The Emerging Artist Grant aims to support and build meaningful relationships among the outstanding creative artists in Pinellas County and their audiences. It provides a solid foundation to nurture the creative community and elevate Pinellas as an art and cultural destination that draws tourists worldwide.
With this focus in mind, Creative Pinellas provides up to ten grants for artists who are emerging in their artistic practice. Grantees will be assigned an artist mentor to help develop new artwork for the Emerging Artist Exhibition (EAE) in the Spring of 2024.
Grantees are encouraged to decide how to use the award for their benefit and growth as artists.
Grants of $2,000 each are open to artists doing work in the areas of:
- Choreography (of all kinds)
- Interdisciplinary (a combination of more than one type of genre of art, often, technology/digital arts are involved)
- Literature (including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Does not include journalism, self-help, children’s books, and books with a structured commercial purpose)
- Media arts (including film, photography, computer/digital arts, audio, and interactive media)
- Music Composition
- Theater Creation (including playwriting, directing, musical direction, stage design, stage lighting, etc.)
- Visual Arts (including 2D and 3D visual arts of all kinds)
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Artist Grant Workshops
This interactive workshop allows artist applicants to ask Creative Pinellas staff questions about all aspects of the grant process, including applications, scoring, and the panel review.
July 25, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 16, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
August 28, 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
These events will be live-streamed on the Creative Pinellas Facebook page at Facebook.com/creativepinellas/live and, thereafter, made available as a video on this website.
Before Applying for the Emerging Artist Grant, please read the Guidelines.Grant Guidelines
Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ
DO I QUALIFY FOR THIS GRANT?
Creative Pinellas considers the following things when determining eligibility for this grant. To be eligible for the Emerging Artist Grant Program, an applicant shall:
- Has gained recognition for their work, artistic skill, and promise by their peers, audiences, and/or by people who think and write about art.
- May be somewhat known in the community where they live and work and could benefit by being more widely known outside of Pinellas County/Tampa Bay region.
- Is actively working on improving their skills and Impact as an artist.Is on an upward trajectory of participation in solo exhibitions, publications, or full performances or productions of their work. (For example, the artist’s work may have been exhibited at local galleries, performed at local venues, or published in small literary magazines but may not have built a regional or national reputation or similar milestone.)
- Has worked in their type of art for long enough to have a body of work that can be presented and evaluated by the grant panel.
For additional requirements needed to apply, please review the grant guidelines.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EMERGING ARTIST GRANT PROGRAM
Applicants need to:
- Has not previously received an Emerging or Professional Artist Grant from Creative Pinellas.
- Be a current resident of Pinellas County for at least one year prior to the date the grant application opened.
- Agree to maintain residency for the full-time frame of the grant award period.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Not be enrolled in any high school, undergraduate, or graduate degree program with the same or similar focus to the artwork they create during the grant award period.
- Submit a completed online application and all required support documents.
- When submitting samples of your work, make sure the samples are original and a true reflection of the work you create and want to be considered for the application.
- Each artist may submit only one application for a grant in the grant period.
Featured Photo Credit / 2023 Emerging Artist Grantees: Agueda Zabisky, Marie Cummings, and Jenipher Chandley
Applications are closed. Grantees will be announced on Oct 16, 2023