Open Fund Artist Project Grants 2022 are open to artists:

—Working within the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, social practice, performance, film/video, photography, textiles, ceramics, cross-disciplinary, public art, etc.)

—Lead organizers must live in Milwaukee County.

  • Projects must function primarily within a visual arts context (rather than performing arts, music, literature, or other arts). Projects can have interdisciplinary elements, but must have a strong basis in the visual arts.

  • A publicly accessible component of the project must take place within Milwaukee County.

  • Projects must be artist-organized and self-initiated; 501c3s, incorporated businesses, and students* are not eligible to apply. (*PhD students are eligible).

  • Projects cannot charge admission or other fees to the public or to participants.

  • Projects cannot start before May 22, 2022, and must be completed by December 31, 2023.

  • The Lead organizer must play a key role in the creation and execution of the project and live in Milwaukee County; additional collaborators can live anywhere.

  • Lead organizers do not need to be U.S. Citizens, but must have social security numbers in order to receive payment.

  • Lead organizers may only submit one application per application round.

Lead Organizer

If the project involves a group of artists working together, please choose one person to act as the lead organizer. The lead organizer will oversee the project and must play a key role in the creation and execution of the project. This contact person will also be responsible for receiving grant funds, communicating with The Open, and submitting the final survey. You may work with as many collaborators and/or artists as you wish.


—501c3s, commercial galleries, incorporated businesses, commercial studios, and full-time students are not eligible to apply