Calling all starving artists: Idea Capital wants to help you. Due to the lack of funding from government and private organizations, Idea Capital (a work-in-progress movement started by several local art patrons) will grant an Atlanta artist a $500 grant to "encourage an experimental and investigative art project." All genres are invited to apply: literary, visual, dance, performance, music, critical writing, film, video and new media.
This isn't the only such grass-roots grant for artists. A similar organization, Cadre Art, was started by photographer Carla Williams in California. Artists all over the country can donate to and apply for various grants at Cadre to help foster art projects.
But back to Idea Capital. Its purpose is simple, according to its press release:
We seek to foster a new tone of experimentation and support in the Atlanta art world, as well as encourage a larger framework of support ... The grant is to encourage experimentation and investigation with funds designed to give artists permission to pursue new ideas. We want to foster our community and support innovative work...We are interested in new ideas, new artists and supporting emerging and established artists.
Any artists 18 and older in the metropolitan Atlanta area are encouraged to apply. Submissions must be postmarked Fri., May 9, 2008 and the winner will be notified June 2.
Continue to the next page for submission guidelines.
All entries must supply the following in printed hardcopy form and also composed into a CD readable on both Mac and PC. No email submissions will be accepted. Any submissions that are not formatted correctly or do not open will not be reviewed. Slides are acceptable but not encouraged.
One typed page (your name at the top) answering all of these questions:
a) What is your idea?
b) How would an Idea Capital grant assist you with the production of your work? Or how would the grant support your work in progress?
c) How do you want to be held accountable for the grant?
Work sample description. Please provide the following information for each work sample:
Media (if applicable)
Dimensions (if applicable)
Duration of entire work (if applicable)
Visual artâFive (5) Images on CD at 150 dpi resolution, with your name on the CD. Files must be in jpeg format only, named with last name and a number in sequence. High resolution or other format files will not be reviewed due to time constraints.
Performance, audio, dance, new media, film, and videoâ1 sample of no greater than 3 minutes as a multimedia presentation on CD or DVD. List URLs and active links.
Literary, criticismâNo more than 5 pages of writing.
Artist resume with your mailing address, email, and phone contact information no more than 2 pages in length.
Please send submission package by the postmark deadline to:
c/o Susan Todd-Raque
P.O. Box 550911
Atlanta, Georgia 30355
Submissions will not be returned. All entries will be recycled. Do not send original artworks or other formats; they will not be reviewed. There is no fee to apply.