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Dick Smith Young Artists Grant

The Dick Smith Young Artists Grant program is for high school juniors and seniors who are serious about developing their artistic talents. Any junior or senior who resides in Livingston County is eligible to apply for up to $500 to pursue a special extra-curricular opportunity in his or her artistic discipline. A panel of artists and art teachers selects the awardees. Livingston Arts awards grants once a year for opportunities in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts (including film, video and computer art).

Selection criteria are:

a) artistic excellence of the student’s work,

b) artistic quality of the opportunity,

c) student’s preparation in the discipline, and

d) good academic standing. There are no need based awards.

Applications are due the second Thursday in May, by 4:00 pm.

2016 Dick Smith Young Artist Grant Application

Since June 1998, the arts council has awarded grants to young artists from all over Livingston County. These grants have enabled them to take advantage of artistic opportunities at SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Fredonia, Eastman School of Music, Hochstein Music School, New York State Summer School of the Arts, Writers & Books, Visual Studies Workshop, Alfred University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, RIT, Nazareth College, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and private lessons with professional artists.

If you are looking for an artist for your child to work with or questions please contact the Program Coordinator at and we can provide a list of qualified artists in all disciplines.

If awarded a Dick Smith Young Artist Grant, the grantee must submit a final report. This will be posted later in the year.To complete this report, please print it OR save the file to your computer. The Word version may be completed on your computer. All final reports require a signature by the grantee. Once signed, the final report, along with any required attachments, should be submitted to Livingston Arts by mail or hand-delivery only (4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris NY 14510) OR via email to Keep a copy for your records.