GRANT: For Northern California Creatives

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds, stretching boundaries and forging new partnerships.

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The principal collaborating artists must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma County and have lived there for at least two years prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.  Collaborating organizations also must be based in one of the 11 counties.
The Fund seeks
    • Projects in which the creation of an artwork is central
    • Projects in which the artist functions primarily as an artist, not as a teacher, an art therapist, or in another capacity
    • Projects in which an active, authentic working partnership between the artist or artists and the organization is central to the work’s development
    • Projects that engage the organization’s constituents in the artist’s work
    • Projects that draw upon artists’ creativity and problem-solving abilities
    • Projects through which the making of art can strengthen a community, draw attention to an important issue, or engage audiences in new ways
    • Projects that challenge artistic imagination and organizational thinking
    • Projects that will be presented in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma County
    • Projects that designate at least two-thirds of the grant funds to the principal artists and their direct expenses for creating the work.
2015-16 Invitation:
Performing & Visual Arts

The Creative Work Fund invites letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations and collaborating performing or visual artists. A performing or visual arts project may culminate in any form, but it must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a performing or visual artist. The Creative Work Fund uses the following definitions for these eligible artists:

    • Performing artists create or execute work in dance, opera, performance art, theater, and vocal and instrumental music. (Spoken word artists should apply as literary artists in a future year.)

Examples of recently funded performing arts projects

    • Visual artists include those with experience in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation art, public art, drawing, crafts, graphics, ceramics, design, or artists’ books. (Video and sound-based installation artists and artists creating new genre, time-based works should apply as media artists in a future year.).

Examples of recently funded visual arts projects

In either category, artists and organizations should plan projects and prepare and authorize their letters of inquiry together. If a project will use a fiscal sponsor, that sponsor also must review and sign off on the letter.

Review Criteria

In the invited categories, the letter of inquiry screening and proposal award decisions will be based on:

    • Evidence of the range and quality of the artist’s work
    • Evidence that the project is an authentic collaboration between the artist and the organization
    • Evidence that the project stretches organizational thinking and artistic imagination
    • Demonstrated capability of the organization in its field
    • Evidence of fiscal responsibility and sound organizational management

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