Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities for the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. This year thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation, we are delighted to provide additional support for Massachusetts-based artists and arts leaders. For more details on these Massachusetts-specific opportunities, see below.

For more information about scholarships being provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Rhode Island State Arts Council to artists and arts leaders based in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, please visit the Ways to Save page.

Scholarship Opportunities for Americans for the Arts Members

Must be a member  of Americans for the Arts to apply.

General Convention Scholarships (up to 20 available)

Who can apply: Any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend the main Convention

What is given: Scholarships in the form of up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for Convention-related expenses. These scholarships 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 Convention
  • accommodation costs during the Convention

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 one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the Convention.

Preconference Scholarships (up to 5 available for the Arts Leadership Preconference; up to 5 available for the Public Art Preconference; up to 10 available for the New Community Visions Preconference)

Who can apply: Any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend a preconference. To learn more about the three preconferences, please visit http://convention.artsusa.org/preconferences.

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

  • the cost of registration to one of the Annual Convention preconferences
  • the cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the preconference
  • accommodations costs during the preconference

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 one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the Convention.


Practicing Artist Scholarship (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. The applicant must demonstrate that they are a practicing artist through their statement of interest, letters of support and/or resume.

What is given: Scholarship in the form of:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 17-19, 2016)
  • Up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for the cost of airfare and/or other transportation and accommodations costs during the main Annual Convention.

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 one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the Convention.

 

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 purpose 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 before applying.

 


 

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 Main Convention Scholarship.

Americans for the Arts members who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for one or all of these  scholarships.

 

Full-Ride Scholarship – Field Diversity (2 available)

Who can apply: The Field Diversity Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are exemplary arts leaders of color. Recipients can be emerging, mid-career, or established leaders.

What is given: Scholarship in the form of:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to one of the three preconferences (June 16-17, 2016)
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 17-19, 2016)
  • Round-trip travel to the Annual Convention
  • Up to four (4) nights of accommodation at the Sheraton Boston, the official Convention headquarters hotel (June 15-19, 2016)

Arrangements for travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients must submit a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention and to provide blog and/or social media content about their experience for use by Americans for the Arts. More detailed information about the required blog/social media contributions can be found on the scholarship application.


 


Full-Ride Scholarship – 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 one of the three Annual Convention preconferences (June 16-17, 2016)
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 17-19, 2016)
  • Round-trip travel to the Annual Convention site in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Up to four (4) nights of accommodation at the Sheraton Boston, the official Convention headquarters hotel (June 15-19, 2016)

Arrangements for travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients must submit a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention and to provide blog and/or social media content about their experience for use by Americans for the Arts. More detailed information about the required blog/social media contributions can be found on the scholarship application.

 

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: Scholarship in the form of:

  • One (1) complimentary registration to one of three preconferences (June 16-17, 2016)
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 17-19, 2016)
  • Round-trip travel to the Annual Convention .
  • Up to four (4) nights of accommodation at the Sheraton Boston, the official Convention headquarters hotel (June 15-19, 2016)

Arrangements for travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients must submit a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention and to provide blog and/or social media content about their experience for use by Americans for the Arts. More detailed information about the required blog/social media contributions can be found on the scholarship application.
 

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 purpose 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.

Important Deadlines

February 24, 2016, 11:59 PM EST All scholarship applications are due
March 28, 2016 Scholarship recipients will be notified
March 30, 2016 Awardees must confirm acceptance of the scholarship
April 8, 2016 Early Bird Registration Deadline
April 15, 2016 Full Ride awardees deadline for travel documentation
June 16-19 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences
July 15, 2016 All recipients are required to submit their final report about their experience to Americans for the Arts.  Preconference and General Convention 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.  Reimbursement requests received without the required one-page report and/or appropriate receipts will not be honored.
  • Scholarships may only be used to attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston, MA (June 17-19, 2016).
  • Preconference Scholarships may only be used to attend the appropriate preconference (June 16-17, 2016).
  • 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 final report about their experience by July 15, 2016. This report should specifically detail at least three lessons learned at the Annual Convention.  Reimbursements will not be made until the final report is received.
  • An individual may apply for all scholarships offered provided that they meet 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 Main Convention Scholarship.

 



Scholarship Opportunities for Massachusetts Arts Leaders

Thanks to generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation, the following scholarships are available to Massachusetts-based artists and arts leaders:

Applicants not required to be members of Americans for the Arts to apply for these scholarships.

 
Massachusetts Cultural Council Scholarships (up to 50 available)

Who can apply: The paid administrative staff and appointed volunteer members of Massachusetts Cultural Councils’ (MCC) Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, individual artists working in Massachusetts, and arts administrators of non-profit cultural or municipal organizations in Massachusetts not affiliated with MCC’s LCC Program that wish to attend the main Convention.

What is given: One (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 17-19, 2016)

Recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering. Recipients of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Scholarships are required to provide a final report (no more than three pages) detailing the impact of their experience at the Convention and how they plan to apply what they have learned in their work. Reports will be due to Americans for the Arts no later than July 15, 2016.

Evaluation criteria for these scholarship opportunities

Scholarship recipients are selected on a first come, first served basis with priority given to the paid administrative staff and appointed volunteer members of Massachusetts Cultural Councils’ (MCC) Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program as outlined in the scholarship application. Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Massachusetts Cultural Council staff and Americans for the Arts staff. Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts. 

 
The Klarman Family Foundation Scholarships (up to 30 available)   




Who can apply: Local arts leaders and artists in the greater Boston metropolitan region.

What is given: One (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 17 -19, 2016)

Recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering. Recipients of The Klarman Family Foundation Scholarships are required to provide a final report (no more than three pages) detailing the impact of their experience at the Convention and how they plan to apply what they have learned in their work. Reports will be due to Americans for the Arts no later than July 15, 2016.

Evaluation criteria for these scholarship opportunities

Scholarship recipients are selected on a first come, first served basis by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff. Applicants are not required to be members of Americans for the Arts and must be based in one of the 30 communities, as outlined in the scholarship application, that constitute the greater Boston metropolitan region.

 

 

Important Deadlines for Massachusetts Opportunities

February 26, 2016, 11:59 PM EST All scholarship applications are due
March 25, 2016 Scholarship recipients will be notified
March 31, 2016 Awardees must confirm acceptance of the scholarship
April 8, 2016 Early Bird Registration Deadline
June 17-19 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
July 15, 2016 All recipients are required to submit their final report to Americans for the Arts. 

Restrictions

  • Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation scholarships do not cover the cost of any preconferences, transportation or hotel accommodations, ARTventure tours, or any other additional activities.
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation scholarships may only be used to attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston, MA (June 17-19, 2016).
  • All recipients are required to submit a final report (no longer than three pages) about their experience by July 15, 2016 to Americans for the Arts staff. This report should specifically detail the impact of their experience at the Convention and how they plan to apply what they have learned in their work.
  • An individual may apply for both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation scholarships offered provided that they meet all of the eligibility criteria for each category.  However, a maximum of one scholarship per individual will be awarded.

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Membership & Data Associate Ashley McDonald by e-mail at membership@artsusa.org or by telephone at 202-371-2830.