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Image Credit: Spencer Plumlee, Bedroom Talk, OVAC's Momentum, 2020

Before You


Before you apply, carefully review everything on this page including the Requirements, Scoring Matrix, and Timeline. We highly encourage all applicants to attend the free Info Session. For those not able to attend, the session will be recorded and uploaded here.

Info Session 

Check out the Thrive info session! This presentation details the requirements for this grant and there is a Q&A during the last half of the recording. We encourage you to apply for 2022, and watching this Info Session is a great way to prepare for next round.

Info Session

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  1. The proposed project must have a central focus on the visual arts.

  2. The proposed project must have a public-facing component and push the boundaries of the traditional exhibition experience. Some examples could include but should not be limited to performance, viewing, or other public events. Be sure to think outside the box and put an emphasis on how to interact with your audience. 

  3. All public facing events must take place in Oklahoma and must take place before the presentation at the end of the award year.

  4. For collaborative projects, the applicant will serve as the Lead Organizer and a detailed timeline and budget must be included. See a budget template HERE.

  5. Artists currently enrolled as a student in a MFA/BFA or are seeking enrollment in the arts during the award year are not eligible to apply as a Lead Organizer, but may be a collaborator.

  6. The Lead Organizer and the majority of the collaborators must reside in Oklahoma.

  7. Successful applicants may apply in subsequent years, but must propose a new project. The same project or a new iteration of a past project are not eligible for funding.

  8. 501c3 organizations or for-profit corporations are not eligible to apply. Artists with an LLC are eligible to apply.

  9. Awarded applicants must participate in the awards presentation in July 2022 to present their project to the public. 


April 1, 2021 - Grant application opens​

May 6, 2021 - Free Info Session 

May 21, 2021 - Free Office Hours 

May 26, 2021 - Free Office Hours 

June 1, 2021 - Application deadline at 11:59pm CST

July 15, 2021 - Thrive Grant winners notified

August 2021 - June 2022 - Grant award period 

July 2022 - Award presentations! More info TBA!

Scoring Matrix


2021 Applications Currently Closed