Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities for the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.

Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Arts Council and the San Francisco Arts Commission, scholarships are available to CA, Bay Area and SF artists and cultural workers. For more information, see below.

We have also compiled a list of opportunities of other professional development grants to help fund your attendance, see below.

Scholarship Opportunities for Americans for the Arts Members

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

General Convention Scholarships (up to 5 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 preconfence 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 one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the main Convention or preconference.

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 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 15-16, 2017).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Convention (June 16-18, 2017).
  • Up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for the cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the main Conference and accommodations costs during the main conference 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 conference has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the main Convention.

 

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


 

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.

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 15-16, 2017).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Convention (June 16-18, 2017).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main Convention site in San Francisco, California.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the official Convention hotel, June 14-18, 2017.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the main Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and main Convention. More detail on the blog/social media contributions 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 15-16, 2017).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Convention (June 16-18, 2017).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main Convention site in San Francisco, California.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the official Convention hotel, June 14-18, 2017.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the main Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and main Convention. More detail on the blog/social media contributions 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 15-16, 2017).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Convention (June 16-18, 2017).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main Convention site in San Francisco, California.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the official Convention hotel, June 14-18, 2017.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and main Convention. More detail on the blog/social media contributions 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 15-16, 2017).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Convention (June 16-18, 2017).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main Convention site in San Francisco, California.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the official Convention hotel, June 14-18, 2017.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and main Convention. More detail on the blog/social media contributions 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 15-16, 2017).
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the main Convention (June 16-18, 2017).
  • Roundtrip travel to the main Convention site in San Francisco, California.
  • Up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, the official Convention hotel, June 14-18, 2017.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and Annual Convention. More detail on the 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 28, 2017, 11:59 PM EST All scholarship applications are due
March 27, 2017 Scholarship recipients will be notified
March 30, 2017 Awardees must confirm acceptance of the scholarship
April 12, 2017 Early Bird Deadline
April 14, 2017 Full Ride awardees deadline for travel documentation
June 15-18 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences
July 14, 2017 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 or Practicing Artist Scholarships. Reimbursements will not exceed $1000 for the Jessica Wil Memorial Scholarship.  Reimbursement requests received without the required one-page report and/or appropriate receipts will not be honored.
  • Convention scholarships may only be used to attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences in San Francisco, California, June 15-18 2017 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 one-page report about their experience by July 14, 2017. This report should specifically detail at least three lessons learned at the Annual Convention. Reimbursements will not be made until the one-page report is received.
  • An individual may apply for all scholarships offered provided that 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.

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Abe Flores by email or by telephone at 202-371-2830.
 



Scholarships for California Artists and Cultural Workers

 

“I Love You California” by Annie Galvin, co-owner of 3 Fish Studios, San Francisco

Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Arts Council and the San Francisco Arts Commission, scholarships are available to California-based artists and cultural workers, including those from the Bay Area.

Nonprofit cultural workers and artists face significant affordability challenges living and working in California. This pool of scholarships strives to enable individuals from diverse backgrounds and who work for and with under-represented communities to attend the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

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

The deadline to submit an application is March 3, 2017.

Two types of scholarships are available through this program:

  1. Registration Only Scholarships. These awards cover the full cost of registration for the main convention only.
  2. Registration Plus Scholarships. These awards cover the cost of registration for the main convention and include a $525 stipend that can be used by the recipient to help offset travel and/or accommodation costs.

Eligibility:   

  • Artists and cultural workers whose primary residence is in the state of California and who work in the state of California. (A verifiable California home and/or business address is required to apply.)
  • Executive Directors or CEOs of nonprofit organizations with budgets of more than $250,000 are not eligible to apply.
  • Only one employee per organization may apply.
  • Only one scholarship will be awarded per individual.
  • Recipients of California Arts Council Professional Development and Consulting grants designated for the 2017 AFTA Annual Convention are not eligible to receive these scholarships.
     
  • Applicants who are residents of the City of San Francisco or who live within 60 miles of the City of San Francisco are ONLY eligible to apply for a Registration-Only Scholarship.
  • Applicants living outside a 60-mile radius of the City of San Francisco are eligible to apply for both a Registration-Only Scholarship and a Registration Plus Scholarship.

Selection Criteria:   

  • Applicants will be asked to demonstrate the financial hardship of attending the 2017 Annual Convention.
  • Preference will be given to individual artists and cultural workers not affiliated with an organization
  • Employees of arts nonprofits are also eligible to apply and will be considered.
  • Cultural workers and artists from diverse backgrounds and/or who work for and with under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended an Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.

Requirements:    

  • Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a short one-page report summarizing important takeaways from their experience. Reports will be due on July 14, 2017.




Local Scholarships & Professional Development Grants

The following is a list of local opportunities to help fund your attendance. These opportunities are not managed by Americans for the Arts. Click through the links for more information.

Arizona
Arizona Commission on the Arts: Professional Development Grants (PDF)

California
Center for Cultural Innovation: California Art Leaders Investments
Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Scholarships and Opportunities

Michigan
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs: Professional or Organizational Development (PDF)

Montana
Montana Arts Council: Strategic Investment Grants

Nevada
Nevada Arts Council: Professional Development Grants (info on page 38) (PDF)

North Carolina
Arts and Science Council: Professional Development Scholarships

If you are aware of other opportunities not listed here, please send links to Abe Flores.