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ArtsWestchester Voices for Change


ArtsWestchester announces Voices for Change, a unique artist grant opportunity designed to promote social awareness through the arts. A central principle of our Grant program is the advancement of inclusiveness, equity, and accessibility in our community; we believe that art has the power to illuminate complex issues, encourage civic discourse and open the community to new ways of thinking. Voices for Change provides the creative community with an opportunity to develop and present new work that inspires and informs, and may be a catalyst for action. Different funding levels will be available and competitive projects will identify an organizational partner to work with.

Artists and artist collectives working in the Mid-Hudson Valley region are invited to submit proposals. Applicants will submit projects that include a collaborative component with a cultural, service, or community-based organization. ArtsWestchester will award multiple grants in $5,000 and $10,000 increments through a competitive selection process. The winning projects will be selected by a panel whose members will have broad knowledge about the arts, cultural equity, and contemporary concerns followed by a review by our Social Justice Committee and then the Board of ArtsWestchester.

The grant program seeks to support artists in creating new work through authentic community engagement that can lead to impact/change. Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop projects in collaboration with a Voices for Change Partner organization. Scoring priority will be given to projects that can clearly articulate a thoughtful partnership with a community organization.

Funded Voices for Change projects must be completed and ready to present to the general public by the end of 2023.

Please review all details in this document before making your submission.
RFP DEADLINE:  Artist proposals must be submitted online via the link provided by October 14, 2022, 11:59PM, E.S.T.
PROJECT BUDGET:  The $5,000 or $10,000 grant will cover all services from final design through fabrication, including artist fee, fabrication, planning, project execution, and insurance.

PROJECT TIMELINE: Project and expenses must be completed in the 2023 calendar year. 


OPPORTUNITY WEBSITE: artsw.org/voices-for-change

GUIDELINES
ArtsWestchester’s Voices for Change grant program supports the creation and presentation of new work by Mid-Hudson Valley Region individual artists and artist collectives. We seek proposals that reflect a broad range of creative voices and art forms, ranging from an expression of ethnic/folk traditions to contemporary and experimental forms.

Voices for Change seeks to support visionary work that encourages deep thinking about complex societal issues. Projects must reflect significant understanding and analysis of the topic presented. Proposals should consider what communities are affected by these issues and how they play a role in the project itself. Applicants will submit projects that include a collaboration with a cultural, service or community-based organization; ArtsWestchester will provide a database of interested organizations that can be found at Artswestchester.org.

Projects may address, but are not limited to, the following categories:

· Civil Rights

· Criminal Justice

· Cultural Equity

· The Constitution

· Social Change

· Social Justice

· Public Health

· Climate Activism

· Human Rights

· Barriers to Participation in Civic Life

· Food Insecurity

· Housing Insecurity

ELIGIBILITY:

This opportunity is open to individual artists and artist collectives who live or maintain a studio/creative work space in the Mid-Hudson Valley region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties. We encourage projects from a wide range of artistic disciplines. All proposals must come with a letter of support from a non-profit institution

Artists who have previously received funding through one of ArtsWestchester’s grant programs are eligible to apply, but must submit a new and not previously-funded project.

Ineligible Projects:

Voices for Change grants do not support the following projects:

· Advocacy for or against political candidates or legislation

· Fundraising events

· General operating support

· Staff position

Presentation Requirements:
The presentation format of new work may include, but is not limited to:

  •  Exhibitions
  •  Festivals (virtual or in person)
  • Film/Video screenings
  • Performances
  • Public Art

SELECTION PROCESS:

The initial review for eligibility and application completeness will be conducted by ArtsWestchester staff. Eligible applications will enter a two-stage panel review process. Round One Panelists will be diverse, with broad knowledge of the arts, cultural equity, and contemporary concerns, and have experience that aligns with the purpose of this grant. Round One Panelists will identify finalists who will have the opportunity to present their proposals to the Social Justice Committee. The Committee will recommend grant recipients, to be voted on by the full Board of ArtsWestchester, which makes the final decision on all grants.

PROJECT CONTACTS:

All questions about this opportunity should be directed to ArtsWestchester.

Adam Chau

Exhibitions Manager, ArtsWestchester

achau@artswestchester.org

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