loving art but not artists

April 9, 2008 § Leave a comment

this was a striking image i found while doing some research. click here to read more about the numbers. Click here to learn more about the united states artists program, and how they are intervening in this paradox.


harriet tubman community organizing position (multi-city)

January 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

The Harriet Tubman Center for the Recruitment and Training of Organizers
is offering its second summer of entry-level positions.

Full-time, paid field training last from June 1st to August 31st.  Upon successful completion of the training, the Tubman Center works to secure  a 6-month fellowship that will lead to a permanent position as an organizer. 

Kalamazoo, Michigan     Battle Creek, Michigan       Detroit, Michigan    Saginaw, Michigan
Upstate New York: Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Niagara Falls     

Washington , DC ]

Find out more!
Information Session on Wednesday 16th from 5-6pm, in 1427 Mason Hall.  

on Thursday January 17th all day (8:30am – 4:30).  Sign up online at the Career Center Website, or at the information session.

Please send resume and cover letters to R.Ann.Tanner@gmail.com. Application attached. 

Harriet Tubman Center interns work in pairs to complete a total of four public actions in the course of three months.  After a week of intensive classroom training, interns will build relationships with community members, find and develop leaders, and bring the community into the democratic process to make decisions regarding their community.

Qualities. He/she must demonstrate the ability to-
1.    Build relationships in the public arena systematically and strategically.
2.    Discover and articulate self-interest in potential leaders.
3.    Cut issues, strategize and move groups of people into action.
4.    Work with community leaders, including pastors, lay persons, government officials, and others to create plans.
5.    Identify potential leaders, proposition and move them toward training.
6.    Reflect on the process of organizing.
7.    Develop and agitate within the context of a staff team.
8.    Take training from mentors and supervisors.

cintas foundation fellowships

December 20, 2007 § Leave a comment

Cintas Foundation Program at FIU Announces 2008 Competitions for Three Coveted Fellowships
Submissions Must be Received by January 14 Deadline

Miami (December 4, 2007) – The Cintas Foundation and The Frost Art Museum at FIU today announced the start of the annual competition for the Cintas Foundation Fellowships — the Emilio Sanchez Award in Visual Arts, the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition and the Fellowship in Creative Writing. Administered by the Cintas Foundation and The Frost, the program is the only one of its kind in the nation. The Cintas Foundation awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba. Since it began in 1963, the Fellowships Program has honored more than 300 artists including Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos, filmmaker Mari Rodriquez-Ichaso, playwright Maria Irene Fornes, artist Teresita Fernandez and musician Mario Bauza (known as the father of Afro-Cuban jazz). The fellowships encourage creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts.

“For more than 40 years, the Cintas Foundation has helped great artists pursue their craft and share it with the world. We are proud to continue in that tradition,” said Hortensia E. Sampedro, Board President of the Cintas Foundation.

Fellowship applicants must submit original work- recordings with accompanying scores, original manuscripts and images of original work, by January 14, 2008. Cintas fellows are awarded $15,000 and the opportunity to pursue a creative project outlined in their applications. Florida International University and the Cintas Foundation have been administering the awards program since 2005.

The Cintas Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former Cuban ambassador to the United States, a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts.

Information and competition requirements are available online at www.cintasfoundation.org or by contacting Ingrid LaFleur Rogers, Cintas Fellows Collection Manager, at ingrid.rogers@fiu.edu.

labotanica – new artist grants, projects and archives

October 6, 2007 § Leave a comment

A friend and fellow artist, Ayanna, has a great new project up and running. It’s called labotanica, also the name of her blog, and includes a grant for small works, a magazine, and an archive. Based in community support, she seeks to redefine what’s possible in politics, poetics, and everyday life. Check out the site. I’ve included the grant info below:

“New grants offer small support for creative projects that intersect poetics and social transformation. Offered twice a year, grants are supported by ten dollar donations from the public. Grant awards vary depending on total donations contributed by the deadline. To apply, artists must submit 500 word proposal, work sample, application and ten dollar donation. Program is developed from a belief that funding can be accessible and reciprocal. labotanica funds small scale projects that have the potential to multiply and be much more. Works of all media and genres are considered, and applicants of all backgrounds encouraged to apply. Grants deadlines are twice a year in January and June. The next deadline is January 15. 2008.” Apply here.

South Florida artist grant workshop

August 8, 2007 § 5 Comments

Demystifying the Application Process

The Miami Art Museum hosts a workshop for the $15,000 South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Fellowships for Visual and Media Artists.  The Consortium’s Fellowship program is intended to nurture the artistic development of eligible visual and media artists who reside in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe and Martin Counties.  Fellowships $7,500 will be awarded to up to four resident Miami-Dade County artists in 2008.

How are recipients selected and how can an applicant improve his/her chances of being noticed? Find out by attending a 90-minute workshop at the Miami Art Museum, this Thursday, August 9 at 6 PM. Please RSVP to (305) 375-4634. 

call for artists: imaginative and direct small grants

July 25, 2007 § 3 Comments

In an attempt to move beyond the typical protocol of grant applications, several folks have come up with some brilliant alternatives. Instead of applying to a large corporation, non-profit or government agency, with these grants, you pretty much apply directly to one or a few people. Seeking to minimize bureaucracy and heirarchy, their application process is direct and straightforward: you tell them about your project, how much it will cost, and they quickly decide who gets the grant for that cycle. Got an idea? Submit it to these revolutionary folks . . .

Josh Greene at Service Works – he’s a waiter and artist who will grant one person a month his tips from one night of work

Carla Williams and Deirdre Visser at Cadre – they collect $10 donations from people to fund two projects a year; to apply, you have to donate $10

Damali Ayo at NOW Art Grants– funds work that engages dialogue about current social issues; includes three months mentorship by damali ayo and a second mentor who has specific experience in the project field

Have you heard about other projects like these? Tell me so I can pass on the information.

getting into grad school: an opportunity

July 16, 2007 § Leave a comment

For anyone who may be considering grad school, I have come across an excellent opportunity.  The University of Florida is hosting a Campus Visitation Program to promote diversity.

What this means is that if you are a prospective student that is underrepresented in graduate studies — ethnic and cultural minority groups (African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, etc.), students underrepresented in their academic fields (males in nursing, females in engineering, European-Americans in African studies, etc.) and first-generation college graduates- you are eligible to attend this program.

It’s a 3-day program where you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate students, faculty, and administration. Most costs are covered by the school, so you really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by meeting and greeting before submitting your application.  Good luck!

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