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Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio

Beyond Bellagio





Please note: The application deadline for 2015 has passed. Please bookmark this page for information about future funding.


“Artists as Change Agents: Beyond Bellagio” is a new grantmaking initiative of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Programs. Managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities, this initiative extends the impact of a Bellagio residency by providing support to advance work initiated at Bellagio that addresses the challenging issues of our times and exemplifies the Foundation’s goal of promoting the wellbeing of humankind around the world. Recognizing that such work often struggles to find mainstream support, these grants will provide critical resources for the dissemination of promising new work.

Through this initiative, work not well supported in the mainstream that addresses important issues of social and global change will have further reach and Bellagio artists will have greater influence capacity.

Project grants of $8,000-$20,000 are awarded to recent Bellagio visual arts alumni for the presentation, making public, and sharing of artistic work initiated at Bellagio that addresses social and global issues of contemporary relevance.

Funding is intended for projects that utilize venues, partners, and/or methods of sharing work that are outside the mainstream arts sector.


Eligible applicants:

  1. have participated in a Bellagio residency in the last 5 years (2009 through 2013)
  2. identify as visual artists and/or are currently making work in a visual medium

Proposed projects must:

  1. be based on concepts, prototypes, or work initiated at or otherwise an extension of the applicant’s Bellagio residency
  2. address specific social issues for the wellbeing of humankind, in keeping with the mission of the Rockefeller Foundation
  3. seek support for presentation/sharing/dissemination of work
  4. utilize venues, partners, and/or methods of sharing work that are outside the mainstream arts sector

Eligible applicants developing work that addresses the Rockefeller Foundation’s goals of building resilience and achieving equitable growth are strongly encouraged to apply, though the advisors will also consider projects that relate to the broader Foundation mission of promoting human well-being around the world.


Application available

April 28, 2014

Application deadline

May 28, 2014


August 2014

Public announcement

September 2014

Grant period *

October 2014 - April 2015

Evaluation and reporting

May - June 2015

* Note: Requests for funding must be limited to project activities that will occur during the grant period.

Application Process

Applications will be judged on:

  1. strength of art work and artist’s professional record
  2. quality of the proposed project in addressing social and global issues
  3. strength and viability of plans to present/share/disseminate work

The application and selection process is overseen by the Alliance of Artists Communities, an international association of artist residency programs.

Applications are to be submitted online, between April 28 and May 29, 2014 (11:59pm EST) via Submittable.

Preview the application questions

Learn more about the Bellagio Center at