We have a trifecta of announcements for you. While it should be an equilateral triangle of news, the third one really puts this over into isoceles territory. We’re talking obtuse isosceles news-worthiness, people. But no skipping ahead.
It is with great pleasure that we announce to you that the 8th Annual Craftland Show application is now available online! Yes!! We cordially invite you and all your crafty friends to apply here: http://www.craftlandshow.com/application09
We’ve posted it a little bit early especially for you because, get this – if you submit your application by this Friday, July 31st (which is the day before it goes live for the rest of the world), you will be entered in a raffle to win an incredible Million Dollar* Crafty Inspiration Prize Pack including two prints by Jen Corace, released by Tiny Showcase, and made especially for Craftland 2008 and 2007 shows, as well as a copy of Maura Madden’s new book Crafternoon, and Death Vessel’s Nothing is Precious Enough For Us CD out on Sub Pop to keep you entertained while you craft.
$10 covers the workshop, all materials, and appetizers.
Alyssa Holland Short
The Hive Archive
These lunchtime workshops, presented by RICH grants director, SueEllen Kroll, will provide a general overview of the Council’s grant opportunities and spotlight recent changes to the grant guidelines. Also included in the agenda is a review of the online grant application process and helpful tools and tips for successful applications.
RSVP to Grants Assistant, Sarah Golden Martin by phone (401.273.2250) or email (info @rihumanities.org).
Valerie A. Cooper
President & Fine Art Advisor
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
REMINDER: Free and Open to the Public!
July 28th, 12:00 PM
Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
July 30th, 12:00 PM
North Kingstown Free Library
100 Boone Street
August 6th, 12:00 PM
115 Empire Street
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Please be our guest as the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) presents
three statewide grants information workshops to announce eligibility and guidelines
for its major and mini grants programs.
These lunchtime workshops, presented by RICH grants director, SueEllen Kroll, will
provide a general overview of the Council’s grant opportunities and spotlight recent
changes to the grant guidelines. Also included in the agenda is a review of the
online grant application process and helpful tools and tips for successful applications.
RSVP to Grants Assistant, Sarah Golden Martin by phone (401.273.2250) or email (info
RICH Grant Opportunities
Develop a Competitive Proposal
RICH invites proposals from non-profit organizations and individual researchers
that bring scholars and citizens together to promote a greater understanding of
the humanities. The humanities are the study of human thought and action, both past
and present. They grow out of an interest in the language, literature, thought,
and history of humankind. The humanities are the stories and ideas that help us
understand our lives and our world. They offer us the opportunity to learn from
our past, explore the present, and shape the future. They are about culture, community,
and connections. The humanities emphasize the exchange of ideas, critical and imaginative
thinking, and the pursuit of wisdom.
For More Information or to RSVP
Call RICH offices or visit us online at:
Bring Your Lunch!
All sessions are held from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to bring
brown bag lunches to the workshops.
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities | 385 Westminster Street | Suite 2 | Providence | RI | 02903
In addition to the economic stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) available to state arts agencies and arts organizations through the National Endowment for the Arts, possible funding opportunities exist in other federal programs. Most federal agencies have developed their procedures for allocating ARRA funds. Information is available on the process for distributing funds, with most decisions being made at the state and local levels.
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG): The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $980 million in CDBG funds to local governments for communities to support “bricks and mortar” funding for a variety of state and municipal projects. Past uses of CDBG funding have included support to local arts organizations. Funds are typically administered through mayors’ community development offices. HUD has identified the state, county and local governments receiving recovery funding. Cities with populations of less than 50,000 receive CDBG funds through their state.
Transportation Enhancements (TE program): The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration has apportioned $26.6 billion in recovery funding for the surface transportation program from which at least 3 percent – a minimum of $798 million – is set aside for Transportation Enhancement grants to be administered by state transportation departments. At least half the funds must be obligated by states by June 30, 2009. States place different priorities on 12 general TE activities, including projects such as landscaping design, street furniture, lighting, public art, historic preservation, and gateways. State arts agencies have developed experience working in partnership with state departments of transportation on joint projects funded by the TE program. DOT’s implementing guidance for surface transportation recovery funding includes priorities expected to be considered during selection of projects. The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse includes additional information about states’ TE projects.
Rural Development: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities (CF) program offers $1.1 billion in direct loans and $61 million in grants to local governments, nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes to develop community facilities “to improve the quality of life for rural residents” in areas and towns with populations up to 20,000. In the past, portions of the CF funding have gone to educational and cultural facilities. (The average CF direct loan in FY 2008 was $665,229.) Loan and grant applications are processed at the local level. In addition, the USDA Rural Development Business Enterprise Grant Program has available $20 million for discretionary competitive grants to help encourage the development of small and emerging private businesses. Funds are awarded through state Rural Development offices for projects such as business revolving loan funds, business incubators, and downtown revitalization projects. The USDA lists its service centers in each state providing additional information and applications materials for Rural Development services.
Elementary and Secondary Education: Local school districts are slated to receive $10 billion in Title I elementary and secondary education funds from ARRA. The U.S. Department of Education has published the allocations available to each state. Title I funds provide financial assistance through state education agencies to local education agencies (LEAs) and public schools with high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that children are able to meet state academic achievement standards. The Department of Education anticipates that ARRA funds allocated under Title I will be used for such activities as: training highly effective teachers to serve as instructional leaders; expanding high-quality Title I pre-K programs to larger numbers of young children; and expanding extended-learning opportunities for Title I-eligible students, including activities provided before school, after school, during the summer, or over an extended school year.
In addition, ARRA appropriates $53.6 billion to a State Fiscal Stabilization Fund to be administered by the U.S. Department of Education for restoring shortfalls in state education funding, including for the use of LEAs. Of that amount, $48.6 billion will be awarded to governors by formula. The remaining $5 billion will be awarded competitively, with $4.35 billion for competitive grants under the “Race to the Top” fund to help states improve student achievement, and $650 million for competitive grants under the “Invest in What Works and Innovation” fund with rewards to LEAs or nonprofit organizations that have made significant gains in closing achievement gaps to serve as models for best practices. As always, federal funds may be used to support arts education, which qualifies as a core academic subject.
Economic Development Assistance: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has announced the availability of $150 million to create jobs and boost development in parts of the country hit hard by the recession. Priority consideration will be given to those areas that have experienced sudden and severe economic dislocation and job loss due to corporate restructuring. Funds will be disbursed through EDA’s six regional offices in the form of grants to states, local government entities and eligible non-profits to create jobs and generate private sector investment.
Corporation for National and Community Service: ARRA provides $89 million to AmeriCorps for expanded support for state commissions and national grantees, placing additional volunteers in positions with community-based organizations “in efforts to stimulate the economy and meet the needs of those negatively impacted by the current economic crisis.” Only current AmeriCorps grantees are eligible for ARRA support.
For the VISTA program, ARRA appropriates $65 million to place some 3,000 volunteers in such projects as nonprofit capacity building, employment and skills training, volunteer generation and management, and financial planning.
National Park Service: Plans are still being developed by the National Park Service on the allocation of the $750 million appropriated by ARRA. Funds will be used to preserve and protect national icons and historic landscapes, improve energy efficiency and renewable energy use at park units, and provide historic preservation funding to protect and restore buildings at historically black colleges.
Job Training and Employment Services: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has issued detailed guidance on the allocation and uses of ARRA funding to support job training through formula grants to states for adult, dislocated worker, and youth services.
Juror: Madolin Maxey, painter
PAC gallery, located at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, is sponsoring its annual open juried exhibition. A showcase of Rhode Island’s artist community, the exhibition is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines/media to participate.
pawtucket arts coLLaborative gallery
Exhibit: August 24 through October 24, 2009
Reception: September 10th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Open to all artists.
All media accepted.
Submission Dates: Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Drop off location: PAC Office, 260 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI
Pick up of Declined Work: Saturday, August 22 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pick up location: 175 Main St. Pawtucket
Submit actual artwork, no reproductions, no slides.
Entry fee: $10 for one OR $20 up to three submissions
Limited to 3 submissions. Size limitation: no larger than 48″ in any direction
The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery is located in a multi-purpose public building housing several offices including The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, RI Parent Network, The Slater Mill Gallery and Theatre, and several City of Pawtucket Offices. Over 100,000 people pass through this building on an annual basis, which includes tours by young students from local schools. Artwork submitted must be appropriate in content for display in a public space. PAC reserves the right to refuse any work that it finds to be inappropriate for this space.
Exhibition dates: June 20 – August 2, 2009
Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 20, 5-8pm
Sunday, July 26 at 3pm: Artists Talk with Fawad Khan,
Gareth Long, Alison Owen, Mike Quinn and a member of the Secret School and the K.I.D.S., moderated by curator Jeanne Gerrity.
Alison Owen’s installations subtly highlight the peripheral elements of domestic space. Her wallpaper is composed of dirt and dust collected from the floor of Smack Mellon in the months preceding the exhibition, attached to double-sided adhesive cut into traditional patterns. Her wallpaper references ideas of women’s work and the detritus of everyday life, while her labor intensive process points to the unrecognized work of housewives and cleaning people around the country.
Portsmouth Arts Guild is requesting submission of artwork for the all media, open juried show Abstractions II. Juried by Michael Montanaro, artist and owner, Montanaro Gallery, Newport, RI. Entry fee: $15 for one, $25 two or more (non-members), $10 for one, $5 for each additional (PAG members). Max of 3 submissions.Cash prizes. Questions: Contact Anne W. Cordin email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced today its first round of grant awards for the 2009-2010 season. These grants support projects by individual artists, arts organizations, schools and educational organizations in communities throughout the state.
Go to https://www.ri.gov/press/view.php?id=9362 for the full press release, and to http://www.arts.ri.gov/pdf_files/FY10-cycle-1-grants.pdf for the list of grants awarded.
Juried Art Exhibition in Providence, RI, beginning in October.
Entries in 3 categories: 1) film, music, photos & video, 2 ) mixed media & painting, 3) objects d’art & sculptures.
All entries must be directly related to and positively represent contemporary BICYCLING CULTURE.
Entrants must be legally adult (18+) amateur, professional or student artists from the tri-state area of CT, MA and RI.
Before September 17th, entrants should email contact information, name, resume in brief, and a suitable image of an available piece that fits criteria above. A link to a url that features own music, photo or video can be included, if applicable.
Those selected to show will be responsible for their own insurance, shipping, timely removal and transportation. They should affix a wholesale price for each item shipped, if they agree to put up for sale during show, to be delivered upon conclusion. Gallery’s percentage of sale is being negotiated.
A $25 entry fee per piece chosen covers expense of collecting/reviewing materials, pooling prize money, and selecting fifty semifinalists from all categories. Intent is to include as many artists and great pieces as possible; a particular artist may be selected to show more than one piece. Check must arrive with waiver before piece will be juried. Mailing address will be sent if you are selected.
One monetary prize TBA will be awarded in each of 3 categories for best of show.
Exhibition will be documented in photos and/or video to promote artists selected. Artists selected will be asked to sign a waiver to allow positive depiction of their pieces for promotional purposes.
Organizers and sponsors include Barta Consulting, Providence Bicycle, and RISD professor Al Chin, who will impanel and lead a credentialed jury. Nationally renowned steel kinetic sculptor Don Gerola will show (non competitively) a piece designed specifically for the event.
The Rhode Island State Council for the Arts has agreed to feature Procycle 2009 on its website, along with other organizations and individuals.
The show sponsors cannot be held responsible for misdirected email, miscommunication, damaged or lost shipments, failure to sell, insurance premiums, or entries not removed in a timely fashion following event conclusion. Entrants assume all responsibilities.
3rd Ward is pleased to announce its first ever GROUP SHOW Open Call for Photography. This call culminates in an AMAZING group exhibition of the top 25 submissions – PLUS – one photographer will be awarded $500 & a 3rd Ward bike! This is YOUR chance!
Photography has been reinventing itself since its inception. From daguerreotypes to glass negatives, instant Polaroid film to unlimited digital shots, images are our reflections, our fantasies and our teachers. This competition is a search for the best new work from emerging photographers.
One photographer will be awarded $500 & a 3rd Ward bike and the top 25 photographers will receive:
For this call we are joined by judges Peter van Agtmael, Magnum Photographer, Sean Fader, Photographer, FIT Professor & Solo Show Artist and Amani Olu, Co-founder & Executive Director of Humble Arts Foundation.
Submit now: www.3rdward.com/fallgroupshow09
Accepting Submissions Through August 7, 2009, 11:59 pm.
From the RI Film Collaborative:
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture invites you to join us in Boston from August 26 – 29 for Commonwealth, NAMAC’s biennial convening for visual and media arts leaders, advocates, funders, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, technologists, scholars and students.
Come to share your experiences and pool your knowledge as we convene across networks within the arts, media and culture fields, to cross-pollinate ideas and chart an innovative path forward.
Register Now! Early Bird Discount Before July 22
Best Practice Presentations
A Media Arts Town Hall Meeting, where we gather for a deliberative dialogue to clarify our community’s priorities for policy and advocacy.
Meet & Greets with Funders, where you can converse directly with grant makers
“Open Space” discussions, both structured and unstructured, on the hot topics that you are eager to discuss with your peers
Tours of Boston‘s most exciting media and arts organizations and landmarks by bus, foot, bike and even by boat!
· Youth media & arts tour
SWIX = Swap and/or Fix
This is a first time great idea for an AS220 Darkroom Open House. Think of
that box back in your closet of camera gear that hasn’t seen the light of
day for awhile. Is it sitting in the dark because you don’t want it or
because it is broken? If’n you wanna swap it or have another photographer
at the open house ( who may have the brains and know how to help) check it
out / fix it bring said gear on down to our August 3rd open house
starting at 7pm. If anyone out there in AS220 Darkroom land is interested
please let me know.
Scott Lapham / AS220 Darkroom
Darkroom mailing list
Tom’s of Maine is currently seeking applications for community involvement projects from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Applications are due by August 30, 2009. After they narrow down the applications to 50 finalists, Tom’s will post them on their site so that the public can vote for which 5 projects should be awarded $20,000 each.
Selection will be based on the following judging criteria:
1. Achievability (30%): Is the project something that can be completed and measured within 6 months?
2. Positive impact (35%): How will the program make a positive impact in the community? What enduring change will come from the project? 3. Community Involvement (35%): How does the project engage and involve members of the general community in which the organization operates?
See their website at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/project-sponsorships.aspx for more information.
We Want You to be our actors, dancers, poets, costume, designers, directors, writers, and musicians at our Playground!
Special 20% discount on tuition for ALL RI Film Collaborative Members’ families. For class information, please contact Traveling Theatre at 461-1813 or download our registration form on our homepage at www.travelingtheatre.org.
*** A Teaching Artist is an educator who brings the creative process into the classroom and the community.***