AMERICAN RIVERS Southwest Emerging Artist Scholarship
Funded by American Rivers | Full tuition award | Open to emerging artists and storytellers with deep ties to the Southwest | For use on courses in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, or Utah
In 2023, The Southwest River Protection Program at American Rivers offers one full-tuition scholarship to one emerging writer, artist, or storyteller. The Southwest Emerging Artist Scholarship may be put toward a Freeflow course in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas or Utah.
Artists and writers from Indigenous and historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants may be aspiring storytellers in any medium, emerging journalists or artists, university students, faculty, or environmental, social, or educational communicators. Writers and artists of all backgrounds and all skill levels are invited to apply.
We can accept applications in written, audio, or video formats. If you have trouble understanding or accessing the application, please contact us and we will help you.
The Southwest Emerging Artist Scholarship is open to any qualified applicant, from anywhere and any background, though preference will be given to BIPOC candidates with deep ties to the Southwest. There is no limit to the number of candidates that can apply from one institution, organization, or community.
Before you apply, please familiarize yourself with the visions of Freeflow Institute and American Rivers. Then craft a compelling pitch for an original creative project that is somehow related to the Freeflow Institute experience, to be used and distributed by American Rivers once it is completed. It’s important that you’re able to research and craft an excellent story, communications project, or work of art. We ask that your project be at least tangentially related to rivers in the American Southwest. Your project should focus on the following goals, through whatever creative medium you choose:
- enhance and expand public awareness of an issue facing the particular river, watershed, landscape or people in the Southwest
- ignite compelling dialogue around important issues related to American Rivers’ mission to protect free-flowing rivers in the Southwest
- encourage people to celebrate, experience, and protect Southwestern rivers
Please apply on a timeline consistent with the course you’re applying to. The hard deadline for ALL applications is May 5.