The LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund has an upcoming grant deadline on Friday, June 7 2013. We would really appreciate it if your organization can help spread the word about this opportunity to any independent documentary filmmakers in Rhode Island who might be looking for support for their projects, via your website, email lists or social media.
LEF’s Moving Image Fund supports filmmakers living in the New England region – at this deadline we’ll be awarding up to 7 grants of $5,000 each to long-form documentary film projects in the Pre-production stage. Here’s how to apply:
we’re on Twitter at @LEF_Foundation, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/LEF-Foundation/
Here’s a link to LEF’s Spring 2013 awards announcement to give you an idea of the projects we’ve supported recently
- these grants were given to projects in Production and Post-production stages.
Please let me know if you have any questions about LEF or this grant deadline; we want to make sure that filmmakers all over New England know they are eligible to apply for this funding!
Box 382066 Cambridge, MA 02238
The health care reform legislation passed by Congress and upheld by
the Supreme Court will finally make health insurance available and
affordable for the American artist. As the changes begin, AHIRC is here
to guide you through the legislation and how it will affect the visual
and performing arts and entertainment communities. Our mission is to
insure every artist in the United States by 2014.
Come join us at the historic Shady Lea Mill. Shortly we will have 2 first floor
studios available for rent. The 878 sq ft space is ideal for artisans,
woodworkers or contractor. It is all brick construction, high (approx 30 ft)
ceilings. It includes a unique private overhead office with internet
connection, private bathroom and a large closet space. Rent is $695.
The second, a 991 sq ft studio is new construction and well insulated. The high
ceilings with 3 skylights makes the light in this space is truly amazing! Rent
is $875. It can be used for office space as well as small business, artists or
artisans. Verizon Fios for HIGH SPEED INTERNET is already connected.
We also have a few tenants who are looking to share their space.
Check out our website, www.themillatshadylea.com and our Facebook Page (The Mill at Shady Lea)
to learn more about us and our incredibly gifted and talented tenants. I would
be happy to show you around and share this magical place.
Contact Lynn at
2013 Rhode Island Mission of Mercy (RIMOM)
Free Dental Clinic
On the weekend of June 1-2, 2013 the Community College of Rhode Island’s Dental Hygiene clinic at the Lincoln campus, will be transformed into a large-scale dental clinic with more than 25 dental chairs. The clinic is a fully equipped dental center, with digital radiography, a sterilization center, and electronic dental records. In addition, mobile dental equipment will be utilized for care services.
The RIMOM clinic is staffed by professional and community volunteers. There is no charge to patients who receive treatment and all the dentists and other providers donate their expertise and pay their own expenses.
The RIMOM goal is to provide free dental services to 900 patients. These services are available to the uninsured, the underinsured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist. At the clinic, patients will initially undergo a health and dental evaluation, and will then be provided with treatment on a first-come, first-served basis, based on their oral health needs.
The RIMOM program is intended to help people in pain or with oral health problems that can lead to more serious health issues.
June 1st & 2nd
Community College of RI
1762 Loiusquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI
*Please note this is a first come-first served event
Join local musicians for jam sessions, playing new material,
recording demos and playing in a showcase… all in one day! Saturday, June 1st all six
rooms (including full backline: drum kits, amps, PAs, etc.) of the JamStage in Pawtucket will be made completely
available to musicians of all instruments, genres, and backgrounds to come
together and create music. Musicians who want to start, join,
or find subs for bands: this is the time and place! Songwriters: this is your
chance for your songs to be heard with a band! What’s included: rehearsal room, musicians to jam with, demo
recordings, lunch, dinner, snacks, and a 15 minute performance that night in an
RI Music Showcase! Signup must be in advance at jamathon.eventbrite.com, and you can meet some of the musicians you can play with at mymusictown.com. Keep in touch at facebook.com/musictownpage and twitter.com/musictowntweets and let’s make music!
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Turkey Land Cove (TLC) Foundation offers personal, individual, working retreats for
motivated women from New England and New York to pursue their professional,
educational, and artistic goals away from the distractions of daily life. TLC
provides a quiet space for women to progress toward a defined goal, complete a
project, and develop tools to propel their lives in a new direction. The
successful candidate will have a clearly defined goal and a plan to reach that
goal. We are looking for women with strong leadership qualities and who are
ambitious, motivated and determined. Our need-based grants provide room and
board and cover reasonable transportation expenses. For more information, please
INVITATION TO FILMMAKERS
Deadline to apply is June 7, 2013
We are pleased to announce a call to independent documentary filmmakers who would like to participate in a week long seminar and retreat in southern Vermont, limited to nine filmmakers along with special invited guests.
July 28 – August 4, 2013. Treefrog Farm – Guilford, Vermont.
Imagine: you, your film or work-in-progress, and a week in a bucolic setting with other filmmakers. Enjoy film screenings in the barn, problem solving in the hot tub, networking at the swimming hole, conquering crowdfunding over coffee on the deck…
At a time when you may feel overwhelmed by everything it takes to make your film, this is the week to finally take the time to assess what filmmaking is to you and what it will take to make you succeed on your terms. Join us to explore your own work and the issues you face with your film and recharge your creative battery with a special brand of “radical relaxation: great films, great food and deep discussions on the art, politics and the plain fun of filmmaking.”
More info and how to apply:
To anyone interested in developing an amazing space for the arts (and retail) in Bristol, Rhode Island. Check out the RFP that has been issued by the Town of Bristol for re-use of the Walley School, an approximately 18,000 square foot building on the Bristol Town Common, in the “heart of historic Downtown.”
Over the past year a group of students from Roger Williams University’s Community Partnership Center, under the leadership of Arnold Robinson, did a terrific job leading a series of community workshops that explored the possibility of someone converting the Walley School into an arts center, “creating an affordable incubator where artists and art enthusiasts can mix and mingle in a creative environment.” They created a business plan, which can be found here.
The Town would be happy with that proposal, or any other proposal that would “identify a qualified person or group who will reuse the building with a use or uses that will put it back into productive use. Besides occupying an otherwise vacant building, town officials said that a successful plan must have a significant positive economic impact on the community. The town will consider lease proposals up to 99 years, including public, private partnership proposals.”
Details of the town’s RFP (request for proposals) are posted on the town’s website, www.bristolri.us. Proposals must be filed at the town clerk’s office by noon on June 26, 2013.
Go to it! Or if you’re not interested tell your friends. Spread the word, and let’s get the Walley School back in business!
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, in partnership with the Ford Foundation,
is accepting nominations for its 2013 JustFilms Documentary Awards
program, which seeks to identify and support voices from
underrepresented communities with authentic and powerful stories to
This year, priority will be given to social justice films by
Native/Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Grant amounts are contingent
on the size of the project budget.
Nominations must be submitted by deans/department chairs in
conjunction with the faculty of established U.S. colleges and
universities or by directors of nonprofit media arts organizations with
structured film production programs that the foundation has invited to
Candidates from colleges and universities must be full-time students
or matriculated but have not yet completed their thesis films, have
completed at least one film as director, be the director of the proposed
thesis film, and be a United States citizen or be able to demonstrate
proof of permanent resident status.
All candidates from a media arts organization must be enrolled in the
organization’s structured production training program, have completed
at least one film as director, be the director of the proposed final
project, and be a United States citizen or be able to demonstrate proof
of permanent resident status.
For eligibility and application guidelines, see the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Web site.
The National Art Education Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Art Education Association,
is accepting applications from NAEF members for programs that support
classroom-based arts education. Through its 2013 grant cycle, NAEF is
offering the following funding opportunities:
Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants: Annual scholarships
of up to $2,500 will be awarded to qualified art educators whose
proposals focus on understanding, implementation of, and issues related
to the National Visual Arts Standards and/or which support the
improvement of the teaching of art.
Mary McMullan Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for
projects that promote arts education as an integral part of the
curriculum and establish and/or improve the instruction of art in public
and private elementary and secondary schools as well as institutions of
higher education in the United States.
NAEF Research Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to
support research in arts education that advances knowledge in the field
as well as the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda
Toward the 21st Century (see NAEA Web site).
SHIP Grants: Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to arts educators
seeking equipment and/or instructional resources needed to advance
student learning related to the National Visual Arts Standards.
Teacher Incentive Grants: Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be
awarded to individual art educators to attend training and education
programs that promote the improvement of the teaching of art, including
instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment,
classroom management, or other practices relating to instructional
interaction and the achievement of student learning.
Grants are made only to NAEA members (including student and retired
members), state/province associations, and recognized NAEA affiliates.
Qualified applicants must have been active NAEA members for at least a
year prior to the date of application.
See the National Art Education Foundation Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.
VRA 31 continues the tradition of offering exceptional professional development experiences and opportunities that feature inspiring programs, speakers and special events. The 2013 Visual Resources Association‘s Annual Conference will be held April 3-6 in Providence, Rhode Island, the “Creative Capital.”
“Capitalizing on Creativity” is the theme chosen for VRA 31. Providence, historically a haven for freedom, non-conformity, and innovation, provides an ideal setting for professional engagement (and interesting walks). Conference organizers, Steven Kowalik and Cindy Abel Morris, working with the local arrangements group, have planned an informative and stimulating program of sessions, meetings, and entertaining events. The conference program offers popular formats as well as exciting new conference experiences, with highlights including:
Our conference hotel is the historic Providence Biltmore, located in the heart of the downtown, just blocks from the train and bus stations, both of which connect up with the airport just a few miles south of Providence. The hotel is a five minute walk from RISD and another five to ten minutes up the hill to Brown University. The Biltmore was constructed as a distinctive luxury hotel in 1922 in a Beaux-Arts style and is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The rooftop Grand Ballroom offers sweeping views of this city of many bridges, waterways and architectural gems, including the stately Neoclassical Rhode Island State House built around the turn of the century in gleaming white marble.
There are unique and interesting restaurants in every direction within walking distance from the hotel, whether you are looking for lively bistros popular with students (Thayer Street) or quiet and elegant dining experiences (Federal Hill). Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Join us for an exciting conference in early April in the “Creative Capital” Providence, Rhode Island!
To find out about registration, click here.
Application Deadline is May 23, 2013
NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track Director, Michael Killoren, will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT to help potential applicants navigate the application materials and process. There will be an overview presentation of CAFT guidelines, followed by a Q & A.
The Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) category of funding supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
The Challenge America Fast Track deadline is May 23, 2013.
How to join the webinar
Please register in advance on the NEA’s webinar page at arts.gov or go to https://events-na7.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1100909356/en/events/event/shared/1216039387/event_landing.html?sco-id=1238502632&_charset_=utf-8
You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box.
An archive of the webinar will be available on April 8th on the NEA’s website.
More information on Challenge America Fast-Track
Challenge America Fast-Track grants:
Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
Are limited to 4 specific types of projects: arts event featuring a guest artist(s), public art, unified promotion, and design.
Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.
Receive an expedited application review.
To see recent CAFT grants, visit the Recent Grants section at arts.gov. For sample application narratives, go to the Freedom of Information Act Reading Room.
Creative Arts Exchange Grant – U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange
Deadline- May 6, 2013
Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) initiatives are arts-based international
people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State
foreign policy objectives. Eligible themes under this competition include
Economic Statecraft and the Arts, Arts in Collaboration, Community Engagement
through the Arts, and Professional Development in the Arts. Please see the full
announcement for details. http://www.nalac.org/index.php/opportunitiespage/scholarships-grants/item/225-creative-arts-exchanges-state-department-bureau-of-educational-and-cultural-exchange
Now Accepting Applications through April 4, 2013 11:59 pm CST
The competitive TCR grant program is open to individuals, collectives and
community-based organizations in the United States, Mexico and Central America.
Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby
artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between
linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa
Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United
States. To date, the TCR grant program has awarded over $250,000 in 66
Taking its name from brimstone, the elusive element medieval
chemists believed would transform base metals into gold, this award
focuses on the transformational properties of storytelling, and aims to
increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change in
individuals and communities.
The grant supports a model storytelling project that is
service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and to some
extent replicable in other places and situations. It is our hope that
projects receiving this award will have impact beyond their own
communities, organizations, or clients, inspiring excellence in applied
storytelling work and communicating to new audiences the humanitarian
possibilities of storytelling.
Many different sorts of projects can be considered for the
award, including community, organizational or institutional programs,
curricular activities, short residencies, and projects combining
complementary art forms. 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 storytelling performers.
Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external
organizational practitioners, etc., personnel appropriate to the
situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on
suitable storytelling expertise and experience. We are looking for
responsiveness to the standards of good practice in the field of the
Note: In keeping with the intent of the Brimstone
Award to support innovative, service-oriented projects, the Award will
not normally fund honoraria for performances, storytelling festivals,
travel, or the purchase of equipment.
Various fields are appropriate for the Brimstone Award,
including, for example, 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
Whatever their field or design, proposed projects should be:
Please look at previous winners’ projects for some idea of
the scope the Brimstone Award Committee is looking for. You will also
want to review the rubric and criteria the Committee uses for scoring
Applicants should consider realistically what they can
accomplish with the relatively small award of $5000. The award could
fund a new project that represents an applicant’s ongoing commitment and
expertise in a particular area. However, the award could also be used
to enable a project already in motion to come to completion. In other
circumstances, it could fund effective documentation and dissemination
of a successful project. We encourage collaborative funding; the
Brimstone Award might support part of a project that is otherwise
sustained by funds from other sources: matching funds, grants and
donations, other revenues.
For more information click here.
Applicants who are not members of the National Storytelling
Network will pay the current membership fee to become an NSN member.
Application Deadline Approaching
April 1, 2013
Environmental Art: Residency, Biennale
Landscape/Garden Design Residency
I-Park’s signature Environmental Art Biennale, the fourth in a series, will happen on September 21, 2013, preceded by a 3-week onsite residency. I-Park is soliciting ephemeral, site-specific projects from the following disciplines: environmental sculpture/installation, architecture, music composition/sound sculpture, the language arts, landscape/garden design, performance art, photography/moving image and inter-disciplinary practice. For those proposing in the architecture and landscape/garden design disciplines, paper projects will be considered. A $2,000 prize and travel reimbursement will be awarded to the top 12-15 applicants. International participation and group collaborations are welcome. See the Environmental Art web page for complete details.
I-Park is also, for 2013, welcoming to its General Residency Program architects and landscape/garden designers. Click here to learn how emerging and established designers in these fields might productively benefit from a 2- or 4-week residency in the company of artists, composers and writers. The General Residency Program is offered at no cost to those accepted into the program.
Please spread the word to those friends and colleagues of yours who might be interested in, or could benefit from, these worthwhile programs.
Contact Amanda Baker, Residency Program Manager, at the I-Park office for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-873-2468.
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is accepting nominations for the 2013 Tom
Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. The deadline for
application is 5:00pm on April 10, 2013.
Established in 2001 to honor the Council’s founding director, the Tom Roberts Prize is
awarded annually to an individual or group whose work is distinguished by an innovative
approach to the humanities. With emphasis on the arts, the award celebrates creativity
in topics, disciplines and formats that extend the field of the humanities.
The Tom Roberts Prize recipient will be honored at the 11th Annual Celebration of the
Humanities in October 2013. Additionally, they will receive a $2,000 honorarium.
Criteria for review by the panel may include (but are not limited to):
• Blends the wisdom and methods of the humanities in an inventive and
imaginative way, with emphasis on the arts.
• Explores topics, disciplines, and formats not ordinarily associated with
traditional humanities education.
• Reflects the humanities’ ability to inspire us to examine everything, interpreting
what we see and what lies beneath the surface.
• Is distinguished by ingenuity, innovation, and public appeal.
Past recipients include VSA Arts RI Executive Director Jeannine Chartier, WaterFire
creator and Artistic Director Barnaby Evans, and antiques dealer and civic provocateur
All nominations must be received by 5:00pm on April 10, 2013.
2013 Tom Roberts Prize
Deadline: April 10, 2013
Award Nominee Contact Information
City, State, Zip: ______________________________________________________
Contact person (if an organization/group): _________________________________
Nominator Contact Information
City, State, Zip: ______________________________________________________
Contact person (if an organization/group): _________________________________
Please attach a nomination statement (no more than one page) and a resume, if available.
Email or mail completed nomination to the address below.
Nominations must be received by April 10, 2013.
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Attn: Tom Roberts Prize
131 Washington Street, Suite 210, Providence, RI 02903
Or email nominations to: email@example.com
Open Dialogue 13: People, Places, and Policy
August 2‐4, 2013
Providence Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street ∙ Providence, RI 02903 ∙ 401‐421‐0700
Open Dialogue is presented by TAAC and is hosted by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Association of American Cultures, TAAC, was founded in 1985, to convene artists and cultural workers reflective of
our pluralistic society and to inform and advocate for democratic cultural policies.
Open Dialogue 13 will focus on significant and pivotal people, places and policies impacting cultural democracy in
America. Through panels, keynote presentations, interviews, performances, interactive sessions, community
experiences, and animated conversations, we will explore TAAC’s four foundational pillars:
Equal participation in policymaking
Equitable funding for all cultural institutions
Elevation in multicultural leadership
Essential networks that impact cultural policy
Open Dialogue Audience
200 ‐ 250 arts administrators, individual and teaching artists, arts educators, board members and cultural policy
advocates attend Open Dialogue.
Participants come from communities across the country and abroad, from varied arts backgrounds and levels of
experience. Because it is important that all interested persons feel welcome at Open Dialogue, we routinely ask
presenters to refrain from making assumptions about the politics, values, or backgrounds of participants. We also ask
presenters to remember that participants might be new to the field and to do their best to explain jargon and acronyms
What we are looking for:
Open Dialogue sessions are 90 minutes and should be complete learning experiences with specific outcomes and
learning objectives. Sessions can include multiple speakers, but are limited to no more than four speakers per session.
We will accept proposals from individuals, collectives, and organizations
Proposals should focus on innovative strategies, tested tools, and best practices that relate to the frames of the Open
Dialogue and TAAC’s foundational pillars of equity in policy making, funding, leadership and networks that impact
cultural policy. TAAC is particularly interested in sessions that engage attendees in unique ways that reach beyond the
standard presenter/PowerPoint model. Please be creative in conceiving the format for your session! All sessions should
TAAC Open Dialogue 13 ‐ Call for Sessions focus on what was done, why it was done, how it was implemented, how it was measured, what results were found, and what it cost. Session formats may include, but are not limited to:
Facilitated Discussions—present an issue or trend as a conversation among experts followed by Q & A.
Case Studies—describe a program or project in‐depth, focusing on innovative solutions to clearly defined challenges and their implications for the field.
Research or Data Presentations—help interpret new research or data through practical field applications.
Skill‐Building and Hands‐On Learning Experiences—encourage participants to use professional skills to explore a scenario and to teach and learn new tactics.
Experiential —introduce participants to a topic or issue through a creative presentation followed by reflection, discussion, and questions.
Will TAAC Provide Speaker Stipends, Audio/Visual Support or Session Supplies?
The Open Dialogue registration fee will be waived for all speakers. Small honoraria may be available for those traveling
from outside of the greater New England area.
PowerPoint projector, screen, wireless internet, (1) laptop computer, and (2) microphones are standard for conference
sessions. Audio visual needs including flipcharts, hardwired internet connections, additional microphones, and any items
not listed above are add‐ons and will be handled on a case‐by‐case basis in order to control costs. TAAC will make
copies of session materials if materials are provide by the copy deadline, of which selected presenters will be made
The Review Process
Proposals will be reviewed by members of the TAAC board and members of the local host committee. The following criteria will be used:
Clarity of proposal;
Adherence to proposal submission instructions;
Relevance to the theme and/or goals;
Potential for engaging participants in meaningful learning experiences.
Please note: If two session proposals are similar, the presenters may be contacted to determine if they will be willing to
collaborate on the session.
How to Apply
Submit a competed electronic application form by March 25, 2013, (email deadline). Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Applications can be sent to: Mayumi Tsutakawa, TAAC Board Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal on or after March 25, 2013.
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