California LGBT Arts Alliance MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
The Alliance expands its presenting activities
In June, The CA LGBT Arts Alliance presented two programs as part of The City of West Hollywood’s One City/One Pride Arts Festival.
“Black Is…Black Ain’t”: Black LGBT Identity in America Today comprised a screening of Marlon Riggs film, an artist’s panel discussion and a reception at the City Council Chambers in the West Hollywood Library. Co-sponsored by The Black LGBT Project and OUTFEST, the program was moderated by Valerie Wagner and featured a panel of artists including: C. Jerome Woods, Kai M. Green, Duane Paul and Dale Guy Madison. The panel discussion was followed by a lively Q & A with the audience that focused on the films relevance to Black LGBT identity in American today. The evening concluded with a reception in the lobby of the Council Chambers.
The second program, “Creating Queer Asian American Visibility Through the Arts” took place at the Council Chambers in the West Hollywood Library and was also co-sponsored by OUTFEST. The program was moderated by Erica Cho and featured artists’ presentations including: Mia Nakano's Visibility Project, Alison De La Cruz's film Smoke & Mirrors, Tina Takemoto's performance of “Looking for Jiro” and Arthur Dong's films “Hollywood Chinese” and “The Questions of Equality: Out Rage '69.” The panel discussion and Q & A focused on art practice as activism and identity formation, building political and institutional alliances and creating community. The evening ended with a reception in the lobby of the Council Chambers. We would like to thank Tina Takemoto and Rudy Lemcke of the Queer Cultural Center for creating the concept for this event and recommending the moderator and presenting artists.
Attended by over 100 people, both events were funded by the California Arts Council and the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. The Alliance would like to express our thanks to Andrew Campbell, the City of West Hollywood’s Cultural Affairs Administrator and his staff for their assistance. Both programs heightened the visibility of LGBT African American and Asian/Pacific Islander artists in the Los Angeles area.
CA LGBT Arts Alliance featured in: 15 LGBT Art Exhibits To Celebrate Pride Month
In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, we've put together a slideshow featuring 15 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer art exhibitions on view during the month of June. From Portland to Boston and some places in between, these exhibits are hosted by museums, galleries, and community centers that are bringing LGBT art out of the closet and into the public sphere.
(Read the full article and watch the slide show: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/lgbt-art-exhibit-pride_n_1575027.html )
The National Endowment for the Arts Funding Reduction Proposed
The National Endowment for the Arts directly funds forty percent of its appropriations to state and local arts agencies throughout the nation. Under Obama’s recommendation, $61.2 million would be infused into local and regional economies through standard grants and contracts designed to reach audiences in every Congressional district in the country.
Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is often called into question by legislators during the arduous budget process. It is only through the direct action of grassroots advocates across the United States that the NEA continues to be a priority. Recently, Americans for the Arts released its updated Arts and Economic Prosperity IV report, which demonstrates the direct local economic impact arts organizations (and, by extension, the National Endowment for the Arts) have on rebuilding the American economy. Public funding for the arts directly contributs to $135.2 billion in economic activity and supports 4.13 milltion full-time equivalent jobs each year.
(Full article here: http://www.artsforla.org/news/national-endowment-arts-funding-reduction-proposed )
The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited
The Creative Class stands at the forefront of what the political scientist Ronald Inglehart has termed the transition to a “post-materialist values” a shift from values that accord priority to meeting immediate material needs to ones that stress belonging, self-expression, opportunity, environmental quality, diversity, community, and quality of life. Although there are certainly divisions within this new class and its members do not ﬁt neatly into the old left-right spectrum, its values are staunchly meritocratic. Many are oﬀended by inequality of opportunity and repelled by a system that is rigged against so many. These attitudes and inclinations are political veins that canand arebeing tapped.
As the great historian Eric Hobsbawm noted, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street have more to do with the Creative Class than they do with traditional Working Class movements; as such they were harbingers of this new politics.
Funding for the Arts Sometimes Benefits All of Us
On June 8th, Americans for the Arts released findings from its fourth report on the arts and its relationship to the economy. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV analyzed the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. One of the key findings in the report was that the arts provided significant positive returns to the economy during a time of national economic turmoil:
"Nationally, the industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity -- $61.1 billion by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.1 million full-time jobs. Our industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year -- a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations."
(Full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-dorfman/arts-funding-and-research_b_1596542.html )
MOCA board heads say Paul Schimmel resigned, was not fired
The leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s board of trustees said Friday that chief curator Paul Schimmel resigned and was not fired, as The Times and other news outlets had reported.
In a conference call including two publicists for the museum, board co-chairs Maria Bell and David Johnson said that Schimmel announced his resignation to both of them on Monday.
“Paul wanted to resign, we reported that to the board, and the official resignation came through today,” Bell said.
“This is something that has been a general discussion for some time,” said Johnson. He called the parting “amicable" and said that Schimmel is “going to remain a great friend of MOCA."
Benefits for Artists Using Twitter Art # Hashtags
What is a Twitter hashtag and how can an artist use this to their advantage when using Twitter as means to market and promote their art? Try to think of a Twitter hashtag as a way to categorize and collect Tweets about a particular subject. A Twitter hashtag is the symbol # plus the subject, for example; #Art is a well-used hashtag on Twitter. If you were to create and Tweet a message about a new art show or a new blog article about art, at the end of the Twitter message include the hashtag #Art and automatically this Tweet will be listed with all of the other Tweets that have used this hashtag (and there are quite a few in this category) as well.
(Read this helpful article: http://www.lightspacetime.com/newsletter/advantages-for-artists-using-twitter-art-hashtags/ )
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, ARTISTS’ CALLS, RESOURCES
Producers Lab and the Sloan Producers Grant for Filmmakers
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will award one participant of Film Independent's Producers Lab the annual Sloan Producers Grant. The recipient will receive a $25,000 development grant, admission to Film Independent's Producers Lab, and year-round support from Film Independent.
Contact: Jennifer Kushner, Filmmaker Labs Manager
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuation of the state's traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices.
Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices who have shown a commitment to and a talent for a specific artistic tradition.
Living Cultures Grants Program
The Living Cultures Grants Program funds nonprofit organizations to support exemplary projects in traditional arts in California. Grant awards are generally limited to $5,000 or less. A small number of grants of up to $7,500 are awarded to projects that demonstrate significant impact on a particular cultural tradition.
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.
innOVATION Grants Program
Ovation has developed the innOVATION Grant Program to fund and recognize the impact of artists and the arts in communities’ revitalization efforts.
Three $25,000 innOVATION grants and two $10,000 innOVATION grants will be awarded through a panel review process. In addition, communities can compete for a "Viewers' Choice Award" of $15,000 at http://ovtn.tv/viewerschoice.
Cal Humanities Announces Guidelines for Community Stories Grants Program
A program of Cal Humanities, Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund) is a competitive grants program designed to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities, past and present.
Fund for National Projects in Dance, Jazz, Presenting and Theater
An initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Arts Program, the Fund for National Projects supports projects designed to strengthen the national infrastructure of the dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz, and theater.
ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion) for LA Artists (August deadline)
The ARC (Artists' Resource for Completion) grants program provides rapid, short-term assistance to individual artists in Los Angeles County who wish to enhance work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers. Artists in any discipline are eligible to apply. The applicant must already have secured an invitation from an established arts organization to present the proposed work. The work must be scheduled for presentation within six months of the application deadline.
The goal of the ARC program: to enhance the careers of Los Angeles artists by enabling them to take the best advantage of imminent opportunities to present their work, thereby fostering a climate of optimism in the Los Angeles arts community.Contact: Katy Hilton
Phone: (800) 418-1671
Grant link: http://www.cciarts.org/funding.htm#
Arts education and arts and culture grants from Sony
Sony's company-wide philanthropic efforts reflect the diverse interests of our core businesses and focus on several distinct areas: arts education, arts and culture, health and human services, civic and community outreach, education, and volunteerism. Each operating company has its own philanthropic priorities and unique resources. While positive consideration is given to efforts that promote literacy and basic educational competency, the company also seeks to apply its financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce.
Grant Application Procedures
- A brief, written description of the organization on its official letterhead, including its legal name, history, activities, purpose, and proof of 501(C)(3) status as an organization that is not a private foundation
- History of previous support from Sony Corporation of America or any other Sony business unit
- The amount being requested
- A description of the purpose for which the grant is requested
See website for more information.
POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION Grants for Visual Artists
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time. The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.
NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS - National Native Artist Exchange
National Native Artist Exchange supports the exchange of artistic skills and knowledge among Native artists. American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists residing in any of the 50 United States may apply to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another in North America. The applicant must identify a collaborating artist and specific project as part of the exchange, which must be beneficial to both artists.
Grants will be awarded up to $1,500 based on review of detailed requests and budgets appropriate to the scope of travel involved in the artist exchange. Awards will be based on standard reimbursement rates for economy class travel.
Funding may be used for travel expenses for Native artists to exchange with artists from other tribes/nations outside their own region to share, teach, and learn skills, do research, and/or to develop collaborative projects. Acceptable expenses include lodging, meals, ground and air travel, and other direct costs of the artist exchange.
American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists residing in any of the 50 United States are eligible to apply.
Contact: Dawn Spears
The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County has been awarding grants to artists and arts organizations1976. Over $170,000 are allocated each year through a competitive peer panel scoring process. The process involved in making the critical decisions regarding the awarding of grants includes convening panels representing geographic, stylistic, cultural, and gender diversity. Panelists review all grant applications and a scoring system is applied, resulting in awarding available grants to artists, arts organizations, and specific arts projects that will benefit the community.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Accepting Applications for 2012 Institutional Grants
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences funds the Institutional Grants Program to assist in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation.
Academy Institutional Grants are awarded only to nonprofit film organizations and to film programs within schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions and nonprofit organizations. Grants are not awarded to individuals or to for-profit companies or organizations.
Eligible programs include but are not limited to craft workshops and conferences in which college students and/or adults are trained in one or more of the various craft fields of film production (directing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, etc.); internship programs in which college students are placed in professional environments outside of their schools, either on film productions or in film-related offices; library and archival projects in which the papers of filmmakers are preserved and/or made available to the public; screening programs, especially those in which filmmakers interact with audiences; seminar programs, in which film professionals discuss their work and/or particular aspects of the creation and distribution of films; teacher training programs, in which production techniques and/or film appreciation information is presented for teachers to take back to their classrooms; training/bridge programs, in which college students and/or adults are trained for and then placed in film industry jobs (this includes mentoring programs); and visiting artist programs, especially those in which a filmmaker spends several days in residence at a college, university or media center.
Grants are not awarded to cover the expenses of producing a film or to film festivals. (The academy has a separate festival grants program.)
Visit the academy Web site for complete program guidelines and application.
National Dance Project Accepting Applications for Production Grants
Administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Dance Project provides a system of support for contemporary dance by supporting the creation (production) and engagement (touring) of dance in the United States and beyond.
NDP's production grants fund the creation of new dance work that will tour nationally by supporting costs incurred through the artistic development of the work. These highly competitive grants are awarded to approximately twenty projects annually. Grants generally range from $25,000 to $40,000 each. Projects supported by production grants also receive touring support for the season following the work's creation.
Projects applying for production grants should make possible the creation of regionally or nationally significant work that will tour; offer potential to engage audiences; explore collaborations within and across disciplines, if appropriate; and involve creative and dynamic partnership with one or more U.S. presenter partners in the development of the work.
Choreographers, artists, and companies are eligible to apply for production grants. Projects must have a U.S. presenter partner.
NDP can only award grants to organizations with nonprofit status. Production grants may be paid either directly to an incorporated dance company and/or to a fiscal agent (such as the presenter partner).
Visit the NEFA Web site for complete grant program information.
City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships
The prestigious City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowships honor a selection of the best of Los Angeles contemporary arts. These awards allow very accomplished artists to focus on creating new works. Meanwhile, the Cultural Affairs Department collaborates with community partners to organize a museum exhibition, a performing arts showcase, and publish an illustrated catalog that promote the new work by these artists and distinguish Los Angeles as a major center of creative activity in the United States. Eligible artists must reside in Los Angeles County and demonstrate an active exhibition and/or production record of at least 15 years.
Barnes & Noble Sponsorship Program - Local Program
The Barnes & Noble Community Relations Program supports pre-K - 12 schools and not-for-profit arts and literacy organizations. We offer a limited number of sponsorships and donations to organizations that meet our mission. Opportunities must be located in the community or communities in which we operate, and serve the greater good of the local community or region. We seek partnerships that offer in-store events, visibility, and reach a wide audience.
Submit your proposal to the community relations manager or store manager at your local Barnes & Noble store.
Nathan Cummings Foundation's Arts and Culture Program
The Nathan Cummings Foundation's Arts and Culture Program guidelines build on the organization's earlier efforts to sustain and share community-building models developed by small and mid-sized, culturally specific and community-based arts institutions. Their new objectives represent an expanded vision that acknowledges the roles that artists and cultural workers play in stimulating social change and championing economic justice in both traditional and non-traditional venues.
By addressing art through the lens of social justice, the organization will continue to affirm artists and arts institutions that value and encourage creativity, innovation and risk-taking while fostering cross-cultural conversations that transcend race, ethnicity, class, age and geography. Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. See website for more details.
New Western States
The Port of San Francisco has retained the Arts Commission to assist in the commissioning of a public artwork to be located at Pier 92, near the intersection of Illinois and Cargo Way, along San Francisco's southern waterfront. The site is primarily an industrial area with shipping cranes and two large grain silos that have not been in use since the 1970s. While the majority of traffic along Cargo Way is industrial, the Blue Greenway project will create open spaces along the waterfront that will attract a diversity of activities for Bay Area residents and visitors to the City.
New California Artists
Artists are invited to submit qualifications for a major art opportunity at the forthcoming Metro Rail terminus station in Santa Monica. This is a prime opportunity for artists with significant experience in public art to create a sculptural artwork in a highly prominent station location.
Phase 1 of the Metro Expo Line extends from Downtown Los Angeles to Culver City and opened in Spring 2012. Phase 2 of the project extends 6.6 miles from Culver City to the beachside city of Santa Monica and provides linkages for transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. The Metro Expo Line is expected to become one of the most heavily used light rail lines in the country. To download the Call to Artists, visit metro.net/art and click on Artist Opportunities.
F3 at the Cotton Mill is entering it’s second year and once again we’re looking for artists to exhibit in our fourth floor art and champagne gallery. Come show and sell your work to a crowd of more than 500 people. The Cotton Mill does not take a share of your sales. You’ll keep 100% of the sale of your pieces.
This will be a non-juried group show. Space is limited to the first 100 applications.
The show will be a salon style hang. Black Box Gallery will print out all of the photos for the exhibit on our Epson Archival Ink Jet Printer. All prints will be on 13"x19" premium luster paper. The prints will be pinned up with small chrome pins, no frames for this show. Again, it is more of a salon style show, it should be a fun show and everyone gets in!
No theme. No juror. Everything is accepted. Cut off is at 100 photos.
Black Box will print all of the photos for the show.
Entry fee: $35 for one photo. One entry is one photo.
MarinMOCA, Novato, CA is accepting entries for Fall National Juried Exhibition.
Freedom means something different to many different people. In this year, especially, freedom can be defined by many different views, many countries, many politics, many beliefs and many points of artistic views. Give us your best freedom art for this future exhibition.
All international artists, professional and amateur and all art mediums will be considered from photography, sculpture, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. If it can be hung on the walls, we will consider it.
New - International
This call for entries is for the online Naming Ceremony Magazine
Give a little bit of the process with your sketches. Sometimes, sketches produce the most drama. They can be the complete product or a spur-of-the-moment thing that captures your vision better than your finished product. Sketches are simple or complex, intriguing and mysterious. They are the first step to something bigger.
Showcase the first moments of your vision by submitting to this online showcase.To submit and for more information, please visit the provided link.
New Western States Artists
The Escondido Arts Partnership will present their third juried Fiber & Book Art exhibition. Fiber & Book Artists working in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington are encouraged to submit work to the show. Fiber work can include paper, felt, fabric, yarn, cloth, plant or other organic materials. 75% of the piece should be fiber.
The Escondido Municipal Gallery is located in the beautiful downtown Escondido historic district.
Contact: Wendy Wilson
The most common associations for Green are found in its ties to nature, the environment, regeneration, fertility and rebirth. Green can also describe a person who is inexperienced, envious, environmentally conscious or youthful.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries for the gallery’s 2rd Annual “Animals” online art competition for the month of July 2012. The gallery would like for all 2D artists (including photography) to send us their best interpretation of the theme “Animals” by submitting their animal art for inclusion into the gallery’s August 2012 online Group Art Exhibition.
The deadline to apply is July 28th and the winners will receive extensive worldwide publicity. For further information and to apply online http://www.lightspacetime.com
New Bay Area Artists
Open House is looking for LGBT Artists 60+ for its Fall Art Show at the LGBT Center in San Francisco. The opening celebration will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the SF LGBT Center.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Visual Artists Sought for the Art on Market Street Program in San Francisco--Change from Past Year’s Program
Poets & Writers
WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES
Atlantic Center's residency program
For more information on how to apply, please telephone (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 (domestic US only) or visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org or email us at email@example.com.
Ahmanson Foundation Provides Grants to Nonprofits in Los Angeles
Bank of the West Grants for Cultural Activities
Boeing's Grant Guidelines and Application Process
California Arts Council
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Liberty Hill Foundation Lesbian & Gay Community Fund
McKnight Foundation Offers Online Resources For Arts Groups
You can read the un-edited newsletter on the CA LGBT Arts Alliance website at:
The CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL
The California LBGT Arts Alliance is funded by the California Arts Council.
The Queer Cultural Center