Artistic Development Grant

This grant program emphasizes an individual's arts project or artistic learning and development. Eligible for funding are expenses related to projects in the visual or performing arts, or to help cover short-term courses, workshops or art/music classes or camps. Funds are intended to cover materials, time spent on a project or for registration fees. Any professional or amateur artist or student in the River Valley is eligible to apply.

Grants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • potential fo the applicant's growth and development
  • community benefit (Awardees are asked to demonstrate, exhibit or present at a SGAAC event or in another public setting.)
  • artistic merit and innovation
  • ability of the applicant to successfully complete the project
  • ability to provide a portion of the funding


Previous Artistic Development recipients include:

2019 Recipients

Maya Madden--$1,250.  To attend a cloissone jewelry workshop and offer a class to interested area residents. 

2018 Recipients

Asa Derks-- To produce the short film Singularity Stories Vol. 1.

Abigail Korenchen--To receive vocal music training in Italy. 

2016 Recipients

Jennifer Salt - $750. This Artistic Development Grant will enable artist Salt to gather the necessary materials and supplies to complete her Sixty West Art Project.  The project will document historic State Highway 60 and the culture and life along the highway between Spring Green and Prairie du Chien through a series of oil paintings. A public exhibition of the completed paintings and a presentation about the history and folklore of the communities along the route will be scheduled when the paintings are ready for exhibit.

2015 Recipients

Julie Tallard Johnson -$800. Writer Tallard Johnson will use her grant to develop new methods of teaching creative writing to students over age 50 in the Write Your Own Story program to be hosted by the Kraemer Library in Plain in June.

Ali Kauss - $400. Metalsmith and jewelry artist Kauss will explore new techniques and forms as she develops a new exhibition for 2016.

2012 Recipients

Jean Marc Richel, 2012, for his multimedia project titled Celestials