Note: The Culture Alive Program has awarded all available funds for the 2017 fiscal year and is no longer accepting applications for the remainder of the fiscal year. Applications for the 2018 Culture Alive Program will be accepted beginning July 31, 2017 for activities beginning on or after October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. The guidelines and application will be released the week of June 19th.
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division is excited to launch the Culture Alive funding initiative. In an effort to achieve greater cultural equity, Culture Alive will support a variety of artistic expressions and traditions practiced within diverse ALAANA (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American) communities and/or cultural groups in Austin. Awards up to $5,000 are available for eligible applicants to enrich the Austin community through the documentation, practice, and sharing of traditional art forms.
This program is geared specifically to support ALAANA communities in Austin through an arts-centric platform for community building and strengthening cultural traditions. ALANA groups and individual artists representing underserved communities, including low-income, immigrant and refugee communities, first time applicants, and projects involving seniors or youth are encouraged to apply.
Culture Alive aims to:
Preserve or grow cultural heritage or artistic expression that is rooted in and reflective of a traditional or multigenerational creative practice
Promote and share with a larger public audience Austin’s diverse cultural heritage and traditional art forms
Teach traditional forms of artistic expression to new generations of practitioners
Artists and arts organizations may apply for funding of projects including the creation of artwork, documentation, and presentation of folk and traditional art forms. This includes individual artists working in contemporary art form(s) and/or making contemporary work that is inspired by or draws upon folk or traditional art forms. Projects may be a single event or activity, or a series or combination of multiple events or activities. All projects must have a public component such as a performance, concert, exhibition, film, reading, workshop or other activity that is open to and engages members of a larger community.
Applications are due on the last Monday of each month, and must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the project start date.