MAINE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
Application Period Opens: May 23, 2023 The deadline has passed for the Fellowship, this page is for reference only. Guidelines may change for next Fiscal year.
Deadline: July 6, 2023 @5:00pm
Maximum Award: $5,000
Award Cycle: July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024
The Maine Arts Fellowships recognize artistic excellence in the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are not grants but are merit-based awards based on the level of artistic creativity and vision as shown in the artist’s support materials. Maine Artist Fellowships are available in each of the following artistic disciplines:
- Belvedere Handcraft (Available only to residents of Hancock or Washington County)
- Fine Craft
- Literary Arts
- Media Arts
- Performing Arts
- Traditional Arts
- Visual Arts
If you have general questions about the Grant/Application Process:
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Specific Fellowship Requirements
- Belvedere Handcraft - Available to craft artists of Hancock or Washington County only.Artists working in clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, stone, wood or other studio craft mediums are eligible to apply. Craft artists in other counties should apply for the Fine Craft Artist Fellowship.
- Fine Craft - Available for craft artists engaged in contemporary studio practice and/ or traditional materials such as clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, stone, wood, or other mediums. Craft artists residing in Washington or Hancock counties should apply for the Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship.
- Literary Arts- Available to contemporary literary artists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, and other writing genera. Literary artists who work in the medium of scriptwriting for the stage or screen should apply in the performing arts fellowship category.
- Multimedia/Film- Available to media artists and filmmakers working in the disciplines of film, video, animation, podcasts, web series, and other performative works that are presented through a mediating technology (not meant to be experienced live). Photography artists should apply to the Visual Arts Fellowship.
- Performing Arts- Available to artists working in disciplines including theatre, dance, music, scenic design, opera, script writing and other genera intended to be presented as a live performance.
- Traditional Arts -Available to a person for the experience and commitment to the traditional art form they practice. The program honors Maine traditional artists who have devoted their lives to keeping a particular traditional art form alive. These arts call for a deep connection to place and local practices and play an essential role in shaping a traditional artist’s work and repertoire. This could include maintaining cultural traditions in building, writing, music, dance, textile arts, carving, weaving, boatbuilding, and other heritage expressions practiced by established populations or new immigrant artists.
- Visual Arts – Available to artists working in disciplines including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, installation, and other visual arts genres. Digital art can fit within this category, but artists working with the moving image may wish to apply to the Media Fellowship.
- Is an individual Maine artist or part of an artist collective (collectives may only apply once per award cycle, with one member as the primary contact and who submits the application).
- If applicable, has completed Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.
- Is a current Maine resident who has resided full-time in Maine for at least one year just prior to the application deadline.
- Will be a Maine resident throughout the project period.
- Is at least 25 years of age or older by the application deadline.
- Is not an enrolled student at the start of the award cycle (July 1) (Please contact the agency if you have questions).
- Has not been previously awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship.
There are no eligibility restrictions on how awardees may use funding.
Traditional Arts is the only Fellowship that requires completing online narrative fields. All other applications use only uploaded materials.
-- Traditional Arts Only (All to be answered in Application Portal) --
- Provide an overview of your traditional art form. (700 characters max.)
- Provide a description of how you learned your art including who taught you as well as other family, tribal, ethnic, occupation influences on your work (700 characters max.)
- How long have you been practicing your art form? (500 characters max.)
- Provide a description of the community where you practice your art. What is your role as an artist in this community? (700 characters max.)
- Include a description of local, state, or national recognition of your work. (700 characters max.)
Fellowship applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Decisions are made holistically and informed by an applicant’s artistic excellence and artistic merit as documented through the application and support materials.
How To Apply?
All applications and materials must be submitted using the online Application Portal. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to carefully review these details and call us with questions prior to beginning an application. It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to write a strong application, so be sure to start the process early!
- Create a Maine Arts Commission account. Create Now! Once you start an application, you can make changes anytime before you submit.
- Complete grant Narrative (to be competed in the application portal):
- Traditional Arts Fellowship Only
- Submit a Vendor Code Form to firstname.lastname@example.orgK, which generates a vendor code within the State payment system and is used for award payment purposes. Click HERE if you need any help.
- Upload support materials
1. Required Uploads:
- A resume or a short biography.
- A brief statement about the artist’s work.
- Artistic samples (see below for details).
- A PDF that lists all the uploaded materials. You do not need to add descriptions to this document. Instead, please use the description box provided for each upload in the application portal.
Artistic Sample Guidelines:
- This could include images, audio, or video materials (Max. length: five minutes each), prose samples, poetry, etc.
* Literary Arts applicants are limited to uploading only writing samples such as prose samples, poetry, etc.
|Format and Tips
|JPG, PNG, PDF
|MP4, WMV, Youtube or Vimeo link
* For ANY link submitted for review: 1 Link = 1 Support Material.
Applications missing any of the required uploads or containing more than 10 artistic samples cannot be accepted.
The Maine Arts Commission may use submitted materials solely for the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.
Our goal is for all potential applicants to have the resources they need to submit a competitive application. If you have questions about your project or the application process, please call us at 207-287-2724. We are happy to help!
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about electronic submission, please contact: Eli Cabañas, Grants and Web Manager, email@example.com or call 207-287-6746
Grant information is available in large print format by request. It is the policy of the Maine Arts Commission not to discriminate on the basis of disability, and the Maine Arts Commission is dedicated to making our programs accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities and assist individuals with disabilities in connecting them with resources for access to the arts. All programs funded by the Maine Arts Commission must also be accessible.