Richmond artists ready to get to work on their next BIG IDEA can get some help creating it thanks to the renewal of funding for the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission’s (RACC) Neighborhood Public Art (NPA) mini-grant program.
The RACC recently launched its grant application period for Richmond individuals and organizations interested in applying; applications are due September 22, 2017.
The RACC awards mini-grants of varying amounts to artists from a $65,000 pool. Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 on project applications and the final award amounts may be less than requested.
“The grants are designed to stimulate arts and culture in the Richmond community, help emerging artists of all ages and ethnicities and fund local art projects,” according to a correspondence from City of Richmond Arts & Culture Manager Michele Seville.
“NPA Mini-Grants enable participants to learn basic artistic skills by working with professional artists. Teaching artistic skills to novices is a condition of the grant.”
A variety of art forms are eligible for mini-grants, including: Visual arts (media, painting, graphics, ceramics, mosaic, crafts, or sculpture); performing arts (spoken word, music, dance, theater); and literary arts. Projects already underway—and in need of additional funding—are also eligible.
Applicants may apply individually or in collaboration with established or emerging arts organizations.
As part of the application process, there will be a mandatory Grant Application Workshop Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 1-2:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. The workshop’s aim is to offer grant applicants guidance on the process.
In addition to the workshop, applicants will be assigned to give a 10 minute presentation of their ideas starting at 7 p.m. on either Thursday, September 28, 2017, or Thursday, October 5, 2017, at City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond Room, Richmond. Notify the RACC contact (listed below) in advance if A/V equipment is going to be used.
According to the RACC, contracts will be awarded upon determination of the grantees. The grant project period will run from about December 2017 to August 30, 2018.
Since 1997, the NPA program has supported the art projects of more than 3,000 community members throughout Richmond. The granting program aims to stimulate arts and cultural activity at the neighborhood level and to encourage visual or performing arts projects in our community.
Applications are available by contacting Michele Seville at 510-620-6952 or Michele_seville@ci.richmond.ca.us.
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com