The world of art is certainly not lacking in resources to help artists and non-profit arts organizations find exhibition opportunities, funding and expand their knowledge. I enjoy doing the research to supply an array of choices for you. This week I offer three valuable resources for artists — NOAP Society, an organization for oil and acrylic painters; ResArtis, a worldwide network of artist residencies, and the Foundation Center, the world’s largest online database of grants and grantmakers.
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS)
The mission of the NOAPSociety, since its inception in 1991, has been to encourage talented emerging artists. Its steadfast commitment has led to its longevity, growth, and appeal to not only the art connoisseur, but also to the general public.
NOAPSociety members share their individual knowledge and strive for artistic excellence. They also focus public attention on the lasting value of original oil and acrylic paintings throughout the United States and around the world.
Artist members receive many benefits including exposure on its website and through the organization’s social media activity that reaches many thousands on a monthly basis. Its blog invites members to participate with articles and share techniques or information about their paintings. The Masters and Signature Members of NAOPS are eligible to participate in exclusive exhibitions and apply for a NOAPS Workshop Grant. Its annual membership fee is only $50.
To learn more about NOAP and how to become a member visit http://www.noaps.org/index.html
If you want to get away from your daily stress and routine to work on some serious artwork, check out ResArtist, the largest worldwide network of artist residencies. It is comprised of over 550 centers, organizations, and individuals in over 70 countries. It began in 1993 and has continued to be of service thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors and countless partners and friends.
As stated on its website, “Each of our members is dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people the essential time and place away from the pressures and habits of every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.”
If you are seeking a residency expect to find 57 pages of artist residencies that are being offered around the world. As stated on its website the organization provides “the platform for a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through our face-to- face meetings and virtually through our website.”
Visit the ResArtis website http://www.resartis.org/en/residencies/
The Foundation Center
If you need funding for one of your art projects as an individual artist or your arts group, the Foundation Center is the place to go. Established in 1956, it is the world’s leading source of information about philanthropy. Its comprehensive online database is comprised of more than 140,000 grantmakers which is updated weekly. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. You’ll find all of the global grantmakers and their grants and can search for the one that you need.
GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. It provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.