The application and guidelines for the second round of the Artists in Residence grants are now available. If there are community groups, merchants, tenants, etc. who you think might be interested in the program, please forward information on to them. I'm including an update that I sent to our neighborhood artist list below ... Feel free to copy and paste the top two sections to share news about the grants program. Thanks guys!
n Round 2 of the Artists in Residence Grants: The application form and guidelines are now available for the second round of the Artists in Residence grants. The program gives musicians, writers, photographers and other artists who live or work in North Shore Collinwood the opportunity to carry out community art projects in the neighborhood. Artists can submit applications for art projects that address 1 of 4 priorities identified by neighborhood stakeholders: telling the story of neighborhood residents, raising the visibility of neighborhood assets or addressing public safety or youth engagement. We’ll be distributing $45,000 in this round, with awards of up to $7,500 per project. If you’re an artist living in North Shore Collinwood or working at least 15 hours a week in the neighborhood, and you’d like to make a difference in the community, this program’s for you! Here’s how to apply:
o Submit an application for the program to the Northeast Shores office (317 East 156th Street) by the deadline – Friday, August 17, at 4:00 p.m. You can access the application online at www.cultureforward.org/Our-Programs/Residence/Grants, or pick up a paper copy from the Northeast Shores office.
o Before submitting your application, check out the program guidelines (www.cultureforward.org/Our-Programs/Residence/Grants). They’ll give you additional information about the program, plus tips for making a competitive proposal.
o You might also want to come to a workshop where you can see examples of community projects from around the country, learn more about the program and ask any questions you have. We have two coming up next week, both at the Slovenian Workmen’s Home (15335 Waterloo Road) … one Tuesday, July 24th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3948586328) and one Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3949428848). Both events are free, but please RSVP at the links provided so we know how many people are coming.
o If you have any questions while you’re working on your application, we’re always happy to chat! You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to call 216.481.7660.
n Round 1 of the Artists in Residence Grants: If you haven’t heard yet, our first Artists in Residence grant recipients are hard at work on their neighborhood projects. Grant winners in the first round included Shawn Mishak, Erin Randel, Jef Scharf, Omid Tavakoli, Krista Tomorowitz and Doug Wood. Armed with tremendous skills in video, graphic design, printmaking, landscape design, fashion and music, they’re addressing community issues through art. Learn more about their exciting projects at http://www.cultureforward.org/Our-Programs/Residence/Grants, and stay tuned for more details about their work.
n Artists in Residence Loans: If you’re working on building out arts-related space in the neighborhood or need to purchase arts-related equipment, you may want to check out our new Artists in Residence loan program, a partnership with NoteWorthy Federal Credit Union. It’s the perfect loan for something that’s not typically covered by a mortgage or that you would have to put on a credit card. With flexible periods of up to four years and interest rates as low as 5.6% APR, this is just one more way that we’re building capacity among our neighborhood’s artists. Learn more at http://www.mycreativecompass.org/Money/Loans/Artists-in-Residence-Loans. For more information about the program, contact Charlie Kamen, Northeast Shores Housing Programs Manager at 216.481.7660, ext. 31, or email@example.com.
n Need More Help?: Are you an artist looking for other help not listed here? Check out the new website www.mycreativecompass.org, a one-stop shop of resources for Cleveland artists … Everything from employment to space to calls for artists. Lots of great info, and it’s regularly updated. Visit today, and feel free to post your own listings, too.
n New Grant: If you haven’t heard, Northeast Shores recently received some very exciting news. A group of some of the most prominent art funders in the country recently awarded us $500,000 for Collinwood Rising, a new program aimed at addressing vacancy challenges in the neighborhood through the arts. This was the only award they made in Ohio and the 4th biggest award they made nationwide … All based on the tremendous imagination and energy of our neighborhood residents, workers and visitors. Read more about Collinwood Rising at http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2012/06/clevelands_collinwood_neighbor.html and more about our national funder, ArtPlace, at http://www.artplaceamerica.org/.