Professional Development Program

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes invites visual and electronic media artists to apply for the Creative Capital Professional Development Program (PDP) provided by the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Creative Capital. PDP supports artists to create and grow their work through a multi-format course in financial and business management.
Developed by artists for artists, PDP is an integrated three-month program that includes workshops, webinars, online courses, artist working groups, and small group phone consultations. Some activities are optional, however, participation in all required PDP activities is a requirement of accepting your award.

Applicant Eligibility

Permanent residents in Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, or Yates county are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be:
  • Visual Artists including painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation, media, film, video, & sound artists who create original work as their primary focus versus interpreting or performing the work of others. Artists can be from more than one discipline.
  • Working for a minimum of three years as a professional artist (primary source of income does not have to be from artistic work); can be emerging or established
  • Able to attend and participate in all program activities
  • At least 18 years of age at time of application deadline
College seniors in their last semester with a letter of recommendation from an advisor or faculty member may also apply. All other eligibility requirements must still be met.
Diversity is important on all levels and one of the goals of PDP is to provide a learning environment that is representative of the diversity of Upstate New York. Diversity goals include, but are not limited to geography, socio-economic, age, ethnicity/race, and gender.

Selection Criteria and Process

Awards are made via a merit-based review process based upon the following criteria:
  • Clarity of artistic vision and purpose
  • Strength of work sample
  • Track record of ongoing artistic activity
  • Readiness to move to a new phase of their artistic career
  • Can significantly benefit from the Program’s focus on goal-setting and skill-building in fundraising, marketing and financial management
  • Can benefit from developing a new network of professional contacts
Selection is made by a competitive review panel comprised of ARTS Council staff and representatives of the regional arts community.


Detailed information on the program components, eligibility, and selection process can be found in the grant guidelines.

Application Deadline and Submission Process

The application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm. Applications can only be submitted online.

The completed application consists of the following:

  • Applicant information
  • Narrative Questions
  • Artistic Work Samples
  • Resume or CV

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For assistance or support, contact Chris Walters, The ARTS Council’s Grants Manager & Gallery Curator, at or 607-962-1332 x205.