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

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 Bush Foundation has two RFPs open to applicants nationwide.

Opportunity One: Request for Proposals | Community Creativity Cohort 2 Operating Partner. Link here

Opportunity Two: Request for Proposals | Creative Community Leadership Institute. Link here


Grants for Apprenticeships program, which launched at the annual NCECA conference this year, offers $50,000 in grants each year for the next ten years to support apprenticeships in studio pottery. Individual grants may be up to $10,000. 

The program is national and encourages applications from partnerships of mentor-potters and apprentices. Applications are due June 1. For more information, application materials, and a free download of our book on apprenticeships in craft, please visit the following link:

 USArtists International is a grant program for performing artists/ensembles in the United States and its territories. The program helps fund U.S. artists to travel abroad and perform at significant cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces abroad, professionally developing U.S. artists and creating international cultural exchange opportunities. We are trying to broaden our outreach efforts nationwide, especially in Tennessee. If you include artist opportunities in your newsletters, on your website or via social media, would you mind helping us get the word out about the program and the upcoming deadlines?

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. USArtists International grantees reflect the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts. The program has three rounds with application deadlines of September 5, 2019November 22, 2019 and April 1, 2020. To learn more about the program, see additional deadlines or access the online application, please visit our website.

USAI is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding and is the only program of its size and scope in the country.

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