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Artist-in-Residence Program

Grants to Buffalo, New York Arts Companies and
Collaborating Artists for Residencies in Any Discipline

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University at Buffalo (UB) - Creative Arts Initiative (CAI)

Deadline Date:

11/25/18 Receipt


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Grants to Buffalo, New York arts companies and collaborating individual artists from outside the Buffalo area for residencies in any discipline. Applications are welcome on behalf of both emerging and established artists. All forms of creative art are eligible under this program, including music, plastic arts, film, drama, visual arts, architecture, writing, and so-called emerging disciplines.

CAI is interested in artists who have demonstrated artistic excellence, and have achieved demonstrable professional accomplishment, or who, through the submitted works, display exceptional promise. Resident artists should use their residency to create new works, or complete works in progress. Your project description should describe your project and goals in specific detail.

Artists/companies must demonstrate a strong commitment to arts education and community involvement — such commitment must be directly addressed to the variety of opportunities that exist in the Western New York region, though national and international collaboration may also be an integral part of any proposal.

Resident artists will provide educational and community components. For some a public conversation about their work might be appropriate; for others, it might be a micro-seminar or a master class. It might be a semester-long encounter. Or it might be major interactions with the community’s arts organizations combined with interaction with the university community. CAI welcomes other creative methods of engaging students and the local community as well. Description of intended form of engagement should be included in all proposals along with information regarding communication with and buy-in from intended local partners.

CAI is not able to provide accommodations for out-of-town artists at this juncture. Artists may request honorarium, travel expenses, housing expenses and other expenses up to the New York State allowable rates. This should be included in the budget with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of:
-The quality of the project concept
-Artistic excellence
-Artist engagement with UB students and the Buffalo community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166141

Term of Contract:

CAI accepts proposals for residencies for sessions from as short as a few days up to four months.

Projects must be completed before June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Companies and collaborating artists from all artistic disciplines may apply.

Proposals may be submitted directly by artists outside the Buffalo area. Members of the UB and Buffalo arts communities are also welcome to propose projects to bring performing artists and creators to the region to create and present new work.

CAI is not able to provide accommodations for out-of-town artists at this juncture.

Funds may not be used to compensate persons already associated with UB or to underwrite operating expenses.

Pre-Application Information:


Applications will be reviewed in the Fall for projects for the following academic year.

In order to be considered for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 cycle, completed applications must be received no later than Nov. 25, 2018.

Those selected as semi-finalists, will be contacted by Dec. 10, 2018.

Successful projects will be announced in March 2019, and projects must be completed before June 2020.

How to apply:

Interested parties should submit the Artist-in-Residence Proposal form online, and provide Artist CVs, and work samples via email with "Artist-Proposal" and the proposer’s name in the subject line.

Final decisions regarding residencies for 2019-20 will be announced in March 2019.

New York State allowable rates:

Planning Your Residency:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the Proposal form:

Send artist CVs and work samples via email to:

Cynthia Stewart, Managing Director
610 Samuel Clemens Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-7015
Phone: (716) 645-6073

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