Applications are now open for the 2020 Rubys Artist Grants. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful support to individual artists to allow for the creation of new work.
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The Rubys supports the notion of risk-taking (in practice, content, process, and/or outcome) and equally values artistic integrity, strong ideas, feasibility, and communal meaning.
The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and favors projects that have significant creative work left to accomplish.
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- Artists may apply for grants of up to $15,000 to be applied to a project over a 12-month period.
- Artists may submit only one application during each funding round.
- Grants may be used to support projects that are already in process, a project not yet begun, or a distinct phase of a longer-term project.
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Approximately October 2020 through September 2021.
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- Literacy Arts
- Includes but is not limited to: nonfiction; fiction; poetry; graphic novels; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.
- Media Arts
- Includes but is not limited to: film; audio and video projects; animation; computer graphics; sound art; digital arts; screenplay; teleplay; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.
- Performing Arts
- Includes but is not limited to: dance; music; theater; musical theater; opera; puppetry; performance art; playwriting; spoken word; storytelling; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.
- Visual Arts
- Includes but is not limited to: painting; photography; sculpture; works on paper; craft; installation; traditional/folk art; cross-disciplinary; experimental/emerging fields.
At the time of application, an artist must:
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- Be a resident of Baltimore City or Baltimore County.
- Have a valid U.S. tax identification number
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be a practicing artist: Those who have actively and continually pursued their profession in this discipline for more than three years (as evidenced on your resume with application)
- Past Rubys grantees are eligible to apply again two years after completion of their original grant cycle. Completion includes satisfactory submission of a final report and presentation of a public component.
- Artist duos or groups may apply together.
The following are not eligible for grants from this program:
- Full-time or part-time students in a degree-earning program
- A current board member, committee member, staff, contractor, fellow, or consultant for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, or their immediate family members
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- Projects are assessed on:
- Creative vision and artistic integrity
- Artistic capacity and feasibility of the project, including likelihood that the project can be realized, based on the project budget and the proposed timeline.
- Artistic merit of the work represented in the work samples.
- To a lesser degree, other factors that influence a jury’s score include:
- A project that is stretching the applicant in artistic process, subject matter, or approach
- A project that is early in its lifespan and/or has significant creative work left to be done.
- A project that does not appear to be an unchanged continuation of the artist’s current practice.
- The artist’s understanding of their place in the local art community, and/or understanding of how their project will relevant to the local art community.
For more information, visit https://www.rwdfoundation.org/apply-for-the-rubys