Annual fellowship will support Palm Beach County creative professionals

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce its new Artist Innovation Fellowship Program, which will help support the careers and artistic endeavors of local creative professionals.

Through a generous grant from the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, the Cultural Council will award five $7,500 Artist Innovation Fellowships to Palm Beach County creative professionals of various artistic disciplines.

“The Cultural Council believes that a strong cultural sector actively contributes to a community’s economic vitality and is central to quality of life,” said Dave Lawrence, the Council’s president & CEO. “This fellowship is different from other professional development opportunities because it leaves room for personal creative growth. We believe our community will benefit greatly from this investment as these artists work to foster innovation and creativity through their chosen activities.”

Fellows may explore new ideas, new or familiar avenues of artistic expression, apprenticeships, research or instruction between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

Application & Selection Process

The Cultural Council will offer free workshops throughout the county prior to the application deadline, which will provide step-by-step information about the online grant system, the program timeline, grant-writing tips and more.

Applicants must be professional artists who have worked in the arts for at least 10 years, have lived in Palm Beach County for at least three years, and are actively pursuing a career in the field. Fellowships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment and artistic excellence. A regional panel of discipline-specific arts professionals will evaluate and select applicants before making a recommendation to the Cultural Council’s board of directors for final approval.

The application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020. To learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process, helpful grant writing tips and more, visit

Fellowship Awards

Fellowship recipients will be notified of their selection in March 2020. A formal announcement of the fellows will be made at the Cultural Council’s Muse Awards on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

The Cultural Council will also coordinate a group exhibition and performance opportunity for the fellows to present their experiences to the public in May 2021 – as part of the Council’s annual MOSAIC (Month of Shows, Art, Ideas & Culture) celebration.

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