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The Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of 2004 Individual Artist Grant Program awards. Through this first round of awards, the Cultural Arts Council is distributing $67,000 to support the work of 17 artists selected through a competitive application process. The artists selected for the grant awards are:
John L. Cornelius
"Investing in the development of Houston's individual artists is critical to ensure the vitality of our city's arts environment," notes María Muñoz-Blanco, the Cultural Arts Council's executive director. "Supporting their artistic endeavor furthers Houston's well-deserved reputation as an exciting hub for creativity."
The Individual Artist Grant Program offers two types of grants: fellowships and project grants. These grants, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, are given to Houston artists to support the creation of new work and special projects. While the project grants are offered annually to artists working in all artistic forms, the fellowship grants are offered on alternating years to specific art disciplines: in 2004, the focus was on creative writing, choreography and music composition; in 2005, the focus will be on visual arts, crafts and media arts. Both fellowship and project grants are awarded through a competitive process, with applications evaluated by a panel of art professionals with the principal criterion being artistic merit.
The second round of Individual Artists Grant Program will be offered this Spring beginning March 1, 2004. The deadline for this round is April 2, 2004. Click here to find out more information about our Individual Artist Grants.
The Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County, a nonprofit organization, seeks to advance the arts in the Greater Houston area through its public/private partnership with the City of Houston. Funded principally by the City of Houston, the Cultural Arts Council also receives public support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and Harris County.