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Dan Dunn Memorial Grant

Dan Dunn Memorial Grant

Dan discovered the arts late in life, starting with a watercolor class he took in his spare time.  Dan was able to sink his teeth into his newfound hobby with a great focus and determination, producing a staggering number of paintings in a short amount of time.  He soon switched to oil painting, and his skill increased significantly along the way, culminating in some fine still-life floral compositions and superb seascapes.  All of this was accomplished “on the side,” with his own money, and with minimal initial payback…as is often the case with folks who pursue some form of education in the arts.

Dan’s story is a fine example of how the arts can enrich a person’s life, at any stage.  Now, ArtWalla is committed to supporting and strengthening the arts in the Walla Walla Valley, and so, naturally, supporting arts education is a critical part of our mission.  Thus, in honor of Dan Dunn, we are creating an fund that will be used specifically to help aspiring artists in any creative discipline pursue arts education here in the Walla Walla Valley.

The funds received from the sale of his artwork at CAVU Cellars, are being used to establish this The Dan Dunn Memorial Grant in Dan’s memory.  Additional donations from annual fundraisers and individual donations to the fund will help increase ArtWalla's ability to donate to more artists in the future.

In 2020,  two grants up to $250 will be awarded to support artistic endeavors of individual artists of any discipline. Funding may be used for materials, equipment, space rental, documentation, professional development opportunities, marketing & promotion, and many other needs related to your project. View current and previous grant recipients here.

Who is Eligible

  • Individual artists of any discipline over the age of 18.  Once an artist receives a grant they will not be eligible again for 3 years.
  • Artists must be located in the Walla Walla Valley, including anyone residing in Walla Walla County, Milton-Freewater, and Dayton.

Selection Criteria & Process:

Three Arts Education Grants Panelists are selected each year by the ArtWalla Board to evaluate applications and select recipients for both grants.  ArtWalla selects panelists who are involved in the Walla Walla arts community as educators (especially in the Arts), community leaders, arts advocates, artists in any discipline, or are involved in Art-tivism (activism through art). Panelists have time to review and evaluate applications based on ArtWalla’s guidelines and criteria. The criteria are meant to serve as a starting point for discussion for the panel, and ArtWalla staff or board members do not evaluate or select any applications. More information about the selection process can be found on our Grants page.

The Dan Dunn Memorial Grant criteria are:

1) Artistic quality and calibur

2) Clarity of the project

3) Impact of project on the applicant's artistic practice.

How to Apply

Complete online application below, which includes:

  • Personal Resume (up to 150 words) - provide a clear and concise description of your artistic medium, current endeavors in this field and highlight accomplishments.
  • Project Statement (up to 300 words) - Provide a description of your project or work for which you would like to receive funding and the timeline for implementing the project
  • Budget Statement (up to 300 words) - in paragraph format, describe how you would spend your grant award
  • Provide 1-5 .jpg images of your current work.

If you are unable to fill out an online application, please mail/drop off your application at 130 East Rose Street #102, Walla Walla, WA, 99362. Email for any questions.

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