Tempe offering free mentoring for upcoming arts grant season

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Tempe is committed to providing opportunities for arts and culture projects, offering several grant programs for non-profit organizations, cultural groups and artist teams. Everyone interested in applying for a grant is highly encouraged to schedule a free one-on-one mentoring session. These sessions provide focused individual time to dive deeper into specific project ideas. They are intended to offer customized support and mentorship to produce the best submission possible.

Sign up for a one-hour session with Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement. Sessions are located at the Connections Café inside the Tempe Public Library (3500 S. Rural Road). Applications and Mentorship sign-up can be found at tempe.gov/ArtsGrants.

Here are this year’s arts grant opportunities:

Tempe Arts Grant – up to $10,000 (matching contribution required)

Deadline: May 18, 2020

Apply: tempe.gov/ArtsGrants

These are available to non-profit organizations providing inclusive arts and culture programming that advances Tempe as a vibrant and progressive arts and culture community.

Expectations

·         Requests may include services of artists, arts educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, space rental, travel, food, marketing and printing. 

·         Program structures may include:

·         Programming with Youth

o   Within Schools

o   Within Community

·         Programming with Community

o   Festivals

o   Multiple programming throughout the year

·         Programming at Tempe Center for the Arts

o   Festivals or a Performance

o   Multiple programming throughout the year

 

Vibrant City Arts Grant – up to $2,500 (no match required)

Deadline: May 18

Apply: tempe.gov/ArtsGrants

These are intended to activate Tempe and build community connections through inclusive arts and culture programming. This grant is available to cultural groups, LLCs, individual artists, non-profit organizations, and arts collectives.

 

Expectations

·         Develop a project that will take place in Tempe between September 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Program structures may include, but are not limited to:

§  Artist residencies in communities

§  Workshops or panel discussions

§  Artist/organization development

§  Pop-up arts events

§  Community arts program

§  Site-specific performances  

·         Requests may include services of artists and educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, food, travel, marketing and printing.

Museum Series – up to $500 (no match required)

Deadline: May 18

Apply: tempe.gov/ArtsGrants

 

This grant is available to cultural groups, LLCs, individual artists, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and arts collectives. These are intended to be community-hosted experiences organized in two parts that include performance or presentation and audience participation that highlight creativity, history, arts and culture.

 

Expectations

·         Once selected, groups will work closely with Museum staff to further develop and market their program as part of the Museum Series occurring September-May.

·         Program structures may include, but are not limited to:

o   Workshops or panel discussions

o   Community arts program

o   Site-specific performances

o   Cultural presentation, tasting and/or experience    

·         Requests may include services of artists and educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, food, travel, marketing and printing.

 

What you will get

·         Up to $500 to use towards your project

·         Free space at the Tempe History Museum

·         Audio-visual equipment and staff provided (stage, lighting, sound)

·         Mentorship and support from Tempe Arts and Culture Division staff

·         Promotion and marketing

 

Tempe Creatives Series – up to $500 (no match required)

Deadline: May 18

Apply: tempe.gov/creatives

 

This grant is available to individual artists or artist teams with workshop ideas that will help other artists develop some creative entrepreneurial savvy. These are intended to be designed specifically by artists for artists and offer unique hands-on guidance that can be immediately put into practice. The workshop series are free and open to all artists in the Valley.

 

Expectations

·         Once workshops are selected, artists will work closely with the Arts Engagement staff to further develop and market their workshop as part of the Tempe Creatives Workshop Series occurring September-June.

·         Answer two easy questions to help us get an idea for who you are and what the workshop will be about.

·         Artists may submit up to 3 workshop ideas, and workshops will be selected to provide a range of topics and experiences.

 

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