Tri-Star Arts is proud to announce the Current Art Fund granting program; created and administered by Tri-Star Arts as a partner in the Regional Re-granting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Current Art fund generally seeks to propel visual artists, visual arts organizers, and innovators of artistic spaces in creating dynamic, public-facing, and non-commercially viable projects that are essential to the fabric of the contemporary visual art scene across our state. The Current Art Fund seeks to elevate artists from historically underserved communities whose projects would be significantly impacted by the receipt of this grant.
In light of the current economic crisis caused by COVID-19, our inaugural grants in 2020 will propel visual artists by providing qualified disaster emergency relief grants. Across the nation, COVID-19 has affected the livelihoods of working people in all industries; particularly those who work in the creative fields. The Current Art Fund will provide 60 grants of $1000 each to Tennessee-based contemporary visual artists, selected by a lottery system, to use towards any hardships created by the pandemic. The grant is not taxable. We understand that difficult situations have arisen for artists in our communities and seek to help alleviate that.
There is not an application fee to apply. Artists will be asked to submit a website, CV, OR proof of recent artistic activity. Applicants may share a link to a recent program or event in which they participated, a resume/CV, or documentation of their artistic work. We have set up a streamlined application process with minimal questions. If applicants are unable to complete the online application, they are welcome to email their responses and/or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail application materials to P.O. Box 40487, Nashville, TN 37204. All applicants must be 21 years of age or older and reside in the state of Tennessee. BIPOC applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Contemporary visual artists and arts professionals who are 21 years of age and older residing in the state of Tennessee who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Current Art Fund will be dispersing a total of $60,000 in the form of 60 grants of $1000 each.
Identifying information and proof of artistic practice.
A website, CV/resume, documents detailing, past, current, or canceled events, etc.
No. You only need to be an eligible artist or arts professional with a financial need.
The award can be used for art related expenses, bills, groceries, childcare, or any other financial burden or loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lost wages from canceled events, exhibitions, commissions, and future opportunities. If you are not primarily paid for your art work, lost income from tips, cut hours, or recent unemployment are also applicable.
Tri-Star Arts serves Tennessee by spotlighting and growing the contemporary visual art scenes in each region and fostering a unified statewide art scene. Our programs promote art dialogue between the different cities in the state, and between the state and the nation. The Current Art Fund amplifies this mission.
If individuals and businesses would like to support the Current Art Fund to extend its impact, tax-deductible donations may be made online or by mail to Tri-Star Arts Memo: Current Art Fund, P.O. Box 40487, Nashville, TN 37204.