Even if you’re not aware of the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, there’s a strong chance you’re familiar with one of the many local creatives who’ve scored handsome awards from the nonprofit during its first decade. Launched by tireless arts advocate Patricia Pratchett and revered artist Bettie Ward (proud mom of Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward) as a means to help support “a community where artists help shape the identity of our area by influencing how we look, sound and feel both to residents and visitors,” the AF has so far doled out $655,000 between a broad cross-section of accomplished local artists — playwright/vocalist José Ruben De León, flamenco dancer/choreographer Tamara Adira, artist/musician Daniela Riojas, visual artist Fernando Andrade, Miniature Curiosa co-founder Zach Dorn, poet Laurie Ann Guerrero, aerial artist Julia Langenberg, photographer Scott Martin, filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley, and more than 100 others.
After taking a hiatus in 2016 to restructure, the organization recently announced some big changes on the horizon. Citing San Antonio’s upcoming Tricentennial as inspiration, the AF’s 11th grant cycle will split $60,000 between four artists in four categories: visual art, performing arts, literary arts and people’s choice (a new award to be determined by online voting). In addition to creating an original new work with the funds, award winners will share their projects at a free public showcase in the fall of 2018.
Interested artists (must reside in Bexar County) can review guidelines here and submit applications through December 22 at artistfound.org.