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The Delaware Division of the Arts is opening two opportunities for artists this year: the 2023 Artist Research Fellowships and the 2022 Writers Retreat.

Applications for the 2023 Artist Fellowships are open

If you are an artist from Delaware, do not miss the Artist Fellowship 2023 application in smartDE. Applications are due August 1 at the end of the day.

The grants provide resources to local artists so they can purchase equipment and materials, devote more time to their art, or meet other professional needs. Artists compete for the grants by proving their creativity and skills in one of 20 categories. The artistic fields covered include choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music and visual arts.

The Arts Division will offer a scholarship in a new category this year. The “Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary” category is for work that combines two or more of the fellowship’s artistic disciplines. Categories include media arts, crafts, painting, photography, sculpture, and works on paper. Artists who received scholarships established before January 2016 can also apply for master’s scholarships this year in visual arts or popular arts.

Applicants choose between emerging or established categories to keep the competition fair. Fellows must then present examples of their work to the public during their fellowship year.

Writers Retreat 2022

Fellowship applications aren’t the only big opportunity for Delaware artists this year. The Arts Division will also host the 2022 Writers Retreat in person from November 3-6. Delaware creative writers can attend this low-cost retreat at the Virden Center at the University of Delaware in Lewes. Tara Campbell and Chet’la Sebree will lead the workshops. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 15.

The application process is competitive. Entrants will submit samples of poetry or prose with their entry. An anonymous review process will select up to 20 writers from the pool of applicants, split between poetry and prose. The $325 fee to attend the retreat includes a private room and most meals.

To apply for the Fellowship or Retirement, the artist must be 18 years of age or older, have resided in Delaware for at least one year, and not be enrolled in another art degree or certificate program.

All other information and guidelines are available online. To find out more, see the Camaraderie guidelines or Writers Retreat Web page. Interested artists can register or to connect to smARTDE as an individual artist to complete and submit applications.

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The Delaware Division of the Arts is the state agency of Delaware that supports arts programming, education, and outreach. The Division aims to integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for the Division’s programs is provided by the Delaware General Assembly as well as grants from the Federal National Endowment for the Arts.

For updates on future opportunities for artists, visit the Grants for Artists homepage.

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