Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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CREATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Colorado Council on Creative Industries
Colorado Council on the Arts
The 2010 legislative session in Colorado was focused largely on economic development, work-force development and supporting the small businesses of the state. As a result of this focus, creative industries legislation was introduced and passed. The Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) will be known as the Council on Creative Industries and will merge with the Office of Film, Television, and Media, and the Art in Public Places Program. The state arts agency will be the policy-making authority for this new entity. In addition to the Creative Industries Division legislation, Governor Ritter signed bills altering the requirements for film incentives to make them more attractive to film productions and clarifying that the Art in Public Places Program applies to all capital construction projects funded with state dollars. New legislation also strongly encourages all Colorado public schools to provide arts education and directs the state board of education to recognize the importance of the arts in development of graduation guidelines. Additionally, a creative economy advisory panel was convened recently to establish a vision for the state's creative economy. For more information, contact CCA Executive Director Elaine Mariner.
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS
Architectural Artist Directory
Kentucky Arts Council
To increase commercial opportunities for Kentucky artists, the Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) has launched the Architectural Artist Directory. The adjudicated roster features Kentucky artists who create custom architectural installations, fixtures, cabinetry, railings, gates and other custom furnishings. The target audience for this directory is home builders, remodelers, decorators, architects and interior designers. By promoting Kentucky artists and artisans to this market segment, KAC hopes to expand its role in connecting artists with potential buyers and future clients. To learn more, contact KAC Executive Director Lori Meadows.
FOLKLIFE AND TECHNOLOGY
Iowa Roots Podcast
Iowa Arts Council
The Iowa Arts Council, in partnership with Iowa Public Radio, produce Iowa Roots, a radio series that features stories, music and talk with traditional artists. The five-minute segments are broadcast each week on Saturday and Sunday evenings and focus on a variety of ethnic, geographic, occupational and religious traditions found in Iowa. The broadcasts can be listened to anytime as a podcast by either downloading them directly from Iowa Public Radio's Iowa Roots page or visiting the Iowa Roots archive, which hosts the past five years' worth of episodes. Find out more by contacting Iowa Arts Council Folklife Coordinator Riki Saltzman.
SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS
Innovation and Collaboration Grants
Kansas Arts Commission
To help support individual artists, the Kansas Arts Commission (KAC) has announced the Artist Innovation and Collaboration Grants. The new grants, which have replaced the KAC Fellowship and Awards program, fund projects that help artists forward their careers artistically or through business development and assist them in working collaboratively with other artists or directly with communities. Artist Innovation Grants encourage artists to explore new methods, perspectives, elements, forms, materials and/or processes that develop or advance their entrepreneurial and creative work. Artist Collaboration Grants encourage artists to develop relationships and projects with other artists, organizations and communities to advance the artist's creative work and to benefit the general public. For more information, contact KAC Community and Artist Partnerships Program Manager Christine Dotterweich Bial.
Open Door Grants
Wyoming Arts Council
The Open Door grant program at the Wyoming Arts Council (WAC) provides quick, easy access to arts project funding to first-time applicants or for unexpected arts opportunities. To be funded as "unexpected," the art project must offer an organization the chance to take advantage of an art opportunity that was not available to the organization prior to other WAC major grant deadlines. Open Door grants are available on an ongoing basis with no set deadlines. Funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Applications are accepted on-line only, unless special arrangements are made, and must be submitted at least two weeks before the project date. To learn more about Open Door grants, contact WAC Arts Access Program Specialist Marirose Morris.
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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.