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Apply to Jump Start: Emerging Artist Projects

Update 7/6/2020: Read more about the artists selected for Jump Start: Emerging Artist Projects.

ArtWorks has launched the applications for our new program—Jump Start: Emerging Artist Projects. We are furthering our commitment to emerging artists because of the findings in the first ever Cincinnati Artist Report, also known as CAR, produced in partnership with Wave Pool.

Through Jump Start, ArtWorks empowers emerging artists in the Cincinnati region to define a place-based or community based public art project that helps address a social or civic challenge. In response to COVID-19 and its exponential impact in our community and beyond, ArtWorks has a high interest in supporting projects that promote connectedness.

Five artists will be awarded $5,000 for their projects. In addition to funding, ArtWorks will provide promotion and exposure, studio space, and execution assistance to the artists awarded.

Read more about the selected Jump Start Artists

ArtWorks strives to support diversity in all its forms—including gender, race, ethnicity, art forms, creative process, and age. It is ArtWorks aim to give awards to artists that reflect the diversity of the Greater Cincinnati area.

The application for ArtWorks’ Jump Start is open to artists, collectives, and collaborations working in all art disciplines through June 8, 2020.

In continued partnership with Wave Pool, considered applicants need to commit to attending must participate in Wave Pool’s Driving Lessons program as part of the ArtWorks’ Jump Start application submission. (See Wave Pool’s option for purchasing the materials for Driving Lessons for $25). Driving Lessons is a weekend intensive professional development class that focuses on goal setting and skill building for artists to succeed in their career and with their artistic practice. All artists are welcome to register for Driving Lessons.

How to Apply to Jump Start: Emerging Artist Projects

Step 1: Review materials

Download the application materials

  1. Take a look at our RFP Overview (PDF). It includes the project requirements, the timeline, the application components, eligibility criteria, Youth Apprentice considerations, and FAQs.
  2. Get a preview of the questions from the application (PDF).
  3. Commit to taking Wave Pool’s Driving Lessons. Scholarships for the enrollment fee are available by reaching out to Wave Pool.
  4. NEW! Info Sessions:
    1. Watch our applicant webinar from April 30 where we give an overview of Jump Start and answer your questions.
    2.  Watch our second applicant webinar from May 26 to hear a different series of Q&As.
    3. Download the webinar slides here as a PDF.

Step 2: Complete the application

The application for Jump Start is due by Monday, June 8, 2020 at noon.

  1. Submit your application here.
  2. Interested in saving your answers and then returning? Watch this YouTube video on how. 

Contact us at apply@artworkscincinnati.org or at 513.333.0388.

Our Thanks to Our Jump Start Supporters

ArtWorks thanks our generous supporters Carl & Lizi Solway and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation for their support of Jump Start.

The Solways’ gift is in honor of our founder’s Tamara Harkavy’s 24 years of creative leadership and project development of public art in Cincinnati. If you are interested in making a gift to Jump Start, please contact Daniel Tonozzi, Senior Director of Development, at Daniel@ArtWorksCincinnati.org or at 513.333.3621.

We also thank our ongoing sponsors ArtsWave, the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Arts Council.


More About Jump Start: Fueling Emerging Artists

ArtWorks Youth Apprentices Oliver Orue and Ella Emanual are with multi-media artist and illustrator Lizzy DuQuette. ArtWorks is seeking applicants for its new Jump Start program for up-and-coming artists to receive $5,000 stipends. Those selected will receive free assistance from Youth Apprentices, ages-14-21, to create their work. Photo by Carlynne Welch.

CINCINNATI (4/28/2020)—ArtWorks is launching Jump Start, a new program for emerging local artists to receive support as they create a place-based or community based public art project that helps address a social or civic challenge. Jump Start was created as a response to the Cincinnati Artist Report (CAR), recently released by Wave Pool and ArtWorks, and can assist artists who are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our community continues to be affected by COVID-19, artists who are leading projects that promote connectedness are needed now more than ever,” said Colleen Houston, CEO & Artistic Director. “We are honored to provide them with the platform and resources they need to help our community.”

How ArtWorks’ Jump Start Works

ArtWorks will provide five emerging artists with $5,000 awards to support their project execution. In addition to funding, ArtWorks will provide additional project support around promotion and exposure, studio space, execution assistance and labor from ArtWorks youth apprentices. Those who are welcome to apply include artists, collectives, and collaborations working in all art disciplines who are at least 26 years old.

Projects may be permanent, temporary, mobile, or web-based, and they may be visual, digital, environmental, sound, or performance-based. Innovative mural projects also would be considered. Physical projects must take place within the cities of Cincinnati, Covington, Newport or Bellevue. Web-based projects need to be relevant to a community within these 4 cities.

“Jump Start will benefit artists who are in the early stages of their creative development, and who have focused direction and goals, but are yet celebrated by the media, funders, or the public-at-large,” said  Amy Scarpello, director of workforce development. “By focusing on emerging artists, ArtWorks hopes to give the time and resources to those who are trying to launch or ‘jump start’ their creative careers.”

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 8, 2020 at noon, and there is no fee to apply. The artists will be chosen by a 5-person jury and will be notified by the end of June.

Creatives Need Support

Creatives are an important segment of the economy. According to the 2019 Ohio’s Creative Economy report by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts with the Center for Regional Development and Bowling Green State University, the creative economy generates $6.1 billion in the Cincinnati metropolitan statistical area and supports 39,000 jobs. The Ohio arts and creative sector is facing “devastating economic implications” because of COVID-19, according to a release by Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

Applicants will be required to submit a project budget with their application. According to Working Artists for the Greater Economy (WAGE), a New-York based advocacy group, the market tends to undervalue artists’ time and labor and recommends fair wages for an artist to be at least .12 percent of an organization’s total operating expenses.

Based on ArtWorks’ total operating budget of $2.2 million, artists have the opportunity to pay themselves $2,640 from the $5,000 award for their work using the WAGE guidelines. WAGE defines fair wage as including only artists’ labor.

“ArtWorks encourages artists to submit budgets where they are fairly compensated,” Scarpello said. “We want artists to succeed as best they can in this unstable environment, and we encourage artists to make sure they pay themselves first.”

A Focus on Diversity

As was noted in CAR, there is a lack of diversity at most art events in Cincinnati. The goal of Jump Start is to focus on equity and diversity in all forms—including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and age.

“ArtWorks wants all emerging artists have access to this opportunity,” Scarpello said. “It’s our aim to provide project support and resources to artists that reflect the diversity of the Greater Cincinnati area, and we encourage that artists share this opportunity with their community.”

Collaboration with Wave Pool

As part of Jump Start, the artists selected will have completed Wave Pool’s newly announced program, Driving Lessons, which was also created as a response to the needs identified in CAR.

Wave Pool’s Driving Lessons is a weekend intensive professional development program for artists that offers training in budgeting, taxes, marketing, goal setting, negotiation, business management and communications. The program’s focus is on goal setting and skill building for artists to succeed in their career and artistic practice. The program is open to all artists and costs $50 for the series with scholarships available. Registration is available at wavepoolgallery.org.

Applicants to Jump Start need to participate in Wave Pool’s Driving Lessons prior to submitting their application.

Jump Start Supporters

ArtWorks thanks its Jump Start supporters, Carl and Lizi Solway of the West End’s Carl Solway Gallery and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

The Solways have given their gift to recognize and honor the organization’s founder Tamara Harkavy for her 24 years of creative leadership and project development of public art in Cincinnati.

“I want to thank the Solways for honoring Tamara and her tremendous legacy—all while helping to make this program possible for emerging artists,” Houston said. “They recognize that Tamara has encouraged artists to dream big. This support is more meaningful than ever, because we’re able to support rising star artists during a time when they need economic opportunities the most.”

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to attend a virtual Q&A session about Jump Start on Thursday, April 30 at 4 p.m. Attendance is not mandatory to apply.

About ArtWorks

ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization provides youth, ages 14-21 with the majority from underserved households, with competitive 21st century career readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. Since 1996, ArtWorks has employed more than 3,600 youth and 3,200 creative professionals, and the organization has completed more than 12,500 public and private art projects that includes 190 permanent outdoor murals, contributing to the region’s global reputation as an arts destination.

Photo by Bergette Photograhy

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