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4. Target Communities
Summary of Criteria
The objective of Artist Outreach is twofold:
To provide accomplished visual, performing, and
literary artists the opportunity to help underserved members of the
To provide high quality educational, mentoring, and therapeutic arts experiences to the underserved
The Foundation is well aware of the enormous therapeutic and educational
contribution artists can make to those in-need within their communities.
Artists often do not receive the support necessary to allow them to make
this contribution. The Foundation also recognizes that significant
therapeutic and educational impact rarely occurs in short "hit-and-run"
programs. Therefore, the Foundation has developed a year-long program
that provides support for experienced artists who are motivated to
contribute to their community.
2. THE ARTIST
are available to literary, visual, and performing artists who are:
- Age 55 or older
- Residents of Orange County or North San Diego County
3. THE STIPEND
The Picerne Family Foundation plans to
provide up to 20 stipends in 2012 to artists age 55 and older. Selected
artists will receive a grant of $12,000 to pursue a 12-month project of
their own choosing. The grant is intended to fund artists' actual
contact time with participants and will be paid out at $1,000 per month.
Artists may submit an additional request for reimbursement for materials
directly related to service provision. Items such as the rental of
office space, capital expenditures for permanent equipment, general
office supplies, extra personnel, and travel expenses will not be
reimbursed. The Foundation expects artists awarded the grant will devote
six to eight hours of direct contact time per week to the people they
wish to serve at a nonprofit organization of their choice. Partial
grants may be awarded to artists wishing to contribute fewer hours.
4. TARGET COMMUNITIES
Projects should be designed for an
in-need population that normally would not have access to the proposed
services. There are no restrictions regarding the age of the
participants the artist chooses to serve. However, projects should be
educational, mentoring, and/or therapeutic experiences for the
participants. Artists awarded the grant will be expected to participate
in a project evaluation.
Projects should be carried out in
association with organizations that possess not-for-profit, tax-exempt
status. Artists may propose to work with one or more underserved groups
and nonprofit organizations. If the artist would like help in locating
individuals or groups that could benefit from an artist's services, the
Foundation will provide help in selecting a worthy nonprofit. Projects
are not limited to North San Diego and Orange County—based agencies or
organizations, although preference may be shown for these projects.
Information about the previous Artist Outreach Project grant
recipients and their projects can be found
Examples of potentially fundable projects
Teaching ukulele to convalescing wounded war veterans
Helping homeless children create collages
Teaching drama to inner-city, African-American youth
Engaging youth in creative writing who have been identified by
police as at risk
Conducting nature photography on a one-on-one basis with autistic
Leading interpretive dance in a retirement facility
The Foundation will not fund:
Performances, demonstrations or “showings” of the artist’s own work
Projects in schools that are traditionally part of the academic
Projects that are primarily religious in nature
Projects where the primary applicant is a nonprofit or educational
organization rather than a literary, visual, or performing artist
Artists are encouraged to contact the Foundation in advance of their
written applications in order to discuss their intended projects. They
can also receive assistance in connecting with a suitable group at this
time, if needed.
5. APPLICATION PROCESS
Application Timeline: The Foundation will begin accepting applications
on May 1, 2014. The application deadline is Thursday July 31, 2014. Please contact the Foundation at 949-267-1517 or use the
link above if you would like to discuss
your plans for an Artist Outreach Project application.
Pre-submission: Prior to submission of an application, interested
artists are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Foundation staff
in a phone call or
Qualified artists with ideas that appear to fit the project criteria
will be encouraged to submit a formal application. Application materials
can be obtained by phone, by e-mail request, or by download from the
Foundation website by clicking on the download an application link at
the bottom of this page.
Formal Application: Artists may submit a written application to the
Picerne Family Foundation by e-mail attachment, regular mail, or by
filling out the online application. The Foundation will evaluate all proposals in
terms of the reliability and professionalism of the artist and the
artist’s likelihood for success. The Foundation will also evaluate the
educational and psychosocial impact of the proposed project.
It will be the applicant’s responsibility as part of the written
application to describe the project they would engage in, the time they
would devote, and a budget outlining the supplies necessary for the
project. Artists are expected to provide a letter of support from the
nonprofit organization(s) they have chosen to host the project with the
application. The letter of support should demonstrate the nonprofit’s
interest in hosting the artist's project if the artist is awarded a
grant. Finally, applicants will be asked to submit a resume of their art
experience and references with the application.
Interview: Based on the written application, the Foundation will select
finalists for the consequent interview phase. Finalists may be asked to
present samples of their work in advance of the interview. Artist
proposals, plans, and budgets will be reviewed in more depth during the
interview. Finalists are often asked to follow up on one or more items
after the interview, before the Foundation makes a final decision about
awarding a grant.
6. SUMMARY OF CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the
Artist is age 55 or over
Artist is an Orange County resident or North San Diego County resident
Applicant is a practicing artist in the literary,
visual, or performing arts
Preference given to projects involving individuals, agencies or organizations located in Orange County.
Projects will be carried out in association with
organizations that possess not-for-profit, tax-exempt
status. An organization that does not possess
non-profit status may be considered if a non-profit
organization agrees to sponsor it.
Projects are to be educational, mentoring, or
therapeutic, arts-based programs.
7. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
8. CONTACT INFORMATION
What is the definition of an “artist” who is eligible to apply for
the Artist Outreach Project? I am not sure if I will qualify as an
The Foundation defines an “artist” as someone who has been engaged
as a writer, performer, musician, or visual artist with some
regularity and continuity over the years. The Foundation does not
require that applicants have been paid for their artistic endeavors.
What artistic disciplines does the Artist Outreach Project support?
The artist outreach project supports artists pursuing projects with
underserved groups in the literary, performing, or visual arts. The
Foundation maintains a liberal definition of these art forms, and
considers applications that represent a wide spectrum of these art
forms. However, proposals primarily focused on sports activities
such as surfing or other therapeutic disciplines such as yoga or
meditation will not be considered for an Artist Outreach Grant.
What groups qualify as “underserved” for the Artist Outreach
Groups and individuals of any age are underserved when they lack
opportunities to engage in therapeutic or educational arts programs.
Quite often, these groups or individuals lack access because of
economic, social, or other disadvantages.
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Contact Victor Nelson, the Foundation Executive Director, if you are an
artist with questions about the Artist Outreach Project, if you
represent a nonprofit organization interested in hosting a visual,
performing, or literary artist, or if you are interested in starting an
Artist Outreach Project in your own community. Mr. Nelson can be reached
at 949-267-1517 or via e-mail by clicking
contact or the contact link at the top of the page.
Click here to download a PDF application.
Click here to download a MS Word application.
here to request an application.