Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities for the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.

The scholarship application is now closed.

How to Apply

  • You must be a member of Americans for the Arts to apply.
    *Please note that benefits for Supporter/Digital members DO NOT include discounts on purchases including event registrations and online purchases or the ability to apply for scholarships or vote in annual award or council elections.
  • From the Apply Now button, you will be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to complete your application.
  • Upon reaching the application, you will be prompted to login using the email address associated with your membership. If you are unsure of whether you have an account, you can verify that here. If you forgot your password, you can reset it here.
  • Once you have logged in, you will be able to complete the application.
  • If you have issues logging in or questions about your membership, please contact membership@artsusa.org or by telephone at 202-371-2830.



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 14-15, 2018).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 15-17, 2018).
  • 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 or the Creative Youth Development Preconference.
  • The cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the main convention or preconference.
  • 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.

Creative Youth Development Preconference Scholarships (up to 5 available)

Who can apply: Any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend the Creative Youth Development 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 Creative Youth Development Preconference Scholarship, recipients must register and attend the Creative Youth Development Preconference.  These scholarships can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

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

Creative Youth Development 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.

Equitable Investment Preconference Scholarships (up to 6 available)

Who can apply: Any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend the Equitable Investment 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 Equitable Investment Preconference Scholarship, recipients must register and attend Equitable Investment Preconference.  These scholarships can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

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

Equitable Investment 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 14-15, 2018).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 15-17, 2018).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Denver, Colorado.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the official Convention hotel, June 13-17, 2018.

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 14-15, 2018).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 15-17, 2018).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Denver, Colorado.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the official Convention hotel, June 13-17, 2018.

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 14-15, 2018).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 15-17, 2018).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Denver, Colorado.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the official Convention hotel, June 13-17, 2018.

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 14-15, 2018).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 15-17, 2018).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Denver, Colorado.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the official Convention hotel, June 13-17, 2018.

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 14-15, 2018).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main convention (June 15-17, 2018).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main convention site in Denver, Colorado.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the official Convention hotel, June 13-17, 2018.

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.


Important Deadlines

Friday, March 2, 2018 11:59 PM EST. All scholarship applications are due
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Scholarship recipients will be notified
Monday, April 2. 2018 9:00 AM EST Awardees must confirm acceptance of the scholarship
Monday, April 16, 2018 9:00 AM EST  Full Ride awardees deadline for travel documentation
June 14-17, 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences
July 13, 2018 All recipients are required to submit a one-page report about their experience to Americans for the Arts. General Convention, Practicing Artists, and Jessica Wilt Memorial scholarship recipients must submit receipts for reimbursement.

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 Denver, Colorado, June 14-17 2018 and are non-transferable.
  • Recipients of Full Ride Scholarships 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 13, 2018. 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 provided they meet all of 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 scholarships, please contact Dennis Barrett by email or by telephone at 202-371-2830.