Nō Studios Plans to Give up to $100,000 to Wisconsin Artists

The local arts group hopes to help artists from traditionally underserved communities, and those who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

John Ridley, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and founder of the local arts group Nō Studios, just announced that his organization has established an Artist Grant Program. Through the program, Nō Studios has pledged to give up to $100,000 to Wisconsin artists, to help them finish creative projects. 

“I remember how challenging it was to find resources to complete the creative projects I wanted to complete,” Ridley, said in a recent press release about the project. “It’s an honor to be able to help fund artists and provide the resources they need to help them realize their vision.”

The program will put special emphasis on helping Wisconsin-based artists representing underserved populations. And it will be available to creatives working in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, photography, music, film, dance, fashion, poetry, creative writing and performance. 


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Qualifying artists will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 each.

Nō Studios is teaming up with gener8tor, a local talent incubator, to oversee and administer the program.

“We are fortunate to partner with Studios in advancing this remarkable effort,” gener8tor co-founder Joe Kirgues said in the same press release. “By providing a structure of professional development and mentorship, we can support creative professionals and help them execute their creative projects.”

The round of applications will be due in March, and winners will receive their grants in June. 



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.