Individual Artist Support Guidelines & Application Available
January 20th Deadline for Professional Development, Project Support
Illinois -- The Fiscal Year 2011 guidelines and application for the Illinois Arts Council's Individual Artist Support initiative are now available. Individual Artist Support funds will help Illinois artists realize career goals, take advantage of professional opportunities, and/or produce projects or bodies of work for public viewing.
Due to steep reductions in the Illinois Arts Council budget, several grant programs were suspended in Fiscal Year 2010, including the Artist Fellowship and Ethnic & Folk Arts Master/Apprenticeship Programs. The Individual Artist Support (IAS) initiative was developed to bridge the gap, and represents the Arts Council's commitment to continuing to support the work of individual artists.
"The Illinois Arts Council recognizes that individual artists are the keystone to the creation of art," says Shirley R. Madigan, Illinois Arts Council Chairman. "The Artist Fellowship Program had continuously provided fellowships to Illinois creative artists for more than twenty years, and the Council remains committed to individual artists despite diminishing resources."
Guidelines are available online at www.arts.illinois.gov/grants-programs/iac-grants/individual-artist-support.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on Thursday, January 20, 2011, for the electronic portion of the application, and 4:30 PM on Friday, January 21, 2011, for the non-electronic portion.
Application workshop webinars are scheduled in December and January:
More information is available in the Individual Artist Support section of the Illinois Arts Council website, at www.arts.illinois.gov. Please email Encarnacion Teruel at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.