Artists in Washington State may have no better friend than the Artist Trust.
There, we said it.
The nonprofit provides financial grants, career training, and professional resources for Washington State artists of all disciplines. It's also taking applications for the 2015 class of Artist Trust Fellowships, which dole out $7,500 to 12 winning professional artists.
But before we take a closer look at the fellowship, let's first loop back to Artist Trust itself.
According to its mission statement, the trust's purpose is to "encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State."
It accomplishes this by providing four distinct services:
- Money in the form of grants, awards, and residencies.
- Career training via its Creative Career Center, which offers workshops, networking events, and other resources.
- Opportunities, enabling artists to browse hundreds of calls for art, residencies, jobs, work space, and housing listings.
- Resources for artists, including information on health care, legal issues, and emergency assistance programs.
Which brings us back to the fellowship. It's open to Washington State artists working in emerging fields/cross-disciplinary, performing, traditional/folk, and visual arts.
Some other tidbits:
- The application deadline is January 20, 2015. Click here for the full guidelines.
- Applicants may not be graduate or undergraduate, matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of January 20, 2015.
- Fellowships for the craft, literary, media, and music arts fields will be offered in 2016.
To further sweeten the deal, the trust has partnered with the Millay Colony for the Arts, located in upstate New York. One artist each in the Emerging Fields/Cross-Disciplinary and Visual Arts will be awarded with a one-month residency at the Millay Colony and will receive a $1,000 stipend. The residency will take place in September 2015, October 2015 or May 2016.
Last but not least: To what donors do we give thanks for the existence of the trust?
The largest funder, the Seattle-based Raynier Institute and Foundation, gave over $500,000 from July 1, 2013 to September 15, 2014. Other donors in the $100,000 to $499,999 range during this period include Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.