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Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities FAQ

The Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities supports accessibility in the arts and celebrates the work of disabled Midwestern visual artists.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, only individual artists are eligible for this award.

We acknowledge that we are working within larger ableist systems. Some awardees may experience income limitation and other barriers to receiving this award. We will work with awardees on a case-by-case basis to identify a plan. This may include a monthly payment plan rather than receiving the award in full at once or working with a legal guardian to receive the award.


There are no expectations or requirements for how you spend the award, though we encourage awardees to use it toward furthering their art career.

We recommend assisting the artist in filling out the application if possible. But yes, nominations are also welcome. Please get consent from the artist that you want to nominate. Fill out the application with the artists’ information and indicate that it’s a nomination.

No, there is no match required!

Yes! This is a 3 year award program with the next round set to open in summer of 2024.

No, film is not eligible for this award as we are interpreting film as 4D or Media Arts. Similarly, performance art, dance, or music is not eligible. 2D and 3D art forms are eligible, which include but are not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture.

Still have questions about the Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities. We’re just an email or a phone call away. 

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