MakeWork has announced a bit of a change for their sixth and final year of the program of artist grants.
The advisory committee will only consider $25,000 grants for projects that are proposed by former MakeWork recipients. Projects are encouraged to create “long-term social benefit to underserved citizens of Chattanooga,” according a statement from the committee.
Although each team must be led by a former grantee, project teams are encouraged to be inclusive to other artists. Themes of social benefit could include: hunger, homelessness, environmental sustainability, and neighborhood transformation.
The deadline for proposals is Nov. 1, and recipients will notified Dec. 15.
Candy Kruesi is chair of the MakeWork advisory committee. She said the final year of the program offers a chance to create a sustainable, long-lasting impact on the community.
“In the past five years, MakeWork has granted more than $685,000 to 85 local artists,” Kruesi said. "The program has provided financial assistance, entrepreneurial resources and showcase opportunities artists need to succeed and grow. In our final year, we want to support grantees in using their creative energy to improve our community."
Past MakeWork recipients include authors, painters, sculptors, musicians and culinary artists.
Isaac Duncan III is a sculptor and a former grant recipient. He opened his own studio in 2008 called Duncan Sculpture and Services. He said the MakeWork money allowed him the freedom to work at his own pace and to purchase his own equipment.
“I was leaving my former employer and opening my own studio,” Duncan said. “It was a great startup booster to create my sculpture company.”
Duncan said the money allowed him the ability to work whenever the spark of creativity occurred, which was often late at night or early in the morning.
“Being able to have that freedom and giving your mind time to relax is important,” he said. “Some services I had to sub-contract on someone’s schedule.”
Currently, Duncan is a busy man. He is working on a piece for The Catch Restaurant in Cleveland. He is working on a installations in Knoxville and a show at Georgia Tech University. In addition, Duncan has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for sculptors.
He said the final year for MakeWork is both a nod to past recipients and a call to action.
“The first four years it was established to help artists to get funding for their career or their workspace, so they could take their art to the next step,” he said. “Now, we’re saying ‘artists, we’ve invested in you, we know you’re good...now we want you to give back. The only way we can do that is to get out in the community.”
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