Artist Residency Fund Grant
TACA developed the TACA Artist Residency Fund in response to a need by the local arts community for greater support of unique artist-community engagement opportunities. The fund supports local projects that promote meaningful interaction between artists and the community. The fund also seeks to encourage thoughtful and relevant communication among arts organizations, artists and communities. Since the launch of the Artist Residency Fund in 2015, 17 innovative and impactful residencies have been supported with $370,000 in grant funds.
In 2019, TACA distributed $70,000 to support the artist residencies at four organizations. The 2019 Artist Residency Fund was made possible by the generosity of the Bowdon Family Foundation and Rea Charitable Trust.
If you are interested in supporting the Artist Residency Fund, please contact Elisabeth Galley, TACA’s Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 TACA Artist Residency Fund Cycle
Applications for the 2020 cycle will be available in Spring 2020.
For specific information about eligibility, the review process and evaluative criteria, the application, and other information, please review the Grant Guidelines.
- Applicant organizations must be a current recipient of a 2019 TACA Arts General Operating Grant.
- Previous Artist Residency Fund grant recipients that have projects in-process and have not yet submitted the Final Report form for their grant are not eligible to apply.
Applicants to the Artist Residency Fund should think creatively about the idea of an artistic residency application and submit proposals that focus on the purpose of this fund: To foster meaningful interactions between artists and the community.
Residencies may feature more than one visiting artist. The term “visiting” implies that the artist(s) engaged for the proposed residency is/are not a current employee of or otherwise affiliated with the applicant organization. The Artist Residency funds will not support residency programs in which the primary visiting artist(s) are already full-time affiliates, employees, or company/ensemble members.
Artists engaged for this residency can be based locally, nationally or internationally. If the visiting artist(s) are international, non-US citizens, appropriate documentation regarding ability to work in the United States is required. TACA encourages the engagement of Texas-based artists for the residency.
Applicant organizations and visiting artists must demonstrate a significant planning history and mutual fit for the proposed residency. Proposed residencies should be jointly created and/or curated by both the applicant organization and the visiting artist(s).
Residencies should include significant and meaningful interaction among visiting artists, local artists, and the target group(s), specified by the applicant organization. The application must reflect that the proposed residency will advance the mission of the applicant organization and will have clear benefits for the local community.
Residencies should primarily include live performing arts components and can be supplemented with other arts components, practices, or events. Cross-disciplinary programs are encouraged.
Each residency should seek to deepen the applicant organization’s engagement with a current target group and/or engage new target groups. The target group(s) for which the proposed residency is directed should be clearly articulated, along with specific strategies designed to best engage target group(s) in the intended way.
Grant recipients of the Artist Residency Fund have up to three (3) years from the date initial funds are disbursed to complete the project.
All applications are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary jury of local and national artists and arts experts. All applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
|45 Points||Change-Making Potential
Impact on the field/discipline
Impact on the future of the organization
Impact on the targeted group(s) and community
Methodology for measuring impact on the targeted group(s) and community
Impact on the career of the visiting artist(s)
|35 Points||Artistic Merit
Quality/track record of the artists involved
Residency is of high artistic quality or exemplary of the organization’s discipline
Relevance/fit with the organization’s mission and vision
Innovativeness and creativity
|20 Points||Executional Competence
Feasibility; assessment of the organization’s ability to execute the project as described
Adequacy of facilities and personnel for project scope
Finalist applicants will be determined by the jury through a detailed scoring process. All finalist organizations will be interviewed by local members of the jury to provide additional information about the residency and to enable funding recommendations. Funding recommendations from the jury are forwarded to the TACA Board of Directors for final approval.
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