Artist Fellowships

Arts Council Silicon Valley annually awards Artist Fellowships to recognize professional working artists and support them in their creative work. Fellowships of up to $4,000 are awarded annually in different artistic categories to regional artists who are seriously committed to their art form and have a demonstrated history of professional activity in Santa Clara County. No specific project needs to be carried out with the funds awarded.

This grant program defines “working artists” as adults who have received training in an artistic discipline or tradition, spend at least ten hours a week on their artwork, self-define as professional artists, and derive income from work in which they use their expert artistic practices and skills. 

Past Artist Fellowship Categories:

Visual Arts/2-dimensional:  Photography, Video, Animation

Visual Arts/3-dimensional:  Sculpture (all media)

Literary Arts:  Memoir, Spoken Word

Performing Arts/Music:  Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance

Performing Arts/Dance:  Choreography

Performing Arts/Theatre:  Stage Direction, Stage Design (set, lighting, costume)

Information Workshops:

Arts Council staff will conduct two informational workshops to explain  the application process and answer any questions artists may have about the Artist Fellowship program.