Opportunities, Awards and Funding

AIC Invites Nominations for Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to Preservation and Care of Collections

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Together with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, the American Institute for Conservation supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage.

To that end, AIC is inviting applications for the Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. The annual award honors institutions in North America that have shown an exemplary and sustained commitment to conservation and collections care through interpretation, research, scholarship, education, and/or public outreach.

Nominees should be North American not-for-profit organizations of any size responsible for the conservation of cultural property. Cultural property is defined by AIC as material that may be artistic, historic, scientific, religious, or social and is an invaluable and irreplaceable legacy that must be preserved for future generations. Collections can include fine arts, library and archival materials, natural history, natural science, musical instruments, textiles, technology, archaeology, ethnography, and photography. If a collection is located in a historical building or site, that building or site should be considered part of the collection. 

Nominators should provide evidence of the nominee’s sustained and exemplary commitment to the preservation and care of its collections through description of its conservation and preservation activities, special programs, and the involvement of conservation professionals in decision-making processes.

Organizations may act as their own nominators, but additional letters of support are welcomed.

See the American Institute for Conservation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Words matter: City of Tampa Issues Call for Creative Wordsmiths

Deadline: December 20, 2019

While many may think of public art only in terms of murals, sculptures, and performances, the City of Tampa’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs wants to highlight the art of words.

The City's latest call for artists seeks wordsmiths or anyone who can finely craft words into unique syntax.

One of the main goals of this commission is for artists to expose locals to other forms of art and culture by engaging the community in various word-centric activities, from writing seminars to creating unique signs around the Tampa Bay area. Depending on the scope of the wordsmith’s project proposal, the textual artist will be contracted for a period of 18-24 months with an honorarium ranging between $5,000-$10,000.
“The intent behind this project is that all art forms are of value, including the written word. This project is a great way to reach all age groups and can even target those who aren’t necessarily native English speakers,” says Robin Nigh, Manager of the City of Tampa’s Arts and Cultural Affairs. “Ideal candidates will be open and inspiring. Their projects should be fun, challenging, and joyful for the community.”
Other responsibilities of the selected wordsmith include finding creative ways to honor Tampa’s cultural heritage, engaging a variety of platforms (including social media) for their project, and coming up with fresh ways to create participatory events revolving around words.

Designed to encourage all kinds of words, the call is open to poets, songwriters, scriptwriters, creative writers, novelists, journalists, or any other kind of writer.
This call for wordsmiths is part of Mayor Jane Castor’s Art on the Block Program, which is a commitment to bring art and artists into every neighborhood while encouraging community building. Anticipated artwork for this umbrella project will include anything from murals to mosaics, sculpture, and even creative placemaking projects.
The deadline to enter is December 20th. Further information, eligibility, other submission requirements, and the submission form can be found on the City of Tampa’s website. To read more, visit Mayor Castor’s Art on the Block Program.

Terra Foundation Invites Applications for 2020 Summer Residency Program

Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Terra Foundation for American Art is inviting applications for its Summer Residency program.

Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and accomplished artists.

Fellowships are awarded to visual artists and doctoral candidates researching American art and visual culture or its role in a context of international artistic exchange prior to 1980. In addition to a $5,000 stipend (and an additional $300 stipend to artists for the purchase of materials), fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency. Fellows also receive a travel contribution (up to $500 for individuals traveling from Europe, up to $1,200 for individuals traveling from the U.S. and Canada, and up to $1,500 for individuals traveling from other destinations). Due to the nature and format of the program, the residency does not accommodate family members (including partners and children) or other guests.

 The 2020 Terra Summer Residency will run from June 8 to August 7, 2020.

Applicants must be recommended by their dissertation advisor or professor or a previous art-school supervisor. Artists must have a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application (preference is given to applicants who have completed their degree within the past five years), and doctoral candidates at the dissertation-writing stage are encouraged to apply.

See the Terra Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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MacDowell Colony Accepting Applications for Summer Artist Residencies

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Operating on the property of the late Edward MacDowell, arguably America’s first great composer, the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

To advance this mission, the colony is accepting applications from emerging and established artists for its summer fellowship program in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. The fellowship includes exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for a period of two to eight weeks.

Summer residencies are available from June 1 to September 30, 2020. There are no residency fees, and travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available (though artists are generally responsible for the cost of travel to and from the colony).

The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which is defined in a pluralistic and inclusive way. The colony encourages applications from artists representing a range of perspectives and demographics. Individuals enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a fellowship.

See the MacDowell Colony website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of current fellows.

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Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants

Deadline: January 15, 2020

 The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications from Florida nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects related to Florida or of interest to local communities.

Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of programs related to Florida or of interest to Floridians, including but not limited to community conversations, digital and audio humanities projects, interactive websites that function as public humanities programs, museum exhibitions with related programming, oral history projects, outdoor heritage signage, talk backs following theatrical productions, or public lectures and panel discussions. Eligible projects must be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities, enlist the participation of humanities scholar(s), attract diverse audiences, bring the public together for discussion, and be free and open to the public (or not cost prohibitive).

Priority will be given to proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million, projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences, and/or projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions.

To be eligible, organizations must be recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, municipalities, or public institutions; be based in Florida, and serve Floridians.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as a list of previously funded projects, see the Florida Humanities Council website.

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onePULSE Foundation Announces First Open Application Period for ‘49 Legacy’ Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The onePULSE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established following the June 12, 2016, shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando to manage the design and construction of a permanent national memorial and museum dedicated to the tragedy, has announced that the application window for the first round of 49 Legacy Scholarships will open on December 1.

Working with the families and loved ones of those killed, the foundation established the scholarships based on individual victims’ interests, careers, and/or aspirations. As an extension of their impact on the world, the scholarships are designed to inspire and empower students who share similar dreams, ambitions. and goals.

Through the program, the foundation will award forty-nine scholarships annually, each up to $10,000, for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools. The initial round of scholarships will be awarded for use during the 2020-21 academic year.

The foundation will consider a variety of factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including the applicant’s personal story, financial need or independence, academic or self-improvement interest, and track record of leadership, community involvement, and/or work experience.

High school seniors as well as students already enrolled in an institution of higher learning are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are immediate family members of one of the forty-nine victims, as well as any survivor of the tragedy. Family members and survivors are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship applications are due by January 31, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified in the spring of 2020.

For additional information about the onePULSE Legacy Scholarship campaign, including details about each scholarship, see the onePULSE Foundation.

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Eligibility person - no matter age, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability or faith - is welcome to apply. Students will be limited to applying for one scholarship.  
onePULSE Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including:
-Personal story
-Financial need 
-A proven track record of leadership, community involvement and/or work experience
-Working for the betterment of the community
-Strong academic or self-improvement interest
: While preference is given to applicants who are immediate family members of a Pulse Angel and those who are survivors of the Pulse tragedy.