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Forty Artists Nationwide Awarded Grants by Creative Capital Foundation

June 5, 2002

_Grants totaling more than $400,000 are given to artist projects in the fields of performing arts and emerging fields_ NEW YORK, NY (June 5, 2002) – Creative Capital Foundation, the New York–based nonprofit arts organization, announced this week the recipients of its 2002 grants. Forty artists from seventeen states received awards of $5,000 to $20,000 for projects in the performing arts and emerging fields. The total amount of initial grants is $401,000, with the possibility of additional funding to support later stages of each project. Selected from 2,312 submissions, the projects were chosen by national evaluators in a preliminary round and a final selection panel of artists and arts professionals from the field. The 2002 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.
Creative Capital President Ruby Lerner said, "The projects selected for funding are as diverse a group as one could hope to see. There are choreographers, spoken word artists, and puppeteers, along with Internet artists, robotics artists, and architects. The work may be personal or poetic, humorous or confrontational, or socially engaged." National Representation
 The applicant pool was geographically diverse, reflecting submissions from forty-nine states and the District of Columbia. Eighty-eight percent of applicants this year applied online through the foundation’s website Now in its fourth year, Creative Capital supports the work of 158 artists with financial awards totaling $2.8 million, plus access to advisory support and assistance through our Artist Services Program. 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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