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Opportunities for Artists

IAC Grants for Artists

Creative Accelerator Fund (CAF)

Opens: TBD 
Deadline: TBD

Fund Size: TBD

The Creative Accelerator Fund (CAF) provides holistic support to Illinois artists. A primary goal of the program is to bolster a creative workforce that composes a significant portion of Illinois’ creative and economic activity.

Creative Catalyst Grant (CCG)

Opens: TBD 
Deadline: TBD

Fund Size: TBD

Creative Catalyst Grants (CCG) are available to Illinois artists and non-profit organizations that have unique arts projects that need financial support. 

Folk Arts Mentorship Program (FAM)

Opens: TBD
Deadline: TBD

Award Size: $3,000 awarded to the mentor

The Folk Arts Mentorship (FAM) Program is designed to support a mentoring relationship between an established traditional artist and apprentice that concludes with a free public presentation of achievements made by the apprentice during the apprenticeship period.

Theatre Communications Group 2024 National Conference Scholarships

Opens: February 26, 2024
Deadline: March 27, 2024

Scholarship Amount: up to $1,500

IAC is offering scholarship funds of up to $1,500 to cover expenses related to attending the Theatre Communications Group 2024 National Conference, to include registration, travel, and hotel costs. The TCG 2024 National Conference will be held in Chicago, IL, June 20-22, 2024.

2024 Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability Conference Scholarships

Opens: February 26, 2024
Deadline: March 27, 2024

Scholarship Amount: up to $1,500

IAC is offering scholarship funds of up to $1,500 to cover expenses related to attending the 2024 Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability (LEAD) Conference, to include registration, travel, and hotel costs. The 2024 LEAD Conference will be held in Seattle, WA, July 29- August 2, 2024.

IAC Initiatives for Artists

Artstour Roster

Opens: March 4, 2024

Closes: April 26, 2024

 

The ArtsTour Roster is a resource created in collaboration between the Illinois Presenters Network and the Illinois Arts Council.  This directory lists Illinois performing artists, companies, and ensembles that tour the state.The Artstour Roster is used by Illinois presenters to identify artists, companies and groups to perform in their communities. Artstour jurors evaluate artists based on the artistic and technical quality of their work; their professionalism; promotional materials, and references; demonstrated ability to tour; and the quality of the documentation submitted.

Illinois Creative Collaborative

Additional State Funding and Other Resources

Capital Development Board Art-In-Architecture

The Illinois General Assembly created the Art-in-Architecture program as part of the Capital Development Board in 1977. The program’s purpose is the “promotion and preservation of the arts by securing suitable works of art for the adornment of public buildings constructed or subjected to major renovation by the State or which utilize State funds, and thereby reflecting our cultural heritage, with emphasis on the works of Illinois artists.” 

Are You Really Winning: Public Art Competition for Problem Gambling Awareness

The Illinois Department of Human Services is looking for artwork (in all media), to bring attention to a statewide educational campaign addressing problem gambling.

The juried competition offers Illiinois artists (ages 14 and up) cash stipends of $2,000, $1,000 and $500; it’s free to enter and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2024.

Discipline-Specific Resources

Search for additional state and national resources for organizations through the IAC's Discipline-Specific Resources database.    

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