ArtWorks' Jump Start Program Offers $5,000 Awards to Support Emerging Artists

Five artists 26 years or older will be selected by a five-person jury to receive the award. Deadline to apply is noon June 8.

Apr 28, 2020 at 1:38 pm
click to enlarge (L to R): ArtWorks Youth Apprentices Oliver Orue and Ella Emanual are with multi-media artist and illustrator Lizzy DuQuette. - Photo: ArtWorks
Photo: ArtWorks
(L to R): ArtWorks Youth Apprentices Oliver Orue and Ella Emanual are with multi-media artist and illustrator Lizzy DuQuette.

Cincinnati nonprofit ArtWorks has launched a new program to help fund up-and-coming artists. Jump Start, as it's called, is offering $5,000 awards to support five artists creating place-based or community-based public art that addresses a social or civic challenge.

“As our community continues to be affected by COVID-19, artists who are leading projects that promote connectedness are needed now more than ever,” said Colleen Houston, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director, in a release. “We are honored to provide them with the platform and resources they need to help our community.”

The program was created as a response to the Cincinnati Artist Report, released by Wave Pool and ArtWorks. 

Jump Start will provide five artists with $5,000 to support their project execution, and ArtWorks will also provide promotion, exposure, studio space, assistance and labor from ArtWorks youth apprentices. Anyone who is at least 26 years old and is an artist, collective or collaboration working in any medium is welcome to apply.

ArtWorks says, "Projects may be permanent, temporary, mobile, or web-based, and they may be visual, digital, environmental, sound, or performance-based. Innovative mural projects also would be considered. Physical projects must take place within the cities of Cincinnati, Covington, Newport or Bellevue. Web-based projects need to be relevant to a community within these 4 cities."

“Jump Start will benefit artists who are in the early stages of their creative development, and who have focused direction and goals, but are yet celebrated by the media, funders, or the public-at-large,” said Amy Scarpello, director of workforce development, in the same release. “By focusing on emerging artists, ArtWorks hopes to give the time and resources to those who are trying to launch or ‘jump start’ their creative careers.”

The deadline to apply for Jump Start is noon Monday, June 8, 2020. There is no fee and artists will be chosen by a five-person jury. Winners will be announced by the end of June.  

If you want to learn more about the details surrounding the program and requirement, you can attend a virtual Q&A session about Jump Start at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

Read full program information online at