Funding for dance artists, two national arts conferences, and the ways a grassroots Indigenous org is building a prosperous community. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.
Photo courtesy of Thunder Valley CDC.
Grants + Funding
Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists | Learn More
Apply by December 8, 2021
Dance/USA recently announced a new round of Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA), their national program that offers direct support to individual artists who have a sustained and intentional practice of working through dance or movement-based modalities to address social change. DFA will award 30 Fellowships of a minimum of $30,000 per artist by August of 2022. Artists are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry by December 8, 2021 at 6:00pm EST. The program is now open for submissions and they are encouraging artists to review the program guidelines.
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants | Learn More
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new national grant program called Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants. The program will initially provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over the course of three award cycles that will run through Spring 2022.
Call for Artists: Creativity in the Time of Covid-19 | Learn More
The Michigan Traditional Arts Program is working with a group of faculty and students at Michigan State University who are collecting creative work people have been making throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. They’re particularly seeking out creative pieces that encourage new conversations, activism, and creativity around the racial and social injustices revealed by the pandemic, and that represent the diverse range of experiences of our region.
Call for Panelists: NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities | Learn More
Apply by December 31, 2021
Arts Midwest is currently seeking panelists from across the United States for both the NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities programs! All panelists receive a $500 honorarium, issued once scoring is completed. To learn more and apply to be a panelist, visit the Arts Midwest website.
a2ru National Conference: Sharing Stories: The Case for Art | Register
November 3–5, online
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) will use this year’s online conference to meet this unique moment in a uniquely artful way. The conference will engage and explore how we can best deploy what we hope has not changed—passions for the arts, for arts education, and for arts integration—through storytelling, rather than traditional conference presentations. Learn more and register at their website.
National Arts Marketing Project Conference | Register
December 7–8, online
This year, Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project Conference moves online with two days of programming content from field experts in social media, email marketing, audience development, fundraising, research, and much more. With panel talks and hands-on workshops, learn the skills you need to be a better marketer. From the latest strategies to new technologies and innovations, this is the one-of-a-kind educational experience you’ve been looking for. Learn more about rates and registration at their website.
From the Field
Interview: Thunder Valley CDC Grounds in Lakota Lifeways | Read
In the third episode of Arts Midwest’s Community Creativity Conversations audio series, hear from Lynn Cuny and Kyle White, two members of the leadership team at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, a Lakota-led grassroots organization working to build economic prosperity and community vitality in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Lynn and Kyle share about how Thunder Valley CDC is creating space for Oglala Lakota people and lifeways to thrive, and how their new rebrand connects to the ongoing work of liberation.