Brown University's Brown Arts Initiative will award grants of $2,000 to Rhode Island-resident practicing artists whose income has been severely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Awards are in support of project development for inclusion in the first year of programming for Remaking the Real, BAI’s new three-year theme. Remaking the Real considers how artists, media-makers and art and media theorists engage with the real, envisioning, re-envisioning, and aesthetically remaking images and narratives of reality so as to bring new possibilities into existence. Programming for the 2020-2021 academic year will focus on historical revisionism, authorship, and persona. 

Projects eligible for funding include exhibitions, installations, performances, lectures, workshops, screenings, readings, and concerts that integrate the Remaking the Real theme. 

Terms and Conditions

Grant recipients are required to check-in with the BAI Program Manager and submit progress reports every three months. Reports will be posted publicly to the BAI website. The cohort grant recipients will also meet periodically as a group to reflect on their projects and the process. One important question to ponder as a group will be to discuss how artists plan for the future but continue to be responsive to the now.

Awardees are asked to participate in a student engagement opportunity in conjunction with their project development. Engagement opportunities could include a class visit, student lunch, critiques, master class, or other unique opportunities developed in conjunction with the project. Awardees will collaborate with BAI to determine the nature of the student engagement opportunity to best fit the skills, interests, and availability of the artist. 

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on relevance to the Remaking the Real theme. The selection committee will strive to select projects that represent the depth and breadth of various artistic disciplines and project types.

Application Deadlines and Procedures for Submitting Proposals

Applications are accepted electronically via Submittable. The deadline to apply is April 24, 2020, with award notifications made by May 1, 2020. Funding will be disbursed shortly thereafter. 

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