Videos, workshop presentations and handouts explain the program and secrets of success.

We prepared this toolkit to help artists through the process of applying for an award. Artists can learn how to write an artist statement, prepare a resume, document their work and much more. The tools include three new videos featuring artists, art experts and Foundation staff explaining the program and suggesting a path to success. Scroll down to find a recorded webinar, a workshop presentation and guides to help artists present themselves — and their work — in the best light.

Video 1: What are the Individual Artist Awards? Learn the different types of awards and why it is important to apply early. Just going through the process can make you a better artist!

Video 2: What are the elements of an application?
Requirements including an artist statement, a resume and work samples are explained.

Video 3: Hot tips
Artists and Rasmuson Foundation staff provide specific guidance including that it is OK to ask for help.

Videos by C+L Creative, an ad agency run by Clay and Laura Butcher

2020 IAA workshop presentation

Here is where you will find a copy of the presentation shared with artists who attended workshops in 2020. It is loaded with more tips that may be useful if you were unable to attend an application workshop or would like to review the presentation.

2020 webinar

The Foundation hosted a webinar in February 2020 to walk artists through the application, using the presentation featured above. There was a technical glitch that kept the sound from playing in the middle but the sound comes back on around 1:10:10. There were great questions toward the end, so stick with it. Very helpful tips!

Artist statement

How to Write an Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable” is a helpful outside resource for getting started on your statement.

Learn from past recipients.

These profiles of artists who have received the award come through a partnership with the literary nonprofit, 49 Writers. Not only are the stories great reads, they provide rare insight into the type of art created by award recipients.

More help

Additional information can be found in blog posts tagged “IAA”,  this list of past awardees, and on the Rasmuson Foundation YouTube channel.

For more arts funding opportunities visit the New York Foundation for the Arts.


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