Artistic Assistance – Professional Development

ROOTS Week 2019. Photo by Eli Lakes (edits by Melisa Cardona).

WHAT IS ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE?

Alternate ROOTS’ mission is to support southern artists and organizers working at the intersection of art, community, and activism. Artistic Assistance provides direct support to individual artists and cultural workers in the South to enhance their skills, create unique Professionals, and build community.

Two (2) funding cycles are offered – Professional Development and Professional Development.

PROGRAM TIMELINE: FALL 2020

August 12, 2020:                Application Launch + Conversation of Intent & Proposal Coaching

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August 26, 2020:                 Proposal Support Call #1 (3:30 pm EST): The Application Form

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September 3, 2020:            Proposal Support Call #2 (3:30 pm EST): The Budget Spreadsheet

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August 31, 2020:   hhkh     Deadline to Request Proposal Coaching or Conversation of Intent

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September 11, 2020:   hhkApplication Deadline (5 pm EST)

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To support your application process, Alternate ROOTS offers proposal support, including conversations of intent, technical assistance calls, and proposal coaching. For more information on these and other grant writing resources, click here.

PROGRAM GOALS 

ROOTS strives to be a resource for artists and communities throughout the southern region.

The Artistic Assistance program goals include:

 

    • Strengthening the capacity and impact of artists and organizers throughout the South by providing resources, including direct funding, to individual members.
    • Building strong partnerships and collaborations within and for the members that extend or deepen their presence within a community – at home or on the road.
    • Highlighting the assets or challenges of communities that are impacted by social, economic, and environmental injustices.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT DETAILS 

Artistic Assistance Professional Development: $250-$2,500*

*New Members (less than 12 months of membership) are welcomed to apply for up to $1000 

Artistic Assistance Professional Development grants support ROOTS members with funding to pursue opportunities which will advance their artistic/creative practice and further their career. We recognize that funding can be a limiting factor in the progression of an artist’s practice and career, and we are invested in the artists in the community we serve.

Professional development grants fund opportunities that will advance your artistic practice, profession, and/or career in some demonstrable way. Professional development can include, but is not limited to, mentorship, attending a training, workshop or conference, purchasing technology or equipment that can advance your craft.

Funds may not be used for travel or registration fees to an Alternate ROOTS event (e.g. ROOTS Week or a ROOTS Weekend), or to pay the applicant.

Examples of eligible opportunities supported by Professional Development Grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops, seminars, independent study with a mentor or renowned artist, and other learning opportunities
  • Conferences and other professional networking events
  • Invitations to show work or present work at a major festival, and other exhibition opportunities
  • Artist-in-Residence programs and research for creative and/or business skill development
  • General promotional material or website development
  • Artistic Mentorship or Professional Consultation

Professional Development funds can be used for, but are not limited to:

  • Travel, transportation, and lodging costs
  • Printing costs and materials
  • Web hosting and fees associated with website development
  • Equipment and/or supplies
  • Registration Fees
  • Artistic/Professional consultant fees
  • Studio and/or space rentals
  • Technology
  • Technical Support

GRANT DELIVERABLES 

As part of the partnership with the Alternate ROOTS and wider ROOTS community, grantee agrees to ensure the following goals, activities, and outcomes:

  • Credit Alternate ROOTS and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in all written materials.
  • Submit a Final Report after the project development, with documentation as available, including but not limited to photographs, letters of support, evaluations, press clippings, etc.
  • Allow Alternate ROOTS to share the opportunity/event/item with the field and the ROOTS community and invite attendance/participation (if applicable).
  • If available, share a video or digital documentation of project/event examples including process documents, copy of the work, weblink, blog post, photos, etc. (NOT REQUIRED) email partnerships@alternateroots.org.
  • Submit a final report which includes a brief write-up about your project and experience with receiving a grant

Items and information shared may be utilized by Alternate ROOTS to help demonstrate the community impact of the grants program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

To be eligible to apply for an Artistic Assistance grant, ALL of the following must be true for you:

  • You are current dues-paying General or Voting Member,18 years or older, living within the ROOTS region as of August 31, 2020.
  • You have completed your Alternate ROOTS membership profile
    • To complete your membership profile, click here. If you previously completed your profile, find your profile link by searching our membership directory here.  
  • You have not received a ROOTS grant or partnership in the 18 months prior to awards. If you
    received a Spring or Fall Artistic Assistance award in 2019, you are not eligible to apply this round.
  • Your Professional development takes place between December 2020 – December 2022.
  • You do not have any outstanding ROOTS grant or partnership final reports due.

As part of our current strategic plan, created with member input, ROOTS seeks to support increased participation of youth, trans/two spirit/non-binary, Indigenous and Native American, Latinx, and disability communities in the South. Preference will be given to proposals centered around and created by members of these communities.

ROOTS is also interested in receiving applications from artists working in Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia. These states are an organizational priority.

With the rise in the number of Artistic Assistance applicants, priority may be given to applicants who have not received Artistic Assistance grants within the past 24 months.

New member and first-time applicants are required to have a Conversation of Intent prior to submitting an application. To schedule a Conversation of Intent, email partnerships@alternateroots.org no later than August 31, 2020, at 5 pm EST.

If you have more questions, please email Clarissa Crawford at partnerships@alternateroots.org or (404) 577-1079 ext 308.

HOW TO APPLY

Final applications are due by Friday, September 11, 2020, by 5 pm EST.

To submit your application:

  1. Click the 2020 Artistic Assistance Professional Development application form link here.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Attach application narrative and budget documents (download these below).

You will receive an email confirmation of your submission approximately 5-10 minutes after submitting.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

2020 Artistic Assistance Professional Development Application: Download the Word Doc

You MUST fill out the entire document. Failure to complete all sections could affect your ability to qualify. Attach work samples to the application, and submit as one complete file. Note: The file size must not exceed 25 MB.

 Artistic Assistance Budget Template: Download the Excel Form

This Budget Template may be used for Artistic Assistance applications. You may also submit your own budget document. Please clearly mark where ROOTS funds will be used for budgets that greatly exceed the request. A Sample Completed Budget is included in the spreadsheet, to serve as an example.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The Artistic Assistance granting panels are made up of cross-disciplinary artists, organizers, ROOTS members, and individuals from peer organizations. The panelists will use the following criteria to evaluate all applications:

30%: Articulation of Artistic Vision

Did the applicant clearly articulate the artistic vision and aesthetic direction of their artistic practice or business?

30%: Alignment with ROOTS Mission

Is the proposal rooted in a particular community of place, tradition, or spirit? How does it connect to social, economic, and/or environmental justice?

20%: Goals and Outcomes

Did the proposal clearly define the goals and outcomes that the applicant will use to advance  their artistic practice? Are the applicant’s goals and outcomes realistic and feasible within the proposed timeline?

20%: Budget

Is the budget clear and accurate? Are the artist fees appropriate for the level of engagement required of participants?

ROOTS ARTISTIC ASSISTANCE POLICY STATEMENT

Alternate ROOTS is committed to the protection of the natural world and the elimination of all forms of oppression. In addition to seeking Professionals that reflect the aims, goals, and objectives of the program, ROOTS’ selection process considers geographic distribution, racial and ethnic diversity, TLGBQ representation, accessibility, and socio-economic diversity. This sets us apart from typical funding models.

To achieve these goals, the organization provides multiple formats to submit an application: written, video, audio, and large print. We strive to convene diverse peer panels reflecting the diversity we seek to achieve. The panelists review applications and recommend partners to ROOTS staff. Final decisions are made by staff to ensure that all program goals are met to the best of our ability.

Within ROOTS’ 2020-2023 strategic plan, we acknowledge our present community is not representative of all the people who call the South home. Keeping in our tradition of evolution and growth, we seek to build and deepen relationships with Native/Indigenous, Latinx, TLGBQ, disability, and youth communities. Applicants from these communities will be given special consideration.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.