The Emerging Artist Grant Program is designed to celebrate and support artists in the upward trend of their career. Creative Pinellas provides opportunities for grantees to help them develop and expand their audience including financial awards, mentorship, engagement events and an exhibition. The program is a vehicle for supporting and showcasing innovative and exciting work, contributing to the expansion of Pinellas County’s status as a vibrant arts and cultural destination.

Emerging Artist Exhibit

Exhibition Open: July 15th – August 15th, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12-5pm

Featuring Artists: Tatiana Baccari, Chelsea Catherine, Nick Davis, Nikki Devereux, John Gascot, Mason Gehring, Gabriella Krousaniotakis, Yuly Restrepo, Sara Ries Dziekonski, Emily Lee Stehle

Emerging Artist Grants

Grantees are provided with a financial award of $2,000 geared toward the production of new work, a professional mentor, and an exhibition at the close of the grant period. Up to 10 grants will be awarded for original work in the disciplines of:

Choreography, Literature, Media Arts, Music Composition, Theater/Musical Theater, Visual Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts

Applications Open and Online FAQ Support: July 12, 2021, 12 pm
Artist Grant Workshops: Aug. 4, 2021, 12-1 pm;  Aug. 18, 2021, 6-7 pm; Aug. 25, 2021, 12-1pm; Sept. 1, 2021, 6-7pm
Application Deadline: Sept. 7, 2021, 11:59pm (EST) – NO EXCEPTIONS
Public Panel Review: To Be Determined
Grant Funding Period: October 8 – April 15, 2022

Click on the guidelines below to learn more about eligibility, submission materials, review and scoring, grant activities and opportunities. 

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“My mentor has made a huge difference in my life.”

“I worked on a novel for my project. It was something I had started but then was kind of flailing around on. I didn’t know the characters well and wasn’t sure I could write them. My mentor gave me an awesome prompt to help me get through these obstacles and I was able to finish the book. I submitted it to my agent a few weeks ago and she contacted me last night to say she LOVED it. We are going on submission next week. Big thanks to Creative Pinellas for pairing us up with these mentors. Mine certainly has made a huge difference in my life.”

Chelsea Catherine
2021 Emerging Artist Grantee

“This grant will allow me to find new ways to encourage my community that their Black is beautiful.”

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be included in this grant.  I believe art is the key to expression and with this grant I will find new methods and ways to encourage my community that their Black Is Beautiful and we are all gifted with a purpose.”

Nick Davis
2021 Emerging Artist Grantee

“Winning an Emerging Artist Grant opened up a world of opportunities.”

“The confidence that comes with the Emerging Artist Grant is mind-boggling! It provides validation and credentials for me as a serious artisan. Creative Pinellas helped connect me with an arts organization that booked me as an artist for paper crafting events and weaving. Winning a grant opened up a world of opportunities.”

Emily Lee Stehle
2021 Emerging Artist Grantee

“The Emerging Artist Grant allowed my work to grow in ways I couldn’t even imagine.”

“The Emerging Artist Grant provided the funding, mentorship, and exhibition space which allowed my work to grow in ways I couldn’t even imagine at the time. It gave me the support I needed to set aside financial concerns and focus on the work that my heart was calling me to make. I made so many connections, and doors continue to open as a result of this grant. Thank you, Creative Pinellas!”

Elizabeth Barenis
2020 Emerging Artist Grantee

The Emerging Artist Exhibit takes place annually in the Gallery at Creative Pinellas.

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