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Pushing the Flywheel: Upcoming Opportunities for Artists

By Sarah Mote

Updated April 5, 2023

Sometimes the right opportunity for your art career and creative practice is just a link away—if you know where to look.

Pushing the Flywheel is that place. This biweekly newsletter and blog from Mid-America Arts Alliance features current, regional, and national grants and opportunities that can help you advance your career, find a residency, and seek funding to support your creative practice.

Here are some current opportunities to add to your radar.

From Mid-America Arts Alliance

Artist INC Express

Artist INC Express connects artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and to strengthen their artistic practice. Cost: Free

Apply to be a grant panelist

The best way to learn how to apply for a grant is to sit on a panel that evaluates them. If you’re interested in becoming a panelist for M-AAA grants and programs, click here to apply to become a grant panelist

Other Opportunities for Artists

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Deadline: Rolling

Are you an artist in need of critical medical, mental health, or dental treatment? The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in financial need who are creating in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography. Live informational webinars coming up! A new cycle opens every other month. Please click here for details.

CERF+ Emergency Grants
Deadline: Rolling

We are sharing resources for artists across the American South and Midwest impacted by recent tornadoes and weather emergencies. CERF+ The Artists Safety Net has new information on support for artists affected by the tornadoes and more. Learn more about how artists of all disciplines can access government and private support when impacted by a disaster, including art-specific information on salvage and clean up. Click here to learn more.

A Studio in the Woods
Deadline: April 10

A Studio in the Woods Rising: Climate in Crisis residency is open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue with environmental and cultural issues. A Studio in the Woods encourages artists to guide the collective response to this challenging issue while bringing wisdom, integrity, optimism, and even humor to intentional projects seeking transformation for our species and our planet. The 6-week residency includes a $3000 stipend and a $2000 supply budget. Apply Now.

Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology
Deadline: April 15

Located within the unique ecosystems of Cascade Head and the Salmon River Estuary on Oregon’s central coast, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology offers residencies to artists of multiple disciplines to provide time and space for self-paced work and reflection in an inspiring natural setting. Apply Now.

Fire Island Artist Residency
Deadline: April 18

The Fire Island Artist Residency, exclusively for artists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex, two-spirit or queer, is accepting applications for its summer program. Apply Now.

Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grant
Deadline: April 18

Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grant (AWAW EAG) provides up to $20,000 for projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.
The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Apply Now.