ArtsAccelerator Grants

Paintings from "Assembled" at Artspace
photo: Alyssa Kelley

What is ArtsAccelerator?

ArtsMemphis, is pleased to offer six $5,000 ArtsAccelerator Grants in 2019 to visual artists living and working in Shelby County. The ArtsAccelerator Grants are incentive grants for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their careers and are intended to deepen and expand artistic work to advance the grant recipient’s artistic accomplishments.  The ArtsAccelerator Program supports artists working in any media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation art, performance art, video art, or social practice (as defined below).

The ArtsAccelerator Program enables ArtsMemphis to demonstrate the value of visual artists’ work to our region by supporting working artists in their artistic practice.  We believe this program contributes to the vitality of our artistic community and helps Memphis attract and retain a vibrant creative class.

ArtsMemphis values inclusion and equity.  When evaluating applications, judges will be instructed to consider historically underserved populations.  Minimally two of the six ArtsAccelerator Grants, will be awarded to artists of color (as defined below).  Also, minimally one of the artists awarded a grant will be an emerging artist (as defined below).

Application Deadline: January 22, 2019

Please note that this is a competitive process.  Last year, 108 artists applied for the five ArtsAccelerator Grants, meaning that less than 5% of applicants received funding.

The 2019 guidelines are outlined below.  Note that guidelines may be amended annually.

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