Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is accepting applications for Creative Engagement.

Description: Creative Engagement is a grant program designed to enable Manhattan’s artists and small nonprofit organizations to access local public funds under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of our communities.

Creative Engagement aims to support effective and innovative approaches to engaging audiences through projects and programming of strong artistry. Funding is provided for projects in the performing, literary, media, and visual arts, ranging from folk/traditional forms to contemporary and socially-engaged artistic practices. Creative Engagement strongly supports the payment of artist fees.

Creative Engagement awards approximately $500,000 each year to enable arts projects in neighborhoods from Inwood to the Battery. Supported activities include concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings, and more. The program encourages projects that connect audiences to rich arts experiences as demonstrated by opportunities to attend arts events, participate in arts learning and creation, and present or perform works. Funding priority will be given to projects that bring new arts activities to communities where the need exists, rather than replicate existing offerings.

Competitive projects will demonstrate strong artistic merit, thoughtful project planning, and clear plans to reach the public.

Geographic Focus: Manhattan, NY

Deadline: September 15, 2015