Professional Artist Grant Program

Congratulations to our 2021 Professional Artists!

Cecilia Lueza, David Manson, Donald Gialanella, Gloria Muñoz, Kaitlin Murphy-Knudsen, Kenny Jensen, Sarah Gerard, Takeya Trayer, and Tenea Johnson.
And to our 2021 Artist Laureate
Helen French

Click here to learn more about this year’s artist laureate – Helen French

Professional Artist Conversation
Thursday, June 17th 7-8pm
Meet the 2021 Creative Pinellas Professional Artist Grantees during a live stream conversation. Get inspired by some of the most talented artists here in Pinellas County as they share their stories, processes and what they’re working on. 
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The purpose of the professional artist grant is to support and build meaningful relationships among the outstanding creative artists in Pinellas County, to provide a strong foundation to nurture the creative community and to elevate Pinellas County as an arts and cultural destination.

With this purpose in mind, Creative Pinellas provides up to ten grants for artists who have excelled in their artistic practice. Grantees are encouraged to decide for themselves how to use the award for their benefit and growth as an artist.

Grants of $5,000 each are open to artists doing work in the areas of:

  • Dance (of all kinds)
  • Choreography
  • Interdisciplinary (a combination of more than one type of genre of art, often technology/digital arts are involved)
  • Literature including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (does not include journalism)
  • Media Arts such as film, photography, computer/digital arts, audio, interactive media, etc.
  • Musical Performance
  • Music Composition
  • Acting
  • Theater Creation including playwriting, directing, musical direction, stage design, stage lighting, etc.
  • Visual Arts including 2D and 3D visual arts of all kinds

Creative Pinellas defines a professional artist as someone who has worked within their art form(s) for over a period of time, exhibits a high degree of talent and ability in their chosen area(s) of art, is generally recognized by leaders in their field and community as an artist of serious intent and ability who can help build interest in and awareness of Pinellas County as a vibrant arts and cultural community.

To be eligible for funding as part of the Professional Artist Grant Program, an applicant:

  • Be a current resident of Pinellas County for at least one year prior to December 1, 2020 and must agree to maintain their residency for the duration of the grant award period;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Not be enrolled in any arts production-related high school, undergraduate or graduate degree- seeking program for any portion of the grant award period;
  • Submit a completed online application and all required support documents*
  • Have not received a Creative Pinellas Professional or Emerging Artist Grant within the last three (3) years or twice in the past 10

An additional $5,000 Artist Laureate Grant may be presented to one of the grantees who is recognized by Creative Pinellas as being able to be a model partner and collaborator sharing their skills and expertise and supporting the organization’s mission over the grant period. Artists must indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for the Artist Laureate award.


Over the course of the grant period and beyond, recipients will have a variety of opportunities to develop and expand their audience including blogging, public artist conversations, exhibits, events and more.

If you have questions regarding any portion of Creative Pinellas’ grants programs, please email

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