Arts Writers Grant Deadline Closes This Thursday

by Paddy Johnson on May 19, 2015 Newswire


The best thing that ever happened to my art-writing career was receiving an Arts Writers Grant. In 2008, I was the first blogger to receive the grant—an accolade that in and of itself helped put my work on the map—and it gave me the financial freedom to focus solely on Art F City full time for the first time in my life. (It also allowed me to free myself from some crippling debt.)

It’s for these reasons that I can not recommend applying for the Arts Writers Grant enough. The application period closes Thursday at midnight. And, as Alex Teplitzky points out on the Creative Capital blog, there’s no one type of project Arts Writers leans towards. They support Daniel Temkin’s blog Esoteric.Codes; it’s possibly the nerdiest, niche project I have ever seen, made up of interviews with software engineers, and posts dedicated to parsing little-known computer languages. But they’ve also awarded a grant to Suzanne Hudson’s Better for the Making: Art, Therapy, Process, a book that examines when and under what circumstances people in the U.S. came to believe that making art was good for them.

Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 to individual writers in five categories: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. Take it from someone who knows: these grants can be life changing. Don’t put this off another year. Apply now.


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