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Program Descriptions for Individuals

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Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program
Folk Arts Apprenticeship awards are a maximum $3,500 that support respected master traditional folk artists in teaching their skills to committed and talented apprentices. If you would like to study with a Wisconsin traditional artisan, musician, singer, dancer or storyteller, or if you are a locally respected traditional or folk artist who would like to teach your knowledge to others, the Wisconsin Arts Board may be able to support this activity.

Next Deadline: March 18, 2016

Program Descriptions for Organizations

Creation and Presentation Grants
Creation and Presentation grants provide artistic program and operational support to established nonprofit arts organizations whose primary mission is to create or present ongoing arts programming that makes a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the cultural life of Wisconsin, and that furthers the Arts Boardís community development and arts education goals.

Next Deadline: October 2016

Creative Communities Grants
The Creative Communities grants program encourages arts education and community arts development in Wisconsin. It provides support for projects that further the Arts Boardís goals in the following three areas: Arts Education; Folk and Traditional Arts; and Local Arts.   The application is in two phases.

Next Deadline for Phase 1 Applications: February 5, 2016

Wisconsin Regranting Program

The Wisconsin Arts Boardís Regranting Program provides funds to local arts agencies and their partner community foundations around the state. These groups then regrant the funds for arts-related projects in their own communities. Click here for a list of the Arts Boardís current Regranting Program partner organizations.

Woodland Indian Arts Initiative

The Woodland Indian Arts Initiative (WIAI) is designed to promote and develop a foundation of cultural and economic support for traditional and contemporary Native American arts in Wisconsin. As part of this work, the Arts Board annually distributes funds from Gaming Compact monies to support artistic activities among Wisconsin's tribes, bands and urban Indian communities.

Next Deadline: October, 2016

Arts Challenge Initiative

The ACI "Capacity Building for Minority Organizations" Grant Program works with Wisconsin's racially diverse nonprofit arts organizations to build their organizational capacity and long-term sustainability.

Next Deadline: November, 2016

Suspended Programs

Artist and Community Collaborations Grant
In order to encourage more collaborative projects between artists and their communities, funds are available for artists to develop special projects in collaboration with a community-based organization partner. 

Artist Fellowship Awards
Artist Fellowship Awards provide unrestricted funds to recognize the significant contributions of outstanding, professionally active Wisconsin artists. 

Cultural Facilities Assistance Program
The purpose of the Wisconsin Arts Boardís Cultural Facilities Assistance Program is to help Wisconsinís new performing arts presenters to meet the needs of their communities. Specifically the program will help new presenters to: learn more about the field of presenting the performing arts; increase access to the resources needed to present their work effectively; strengthen organizational capacity, staff, and boards; conduct community assessments; and present one artist from beyond the local community in a performance. 

Phantom Art Galleries-Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Arts Board recognizes and encourages the potential of artists to help create healthy communities and vibrant downtown spaces. Because of this, the Wisconsin Arts Board developed the "Phantom Art Galleries Ė Wisconsin" Pilot Program in 2011, to encourage artists, arts professionals, and arts organizations to partner with downtown development entities (and vice versa) in order to revitalize their downtowns. Specifically, the program provided grant recipients with funding and technical assistance to turn vacant downtown storefronts into temporary art galleries. In doing so, the empty downtown spaces have been revitalized, and local/regional Wisconsin artists have access to non-traditional spaces in which to show their work.

From this program, we have seen much growth and positive outcome within the communities involved. We at the Arts Board, as well as our Phantom Art Galleries - Wisconsin grantees, hope to inspire more communities to create this dynamic partnership between their own local artists and downtown developers.  By clicking on the link above, you will find information about past projects.  Feel free to contact any of the involved organizations.  Each group is willing to discuss the creation, maintenance, and outcomes of their Phantom Art Gallery program, as well as tips for starting a similar program in your own downtown area!


* Deadlines falling on a weekend or holiday are moved to the next business day.

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Updated:  Friday, November 04, 2016