Artist awardees will have demonstrated a profound ability to challenge the limits of conductive creative discourse and its effects on our society, pushing the creative act beyond the accepted limits, definitions, or purposes of art while engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex.
"Since the industrial revolution, the role of art in society has gone through profound changes, more than any other period in the history of civilization. When we examine the role of art in ancient cultures, its use in ritual and ceremony, the contrast is significant.
"Over the course of western history, institutions of power, both religious and state, have used art as a propaganda tool and vehicle to further their own agendas, which may in fact not serve the best interests of society. During the twentieth century, and especially with the advent of television, market forces completely subsumed the power of the image, and in a broader sense how all creative acts are perceived by society. Today, in ever more sophisticated ways, art is bound to consumer culture, and ultimately, a servant of the capitalist agenda.
"The result of these developments is a profound disconnection in the lives of everyday people with the creative process, and the initial impetus for the creative act.
"The purpose of this grant is to recognize an artist who incorporates the creative process into a life practice that diffuses the boundaries between professional activities, social responsibilities, and respect for the people that compose the community we all share.
Su Job, December, 2008
If you are a Pioneer Square business owner or community member, you can nominate an artist for the grant. You may do so by obtaining a copy of the application for your nominated artist, or by contacting Cath Brunner at 4Culture. Artists do not have to be nominated to apply or to receive the grant.
If you need assistance with the application process or have questions about the grant criteria, contact Cath Brunner at 4Culture.
Each year a new group of panelists is chosen based on the grant's specfic criteria. Panelists include artists, Pioneer Square community members, and last year's CGG awardee.
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 Washington State corporation.