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YOLO: Year of Learning + Outreach

YOLO connects creatives and organizations to resources, learning and community.


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Grants + Opportunities

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation invites applications for USArtists International grant program

Deadline March 29, 2023

Established in 1979, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation nurtures and funds the creation and presentation of diverse artistic expression and connects people to meaningful arts experiences within the region and beyond.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its USArtists International program. The program supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines, including dance, music, and theater. Grants of up to $18,000 will be awarded.

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Creative Capital’s Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact Grant

Letter of Interest Deadline March 31, 2023

Creative Capital receives thousands of applications annually and funds approximately 50 artists each year. Innovation is our primary selection criterion, and our focus on championing groundbreaking projects and ideas distinguishes Creative Capital from other granting organizations. We are committed to funding and supporting conceptually and formally interesting, challenging, risk-taking, never-before-seen projects.

Grants are awarded via a democratic, national, open call, external review process. Awardees receive direct project funding up to $50,000, professional advisory services, and community-building opportunities. Funding is unrestricted and may be used on any expenses related to the creation of the project, including but not limited to: staffing, supplies, computers, software, studio repairs, childcare, healthcare, mental health care, travel, research, and more.

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Martin House invites applications for inaugural Creative Residency Program

Deadline March 31, 2023

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House is a nonprofit organization with a primary mission to preserve, interpret, and promote Martin House. To that end, it invites applications for its inaugural Creative Residency Program. This project-based residency will provide creative individuals a designated time and space to develop new works of the imagination inspired by one of the great examples of 20th-century architecture.

End-products may revolve around many of the themes central to the Martin House. Subjects of inquiry may relate to architecture, art, art history, landscape, building and design, social history, state and local history, issues of gender, race and class, modernism, urbanism, housing and gentrification, business and industry, the history of technology, cultural studies, engineering and applied sciences, for example.

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American Library in Paris

Deadline April 1, 2023

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain a heritage as old as the library: deepening French-American understanding. The fellowship program offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library.

There are two one-month fellowship periods a year in fall and spring, with dates to be specified later. A $5,000 stipend will be paid before the start of a fellowship period. Applications are invited from writers, researchers, and artists. Applicants should be working on a book project (fiction or non-fiction) or a feature-length documentary film that contributes to cross-cultural discourse. Particular attention will be paid to an applicant’s ability to offer the library community various opportunities for exploring a topic.

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Provincetown Art Association and Museum: Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

Deadline April 3, 2023

PAAM invites applications for the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant, awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. Awards include a cash grant, ranging between $5,000 and $36,000, and an exhibition at PAAM.

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Sante Fe Art Institute’s Thematic Residency

Deadline April 9, 2023

Sovereignty, the theme for the 2024 SFAI International Thematic Residency, calls for artistic and creative engagement at the multiple intersections of sovereignty as it pertains to the individual, jurisdictions, systems, and society as a whole.

During the 2024 Sovereignty Residency Program, SFAI seeks to better support BIPOC artists, creative practitioners, and culture bearers by providing a $500 grant to all BIPOC applicants who are selected for the residency program. In addition to the BIPOC Award, SFAI will award up to ten (10) $500 grants to American Indian, Native American or U.S. Indigenous applicants who are selected for the residency program, for a total of a $1,000 grant to those residents.

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Individual Artist Fellowship – Arkansas Arts Council

Deadline April 14, 5pm

Fellowship grants are $5,000 each and are unconditional grants that require no matching funds and are made directly to individual creatives. The grants recognize creatives who live and work in Arkansas and who make an impact through their creative works. The grant does not fund a specific project but allows creatives the opportunity to devote more time and energy to creating and mastering their creative craft.

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Stochastic Labs Summer Residency, Berkeley, California

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Stochastic Labs offers fully-sponsored residencies to engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated work space, shop access, a $1,000 monthly stipend and a budget for materials.

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Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $500 and $3,000 for experimental artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.

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Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

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Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is a grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. Grant support will range from $500 to $5,000.

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Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Adobe Creative Residency program supports creators of visual digital work, offering grants of $500–$5,000 for either a portfolio project or a paid Adobe project commission.

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Awesome Foundation On the Water Grant

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

This grant awards $1,000 per month to a water-focused project that brings creativity, culture, and inclusion to the water or provides a new way of thinking about the water. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world.

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Artist Statements

Creative Capital has a vast library of artist statements (901) to view as resources.

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Project Descriptions

Creative Capital has a great collection of project descriptions to use as examples.

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Media List

Please note this media list will be updated as people change roles at the various media sites.

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Action Planning Template

Writing down your short-term and long-term goals will help you define and focus on what is important to you and allow you to create steps to make them a reality.

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Discover residency programs using the open call deadlines listings from Artist Communities Alliance (ACA)


Social Media 101

Social Media 101: Sharing Your Work and Spreading Your Word by social media strategist, Meredith Wagner. Contact Meredith for consulting at

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NWA’s Free Health Center

WelcomeHealth provides quality medical care, dental care, and support services in partnership with other community resources to low income individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

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Business of Art

Business of Art: An Artist’s Guide to Profitable Self-Employment (3rd Edition)

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Community loan fund

Forge Community Loan Fund


Let your most passionate fans support your creative work via monthly membership.

Patreon for Artists and Creators

Storytelling for Change

Improve your public speaking by uncovering and communicating your personal story.

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Kiva NWA

Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world.

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W9 Form

Fillable W9 form from site

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Small Business Funding Center

Get the Money You Need to Grow Your Business

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