It's grant season! Here are recently announced opportunities for artists

As the cold (eventually) starts to settle in, and in between all of your holiday obligations, cozy up on the couch with your laptop and a hot toddy because it's grant application season, everyone. Here's a quick roundup of some opportunities for artists in Baltimore.

1. Baker Artist Awards

Applications open: now

Applications due: 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2016

Online submissions are open for Baltimore City artists (and residents of the five surrounding counties), and it's open to artists working in any medium. Five artists are selected to win one of the following: the $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize, $20,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, and three $5,000 prizes: The Semmes G. Walsh, Nancy Haragan, and Board of Governors Awards.

Here's our review of the Baker Artist Awards show at the BMA from this past fall. 

2. The Contemporary's Grit Fund

Applications open: now

Applications due: 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2016

Established last year, the Grit Fund awards about 10 Baltimore artists a total of $50,000 for collaborative visual art projects.

The Contemporary will also be hosting four workshops before the deadline:

  • Info session and grant-writing workshop on Dec. 16 at the Contemporary's offices (429 N. Eutaw St.)
  • Info session on Jan. 6 at Jubilee Arts Baltimore (1947 Pennsylvania Ave.)
  • Info session and budget workshop on Jan. 12 at Motor House (120 W. North Ave.)
  • Info session and tax workshop on Jan. 23 at Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave.)

Grantees last year included artist-run spaces Exittheapple Artspace, Bb, and Open Space; Tanya Garcia and Valeria Molinari's Hyrsteria zine; Throwing the Stone (a project that brings art into adult and juvenile correctional facilities); and others. 

3. Rubys Artist Grants for Performing Arts and Media Arts

Applications open: Jan. 1, 2016

Applications due: Feb. 29, 2016

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance is prepping for the Rubys Performing Arts and Media Arts grants cycle (the Visual Arts and Literary Arts application is yet to be announced). The application will be open to Baltimore City residents as well as artists who live in the surrounding counties.

There will be three information sessions before the deadline to make sure your submission is in good shape:

  • Jan. 12, 2016: Harford County Library, Bel Air branch (100 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Bel Air) 
  • Jan. 20: Centre St. Performance Studio (10 E. Centre St.)
  • Feb. 2: Motor House (120 W. North Ave.)

Here's our blog about the most recent Visual Arts and Literary Arts winners. 

4. Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize

Applications open: now

Applications due: Jan. 4, 2016

The 11th annual Sondheim Prize awards a $25,000 fellowship to a Baltimore-area visual artist or collaborative art group. Finalists also get to present their work in the BMA's Thalheimer galleries before the winner is announced. Last year's Sondheim winners were the collaborative duo Wickerham & Lomax.

Artscape's 2016 theme was also recently announced (following up last year's exploring-the-unknown, somewhat-enigmatic "water" theme, next year's will be "Space: Explore What's Out There"), along with several calls for entry for its Artist-Run Art Fair, Artists Market, and large-scale anchor projects, among several others. Visit Artscape's website for all of those deadlines and more info.

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