The California Arts Council created the Individual Artists Fellowship (IAF) program to recognize, uplift, and celebrate the excellence of California artists and culture bearers practicing any art form with unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
This program will elevate their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. It is intended to support a broad spectrum of artists working in all disciplines, from diverse geographies and communities of all sizes.
California Arts Council has contracted with Arts Orange County (ArtsOC) as the lead Administering Organization in Region I, comprised of the counties of Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. ArtsOC has joined with the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Riverside Arts Council, Arts Connection – the Arts Council of San Bernardino County and North County Coalition for the Arts (Imperial County) in creating a collaborative of the five State-Local Partner arts councils that serve those counties.
2023-24 Individual Artist Fellows
Awards have been made in the following categories: Emerging Artist Fellows - $5,000; Established Artist Fellows - $10,000; Legacy Artist Fellows - $50,000.
Artists were selected by peer review panels comprised of artists, arts administrators, arts educators, and arts funders assembled from the participating counties in the region. The application submission period opened March 1, 2023 and closed on April 14, 2023. Free technical assistance was provided to applicants. The review panels met in mid-May, 2023 to make their final selections.