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Working Artist Fund Fall 2021

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Activated: 08/27/2021
Deadline: 09/24/2021
 
Call Summary
The Luminaria Working Artist Fund (WAF) is a professional development micro-grant for individual artists living and working in Bexar County. Up to $550 may be requested once per year for activities that support artistic growth. The WAF Fall 2021 application closes at 11:59 PM Friday, September 24, 2021. Professional development projects must be completed by February 28, 2022.

There is an optional application fee of $5.00 to help offset the costs of managing the WAF Fall 2021 call. Please consider making a donation at http://tinyurl.com/LuminariaSA.

August 27, 2021: Online-only award applications open at www.anyartist.org.
September 24, 2021: Applications close at 11:59 PM.
September 24–October 8, 2021: Judging of applications by vetted arts professionals.
October 15, 2021: Applicants notified of judging results. Artists may email grants@luminariasa.org for reviewer feedback regarding your proposal once you receive an email about the status of your application.
February 28, 2022: Grantee's projects/purchases completed.
March 15, 2022: Grantees submit a final report describing the professional development experience/expense and how it has or will impact your career along with copies of receipts for your expenses.

Para preguntas sobre la aplicación en español, contacte a Grants@LuminariaSA.org o al (210) 721-1670.
 
Budget Description
Examples of professional development expenses WAF may cover include, but are not limited to:
-Fees for in-person or distance education opportunities, workshops, conferences, seminars, apprenticeships, training, and arts education (not applicable to college tuition or certificate program)
-Technology software that enhances professional artistic capacity
-General promotional material or website development
-Printing costs and materials
-Production related services, such as set design, lighting, costumes
-Travel or travel related expenses
-Equipment needed to adapt your work to meet public health safety guidelines
-In 2021, eligible costs may also include activities and/or supplies needed to adapt/rebuild/recover artistic practice due to the global pandemic

Applications may combine more than one allowable item up to the $550 limit. For example, you can request $100 for one workshop, $250 for a conference, and $150 for travel expenses.

If you are awarded, you will be required to:
-Sign a contract agreeing that the funds will be used as described in your application;
-Fill out and sign a W-9;
-Notify Luminaria in writing of changes to your project;
-Return any funds not expended for the purpose of the award as described in your application; and
-Submit a final report describing your professional development experience/expense and how it has or will impact your career along with copies of receipts for your expenses.
 
Project Description
The Luminaria Working Artist Fund offers an opportunity to advance your creative practice and/or artistic career in some demonstrable way through professional development activities or to adapt/restart your artistic practice post-pandemic.

WAF is managed by Luminaria—the same organization that produces the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival in San Antonio. Luminaria strives to diversify our programs and build a sustainable artist community in the San Antonio area. Participation in WAF is not connected to participation in the Festival. Artists can apply separately to both.

WAF offers support toward a sustainable livelihood for area artists through generous donations from individuals, foundations, government entities, corporations, and partners that wish to support a vibrant arts community in the Greater San Antonio area.
 
Eligibility
Eligibility Requirements
-All applicants must be residents of Bexar County, Texas, for 6 consecutive months as of the date of application.
-If awarded, the applicant must maintain permanent residency in Bexar County, Texas, during the award period.
-All artists must have a valid U.S. taxpayer identification number (SSN, EIN, or ITIN).
-All applicants must be 18 years old as of the date of application.
-All applications require a profile photo and resume.
-All applications require 1–2 examples of artwork uploaded in JPG, PDF, MP3, MOV, MP4, or WMV formats (100MB or less). Embedded formats, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc., are acceptable. Please provide access instructions for password protected links.
-All applications require supporting documentation (flyers, notices, screenshots, receipts, invoices, contracts, communications, sales records, etc.). All supporting documentation must be combined into a single PDF.
-All applications require a detailed description of the reason for applying. Applications that include only one sentence and lack detailed descriptions will not be considered strong applications.
-All applications require answers to demographic questions to help Luminaria build its grants programming.
-All applications require a budget request.

Ineligible Persons
-Members of Luminaria's Board of Directors (current or having served within the previous 12 months).
-Members of a Luminaria judging panel during the current grant cycle.
-Substantial contributors to Luminaria.
-Employees or consultants of Luminaria.
-Substantial independent contractors of Luminaria.
-Family members of the above five named categories of Ineligible Persons.
-Recipients of current Luminaria Artist Foundation Individual Artist Grants.
-Recipients of the Spring 2021 Professional Development Grant.
-Any person not residing within Bexar County, Texas, for a minimum of 6 consecutive months.
-Groups of individual artists.
-Persons under 18 years of age.
-Persons who do not have a valid U.S. taxpayer identification number (SSN, EIN, ITIN).
-Students enrolled in college or a certification program.
 
Application Requirements
Biography
Work examples: 1 - 2
 
Artists are NOT allowed to apply in teams.
 
Additional Requirements
A. Professional Artist Agreement/Certification
B. COVID-19 Impact
C. Life/Work
D. Age Agreement/Certification
E. U.S. Work Eligibility Agreement/Certification
F. U.S. Tenure Agreement/Certification
G. Artistic Discipline
H. Artistic Experience
I. Social Media & Website Text
J. Profile Photo Image/Video Upload
K. Project Proposal Text
L. Budget Request Text
M. Supporting Documentation
N. Race/Ethnicity: I identify as...
O. Gender: I identify as...
P. I identify as transgender.
Q. I identify as LGBTQIAP+.
R. I identify as disabled.
S. I am a veteran.
T. Self-Certification Agreement/Certification
 
Selection Information
Selection Process
A panel of local arts-related community members and educators review and score applications on a yes, no, maybe basis.

Luminaria requires judges to disclose any potential conflicts of interests. If a personal relationship exists between a judge and an applicant that may compromise the ability of the judge to act as a neutral evaluator, the judge is required to leave the room during jury evaluations and abstain from voting for that applicant.
 
Selection Criteria
The strength and cohesion of your work will be considered in scoring your application along with the following criteria:
-Your proposal has the potential to move your art practice and career forward or adapt to/change directions due to the pandemic.
-You have the capacity to follow through on your proposal.
-Your proposal is timely, meaning you are in a prime position to benefit from the opportunity.
-Your work reflects Luminaria’s values as defined in our Diversity Policy (see Additional Resources).
- History of compliance with previous Luminaria grant requirements.

Other Funding Considerations
-Available funding may impact award decisions.
-Whenever possible, Luminaria strives to award applicants who have not been awarded professional development grants in recent cycles.
-Whenever possible, Luminaria strives to award applicants on a needs basis.
-Due to the pandemic and feedback from artists, urgency and adaptation to current circumstances will be taken into consideration for the 2021 cycle.
 
Timeline
August 27, 2021: Online-only award applications open at www.anyartist.org.
September 24, 2021: Applications close at 11:59 PM.
September 24–October 8, 2021: Judging of applications by vetted arts professionals.
October 15, 2021: Applicants notified of judging results. Artists may email grants@luminariasa.org for reviewer feedback regarding your proposal once you receive an email about the status of your application.
February 28, 2022: Grantee's projects/purchases completed.
March 15, 2022: Grantees submit a final report describing the professional development experience/expense and how it has or will impact your career along with copies of receipts for your expenses.
 
Additional Resources
www.LuminariaSA.org
Application Instructions (PDF)
Diversity Policy (PDF)
 
Contact Information
Holly Holbrook
PO Box 120188
San Antonio Texas 78212 U.S.
2107211670
admin@luminariasa.org
 
Submission Instructions

 

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