Initiatives

We advise foundations, philanthropists, and other field partners seeking to create or expand programs that support individual creative practitioners.

Experienced in providing resources to artists across disciplines and geographies, our team works closely with partners to administer funds, design programs, and conduct research in response to their mission, goals, and strategy.

 

Services

To inquire about our services, please contact initiatives@unitedstatesartists.org.

We administer funds and manage nomination, application, and panel processes. We are able to provide flexible award disbursement options tailored to each recipient’s needs.

We design fellowships, residencies, and other programs, including publications and convenings, to spotlight artists and build networks of support between them and the field.

We conduct research including landscape studies and evaluation assessments to develop additional systems of support and expand resources for artists.

 

Projects

2020 – 2021

Artist Relief

Partners:

Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation

Artist Relief was created by a coalition of seven national arts grantmakers to support artists during the COVID-19 crisis by offering emergency relief grants and informational resources to artists across the United States. The fund distributes $5,000 emergency grants to artists working across a variety of disciplines facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 through June 2021.

More information can be found here.

2020 – 2021

Disability Futures

Partners:

Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Disability Futures is a two-year initiative aimed at increasing the visibility of disabled creative practitioners across disciplines and geography and elevating their voices individually and collectively. The fund supports 20 disabled creative practitioners whose work advances the country’s cultural landscape across disciplines, including art, film, and journalism. The initiative was born out of a year-long research study that interviewed dozens of disabled artists and creative practitioners across the country.

More information can be found here.

2021 – 2023

Knight Arts + Tech Fellowship

Partners:

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Arts + Tech Fellowship supports artists working with innovative approaches to technology and new media in Knight cities and beyond. Fellows receive unrestricted awards of $50,000 each to support their practice and are featured in an accompanying online publication, Shift Space, which explores new media landscapes and seeks to build a network of practitioners in the field. Guest edited by artist and researcher Salome Asega, the inaugural issue of Shift Space features new writing on the five 2021 Knight Fellows and the field at large.

More information can be found here.

2020–2023

The Rainin Fellowship

Partners:

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Rainin Fellowship was established to recognize and support Bay Area artists working in Dance, Film, Public Space, and Theater, who push the boundaries of creative expression, anchor local communities, and advance the field. The Fellowship awards four artists annually with unrestricted grants of $100,000 each, as well as supplemental support tailored to address each Fellow’s specific needs and goals, including financial planning, communications and marketing help, and legal services.

More information can be found here.

 

Partners