The rumors are true and the official announcement and link for more details are on the way, but this week Giovanni Valderas, Vice Chair of the Cultural Arts Commission for the city of Dallas announced via Facebook that starting February 27, artists will be able to apply for grants that range from $1,000- 5,000. These "Special Support Grants" might be a small, yet mighty step for the city to take, as it demonstrates a direct support of the artists who choose to call Dallas home.
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Both non-profits located within Dallas and artists with permanent residence in the city may apply, and artists with three years experience will be given preference. Technically, these grants will be given for special projects or for support of artists, although the verbiage of the guidelines seems tailored entirely for those special projects that "benefit the general public." Let's hope that these "projects" can entail things like rent for studio to create work, because you know, artists are important for the city of Dallas and its vibrancy.