Image Credit: Narciso Argüelles, Imaginary Spaces, installation and performance, OVAC's Art 365, 2017

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 - Sign up here!

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 artist, arts administrator, and someone from the national Regional Regranting family. Check back soon to learn more about our panel!

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 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.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103


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