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NYS Rural and Traditional Arts Fellowship

In partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Council for Wyoming County is administering a statewide Fellowship program for rural and traditional artists. The Fellowship takes a place-based approach with the goal of inspiring and building lasting connections to rural people and places and to acknowledge and support artists living and working within rural communities. This project is meant to celebrate the creativity and innovative nature of the artist and the connection between arts and land. 

Fellowships will provide a 10-month process to develop a work integrated with and in response to the artist’s rural community. The project must demonstrate a deep commitment and place-based engagement with the artist’s rural community. Fellows must propose an actionable idea that responds to, is inspired by, and/or engages with the land through their artistic practice. Fellows may choose to work with a farm, a park or arboretum, a significant parcel of land, or another rural-based entity that is meaningful to the artist and their community.

Eligible artists are those living and/or working in a rural community. For the purposes of this initiative, a rural community is defined as having populations of less than 30,000 and not part of an urban or suburban cluster. Artists working across disciplines are eligible.

Once selected, a cohort of 10 Fellows will be required to participate in 2 artist learning exchanges, one live and one virtual. These exchanges are meant to address challenges and successes the artists and communities are experiencing, and to discuss ways that artists can better support their work in their community. Fellows are required to have access to reliable transportation to get to their studio and community space of interest. This Fellowship must culminate in a showing of a new work through a hybrid live/virtual presentation and/or a traveling component to other rural communities. To support this, an unrestricted $10,000 is awarded to support the artist’s existing work and create a new work in response to their rural community. An additional $1,000 is included for travel expenses. It is expected that the travel expenses may cover travel related to project development, presentation of their work and cohort exchanges. Lodging, studio space, equipment, and supply expenses are not included in the Fellowship.

All application materials must be received by February 16 at 4 PM! Send materials to franke@artswyco.org.

 

FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I am already receiving direct funding from NYSCA. Am I eligible for this program?

No, unfortunately you would not be eligible for this fellowship.

 

I am an artist in the Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY) program. Can I still apply?

Yes, you would still be eligible to apply for the RTAF Fellowship.

 

How do you define rural for this program?

Rural is defined as a community of 30,000 or less and not part of a suburban or urban cluster for this program.

 

I have a question specific to my project – how can I find some help with that?

Come to office hours! They are listed with zoom links at https://artswyco.org/rural-and-traditional-arts-fellowship.html. You can also contact Linda Franke at franke@artswyco.org.

 

I would like to hold my show/reading/performance/concert on private property and have permission to do that. Is that okay?

Yes, as long as you have permission AND the show is open to the public.

 

Office Hours:

January 24, 3 PM to 5 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82219023533?pwd=SjN6S05sd090WmFtTkJIaXNvVGxxZz09

January 25, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82197586160?pwd=aGo3aVJXajU2MXhJZ3Y4K3NiNmtPZz09

January 30, 3 PM to 5 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82694547346?pwd=d2Jqa2R3dkhpdTN5eEJ3b2pZSVMzdz09

January 31, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84910768646?pwd=MHRxNVQwSHhxNVhITS9nSk5hUVJtUT09

February 1, 1PM to 3 PM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86246141519?pwd=ekxhVlhIUXJ2N3cyeG1MWXNzODZxQT09

More office hours coming soon!

 

This project is made possible with funds from a regrant partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION AVAILABLE HERE!

  • Support for the Arts Council for Wyoming County comes from ACWC members, other donors, the Conable and Wyoming Foundations, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Complete Payroll, Wyoming County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support

    Support for the Arts Council for Wyoming County comes from ACWC members, other donors, the Conable and Wyoming Foundations, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Complete Payroll, Wyoming County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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