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THE URGENT ART FUND

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 commission for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive. By designating funds specifically for such projects taking place in the public realm, we can help artists immediately engage their community in dialogue with the most pressing issues.


In addition to financial support—in the amount of 5 grants of $5,000 distributed throughout 2020—SPACES will provide access to our on-site artist workshop that is outfitted with tools and equipment to facilitate the production process. SPACES staff will also assist grantees in securing a public exhibition or display space 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.

ELIGIBILITY
The Urgent Art Fund is open to artists, curators, and other kinds of cultural producers living in Cuyahoga County and who apply with projects that are based in the visual arts whom are 18+ years of age. 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.


APPLICATION PROCESS
Artists are required to submit the following materials:
·       Project title
·       Artist/curator statement
·       Project description

 ·       Artist Biography

 ·       Timeline
·       Budget 


SELECTION PROCESSES
Applications for the Urgent Art Fund will be accepted on a rolling basis until all 5 project support grants in 2020 have been awarded. Applicants may submit up to 3 times in a single year. SPACES will retain a 3-person panel to review all applications throughout 2020, consisting of an arts professional living and/or working in Cuyahoga County (and who will be ineligible to apply while serving on the panel), an arts professional of color living and/or working in Cuyahoga County, and an arts professional who lives and works outside of Cuyahoga County. Panelists 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: cierra@spacescle.org

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