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
July 31–August 7, 2011
Amherst, MA
Deadline: April 30

The Ping Chong & Company Summer Institute has been designed to engage and inspire artists, activists, and community organizations interested in developing unique performance projects that explore oral history, art, and social justice engagements. This intensive week-long workshop, led by Ping Chong, Sara Zatz, and Talvin Wilks, will explore the innovative community-based performance and documentary theater practices behind Ping Chong’s award-winning Undesirable Elements series.

Whole Foods Silverdocs Grant Opportunity for Environmental Filmmakers
Deadline: April 30

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
Deadline: May 25, 2011

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

One Million Bones is a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burma. The project will take 1,000,000 handmade bones made by artists, students, and activists, and install them on the National Mall in Washington, DC in the spring of 2013. Currently, the project is looking for people to host bone-making events, serve as educational ambassadors, and create or sponsor bones.

Call for Applications to the 2011–2012 Imagining America PAGE Summit and Working Group
Deadline: June 1
Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical tools for public engagement; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production.

Imagining America invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply.  Awardees receive $600 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on September 21 and the 2011 Imagining America national conference, September 22–24, both in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Please contact National Director of PAGE Adam Bush at for additional information.

Call for Proposals: Articles on drama, technology, and social change
Deadline: April 30, 2011

Research in Drama Education (RiDE): The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance is a refereed journal aimed at those who are interested in applying performance practices to cultural engagement, educational innovation, and social change.  The journal is calling for proposals for articles for its themed edition on innovation, technology, and converging practices in drama, applied theater, and performance.  Proposals should be between 300–500 words for an article of approximately 5,000 words in length and should be sent to and by April 30, 2011.

Events on the Horizon

Alternate Visions Festival
Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, MN
Through May 1, 2011

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
Various locations in New York City
April 14–July 3

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.

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