What do you do when it feels like no matter what you try, you simply can’t seem to land the opportunities you apply for? Well, first, realize this is a completely normal and common experience among artists. It is easy to feel isolated and singled out in these situations, like somehow everyone but you is achieving their goals. In reality, every artist experiences considerable rejection before finding those opportunities that align. Keep at it. As simple as this advice might seem, it truly is the best plan. In the end, this is something of a numbers game. Apply, apply, apply, and you will find the matches right for you.
USArtisits offers granting to artists wishing to participate in-person or virtually at global festivals and arts marketplaces. There are multiple tracks from which to choose, and grants are awarded in amounts of up to $18,000 to cover eligible expenses. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is March 29.
The Martin House Creative Residency Program is accepting applications for project-based residency for artists interested in designated time and space to develop new work. The opportunity is open to artists at all stages of their careers. A stipend of $5,000 is presented to participating artists. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is March 31.
Creative Capital invites visual artists to apply for the 2024 Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact” grant. The organization provides up to $50,000 to individual artists to support the creation of groundbreaking new projects. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is March 31.
Praxis Center understands how difficult it can be to keep going after your dream when there seems to be nothing but rejection at every turn. We know the sting of defeat, and we guarantee that any artists who has truly put themselves out there knows it too. Don’t let it get you down. Carry on and keep the faith. And let Praxis give you an advantage with our expert tools and resources.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists, most recently Making it in the Art World.