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:

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