Cincinnati’s newly established Art Fellowships program will accept applications through Aug. 31 for $50,000 in funding for individual artist grants. According to City Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, who helped secure support for the funding, the effort indicates that Cincinnati is “an art-friendly city and encourages artists to live here.”
Interested artists, who must be residents of Cincinnati throughout the period of the program (July 1, 2012–May 31, 2013), may apply through www.cincinnati-oh.gov.arts with projects in dance, music, theater, visual arts, poetry/fiction writing, interdisciplinary/performance art, media arts or other areas. In September up to a dozen finalists will be interviewed before final selection of seven recipients, each of whom will receive up to $6,000 toward completing their work.
The fellowships, administered through the Cincinnati Recreation Department, differ from an earlier city grant program to individual artists in that the amounts allocated are larger and public presentations or performances by the artists will be required as part of their projects. At the end of the grant period, two public programs will give each artist an opportunity to showcase their own artwork and explain their inspiration. One program will take place at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and the other at Emery Theatre.
The seven-member Arts Allocation Committee, appointed by Mayor Mark Mallory, is headed by Chairman Todd Wurzbacher, president of Novastar Group LLC and member of the boards of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center; Vice-Chairman Carla Walker, CEO of her own project management consulting firm; Jan Brown Checco, artist and art administrator for the Cincinnati Park Board; Cedric Michael Cox, artist and recipient of a Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant in 2009; Tracey Lynn Conrad, president of the Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati and active arts volunteer; Staci Dennison, Cincinnati Museum Center; Kate Kern, visual artist and recipient of an Individual Artist Grant under the earlier program.