Starting this summer, artists can apply for no-strings-attached grants in St. Louis.
This an effort to keep artists in the Midwest city and is offered by the Regional Arts Commission. Ten grants from the $20,000 will be awarded starting in September. Other cities provide similar funding, by the way, such as Cleveland, Chicago, Portland and Seattle.
The grants are among the largest offered by a regional arts agency in the U.S. Artists from all fields — visual arts, dance, theater, film, poetry–can apply.
St. Louis realizes that artists mean economic development for neighborhoods. Since most artists work multiple jobs and make less than $25,000 annually, grants allow time to create work.
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