Early-Career Artist Project Grant
Grant Amount: Two grants, $8,000 each
2023 Application Deadline: October 3, 2023
Grant-Funded Period: January 1 – November 30, 2023
Grant Intention: This grant supports the creation of a new public art project by a MN-based early-career artist.
Forecast Equity Commitment
Forecast seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in all career stages and a range of public art practices and media. We place particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC and Native artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, womxn artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and artists with disabilities. It is our value that our applicants, panelists, and grantees reflect the racial, cultural, and geographic diversity of our state, as well as the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve.
We know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” language when it comes to talking about race and identity and that this language is always evolving. If you relate to what we’ve described here, please apply!
Early-Career Artist Project Grants support the creation of a temporary or permanent public artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by an early-career, Minnesota-based artist.
Projects may be additionally supported by public or nonprofit agencies, or through in-kind sources, however, private commissions are not eligible.
The project site must be secured/uploaded by the application deadline on October 3, 2022 (written documentation of site approval is required for this grant).
- What is Public Art? Broadly speaking, public art is artwork in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to sculptures, interventions, performances, storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance and spoken word. It is free and accessible to all members of a community.
- What is an Early-Career Artist? An early-career artist is considered as, “showing significant potential, yet…under recognized by their peers and arts professionals. Evidence of some professional achievement is expected but artists with an extensive record of accomplishment are not eligible.” These grants are not for artists early on in their public career, it is for artists of any discipline who are early in their career. If you are considered mid-career in your studio practice but have little public art experience, you would not qualify for the early-career grants, rather, you should apply for the mid-career grants. Forecast’s early-career artist grants are funded by the Jerome Foundation; find additional details at this link regarding the early-career artist focus.
- Applications will only be accepted via the Submittable online application system (https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit) during the grant application period. Submissions for 2023 grants are open through October 3, 2022.
- Complete applications include the following: brief proposal overview (limit 75 words), proposal (limit 500 words), community connection (250 words), early-career status (250 words), career impact (250 words), diversity of lived experience and perspective (250 words), resume (limit 2 pages), site permission, budget, work samples, and work sample information
- Please contact the Forecast Grants team if you need help submitting your application in English at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-271-2792
These grants are made possible through generous funding from Jerome Foundation.