Over the past 25 years we have provided special arts grants to numerous artists and organizations. We extend our gratitude to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Arts Midwest, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Illinois Humanities Council, the Arts Alliance Illinois, the Neil and Mary Ellen Dillard Fund, and our private donors for their significant contributions and support of our vision, mission, and values.

Welcome, Carbondale! Call for Mural Proposals 

The community is investing $40,000 in Welcome, Carbondale! to create 3 public murals. We seek visionary artists to create large-scale murals that greet visitors and embrace our residents. This special initiative of the Southern Illinois Mural Project is a program of the Arts & Entertainment District Committee in collaboration with the City of Carbondale, SIU-Carbondale, Artspace 304, local businesses, and private donors.

Artists and Artist Teams are encouraged to view the application, select a site, and create a design proposal. Awards are $5,000 – $15,000 depending on the size and scope of your mural design. Submit your proposals, budgets and previous experience by April 16.

Click the link below for more information on the mural project, the blank walls that await your images, and how to submit your design for consideration.

Exhibit at Artspace 304

We look forward to seeing your work in our space! Applications to exhibit at our galleries are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for our application form or email exhibits@artspace304.org for more information.

Partner with Shop 304

Join other makers across Southern Illinois and submit your artwork and goods for sale at Shop 304. We consider submissions throughout the year and accept work in a variety of media and materials.

    To submit email the following information to shop@artspace304.org:
    • Name & contact information
    • 3-5 photographs of your work (jpegs)
    • Short biography (200 words)
    • Short statement about your process & techniques (200 words)

    Apply for Regional Grants


    Applications for the 2023 SAF are open January 27 – March 31, 2023.

    SAF provides financial assistance in the form of grants to artists and organizations whose projects and practice are public in nature.

    Eligible applicants for SAF funding opportunities include public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as individual artists located in Southern Illinois.

    Learn more about SAF »



    Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is committed to building a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts.

    They offer several regional grant opportunities for artists, musicians, and creatives.

    Learn more about IACA grants »

    “The collaboration between Artspace 304 and the Southern Illinois Music Festival has been very rewarding artistically, and benefits our whole community. Funding from the Southern Arts Fund has allowed us to expand our programming to include high quality chamber music and ‘Klassics for Kids‘ concerts at Artspace 304.”

    Edward Benyas

    Professor of Oboe & Conducting, Southern Illinois University

    Music Director, Southern Illinois Music Festival

    Music Director, New Chicago Chamber Orchestra 


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