November 07, 2008


1) Do Something and Grammy Foundation Invite Young People to Use Music to Improve Communities

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Do Something ( ) and the Grammy Foundation ( ) are offering a total of $25,000 in Key Change Grants to young people who have an idea or existing project that uses music to make a difference in their
local and/or global community.

To be eligible, the applicant must be 19 years of age or under, and must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. The project must be youth-led and -driven, creative, and demonstrate an original idea for solving problems and creating change. Projects must also strive toward tangible results and measurable impact, focus on problems in communities, and -- whether one-time event or ongoing program -- must promote diversity and seek to make lasting change in the
target community.

Five Grand Prize Winners will receive a $3,000 community action grant and an all-expense paid trip to the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009. Twenty first prize winners will receive community action grants of $500 each.

See the Do Something Web site for complete program guidelines.

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2) Guidelines Available for IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Deadline: January 15, 2009

The Institute of Museum and Library Services ( has announced the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2009 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture, a grant program that enhances institutional capacity and sustainability in the nation's African-American museums through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other assistance.

Successful applications will focus on developing or strengthening knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African-American museums; attracting and retaining professionals
with the skills needed to strengthen African-American museums; and attracting new staff to African-American museum practice and providing them with the expertise needed to sustain themselves in the museum field.

A two-week deadline extension is available to any institution in an area that has received either a "Major Disaster Declaration" or an "Emergency Declaration" by FEMA within twelve months prior to the grant deadline. For applicants to Museum Grants for African American History and Culture, this would mean that the museum must be in an area that received the "Major Disaster Declaration" or the "Emergency Declaration" after January 15, 2008.

Application guidelines and instructions are available at the IMLS Web site.

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3) Kresge Arts in Detroit Invites Applications for Visual Arts Fellowships

Deadline: February 27, 2009

The Kresge Foundation's ( new Arts in Detroit ( initiative will provide financial support for eighteen fellowships annually. The one-year fellowships will provide $25,000 and customized professional development opportunities to emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists working in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The purpose of the fellowship is to enable the artist to devote time and resources to whatever is necessary to deepen their art form, to experiment, and to advance their artistic career.

Kresge Artist Fellowships in the Visual Arts will be awarded in odd years (2009, 2011, etc.); Kresge Artist Fellowships in the Performing and Literary Arts will be awarded in even years (2010, 2012, etc.).

Applications are now being accepted for the Visual Arts Fellowships. The Visual Arts category includes art and technology, book arts, ceramics, collage, drawing, fiber, video art, glass, in-
stallation, metalwork, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and interdisciplinary work that includes at least one of these arts disciplines. (Applications for the Performing and
Literary Arts will be invited beginning November 1, 2009.)

The fellowships are unrestricted and will be given to artists who have a demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work, are current legal residents of the metropolitan Detroit tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb Counties), and have resided in the area for the past two years, and are expected to retain residence in one of the three counties during the fellowship period. Artists must work in one or more of the disciplines reviewed each year, have the potential to grow and advance in their artistic career during the fellowship period, and be at least 18 years old. Artists who collaborate with other artists,
and who have an ongoing demonstrated history of collaborative work, are permitted to apply under one collaborative application. Individuals who are working toward any degree program, arts or non-arts related at the time of application, or planning to work toward a degree during the course of the fellowship are not eligible to apply.

The Artist Fellowships are administered by the Detroit-based College for Creative Studies
( Visit the college's Web site for complete program information.

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4) Multi-Arts Production Fund Offers Support for New Work in Performing Arts

Deadline: January 20, 2009

The Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital (, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. The goal of the MAP Fund is "to assist artists who are exploring and challenging the dynamics of live performance within our changing society, thus reflecting our culture's innovation and growing diversity." MAP seeks especially to support work that brings insight and vibrant critique to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, or tradition.

Applications for MAP support must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status. Nonprofit artist-services organizations may apply as
fiscal sponsors on behalf of unincorporated artists or ensembles. The MAP Fund supports only artistic projects that contain or will contain a live-performance component. Support may be applied to any phase of a project, up to and including its premiere run. The touring of completed projects is not eligible for MAP funding. MAP is especially interested in providing support to work early in its development. Eligible projects must not have premiered in or outside the United States before September 1, 2009.

All proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria, which are weighed equally: the artistic strength of the proposed project; how well a project aligns with the MAP Fund's goal
of supporting innovation in all traditions and disciplines of live performance, especially work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference, be that in class, gender, generation, eth-
nicity, form, or tradition; and the viability of the project based on applicant's professional capabilities as demonstrated by their proposal.

Up to forty awards are given each year. Award amounts range from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $22,000. Guidelines will be available and the online application process will open on November 10, 2008.

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5) Bayer and UN Environment Program Launch International Painting Competition in Elementary and Middle Schools

Deadline: January 15, 2009

To help raise environmental awareness and foster science literacy among elementary- and middle-school students, Bayer Corporation ( and the United Nations Environment Program's Regional Office for North America have launched the second year of their partnership in the United States to bring the International Children's Painting Competition to schoolchildren nationwide.

With this year's theme, Climate Change - Our Challenge, UNEP and Bayer Corporation are inviting students ages six to 14 to learn more about climate change and express that knowledge creatively through art. The students' paintings are expected to focus on the impact of global warming on our planet, as well as concrete actions people can take, such as using renewable energy and eco-friendly light bulbs, planting trees, sharing vehicles and using
public transportation, among others. The free-style artwork for the ICPC must be submitted on either letter- or legal-size paper and can be done using crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, oils, or similar media.

The ICPC regional winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. First-place regional winners are selected from each UNEP region (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia).

This year, the ICPC North American first-prize winner will receive two fully-paid trips. The first trip will be to a World Environment Day celebration in North America on June 5, 2009; the
second, grand-prize trip will be to the 2009 Tunza International Children's Conference to be held during the summer. Tunza, which is held every two years, is a global forum that brings together youth from all over the world to share experiences on the environment.

For complete entry rules, please visit the Bayer Corporation Web site.

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