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The Lighthouse Works’ primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. We bring artists on fellowship to beautiful Fishers Island, where they are provided with room, board and studio space, giving them ample opportunity for quiet productivity in a serene, supportive environment.
The Lighthouse Works accepts artists working in a wide range of media: fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction; painters, sculptors, those working in video and installation, and other visual artists; musicians and composers. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow.
Our organization’s efforts also support and enrich the Fishers Island community through a letterpress print shop, open studios, readings, concerts, and workshops for students and adults. By assisting artists at critical junctures in their careers, we aim to be a significant force in preserving and promoting the central role of the arts in our culture. We hope our work will also inspire the creation of other small businesses and organizations in our community, making Fishers Island an enclave of creativity and a cultural destination.
Any serious artist at any stage of his or her career is welcome to apply through our online application system. Applicants are required to fill out an application form and to submit work samples and a statement of intent. While our staff reviews applications for completeness, a panel of professionals in the applicant’s artistic field evaluates each portfolio. Because the fellowship program accepts only 20 artists a year, our process is necessarily quite selective.
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In 2017, CERF+ will award “Get Ready” Grants of up to $500 to individual artists and up to $1,500 to groups of artists in two grant cycles. The “Get Ready” Grant Program encourages awareness of and provides funding for artists to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and implement other safety measures to help artists build and sustain strong and resilient careers. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Grant Cycle 1
Applications submitted by August 15, 2017 Award announcement: September 1, 2017
Grant Cycle 2
Applications submitted by November 15, 2017 Award announcement: December 1, 2017
Grant funds may be used to purchase goods and/or services that will have a direct impact on protecting an artist’s career and increasing emergency readiness. Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas and review recommended activities in the Get Ready and Studio Safety sections of the CERF+ website.
Examples of eligible activities include:
Business Protection Business insurance Inventory software Business planning for continuity and contingencies Creating secure business record-keeping systems Studio Safeguards Safety equipment Upgrading studio and/or equipment to improve studio health and safety Contractor consulting Purchasing safer materials and supplies Emergency/Disaster Readiness Emergency tools, supplies and equipment Upgrading studio to reduce disaster risk Contractor consulting Theft protection measures Career Protection Legacy or estate planning Financial planning services Documentation or digitization of artwork and/or related records Legal counsel Enrolling in a professional development course or workshop to enhance career protection
For full information including eligiblity and application instructions, visit https://cerfplus.org/get-ready-portal/get-ready-grants/ or contact Les Snow at email@example.com, 802.229.2306.