The Individual Artist Fellowship program annually awards to up to 18 creatives $5,000 each in six categories. These grants are made directly to individual creatives who live and work in Arkansas. This grant is for already finished, not proposed, projects.
You are eligible for this grant if:
You are not eligible if:
Apply online only by clicking on the button below. Create a grant portal account using the code aac.
Portfolios should include an artist statement or narrative statement and examples of work completed. Text should be 12-point font (such as Times New Roman or Arial) with 1-inch margins and double spaced. All portfolios must be 21MiB or less. Except for literary arts, we encourage creatives to add images when possible. The entire work is submitted in one pdf document.
All application material is submitted anonymously. Please do not include names on files, images, etc. Do not include your name in your bio or artist narrative.
1. Submit an online application with a single pdf document that contains between three and 20 images (20 pages of a novel or memoir in the literary category) and has a narrative statement (up to 3,000 words) that answers the questions:
2. Optional: Links or supplemental information can be added to portfolios. Links are used for video or mp3 narrative statements and for media links, such as newspaper stories. Applicants may submit video or audio recordings (up to 5 minutes) in lieu of written narratives. These may be housed on public platforms, such as Google Drive. News releases, recommendations from mentors and nrews stories are encouraged, however, the applicant's name must be blacked out.
3. Artists who want to add high resolution images to their portfolios should use a free hosting site, such as Google Drive, and add a public link to their work inside their portfolios. Please note that all of your content goes into one pdf.
This work is experienced through two or more senses: sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell. The work must create new, immersive and dynamic ways to experience art in more than one way. For example, previous Fellows created sculptures with sound and lights activated through “play:” visual and audio art room displays; and outdoor installations that used natural elements to create music. For this category, we recommend creatives include links to videos that better showcase the nature of their work into their portfolios.
This work uses creative means to inspire, evoke, engage, teach or unify communities. The work addresses something the community cares about, creates dialog or other forms of engagement, establishes or emboldens relationships and/or underscores place identity, creative placemaking, history, quality of life or social issues. Past Fellows in this category were recognized for communal mural works, community-center theater, performance work, folk music initiatives and cultural preservation through song and storytelling.
Submissions must be work that was available and open to the public at no cost for at least one day.
This work focuses on nonfunctional, visual crafts created by using traditional and/or historical methods, means or materials and using modern and contemporary aesthetics or concepts. Judges will look for aesthetics more than utilitarianism. The submitted work must trace its roots to tradition, culture, history or heritage. The work must include either or both works in glass or pottery.
This art must be original, innovative, exclusive and completed works that highlight technical skill or mastery in the creation of custom-made contemporary, wearable artworks and designs. Construction should involve handmade processes. Judges will look for work that shows artistic expression, innovation, cohesiveness and/or are art exhibitions. Works for theatre, stage, film, and runway are acceptable.