Rural and traditional arts fellowship

This Fellowship takes a place-based approach with the goal of inspiring and building lasting connections to rural people and places and to acknowledge and support artists living and working within rural communities.

Fellowships will provide a 10-month process to develop a work integrated with and in response to the artist’s rural community. The project must demonstrate a deep commitment and place-based engagement with the artist’s rural community.

Eligible artists are those living and/or working in a rural community. For the purposes of this initiative, a rural community is defined as having populations of less than 30,000 and not part of an urban or suburban cluster. Artists working across disciplines are eligible.

This Fellowship must culminate in a showing of a new work through a hybrid live/virtual presentation and/or a traveling component to other rural communities. To support this, an unrestricted $10,000 is awarded to support the artist’s existing work and create a new work in response to their rural community. An additional $1,000 is included for travel expenses. It is expected that the travel expenses may cover travel related to project development, presentation of their work and cohort exchanges. Lodging, studio space, equipment, and supply expenses are not included in the Fellowship.

Seminars and Office Hours are available beginning January 2023 – stay tuned for more information!

This project is made possible with funds from a regrant partnership with the @nyscouncilonthearts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

For more Information Visit
Rural and Traditional Arts Fellowship : Arts Council for Wyoming County (artswyco.org) or Email franke@artswyco.org

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