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Albemarle Ballet Theatre
The Albemarle Ballet Theatre (ABT) offers need-based scholarships to local dancers through their Dancing off the Streets fund. The Hart family began this dance project with a vision to bring professional, affordable dance instruction and quality dance productions to the Albemarle-Charlottesville area. ABT provides dancing opportunities for students of all backgrounds and skill levels. Talent, ability, or body type have no bearing on our decision. The only requirement is that scholarship students volunteer throughout the school year. Registration, performance fees, dance wear, and dance gear are not included in the scholarship. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out an online registration form. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (434) 823-8888.
ArtPlace America offers funding to support projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Applications are encouraged from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and ArtPlace America funds in communities across the country. The Innovation Grants program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that reach for new possibilities and involve a variety of partners who together are committed to increasing the vibrancy and diversity of their communities. To learn more, click here.
Got a creative project in need of funding? Apply for a SOUP grant! Anyone with a creative project in the arts that impacts Charlottesville is invited to submit a proposal. SOUP is a new public dinner series to provide micro-grants for creative projects. SOUP is a new seasonal public dinner series to support creative projects right here in Charlottesville. At each SOUP, attendees give a $10 donation at the door and in return they receive soup, salad, bread, pie — and a vote. The fourth Charlottesville SOUP in a year-long series is planned for March 2014. The application is available at www.charlottesvillesoup.com. SOUP is officially hosted by New City Arts.
Fender Music Foundation
The Fender Music Foundation awards slightly used instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. Currently, they are awarding acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, and bass guitars and equipment. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. To learn more about the grant process and qualification guidelines, click here.
Four County Players
Four County Players offers low-cost theatre classes and workshops for all ages. Paid Assistant Internships are available for entering 10th grade students to entering 12th grade students. For more information, click here or contact email@example.com.
Griot Apprenticeship Program
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities established the Griot Apprenticeship Program to honor and preserve the history and traditions of African American communities in Virginia.This program unites a Griot with a local apprentice, a scholar and one or more students for a 12-month period to encourage and support the growth of a new generation of tradition bearers.If you want to participate in or support African American traditions in Virginia, contact Elizabeth Piper, Director of Development, at (434) 243-9069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James W. Simmons Competition & Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville will be awarding their 4th annual $1,000 scholarship to fund higher education costs. Students must be in grades 10, 11, or 12 at the time of audition and attending school in Charlottesville City or any of the following counties: Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, or Orange. Applicants must also be enrolled in a school or private music program to be eligible. For audition information and to download an application, click here. Application deadline is January 15, 2014. Auditions will take place at the Municipal Arts Center on February 1, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact (434) 295-9850 or email@example.com.
Light House is an independent media education center for local youth who want to make movies with an emphasis on personal expression and local stories. Scholarships are available for many of their programs. For additional information, please contact Deanna Gould.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, along with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, will present grant awards totaling $404,790 to 23 organizations presenting performing arts ensembles from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico in support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America. Southern Exposure is a national program dedicated to building a stronger and more appreciative understanding of the diversity of Latin American culture through exemplary dance, contemporary music ensembles, and street theatre performances by artists from that region in the United States. The program aims to develop relationships between these communities and artists of Latin America and United States, one that is aimed to reflect the changing demographic of the United States and to raise awareness of it. It will invest in projects across 12 states of the country that will allow the public to engage with visiting artists. The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to connect art communities and link exchanges of arts resources from the mid-Atlantic region to areas across the nation and world. For more information about MAAF’s grant program click here.
The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Letter of Inquiry and applications must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status (501c3). MAP supports only projects that contain a live performance. The touring or documentation of work that has already premiered is not eligible for funding. For more details about the application process, please click here.
Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art
Established by the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Naomi Winston Scholarship provides up to $5,000 for young artists 16-22 years of age to pursue advanced training in art. Applicants from Virginia (South of Fredricksburg) and North Carolina can send a completed application with a CD and print out of their works to Janis Chevalier at 1340 Waldemar Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. Click here to download an application.
Piedmont Virginia Community College
The College4Kids program at PVCC seeks instructors to teach Career Academies for middle-school students. Classes take place on Saturdays during the school year and during the week in the summer. To learn more, please contact College4Kids@pvcc.edu or visit www.pvcc.edu/academies.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual arts. Nearly 200,000 students will accept the challenge to go beyond the classroom assignment, creating daring and innovative works. They will submit their best pieces for review by panels of art professionals, and compete for recognition, scholarships, and exhibition opportunities. The application deadline is Jan 10, 2014. Complete details are available online.
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities of social justice in the United States, distinguished by healthy environments, strong economies, and thriving cultures. They provide grants to nonprofit organizations in any of these three areas. Specifically, the Thriving Cultures Program supports organizations that equip teenagers with practical and life-enhancing skills that will allow them to be creative and innovative leaders in their communities. If interested in applying for a grant, please send a letter of inquiry by following the steps here. For eligibility guidelines, click here.
USArtists International (USAI) is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals. Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals. For more information, click here.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers residential fellowships for artists and funds public humanities programs in Virginia that are shaped by and significantly involve humanities scholars and/or other community experts. The grant program encourages projects that increase public understanding of important issues and enrich the cultural life of the state. For more information, click here.
Additional listings of grantmakers in the arts can be found on the Funding Opportunities page.