Thursday, June 8, 2023

What’s The Secret?

Opportunity abounds. Whether you want to find a residency to expand your artistic horizons or are in need of financial assistance, one of the arrows in an artist’s quiver is knowing where to look for the right programs and not being afraid to apply. The answer may well be no, but if you don’t try you’ll never know. You know what they say, the only opportunity you definitely won’t get is the one you don’t apply for. Below are a few to get you started.

Artists are invited to apply for the 2022 AIRIE Residency Program. In their own words:

“Preservation of our natural environment and the fight against climate change will only be successful if there is racial equity in the movement. Historically, Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized voices have been devalued and suppressed in environmental conversations. AIRIE believes artists have the communicative ability to lead society to a more inclusive and just future. Over the course of the 2022 season AIRIE is investigating the question, how we can make the outdoors a space of belonging? We ask you, the artist, to engage with this theme and the natural world through your artistic practice as we build new paths forward.

For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is June 1.

Stochastic Labs invites artists to apply for fully sponsored residencies of varied lengths of time. Residents receive housing, co-working space, access to a shop equipped with laser cutter, 3-D printer and more, and a $1K monthly stipend. Residents partake in weekly community dinners with other residents. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is rolling.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants are a partnership between the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and NYFA intended to provide one time emergency grants of up to $5,000 to artists to cover medical or dental costs. Grants are available to artists from all disciplines. To learn more or to apply, visit the website. Deadlines are rolling.

Praxis Center believes that every artist has the ability to make it in the art world. All that’s required are the right combination of skills and knowledge and the willingness to keep trying even in the face of adversity. The mystery of the art world is that there is no mystery, and once you know the secret you, too, can find your path forward as a working artist.


Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis 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. His forthcoming book, Making it in the Art World, is available for pre-order with bonus content here.


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