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Practice//Practice, AS220′s professional development program for arts administrators – Spring 2017 applications open NOW

Monday, January 23rd, 2017


Contact:
Marina Balko
marina.balko@as220.org

Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts
administrators, Spring 2017 dates announced: May 3rd to 6th!
Applications open until March 1st.

Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators,
returns to AS220′s campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island from May 3rd to
6th! Applications are open until March 1st. There is no fee to apply. Tuition cost is
sliding scale, $500 to $1,000. Visit our website for full details, but don’t take our word for
it – check out what other Practitioners have to say about the program!


Practice//Practice
offers the arts and culture field an intensive learning alternative to
large scale conferences or semester-based higher-education courses. The program is
for anyone who works in the arts and culture field regardless of position. From those
who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program
coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other
given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in
a fertile environment to share and learn from each other.

The 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions,
presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations,
hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and, of course, a party! Workshops will
include presentations and breakout sessions with AS220 staff and expert visiting
faculty, and will allow plenty of time for discussion and debate. In the spirit
of Practice//Practice, some workshops also involve working sessions, bringing
theoretical discourse into the practical realm.

Using AS220’s history and practices as a jumping off point, topics covered
include: organizational sustainability (finances, structure, fundraising); strategic
development (mission/vision/values development, leadership,
transparency); property (the issues involved in acquiring and owning a
building); accessibility (affordability and diversity); and collaboration (building internal
and cross-sector partnerships). A final schedule is decided based the goals of each
session’s particular cohort.

Registration for Practice//Practice is limited to 20 spaces in order to encourage open
and meaningful dialogue among participants. Applications are open until March 1st.

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GRAMMY FOUNDATION® GRANT PROGRAM: 2017 LETTER OF INQUIRY ONLINE

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The GRAMMY Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2017 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. In the past, nearly $7 million in grants have been awarded to more than 380 recipients.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2017 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit  www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.

 

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

 

2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:

·         A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award

·         B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award

 

For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

 

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Meet, Greet & Celebrate Fellow RI Teaching Artists – June 10

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
June 10, 7pm - 9pm
at The Gamm Theatre
172 Exchange Street
Pawtucket

A key part of RITAC’s mission is connecting RI teaching artists in order to support and learn from each other. And…we need to CELEBRATE our work as a community!

7pm   One minute introductions-what you do or share a teaching highlight from the year.
7:30   Hor’s doervres and drinks

 

 

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Kress Foundation Invites Applications for Scholarly European Art Projects

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications  for its History of Art grant program, which supports  scholarly projects that  enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

Grants are awarded to  projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

In previous years, grant amounts have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.

To be eligible, nonprofit organizations, including supporting foundations of European institutions, must be recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application guidelines.

 

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NEFA Invites Applications for Creative City Grants

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The New England Foundation for the Arts is accepting applications to its Creative City grants program.

The program is designed to enable artists in all disciplines to create projects in the City of Boston that integrate public participation into artistic process and/or presentation.

To be eligible projects, must be sited in Boston and have a lead applicant who is either an individual artist; an artist on behalf of a clearly articulated artistic collaboration; or an unincorporated collective/company with strong artist leadership. Culturally specific, immigrant, traditional cultural practitioner groups that typically work under the auspices of a parent organization are eligible to apply through the parent organization as long as the project features a strong artist lead applicant.

Lead artists of any artistic discipline are encouraged to apply but must live within Route 495 in Massachusetts. Preference is given to lead applicants residing in Boston.

Previous grant amounts have ranged between $3,000 to $10,000.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions, see the NEFA website.

 

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Volunteer at Girls Rock Camp This Summer!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Our campers need you! Serve as a mentor and role model at this summer’s Girls Rock Camps! We need help with everything from instrument instruction to band coaching to hauling gear and setting up lunches. 

Flexible music and non-music related volunteer positions available for folks of all genders. Must be at least 18 years old to volunteer and attend a mandatory volunteer training.

Camp is a ton of fun for volunteers and a great way to meet other awesome people and become part of the Girls Rock! community here in Rhode Island

This summer’s camp dates are:

Session 1: July 18-22 (campers ages 14-17) at JamStage in Pawtucket

Session 2: August 15-19 (campers ages 11-13) at the RI Philharmonic in East Providence

 

Learn more and sign up today:
VOLUNTEER for Girls Rock Camp 2016!

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J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction book publishing about art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation..

The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; and promises a reasonable shelf life.

Individual grants ranging from $1,500 to approximately $15,000 may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.

Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit, or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible fiscal sponsor.

See the Furthermore website for complete application guidelines, an FAQ, and program information.

 

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Terra Foundation Offers Funding for American Art Exhibitions

Monday, March 28th, 2016

In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980.

To be eligible, exhibitions that take place internationally or in Chicago must be aimed at the general public, scholars, or both; exhibitions that take place only in the United States but outside Chicago must present historical American art in an international context and reach a scholarly audience.

The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that add an international dimension to the study or presentation of historical American art or that take place in Chicago, where the foundation is headquartered. “International dimensions” vary by project, but must include a venue outside the U.S.; a focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art in an international context; and an international curatorial team. Grant funding also is available for exhibitions that include objects from the Terra Foundation’s collection of American art.

To be eligible, institutions must have 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants are not made to individuals.

Letters of Inquiry for the Spring 2017 funding cycle must be received no later than August 1, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October 14, 2016.

See the Terra Foundation website for complete program guidelines and information on previously awarded grants.

 

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2017 CREATIVE ECONOMY RESEARCH INITIATIVE LAUNCHED

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

We are currently seeking research proposals for the third installment of the Creative Economy Employment Report of the New England creative sector. The report, made possible with an award from the Barr Foundation, will be published on NEFA’s website in Spring 2017. Submissions are due March 31, 2016. Read more on NEFA.org.

To complement the federal employment data, an online artist survey will capture information on the circumstances and needs of artists living and working in New England. The survey is planned for Fall 2016.

 

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Native Arts in New England Gathering

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

When .9.16 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hosted by NEFA & Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA)

WHERE: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338  | Directions & Parking

COST: Free; lunch included.

The agenda will include updates on NIAA activities, information on NEFA programs including CreativeGround, discussion on needs and opportunities for Native artists, and networking among participants.

Register here.

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NEFA Seeks researchers for Creative Economy Report

Monday, March 7th, 2016

RFP NOW AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCHERS; SUBMISSIONS DUE 3.31.16

 

(March 7, 2016 – BOSTON, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts is launching a 2017 Creative Economy Employment Research Initiative for the New England region, including a creative economy employment study and artist survey for the six New England states. The work and report will be completed in spring 2017, and an RFP is now available. The initiative is made possible with an award from the Barr Foundation of $300,000 and with the support of the six New England states and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Building upon NEFA’s economic impact studies going back to 1978, this report will be the third in a series of employment-specific studies and will demonstrate which creative occupations and industries are showing growth and how the creative sector relates to other significant sectors in the New England region. This project has three primary objectives:

  • To quantify the employment of New England’s creative sector, including arts/culture nonprofits, creative businesses, and creative workers, to understand what they are, where they are, and how their concentration and characteristics compare to both national trends and prior NEFA reporting.
  • To improve inclusion of artists in creative sector employment reporting.
  • To identify local clusters of creative economy activity where possible.

This is an opportunity to update the widely-cited creative economy research definition from NEFA’s 2007 report, The Creative Economy: A New Definition. Other NEFA studies have focused specifically on arts and cultural nonprofit economic impact. In addition to studies, NEFA’s creative economy work includes convenings such as the biennial Creative Communities Exchange and the New England Creative Economy Network, a directory of creative economy community initiatives on NEFA’s website, and CreativeGround.org, an online directory of artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses, which is now in its third year of operation. These pieces support NEFA’s goal to quantify and spotlight New England’s creative sector, strengthening its identity and building capacity and support.

 

“The creative economy is a powerful engine for growth and community vitality. Understanding trends and gathering data about the creative work force, with a special focus on artists, is critical for New England. Having this data will create a platform for strategic investment in the cultural sector, and will help quantify attributes of thriving communities with creative hubs,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards. “We are grateful to the Barr Foundation and the six New England state arts agencies for their partnership in this work.”
“This research effort will deepen the understanding of the contributions, challenges and characteristics of New England’s creative sector, particularly this expanded regional effort to count artists. In partnering with state arts agencies, we anticipate that the research process and discussions will build a more connected community, and inform sound decision-making at the local, state and regional levels,” said E. San San Wong, Senior Program Officer, Arts & Creativity, at the Barr Foundation.

Researchers or consultants interested in submitting proposals for the project should review the full RFP, available at www.nefa.org. Submissions are due by March 31, 2016.

About NEFA
NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. NEFA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.

NEFA’s work is accomplished through grantmaking, services, and initiatives which strengthen and advance the national arts infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.

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CONTACT: Ann Wicks | 617.951.0010 x534

 

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National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2016 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, an annual award that recognizes the transformational properties of storytelling and the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities.

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and are replicable (to some extent) in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.

Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.

Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.

See the National Storytelling Network website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

 

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Amphion Foundation Accepting Applications From Performing Musical Ensembles

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating or special project support.

Typically, the program awards grants of up to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit performing ensemble, presenter, and/or music service organization with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music and demonstrated level of excellence. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years. Performing ensembles, presenters, or organizations that are applying for support for performances must have presented two full seasons prior to the season for which support is requested, except for special projects of extraordinary significance. In general, the grant program does not support jazz music.

See the Amphion Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

 

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Practice//Practice Spring 2016 Immersive Residency: deadline extended!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

AS220 is happy to announce our second 5-day AS220 Immersive Residency for Artists/Managers (AIR/AM), which runs from April 6-10, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. The deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday, February 21, 2016. Apply online now! Last chance!

The residency program’s goals are to inspire possibilities in participants and share information that is digestible and easy for them to apply to their own context.  Participants will learn from both AS220 and other practitioners and reflect on how their own decision making provides opportunities for others in the arts. Tuition cost is $500.

Below, see what a few of the practitioners who attended the first Immersive Residency have to say about their experiences! See more practitioners on our website!

Amy Smith, Founder and Co-DirectorHeadlong Dance Theater and Headlong Performance InstitutePhiladelphia, PA“Being around the AS220 people and the other artists who gathered for Practice//Practice was so inspiring and reinvigorating for me.  I learned practical ideas that I can bring back to my home community and, even more importantly, I was around a group of fellow artists who live by their values.”

Mike Wolf, Artist and Board MemberThe Division Avenue Arts CollectiveGrand Rapids, MI”I learned so much during Practice//Practice. I learned that raffling cars might possibly be the most genius fundraising model, I learned that I might be the worst duckpin bowler to ever step foot in Town Hall Lanes and, most importantly, I learned that artists cannot and should not allow their spaces to be defined simply as a means to an end when they are a means to a means.”

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Southern Exposure: Grants for performing arts of Latin America

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

PRESENTER BOOKING DEADLINE
APRIL 1, 2016
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program is a national initiative designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists. Southern Exposure provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenters located anywhere in the United States and its territories that contract performing artists from the annually curated Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America roster. All funded engagements are required to include a public performance and a community engagement activity that provides audiences direct interaction with the visiting artists. An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities that have little access to this type of work.
Southern Exposure is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“MAAF”) made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts (“NEA”).
for more information please visit http://southernexposurearts.org/booking

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TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Title of Event: TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts
City: Boston (mainly at Boston University; but also events and tours at MIT, Harvard, etc.)
Dates: Starting 9: 00 February 25- 5:00 pm, February 27

Description:

Come have a drink with New York critic Kim Levin, the editor of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac Lanfranco Aceti and Ute Meta Bauer and Hoor Al Qasimi, the curators of the 2015 Venice Biennale’s American and United Emirates Pavilions. Hear the new Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Direction Matthew Teitlebaum talk about is vision for the MFA. Attend a champagne breakfast with representatives from the French Ministry of Culture. Listen to scientists looking to work with artists. And much, much more. This is a rare chance to meet over 160 major curators, leading researchers, gallery owners, funders, critics, artist-in-residency directors and those from other fields looking to work with artists – people who can change your life. As one attendee said, “this was the single most exciting and productive art event that I have ever experienced. To my surprise, it did not consist of a series of lectures. Rather, it was a fully interactive conference structure that provided a limitless number of opportunities for artists to meet and exchange ideas with residency directors, museum curators, and other artists and arts professionals. As a result, I was invited to participate in two international residencies and three exhibitions.”

website: http://www.transculturalexchange.org/2016-conference/overview.htm

Registration rate: $285 for all 3 days, including receptions, informal networking events and more. Group, student and 2-for-1 rates also available.

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National Book Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovations in Reading Prize

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Each year, the National Book Foundation recognizes individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of sparking and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America.

Through the Innovations in Reading Prize, individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

The foundation is seeking applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applications from individuals and institutions that have developed an interdisciplinary approach and/or incorporate innovative thinking in design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship, or other fields. Candidates may enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by others.

The winner will receive $10,000 and be featured prominently on the foundation’s website and in other digital publicity.

Any citizen of the U.S. and American institution is eligible for the prize.

See the National Book Foundation website for complete program guidelines, nomination instructions, and information about past winners.

 

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LLMA Seeks Submissions for Library Public Relations Award

Friday, January 29th, 2016

The Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, in partnership with the H.W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO Information Services, is accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award, an annual program that honors outstanding library public relations initiatives. The award is named for John Cotton Dana, a librarian who is considered to be the father of the modern library.

Established in 1946, the award program honors strategic communications campaigns from all sizes and types of libraries, including rebranding efforts, awareness campaigns, and community partnerships.

Libraries are encouraged to submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage, and other results received, as well as evaluation of the results demonstrating the scope and effectiveness of the campaign.

Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year.

Entries may be submitted by any library, library friends group, consulting agency, or service provider, excluding libraries represented by prize committee members.

See the John Cotton Dana Award website for winning entries from previous years, as well as complete program guidelines and submission instructions.

 

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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

With the goal of promoting dialogue, raising awareness, and developing new and broader audiences, the foundation is inviting applications from nonprofit organizations working to provide programs about architecture and the designed environment. Grants are intended to support nonprofits willing to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation, as well as to help them recognize the role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work. Projects will be judged on their originality, potential for impact, and feasibility. The foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Under some circumstances, the foundation will make grants to other entities where there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served — for example in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax-exempt status.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Graham Foundation website.

 

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Jim Henson Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Puppet Theater

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater.

1) Production grants of $7,000 are awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in 2017. Workshop Grants of $3,000 are for the development and workshopping of these pieces. Workshop grants and Production grants can be combined over a two-year period for the greatest benefit to the piece. However, a Production grant does not need to be proceeded by a Workshop grant, and a Workshop grant in no way ensures a future Production grant.

2) Family Grants of $4,000 fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers.

Grants are made only for the development of new works of live puppet theater. The foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. Grants cannot be applied retroactively; substantial portions of a proposed project must take place after the funds are awarded.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist and fiscal sponsor must be American. Projects that will only take place outside the Unites States are not eligible for funding.

Letters of Intent must be received no later than March 14, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 12, 2016.

See the Henson Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

 

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