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Greater Jacksonville Cultural Council Announces New $600K Artist Fellowship Program

Greater Jacksonville Cultural Council Announces New 0K Artist Fellowship Program

The Greater Jacksonville Cultural Council, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville, announced a new $600,000 grant program called the “Artists Grant Program: Individual Artist Operating Grants” to support local artists in Duval County.

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CCGJ has been a key cultural organization in Northeast Florida for over 30 years and currently manages a program that generates approximately $114 million in creative economic impact for the city. This new artist grant program aims to strengthen Jacksonville’s creative sector and benefit the local economy.

The program was created in partnership with the Mayor’s Transition Committee on Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) and the City of Jacksonville to help local artists and make Jacksonville a better place to live and work.

“Arts and culture have been a priority for my administration from the very beginning,” said Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan. “It’s no secret that Jacksonville is teeming with talent and creativity, and we’re excited to continue to support our artists — who truly embody the creative heart and soul of our city. This new program will give Jacksonville artists an even greater support system to help them develop and showcase their talents, build a broader audience, and succeed financially. And ultimately, I hope it encourages them to stay and continue to share their talents with us.”

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Diana Donovan, Executive Director of the Arts Council, emphasized the importance of arts and culture to the city’s growth: “As advocates for Jacksonville’s creative sector and vibrant cultural landscape, we believe in the transformative power of arts and culture to mutually reinforce economic growth and quality of life in our city. Leveraging national best practices, we anticipate that this program will ignite Duval County’s creative economy while paving the way for Jacksonville to become a city that attracts and retains creative talent through professional development and purposeful capacity building. The Arts Fellowship Program will ensure that Jacksonville becomes a place where talented creatives can live, work, play and be.”

The program will award sixty grants of $10,000 each in its first year, for a total of $600,000 to artists across a range of disciplines. A panel of artists, community members and Arts Council board members will review applications and announce grant recipients by the end of 2024.

The program is open to professional artists in any medium or discipline living in Duval County, as well as creative entrepreneurs and cultural workers who support artists. The program also includes grant writing workshops and professional development training.

Applications for the Artist Grant Program will be accepted from July 29 to August 30. For more information, visit culturalcouncil.org/artistgrant.

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