Scholarships

Americans for the Arts is pleased to be able to offer a number of full-ride and partial scholarship opportunities to artists and arts professionals interested in attending the 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences (June 13-16, 2019).

Thanks to generous support provided by the Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and Minnesota State Arts Board, we are able to offer scholarship opportunities specifically for artists and arts professionals based in Minnesota; North Dakota; South Dakota; the 23 sovereign Native Nations that share geography with Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; and the five boroughs of New York City. Applicants for these scholarships are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts. For more information about these opportunities and to apply, click here.

Americans for the Arts also offers scholarship opportunities for current members of Americans for the Arts. For more information about these opportunities and to apply, click here.

All scholarship applications due Monday, March 11, 2019 11:59 PM EST

Please Note:

  • An individual may apply for multiple scholarships if they meet all the eligibility criteria for each category of award.  However, a maximum of one scholarship per individual will be awarded. Applicants who apply for any of the Full Ride Scholarships will be automatically considered for a General Convention Scholarship.
  • All recipients are required to submit a report about their experience by July 12, 2019. This report should specifically detail important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally. Reimbursements will not be made until the report is received.
  • Scholarships are non-transferable and may be rescinded if the recipient does not meet all deadlines or eligibility requirements.

For questions regarding the scholarship opportunities or the application process, please contact Jacqueline Flores by email  or by telephone at 202-371-2830.

If you have issues logging in or questions about your membership, please contact membership@artsusa.org or by telephone at 202-371-2830.

Monday, March 11, 2019 11:59 PM EST. All scholarship applications are due
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Scholarship recipients will be notified
Monday, April 1, 2019 9:00 AM EST Awardees must confirm acceptance of the scholarship
Monday, April 15, 2019 9:00 AM EST Full Ride awardees deadline for travel documentation
June 14-16, 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences
July 12, 2019 All recipients are required to submit a one-page report about their experience to Americans for the Arts. General Convention, Practicing Artists, Jessica Wilt Memorial, and Minnesota State Arts Board scholarship recipients must submit receipts for reimbursement.

 


Scholarship Opportunities for Artists and Arts Professionals Based in Minnesota; North Dakota; South Dakota; the 23 sovereign Native Nations that share geography with Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; and the five boroughs of New York City

Jerome Foundation Scholarships

Who can apply: Any early career artist based in either Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City who wishes to attend the main convention and is eligible for Jerome Foundation support (more information below). Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts.

Artists who are eligible for Jerome Foundation support:
•    Are in the early stages of their creative development
•    Are not students
•    Generate new works (for example, are choreographers versus dancers)
•    Are actively creating new work in their chosen artistic discipline(s)

For more guidance on whether you are eligible for this scholarship, see the description of eligible and ineligible artists on this page (about halfway down the page): https://www.jeromefdn.org/arts-organization-grants

What is given: One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019)

 

McKnight Foundation Scholarships

Who can apply: Any working individual artist based in Minnesota who wishes to attend the main convention. Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts.

The McKnight Foundation and Americans for the Arts believe that as creators, innovators, and leaders, Minnesota’s working artists are a primary driver of the state’s arts and culture community. Artists nurture cultural identities, imagine solutions, and catalyze social change. This scholarship program seeks to expand access for Minnesota’s working artists to the unique professional development and peer exchange opportunities available at the 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.

What is given: One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019)

 

Minnesota State Arts Board Scholarships

Who can apply: Any cultural worker at a 501c3 nonprofit with at least 1 paid, professional staff member located in the state of Minnesota outside the seven-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties). Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the United States and must reside in the state of Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

What is given: One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019) and up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement that can be used to help offset (with appropriate receipts):

  • The cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the convention.
  • Accommodations costs during the convention.


 

 

 


 

 

Scholarship Opportunities for Americans for the Arts Members

Must be a member of Americans for the Arts to apply.
**Individual members at the $30 digital-only level are not eligible for event discounts or scholarships – if you’d like to upgrade to the $75 Basic level, please contact the membership team at membership@artsusa.org or 202.371.2830**

Evaluation Criteria for these Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff and outside panelists. Applicants will be evaluated based on the questions asked in the statement of intent in the scholarship application.

General Convention Scholarships (up to 13 available)

Who can apply: Any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend the main convention or a preconference.

What is given: Scholarships in the form of up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for main convention or preconference related expenses. These scholarships can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

  • The cost of registration to the main convention or preconference of your choice.
  • The cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the convention or preconference.
  • Accommodations costs during the main convention or preconference.

General Convention Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur all expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the convention has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally.

Practicing Artist Scholarships (up to 5 available)

Who can apply: The Practicing Artist Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are practicing artists working in any artistic discipline (visual, performing, literary, dance, etc.) who wish to attend the main convention and a preconference. The applicant must demonstrate that they are a practicing artist through their statement of interest, letters of support and/or resume.

What is given:The Practicing Artist Scholarship Provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to a preconference of your choice (June 13-14, 2019).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019).
  • Up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for the cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the main convention and accommodations costs during the main convention only.

Practicing Artist Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur travel & accommodation expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the main convention has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally.

Jessica Wilt Memorial Scholarship for Arts Education (1 available)

Who can apply: An Americans for the Arts member who identifies as an emerging arts education leader (under 35 and/or in their first five years of work in the field) and lives in the NYC metro area.

What is given: Scholarships in the form of up to $1,000 in post-facto reimbursement for main convention-related expenses. This scholarship can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

  • The cost of registration to the main convention
  • The cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the main convention
  • Accommodation costs during the convention.

Scholarship recipients are selected with priority given to individuals demonstrating financial need and alignment with Jessica’s legacy of empowering emerging leaders to connect local and national arts education advocacy. Recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur all expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the convention has concluded. Before funds are issued, recipients are required to submit (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally.

Public Art Preconference Scholarships (up to 6 available)

Who can apply: Any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend the Public Art Preconference.

What is given: Scholarships in the form of up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for main convention or preconference related expenses. In order to receive the Public Art Preconference Scholarship, recipients must register and attend the Public Art Preconference. These scholarships can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

  • The cost of registration to the main convention or Public Art preconference.
  • The cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the convention or preconference.
  • Accommodations costs during the main convention or preconference.

Public Art Preconference Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur all expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the convention has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally. 



Special Full-Ride Scholarship Opportunities

*Must be a member of Americans for the Arts to apply. Applicants who apply for, but do not receive, a Full Ride Scholarship will be automatically considered for a $500 reimbursement General Convention Scholarship.

Evaluation criteria for these scholarship opportunities
Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff and outside panelists. Applicants will be evaluated based on the questions asked in the statement of intent in the scholarship application. In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must be a current member or join as a member of Americans for the Arts.
 

Full-Ride Scholarship – Emerging Leaders (2 available)

Who can apply: The Emerging Leaders Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are under the age of 35 and/or have less than 5 years of experience in the arts field.

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to a preconference of your choice (June 13-14, 2019).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton Minneapolis, the official Convention hotel, June 12-16, 2019.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally, as well as other activities during and after the convention. More details on this can be found on the scholarship application.

Full-Ride Scholarship – Mid-Career Leaders (1 available)

Who can apply: The Mid-Career Leader Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are between the ages of 35 – 45 and/or have between 5 – 10 years of experience in the arts field. 

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to a preconference of your choice (June 13-14, 2019).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton Minneapolis, the official Convention hotel, June 12-16, 2019.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally, as well as other activities during and after the convention. More details on this can be found on the scholarship application.

Full-Ride Scholarship – Field Diversity: Leaders of Color (2 available)

Who can apply: The Field Diversity Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members at any point of their career who identify as ALAANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American) and/or a person of color.  

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to a preconference of your choice (June 13-14, 2019).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton Minneapolis, the official Convention hotel, June 12-16, 2019.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally, as well as other activities during and after the convention. More details on this can be found on the scholarship application.

Full-Ride Scholarship – Field Diversity: Leaders with Disabilities (2 available)

Who can apply: The Leaders with Disabilities Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members at any point of their career with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, or other disabling condition.  

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to a preconference of your choice (June 13-14, 2019).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton Minneapolis, the official Convention hotel, June 12-16, 2019.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally, as well as other activities during and after the convention. More details on this can be found on the scholarship application.

 

Full-Ride Scholarship – Field Diversity: Serving Underserved Communities (2 available)

Who can apply: The Serving Underserved Communities Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who serve the needs of communities where access to the arts is limited by geography, race/ethnicity, economics and/or disability.

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to a preconference of your choice (June 13-14, 2019).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 14-16, 2019).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton Minneapolis, the official Convention hotel, June 12-16, 2019.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a report on important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally, as well as other activities during and after the convention. More details on this can be found on the scholarship application.

 




Restrictions

  • Americans for the Arts scholarships do not cover the cost of any transportation or incidentals beyond the travel directly to and from the Convention site, ARTventure tours, or any other additional activities.
  • All reimbursement-based scholarships require receipts as proof of purchase before reimbursement will be made.  Reimbursements will not exceed $500 for General Convention, Practicing Artist, or Preconference Scholarships. Reimbursements will not exceed $1000 for the Jessica Wil Memorial Scholarship.  Reimbursement requests received without the required report and/or appropriate receipts will not be honored.
  • Convention and Preconference scholarships may only be used to attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 14-16, 2019 and are non-transferable.
  • Recipients of Full Ride Scholarships (#1) must have the ability to depart from an airport that reasonably connects to the Annual Convention host city. Airline travel for Full Ride Scholarships is based on the availability of reasonable airfare rates as deemed by Americans for the Arts. Free or award tickets may be used and result in the inability to retain frequent flier miles for the individual. If preferred air travel is unavailable or not served by your nearest airport this portion of the scholarship may be unavailable. No substitutions for air travel can be allowed except in cases where rail or car are deemed the most appropriate travel option by Americans for the Arts.
  • All recipients are required to submit a report about their experience by July 12, 2019. This report should specifically detail important takeaways and how you plan to use what you learned from the Annual Convention locally. Reimbursements will not be made until the report is received.
  • An individual may apply for all scholarships offered if they meet all the eligibility criteria for each category of award.  However, a maximum of one scholarship per individual will be awarded. Applicants who apply for any of the Full Ride Scholarships will be automatically considered for a General Convention Scholarship.
  • Scholarships are non-transferable and may be rescinded if the recipient does not meet all deadlines or eligibility requirements

For questions regarding the scholarship opportunities or the application process, please contact Jacqueline Flores by email  or by telephone at 202-371-2830.