Investing in Artists Who Shape the Future

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Image still from This World Made Itself by Miwa Matreyek

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services.

Creative Capital seeks to amplify the voices of artists working in all creative disciplines and catalyze connections to help them realize their visions and build sustainable practices.


Values

Support Brave & Innovative Ideas

Artists have the power to push our societal conversation forward, asking difficult questions and taking personal risks. We aim to support the latest thinking that challenges cultural and aesthetic conventions and pushes boundaries.

Generosity & Resource Sharing

We encourage a spirit of mutual generosity among artists and partners and seek to foster exchange. This cultural commons is critical to building a flourishing ecosystem of artist support, one that thrives on collaboration and reaches inside and outside of traditional cultural centers to be accessible to artists nationwide.

Diversity & Inclusion

We serve artists representing a diversity of disciplines, education and career levels, abilities, ages, genders, ethnicities, cultures and geographic locations. We are proud to support their work and protect their freedom of expression. We are advocates against oppressive practices and barriers that limit artists and actively work to create a more inclusive and equitable culture within our organization and the field.


Project Support

Through an open application process, Creative Capital identifies and selects artists from all disciplines to receive the Creative Capital Award. We provide each project with up to $50,000 in direct funding allocated at key intervals in project development, combined with deep mentorship and advisory services. Since 1999, we have committed $40 million in project funding and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists.

Creative Capital Award

Peer-to-Peer Learning

We provide the tools and strategies needed to gain self-sufficiency as artists. This spirit of community building and resource sharing inspired us to create a full suite of workshops accessible to artists everywhere. Since 2003, we have worked with more than 18,000 artists who are enriching over 800 creative communities across the country.

Workshops

Community & Connections

We organize gatherings around the country that include the Creative Capital Artist Retreat. These gatherings provide important networking and collaboration-building opportunities, as well as connections to local communities, cultural leaders, and supporters of the arts. From informal dinners to multi-day discussions and workshops, we believe in the power of uniting around creative ideas.

Retreat & Gatherings


History

Creative Capital was formed in 1999 as a way to reinvent cultural philanthropy in an effort to support innovative artists, and it picked up some tenets of venture capital in doing so – specifically the ideas of providing infusions of funding at key moments in an artist’s project, surrounding the artist with mentors and access to a network of cultural experts, and hosting retreats for artists to pitch their projects and express what they need to a large audience of cultural producers and stakeholders.

In response to the National Endowment for the Arts’ termination of the majority of its grant programs for individual artists, Creative Capital was founded with a fierce commitment to freedom of expression. We aim to support the latest thinking in the field and to provide early support for projects that initially have challenges receiving funding from other sources.

Reports