The Rubys were established in 2013 to provide project-based support for individual artists. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful support to individual artists to allow for the creation of new work. The Rubys supports the notion of risk-taking (in practice, content, process, and/or outcome) and equally values artistic integrity, strong ideas, feasibility, and communal meaning. The program is open to artists at any stage of their career and favors projects that have significant creative work left to accomplish. Grants will enable individual artists to create or complete a project that will include a public component occurring at some point during the grant period. The public component may be a performance, presentation/lecture, screening, exhibition, reading, or any other type of event that fits with the nature of the project.
For the first time, ALL ARTISTIC CATEGORIES are represented in the grant cycle. Moving forward, there will be only one grant cycle per year. Artists may submit one application per year. Artists may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to be applied to a project over a 12-month period. Artists may submit only one application during each funding round. Grants may be used to support projects that are already in process, a project not yet begun, or a distinct phase of a longer-term project. Preference is given to projects that have significant creative work left to be done.