Bill Holm Center Grants

Photo: Richard Brown Photography
Photo: Richard Brown Photography

Connections to Culture

The Bill Holm Center Connections to Culture Program provides grants for artists to work with the historical collections at the Burke Museum in order to expand their artistic and cultural knowledge.

These grants include individual artist grants, group visit grants for artists and their mentors and/or apprentices, as well as workshop grants that take place both at the Burke and in communities throughout the Northwest region. The mission of the Connections to Culture program is to support Native artists in their learning and practice by providing access to historical collections and to aid in the transmission of artistic knowledge throughout communities and across generations.

The BHC also offers research grants to Native artists and other researchers as well as University of Washington graduate students who are interested in Northwest Native Art. The Burke Museum has collections and resources pertinent to the cultural creations across the Northwest and serves as a hub for the dissemination of this information.

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Applications for Bill Holm Center 2020 grants to be carried out from February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 will open November 15, 2019 and are due January 15, 2020. 

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Grant Opportunities

The Bill Holm Center offers research grants to Native artists and other researchers as well as University of Washington graduate students who are interested in Northwest Native Art. Applications are reviewed by the Bill Holm Center advisory board and awarded once a year.

The Artist Family Fellowship is intended to support travel, study, production, and teaching. The term "artist family" refers to participants who are not necessarily related by blood, but related through their shared artistic goals and creative practices. This fellowship will support group travel for 3-6 people to another cultural institution in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho with significant collections in the area of study designated by the artist family. 

Bill Holm Center staff will accompany the group to provide support and guidance. This fellowship also includes funding for documentation, public and/or community presentations, and funds for the Burke Museum to purchase new artworks from participants for the Burke Museum permanent collection.

The Mentor-Apprenticeship Grant provides funding to support mentor artists in the transference of cultural and artistic knowledge with apprentices.

Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho interested and qualified to mentor an apprentice of their choosing in Indigenous arts.

Workshop Grants are intended to provide funds for artists, communities, or arts organizations to host workshops offsite in a local community. These grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address understanding and creation of Native arts.

Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

The Visiting Artist/Researcher Grant program provides funds for artists/researchers to travel to the Burke Museum after the opening of the new facility in fall 2019.

Proposals from artist/researchers whose projects would benefit from the study of the Northwest Coast and Plateau collections are encouraged. If needed, Bill Holm Center staff will help researchers and artists identify which collections are best suited to provide the resources appropriate for their interests. 

Applicants are encouraged to review the Burke's online collections database before applying and indicate in their applications where they plan to study. Limited availability depending on collections access as we unpack and move into the new facility. 

New Artist-in-Residence grants provide funding for two different two week residency programs for artists to support more in-depth collections research, artistic production, and public engagement.

Burke Museum Artist-in-Residence
This new Artist-in-Residence grant will take place at the Burke Museum over a two week period where artists will have access to the museum's collections, workroom, artist studio, and libraries. This is an artist-driven residency with the goal of giving Native artists the opportunity and freedom to develop their own program using the Burke resources to gain knowledge and inspiration, continue previous work, and/or start new work. 

Burke Museum x Museum of Glass Artist-in-Residence 
This collaborative grant between the Burke Museum and the Museum of Glass (MOG) is a unique opportunity for an artist to establish a connection between Burke Museum collections and newly created glass artworks in the MOG hot shop. In this two week residency, the grantee will have up to nine days to work in the Burke Museum collections to research, design, and formulate a glass art project and five days at the MOG to fabricate it. The MOG staff work with artists of all levels and no glass blowing experience is required. 

Applications are encouraged from Native artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia.


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The work of the Bill Holm Center is made possible by the generous support of individuals and foundations passionate about fostering appreciation and understanding of Northwest Native art. 

Photo: Richard Brown Photography
Photo: Richard Brown Photography