SPACES provides a number of artist opportunities throughout the year. Check out our website to learn more about current and upcoming calls for artists:


SPACES offers project-based support through The Urgent Art Fund to Cuyahoga County artists, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. This support may go toward production expenses and artist commissions for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive.

A jury of 3 artists and arts professionals will select 10 projects to receive grants of $5,000 to be distributed throughout 2021—SPACES will provide recipients with access to our on-site artist workshop and will help in securing a public exhibition or display spaces in Cuyahoga County. Grantees will receive an annual SPACES Season Pass membership, which gives them free access to networking and artist professional development opportunities throughout the year.


The Urgent Art Fund is open to artists, curators, and other kinds of cultural producers. We accept applications from creative professionals at all stages of their careers who engage in experimental practices with strong conceptual foundations. The projects for which The Urgent Art Fund is distributed must be created and displayed in Cuyahoga County. Artists who have confirmed exhibitions scheduled at SPACES in the future, SPACES staff (and relatives), SPACES board members (and relatives), and SPACES contractors (and relatives) may NOT apply to The Urgent Art Fund. Artists cannot apply for The Urgent Art Fund with a project that is funded by another CAC grant, however the artists themselves may be the beneficiary of a different CAC project.

Applicants must: 

 ·     Live in Cuyahoga County

 ·     Apply with projects that are based in the visual arts

 ·     Be 18+ years of age at the time of applying 


Artists are required to submit the following materials:

·      Project Title

 ·      Biography

 ·      Artist/Curator Statement

 ·      Project Statement

 ·      Timeline (Download Template) 

 ·      Budget  (Download Template)

 ·      Portfolio

 ·      Work Samples + Descriptions


Applications for the Urgent Art Fund will be accepted on a rolling basis until all 10 project support grants in 2021 have been awarded. Applicants may submit up to 3 times in a single year. SPACES will retain a 3-person jury to review all applications throughout 2021, consisting of two arts professionals living and/or working in Cuyahoga County (and who will be ineligible to apply while serving on the jury) and an arts professional who lives and works outside of Cuyahoga County. Jurors will independently review each application within two weeks of submission, and will score the application based on the project’s feasibility, artistic quality, ability to create an exchange of ideas and perspectives, and alignment with the purpose of The Urgent Art Fund.

Question? Visit Urgent Art Fund FAQ

For additional questions, contact SPACES Artist Outreach Coordinator: