Friday, June 5, 2009
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WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT
The Arts Division of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCT) has developed a fellowship program open to recent college graduates who are interested in the arts. The Division currently offers Public Information, Art in Public Spaces and Visual Arts fellowships as a way to provide on-the-job training and meaningful experiences for individuals aspiring to careers in the arts. The fellowships offer firsthand experience in the arts and arts management fields; fellows are awarded a $30,000 annual stipend, with a required commitment of 30 hours per week for 50 weeks. Fellows benefit from working closely with the Arts Division's professional staff; meeting and interacting with a wide variety of artists and arts professionals; establishing contacts at the state, regional, and national levels; gaining managerial and technical skills in specific areas of interest; and developing a broad perspective of the functions of a state arts agency. A recent fellow who "trained" for three years at CCT was able to transition immediately into a full-time administrative director position at a Hartford dance company. For more information, contact Arts Division Director An-Ming Truxes.
Arkansas Creative Economy Project
Unveiling the Creative Economy in Arkansas: Strategies to Increase Creative Capacity and Competitive Advantage is the fourth report in the Arkansas Creative Economy project. The report includes a summary of some of the most important findings to date, illustrates preliminary outcomes from a series of creative community building grants, and offers recommendations on how Arkansas's creative economy can be enhanced. The Arkansas Creative Economy Project is a multiyear initiative that was highlighted in the National Governor's Association report Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development. The project was the result of a partnership between the Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Science & Technology Authority and the Arkansas Association of Two-year Colleges, was developed by Regional Technology Strategies with Mt. Auburn Associates, and was supported by a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. For additional information about the project, contact Arkansas Arts Council Executive Director Joy Pennington.
Community Arts Partners (CAP) Program
The Community Arts Partners (CAP) Program, the newest grant category of the Wyoming Arts Council, encourages the creation of innovative collaborations anchored by the arts. CAP projects must have at least two key partners, one of which must be a local, county or state governmental entity, and one of the key partners must have received Wyoming Arts Council funding within the past three years. Up to five grants of $10,000 will be awarded. The goal of the partnerships is to urge community building, civic engagement, community planning and the use of public spaces for the enhancement of economic opportunities and citizen quality of life. To learn more, see a list of grant recipients and the descriptions of their partnerships, or contact the Wyoming Arts Council's Community Development and the Arts Specialist Randy Oestman.
Classroom sets of the recently published Five Kentucky Poets Laureate: An Anthology and accompanying on-line teaching resource materials are available at no cost to all high schools across the commonwealth. Coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council (KAC), the anthology includes the writings of the state's poets laureate from 1999 - 2008. An on-line study guide, developed by Dr. Sue Churchill, includes biographies, video clips, questions for analysis, handouts, keywords for consideration, explanation of key literary features and specific writing assignments. The anthology is also available to the public. Proceeds from the sale of the book support literary projects in Kentucky. For more information or to purchase your own copy of the anthology, contact Kentucky Arts Council Communication Director Ed Lawrence.
NASAA's information-sharing depends on your participation. What are your most successful current initiatives? Have you launched any great programs, policies, services or partnerships? We want to hear about them! Contact NASAA Policy and Program Associate Jesse Rye (202-347-6352 x118) and include your name, your agency, a brief description of your project and whom to contact to learn more about it.
NASAA works continuously to keep you abreast of the latest trends in the state arts agency field and let you know about innovative state arts agency programs. The State to State column provides a sampling of state programs, products and services for you to browse for information and inspiration. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this column.