Professional Development



  • In response to the culture wars of the 1990s and the NEA’s termination of the majority of its individual grant programs, Creative Capital is founded with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and 22 additional funders.


  • 1,800 artists apply for funding in our first award round.
  • 75 inaugural awardees in four disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Performing Arts & Visual Arts.
  • First Creative Capital Artist Retreat held.


  • 43 projects in Film/Video and Visual Arts receive awards, bringing the total to 118 projects.


  • 40 Emerging Fields and Performing Arts awardees bring the ranks of Creative Capital Artists to 158.
  • Creative Capital’s funder base expands to 80.



  • The Warhol Foundation renews its support for Creative Capital with a $10 million matching grant.
  • Barbara Hammer, a 2000 Film/Video awardee, becomes the first artist to donate a portion of her project’s proceeds to Creative Capital, fulfilling an important symbolic aspect of the venture capital model.
  • Creative Capital begins managing the MAP Fund (Multi-Arts Production Fund), founded by the Rockefeller Foundation and now funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The MAP Fund provides project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline.


  • The second award cycle begins with 41 new projects in Film/Video and Visual Arts, bringing the total number of Creative Capital projects to 199.
  • Two more awardees make paybacks to Creative Capital: Sandi DuBowski and Sam Green.


  • Literature is added as Creative Capital’s fifth project discipline, with four authors receiving inaugural awards.
  • 39 additional awards in Emerging Fields and Performing Arts bring the total to 242.
  • The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is founded in a three-year pilot phase to support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual culture through project-based grants.


  • Creative Capital’s number of funders reaches nearly 300.
  • The Professional Development Program hosts its first international workshop in London.


  • 42 Film/Video and Visual Arts awardees bring the total number of projects to 284.
  • Film/Video awardee Brent Green achieves payback.
  • Creative Capital Artists' presence at arts festivals reaches critical mass, with 12 grantees showing at the Sundance Film Festival, eight at the Park Avenue Armory, and many, many more around the country and the world.


  • 41 new projects in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts bring Creative Capital’s ten-year total to 325 projects.
  • The Warhol Foundation makes a ten-year, $15 million commitment to Creative Capital, to be matched dollar-for-dollar each year.
  • Performing Arts awardee Lisa Kron achieves payback.
  • The Professional Development Program serves its 2,500th artist, having reached nearly 40 communities across the country.
  • The seventh Artist Retreat is the largest yet, gathering 250 artists, arts professionals and Creative Capital staff and board of directors.
  • The Warhol Foundation renews and increases its support for the Arts Writers Grant Program for an additional five years.
  • Creative Capital’s funder ranks grow to 400.



  • A new ancillary program, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, is launched in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
  • Creative Capital’s number of funders over its history exceeds 500.
  • The Professional Development Program serves its 4,000th artist, having reached more than 50 communities across the country, and presents its first Spanish Language Workshop.


  • 46 new projects in Film/Video and Visual Arts receive awards, bringing the Creative Capital’s total number of supported projects to 372.
  • Creative Capital rolls out expanded and enhanced Artist Services for all current, incoming and alumni awardees.
  • On Our Radar, an online database of artists’ projects, is launched to introduce noteworthy projects that advanced past the first phase of our 2012 grant round in Film/Video and Visual Arts.
  • The Professional Development Program launches Online Learning, extending its reach to 5,500 artists in more than 150 communities.
  • The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Program announces the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists.


  • 46 new projects in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts receive awards, bringing Creative Capital’s total number of supported projects to 418.
  • The Professional Development Program celebrates its 10th anniversary, reaching more than 6,500 artists in 275 communities through workshops and webinars.


  • Creative Capital celebrates its 15th anniversary with artist events and community gatherings throughout the country.
  • The Professional Development Program expands webinar offerings, bringing the total number of artists reached to more than 8,000.
  • Creative Capital receives more than 3,700 applications for awards in Moving Image (formerly Film/Video) and Visual Arts—our largest application pool to date.