Thursday, January 6, 2011

Money for Your Voice

Cover Art - CAAP Booklet, Annie Heckman
Finding your voice is a great way to begin 2011.   Individual artists often need financial assistance to help with the process of realizing their voice.   Thanks to my friends at Artistically Linked I attended an information session that showed where we can get help.  The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is offering dollars to support new, emerging, and mid-career Chicago artists.   The 2011 Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) is now accepting applications from individual artists and not for profit organizations for Cultural Grants.  

If you are an individual artist in any discipline needing up to $1,000 to complete a project, purchase supplies, attend professional development, or travel out-of-state, then you need an application.   Applications can be found at the City of Chicago website on the Community Arts Assistance Program page.    Act quickly so you can meet the January 31st, 2011 deadline. There are still 2 opportunities for you to attend an information session that will assist you in writing a competitive request.  These dates are on the site.

Where Two or More, Trish Williams
Each request will be reviewed by a panel of artists representing various disciplines.   According to Meg Duguid, the information session presenter, this process is intended to bring together the Chicago artist community to promote and support artist development.   In an effort to make sure that artist's voices are heard, the Department of Cultural Affairs is asking applicants to nominate panel representatives. I am committed to improving the recognition of all fiber arts.  Can you send me names of Chicago  fabric, quilt, textile, or surface design artists who can represent the  voice of visual artists who embrace fiber in all  forms as members of the CAAP review panel?

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