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Minnesota Fringe Festival (Minneapolis | MN)

Theater Emergency Relief Fund

Minnesota Fringe is honored to administer the Theater Emergency Relief Fund, specifically designed as rapid response grants for Theater and Dance Technical and Design professionals who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID relief fund is open to all individuals living in Minnesota who work in Theater or Dance Production or Design, whether full or part time, regular staff, or contract workers. Awards will be made on the basis of need created by the COVID-19 pandemic, not merit. Individual grants will be $1,200 and awards will be given until the fund is depleted. We expect to award a minimum of 55 grants.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all Theater Professionals who have been living and working in Minnesota for at least 1 year and are over 18
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
1 / 15 / 2021

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George Kaiser Family Foundation (Tulsa | OK)

Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Tulsa Artist Fellowship brings artists and arts workers together in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Selected fellows receive a $40,000 stipend paid over two years, fully subsidized housing for two years in Tulsa's Arts and/or Greenwood Districts that accommodates families, partners and pets, and fully subsidized studio space in Tulsa's Arts and/or Greenwood Districts. Artists and/or Arts Workers of any medium and/or discipline, with a minimum of five years professional experience committed to living and working in Tulsa, Oklahoma full-time for two-years, are eligible.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to U.S. residents committed to living and working in Tulsa
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
1 / 15 / 2021

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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

2021 Actos de Confianza

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) recognizes the continual compounding impact that the COVID-19 public health pandemic is having on the Latinx artistic communities and greater Latinx populations in the United States and Puerto Rico. In April 2020, NALAC launched its first iteration of emergency relief support and was able to carry out four cycles of relief funding, administering a total of $186,000 via 221 grants to Latinx arts practitioners in states and Puerto Rico. In a moment of continued uncertainty, we once again return to the importance of confianza – the act of mutual trust and support to carve new ways forward. In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Eligibility Who is eligible to apply? General eligibility requirements across all grant cycles include: Individuals Must be at least 18 year of age. Must identify as a Latinx artist or cultural worker and is able to demonstrate their artistic or cultural practice. Must not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Must demonstrate dire financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See NALAC’s definition below. Must be able to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if awarded grant funds. Must have full-time residence in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and the region in which they are applying for at least one (1) year. Applicant did not receive grant funds via the Catalyst for Change Award or Border Narrative Change grant opportunities. NOTE: Individuals who received micro-grant funding in 2020 Actos de Confianza relief are welcome to apply. Cycle 1 Eligibility Requirements (Mid-America: January 13, 2021 – January 27, 2021) Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
3 / 3 / 2021

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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