Image Credit: B4B3LAND, Oakland, Photographer John Flores, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a list of frequently asked questions below. 

If you don't find the answers you need, contact us. 

1. What are Thrive Grants?

Through the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' Regranting Program, Thrive Grants is an annual award program that funds 12 artists' projects with grants of $5,000 each. The projects take place over the course of one year and the program culminates in a celebratory event that includes a Pecha Kucha/TED Talk-style presentation of each project. At this event, the next year's award winners will be announced. 

2. What is the timeline? 

April 1, 2021 - Grant application opens​

May 6, 2021 - Free Info Session - Sign up here!

We are offering a free info session where we will go into detail about the program, what projects qualify, how to write a winning application, and answer any questions.

May 21, 2021 - Free Office Hours 

We are also offering time slots where applicants can sign up for one-on-one time to get feedback on their application before applying.

May 26, 2021 - Free Office Hours 

We are also offering time slots where applicants can sign up for one-on-one time to get feedback on their application before applying.

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

All applications must be submitted through the Submittable portal. If you have any issues in using this portal, please contact us to make other accommodations.

July 15, 2021 - Thrive Grant winners notified

August 2021 - June 2022 - Grant award period 

July 2022 - Award presentations! More info TBA!

Join us  for a fun Pecha Kucha presentation of the 12 projects and find out who the awardees are for the next year!

3. Who selects the grant winners?

We have a committee that includes a local artists, arts administrators, and someone from the national Regional Regranting family. The 2021 members of the selection committee are as follows: Justice Gutierrez (Installation artist from Tulsa), Jennifer Scanlan (Independent Curator from Oklahoma City), Amena Butler ( Arts Administrator for Inclusion in Art from Oklahoma City), Matt Anderson (Artist from Tahlequah), and Kalaija Mallery (Regional Regranting partner from Luminary in St. Louis). Click here to view more about the panelist for 2021.

4. How are the applications scored?

All applications will be scored on the following categories: Career Altering Potential, Artistic Merit, Community Impact, and Ability to Complete. "Extra Credit" will be given to projects that: serves under-represented regions of Oklahoma, include artist(s) Native Peoples/People of Color, and/or utilizes collaboration. View the full rubric here.

5. What types of projects will be funded?

The program celebrates risk and artists that are willing to push their own boundaries. What that actually looks like will vary but could include a non-traditional gallery exhibition, a new art zine or publication, a pop-up exhibition, public art project, etc. The project must be mostly visual art focused.

6. Can I include artists outside of Oklahoma?

Yes, but majority of the artists must be current Oklahoma residents. 

7. Can the grant funds be used to pay myself or other artists?

Yes! You can use the funds however you like to accomplish your project. We encourage artists to pay themselves for their time in completing the project.

8. What if we are an artist collective?

Sure, we encourage collaboration. You will need to select one artist to be the Lead Organizer. This will be the primary contact that we coordinate with, the person who applies, and who will receive the award funds.

9. I’m an independent/freelance curator; am I eligible to apply for the grant?
Yes, independent curators may apply. If you identify as both an artist and curator, only submit one application; only one application per individual will be accepted.

10. I am an artist with an LLC and profit off of my business as a creator, can I apply?

Yes! Independent artists, even those with a LLC, can apply. 501c3 organizations or for-profit corporations are not eligible to apply.

11. I am a recipient of another OVAC program reward, can I still apply?

At this time, we will not require any stipulations on who can apply for those who have won awards from OVAC in the past year. We will require a two year break period for any successful applicants. Which will mean if applicants are awarded in 2021, they will not be eligible to apply again until 2023.