How do you fund an art career? One of the answers to this age-old question is a single word: grants. Yes, grants are part of the lifeblood of a successful art career and can be found in far more places than you might think. There are opportunities everywhere if you know where to look, and it is your job as a career artist to seek them out and apply. You won’t get every grant, and there may be periods when you get none at all, but the only grants you will definitely not receive are the ones you don’t apply for. So what are you waiting for? Here are a few to get you started.
Art Fluent’s grant cycle is currently accepting applications from individual artists from around the world. The Evolution grant offers unrestricted funding to artists of excellence who demonstrate a commitment to their art. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is June 10.
Craft Archive Fellowship is accepting applications for those who work on underrepresented and non-dominant craft histories in the U.S. Six fellows will be awarded $5,000 to support archival research. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is June 27.
Collective Futures invites artists in the Greater Boston area to apply for grant funding between $2,000 and $6,000. The application deadline has been extended, so take a look and see if this grant is right for you. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for applications is June 30.
Praxis Center knows that a career in art does not come easily. We designed our program to nurture artists every step of the way so they have the best chance at success in a field known for its complexity and high failure rate. There’s no reason that you can’t enjoy the art career you’ve always dreamed of, but you have to be willing to put in the work – and know where the work is. 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.