The life of an artist is many things. Perhaps it is not the romanticized version of events we are led to believe in, but it can indeed have elements of the spectacular and enchanting. But at the same time, many practical components must be addressed in order to create a sustainable existence. Fortunately, opportunity truly does abound when it comes to resources. You simply have to know where to look and be willing to put in the work of applying for as many as you can fit into your practice. Here are a few to get you started.
Massachusetts-based artists, as well as MA-based organizations working with artists, are invited to apply for project grants via Public Art for Spatial Justice. The aim of the program, in their own words, is “to support public artmaking that helps us see, feel, experience and imagine spatial justice now, while we are still on this journey towards realizing more just futures for our public spaces and public culture.” For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is October 17.
The Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship invites artists with an active craft practice are invited to apply for fellowships in the amount of $10,000 to advance, expand and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. For more information, visit the website. Deadline is October 21.
Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants offer one-time emergency grants of up to $5,000 to artists in financial need who have experienced recent, unexpected medical, dental and mental health emergencies. Eligible recipients must be practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts or choreography. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is October 28.
Praxis Center is dedicated to the work and well-being of artists. We offer the practical skills and resources needed to build a successful career in the art world, and we help you tear down the myths and misunderstandings that all too often hold artists back. Give Praxis a try today and see how far it can take you.
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.
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