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$550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

Submissions open for Winter '21 cycle

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 18, 2021

Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one visual artist and one photographer.

In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Click here for more information and to apply. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We've simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to apply

Visual artists and photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org.

Recent recipients

Explore the work of past Innovate Grant recipients and read their interviews at https://innovateartistgrants.org. Yannick Lowery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Fall Grant Recipient – Art Giulia Parlato Palermo, Italy • Fall Grant Recipient – Photography Bianca Barandun London + Zurich • Summer Grant Recipient – Art Torrance Hall Baltimore, Maryland • Summer Grant Recipient – Photography Kylie Lockwood Detroit, Michigan • Spring Grant Recipient – Art Lindsey Kennedy Santa Fe, New Mexico • Spring Grant Recipient – Photography Lynnea Holland Weiss Cleveland, Ohio • Winter Grant Recipient – Art Dylan Hausthor New Haven, Connecticut • Winter Grant Recipient – Photography

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$500 for tiny art: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art

Authors & artists eligible for Geminga

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. It was named, in part, for a transcription of gh’è minga, meaning “it’s not there.”

For 2021, Sunspot Lit is launching Geminga: $500 for tiny fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category.

Author restrictions

  • Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction.
  • Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters. Characters include spaces, punctuation, numbers, and letters of the alphabet.
  • Titles are not included in the word count.
  • Compound words separated by hyphens, numbers, and letters of the alphabet are counted as a single word.

Artist restrictions

Visual art entries should be paintings, drawings, or sketches no larger than 25 inches square. Sculptural forms should be no larger than 25 inches in any dimension (length, height, or width).

Details

  • Open: January 1, 2021
  • Close: March 31, 2021
  • Entry fee: $6
  • Prize: $500 cash, publication for the winner, publication offered to runners-up and finalists.

Submit entries to: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit

Jason Rapp

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Jan. 18

SCAC Deadlines and Coaching Opportunities


Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main ways the SCAC accomplishes its work.

Because of their importance to that, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays* with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.


Grant Deadlines

THIS WEEK

These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

  • n/a

NEXT WEEK

  • n/a

NEXT 30(ish) DAYS

ROLLING-DEADLINE GRANTS

These grants offer convenient, rolling deadlines, but you are advised to apply at least six weeks before your project for some. Check guidelines for specific instructions.

These S.C. Arts Commission rolling deadline grant programs are temporarily suspended to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Notes

  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC grants page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult the appropriate member of our team if you are an artist or represent local organizations, an educational institution, or a non-arts business or organization offering arts programming.

Grants Coaching

Learn the ins and outs of the South Carolina Arts Commission grant application process and how to manage one of our grants from the professionals on the Grants Team! Grants Coaching topical sessions are held the first Thursday of every month.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.: The Panel Process

The free topical discussion is held via Zoom. Registration is required. Need to get some assistance with something else? Try a one-on-one call. The Grants Team is available to answer your questions about the grants process with 15- or 30-minute sessions, Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the Grants Coaching page for further information and registration links.

OPEN COACHING CALLS FOR ARTIST DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts and the SCAC Grants Team are using Zoom to host open coaching calls on artist development grants to better enable artists to make competitive applications for our competitive grants. The sessions are free, but you must register in advance.

  • Next call TBA

APPLICANT COACHING CALLS SCAC program directors are hosts of periodic informational sessions using Zoom about currently-available grant opportunities. Each session reviews a grant's guidelines and application and includes a Q&A session. Sessions are free, but you must register in advance by visiting the link below to a grant's guidelines page.


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Jason Rapp

Craft artists: apply for ACC’s Craft Week

American Craft Council makes call for art

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, February 8, 2021 Text based promotional image for Baltimore Craft Week, Online April 12-17, 2021

Craft artists are invited to sell work and tell their stories in the American Craft Council's latest online marketplace.

Baltimore Craft Week is a juried, online marketplace event designed to connect American makers to a national audience of craft enthusiasts while celebrating local craft culture. Regionally inspired partnerships and programming will help create an engaging platform, with more than 100 diverse artists from across the country selling work through our ecommerce site. The event is open to artists from across the country who are creating work that reflects the diversity of contemporary craft. It's designed to be an immersive platform where people can discover who you are and what goes into your work.
  • Have your work seen by our engaged craft audience of 56K email contacts and over 82K followers on social media.
  • Our previous two events have brought in $207K in artists sales.
  • Curated shopping experiences and artist storytelling will be a main feature of the event.
  • Programming will highlight regional community partners and reinforce the importance of craft in our lives.
  • We offer artist onboarding and support through our easy-to-use platform.
ACC featured more than 200 artists in  past online events Craft Bash and San Francisco Bay Area Craft Week. Learn more and apply here.

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Federal resources for creative community development

You're invited to a free webinar Feb. 9


Are you looking for funding to support a community development or creative placekeeping initiative in your neighborhood?

If so, tune in on Tuesday, February 9, to Federal Resources for Creative Community Development—a free web seminar designed to help you access federal funds and harness the power of the arts and culture for community development. This seminar features a new Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide that offers:
  • a curated selection of federal funding sources that you can use to advance equitable community development,
  • examples of initiatives that have transformed community development through creative partnerships, and
  • practical tips on accessing federal grant programs.
A live demonstration of the guide's powerful search functions will reveal often-overlooked federal resources for equitable community development, creative placemaking and the arts. You’ll also hear from practitioners who have successfully leveraged public funding opportunities for creative placemaking. Complete session details and registration information are available at http://bit.ly/2LdRvDc. This one-hour session is designed for arts nonprofits, community development groups, state and local government agencies, arts advocates, cultural district managers, and creative placemaking practitioners. All organizations that are pursuing arts based community development initiatives are welcome to participate. This one-time event is offered through a partnership between the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations and Metris Arts Consulting.

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Scholarship opportunity for emerging Greenville writers

Glenis Redmond Scholarship for Emerging Writers

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, February 28, 2021

Glenis Redmond’s love of words has carried her across the country for two decades.

She travels nationally and internationally reading and teaching poetry and has had posts as the poet-in-residence at the Peace Center in Greenville and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient, and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She also helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Glenis believes that poetry is a healer, and she can be found in the trenches across the world applying pressure to those in need, one poem at a time. In 2020, she was awarded the South Carolina Governor's Award for the Arts as the artist recipient.

About the scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors or first-year college students to support their development as creative writers as they attend college.
  • Award amount: $1,000
  • Submissions open: January 1st
  • Submissions close: February 28th
  • Winner announced: March 15th

Eligibility

College-bound high school seniors and first-year college students, ages 17-20, and who are current residents of Greenville County, South Carolina. Students may enroll in any major but must plan to further develop their creative writing abilities. Students must plan to enroll in a two-year or four-year college on either a part-time or full-time basis. Visit this link to apply.

Jason Rapp

Grants Roundup: Deadlines for the Week of Jan. 11

SCAC Deadlines and Coaching Opportunities


Though far from the only thing, grants are among the main ways the SCAC accomplishes its work.

Because of their importance to that, and what they mean to so many of you, The Hub wants to help keep Arts Commission grants top-of-mind and reduce the number of times people say, "If only we'd known about (X or Y) grant!"

We can't reach everybody, but we can try. On Mondays* with deadlines on the horizon, "Grants Roundup" highlights first what grants are due that week and then includes what's coming later in increments.

*The Roundup might run on Tuesdays when state holidays occur on a Monday.


Ed. note: We're a few hours late today and apologize to readers for that. 

Grant Deadlines

THIS WEEK

These are to serve mainly as final reminders to finish in-progress applications. Most grant applications simply cannot be undertaken well in this short a time frame. Consult an appropriate member of our team with questions.

  • n/a

NEXT WEEK

  • n/a

NEXT 30(ish) DAYS

  • n/a

ROLLING-DEADLINE GRANTS

These grants offer convenient, rolling deadlines, but you are advised to apply at least six weeks before your project for some. Check guidelines for specific instructions.

These S.C. Arts Commission rolling deadline grant programs are temporarily suspended to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Notes

  • You are encouraged to also consult the SCAC grants page for up-to-date information on all grant deadlines (subject to change) and deadlines for non-grant programs.
  • For next steps, grant guidance, and more information, consult the appropriate member of our team if you are an artist or represent local organizations, an educational institution, or a non-arts business or organization offering arts programming.

Grants Coaching

Learn the ins and outs of the South Carolina Arts Commission grant application process and how to manage one of our grants from the professionals on the Grants Team! Grants Coaching topical sessions are held the first Thursday of every month.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.: The Panel Process

The free topical discussion is held via Zoom. Registration is required. Need to get some assistance with something else? Try a one-on-one call. The Grants Team is available to answer your questions about the grants process with 15- or 30-minute sessions, Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the Grants Coaching page for further information and registration links.

OPEN COACHING CALLS FOR ARTIST DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts and the SCAC Grants Team are using Zoom to host open coaching calls on artist development grants to better enable artists to make competitive applications for our competitive grants. The sessions are free, but you must register in advance.

  • Next call TBA

APPLICANT COACHING CALLS

SCAC program directors are hosts of periodic informational sessions using Zoom about currently-available grant opportunities. Each session reviews a grant's guidelines and application and includes a Q&A session. Sessions are free, but you must register in advance by visiting the link below to a grant's guidelines page. 

 

Jason Rapp

SCAC opens three arts ed grants

Funding available for districts, teachers, and projects


The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is starting 2021 by giving the state’s arts educators three grants to advance arts ed initiatives in their schools.

The grants are available to directly support teachers who need help to acquire supplies, materials, or professional development; school districts as they implement or further standards-based arts curricula; and several groups seeking to use the arts to advance learning in children. That’s a lot to unpack, but The Hub is here to guide readers through the weeds. (It’s what we do.) Let’s get started.

Arts Teacher Support Grants

This time last year, you might remember the SCAC taking applications for SAM grants: School Art Materials grants. They were a first for the agency… a wildly popular first. But they were one-time grants supported by one-time funds. Not any longer. The SCAC allocated funds to Arts Teacher Support grants for FY21, a new recurring category that combines the SAM grants with elements of the erstwhile Teacher Standards Implementation grant category. Arts Teacher Support grants give teachers the same access to one-time funding for supplies, materials, and equipment but broadens to include professional development, the latter as valuable as any of the former. Grants up to $1,200 are available for projects occurring by May 15, 2021. A matching requirement might apply. Rolling applications are open now! Get details from the Arts Teacher Support grant guidelines here. (Don’t be confused about recurring vs. one-time funding. These grants recur annually now and can be applied for and received up to twice in a fiscal year for different purchases/projects and applied for and received up to twice in subsequent years… for different purchases/projects.)

District Arts Support Grants

Is your South Carolina public school district committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula or making the arts an integral part of its basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction? If it is, it can get up to $25,000 per year to do it starting in FY22. The Hub won’t spend as much time here because this category, while worthy of awareness, is narrowly focused and applies to far fewer than the other two grants in this post. The deadline for districts to apply for this rigorous grant is March 5, 2021. Advisement from the SCAC is strongly suggested. Get further information on District Arts Support Grants here.

Arts Education Project Grants

Arts Education Project grants fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental, and social needs of K-12 students in both traditional arts education settings and through other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in students. Schools, districts, arts and non-arts nonprofits, colleges and universities, and governmental organizations are eligible for these grants. Use them to help underwrite things like:
  • Workshops
  • Camps
  • Artist residencies
  • Public art projects
  • Performances
  • Exhibitions
  • Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
  • Program planning
  • Professional development for instructors, artists and/or administrators
Help underwrite? Yes. Recipients will need to match the funding 1:1. Up to $15,000 is available, and applications are open now. The deadline is also March 5, 2021. Get the details on Art Education Project grants here.
Whether you are ready for advisement or simply have questions about these grants, please contact Specialist for Arts Organizations & Education Catherine Ntube (803.734.8694 | cntube@arts.sc.gov).

Jason Rapp

Looking for an arts ed job?

Help out Engaging Creative Minds remotely

Apply soon! Target start date: Monday, February 15, 2021
Ed. note: The Hub would love to help someone start the new year with a new gig. Frequent SCAC partner in the Lowcountry Engaging Creative Minds is looking for a full-time administrative assistant who can—get this—work remotely during and after the pandemic. Posting below is provided by Engaging Creative Minds and does not in any way suggest involvement with or by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which is simply sharing information. It is edited for style.
Engaging Creative Minds (ECM) seeks an administrative assistant with a creative background to successfully support programs and operations. This is a salaried, full-time remote position. Only those with the qualifications listed below should apply. NOTE: This position will continue remotely even after the pandemic. Duties and responsibilities are for primary support of ECM’s systems & operations coordinator for all virtual and in-person program delivery:
  • Communicating with ECM instructors, teachers, seasonal staff and coaches
  • Comparing and reporting pricing for program supplies and materials
  • Managing volunteers, as needed, to assemble program kits & work at Charleston Marathon
  • Scheduling & organizing meetings for coaches, staff and board, when necessary
  • Packing and delivering program materials and supplies
  • Scheduling , filming (on ECM iPhone) & uploading to Vimeo ECM's virtual programs
  • Entering invoices bi-weekly into bill.com
  • Various other office assistance, as necessary
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate Include:
  • Knowledge and experience working in Vimeo, Excel, Word, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Zoom
  • Knowledge and experience working in bill.com
  • Excellent communication skills (perfectionist in grammar and spelling a plus)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience with social media not required, but a plus
  • Ability to shop for best pricing on program materials and organize multiple orders
  • Must be a self-directed, self-motivated go-getter who can take the initiative to get things DONE!
  • A passion for serving youth through the arts is a plus.
  • Ability to work in-person when necessary to film scheduled ECM instructor programs during virtual learning
If you have these qualifications and want to work with a dynamic team of passionate arts educators and creative minds, please submit résumé and letter of interest telling us why you are the ideal candidate for this position to ECM Executive Director Robin Berlinsky:
  • email your information to robin@engagingcreativeminds.org
  • OR mail to:
    • Robin Berlinsky Executive Director Engaging Creative Minds PO Box 31875 Charleston, SC 29417
Target Start Date: Monday, February 15, 2021 ECM is an equal opportunity employer. Mission and purpose Engaging Creative Minds (ECM) mission is to spark creativity and curiosity in all learners through innovative learning experiences. ECM is an Arts Integration educational nonprofit based in Charleston. We work with school districts, principals, teachers and the local workforce to identify specific knowledge and skill sets all students should master before graduating high school. We hire and train local artists, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) professionals and cultural organizations, called ECM Instructors, to work with grade level teams of teachers to support learning through the Arts. Our goal is for every student to achieve academically, stay engaged in school and succeed in life while their teachers develop engaging Arts Integration teaching strategies that foster collaboration, critical thinking, communication & creativity. Both teachers and students report that ECM is a powerful model of success.  

Jason Rapp

Important South Arts deadline coming up

Visual #SCartists eligible for up to $30,o00


Kristi Ryba, the 2020 South Arts State Fellow from South Carolina, seated and painting in her studio. Kristi Ryba, the 2020 South Arts State Fellow from South Carolina, in her studio.

Southern Prize and State Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET South Arts' Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work created across our region. Nine artists living in AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN will share $80,000 in cash awards. One artist per state will receive a State Fellowship of $5,000. Two State Fellows will receive the Southern Prize awards, with one Southern Prize finalist receiving an additional $10,000, and one Southern Prize winner receiving an additional $25,000. Both Southern Prize recipients also receive a two-week residency with The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. All nine artists will be featured in a touring exhibition in 2021, with dates/locations TBD depending on the status of the pandemic. This program is open to artists living in our region working in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and multidisciplinary artforms. The jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. Applications for the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships are now open. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. ET on January 11, 2021.