Artists Sustaining Artists Fund



Mindful of the unique hardships emerging artists – and in particular emerging Black Artists and Artists of Color – face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transformer is providing need-based, unrestricted relief grants of $500 to 20 emerging artists in DC experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.


Deadline to Apply | Sunday, July 5 at 11:59pm EST

Practicing emerging visual artists living in the DC Metro Area (DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Montgomery or Prince George’s counties) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 21 or older and able to receive taxable income in the United States regardless of their citizenship status.

RELIEF GRANT FUNDS will be distributed to selected artists beginning July 13.

The applicant review committee includes Artists Sustaining Artists participating artist Zoë Charlton, Transformer Board Member Sheldon Scott, and Transformer Co-Founder & Executive/Artistic Director Victoria Reis.

Support for the relief grants come from Transformer's Artists Sustaining Artists Program. As Transformer Board & staff continue to grow support for this initiative, Transformer will be able to offer this funding to more artists. 

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