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2019 Verge Fellowship are generously supported by grants from the Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

In early 2017, CAP recognized a regional void to nurture and support the next generation of artistic excellence.  These young, often unheralded artists are forging bold paths into Cleveland’s art scene.

These are artists whom CAP considers “on the verge.”

The  On The Verge Fellowship or Verge Fellowship is CAP’s  response to artists who are not yet ready to receive a Cleveland Arts Prize but who have nonetheless demonstrated creativity, passion, and commitment to the arts. As the CAP nomination period closes, CAP’s VERGE program opens.

The Verge Fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend to 5-10 artists across multiple disciplines, who represent  Cleveland’s diversity in the arts. Like the Cleveland Arts Prize awards, the Verge Fellowship rewards practicing artists in the Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Dance & Theatre, Music, and Design.

Applicants must be 21 and older, live in greater Cleveland, and create work in one or more of the five disciplines.

“Support for young, diverse artists is a critical gap in Cleveland’s creative infrastructure,” said Lillian Kuri, Cleveland Foundation’s, Vice President, Strategic Grantmaking, Arts & Urban Design Initiatives. “We are proud to partner with Cleveland Arts Prize to develop the Verge Fellowship so that more creative professionals have the ability to stay and build an artistic practice right here in Cleveland.”

Verge Fellowship Applications will be accepted each calendar year from May 1 to July 1.


Verge Fellowship Application Guidelines:

Only one application per person will be accepted.

1. You must be at least 21 years of age.

2. You must reside in the Cleveland area.  The City of Cleveland and any suburb that is adjacent by border.

3. You must be creating work in one or more of the following disciplines:

Visual Arts, Music, Literature, Dance and Theatre, and Design

4. This is a video application: Please view 2018 Winners.

5. Application form must be completed in full.

6. No late applications will be accepted.

7. Submitted videos must not exceed 3 minutes.  Preferred time: 2m.  Applications that exceed 3 minutes will be disqualified.