Sally A. Williams Artist Fund

In memory of Sally A. Williams, who served as the Arkansas Arts Council’s Artist Services Manager for 25 years before her passing on April 20, 2010, the Arts Council has established the Sally A. Williams Artist Fund. Funding for this program includes donations from Williams’s family and friends, proceeds from the sale of Williams’s artwork following her death and Arts Council funding. The Arts Council introduced the first round of grants in October 2011 to celebrate Williams’s birth month.

Assistance grants of up to $500 are intended to support professional development and advance an artist’s career. A request must be matched by the artist with a cash amount equal to or more than the grant. Artists may receive a minimum of $100 per application. For example, an artist may wish to participate in more than one workshop or project per year.

Projects may include:

● Registration or travel to a conference, retreat, symposium or workshop that will enhance the professional work of the recipient

● Consulting fees for establishing or growing the recipient’s art-related business, e.g. marketing or business plan

The Assistance Fund will not support:

● Fees or travel for an artist whose primary reason for attending an activity is to present or teach a workshop

● Publishing costs

● Supplies

● Capital equipment

● Any expense not directly related to the artist's professional development.

To be eligible for individual artist assistance grants, an artist must be at least 21 years old and must have been an Arkansas resident for at least one year at the time of application. For more information, contact Robin McClea.