The Artist of the Year (AOTY) embodies the cultural vibrancy of our region and the impact the arts have in shaping thought, inspiring change, and creating a deeper sense of connection in our community.

Focused on the visual arts, the award gives the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) the opportunity to not only recognize, but partner with an artist, highlighting their contributions to the community through their work.  The Artist of the Year plays a vital role in helping the AFCC raise funding and awareness for its mission.

The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod in order to sustain a vibrant, diverse, and strong arts community. The Artist of the Year aligns with this mission, as our organization has the distinct honor to select a recipient based on craftsmanship, artistic quality, creative ability, and impact on our cultural region and beyond.

We celebrate the artist by:

  • Publicly announcing the individual through our Patron and Artist network via traditional and social media outlets. The AOTY will be quoted and samples of work will be shared as part of promotional efforts.
  • Artist is included in the AFCC’s Modern Love Artist Speaker Series. Event is open to the public and shared on our YouTube channel.
  • AOTY is commissioned to work with AFCC on a piece that represents the Artist’s current body of work to be auctioned off at the AFCC’s annual June gala (more info below).
  • AFCC coordinates an April unveiling event of said piece. Attendees will include regional and local media, legislators, community leaders, art patrons, sponsors, and supporters of AFCC. We also extend the invitation to any of the Artist’s friends, family, collectors, and selected guests. The venue will be on Cape at one of our cultural institutions.
  • Auction of piece at the AFCC’s June Prelude to Summer gala at the Hyannisport Club. Artist receives two complimentary tickets. The focus of the event will be the artist’s commissioned piece. The AFCC is committed to bringing qualified buyers and art lovers to the gala.
  • In collaboration with AFCC, AOTY may opt to license artwork to mutually benefit Artist and Arts Foundation.
  • Recognition as Artist of the Year is a long-term commitment between Artist and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.  The Artist will be part of an esteemed community that we will recognize beyond the one-year anniversary.

Selection of Artist

Artist of the Year is selected based on craftsmanship, artistic quality, creative ability, and impact on our cultural region and beyond. This recognition is ultimately at the sole discretion of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

There is no application process, but there is an opportunity for the public to nominate an artist. While there is no firm deadline, the review of Artists begins in September with a decision announced in January. This timeline is subject to change.

The AFCC works with an Advisory Committee made up of arts professionals that may include educators, gallerists, museum directors, and curators. Committee members are the connection to what is happening in the arts community.  They have the ability to introduce candidates for group discussion, but the AFCC Board of Directors makes the final decision with a strong reliance and guidance of the Advisory Committee.

How to Nominate

We are open to suggestions and introductions.  Our online Artist of the Year Nomination Form will be open year-round.

Nomination Form will include the following:

  • Submitters Name & Contact Information
  • Artist Name & Contact Information
  • Artist must resident at least half the year (six months) on Cape Cod, Nantucket, or Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Website & Social Media addresses
  • List any special recognition, awards, exhibitions of note, etc. that this artist has received or participated in.
  • How is the artist involved in the community?
  • Please explain how this nominated artist embodies the cultural vibrancy of our region. Are they socially- and/or environmentally-minded? Does their work provoke thought and inspire change? Does their work educate the public on challenging community issues. Does this artist engage with the community?
  • If necessary, please include any supplemental information you’d like us to consider about the artist you are nominating.

*Artist of the Year is selected based on craftsmanship, artistic quality, creative ability, and impact on our cultural region and beyond.

Creative Exchange Capacity Grant Program

Individual artists are essential to a vibrant arts and culture ecosystem, but developing a successful creative career has unique challenges. That's why the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is teaming up with MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists (A4A) to offer the Creative Exchange Capacity Building Grant Program, a 6-month cohort program providing Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket artists with the entrepreneurial support they need to grow and thrive in the post-pandemic cultural sector.

The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the long-term financial resiliency and business success of these artists. 

Through the Capacity-Building Grant Program, artists will have access to:

  • $1,000 working capital grant (received at completion of the artist's written plan)
  • Support in creating a required written plan outlining the artist's business/career goals and action steps with the help of A4A mentors.
  • A one-on-one business or financial coaching session with an A4A mentor.
  • Priority sign-up for any A4A or Arts Foundation webinar made available to Cape Cod and the Islands artists
  • Webinar: “Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty” with Laura Baring-Gould
  • Webinar: “The Basics of Building a Grant” with Yara Liceaga-Rojas
  • Access to a community cohort of creative peers.
  • An opportunity to showcase their work in a public setting organized by the AFCC. Not mandatory.

Who is eligible for this program:

Artists of all mediums: visual arts, writing, film, dance, music/sound, theater, performance, social practice, etc.

Artists that reside on Cape Cod (Barnstable County), Nantucket (Nantucket County), and Martha’s Vineyard (Dukes County).

This program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its applicants and participants. Those who have never received an artist grant are especially encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria:

Ten individual artists will be selected for the 2022 cohort. Applications will be assessed based on the following:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • History of creative work (whether emerging or seasoned)
  • Community impact. Does your work involve community engagement and/or is your work informed by the community, place, geography.


August 1, 2022: Online application opens

September 15, 2022: Online application closes

October 2022: Review applications & select artist participants

November 2022: A4A / Creative Exchange awardees are onboarded

December 2022 - August 2023: Cohort workshops & meetups

September 2023: Graduation/program completion/grant money released/public viewing (optional)

Each participant will be encouraged  to complete a basic plan that outlines their creative business goals for the coming one to two years. After completing this written plan, grantees shall receive payment of their working capital grant of $1,000.

For those who would like to showcase their work and or plans, the AFCC will work with participants to coordinate at the graduation in September 2023.

Supporting Workshops:

The online workshops are free and open to artists throughout the Cape and Islands, with priority registration being given to capacity-building grantees:

  • “ Making a Plan in a Time of Uncertainty” w/ Laura Baring-Gould (2 parts)
  • “The Basics of Building a Grant” w/ Yara Liceaga-Rojas (3 parts)
  • “Taxes and Money Management” with tax specialist and artist Hannah Cole
  • Two more workshops determined by needs of cohort.

What to consider before starting application process:

How would you benefit from this opportunity?

Please describe how you think you can benefit from the Capacity Building Grant Program, including possible artist-business workshop(s), one-on-one coaching, and mini-grant to help you execute your goals for your creative practice.

What stabilization and/or growth opportunities are you pursuing as an artist, and what types of investment(s) do you envision making to achieve that?

Why is now an important time in your career as an artist for you to take advantage of this program's business & personal finance training?

Community Connections

Be able to briefly explain how your creative practice has engaged (or hopes to engage in the future) with communities on Cape Cod, Nantucket, or Martha’s Vineyard. How does your creative practice strengthen these communities and vice versa?


The Provincetown Performing Arts Fund (PPAF) strives to provide stability and life-saving support to our beloved community of performance artists who have been instrumental in making Provincetown a vibrant and diverse entertainment destination. 

PPAF’s Vision 

A Provincetown that supports its vibrant community of performance artists in order to encourage economic growth, build community and inspire creativity. 

Who the PPAF Serves 

The PPAF serves performance artists, musicians, theatre professionals, and technical production staff. PPAF strives to support those who earn their living within the performing arts as well as providing support for emerging artists committed to working and living in Provincetown. Performance Artists are an integral part of our community. These artists rely heavily on the already unpredictable ‘seasonal tourism’ for their income. Within the season they depend not only on tourism, but entertainment venues, bars, and most importantly social engagement in order to survive. It became apparent, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, that many of our local and treasured artists would suffer a staggering loss of income based on necessary social distancing guidelines. The PPAF was created to support these individuals whose contributions make up the fabric of our community.

PPAF Supports performing artists in the following ways:

The fund will provide up to $1,000 per applicant per calendar year to support full or part time professional performance artists who have lost income used to sustain their creative practice due to the Covid-19 crisis. 

Some Examples of what qualify as an urgent need:

• Food 

• Rent 

• Transportation 

• Ferry Tickets 

• Bus Tickets 

• Utilities 

• Necessary Performance Equipment 

• Tools necessary to allow the artists to work

• i.e. Instrument and Equipment Repair/Maintenance 

 Documents needed - upload below:

  • Proof of applicant’s primary residence in Provincetown (ex. tax/utility bill, car registration)
  • One (1) jpg image, video or audio file of your work
  • Brief artist statement, including its connection to broader community

 Funding and Support

  • Payments of up to $1,000 will be made to qualified applicants.
  • An applicant may apply and receive funding more than once, but no more than one time per calendar year. 
  • Funds will be distributed starting end of September 2020 until funding runs out.
  • Applications are reviewed weekly.
  • Applicants will be notified of status within 10 business days. 

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by PPAF's review committee and members of the AFCC Board of Directors, and are subject to approval and available funds. 

Questions? Please email:
Julie Wake
Executive Director
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod

 Welcome to AFCC Access.  This form is the first step in connecting a child in your life to quality arts programming here on Cape Cod.  Your child or mentee must be associated with one our community partners: YMCA Achievers; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Greater Hyannis Supporting Our Youth Task Force; Cape Cod Child Development; Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on Cape Cod; and Cape Cod Children’s Place.  

Please note:

The AFCC works with community partners who have systems in place for assessing financial need and will give preference to partners with mentor programs or committed leadership to create a successful match between student and cultural organization.

The cultural organization providing the programming will be paid directly, not through the student, his or her family, or any community partner.  Funding may be available for additional expenses related to class and will be coordinated through the cultural organization.

The application will list our cultural organizations who are Arts Foundation members and are committed to providing quality arts programming to all kids on Cape Cod.  Please review before filling out application. 

Bass River Pottery

Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra

Cape Cod Theater Company I Harwich Junior Theatre

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Sandwich Arts Alliance

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

Wellfleet Preservation Hall

You will hear back from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod in a timely fashion, within 5-10 days or sooner. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions to Emma at or (508) 362-0066 ext 115.   

As a Fall 2019 grant recipient, we ask that you complete this form in its entirety. 

Feel free to upload images or photographs that represent your program.  We'd love to promote your work.

We are looking forward to hearing how the year went.  Please be honest, you won't have to return the money.  We want to know how we can better support you.  

We understand that COVID-19 played a challenging role and could have interfered with your program timeline.  

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod