Deadline: December 15:  Individual Support grants available to painters, printmakers and sculptors with a minimum of 20 years in a mature phase; grant amounts are determined each year.  Last year this program awarded 12 grants of $25,000 each.  A separate grant program, for emergencies, assists mature painters, printmakers and sculptors suffering from a recent, unforeseen catastrophic event (fire, flood, medical emergency), who have a minimum of ten years in a mature phase; grant amounts range up to $15,000 depending on the need and circumstances of the individual applicant. Info:  More information including the link to access the on-line applications for both programs can be found on our website at

The USArtists International (USAI) application is open and the second deadline of the 2018-2019 program cycle is Friday, November 30, 2018, for engagements taking place between March 15, 2019, and March 14, 2020. If you applied at the September deadline, you will be notified by November 27.
Committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets abroad. Determine if you are eligible by reviewing the program guidelines.
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USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

South Arts has many grant opportunities currently available to artists and arts organizations in Tennessee:

Southern Prize and State Fellowships – Deadline: December 3, 2018
Visual arts fellowships of up to $30,000

Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships – Deadline: January 15, 2019
Fellowships for folk & traditional master artists in Appalachian counties of KY, NC, and TN of $9,000

Momentum – Dance Touring Initiative for Southern Companies – Deadline: January 18, 2019
Funding and professional development over three years for modern dance/contemporary ballet companies gain touring capacity

Traditional Arts Touring – Deadline: December 5, 2018
Funds up to $5,000 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern traditional artists

Performing Arts Touring – Deadline: March 4, 2019
Funds up to $7,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern performers

Literary Arts Touring – Deadline: May 1, 2019
Funds up to $2,500 to support organizations presenting out-of-state, Southern writers

Express Grants – Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities

Professional Development and Artistic Planning – Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities


Lynnbrook Park Artist-Organizer RFP

The goals of the Artist-Organizer (the Artist), will be to engage with community members, to create and maintain strong partnerships with well-trusted leaders within the community, to help build a vision for the future of Lynnbrook Park. The project scope will include deep community engagement, artistic workshops for the community, and temporary artistic installations. Community workshops should utilize a variety of participatory art forms, teach people about creative processes, and apply those processes to the imagining of a future park site. If accomplishing this variety requires the help of other artists, the Artist will be responsible for contracting them. Additionally, the Artist will be required to coordinate with a Landscape Architect to translate artist-collected feedback into a conceptual design of the park. Download the RFP

The Public Art Challenge will support innovative temporary public art projects that enhance the vibrancy of cities. It encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. Cities with 30,000 or more residents are eligible to apply. Only three cities will be selected to receive up to $1 million each over two years. More information here.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets. It offers grants up to $150,000 to support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice.  Libraries, museums, institutions of higher education and community organizations that support these entities are eligible to apply.

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. One Gold Medal ($50,000 cash award) and four Silver Medals ($10,000 cash award) are awarded each biennial. To be eligible, projects must be urban, built, and located within the contiguous United States. Applications may be submitted by anyone involved with the project. Submissions for the 2019 RBA are due December 12, 2018 at midnight EST.


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