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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency (Aminah Residency)

Residency to USA African American Visual
Artists to Develop a Work in Progress

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and Columbus Museum of Art (CMA)

Deadline Date:

03/09/20 5:00 PM


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Opportunity for USA African American visual artists to participate in a residency to develop a work in progress. Funding is intended for artists who produce works deeply rooted in storytelling, cultural traditions, and heritage. Funding is also intended to provide an artist with the gift of time to develop the work and connect to resources related to the work of MacArthur Fellow Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.

The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency (Aminah Residency) celebrates the legacy of the late Columbus artist and provides a U.S. based African American visual artist a 90-day residency in the Columbus, Ohio home of the late Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.

Community outreach activities (facilitated by Arts Council staff) are required and artists will have the opportunity for a public presentation and/or exhibition. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187837

Estimated Size of Grant:

In 2020, the residency will include a $2,500 unrestricted cash award, a stipend up to $5,500 for travel/living expenses, and the honor of staying and working in Aminah’s home. Lodging and studio access is provided as part of the residency.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants to the Aminah Residency must:
- Identify as African American;
- Be a permanent resident of the United States;
- Be a professional visual artist (age 18 and older): Individuals who devote a significant portion of their time to the creation of personal artwork. The professional artist likely sells their artwork or shares their independent body of work with the public on a regular basis. Individuals working in a creative industry primarily producing commercial work are not eligible. Collaborative applications are NOT accepted. Each artist must apply individually.
- Produce work in any of the following media: Visual arts (painting, 3D and 2D, wood carving, sculpture and fiber – with a focus on found objects, natural and synthetic materials).
- Produce works deeply rooted in storytelling, cultural traditions and heritage;
- Are NOT enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students.

NOTE: Residents of Central Ohio are eligible to apply, however recipients of the local Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Fellowship are not eligible. Likewise, if a local artist is selected for the Aminah Residency, they will be prohibited from applying for the Aminah Fellowship in future years.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline – subject to change:
- Application Opens: December 3, 2019
- Application Due: March 9, 2020 at 5:00pm
- Applicants Notified: March 25, 2020
- Residency Begins: August 17, 2020
- Community Outreach #1: Week of September 14, 2020 (approximate)
- Community Outreach #2: Week of October 5, 2020 (approximate)
- Community Outreach #3: Week of October 19, 2020 (approximate)
- Public Presentation, Exhibit, or Event: Week of November 2, 2020 (approximate)
- Residency Ends: November 15, 2020
- Final Report Due: December 15, 2020

An artist may be selected for the Aminah Residency only once. If an artist applies and is not selected, they may apply again the following year.

Recipient of the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency will receive 25% of their stipend and award following the receipt of a digitally signed grant agreement; 50% of the stipend and award upon arrival in Columbus; and the final 25% of the stipend and award upon completion of the Final Report.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Jami Goldstein
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