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Friday, March 12, 2010

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State to State

Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity


Creative Communities = Economic Development Grant
Maine Arts Commission

The Maine Arts Commission recently announced the Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) grant to activate the concept that Maine's quality of place is the state's primary economic asset. The CCED grant supports dialogue and partnerships that encourage the cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community revitalization. Two $50,000 consortium grants will be awarded to communities/regions with a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration and that seek to strengthen the cultural assets of their community. The award will be shared by two or more nonprofit cultural organizations within the geographic community or region. The Maine Arts Commission intends the CCED to provide the cultural sector with significant funds to contribute to plans and initiatives that stimulate the local economy, strengthen the role of arts and culture, and enhance their community's quality of place. The response to the grant has exceeded the Commission's expectations. In many communities it is the first time the three sectors have come together to discuss the ways in which arts and culture can benefit the economic revitalization of communities. For more information about the CCED grant, contact Maine Arts Commission Executive Director Donna McNeil.


Ties that Bind: Folk Arts in the Colorado Classroom
Colorado Council on the Arts

The Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) has made Ties That Bind: Folk Arts in the Colorado Classroom available on-line. The multimedia toolkit helps teachers incorporate Colorado's folk arts and traditional art forms into the K-12 curriculum. The comprehensive toolkit contains written essays, lesson plans, lists of additional resources and audio and video content to help students better understand the different cultures of Colorado, the United States and the rest of the world. Specially designed to help educators address Colorado's model standards in history, geography, reading and writing, visual art, music, and math, it also helps students realize that arts and culture exist within their own communities. To learn more about the toolkit, contact CCA Cultural Heritage Specialist Ronna Lee Sharpe.


Creative Transitions Program Evaluation
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Creative Transitions is a project of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the Hampshire Educational Collaborative (HEC) that linked arts groups with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) facilities. A recent report and evaluation of the Creative Transitions project by the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University found that the project was "an effective way that youth could manage their emotions and expand their horizons." In the report, the evaluators conclude that "Creative Transitions demonstrated that arts programs, although very brief, can be valued by young people and DYS youth workers, and have the potential to produce an array of positive experiences and outcomes for young people in DYS facilities." For more about Creative Transitions and the CYC/Brandeis Report, contact MCC Communications Coordinator Rob Watson.


Creative Economy Video
Montana Arts Council

Montana: The Land of Creativity / The Power and Potential of Arts-Driven Economic Development in Montana is an 11-minute presentation by the Montana Arts Council (MAC) meant to educate board members, community leaders and others who may not be familiar with the significant economic impact that Montana artists and arts organizations have on the economy. Accompanied by written transcripts and talking points, the video shows how the energy and skill of Montana's arts industry represents one of the state's most efficient sources of economic growth. To find out more about the video or Montana's creative economy, contact MAC Executive Director Arlynn Fishbaugh.

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.