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Call to artists to join the 2011 RI Natural History Survey BioBlitz

April 14th, 2011

Every June for the last 10 years, the RI Natural History Survey has
held its BioBlitz event — a project celebrating Rhode Island’s
biodiversity. Local scientists of all types get together for a 24-
hour period to collect and identify as many different species as they
can within the specified study area. Last year, with the blessing of
the folks at the RI Natural History Survey, Mary Grady — writer,
educator and all around naturalist — created the concept of
incorporating an Artist Team comprised of artists of various media who
are inspired by the natural world and science and who would like to
interact with the environment and naturalists teams.
The 2011 BioBlitz will be held at the Joslin Farm site in Scituate
from 3 p.m. Friday June 10 to 3 pm Saturday June 11. Joslin Farm is
approximately in the center of Rhode Island, located south of the
Scituate Reservoir, in the angle between Tunk Hill Road and Old
Plainfield Pike. The dramatically scenic bioblitz site includes
approximately 700 acres of mature hardwood forest, new and old warm
season grassland, shrubland, and headwater streams. This bioblitz will
be a unique opportunity to investigate the biodiversity on a long-
abandoned farming landscape with large blocks of relatively
undisturbed habitat. This is not an area frequented by biologists so
anything could be discovered. A team orientation will be held
Thursday, May 12, at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. The
orientation is not required, but advanced registration for all
participants is. I will be attending the orientation and would love
to meet any interested artists and answer questions. A camping option
(best for 24 hour exploring) is likely to be part of it. No two
Bioblitz are alike, and each artist will bring their own perspective
to it. The results can’t help but be exciting!

An exhibit of the 2010 Bioblitz artists was held last fall at the
Island Gallery on Block Island. (http://bit.ly/bioblitzshow) This year
we are planning an even larger and longer running exhibit in a gallery
on the mainland. If you think it’s something you’d be interested in,
check out these links from Bioblitz 2010, then send me an email with
what you might like to focus on and what kind of work you do. Links to
your work are welcome!

“Like” the Art Team page on Facebook to keep up-to-date and interact. http://on.fb.me/bioblitz-site-announcement

PHOTOGRAPHS

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdmilton/sets/72157624264982740/detail/

http://asfms.net/asfmsinthenews/slideshows/bioblitz/index.html

VIDEO http://vimeo.com/groups/472/videos/15444190

NEWS STORY http://bit.ly/gwzqNQ

RI NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY http://www.rinhs.org/category/events/bioblitz/

Contact: Kathy Hodge – mail@kathyhodge.com

http://www.kathyhodge.com

http://hodge-artandnature.blogspot.com/

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Writing Across Rhode Island – Call For Poems

April 14th, 2011

Writing Across Rhode Island

To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Poetry Loft, a non profit literary arts organization in Rhode Island, is excited to present Writing Across Rhode Island as part of our mission to foster the appreciation of poetry and creative writing. Writing Across Rhode Island collaborates with a network of public and academic libraries around the state to inspire Rhode Islanders of all ages to read, write and discuss poetry.

We invite everyone to submit a Poem to a participating Library for the Write-A-Thon event. Visit www.thepoetryloft.org for additional details and submission guidelines.

Writing Across Rhode Island is having a Poetry Reading featuring Tom Chandler, Lisa Starr and Darcie Dennigan with Write-A-Thon Participants reading their Poems at the Providence Public Library, Empire Street, Barnard Room, on Sunday, April 30, 1PM-2:30 PM.

To cap off the event, please join us at the Poets Awards Brunch and Book Fair with Cathleen Calber on Sunday, May 15, 9:30AM – 12 Noon, at the Papa-Razzi Trattoria, Garden City Center, Cranston, RI. Food, Music, Open Mic and More! Sign up for readings: 9:30 AM. RSVP at info@thepoetryloft.org Seating is limited, so reserve early.

Please see the attached brochure and visit our website at www.thepoetryloft.org for additional information.

We would greatly appreciate if you could pass this along to RISCA members who may be interested in participating.

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The Smallest Gallery in the World – Call For Entries

April 14th, 2011

The Smallest Gallery in the World is:

* A kiosk on the South County Bike Path, http://southcountybikepath.org). It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 2”. The cases are weatherproof and have sturdy locks.

· A joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org) and Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net).

· A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor PDNRI will insure work. Artists display work at their own risk.

· A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information. Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website, blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.

· A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture, mosaics, and landscape architecture. The Smallest Gallery in the World will add to the beautification of this area.

John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at johnkotulapchn@yahoo.com to get more details and to schedule a show.

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NEA Grant Workshop

April 14th, 2011

An Invitation from Congessman Langevin

NEA Grant Workshop
DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
TIME: 2pm to 4pm
LOCATION: Courthouse Center
for the Arts
3481 Kingstown Rd
West Kingston, RI

Dear Friend:

I am writing to invite you or a representative of your organization to a grant workshop that will be held at the Courthouse Center for the Arts located at 3481 Kingstown Road in West Kingstown, RI.

On Thursday, April 28, 2011, Mike Griffin, Congressional Liaison with the National Endowment for the Arts, will be here to discuss the Arts Endowment’s grant programs and application process. Be aware of upcoming NEA grant application deadlines — Rhode Island organizations can apply for support at these deadlines.

The workshop will run from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm with registration beginning at 1:30 pm.

Please know that space is limited. To RSVP or if you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Augenstein in my district office at 401-732-9400 or via email at: suzanne.augenstein@mail.house.gov no later than Monday, April 25, 2011.

I hope you can join us.

Sincerely,

Jim Langevin
Member of Congress
sent at the request of Congressman Langevin by the
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

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UrbanRemix – Call For Entries

April 13th, 2011

UrbanRemix
April 15 to May 12, 2011

A Times Square Arts collaboration with UrbanRemixTimes Square Arts and UrbanRemix, the online and smartphone platform for remixing collected sounds, announce a contest for the public to record and remix the sounds of Times Square into music. The winner for the best remix of sounds into music will be announced in Times Square on May 12th.

Contest

Anyone anywhere is eligible to enter the contest. Contestants in New York are encouraged to visit Times Square and record and upload the sounds through I-Phones and Android based smartphones. Others anywhere can access all the GPS located sounds through the UrbanRemix web site. The contestants can virtually walk through Times Square and mix the sounds into music or soundscapes for the contest. The sounds can be mixed and the free apps downloaded from http://urbanremix.gatech.edu.

Winners for best recording and best remix will be announced in Times Square on Thursday, May 12 following performances of the remixes by New York-based electronic musicians Travis Thatcher and Damon Holzborn between noon and 1:30 p.m.

The artists of UrbanRemix will lead a workshop with approximately 60 students from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, in Times Square, on Friday, April 15. A second workshop with artists and educators from EyeBeam Art and Technology Center, in Chelsea, will be conducted on Saturday, April 16. During each workshop, participants will be led through Times Square on a sonic scavenger hunt to record rhythmic, harmonic, beautiful, annoying, and unexpected sounds around them.

UrbanRemix

UrbanRemix is a collaborative and locative sound project that invites the public to explore and express the acoustic identity of Times Square by discovering, recording, and remixing sounds. It has been developed through a collaboration of Georgia Institute of Technology professors Jason Freeman, Michael Nitsche, and Carl DiSalvo. Freeman’s music has been presented in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Festival. DiSalvo’s digital installation was seen and heard at the Warhol Museum.

UrbanRemix has been made possible by the generous support of Google, The GVU Center at Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, and Times Square Arts.
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Times Square Arts is the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance. The program is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Open Call for Self-Portraiture – Deadline April 15th

April 12th, 2011

 

Artists Wanted

Presents:

Share Your Story with the World


The Power of Self  is a world-wide celebration of self-portraiture awarding over $50,000 in grants and awards and accepting works in all mediums, including Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Photography, Design, Illustration and Video.These are your final days to register your artwork for a chance at a Grand Prize package that includes a Gala Reception in NYC, an artist’s Q&A featured on ARTINFO.com, and One Year of Your Life, Paid.
Click Here to Submit Before It’s Too Late

Your Registration Deadline is
This Friday April 15th 11:59pm EST

www.ArtistsWanted.org
Great Talent Deserves Endless Attention

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Job Opportunity: Teen Music Program Coordinator @ Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket

April 12th, 2011

Job Title: Teen Music Program Coordinator
Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Start Date: June 21, 2011
Summer

Job Description
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TITLE: Teen Music Program Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Teen Program Director

The Music Program Coordinator will plan and implement all music programs and activities during Teen Explorers Summer Camp. The Music Program Coordinator will ensure a positive environment that promotes and enhances the development of teens by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Qualifications:

Knowledge:
Demonstrated knowledge of principles related to development of youth, group leadership skills and an understanding of group dynamics.
Knowledge of music theory, composition, and comfort with multiple musical instruments.

Education:
This position requires a high School diploma or equivalent and a minimum of one year experience in the field of Youth Development.

Experience:
Experience in a Boys & Girls Club (or similar organization) preferred. Demonstrated ability to create a positive environment for all youth is required.
Experience teaching music to children and teens.

Key Roles (Essential Job Responsibilities):

Prepare Youth for Success
• Planning and implementation of activities that support music education.
• Create age appropriate music related activities and lessons for all members.
• Ensure activity objectives are consistent with organizational goals and mission.
• Coordinate a comprehensive schedule of day-to-day program activities and submit to Teen Program Director at least 2 weeks prior to implementation.
• Ensure that members are encouraged to participate in a variety of program areas/activities and receive instructions and constructive feedback to develop skills in program area(s).
• Create an environment that highlights the achievement of youth by giving awards and participating in recognition events.
• Demonstrate leadership to ensure conduct, safety, and development of members.
• Provide guidance and act as a role model to members.
• Make sure all equipment required is in proper working order.
• Ensure all programs begin and end on time.

Program Implementation
• Ensure all programs begin and end on time.
• Ensure members are supervised at all times during the program.
• Work with other Program Coordinators and staff to implement camp wide programs.

Partnership Development
• Attend all part time staff meetings.
• Participate in professional information and development sessions.

Safety and Security
• Ensure program areas are safe that the Club equipment is maintained in good working condition.
• Ensure all Violence Prevention policies are enforced at all times.

Physical and Mental requirements

Demonstrate the ability to:
• Maintain a high energy level; comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.
• Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word as well.
• Render excellent judgment skills; selecting the most appropriate course of action in a given situation.
• Ability to resolve conflict and potential crises as they arise.

Skills:
• Communication Skills: Informing, presenting, writing.
• Decision Making Skills: Analyzing
• Personal Initiative Skills: Organizational awareness, professional development, striving for excellence.
• Planning Skills: Action planning and organizing, monitoring, and analyzing.
• Leading by example: Serving as a role model by demonstrating responsible professional and ethical behavior.
• Safety, Health, and Environment: Fostering organizational wellness.

Additional Responsibilities:

Supervision:
• Assist in the supervision of members in the club and on the bus as needed.

Relationships:
• Maintain daily contact with program staff.
• Maintain contact with members as needed to advise and/or discipline.

Other:
• Mandatory CPR and First Aid Certifications
• Valid RI Chauffeur’s driver’s license.
How to Apply
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Send application and resume to Michael Coelho, Director of Teen Programs, at mcoelho@bgcpawt.org.

Applications can be found on our website:
www.bgcpawt.org

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Final 2011 Budget Bill Sets NEA Funds at $155 Million

April 12th, 2011

Just got the word from our friends at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in Washington:  the final budget bill for the current year federal budget cuts about $12.5 million from the NEA’s budget (again, for this year).  While that’s a deep cut, we’re ending up a lot better than I thought we would.

Still don’t know what this means for the RISCA budget for next year, and won’t know for a week or two (according to my sources in DC).  More on this to come.

Here’s the complete brief from NASAA.

Final 2011 Budget Bill Sets NEA Funds at $155 Million

The final budget agreement negotiated by President Obama with House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders, H.R. 1473, is set to go to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday, April 13, with action to follow in the Senate. The bill sets 2011 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $155 million for the year. This is the same amount proposed in H.R. 1 by the Republican leadership on the House Appropriations Committee in February: a cut of $12.5 million from $167.5 million in 2010.

That measure was roundly rejected by Republican freshmen legislators before the initial draft of H.R. 1 even went to the House floor. The continuing resolution (CR) for 2011 that eventually passed the House in February would have reduced arts endowment funding to $124.4 million. In March, the Senate rejected H.R. 1, and also failed to pass a Democratic alternative with NEA appropriations at $167.5 million.

The 2011 CR reduces federal spending overall by $38.5 billion from 2010 spending levels. The bill includes the $12 billion in cuts already taken and signed into law in the previous three continuing resolutions, as well as nearly $28 billion in new budget reductions. The final CR also includes $25 million for the U.S. Department of Education’s arts education grants, which had been eliminated completely in an earlier, short-term CR.

The new CR instructs federal agencies, including the NEA, to provide Congress within 30 days of enactment of the bill with a detailed spending plan for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.

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USArtists International Grant Deadline

April 12th, 2011

Third Round
USArtists International

Grant Application Deadline: Friday,
April 22, 2011

USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. The application deadline for the third and final grant round of the 2011 program will be Friday, April 22, 2011 for projects taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. This is a receipt deadline. For a copy of program guidelines and application click here. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Sara Nash, at saran@midatlanticarts.org.

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Providence Video Production Request for Proposals

April 12th, 2011

Request for Proposals – Destination Video

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) is seeking proposals from production companies for the production of promotional video about the Providence area that is aimed at the leisure traveler.

Introduction, Background and General Information:

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is a 501c(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, developing, and expanding a united visitor industry. General information about the PWCVB may be found on our Web site www.GoProvidence.com.

The PWCVB works closely with the City of Providence on marketing Providence as a leisure travel destination. To that end, the PWCVB incorporates some graphic elements of the city’s “Creative Capital” campaign and will continue to do so. For an overview of the “Creative Capital” campaign and how it has been incorporated in past PWCVB materials, please visit www.GoProvidence.com/brand/ .

The objective of this project is to collaborate with the PWCVB marketing staff to develop an affordable and informative video that positions Providence, Warwick and all of Rhode Island as a dynamic and vibrant destination. The audience for this video will include: leisure travelers, meeting planners and delegates, travel agents, and tour operators.

Subject matter for the video will include: arts and culture; restaurants; hotels in Providence and Warwick; transportation options; the RI Convention Center, outdoor recreation; key area attractions; and footage of the area’s scenic beauty. The video will be shot from scratch and not utilize any existing footage.

Project Details

Running Time: Approximately five minutes

Project Completion Date: September 2011

Projected Budget: $20,000 not including duplication

Required Proposal Submission

Interested parties should provide the PWCVB with five copies of a proposal, including the sections outlined below.

Include descriptions of the following:

Name and location of company
Key staff members’ experience and expertise
Local/national experience, especially in the hospitality or tourism industries.
At least three references from recent clients for video production services.
Case studies or samples of previous work, particularly any pertaining to the hospitality or tourism industry.
If subcontractors or joint ventures will be used, please provide the above information for those entities.
Pricing structure within the parameters of the proposed budget. Should include any costs for script writing, voiceover talent, equipment rental, post production and music.
Duplication costs, with the understanding that any duplication falls outside of the budget set.

Deliverables

One five-minute, high definition video that is able to be posted on the PWCVB Web site and other internet channels. One copy of the video in DVD format. A copy of all of the footage shot, in Beta format.

The PWCVB will reserve right of ownership of all video footage.

Selection Criteria

Proposals received in response to this RFP will be objectively reviewed by the PWCVB staff and member representatives. A firm will be selected based on the needs of the PWCVB. Preference will be given to firms located in Rhode Island.

Whenever the PWCVB deems it to be in the PWCVB’s best interest, the PWCVB reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel this RFP, to reject any and all proposals, to waive minor irregularities or informalities in a proposal; to re-advertise; and to proceed in a manner other than awarding a contract under this RFP.

Copies of proposals must be received at the address below by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

It may be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Kristen Adamo

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

1 West Exchange St.

Providence, RI 02903

All questions regarding this RFP may be addressed to Kristen Adamo at 401-456-0231 or kadamo@pwcvb.com.

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Call For Entries-Pawtucket Foundation Prize Exhibition

April 11th, 2011

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and the Pawtucket Foundation
Announce Call for Entries for
The Pawtucket Foundation Prize Juried Exhibition
May 1st THROUGH June 24th, 2011
TOP AWARD: The Pawtucket Foundation Prize $1,000
The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Prize $250
Jury of Selection: Mim Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum
Kenn Speiser, Sculptor
ELIGIBILITY:
This Juried Exhibition is open to all artists. All accepted work must be hand-delivered. No shipped
entries. ALL MEDIA is accepted. Includes sculpture, installation and printmaking. Original work
only.
FEE:
$20 for one digital entry. Make check payable to Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.
LIMITATIONS:
One Entry per artist- All entries must weigh less than 150 lbs and fit through standard sized
doorframes. Maximum frame size: 60” in either direction. Any work not properly prepared for
installation will not be installed. Clips and loop hooks are not acceptable. Pedestals must be
supplied for 3D pieces. Work must be hand-delivered and not shipped. The Pawtucket Arts
Collaborative reserves the right to reject work that is deemed unstable, that differs from the
submitted digital image and/or description of work, or that is not professionally presented.
ENTRY PROCEDURE:
All entries in digital format only. One entry per artist
1.) ENTRY FORM along with check to Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.
2.) CD-ROM with images in JPEG format. The JPEG image must include the artist’s name and title
of the piece. Label CD using a permanent marker, with your name and title of the piece. Resolution
should be 300 dpi. Image size should be no larger than 6” in either direction. All CDs must be
readable by Macintosh platforms. The image must be oriented correctly (vertical or horizontal.)
Show only the image, no frame or mat.
3.) 4”x 6” hard copy printout of your image must accompany your entry. Include title, your name and
image size, indicate the top of the piece on the printout.
4.) Artist’s Statement must be included describing your technique or concept of your piece. Please
be brief and do not exceed one paragraph.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN APRIL 13, 2010. Accepted work will be
listed at www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org by April 21. CD’s WILL NOT BE RETURNED
Page 2 PAC Pawtucket Foundation Prize
Mail completed entry form, entry fee, Artist’s Statement and CD to:
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative (office)
260 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO:
gallery@pawtucketartscollaborative.org
www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org
ACCEPTANCE & LIABILITY:
All artists whose work is selected for exhibition will receive instructions for hand-delivery in the Acceptance
Notice. Accepted artists will be asked to participate in a gallery talk to speak about their work the night of the
opening reception.
Although the utmost care will be taken in handling works of art, PAC representatives and Blackstone Valley
Visitor Center will not be responsible for damage or loss, whatever the cause. As such, all artists release PAC
representatives and the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center from all liability. Artists should procure their own
insurance. Submitting a work of art to this exhibition shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to
comply fully with the conditions and terms set forth in this prospectus as well as in the acceptance form and
PAC policies/procedures. All documents may be found at www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org
SALES:
A commission of 35% will be taken by the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative for any work sold during the exhibit.
NO POR (price on request). Your social security number will be requested if you win an award in accordance
with Internal Revenue Service requirements. No work received for exhibition may be removed for any reason
prior to the end of the exhibition. Copies of the artist’s statement and bio are given with every sale and both
are available in a binder for the interest and information of the visitors. Consider this when preparing them.
ENTRY CHECKLIST & Exhibition Calendar
April 13 – entry form postmark deadline
April 21 – accepted entries will be listed at www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org
April 30 – delivery of accepted work
May 5 – opening reception 5:30 – 7:00pm, Lecture Series talk 7pm
June 25 – pick up work from Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery,
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI
Did You:
1. Label your CD according to the diagram and place it in a plastic or protective sleeve.
2. Print and complete the entry form in its entirety.
3. Entry fee: $20 by check
4. KEEP COPY OF FORM FOR YOUR RECORDS
NAME
TITLE
ENTRY FORM
Please write clearly!
Changes may not be made after submission
Pawtucket Foundation Prize Juried Exhibition
May 1st THROUGH June 24th, 2011
Name_______________________________________________________________________________
Address_____________________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip/Country_________________________________________________________________
Phone #._______________________________EMail_________________________________________
Title________________________________________________________________________________
Medium_____________________________________________________________________________
Image Frame Size:
(2D)_______________________________________x________________________________________
(3D) Sculpture ________________x ________________x _________________ (weight limit: 150 lbs)
Price___________________________________ If NFS, give your insurance value_________________
Circle one: Current Member New Member
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PAC USE ONLY
PAID MBR NEW MBR ACCEPTED/ DECLINED
Entry Fee CK # ______________ other_______________
PAWTUCKET ARTS COLLABORATIVE and
THE PAWTUCKET FOUNDATION

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Call For Entries – Danforth Museum of Art

April 11th, 2011

Each year the Danforth’s Off the Wall Juried Exhibition showcases new and exciting contemporary work created by artists living and working in New England. Juried by renowned curators, the show communicates a unique curatorial vision, and has been reviewed in Art New England, artscope, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix and in numerous on-line publications. It also receives wide-spread attention from curators and gallery owners, and is visited by a growing number of collectors who have the opportunity to purchase original work.

This Years Juror: Susan L. Stoops, currently Curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum, is a recognized authority on international art of the past decade. In 2008 she received an award for curatorial excellence from the New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for her work on Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child. Prior to joining WAM, Stoops served as Curator at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

Prizes: First Prize: $500, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100.

About Picture This! Juried Exhibition

New this year, the Danforth Museum of Art will showcase new and exciting contemporary work created by picture book illustrators living and working in New England. Juried work will be featured in the Danforth’s Children’s Gallery, dedicated to the art of children’s book illustration.

This Years Juror: Susan Sherman, currently Art Director at Charlesbridge Publishing, has also served as Art Director of Children’s Trade Books at Houghton Mifflin, Creative Director at Little, Brown and Company, and runs her own graphic design business, Ars Agassiz. A graduate of RISD she has worked with David McPhail, David Macaulay, Allen Say, Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg, notably on The Polar Express.

Prizes: First Prize: $500, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100.

Submit Work
Eligibility: Artists may submit up to three works created within the last five years. Work in all media is encouraged. Applicants must be Museum members with membership valid through August 7, 2011 in order to apply.

Application Process: Online submissions only. Visit danforthmuseum.slideroom.com to upload image, video, and audio submissions and complete application process. We cannot accept submissions by any other method. A fee of $75 covers costs of up to three submissions, plus a one year individual museum membership.

A Community of Artists Exhibition: Work included in A Community of Artists is chosen by Museum Director Katherine French after selections have been made for Off the Wall and Picture This!. Same criteria applies. French has won an award for curatorial excellence from the New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) in 2007 and named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the 2010 New England Art Awards.

Please note: Off the Wall and Picture This! are competitive, juried exhibitions. Submission does not guarantee participation in the show. Membership and submission fees are non-refundable, even if work is not selected.

Submission Period: Submissions will be accepted Saturday, March 19 – Friday, April 22, 2011. No late submissions accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I submit my work?
We can only accept submissions through the online portal: www.danforthmuseum.slideroom.com.

Can I use the same User ID and Password I use to log-in to the Danforth’s website to submit my work on SlideRoom? The submission portal: www.danforthmuseum.slideroom.com is separate from our website. You will need to create log-in data to access this site.

How do I purchase or renew my membership with my submission?
Individual membership to the Danforth Museum of Art is included in the submission fee. Returning memberships will be automatically extended from their current deadlines. To upgrade or change your membership level, please complete your submission, then call (508) 620-0050 ex. 14.

When will I know if my work is selected?
Notifications will be sent via email on Friday, May 6, 2011 by 5pm. Please do not call the Museum for notification.

I am an illustrator. What type of image should I submit?
Please submit an image of your original work, not the final product from your publication. You will be able to type in the accompanying text in during the submission process.

What files types can I submit?
We can accept images up to 5MB in jpg, png, and gif formats. We can accept videos up to 60MB in mov, wmv, flv formats. We can accept audio up to 10MB in mp3 format. Images must be 300dpi or 10 inches (100 cm) on the shortest side.

When and how do I deliver selected works?
Selected works must arrive ready to display. Shipped works must be received by Friday, May 20, 2011 in reusable wrapping with check or prepaid label for return shipping. In person drop-off will be held daily from Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 22, 12-4pm.

Who do I contact if I need help?
For technical assistance uploading images, contact SlideRoom directly at support@slideroom.com. For questions about the exhibition, contact Kristina Wilson, kwilson@danforthmuseum.org. For questions about membership, contact Jenna DeLuca, jdeluca@danforthmuseum.org.

Off the Wall, A Community of Artists and Picture This! open concurrently on Saturday, June 11 from 7-9 pm, with curatorial presentations promptly at 7 pm. This event is supported by Museum patrons, and attended by artists, family and friends—as well as curators, gallery owners and collectors from throughout New England.

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The National Museum for African American History and Culture

April 11th, 2011

The National Museum for African American History and Culture

John Nicholas Brown Center

The Challenge of Building a National Museum

Lonnie G. Bunch

Founding Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Thursday, April 14, 2011

6:00 p.m.

Barus and Holley
Room 166

Brown University

182 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

Lonnie Bunch will discuss the history and ongoing work of creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture, exploring strategies to navigate challenges that include:

Building on the National Mall
Establishing conceptual frameworks for a new museum
Understanding public expectations, and
Negotiating the contextual terrain of race.
The lecture will provide an update on the current status and future goals for the Museum and explore the ways the new Museum will help the Smithsonian transition from a 20thcentury institution to a 21st century enterprise.

This event is sponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Pubic Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Free and open to the public.

About Lonnie Bunch:

As the museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch has identified the museum’s mission, is developing exhibitions and public programs and coordinating the museum’s fundraising and budget development.

Under Bunch’s leadership, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened an exhibition in January titled “The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise,” which features more than 100 images created by one of the premiere African American studios in the country and one of the longest-running black businesses in Washington… [Read more]

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
357 Benefit Street / Box 1880
Providence, RI 02912

John Nicholas Brown Center | Box 1880 | 357 Benefit Street | Providence | RI | 02912

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Rhode Island Council for the Humanities April 2011

April 11th, 2011

Recent Grant Awards

We are pleased to announce the most recent recipients of our February and March Mini Grants! Mini Grants up to $2,000 are awarded on a monthly basis to non-profit organizations in support of public humanities programs, and to individual researchers in support of research in the humanities.

We Talk about Architecture, Architecture Talks Back

CCRI Foundation

A $2,000 grant was awarded to support a panel discussion about the architectural style of the CCRI Warwick Knight Campus Building. As the building approaches its 40th anniversary, a panel of architecture scholars and experts will start a conversation about the building, its history, its place within architectural history, and about how the building environment affects those who utilize it. This panel will take place on April 14th at 4pm, for more information visit the CCRI site.

Windmill Informational Signage

Jamestown Historical Society

A $1,700 grant was awarded to support the creation of two weather-proof informational signs outside of the 1787 grist mill in order to make historical and technical information available to off-season visitors and to those who are unable to enter the windmill. The signs will increase public accessibility to the “inside story” of the windmill.

Youth Voices on the River

RiverzEdge Arts Project

A $1,956 grant was awarded to support an Earth Day event at the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission headquarters led by participants in RiverzEdge’s Art, Landscape & Ecology Program – teens and their historian mentors. Teens will share their research on the history and ecology of the Blackstone River with the wider community through an exhibit, presentation and panel discussion.

Photo credit: Markham Starr

In History’s Wake, The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island
South County Museum
A $2,000 grant was awarded to support a partnership between the South County Museum and Historic New England to produce and install a photographic exhibition examining the disappearing trap fishing industry off the coast of Rhode Island. The exhibition will include documentary photography by Markham Starr, and will be coupled with a lecture series on the same topic.

A Sym-POE-Sium: The Life and Literature of Edgar Allen Poe
Trinity Repertory Company
A $1,200 grant was awarded to support a scholarly panel discussion to examine the life and literature of Edgar Allen Poe, in conjunction with Trinity Rep’s world premiere of The Completely Fictional – Utterly True – Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allen Poe.

Congratulations to our most recent grant recipients! The next deadline for Monthly Mini Grants is May 1, 2011 at 5:00pm. Please read our grants opportunities page for more information on the application process.

Grantee Events

We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back
Exhibition: April 5 – 27, 2011, Knight Campus Art Gallery
Panel & Opening Reception: April 14 at 4pm & 6pm
CCRI examines the unique architecture of its Knight Campus megastructure with a month-long art exhibition and panel discussion. The panel takes place on April 14 at 4pm, followed by an opening reception from 6 – 8pm. For more information, visit the CCRI site.

From Slave Trader to Abolitionist: Newport Quaker Tom Robinson
Monday, April 11 at 5:30pm at the Young Building, Salve Regina University
Elizabeth Cazden, an independent scholar of Quaker history in its economic and social context, presents a talk on Thomas Robinson, a Newport Quaker merchant, who was a key advocate for abolition of slavery both within and outside of the Society of Friends from the 1770s. For more information visit this site.

Crossing Borders: Women Writing Their Lives

Tuesday, April 12 from 4:45 – 6:00pm at URI, Kingston
Author and co-director of Brown’s nonfiction writing program, Beth Taylor, will read from and discuss her memoir, The Plain Language of Love and Loss. Taylor’s memoir is grounded in the suicide of her 14-year-old brother when she was 12, and the role of her Quaker, anti-war upbringing. The book reveals the ways she has struggled and moved forward as it also creates a historical foundation about anti-war movements during the 70s and religious influences on people’s lives. For more information, visit the URI site.

Living History’s Grand Review 2011
April 12 at the Olneyville Library & April 26 at the Washington Park Library
Living History’s 14th Rhode Island troops will be performing Grand Review 2011, a collaborative effort by Living History and the Providence Community Libraries to engage Providence 5th & 6th Graders in Hands-on Civil War activities, drama, and a real life encampment of the 14th RI Heavy Artillery Black Civil War Regiment. All activities are free and open to the public.

Frederick Wiseman’s Juvenile Court: Screening & Panel Discussion
Friday, April 15, Film Screenings: 1:00pm, 3:30pm; Panel: 6 – 8:00pm at Roger Williams University
Frederick Wiseman is best known for offering unvarnished portraits of social institutions. Juvenile Court offers a behind-the-scenes look at a busy Juvenile Court, and was filmed in the direct aftermath of a set of landmark Supreme Court decisions that ushered in rights-based protections for juvenile offenders. See the film, followed by a panel discussion with Frederick Wiseman and others in the fields of law, film, and juvenile justice. For more information visit the Roving Eye Film Festival site.

Miss Lucy: Aesthetics, Disability and Collecting
Sunday, April 17 from 12:30 – 2:00pm at the RISD Museum
The second lecture in a series on Lucy Truman Aldrich (1869-1955), titled, My soul for a beautiful thing: Lucy Truman Aldrich and the Modernist Spirit of Collecting. Scholar Gloria-Jean Masciarotte focuses on Miss Lucy’s collecting philosophy. For more information and to RSVP, visit the RISD site.

The month of April is teeming with events! For even more opportunities to attend humanities events across Rhode Island, visit our Events Calendar!

Community Events

Planet Taco: The Globalization of Mexican Cuisine

Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 pm at the List Arts Building, Brown University

In this lecture historian Jeffrey Pilcher will follow the history of Mexican American food from the “chili queens” of San Antonio and the taco shops of southern California to their contemporary global versions. Reception at the Haffenreffer Museum featuring food by Mexico Garibaldi Restaurant. For more information visit the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology site.

Lecture: Lonnie G. Bunch
Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm at Barus and Holley, Rm 166, Brown University
Lonnie Bunch will discuss the history and ongoing work of creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture, exploring strategies to navigate challenges that include: Building on the National Mall, establishing conceptual frameworks for a new museum, understanding public expectations, and negotiating the contextual terrain of race. For more information, visit the JNBC site.

National Poetry Month poster quote from Elizabeth Bishop

Poetry Month: Writing Across Rhode Island
April 2011
Writing Across Rhode Island is celebrating National Poetry Month with a series of events, including Poetry Write-A-Thon, Poetry Reading and Writers Brunch. The poetry reading featuring Tom Chandler, Darcie Dennigan and Lisa Starr will take place at the Providence Public Library on April 30th. For more information, visit the Write-A-Thon site.

Opportunities

Providence 375

Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00pm at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

From May through October 2011, Providence will commemorate the 375th anniversary of the city. You are invited to join in the celebration by

organizing a program around one of these ideas: Roots, Hope, Freedom and Ingenuity. On April 27, RICH will host an informal brainstorming session for people and organizations interested in collaborating on a 375 event. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Carole Ann Penney at caroleann@rihumanities. As a reminder, if you are already planning an event for that time, the deadline to be included in the print program is Friday, April 8. Visit the 375 site for more information and to register your event today.

Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards
Nomination Deadline: April 29, 2011
The education of every child should include civics education. An educated electorate is the cornerstone of our democracy and educating students, some of whom are about to vote for the first time, about the importance of their responsibility as citizens and voters is crucial. To encourage teachers engaged in this endeavor and to honor exceptional work in this area, the League of Women Voters of South Kingstown and Narragansett has sponsored the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award with funding from the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund. For more information, visit this site.

NEH Fellowships
Deadline: May 3, 2011
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. For more information, visit the National Endowment for the Humanities site.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Bridging Cultures Through Film

Deadline: June 29, 2011

The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. To learn more about this grant and to apply, visit the NEH site.

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

131 Washington Street, Suite 210

Providence, RI 02903

(401) 273-2250

http://www.rihumanities.org

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities | 385 Westminster Street | Suite 2 | Providence | RI | 02903

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Job Opportunity at NEFA’s National Dance Project

April 7th, 2011

The New England Foundation for the Arts seeks a senior, experienced Program Manager with deep knowledge of the dance field to provide leadership and oversight for the National Dance Project.  
The National Dance Project (NDP)-deemed the “fairy godmother of dance” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy-uses funding and information-sharing to provide a support system for the evolving discipline of dance in the United States.  
The Position

Reporting to the Director of Programs and working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and other NEFA staff, the Program Manager for NDP will design, develop and deliver the core program activity of grant making for the production and touring of new dance work, as well as partnerships for international exchange, the Regional Dance Development Initiative, and the Contemporary Arts Centers network. Other responsibilities include the supervision of NDP program staff, development of grant proposals and communications strategy, and the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with grantees, program advisors, partner organizations, funders, and other constituents.
 

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the dance field from multiple perspectives (artist, presenter, grant seeker, and grant maker) and the ability to identify needs/opportunities in the field to inform NDP strategies.  An excellent listener, observer, and communicator, the Program Manager must be able to nurture relationships, galvanize constituents and funders, and maintain a strong presence in the field.

Salary commensurate with experience.  More at http://www.genovesevanderhoof.com/careers.htm#PM.

 
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Attend NEFA’s Creative Communities Exchange

April 6th, 2011

Announcing workshops & special guest!

EVENT DETAILS

What:

Creative Communities Exchange

When:

May 19 & 20, 2011

Where:

MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA

Registration: $100

($80 before May 1st!)

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

OR

REGISTER TODAY!

Tweet this!

#CCENE2011

This event is hosted by NEFA and Berkshire Creative, and sponsored by Autodesk, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, MASS MoCA, the Porches Inn and Red Lion Inn, and Art New England.

CONTACT

Nella Young
New England Services Coordinator
nyoung@nefa.org

617.951.0010 x529

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact NEFA staff by May 1.

NEFA SUPPORTS ARTISTS WITH GRANTS AND PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES; ESTABLISHES VITAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS, ARTS PROGRAMMERS, AND THE PUBLIC; AND STRENGTHENS THE REGION’S CREATIVE ECONOMY THROUGH RESEARCH THAT INFORMS PUBLIC POLICY.
Learn more about NEFA.

CONNECT WITH NEFA!

EXCHANGE WORKSHOPS

A rich group of presenters from all over New England have been chosen to discuss their creative economy projects during workshops at the Creative Communities Exchange. These workshops cover a wide range of topics, from building organizational capacity through strong partnerships to catalyzing the creative economy with events that draw visitors and influence policy.

CREATIVE ECONOMY AWARDS LUNCHEON UPDATE

NEFA will present its first-ever creative economy awards to two workshop presenters on the last day of the event, with remarks by special guest National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

MORE INFORMATION

Who Should Attend?
How Do I Participate/Register?
View the schedule
Learn more about the Exchange

(COST: $100; $80 before May 1st!)

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Thanks to our sponsors, NEFA and Berkshire Creative are offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the Exchange. Find out how to apply before the deadline on April 8, 2011.

New England Foundation for the Arts | 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor | Boston | MA | 02111

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Help Wanted:Full Time Managing Director for AS220

April 5th, 2011

AS220 is accepting applications for a full time managing director
for the first round of interviews until Friday April 8th. Its a big
job so I’m trying to cast a wider net in the hopes that some amazing
candidates might be among the art-loving folks I’ve crossed paths with
over years and that you might help spread the word. The position
details are posted at:

http://www.as220.org/about/2011/03/full-time-managing-director.html

The Managing Director’s primary responsibility is to manage the
resources of AS220 to best implement the mission of the organization.
The Managing Director works closely with the artistic director to
develop strategy and direction for the organization and is expected to
communicate and coordinate with the Youth Studios Director,
Development Director and Communications Director. The
Managing Director oversees approximately a dozen staff members and
handles the bulk of the organizations fiscal management and human
resources needs. If you don’t think the position would suit you, but
someone else comes to mind as a potential candidate, please do pass
along the info and encourage them to apply this week.

The activities of AS220 include (but are not limited to) daily events
in our performance space, monthly gallery exhibits, annual events and
festivals (Foo Fest), the AS220 Youth Studio community learning center
(w. arts programs at the state’s juvenile detention center & UCAP
middle school), and the on-going operation of “cottage industries”
including a photo program, a print shop, and publicly accessible
fabrication lab. The organization currently owns and manages three
buildings in downtown Providence that house about 50 artists in
residence, a handful of commercial tenants, individual and
collaborative creative work spaces, galleries, a stage and an AS220
owned and operated bar and restaurant. The FY2011 operating budget of
AS220 and related for-profit entities is approximately $2.4 million.

We are looking for someone with experience in financial management
(inc. knowledge of QuickBooks), general not-for-profit administration,
and a strong connection to Rhode Island’s art community. The position
requires a big picture thinker who pays strong attention to detail and
can manage projects independently. Great people skills, sense of
humor, grace under pressure, and energy are a must. If you have the
right personality and stills nut aren’t experienced in every facet of
the posted job description, I encourage you to 
AS220 has an “equal
pay” semi-socialist pay policy; all full time staff members receive a
yearly salary of $33,280 and health benefits. Vacation time is
offered, along with opportunities for education and professional
development. I must say one of our greatest benefits of being at
AS220 is working with the other staff here, they are a highly
motivated, supportive, intelligent and idealistic bunch.
Feel free to hit me with questions about AS220 or the job if any arise.

Thanks,
Cheryl Kaminsky

AS220 Communications Director
cheryl@as220.org
401-831-9327 (x116)

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Celebrate Providence’s 375 Years:

April 5th, 2011

Over 60 events have signed on…where’s yours?

We’ve extended the print deadline to Friday, April 8 (4:30pm)

Yes…it’s still totally free!

We are celebrating Providence’s 375 years by bringing together the best of Providence. This summer, we seek to honor Roger Williams’ ideals and legacy. We want you to join the celebration!

Do you love this city as much as we do? We invite you to organize a program around one of these ideas: Roots, Hope, Freedom and Ingenuity.

Some events and activities already in place:

● A commemorative guidebook spotlighting historical moments and a calendar of events

● The My Providence Video Contest

● Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

● Friday Night Concerts at Waterplace Park

● A special WaterFire in honor of the 375th anniversary

● Providence’s Independence Weekend Celebration & Fireworks

● Summer programming at Roger Williams National Memorial Park

● Wooly Fair is headed To The Moon!

● Thematic public art installations as part of Providence Art Windows

● City-wide walking tours

● Craftland has created a Roger Williams tote bag

● The Manton Avenue Project will present 375 ROGER (OVER AND OUT): the-happy-birthday-Providence-plays

What does it mean to participate? The Providence 375 committee will help promote your Providence 375 programming to a regional audience at no cost to you.

Benefits of participation

Be listed in the official Providence 375 guidebook (40,000 print run) – April 8 Deadline
Be included on the Providence 375 website with logo + website link – Rolling Deadline
Advertising discounts with our media partners
Access to special networking opportunities for other Providence 375 participants
And more!

Do you have an idea but need a venue for your event? Need more background on Roger Williams? Contact us!.

Visit www.providence375.com to register your event today!

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From The Mass Cultural Council’s ArtSake Website:

April 5th, 2011

Gigi Rosenberg: The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing

In the introduction to her recent book, Gigi Rosenberg shares an anecdote about her first grant proposal: an application to the Boston Film/Video Foundation (now, sadly, defunct) for a documentary project. She says that instead of clearly and confidently expressing her goals and intent, she was really hoping that a grant would confirm something more personal: that she really was an artist.

The foundation didn’t fund her project. But the experience set her on the path to discovering how best to approach the grant writing process, which she did with the systematic rigor of a scientific researcher. The result, years later, is The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, which she calls “the book that I wish I’d had when I didn’t know whether I was an artist, or even when I did know and I wanted both the money and the validation that winning a grant provides.”

We asked her about the book, about her journey from grants novice to expert speaker and grants writing workshop leader, and about some common struggles artists face in searching for funding for their work.

ArtSake: You bring up that artists sometimes seek “permission” for their projects rather than confidently present them as worthy of support. Not to stoke the whole art vs. science notion, but why might an artist be more tentative about proposing a project than, say a scientific researcher?

Rosenberg: I have made this mistake and I know other artists who have too – we apply to the funding organization for money but we’re really asking them for so much more than money – we’re asking them to love our work, to support us in non-monetary ways and to cheer us on. This kind of support really isn’t the job of the funders! I encourage artists to find artist groups, colleagues and friends to support their creative endeavors. Scientific researchers have all kinds of support – their collaborators, research partners, laboratory workers, and so on. They also have a society that has a high regard for scientific research – a higher regard (in some circles) than for artistic endeavors. But don’t let that dampen your spirits – artists need to foster networks, communities, friendships, colleagues, and groups that support them to do their best work.

ArtSake: I really like that you acknowledge the emotional and psychological aspects of looking for artist funding. What’s the first thing you’d say to a disappointed applicant who didn’t receive funding?

Rosenberg: The first thing I’d say to a disappointed applicant is don’t take the rejection personally. This isn’t about you as a person. The second thing I’d say is: Can you use this rejection to learn anything about your proposed project? If you can, find out why the funder rejected your application. Ask them: What could I have done to make this a stronger proposal? You may discover that they only had money to fund 5 projects and you were number 6! Or you may find out that they aren’t interested in a particular aspect of your project or that you made a big goof on the budget. Any information you receive in this follow-up can be a gold mine of information for your next proposal.

To be an artist you have to have the skin of a rhino and the heart of a poet – this is one of the hardest aspects of being an artist – but you could say the same thing about being a human being! Rejection is a huge part of the business of being an artist. People are going to say “No” a lot. Sales people don’t take it personally when a potential customer says no – and if there’s any way you can, in the best way, adopt that attitude it will help you continue to make work and get it out there, any way you can.

Lastly, don’t isolate yourself. All of us need cheerleaders – just don’t rely on arts organizations to be your cheerleaders – find friends and colleagues who can do it.

ArtSake: What are some of the common missteps you see in artist statements that prevent them from effectively representing the artist’s voice?

Rosenberg: It’s very challenging to write about your work in an artist statement because you have to write about your work as if you didn’t make it. Few of us think about our themes when we’re making something – we’re just making it. I think it helps to interview other people to ask them what they see in the work – that can help an artist find the language. Or have someone interview you and get you talking about your big idea.

Artists tend to write clichés in artist statements or use lingo and jargon when they get scared and just want to sound smart. Write past the clichés, talk through your ideas, until you’re expressing them with fresh language that really means something.

ArtSake: In the book, you describe a demo from your workshops, where you have the artists pretend to be funders being asked for grants. Can you talk about your first experience on the “other side?”

Rosenberg: My experience sitting on a panel judging artist applications blew my mind. I realized how many artists have great ideas but don’t know how to write about the idea in a way that engages others or even to follow directions. Also, many applicants don’t understand how daunting it is to be staring at a mile-high pile of applications. As a panelist you want to find any way to make the pile smaller. And if an applicant didn’t follow directions, that’s a great reason to toss them from the pile. Competition for grants is stiff and the margin for error is narrow. I learned how important it is not to give the panel an easy reason to disqualify your application. I also learned how to see the process from the other side of the table. So, now when I apply for a grant, I ask myself: How can I make this project irresistible to this funder? This helps me prepare an application that has a much better chance of succeeding. Don’t forget, however, that you don’t want to tweak your project so much that it doesn’t feel like your project anymore.

ArtSake: Along those same lines: your book has smart, practical tips for grant applicants. Do you have any advice for grants panelists and arts funders? Or just a message they could benefit from hearing?

Rosenberg: Being a panelist and an arts funder is a hard job – they are underpaid and overworked – but they already know that! I’d want to tell them how much I appreciate what they’re doing – trying to find the right artists for the funding they have. They are so underappreciated – so I’d want to say thanks – it’s a hard job you have and you do it with so much integrity!

ArtSake: Your book’s epilogue has the title “Make Art,” a reminder never to let that part of the process drift out of sight. How does your thinking about, writing about, an artist’s career affect your creative work?

Rosenberg: I think what you’re asking is how writing a “how to” book affected my own creative life as a writer – is that right? If so, writing the book turned out to be incredibly creative. It was like editing a documentary film – where you have all these interviews and your own experience and then just plain advice and tips to share and then figuring out how to splice that all together in a way that is coherent – that process was intensively creative. I loved interviewing successful artists and having the right to ask questions about their own creative process and how they are successful with getting their work recognized and funded. I loved having the right to be nosy and the interviews were very inspiring to me. Of course it’s always easier (I think) to cheer somebody else on – but the book gave me lots of practice in being an encouraging presence – on my good days, I follow my own advice – which is to work as deeply as I know how on my own writing and then when it’s good enough to send it out!

Gigi Rosenberg has upcoming events in Seattle (keynote at BizArt Conference, Friday, March 25); New York City (author events at Foundation Center, Monday, March 28, 2 PM and at Barnes & Noble, sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts, Thursday, March 31, 7 PM); Washington D.C. (Foundation Center, Friday, April 1, 1:30 PM); and Baltimore (keynote at Maryland Writers Conference, Saturday, April 2, 9 AM). See a full events schedule.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker, and workshop leader. Her book The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing (follow on Facebook) grew out of the professional development workshops she launched in Portland, Oregon, and teaches in New York, Chicago, and throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, conferences, and arts organizations. Her writing has been published by Seal Press, The Oregonian, Parenting, and Writer’s Digest; performed at Seattle’s On the Boards; and broadcast on Oregon Public Radio.

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Classes from the North Kingstown Arts Council

April 5th, 2011

Classes Beginning in late April

Registration has begun for the Take an Arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council. Classes beginning in April include Wire Wrapping Sea Glass (April 30), Intro to Jewelry Making (April 19, 26, May 3, 10), The Art of Zentangle (April 21), Calligraphy: The Italic Hand (April 18 – June 6), I’ve Always Wanted to Write (April 27 – May 11), Creating Characters for Page or Stage (April 27, May 4, 18), Advanced Fiction Techniques ((April 20, May 11, 25), Pet Portraits (April 28, May 5, 19), Basic Drawing ( April 21, May 4, 11, 18), Mindful Drawing (April 27, May 4, 11, 18),  For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331  X241.

Classes beginning in May/June

Take an arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council continue into May and June. Classes include:

Introduction to Printmaking (May 5, 19, 26, June June 2,9))

Beginning Watercolor (May 10, 17, 24, 31)

Watercolor and Nature (Six Weds May 11 – June 15)

Pen and Ink with Watercolor (May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23)

Basic Drawing 2 (May 26, June 2, 9, 16)

Acrylic Painting (May 7, 14, 21, June 4)

Acrylic to Oil (June 11)

Multi-Media Still Life Sketching (May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11)

Writer’s Revision Saturdays (May 7, 14, 21)

Intro to Digital Photography (May 7, 21)

Mosaic Flowerpot (May 21)

Carving Soapstone Animals (May 21, 22)

Sea Glass Wind Chimes (June 7)

Etched Wine Glass (June 18)

For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331 X241.

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