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Awards to California Artists in Eligible Counties to
Recognize Outstanding Artistic Contributions

SVArts Award Program

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Silicon Valley Creates (SVCREATES)

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Awards of $5,000 to California artists in eligible counties to recognize outstanding visual, performance, or literary contributions. The purpose of the program is to highlight the role of artists in the community, provide support to artists to enable the continued development of work, and recognize the artistic vibrancy and impact of local artists. Applicants must reside in the following counties: Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Content Emerging Artist Award: Recognizing early career artists in all genres – visual, performing and literary arts.

Visual Arts: including two and three-dimensional work that is created in the studio or in community spaces; including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture in all media, photography, video, mixed/multiple media, installation, new or alternative media and social practice art.

Performing Arts: including art that is presented for an audience on a formal or informal stage. Applicants would include artists creating work that is developed offstage, backstage, or preperformance (choreographers, composers, stage directors, stage/set/costume designers). Or performers themselves (dancers, actors, spoken word artists, instrumental/vocal musicians).

Literary Arts: all written literary art forms.

The award program for other Artist Laureates is on hiatus and is anticipated to return in 2023.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179936

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of $5,000 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An Emerging Artist is defined as:
• An artist in the early stages of their career (not defined by age).
• Demonstrating a commitment to their practice, working intentionally over the last 3-5 years to develop and promote a career as a professional artist.
• Having evidence of professional achievement through exhibitions or performances in public settings.
• Being rigorous in their approach to creation and production.
• Having developed an original body of work with a clear identity.
• Taking risks and embracing challenges.

Applicant must:
• Be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.
• Spend at least five-ten hours a week on and may derive income from the practice/creation of art.
• Have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context within the last three years.
• Be the principal creator/performer or the sole author of work(s) submitted.
• Be a resident of Santa Clara County or one of several bordering counties (Alameda, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties) for at least one year prior to the application deadline, AND can demonstrate through professional history that artistic activity has had an impact on residents of Santa Clara County.

Applicant must not:
• Be enrolled as an undergraduate student.
• Be a prior recipient of an Artist Fellowship or Laureate Award from SVCREATES/Arts Council Silicon Valley.
• Be a current employee or board member of SVCREATES or have been employed by or served on the board of SVCREATES /Arts Council Silicon Valley/1stACT Silicon Valley within the past 10 years.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: October 29, 2021
- Application Deadline: December 10, 2021
- Award Notification: February 2022
- Public Announcement and Celebration: May 2022

Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Alyssa Erickson, Program Manager
408-998-2787 ext. 204

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USA: California: Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

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