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Resource Roundup: November 2021

Creative healing, a report on arts attendance, and panel opportunities for regional and national programs. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.

Photo courtesy of Tennessee Shakespeare Co.


Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants | Apply Now
Apply by December 15, 2021
The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance. This grant program aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making.

Call for Panelists: NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities | Learn More
Apply by December 31, 2021
Arts Midwest is still 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.

Now Accepting Applications: NEA Big Read | Learn More
Apply by January 26, 2022
Are you looking for support to bring your community together to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, new discoveries, and connections? Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. Organizations can access up to $20,000 in support for community-wide reading programs.


When Will Arts Attendance Return? | Read More
Will COVID-19 cases continue to decline or is a new wave coming with winter? Will confidence in health and safety protocols allow performing arts organizations to reopen successfully? Or will ongoing COVID-19 concerns continue to wreak havoc on the road to recovery? TRG Arts and Purple Seven recently reported that as of July 2021, holiday productions were tracking well behind 2019–20 in ticket sales and revenues for most theatres—read the report for more.

Creative Inspiration

Interview: How Art is Helping Military Communities Process Trauma | Read More
Since 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts has been bringing creative arts therapies to veterans and military communities through their Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. Arts Midwest spoke to the NEA’s Bill O’Brien about just why these creative arts therapies are so effective, what the differences are between community and clinical approaches, and how organizations can get involved in this work.

Paths Don’t Define Us: Shakespeare and Creative Healing | Read More
In juvenile justice facilities across the country, creative healing is happening through an unexpected source: the work of William Shakespeare. Read about how these 400+ year old plays are helping youth explore their identities and find opportunities for healing through the work of organizations like Kentucky Shakespeare.