Animating Democracy March 2009 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates
Americans for the Arts 2009 Convention: More Details on the Civic Engagement Track Advance Workshopwww.AmericansForTheArts.org/Convention
Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities will convene arts and culture professionals from across the country in Seattle to network and participate in over 75 field-crafted sessions and will offer attendees the opportunity to see the Public Art Year in Review and hear from keynote speakers.
Americans for the Arts Public Art Network announces Call for Submissions for the 2009 Year in Review: Deadline extended to Aprilwww.AmericansForTheArts.org/networks/public_art_network/default.asp
Since 2001, the Public Art Network’s Year in Review award has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call submission and curation selection process. This year, submitted public art projects for the Public Art Year in Review will be reviewed by artists Janet Echelman and Mildred Howard and will be presented at the 2009 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Seattle, as well as included in the 2009 Year in Review CD and the upcoming public art online image database being created by WESTAF.
Public art projects (temporary or permanent) completed in calendar year 2008 are eligible for submission. The deadline is April 6, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. (MT). Full details on the application process and requirements can be found online.
News from the Field
MuralArts launches This We Believe citywide mural projecwww.muralarts.org/whatwedo/special/twb.php
In celebration of 25 years of art education, mural-making, and working in communities, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has invited local participants for their first citywide mural project. Centered on the theme This We Believe, the initiative will provide an opportunity for residents to share what they believe about the city. Facilitated community forums in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia will enable participants to share their voice, which will in turn inspire two teams of artists—Kien Nguyen, Eric Okdeh, & Michelle Ortiz and Phillip Adams, David Guinn, & Damon Reaves—to create two proposed mural designs. The community-driven designs will be put to a citywide vote, and the winning mural will become the platform for a series of community paint days.
Transforma offers Creative Recovery Mini-Grantwww.transformaprojects.org/minigrant
The Creative Recovery Mini-Grant Program, administered by Transforma, supports work that exists at the intersection of art, social justice, and recovery in New Orleans—fueling the recovery by supporting activity that occurs on the ground level. Awards range from $500–$2,500 and are intended to provide direct project support for the work of independent artists, collectives, gathering spaces, and publications that contribute to the rebuilding of New Orleans. Projects can include an exhibition, a public art project, the publication of writing, an online project, an artist residency, a screening, and more. More details, along with a list of past grantees can be found online. Deadline for applications is April 27, 2009. (Thanks, Community Arts Network.)
Pennsylvania Humanities Council invites applications for Commonwealth Speakers Programwww.pahumanities.org
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is recruiting scholars and artists interested in actively teaching and engaging people in their local communities with history, literature, arts, and other humanities fields. For fulfilling an average of three requests to speak per year (plus additional opportunities from the PHC), Commonwealth Speakers receive a $300 honorarium per presentation for service, plus reimbursement for travel expenses. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2009.
Articles and Publications
New on the Community Arts Network: Exchanging Gifts in Charleston, SCwww.communityarts.net/readingroom/archivefiles/2009/03/exchanging_gift.php
In this new essay posted on the Community Arts Network, South Carolina critic Darryl Lorenzo paints a realistic portrait of Charleston as the backdrop to Jean-Marie Mauclet and Gwylène Gallimard’s recent project The Future Is on the Table. The project culminated last year during a two month-long series of exhibitions, performance, and dialogues centered on the themes of water, shelter, and the exchange of gifts. Through comparison of The Future Is on the Table to another community-based arts effort led by Suzanne Lacy and Rick Lowe in Charleston, Lorenzo examines the project's community engagement elements and intentional underpinnings to understand what led the interactive, local-global project by Mauclet and Gallimard to success in the complex local social environment.
Events on the Horizon
URBANEXUS: The New Face of Civic Engagementwww.americancity.org/urbanexus/memphis
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