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    ArtsMemphis to award personal grants to artists

    Fredric Koeppel

    ArtsMemphis has given millions of dollars to local arts organizations large and small, but for the first time in its 50-year history, the nonprofit group will bestow grants on individual artists.

    The “Arts Accelerator — An Incentive Grant for Visual Artists” program is designed to aid artists who are at a “critical juncture” in terms of their specific projects or careers by providing up to $3,000 to offset expenses. Support will be available to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, performance art, crafts, video and other media.

    The new funding program will be introduced at the Arts Accelerator Launch Party from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Crosstown Arts, 422 N. Cleveland. The event is free and open to the public.

    Julia McDonald, communications director for ArtsMemphis, defined “critical juncture” as the “opportunity that will enhance an artist’s overall work or career, the idea of taking it to the next level.”

    Free grant workshops will be held Aug. 21 at Firehouse Community Arts Center, 985 S. Bellevue; Sept. 4 at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard; and Sept. 17 at Germantown Community Theatre, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene. Each workshop starts at 6 p.m.

    Deadline for application is 4:30 p.m., Sept. 30. The first grants will be awarded in November.

    For more information, visit artsmemphis.org/grants or contact Lauren Boyer at 901-578-2787 or lboyer@artsmemphis.org.
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