Subsidy Programs for
Artists of Color and
Nonprofit Organizations

Powerhouse Arts strives to make sure that artists have the skills, knowledge, and resources to lead fulfilling and sustainable creative lives in NYC. The benefits of working collaboratively with expert fabricators to produce one’s work have traditionally been accessible only to artists and galleries with the means to locate and pay for this service.

We’d like to change that.

Beginning in December 2020, Powerhouse Arts is providing qualifying individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations with discounted Collaborative Production services through a pilot subsidy program. This program reduces the expense of hiring our expert fabricators for artists disproportionately affected by systemic inequality, and for 501c3 nonprofit organizations.
SUBSIDY PROGRAM FOR ARTISTS OF COLOR

This program is open to Artists of Color who also identify as one or more of the following:

—A person with a disability
—A refugee
—LGBTQIA+
—Without the personal or institutional resources needed to realize your project.

Artists qualify for this program by self-identifying as meeting the described criteria.

Qualifying individual artists can expect a 50% discount on fabrication and project management services. Please note that material costs are not subsidized.

To participate, please complete the Project Inquiry form above. A member of our Collaborative Production team will respond promptly regarding next steps.

SUBSIDY PROGRAM FOR 501c3 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

This program serves mission-driven organizations and activities.

You qualify for this program if you are:
—A 501c3 nonprofit organization commissioning work - or
—An artist producing work for a fundraiser benefiting a nonprofit or volunteer organization.

501c3 nonprofits and artists that qualify for this program can expect a 20% subsidy on fabrication and project management services. Please note that material costs are not subsidized.

To participate, please complete the Project Inquiry form above. A member of our Collaborative Production team will respond promptly regarding next steps.

Proof of 501c3 status is required to qualify.

FAQs

As an artist, what documentation will I need to show in order to demonstrate that I qualify for the Subsidy Program?
None. Qualification is based on the self-identification by the artist in the form.

As a nonprofit organization, do I need to provide proof of my 501c3 status to qualify for the Subsidy Program?
Yes, however you may qualify as an eligible nonprofit organization without charitable status if you meet certain criteria. Please reach out to us.

What is the intake process?
The intake process is the same regardless of whether you qualify for a Subsidy Program or not. As with all of our project inquiries, a member of our team will then get in touch with you following your initial submission to assess timeline, needs, and provide a tailored proposal and fee for your project.

Is there a limit to how many times one can apply to this?
No, there is not a limit to how many times an artist or nonprofit organization can participate in the Subsidy Program.

Are materials provided or subsidized?
No, this discount only applies to the cost of fabrication or project management services. If you have a limited budget for materials, our team can work with you to suggest practical solutions