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published on 12/16/2008

CreateHere Offers Grant Money to Artists

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CreateHere announced today that $150,000 will be made available in 2009 for MakeWork individual artist grants, thanks to a partnership with the Lyndhurst Foundation, Benwood Foundation and Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

Artists within a 50-mile radius of Chattanooga are encouraged to apply for the MakeWork grants. Grants will be awarded in two categories: Project grants or Studio/Career Advancement Grants. Applications may be made in one selected category with the maximum award being $15,000.

"During these difficult economic times it is even more important that we support our artists financially. In Chattanooga, we take our artists seriously, so we provide them with financial assistance. Rising and established artists alike are eligible for assistance for studio rental, tools, workshops and distinctive projects," said Helen Johnson, Creative Strategist at CreateHere.

Dana Shavin, a literary artist and 2008 MakeWork grant recipient noted, "I think that the combined forces of applying for a grant and then receiving one allowed me to see myself in a new light: as a writer who takes her writing seriously, and as one whom others take seriously enough to offer funding!"

CreateHere was formed in 2007 to harness the economic potential of creative individuals in the greater Chattanooga area. After a citywide survey to determine needs and existing resources, the CreateHere team launched four fundamental programs in three months, each targeting a unique facet of Chattanooga's community of entrepreneurs and residents. Since then, ArtsMove, MakeWork, SpringBoard and LeadHere have cultivated and engaged artists, attracting and retaining some of the city's brightest creative minds.

For more information about MakeWork and grant applications visit

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