The Career Opportunity program supports individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers. Opportunities that the artist was invited to or otherwise reviewed by peers or industry to receive are especially competitive.
Donor Name: Oregon Arts Commission
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 03/10/2022
Size of the Grant: $500 to $2,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
The program is designed to reach artists at all points of their career — whether emerging or established. Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply.
The Career Opportunity program supports individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers. The program is designed especially to support opportunities that:
- An artist has been invited to, selected for, or otherwise reviewed by peers or industry to receive; and
- Are particularly timely or have some sense of urgency for the applicant to take advantage of the opportunity now.
- Artists from the following disciplines may apply: Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing, poetry); Dance (including choreography); Music (composition, performance); Theatre and Performance Art; Visual Arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, new media); Design Arts; and Media Arts. Folk & Traditional artists whose practice falls in one of the identified disciplines are welcome to apply. If your project falls outside one of the listed disciplines, please contact the program coordinator to discuss.
- Artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply.
- Awards range from $500 to $2,000 depending on the scope and nature of the opportunity. (Applicants may apply for funding for a portion of an opportunity.) Additional funding of up to $9,000 may be available from The Ford Family Foundation for established visual artists.
- The Arts Commission determines awards based on peer panel review, number of applications and available grant funds. There are limited resources and not all applicants receive funding
May 1, 2022 –May 31, 2023.
The Arts Commission has final determination on eligibility and may review eligibility at any time or request more information as necessary.
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Have not received funding from the Career Opportunity Program in the past 16 months, calculated from application deadline month to application deadline month;
- Have been domiciled in Oregon for at least one year (“domicile” is a person’s fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes);
- Not be enrolled (either part- or full-time) in a creative degree program; and
- Submit an individual application. While the Arts Commission acknowledges that many artists work collaboratively, awards will be made only to individual artists.
In addition to the above eligibility requirements, applicants requesting additional funds from The Ford Family Foundation must meet the following criteria:
- Are currently producing work in the fields of visual arts or contemporary craft;
- Have been domiciled in Oregon for 36 months prior to the application deadline;* and
- Provide documentation that evidences five (5) or more years of active professional participation in the field of visual art.
For more information, visit Arts Career Opportunity Grants.