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State to State
Showcasing SAA Ingenuity
Paul Pietsch

Creative Aging


Recognizing that older people can constitute an underserved population in the arts, the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) is developing a new Creative Aging program. Beginning with the premise that the arts can enhance quality of life for adults aged 55 and above, MAC is soliciting input on how it can design programs that encourage community connections and lifelong learning through creativity. To this end, MAC recently held a workshop for artists and arts organizations interested in working with older adults. So far, two components of the Creative Aging program are planned. MAC intends to establish a Creative Aging Teaching Artists Roster that will train artists to work in a range of community settings serving older adults. It also plans to develop models for partnering with community and health care groups to focus on intergenerational exchange, health and wellness, and community engagement. For further information, contact MAC Special Programs Director Kathleen Mundell.

Innovative Approach to Capacity Building


The commitment of the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) to helping Georgia's nonprofit arts groups realize their goals and best serve their audiences has led to an interesting partnership and funding opportunity. Through GCA's Momentum for the Arts, 20 Georgia arts organizations will receive free capacity-building assistance over the course of two years. The opportunity is an adaptation of the Momentum program developed by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN), which is collaborating with GCA to bring it to the arts community. The main goals of the collaborative effort are to enhance strategic capacity, develop effective leadership, foster collaboration and promote sustainability. For the first 18 months of the program, nonprofit leaders will receive management training, organizational assessments, 30 hours of one-on-one consulting, customized strategic and development planning, and minigrants for software and participation expenses. In addition, monthly workshops will cover a variety of issues ranging from board engagement to program design and evaluation. In the last six months, participating groups will work to implement what they learned with the help of additional consulting services. For more information, contact GCA Grants Program Manager Tina Lilly.

North Dakota
Trails & Rails Residency

Traditional fiddler Preston Schmidt and guitar player Ashley Wiese, an apprentice in NDCA's Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, perform on Amtrak’s Empire Builder line. Photo courtesy National Park Service/Trails & Rails Program North Dakota

North Dakota

Through its participation in the National Park Service and Amtrak's Trails & Rails Program, the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) cultivates audiences and opportunities for local performing artists while simultaneously introducing travelers to the state's cultural and geographic diversity. The national Trails & Rails Program, which began in 2002, aims to connect Amtrak passengers to public lands and regional heritage through entertainment and education. The program operates on Amtrak trains around the country but is unique in North Dakota, where the NDCA, which in 2013 received the National Park Service's first-ever National Trails & Rails Partnership Award, makes it an artist residency and books storytellers, singers, dancers, musicians and other folk and traditional artists for performances on the Empire Builder line. Amtrak and the National Park Service support the NDCA residency by covering the train fare, food and lodging of the performing artists. As a result of this state-federal partnership, artists meet new audiences—more than 7,000 people in 2013 alone—while passengers, most hailing from other states and countries, enjoy a wide variety of North Dakota's Native American, Norwegian, Irish and other traditions. For more information, contact NDCA Folklorist Troyd Geist.

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