Arts Presenters Announces 2010 Creative Campus Innovations Grants to Colleges and Universities

Having just got back from the Society for Photographic Education’s annual conference, where I presented my project, Consumed, I am heartened by the community of educator’s and students sharing work and ideas.  I thank everyone who attended my near standing room only presentation (though as always no one sits in the front row!) and for your thoughtful questions.  While the refrain among new graduates is generally a lament over the freezing of new hires in the educational arena, this is not unexpected as we see every day more and more of our friends get laid off.

So I’m happy to share with you an opportunity to apply for funding to share your work at universities, etc.  Stay focused on the positive and let’s try to keep each other moving forward.

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the national service organization for the field of arts presenting, has announced the second year of its Creative Campus Innovations Grant program. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, this grant program supports interdisciplinary partnerships of higher education institutions and arts presenters working to make arts available across campus and within the academic curriculum, as well as the surrounding community.

In 2010, Arts Presenters will award up to ten one- to two-year project grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 each to college and university presenters for projects that go beyond conventional practice and perspectives on collaboration and learning, connect arts and non-arts constituencies through the creation of new interdisciplinary work, and stimulate discussion and debate on such issues as creativity, knowledge transfer, and community interaction.

Applicants are not required to be members of the association to be considered for Round I review. However, non-member applicants invited to go forward for Round II of the application process will need to acquire membership in the association prior to submission of the Round II proposal.

Applicants must be designated as the performing arts presenting organization or presenter for the college or university, and must be able to demonstrate and document a history of diverse and high quality performing arts presenting, including but not necessarily limited to dance, jazz, and/or theater, and sustained audience and community engagement.

Campus arts presenters should visit the Arts Presenters Web site for complete program guidelines and the application.

RFP Announcement: http://www.artspresenters.org/newsroom/pr031709.cfm

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