June 7, 2012

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Applications for 2012 MakeWork Arts Grants are now available online. A minimum $75,000 in grants will be awarded to local artists, with the maximum award to an individual artist being $10,000. MakeWork will host an application training session at green|spaces at 5 p.m. on June 6  for local creatives to learn about the grant process from former jurors, recipients and staff.

“MakeWork artists are a force for growth in the local economy and a voice for innovation. Our grants reinforce the value of this unique sector of the workforce and build their ability to help shape Chattanooga as an emerging creative economy,” said Kate Creason, program director for MakeWork.

Founded in 2008, MakeWork grants are awarded in three categories: Project Grants, Studio Assistance, or Career Advancement Grants. Evaluation and selection of grantees are made by a jury who represent a broad range of experience in the performing arts, 2-D and 3-D visual arts, literary arts, culinary arts and new media.

Previous MakeWork recipients include chocolate makers, portrait artists, musicians, cutting-edge graphic designers and performing artists. Along with sharing their work with the community, MakeWork artists commit to attend four sustainability sessions, participate in a self initiated showcase of their work and post a monthly blog.

Since 2008, MakeWork has awarded a total of $655,000 to 86 creative individuals.  

“MakeWork stands out as one of America’s most successful, and sustainable, arts grants programs to date. Grantees have had a powerful impact on the community by documenting local character and engaging the public with performances, discussions, and showcases,” said Ellen Hays, advisory co-chair for MakeWork.

For more information about the MakeWork, contact Kate Creason by email at kate@makework.is or by calling (423) 771-6610. Online application: http://makework.createhere.org/

June 7, 2012

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