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Paul Pietsch

2014 Cultural Caucuses


The tradition of community dialogue and personal expression runs deep in Iowa, as Americans witness every four years when the state begins the nationwide presidential nomination process. Dynamic conversations about the future of the arts and culture are just as important to Iowans, which is why the Iowa Arts Council (IAC) has held the Iowan Cultural Caucuses every four years since 2001. The Cultural Caucuses are a legislatively mandated process through which arts stakeholders across Iowa convene to discuss issues facing arts and culture in Iowa and to inform recommendations for IAC and the Iowa general assembly regarding state arts policies and programs. The 2014 Cultural Caucuses will culminate in June at the Iowa Arts Summit, having begun last November with a series of IAC-facilitated regional conferences where stakeholders identified topics to be addressed at the statewide convening. The agenda of the 2014 Arts Summit—which is open to all citizens—focuses on how to better tell the story of the arts and culture in Iowa through audience engagement, but also includes sessions on why government should support the arts, the creative economy, rural development and strategic partnerships. For more information, contact IAC Division Administrator Matt Harris.

Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program


Through its Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program (SYEA), the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) symbiotically realizes its goals to increase and enrich arts education opportunities, to support cultural organizations, and to demonstrate how the arts benefit communities and local economies. IACA grants up to $6,000 to eligible Illinois nonprofit arts organizations to underwrite paid internships for high school students and recent graduates who have not yet begun college. IACA supports up to four internships per grantee organization and up to 20 hours a week per student intern. Interns' jobs may be administrative or artistic in nature, as long as they offer the chance for positive cultural experiences and provide on-the-job training in the arts. The SYEA program aims to help students grow personally and professionally through engagement with the arts and arts administration, while it supports the work of nonprofits, grows IACA's community connections and fosters a greater understanding of the value of the arts in public life. Find out more from IACA Director of Community Arts Development Programs Jennifer Armstrong.

O Say Can You Sing?


To celebrate this year's bicentennial of the national anthem, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) and Star-Spangled 200, the nonprofit group organizing this September's Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration, are holding the Star-Spangled Sing-off. This statewide competition has a grand prize of $1,814, a governor's citation and the opportunity to perform at a public event during the festival. Maryland residents of all ages are invited to show off their patriotism and their talent by posting on YouTube a solo performance of the "The Star-Spangled Banner," which was penned in the middle of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. A panel of professional musicians, music educators and MSAC staff will select up to five YouTube entries as semifinalists, post them on MSAC's website and let the public choose the top performance. First and second runners-up will receive $500 and $250, respectively, and also may be offered the chance to publicly perform during the Star-Spangled Spectacular. To learn more, contact MSAC Communications Manager Kate McMillan.

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