The National Performance Network’s new Take Notice Fund will provide $5,000 project grants to artists of color living and working in Louisiana.
NPN envisions a world in which artists of color living and working in the South have the power, resources, and opportunities to thrive. The Take Notice Fund honors BIPOC artists living and working in Louisiana, providing funding to advance their artistic practices.
“This grant will celebrate artists and culture bearers whose work demonstrates artistic excellence and dedication to their practices,” says Stephanie Atkins, Director of Local Programs. “NPN is committed to building visibility and resources for artists living and working outside large arts centers whose bodies of work contribute to this country’s discourse about racial equity and cultural preservation. Take Notice is launching in our home state of Louisiana, and it is our aim to grow this program in recognition of the many artists and culture bearers in the South who we hope to honor through these grants.”
This pilot grant program will award 30+ artists and culture bearers per year through a competitive application process. Grant funds are unrestricted and intended to support an artist’s creative practice and/or wellbeing.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2021 cycle is June 25, 2021. (Following this initial grant timeline, NPN will accept applications twice a year, with spring and fall deadlines and 15 awards per cycle.)
Take Notice is a program of the National Performance Network and is supported with funding from the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program.
Resources & Dates
The Spring 2021 Take Notice Fund is open to all BIPOC artists/collectives and culture bearers, at any career stage, who are primary residents of the state of Louisiana. Please see below for a list of eligible disciplines.
- Artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC)
- Applicants must be Louisiana residents, living/working in LA for 5+ years
- Artists at any career stage may apply, but must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
- Artists must meet NPN’s definition of generative artist, defined as those who are currently active in conceiving and creating new original work and the originators of their works of art. We are not able to support artists whose work focuses on the interpretation, performance, or development/production of the creative work of others.
Not Eligible At This Time
- Nonprofit organizations
- 2020 Southern Artist for Social Change recipients
- 2020 NPN Creation Fund recipients
- Artists whose work focuses on the interpretation, performance, or development/production of the creative work of others.
- Students are NOT eligible: Artists who are high school students and college or graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application or during the period of the grant (July 2021–June 2022)
- Current NPN staff, Board members, or panelists
- Curators and researchers
- Foodways, culinary, or botanical practitioners
Eligible disciplines include:
- Dance: Choreographers and dance-makers creating new original work in any dance genre (ballet, hip hop, experimental, etc.
- Music: Composers and sound artists creating new original work in any musical genre (chamber, experimental, jazz, etc.)
- Theater/performance art/spoken word: Primary creators of devised work, performance or spoken word artists creating original work, and playwrights
- Film/media: Filmmakers and video, digital production, and new media artists (web-based, computational, virtual, interactive, data and/or technology-driven, etc.)
- Literature: Fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, poets, and playwrights
- Visual arts: Visual artists in any discipline (including public art, social practice art, and graffiti/street art)
- Black Masking Indians: Artists and culture bearers who create beaded, sequined, and feathered suits to honor the tradition and celebrate on Mardi Gras, St. Joseph’s Day, and Super Sunday.
- Other culture bearers: A member of a community who practices their community’s artistic or creative expressions. Knowledge of these arts or skills are most often passed from person to person within the cultural group, and the art itself expresses the community’s values or aesthetics.
Individual artists as well as ensembles/collectives/collaboratives may apply. In order for ensembles/collectives/collaboratives to apply, a majority of artists within the collective must meet all eligibility criteria independently, have a demonstrated history of creating new work collectively, and submit a single application, with funds shared equally. Artists may apply either as an individual or as a member of a collective. Members of a collective may not individually apply for the same project.
- Grant in the amount of $5,000 to support the artist’s creative practice and wellbeing (e.g., artistic projects, materials, residencies, professional development, artists’ fees, cost-of-living, etc.)
- Competitive selection process based on the artist’s current creative practice and future plans.
- Grant period: Funds will be distributed in July 2021 for projects/activities taking place between July 2021 and June 2022.
Q: I am a nonprofit organization based in Louisiana. Can I apply for this grant?
A: This funding opportunity is only available for individual artists and collectives.
Q: Do I need a fiscal sponsor to apply for this grant?
A: No, you do not need to have a fiscal sponsorship in order to receive this grant.
Q: I prefer to answer the application through video response. Is that possible?
A: Yes, just record your responses and paste a link with your audio and/or video responses (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.) into the corresponding fields. Make sure to state the question you are responding to at the beginning of your video.
Q: Do you provide technical assistance in submitting an application?
A: Yes, we provide assistance with completing an application. You must schedule a phone interview with a staff member to respond to the application questions. To schedule a call, please contact Program Coordinator Steffani Clemons at email@example.com or 504-595-8008 ext. 708
Q: We would like to apply as a collective. What are the terms?
A: A team of two or more artists may apply if they have a documented history of creating and presenting work as a team for at least two consecutive years. Collective members should apply with one application, and funds must be distributed equally amongst members. Members of a collective may not individually apply for the same project, and members should meet the eligibility requirements individually.
Q: I am a 2020 recipient of NPN’s Creation Fund or Southern Artists for Social Change. Can I apply for Take Notice?
A: No, you are not eligible for this opportunity at this time.
Q: I am a student currently enrolled in a degree program. Can I apply for this grant?
A: No, artists who are high school students or who are enrolled in college or graduate school degree programs at the time of application or during the period of the grant are not eligible.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2021 cycle is June 25, 2021.
Following this initial grant timeline, NPN will accept applications twice a year, with spring and fall deadlines and 15 awards per cycle.
”This grant will celebrate artists and culture bearers whose work demonstrates artistic excellence and dedication to their practices. NPN is committed to building visibility and resources for artists living and working outside large arts centers whose bodies of work contribute to this country’s discourse about racial equity and cultural preservation.”
Director of Local Programs