DAC MicroGrants

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Advancing the arts in the Southwest with small but impacting funds for creative projects

 2015 MicroGrant Application Cycle Now Open 


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DAC MicroGrants is a visionary funding program for artists in Southwestern Colorado: La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties AND Northern New Mexico: San Juan and Rio Arriba counties. Understanding that a financial barrier is oftentimes all that stands in the way of an artists’ next critical step in their career, MicroGrants distributes small but impacting funds to emerging and established artists, serving as a catalyst to further their work while living and creating in our rural Southwestern communities.  This opportunity is open to DAC members as well as non-members.


Artists do not have to be members of the Durango Arts Center, and no priority will be given to DAC members. Individual artists working in the following mediums are welcome to apply:

  • Visual
  • Performing
  • Musical
  • Literary
  • Film
  • Media

Artists must be currently living and creating work in one of the seven counties surrounding Durango:  La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores or San Juan (Colorado); Rio Arriba (New Mexico) and San Juan (New Mexico).

Funding may be applied towards artistic needs small and large, depending on the proposal. DAC MicroGrants supports ambitious projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process, as well as emerging artist essentials, such as materials, supplies, professional development or website fees.


Application cycle opens December 5, 2014
Applications due January 30, 2015
Awards distributed March 6, 2015


Please contact Cristie Scott, Executive Director, for questions related to DAC MicroGrants: cristie@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606, Ext 14.

2014 MicroGrant Artists

| $250 Grants | 

Dan Groth: Dan will purchase supplies to explore the possibilities of using a self-printing studio.

Daniel Hinds: Funds will help Daniel acquire the materials needed to create a suite of watercolor images celebrating the Hermosa watershed.

Chris Warren: MicroGrant will enable Chris to convert kaleidoscopic prints of natural images taken around the United States into greeting cards.

“The Microgrant program was a priceless asset in helping me pursue art professionally, both with the monetary resources and the networking opportunities it provided.”   – Christopher Warren

Crystal Hartman: Crystal will further her body of work in contemporary adornment.

Dan Groth, Daniel Hinds, Chris Warren and Crystal Hartman

Dan Groth, Daniel Hinds, Chris Warren and Crystal Hartman


| $500 Grants |

Lorna Meaden: Lorna’s MicroGrant will be applied towards the purchase of a Shimpo potter’s wheel to sustain and enhance current body of ceramic work.

Scott Dye:  Scott will be able to purchase supplies, framing materials and actively promoting a survey of illustrated dictators and their habits in watercolor.

Tori Williams: Tori will explore the creation of larger format encaustic pieces. 

BACON: The five-person local funk band will apply their MicroGrant towards the promotion and production of a 500 CDs of their recently recorded album.

Lorna Meaden, Scott Dye, Tori Williams and BACON

Lorna Meaden, Scott Dye, Tori Williams and BACON


| $1000 Grants|

Chandler Wigton: Chandler will utilize his MicroGrant to purchase materials in preparation for an exhibit that will be mounted in the DAC Art Library in January 2015, as well as materials to pursue a new body of work to encompass six large scale mixed-media pieces on paper.

Minna Jain:  Minna’s grant will support the production and marketing expenses for a solo wearable art exhibition.

“My experience with the DAC Microgrant program has been nothing but positive.  The grant application process was very accessible to me as a first time grant applicant.  The grant itself is allowing me to take measurable steps toward expanding my professional art career by giving me the support I needed to rent performance space, purchase professional equipment, work with professional photographers and performance artists, etc.  I am so happy to be a part of a program that supports local artists in creating and showing art in our region, as well as giving them the support they need to extend their reach beyond the Southwest.  Additionally, the Microgrant program has helped me connect, as a young working contemporary artist, with the Durango Arts Center and all of the opportunities the DAC provides.”   – Minna Jain

Chandler Wigton (left), Minna Jain (right)

Chandler Wigton (left), Minna Jain (right)