Omaha Creative Institute
working parent Artist Grant

OCI is committed to providing Omaha area artists with opportunities to cultivate sustainable and productive careers. Our Grants Program is designed to give artists the chance to experiment and create new work, develop new audiences, and exhibit outside the confines of larger institutional systems. By recognizing and awarding financial support to exceptional artists in the region, OCI seeks to empower artists, advance their careers, and diversify the landscape of Omaha’s arts and culture, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live and work. 


applications open: November 9, 2017

Applications close: December 1, 2017




OCI’s Working Parent Artist Grant is an unrestricted $3,500 award granted by an external jury of artists and arts professionals to an individual artist who self-defines as a working parent. The grant term is from January to June 2018. This particular designation is meant to support artists juggling demands of work, family, and regular studio practice. Selected artists will receive special recognition through marketing announcements on social media, OCI’s website, and in email newsletters. 
Selected artists will share their work during one culminating event by the end of the grant term and one public program during the grant term that, in some way, enhances viewers’ understanding of their artistic practice. Culminating events may take the form of an exhibition, performance, screening, book or album release, while public programs might include workshops, lectures, panel discussions, readings, open studios, skill sharing, etc. 



Any artist maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years-old and not enrolled in a degree-seeking program by January 1, 2018. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for this grant.
A note on this special designation:
We define “Working Parent” in broad terms. Parents working both in and outside of the home in either full- or part-time capacities are eligible to apply. We understand that families come in all different shapes and configurations. Caregivers (or legal guardians), with least one dependent 18 years of age or younger, who identify as a “working parent” regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, or national origin, with biological, adopted, foster, or stepchildren are eligible to apply.

criteria for selection

  • Strength of existing artistic work
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding the parameters of traditional visual, literary, performance, or sound art practice in new and innovative ways
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering contemporary discourse in any of the above disciplines
  • Potential of the grant to impact future work and advance artistic career goals



Work Sample:

  • Visual artists: Please provide up to 10 images of your work. (JPG files only, minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 5.0MB maximum).   
  • Writers: Please provide up to 3 writing samples (2000 words max). 
  • Musicians: Please provide up to 2 audio examples of your work (WAV or MP3. 10MB max).
  • Performing Arts/Video: Please provide up to 2 video examples of your work (MOV or MP4. 3:00 minute combined max). 

When labeling your files, please use the following format: Lastname_Firstname_01; Doe_Jane_01.jpg, (for example).

Works Cited Page:
Please upload a one-page document that lists the title, medium, dimensions, and an optional description (two sentence max) for each file included in your work sample.  Please make sure to list works in the same order that they appear in your work sample.
Artist CV / Resume:

Please upload a professional artist CV or resume that outlines your education, exhibition, publication, or performance history and any special appointments or notable awards you have received.
Artist Statement (300 words max):

Provide a brief artist statement related to the work sample provided. Consider describing major themes that recur in your work, your influences, how materials and/or process inform the content of your work, or how you situate your work in a broader context. 
Impact Statement: (300 words max):

Please describe how this award will impact your artistic practice and how it will shape the trajectory of your career’s future. What short- and long-term goals have you set for your practice and how will grant funded support help you accomplish those goals?

Jury Process:

A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select the award winner by December 22, 2017.
If selected, artists must complete a contract with OCI. Artists will receive the full grant amount upon selection and must complete a final evaluation by July 31, 2018. Artists must provide at the time of contract execution a W-9 and completed and signed contract document.