The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at George Mason University has issued a call for proposals for the Young Alumni Commissioning Project, which provides crucial support for the artistic development of recent alumni. This is the fourth year of the program, which will award up to five scholarships to ACPV alumni for the creation of original works to be presented in a Mason venue during the 2022/2023 season. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced in May 2022.
“The Young Alumni Commissioning Project is bearing fruit so nicely after our first three rounds, adding new works to the global store of artistic creation and helping to advance the careers of outstanding alumni of Mason’s arts,” shares Rick Davis, Dean of the Arts. College of Visual and Performing Arts. “As we move into cycle four, I’m excited to see what our artist community is offering to consider. Each cycle represents and reflects a moment in time for the artists and the world we work in, and I know our alumni are busy doing what artists do: see, feel, and think deeply about their world, and transform those perceptions in meaningful work. “
All potential applicants are invited to participate in an online grant writing workshop designed and delivered by CPSA staff, which will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Individual applicants can also set aside time to speak with CPSA staff about their project and the application. process during regular business hours, offered the week of January 31 and February 7.
During the 2020/2021 awards cycle, Jada Salter (’20) received the Young Alumni Commissioning Project Award and $ 5,000 in support of Just the Two of Us, a documentary about the Grammy Award-winning musician and grandfather William “Bill” Salter. Nicole Daniell (Dance ’17), Nicholas Horner (Theater ’18, MFA Candidate ’21), Cristian Perez (Music ’12) and Katherine Thompson (Visual Art ’15) received Young Alumni Creative Development Awards and each received 2 $ 500 in commissioning assistance.
The Young Alumni Commissioning Project is made possible by a generous bequest from the Estate of Linda E. Gramlich in support of young artists, and by donors to Mason’s Giving Day, including Shugoll Research. Recipients of the Young Alumni Commission project can receive up to $ 5,000 in commission funds as well as venue, production and marketing support for a public screening of the work.
To be eligible, applicants must be graduates of the College of Visual and Performing Arts class of 2011 and beyond. Proposals must be for a new original work in any art form suitable for a performance, exhibition or screening at a Mason venue. Size, length, duration, breadth and content are at the discretion of the artist. Potential venues include traditional Mason theater spaces, galleries and cinemas, but proposals for non-traditional venues will also be considered.
To see full details for submitting a proposal and how to apply: