The deadline to apply for the first ever JT3 Artist Awards is fast approaching! JT3 Art is seeking aspiring screenwriter/directors who demonstrate talent, passion, work ethic, and a deep-seated need to make art, but have room to grow and need this grant to help make that growth possible. Applicants must be residents of Brooklyn, NY. At least one $2,000 JT3 Artist Award, and one or more grants under $2,000 will be awarded. The deadline for applications is June 22, 2009.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
US Citizens
Age 18-30
Residents of Brooklyn, NY for at least one year from date of application

In addition to the application form, applicants are required to submit the following no later than June 22, 2009:
A personal essay
A resume
A short film of no more than 10 minutes written and directed by the applicant. However you will not be disqualified if your film is a few minutes over the 10 minute mark.
A screenplay – short or feature length
A list of any additional completed works or works in progress the applicant would like to have considered as part of their body of work. Works are not limited to screenplays and films.
Proof of residency

A full description of the JT3 Artist Award program including the application and the FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions) can be found at

The Foundation’s History:

Jesse and Judith Thompkins launched The Jesse Thompkins III Foundation for Young People in the Arts (JT3 Art) in memory of their son, an aspiring screenwriter and film director, who died on August 3, 2008 in a traffic-related accident in Brooklyn, NY. JT3 Art will invest in the development of emerging artists who best embody our namesake’s tenacity in the pursuit of their artistic passion.

Art has the ability to revitalize and enrich world culture, yet emerging artists are often compelled to choose between advancing their artistic endeavors or supporting their basic needs. Too many talented individuals have to give up on their dream before they have a chance to take flight. We want to help change that. Our goal is to assist these individuals so they can devote more attention to developing their artistic gifts.