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Surdna Foundation: Artists Engaging in Social Change

Deadline: November 12, 2014

The Surdna Foundation is accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area. The goal of the RFP is to identify and support exciting projects that are equally rigorous aesthetically and socially. These projects will demonstrate a clear commitment to a community, manifested by the relationship of that community to the project’s development process and to the project’s thematic focus. The Foundation’s goal is to prove that when artists have the opportunity to explore their own questions while working in communities (and not in isolation), they contribute significantly to the shared landscape. The Foundation hopes to make artists’ roles in enabling and even accelerating social change more visible and more valued. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. The Foundation will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities’ specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as “activist.”

Amount: Grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000 over one to two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists and culture bearers, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor. Eligible disciplines include traditional or folkloric arts, visual arts, literary arts, dance, theater, film/video, music, performance-based arts, and interdisciplinary/ hybrid arts.

Link: http://www.surdna.org/rfp

Note: A webinar will be held on October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am MST. Check the website for details on how to register.

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