Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Innovation Grant

About the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Innovation Grant The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. This Grant will encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium.  The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community.Will Eisner (1917-2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist, teacher, and entrepreneur.  He is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of sequential art (a term he coined) and is known for the cartooning studio he founded; for his highly influential comic series, The Spirit; for his use of comics as an instructional medium; for his leading role in establishing the graphic novel as a form of literature with his 1978 groundbreaking graphic novel, A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories; for his 20 years of teaching at the School of Visual Arts, leading to his three textbooks. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades—from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics—Will Eisner was truly the “Father of the Graphic Novel.”

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Institute of American Indian Arts

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is one of 32 fully accredited tribal colleges in the United States and the only tribal college devoted to contemporary Native American arts. Their students come to Santa Fe from 97 federally recognized tribes to earn Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Museum Studies, Cinematic Arts and Technology, and Indigenous Liberal Studies. Their project "Giving Voices to Our Stories: Fostering the Growth of Future Indigenous Graphic Novelists" aims to foster the growth of future Indigenous graphic novel artists and further diversify the voices represented in visual narrative through development of our graphic novel collection and IAIA’s 1st Graphic Novel Contest. Students will create their own short graphic novels for the chance to win a booth at Indigenous Comic Con and network and share their graphic novel on a larger scale.