'u o Maui cinder cones in Haleakala Crater; Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii.

Want to work here? You can! Check out the Haleakala National Park residency below.

We get it. Artists have to juggle side jobs, main jobs, parenting, commissions, renting studios and on top of all that are expected to fully engage in their practice. It seems impossible, but luckily there are some organizations like ours that have artists in mind. We’ve compiled a list of residencies that allow you time and space, and most are either free or offer stipends. Check them out below.

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Finding Time & Money in the New Year: Opportunities for Artists

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2015 Resident Artists at Kooshk Arts Center Working

We all know that the beginning of a new year is a popular time for setting lofty goals and dreaming big. Resolutions are a great starting point, but making time to put your goals to paper and developing a plan will help you climb out of the impending resolution rut. Start with researching what financial and material resources you need for your next project, potential partners and residencies in locales that will complement your practice. Below you’ll find national and international artists residencies to get you started, as well as listings where you can find more more residencies, fellowships and funding opportunities. The Creative Capital blog is also a great knowledge base of resources from our staff, awardees and professional development leaders. Check out Tips and Tools for quick guides to writing letters of interest, preparing proposals, social media, promoting your work and more. Continue reading