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Art + Technology Lab Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and
International Artists for Innovative Use of Technology in Art

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Deadline Date:

02/21/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International individual artists and collectives for projects that explore the artistic applications of new technologies and concepts associated with technology and culture. This program provides artists with financial support for new projects as well as in-kind contributions from expert partners in the fields of science, technology, and engineering.

Areas of Interest:

While there is a preference for projects that explore emerging technology, prior technological experience or knowledge is not required. Artists who have not used advanced technology in their work are encouraged to consider how technology applications might build upon and expand the trajectory of their work. Recipients need not be located in or near Los Angeles. The Lab welcomes proposals for projects that are presented outside the bounds of the museum campus, including conceptual projects and those that unfold in virtual or online spaces, or in other geographic or extraterrestrial locations.

Particular interest is given to exploratory ideas and proposals that leave room for refinement in collaboration with technologists and the museum. In addition, preference will be given to projects that are publicly accessible, consistent with LACMA’s mission, and produce models, prototypes, data, code, or other material that can be shared broadly.

Also welcome are proposals that utilize museum resources, including access to data, material from our archives, information about our collection, and the use of museum digital properties as a platform for presenting projects, though that is not a requirement.

In general, applicants are encouraged to think beyond the traditional in-gallery exhibition presentation, to consider other possibilities and forms of public engagement.

Commitment to Diversity:

The Art + Technology Lab is committed to embracing and enhancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and access to arts and culture, and encourages applications from communities across racial, ethnic, geographic, socio-economic, cultural, age, gender, and sexual orientation spectrums.

Evaluation Criteria::

LACMA curators and staff will review all applications. The final selection will be made by the museum director and curatorial and program staff. LACMA has sole discretion as to the number of proposals that will be accepted and supported through the Lab.

Projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
-Is the project artist-led and does it have artistic merit?
-Does the project explore emerging technology?
-Does the project suggest models, methods, and/or data that may be of interest to other artists and technologists?
-Does the process proposed by the artist include opportunities to present demos, prototypes, or collaborative opportunities for the public during the development period?

Artists need not be based in Southern California. Preference is given to project proposals that include some aspect of public demonstration and engagement with the museum’s audience. Project budgets may include travel for this purpose.

The awarding of the grant may require meetings with applicants to discuss their proposals and establish detailed agreements. The grants will be awarded only after definitive agreements are reached, and the amount and timing of the disbursement of funds will be determined by the nature of each project. All artists will be required to execute a definitive agreement with LACMA (and, where applicable, third-party participants), which will set forth appropriate agreements with respect to, among other things, the scope and the duration of the project, required milestones, amount and timing of funding, the involvement of third parties, intellectual property, licensing, and ownership.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178320

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may provide financial support of up to $50,000 per project to cover artist fees and direct costs, including materials.

Recipients may also receive in-kind support, such as mentorship, coaching, advice, and exposure to technologies in development at partner organizations, including Hyundai, Accenture, Google, and SpaceX, as well as independent artists and academics working in art and technology from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and elsewhere.

Term of Contract:

All costs included in the project budget must be expended during the period of support, typically within 12 months of the initial award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Art + Technology Lab grants are open to individuals and collectives located anywhere in the world.

Students are eligible to apply and the Art + Technology Lab is open to collaborative proposals with students on the team.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 21 by 11:59 PM and awards will be announced in April 2018.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.