Ends on November 7, 2016
The deadline for The Idea Fund Round 9 application is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016.

What Types of Projects will be funded?
The Idea Fund is committed to new, risk-taking forms that help to define new practices in contemporary art. A panel of professionals will select up to twelve (12) projects submitted by individual artists, curators, performers, collectives, or collaboratives that must be completed by December 31, 2017.

Who Can Apply?
The Idea Fund will support individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives, or partnerships. If applying as a group, the artistic group can be long-standing or created specifically for this project. However, at least one member of the group must be living and working in one of the 8 counties that comprise the Houston metropolitan area (Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, and Montgomery). Please identify one participant to serve as the lead contact for the project.

Please note that all previous recipients of The Idea Fund award must have completed their project and turned in their final report in order to re-apply. Additionally, all recipients of Round 8 Idea Fund Awards may not apply as the lead applicant for Round 9. 

Review Process & Selection Criteria
All proposals are evaluated based on criteria including:
  • The artistic and creative strength of the proposed project
  • The overall vision of the applicant(s)
  • The capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the project
  • The accessibility of the resulting project to the public
  • The project’s demonstration of community support and commitment to serving a local constituency
Proposals will be reviewed by a jury panel comprised of artists and arts professionals.

Funding Priorities
Please keep in mind that The Idea Fund favors artistic projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support. Works that are eligible for conventional sources of funding are highly unlikely to be awarded an Idea Fund grant.

What kinds of projects are eligible for funding?
  • The work of an individual artist, collective, or temporary association of artists
  • A project of a temporary or permanent artist run space
  • Curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice
  • An exhibition that has a strong public component (i.e., projects which involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
  • Publications of creative writing, including printed matter, and online publications
  • A public event, performance, or intervention
  • A screening, lecture, or workshop series
  • A temporary public art project
  • Site-specific installations
  • Web-based projects
  • Audio, video, and photo projects
  • Interdisciplinary, emerging fields, and new media projects
What kinds of projects WILL NOT be funded?
  • Projects proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Projects in which the lead artist lives outside of the greater-Houston area
  • Projects in which all artists reside outside of the greater-Houston area
  • Projects that do not exemplify innovative practices in contemporary art
  • Projects that do not have a public component (i.e., projects which do not involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
  • Projects that are not accessible and presented to the public

If you have questions about whether your proposal is eligible for The Idea Fund, please call Rachel Cook, TIF Administrator, at DiverseWorks, 713-223-8346 or email info@theideafund.org.
Artists must apply to be considered for a Diverse Discourse studio visit.

The application deadline for the Fall 2016 Diverse Discourse series is Monday, October 24, 2016.

**Artists who applied in Spring 2016 need to reapply, and may update their applications if desired. Please email Taylor Hoblitzell, Exhibition and Program Coordinator, at taylor@diverseworks.org to reopen your application.**

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with selected Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines (including performance) to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must reside in Harris County
  • Must NOT be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program (ie BFA or MFA)
  • Must be a DiverseWorks member at any level (artists who participated in the 2016 Luck of the Draw are current DW members; click here to join today)
Please note: Artists are chosen for studio visits by each visiting lecturer. You will be notified directly if you are selected for a studio visit.

To apply you will need:
  • A resume or C.V.
  • Artist statement (no more than one page or 500 words)
  • Documentation of your work (see application for specific formatting requirements)

Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 pm
Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art