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Creative Capital Announces Second Annual Grant Cycle to Support Innovative Artists Nationwide

July 23, 2000

_National nonprofit arts foundation seeks to award up to 30 grants, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, in the fields of visual arts and media arts_ NEW YORK, NY (July 23, 2000) — Initiated last year as a response to cuts in government funding for individual artists, the New York—based nonprofit arts foundation Creative Capital appeared on the artworld horizon with the support of 22 major donors and a plan to raise $40—50 million in operational and endowment support over the next few years. Now, one year later, with the help of more than 30 funders, the foundation has awarded grants and supplemental support totaling over $900,000 to 75 artists from 16 states. This year, Creative Capital will accept proposals for its 2000—2001 grant cycle in the fields of visual arts and media arts from September 11 to October 31, 2000. The application form will be available online at or by mail in late August. How to Apply Artists may request from $5,000 to $20,000 to fund a specific project. All applications must be received by October 31, 2000. Applicants are encouraged to apply online but may mail in proposals or drop them off at the New York offices of Creative Capital Foundation, 65 Bleecker Street, 7th floor, New York, NY by 5:00 PM on October 31. To request an application, artists may contact Creative Capital at [email protected] 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, literary, and media arts, as well as in emerging arts. Creative Capital is committed to working in partnership with artists, providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with financial support. In return for Creative Capital’s financial and managerial support, artists will share a portion of any proceeds generated by their funded projects. In this way, the foundation is able to replenish the grantmaking fund, and to support more artists in the future. Creative Capital is committed to diversity in all its forms. Year One In a recent report, Creative Capital President Ruby Lerner said of the foundation’s first year, "The Creative Capital award is not just a grant, and we are now learning what it means to ‘work with’ projects and artists, what it takes to nurture the creative process, and how to create a fertile environment where artists are supported in ways that encourage them to innovate and push at the boundaries of convention. So far, this work has been truly inspiring and an extraordinary privilege." The current grantees represent a range of artistic disciplines and are at varying stages in their careers. For funded artists, the Creative Capital experience includes access to many artists’ services such as marketing consultation, long-term career planning, fundraising, and networking opportunities. A complete list of 1999—2000 grantees is available on the foundation’s website. In addition, members of the Creative Capital staff spent much of the year traveling across the country, presenting workshops for prospective applicants, conducting informational meetings, and attending panels and conferences in over 20 cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington. Creative Capital also reaches artists through its website (, which posts updates on the foundation’s activities, provides resource materials for artists, and gives details on funded projects. In August, the foundation is planning its first annual retreat for grantees at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Creative Capital Major Funders (since January 1999): The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The Albert A. List Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Agnes Gund & Daniel Shapiro, The Jerome Foundation, The Lewis B. & Dorothy Cullman Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Booth Ferris Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, The Joe & Emily Lowe Foundation, an anonymous donor, Lyda Kuth, The Edward & Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Catharine & Jeffrey Soros, The Benton Foundation, The Broad Art Foundation, The Heathcote Art Foundation, The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Penny & Mike Winton, The Daniel J. & Edith A. Ehrlich Foundation, The Harriet Meyer & Ulrich E. Meyer Family Philanthropic Fund, The Lucy & Isidore B. Adelman Foundation, The Peregrine Capital Management, Inc. Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation, Carla Emil & Rich Silverstein, and The Silver Tie Fund.

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