Offering fellowship support to artists responds to the CAC’s Strategic Framework by directly supporting individuals who embody aesthetics, a key value of the CAC, recognizing all art forms and artistic traditions that enable full and meaningful creative expression.
Through a network of regionally based Administering Organizations (AOs), the Individual Artists Fellowship (IAF) program will continue to recognize, uplift, and celebrate the excellence of California artists practicing any art form. In doing so, the CAC will showcase the centrality of artists’ leadership in guiding the evolution of our traditional and contemporary cultures.
Excellence, for purposes of this grant, is defined as an artist’s:
- Unique artistic vision
- Ongoing commitment to creative practice
- Engagement with and impact on the larger cultural ecosystem
This program will support artists at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. Fellowship grants support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. This program is intended to support a broad spectrum of artists working in all disciplines, from diverse geographies and communities of all sizes across the state of California.
Program Administration Administering Organizations (AO)
The AOs will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Individual Artists Fellowship program in their region, including but not limited to:
- Provide access and support for individual artists and culture bearers throughout the course of the application, award, and evaluation processes
- Engage in robust, culturally and discipline-specific engagement and outreach to ensure comprehensive geographic reach within the service area
- Convene fellows at least once over the course of the grant activity period to engage in networking and co-learning
- Provide platforms including but not limited to virtual or print publications, exhibits, or performances to increase the visibility of the work of the fellows
- Engage in regular reporting to and collaboration with the CAC, including providing interim and final reports on program outcomes and findings.
AOs will regrant fellowship awards to provide unrestricted funding in support of the fellows’ artistic practice. The following three tiers of funding are available. (Awards will be funded at the full dollar amount for each tier, partial awards will not be made):
CAC Emerging Artist Fellows - $5,000 Emerging artists are those in the beginning stages of making their work public and engaging the larger community in their practice. Individuals at this career stage may have had a few public showings of their work, but do not yet have ongoing resources or support.
CAC Established Artist Fellows - $10,000 Artists in the Established tier regularly make their work public and engage the larger community in their practice. Individuals in this tier can give multiple examples of artistic and/or cultural works that have made significant social impact.
CAC Legacy Artist Fellows - $50,000 Artists in the Legacy tier can point to a significant body of work, produced over a substantial period of time, that has engaged their communities and that has made significant social impact. Artists in this tier may be able to point to Emerging and Established Artists that they have mentored or otherwise positively influenced.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
- Financial documentation - Must provide a minimum of 2 years of basic financial information via the Budget Snapshot.
- Existing capacity in the following areas:
- Administering grant programs to individuals, including providing direct grant payments to artists and cultural practitioners
- Providing technical assistance to grant applicants
- Employing a robust online grants management system.
View the full list of eligibility requirements in the guidelines.
California-based - Documentation as being a California-based nonprofit arts/cultural organization; an arts-based unit of municipal or county government; or a tribal government, or nonprofit social service organization with a principal place of business in California
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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