About UMEZ Arts Engagement
APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 ARE NOW CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL IN FEBRUARY 2019.
UMEZ Arts Engagement is a new grant program launched in December 2017 to enhance the diversity and frequency of arts and cultural presentations in Upper Manhattan. The program provides direct support for these activities to Upper Manhattan’s artists and nonprofit arts organizations under the guiding principle that support for artists of diverse disciplines, practices, cultural backgrounds, and career stages contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. UMEZ Arts Engagement invites proposals from artists and arts organizations that are 1) based in Upper Manhattan and 2) presenting arts projects or programming in Upper Manhattan between January 1–December 31, 2019.
Program funding is provided by the Cultural Investments Fund (CIF) of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ). Since 1996, UMEZ has invested more than $55 million in nonprofit organizations with a focus on cultural institutions to spur the growth of Upper Manhattan’s cultural and economic landscape.
The launch of UMEZ Arts Engagement marks the first time UMEZ is able to provide an accessible source of project-based funding for individual artists and smaller nonprofit arts organizations that were previously ineligible to access UMEZ funding. UMEZ Arts Engagement is administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).