For those of us in colder climates, now is the push. The time of year when the world lies colorless and dormant and sometimes so do creativity and motivation. It is imperative during this time that artists push through the haze of winter and find their way to continuing their journey ahead. Nature sleeps, but humans carry on. Here are some opportunities to keep you going – and one to lift you up if times have gotten difficult.
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Artist Entrepreneurial Grants, in their own words, “recognize the importance of the creative workforce to New Hampshire’s economy.” These grants are designed to help nurture artists’ skills, business acumen, careers, and more. The aim is to help artists reach the widest possible audience and create the highest quality work. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is February 5.
Locust Projects is a nonprofit artist incubator in Miami, Florida. They create opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. The organization encourages risk-taking and experimentation and endeavors to engage in bold conversations. There are currently a few opportunities available through Locust Projects:
There is an open call for projects to be presented in the main gallery. This would be commissioned work on a large scale for a 1,500 sq. foot space. Selected artist receives funding for the project plus a fee as well as curatorial assistance and the opportunity to reside near the gallery for the duration of the project. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is February 6.
Important note: there is an open calls webinar with Locust Projects on February 2 at 6 pm EST.
As COVID-19 lingers on, Locust Projects offers a page of artist emergency funding and resources during this difficult economic time. Visit the website for information.
Praxis Center is committed to keeping artists motivated throughout the year and throughout their careers. We are a group of experts in our fields who understand the challenges artists face and it is our imperative to ensure that they are supported every step of the way.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius, and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.
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