Animating Democracy April 2011 E-News
News from the Field
LINC Announces Creative Community Challenge Grant Recipients
Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a 10-year national initiative to improve the conditions for artists working in all disciplines, has announced grants totaling $1.25 million to eight arts organizations.
The Kresge Foundation has sponsored this Creative Community Challenge Grants program, administered by LINC. The grants will enable recipients to build on programs that are helping artists flourish in their communities. The recipients include the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City's KCArtsLink project, which supports diverse, multidisciplinary, emerging, and mid-career artists by providing professional development opportunities and a network of resources for regional business development; New York City-based ArtHome, which helps artists build assets and equity through financial literacy, homeownership, self-sufficiency, and responsible credit use; Artist U, which aims to help artists in Philadelphia build productive, balanced, and sustainable lives; and the Center for Cultural Innovation, which serves California artists working in all disciplines and career phases through training and professional development, financial programs, and community-building efforts. Additional grants were awarded to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) in Cleveland; the First People's Fund in Rapid City, SD; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and the Montana Arts Council.
Articles and Publications
Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change
Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change by William Cleveland and Patricia Shifferd is a series of interviews with social theorists and scholars, philanthropists, scientists, theologians, artists, and community development and community arts activists. Several recent books, including The Great Turning by David Korten and A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink have made the argument that a new way of organizing our relationships to each other and to nature will be necessary in the coming years. The subjects, some 30 in all, were all asked to comment on this eventuality and to provide their perceptions of what role that artists and arts organizations should play in contributing to a more just and sustainable society.
Calls for Proposals
Inaugural Ping Chong & Company Summer Theatre Institute
Whole Foods Market, leading retailer of natural and organic foods, and AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, the nation’s leading documentary festival, have launched a $50,000 grant program for filmmakers working in the green film genre.
A portion of all ticket sales from the Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival will go toward a film production and development grant that will encourage filmmakers to continue making stories about the environment and the impact of everyday choices consumers make. Two grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to documentary feature filmmakers at varying stages of development—from conception through completion.
Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund to Support Filmmakers Utilizing Cross-Platform Storytelling to Promote Social Change
The Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, created in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms initiative, provides support and funding to nonfiction, social issue film projects that integrate film with content across newer media platforms—from video games and mobile apps to social networks and microblogging. The fund seeks to support projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and that demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement. In 2011, the New Media Fund will award grants of $50,000–$100,000 to four to eight nonfiction projects. The fund also will provide peer support and expert mentorship for producers. (from the Foundation Center)
One Million Bones Engages Artists and Activists to Create and Donate Bones
Events on the Horizon
Alternate Visions Festival
Deconstructing boundaries between artists and audiences during the artistic development process, Pangea World Theater’s annual Alternate Visions Festival presents readings, works in progress, and world premieres. The festival features a diverse array of new voices whose work demonstrates the transformation of our culture such as Eleven Reflections on September, a poetry-based, multimedia performance on the Arab-American experience, the Wars on Terror, and the lingering effects of 9/11 by former Animating Democracy staff person Andrea Assaf.
NYC…Just Like I Pictured It
The Foundry Theatre presents NYC... Just Like I Pictured It, a festival of five new theater works and an adaptation of a 1937 labor musical that re-imagine what our city might look like if it were shaped by the imaginations of artists and social justice communities—people whose passionate work is born of empathy and creative thinking and the desire to share this with a larger public.
America: Now and Here Uses Art as Catalyst for National Dialogue
America: Now and Here is a traveling art exhibition aimed at creating a national dialogue about America through art, sparking local activities and fueling imaginations, and generating innovation from coast to coast. This movement offers an opportunity to the American public to engage with art, poetry, film, plays and music by more than 150 of our country’s celebrated artists such as Edward Albee, Paul Simon, and Chuck Close.
Promoting creativity and innovation as the foundation of our society, America: Now and Here will invite participation through a cross-country tour, website and social media, public programs and youth engagement, publications, and artist response. The project will send a cross-disciplinary exhibition across the country with site-specific installations and custom designed mobile truck galleries. The exhibition will spend six weeks in each of eight different regions, visiting communities large and small. Public programs will be developed and presented in partnership with national, regional and local cultural institutions. Special seminars for civic leaders, workshops for educators and Now and Here youth festivals, as well as other events will be offered at many venues.
To find out more or join the movement, visit americanowandhere.org.
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