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Forty-three Artists Nationwide Awarded Grants By Creative Capital Foundation

May 30, 2001

_Grants totaling more than $400,000 are given to artist projects in the fields of visual and media arts_ NEW YORK, NY (May 30, 2001) — Creative Capital Foundation, the New York—based nonprofit arts organization, announced this week the recipients of its 2001 grants. Forty-three artists from seventeen states received awards of $5,000 to $15,000 for projects in the visual and media arts. The total amount of initial grants is $401,900, with the possibility of additional funding to support later stages of each project. Selected from 2,788 submissions, the projects were chosen by national evaluators in a preliminary round and a final selection panel of artists and arts professionals in the field. The 2001 grantees will now begin working with Creative Capital staff and consultants in an intensive Artist Services Program that includes assistance in fundraising, networking, marketing, and strategic planning. In this program, funded artists receive advice and career counseling to help them realize professional goals. "This group of grantees," says Creative Capital President Ruby Lerner, "reflects artists at many different stages of their careers. We’re supporting an extraordinary range of projects–from a film that looks at aging and death in different cultures to a computer-animated fairy tale to a series of woodcut prints mapping childhood communities." National Representation The applicant pool was geographically diverse, reflecting submissions from forty-nine states and the District of Columbia, as well as from six countries. Creative Capital attributes the widespread representation of grantseekers to its aggressive outreach program. In 2000, the foundation held public meetings and attended arts events in states in every region of the United States, visiting a total of twenty states. Sixty-five percent of applicants this year applied online through the foundation’s website, further encouraging accessibility to the application process. Currently, twenty-four states and the District of Columbia are represented among the 118 grantees the foundation has funded in its first two years. About Creative Capital Founded in January 1999, Creative Capital Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports individual artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the fields of performing, visual, and media arts, and in emerging fields including computer-based work, experimental literature, and other new and hybrid art forms.

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