Thursday, October 13, 2011
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Getting the Arts on the (GPS) Map
Nebraska Arts Council
Global Positioning System (GPS) devices have become ubiquitous, not only as automotive accessories but also as components of smartphones and other personal data devices used by millions of American consumers. One of the most powerful features of such GPS devices is their ability to highlight attractions, services and businesses close to each user's location. However, not all services—and certainly not all arts organizations—are included. The Nebraska Arts Council is helping Nebraska cultural groups and creative businesses "get on the map" by sharing some simple steps that will increase an organization's chances of being listed. Those tips include:
By taking these steps, arts organizations can increase their visibility to potential visitors, customers and audience members. For more details, consult the latest Nebraska Arts Council e-news listing.
Revitalizing Industrial Cities through the Arts
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is collaborating with MassINC to use the arts to revitalize 11 industrial communities across the state. MassINC recently received a $125,000 grant from ArtPlace, a funding consortium combining federal funding and investments from 11 major foundations to promote creative placemaking. Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected to demonstrate a new model of helping towns and cities thrive by integrating artists into transportation, housing, community development and job creation.
MassINC's ArtPlace grant will be used for the Gateway Cities Innovation Network initiative, which is helping 11 older, industrialized cities in Massachusetts to develop new policies and practices to promote sustainable economic revitalization. Together, MCC and MassINC will create a leadership network around the role of the arts in the economic revitalization of all 11 gateway cities. The grant will be used to engage business, civic and policy leaders in the planning and promotion of creative placemaking initiatives custom-tailored for each community. For more information, contact MCC Communications Director Greg Liakos.
Celebrating Young Artists
Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
This year the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) launched a new program to support young artists in the Territory. The Young Emerging Artist Honors (YEAH) program is designed to recognize the talents of young artists and to bring visibility to their exceptional achievements in the visual arts, media arts, literature, dance, photography, music and theater.
In addition to providing recognition and small cash awards, the program helps 8th and 12 graders to practice the basics of grant writing and portfolio preparation, skills that will benefit them later in life. Applicants must submit a portfolio of artistic work samples, an essay describing their artistic vision, a biographical summary and letters of support from teachers, artists or other professionals. The criteria for receiving YEAH recognition are innovation, originality, and emergence of a personal vision or voice. Up to 20 awards are given, ranging from $200 to $500. For more information, contact VICA Grants Officer Monique Walters.