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Visionary Initiatives in Art (VIA) Art Fund and Wagner Foundation
Grants of up to $20,000 per year to USA small nonprofit arts organizations to support general operations. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to applying. Funding may be used for multiple activities, initiatives, and programs that promote the arts across the Country. The VIA | Wagner Foundation Incubator Grant Fund provides two-year general operating support that may also be directed towards a specific initiative.
Proposals considered for the Fund include local art spaces focused on production and exhibition; artist residency programs; online or print discursive platforms; and curatorial or artists’ initiatives. The Foundation seeks to support small visual arts organizations whose activities are rooted in programs, platforms and/or initiatives that embrace innovation, progress, and risk; who champion new, diverse and/or overlooked artistic voices; who attract and serve expanded audiences; and who cultivate new avenues of thought leadership.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Incubator Grant Fund Core Values and Assessment Criteria (above) to determine the potential compatibility of their organization’s work within the Incubator Grant Fund’s parameters and grantmaking values:
Core Values and Assessment Criteria:
I. Artistic Production: The Foundation champions the production of new work – from creation to exhibition, documentation, and dissemination – that reflects artistic excellence and innovation.
II. Thought Leadership: The Foundation supports the work of both established and emerging voices in contemporary art that bring new knowledge and dynamic avenues of understanding to the field. The creative output of these thought leaders generates entry points for dialogue and collaboration and fosters vital intellectual exchange.
III. Public Engagement: The Foundation promotes work that penetrates social, cultural, geographic, and economic barriers to inspire and educate diverse and expanded audiences. These initiatives act as platforms for inquiry and investigation, generating meaningful collective experiences for the public.
GrantWatch ID#: 185411
Grants of up to $40,000, which will be disbursed in equal installments of $20,000 per year.
The Incubator Grant Fund provides two-years of support. Incubator Grant Fund recipients may not apply for renewed funding at the conclusion of their grant period.
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