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AMERICAN GUILD OF JUDAIC ART WORKING ARTIST, WORKING ARTISAN, EMERGING ARTIST AND EDUCATIONAL GRANTS

In furtherance of its mission “to establish a community for those who are inspired to fulfill the commandment of Hiddur Mitzvah by creating, collecting and exhibiting Jewish Art,” the American Guild of Judaic Art has established and funded the following grants:

  • A Working Artist Grant of $1000 open to artists with six (6) or more years of professional experience
  • A Working Artisan Grant of $1000 open to artists and artisans who create Jewish lifecycle or ritual objects with six (6) or more years of professional experience
  • An Emerging Artist Grant of $750 open to artists/artisans with five (5) or fewer years of professional experience
  • An Educational Grant of $750 open to artist/educators with six (6) or more years of professional experience

PROSPECTUS

AGJA Grants are meant to recognize, honor and support our member artists and artisans whose works embody the highest creative standards in their genre and who exemplify the best of Contemporary Jewish Art and Object being created today. Artists may apply as individuals or as a collaboration.

The grant process is open only to current Members of the American Guild of Judaic Art.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

All current members of the American Guild of Judaic Art are eligible to apply. Artist members must be actively working in their field, exhibiting their work, or teaching in professional artistic or commercial venues.

WHAT THE GRANT COVERS

The grant can be used to help with the costs of a project such as (but not limited to) purchasing supplies; securing a venue for an exhibition or community event, class or workshop; participation in a trade show or convention (as a vendor only); printing catalogs, books, brochures, postcards or other promotional and educational materials connected with the project; or other types of marketing initiatives. The “what” is entirely up to you. The Guild requires that your project either helps to advance and promote your own work and that of Contemporary Jewish Art and Object or provide educational opportunity in a positive and creative way.

GRANT RESTRICTIONS

The AGJA will not accept applications from non-members.

AGJA grants are not intended to fund an artist’s academic study or pay tuition, course fees, workshop fees or costs, past debts, legal fees, moving expenses, personal travel or the costs of installations, commissions or projects commissioned by others.

Members are invited to submit proposals each funding cycle (once a year). Award recipients must wait at least 12 months from the end of their grant period to reapply.

WORK ACCEPTED

All member artists working in any medium are encouraged to submit a proposal.

COMPLETION OF FUNDED PROJECTS

Proposals are expected to be completed within a consecutive 12-month period. Awards for proposals made at the end of January 2021 must be completed by the end of January 2022. Award recipients will be required to document their project for the Guild.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Selection Committee will be comprised of AGJA board members and/or arts professionals who are experts in their chosen field.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES – WHAT YOU NEED TO INCLUDE:

For Working Artist, Working Artisan and Emerging Artist Grants: Proposal and Budget.

What your Proposal and Budget should contain:

       1. A summary of the initiative or project that you want to fund; why the funding is necessary, and how it will affect the project. Your summary must be 750 words or less.

      In separate documents submit:

      2. A budget for the project.

      3. Artist statement/bio.

      4. Current resume including exhibition record.

      5. Ten (10) digital images of your work and a corresponding title list including your name, creation date, dimensions and medium.

Consideration will only be given to images of work completed within the last six (6) years.

For Educational Grants: Proposal and Budget

What your Proposal and Budget should contain:

       1. A summary of the initiative or project that you want to fund; why the funding is necessary, and how it will affect the project. Your summary must be 750 words or less.

      In separate documents submit:

      2. A budget for the project.

      3. Artist statement/bio.

      4. Current resume including exhibition record (if applicable) along with educational and/or teaching experience reflecting the types of educational programming done and their outcome(s).

      5. Five (5) digital images of previous projects or three videos depicting the same, not more than 3 minutes in length. All digital images must have a corresponding title list including your name, date of creation, dimensions and medium.

Consideration will only be given to images of work completed within the last six (6) years.

Professional history will be taken into consideration for both the Working Artist Grants and the Educational Grant.

The Guild requests that artists send the highest quality jpegs of their work, not to exceed 10MB per file. No other type of formatting will be accepted.

The quality of your images is critical to your application. The Selection Committee recommends you send professional quality images.

SUBMISSIONS THAT DO NOT CONTAIN ALL OF THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (in your time zone).

Award recipients will be announced on Monday, April 5, 2021.

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