Mass Cultural Council is honored to announce the Fiscal Year 2022 Artist Fellowship awards in Choreography, Poetry, and Traditional Arts. The awards include 21 Fellowships of $15,000 and 37 Finalist awards of $5,000 (increased from $1,500 in recent cycles), plus one honorary Finalist designation.
Artist Fellowships are direct grants to Massachusetts artists. Except in the category of Traditional Arts, the grants are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted.* We received a total number of 383 eligible applications: 61 in Choreography, 295 in Poetry, and 27 in Traditional Arts.
This is the first series of Artist Fellowships awards Mass Cultural Council will announce in FY22. In May, we plan to announce awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting.
The Artist Fellowships are a key part of Mass Cultural Council’s commitment to increase support for individual artists. By the end of the FY22 grant cycle, we expect to award over $1 million through the Artist Fellowships, reaching double the artists compared to last year (from 75 to 150).
*In the Traditional Arts category, the review is not anonymous and there are additional criteria.