SAEAS  is excited to provide Abaraka Award grants for African-American women, as a new initiative designed to assist early- to mid-career visual artists nationally.

We seek to assist visual artists who demonstrate a commitment to their craft and artistic communities. The funding is intended to further the recipients’ artistic practices and encourage career longevity.

Each artist grant is awarded to fund production of a multi-piece visual art project that will be exhibited when the artist may be at a critical stage in her career and where this funding would have the most impact.


Who is Eligible for Artist Grants

  • African American woman
  • United States citizen
  • A working artist with at least five years of experience (with 3 projects completed)
  • Has not had artwork shown in a Solo museum exhibition


How to Apply for an Artist Grant

  1. Provide a Written Description of the proposed visual art project, to include:
    1. Concept Details/Artist Statement;
    2. Explanation of how this project relates to the artist’s previous areas of creative endeavors or artistic inclinations/inspirations;
    3. List of Materials needed;
    4. OPTIONAL: Detailed explanation of how young female artists will be included (5% additional weighting will be given to projects that incorporate high school and college-bound African American young women in completion of the project);
    5. Project timeline; and
    6. Quarterly progress report deadlines (to include disbursement schedule and specify at least one (1) mid-project written and visual report).


​2. Provide online access to high-resolution jpeg images (minimum 500 K) of 5 pieces from each of at least 3 artistic projects completed in the last 5 years. Total 15 images should be made accessible (via Dropbox or other file sharing portal).

  1. Submit CV of your art-related training, exhibitions, and publications.
  2. Submit Resume of work experience.
  3. Provide 3 References from arts-related professionals, include title, organization, email, phone number and  how you know the art professional.
  4. Submit complete application to and

NOTE: The grant recipient owns the work upon completion. The work in progress must be documented in still image, video, or both forms. An image by the grant recipient may be used in print and electronic marketing materials for the Abaraka Awards (excluding any items that may be sold or exchanged for remuneration by SAEAS) to promote or advertise the grants in subsequent years, and included in grant reports or other grant-focused purposes. Thumbnail or low-resolution versions of an image may be used in online formats.


Key Dates:

  • Application Deadline:  June 30, 2023
  • Announcement of Grant Recipient: TBD
  • Signed Image Release for Art and Recipient Agreement: TBD
  • Quarterly Progress Reports:  Dates TBD
  • Mid-Project Written and Visual Report: Date TBD
  • Submit Project Report & Impact Statement Video (Artist compliance Review): by December 2024