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CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists

Fellowships to Los Angeles County, California Artists for
Career Development and Community Enrichment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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California Community Foundation (CCF)

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 11:00 PM PST


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Fellowships of $25,000 to Los Angeles County, California individual artists to support professional development, business skills building, and networking. Funding is intended to help artists become more sustainable, as well as to contribute to community connections.

For 100 years, the California Community Foundation (CCF) has recognized, encouraged and supported the Southern California arts community by funding and nurturing a full range of artistic expressions. The foundation’s ultimate goal is to ensure that arts and culture is a dimension of everyday life in all communities in Los Angeles County. Toward that end, the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists is designed to support Los Angeles based visual artists so they can advance to the next level of professional development. Professional artists play a significant role in connecting communities, bridging cultural barriers and in celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Los Angeles County.

The CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists is a unique opportunity for artists because it is an investment in an artist’s career rather than in a particular project. The award is an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The award may be spent according to the greatest need of the artist. For this reason, the panel will consider the artist’s entire career and future promise.

CCF’s fundamental goal is to help individual artists become more sustainable through their art practice. Therefore, the investment in the artist’s career also includes strengthening their business skills through 2 (two) artist retreats which take place during the grant year in which the award is made. The curriculum is tailored specifically for CCF Fellows, with sessions and individual consultations on accounting and legal issues, money management, negotiations and alternative financing options. The retreat will provide Fellows with the knowledge, tools and resources to help them manage their life and careers more effectively. The retreat environment will also offer plenty of time for peer-to-peer networking, reflection, and the opportunity to learn from each other and build an artist community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172835

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Number of Grants:

This year, twenty-one artists will be chosen.

Estimated Size of Grant:

CCF Fellows receive:
- $25,000 one-year unrestricted grant
- Mandatory Artists’ Retreat
- Membership in a prestigious group of artists
- Other opportunities to develop business skills to be fully self-supporting over time

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

- Must be working in the visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, experimental film and video*, interdisciplinary/mixed media or performance art** in which visual art must be a significant and integral component). Artists whose primary practice is performing or media arts (e.g., music, dance, acting, film, video, or moving animation) are not eligible.

- Must be visual artist with at least five (5) years or more years of active professional experience in their field. Artists must have documented exhibition history, publications or other significant proof of professional accomplishments, including evidence of work in Los Angeles County.

- Must be a full-time resident of Los Angeles County for at least the last five (5) consecutive years prior to the application deadline. Full-time resident is defined as being physically present in Los Angeles County 9 months per year of residency.

- Must be at least 25 years old in age

Not Eligible:

- Individuals that are currently enrolled in an arts-related undergraduate or graduate degree program
- Individuals who live outside of L.A. County
- Individual artists whose submitted resumes do not adequately demonstrate the required 5 years of professional history
- Individuals who have previously received a CCF Fellowship
- California Community Foundation employees and their immediate family members

* Art in motion on a film, video or digital format that transcends aesthetic, formal, ideological and/or narrative norms. The work seeks alternative modes of production or distribution, outside the theatrically commercial approach. Conventional documentary work is not eligible.

** An artistic presentation that incorporates the disciplines of music, theater, dance or other performance as a central element for engaging the audience. Performance artwork may be associated with advanced technologies, and more than one medium may be involved in the presentation.

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Applicants are encouraged to watch the webinar to learn more about guidelines and eligibility, the Call for Entry website that hosts the application, and best practices for completing the application.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period for the for the Fellowship for Visual Artists is now open. Applications will be accepted June 29th through August 31st. Please review all the information about the process in the following sections before beginning your application.

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California Community Foundation
221 S Figueroa, St. #400
Los Angeles, CA 90012 MAP

P: 213-413-4130
F: 213-383-2046

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Los Angeles County