The Loves & Fears Project returns to Anacostia

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I’m pleased to announce that the Loves & Fears project has returned to southeast Washington at 2208 Martin Luther King Ave SE, within walking distance from the Anacostia Metro.  Hosted by Immersion, the brain child of the Arch Development Corp and supported with funds from the National Endowment in the Arts; Immersion brings together creative place makers to host participatory projects in the Anacostia Arts Center, and in  my case at a newly renovated row house next to Martha’s Table Outfitters on MLK near the Big Chair.

What is Loves and Fears you ask?  It is a simple concept.  What brings us together and what tears us apart? Love and fear.  I’m asking people to share their loves and fears then I take their portraits and place their portraits and words around town.  I’ve got other ideas for the project too, once I get enough participants.

So come on down, I have five sessions left. Thursdays 1 – 7 pm and Saturday 12 – 5 pm.

2208 MLK Ave SE.  Near the Anacostia Metro.

More details here.

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Baltimore Kresge Foundation Grant Oppty

Kresge Foundation Seeks Baltimore Applicants for Community Arts Projects

The Kresge Foundation is calling for applications for year two of Kresge Arts in Baltimore. Grantseekers are invited to submit applications for projects in Baltimore that use art and culture as a tool to address issues in their communities. The Baltimore program is administered by the Baltimore Community Foundation.

In 2009, Kresge funded 12 projects totaling $88,500 in neighborhoods across Baltimore City. An additional $80,000 in total funding will be awarded in 2010; grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000 each.

The pilot program, now underway in St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; and Birmingham, Alabama; as well as Baltimore City, is designed to test Kresge’s belief that grassroots arts and cultural projects can be an effective tool to address pressing social issues. The foundation is investing $200,000 over two years in each pilot city.

Applicants may request one-year grants for planning and implementation. Projects do not have to be new, but existing projects will not receive priority funding. Grantseekers who applied in year one and were denied are eligible to reapply for the second year of funding. Current grantees are not eligible to apply unless their project is complete and their final report received by the Baltimore Community Foundation before March 31, 2010.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply, including local artists and historians, neighborhood and homeowner associations, youth with parental consent, service agencies, municipal governments, community development corporations, and arts and cultural organizations, among others.

More information can be found here.