Employment/ Internship Opportunities

There are an enormous number of ways in which to find employment in the arts. Coming from an academic setting, it is easy to fall into feeling that the only way to support oneself in the arts is to get an MFA and find a tenure track teaching job. CAA is a great place to find this sort of employment. This is a paid service. The list os complete, but if you want to see the details of the job, you have to register. However, you can often find the listing in a google search by searching the Human Resources page of the institution listed on the CAA site. Some search terms which are good to include are “Employment Opportunities”  “Institution name” “title of position being offered.”

However, while indeed a great option, academia is not the only route. Check out this great poster by the University of Wisconsin which lists just some of your options.  Continue reading

Grants/ Fellowships

There is a huge amount of funding out there for artists. Many of these resources are connected to state funding institutions and universities though there are several private organizations and corporations who are know for their support of artists. Julia Galloway has assembled an extraordinary list of granting agencies and some quality advice. While much of what is found in Julia Galloway’s Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans is aimed toward ceramic artists alone, the information and advice she offers about finding and writing grants is applicable for all disciplines. Read the article

Most grants for artists are specific project related grants. This means having to think ahead, visualize, plan and budget the project before you even start working on it. To complicate things even more, a lot of these grants want artists to find a sponsoring or partner organization to oversee your project. If your practice involves community or social practice- you will find a ton of grant money out there for you. If you are more object based, it may be a little more challenging to find grants that support you and your art making. There are very few no strings grants. However, they do exist and those tend to be very well funded. These grants like the Virginia Groot Foundation Grant and the Pollock Krasner Grant provide enough money to live on for a year. This kind of funding can allow an artist to step back from the necessary evil of having a job and to solely focus on making work. These types of grants are career making.

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