From our friends @ The Loft Literary Center:
2014 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship
The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for artists of color and Indigenous artists, provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement community learning and enrichment plans.
Winners will be selected to receive grants of up to $7,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. The total number of winners will be dependent on the requests. Typically, three writers are awarded grants.
Deadline: Friday, November 1, 11:59 p.m. Applicants are required to apply online.
For more information, visit: https://loft.submittable.com/submit/8dd28be7-2acb-4bf6-9e48-c4bf3ae005c7
From Congresswoman Betty McCollum:
I am pleased to announce the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.” The contest is open to all high school students either attending school or residing in the Fourth Congressional District. The winning entry from the Fourth District will be displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. The winner will also receive two free airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the exhibit’s opening on Wednesday, June 26, 2013! Runners-up will be displayed in my congressional office in St. Paul.
Entries may be mailed or dropped off at my St. Paul office located on the corner of Western and Selby Avenues at 165 Western Avenue North, Suite 17, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Entries must be received by 5:30 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013. Only one submission per student is allowed.
There will be a reception to honor the artwork of all the students who participate, which will be held on Monday, May 13 at the St. Paul Union Depot. At that time, I will be announcing the winners of the competition and recognizing each participating student.
I hope that you will share this information with high school students in your community. Minnesota is a national arts leader, and I am thrilled to recognize the creativity and talent of our young artists through this contest. As a member of the National Council on the Arts, which is the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I am privileged to share Minnesota’s leadership, commitment, and excellence in the arts with the nation.
Please feel free to contact Megan Thrasher in my office at SCHEDULER_MN04DO@mail.house.gov or 651-224-9191 for more details. You can also find this information on my website.
Member of Congress
Now in the second year of Irrigate, Springboard is pleased to be deepening artist-led creative placemaking and community engagement along the Green Line by piloting an Artist Organizer program. Springboard will be hiring up to FOUR (yes, four!) Artist Organizers to work within Host Organizations that impact the Green Line area. This year, they are thrilled to work with: Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Project for Pride in Living, Trust for Public Land and the Saint Paul Public Schools. Wow!
Artist Organizers will address Host priorities, engage other local artists, and create a “solo” project of their own design over a year. AOs receive $30,000 for this part time position, and have access to up to $35,000 for the projects.
There will be two info sessions on Feb 13, 6-7pm and Feb 16, 10-11am at the Central Corridor Resource Center, 1080 University Ave W., Saint Paul.
Application deadline is February 28, 5pm.
To automatically download the full description and application, go to http://www.springboardforthearts.org/
Please share these opportunities with the artists you know!
What is Irrigate?
Irrigate is an artist-led creative placemaking initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. This is a unique opportunity that brings together huge infrastructure development, a high concentration of resident artists on both ends of the corridor, a diverse ethnic and cultural mix among the neighborhoods, and a city with a strong track record of artist community engagement. This artist-led community and economic development approach emphasizes cross-sector collaboration with local private and non-profit sectors. By mobilizing artists to engage in their community, Irrigate will change the landscape of the Central Corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.
Irrigate is a partnership between the City of Saint Paul, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Springboard for the Arts.
Do you dance in the dark, exhibit in galleries, sell at shows, get called for commissions, or create visions in your living room? Maybe you’re known in the collectors’ world, or by your neighbors, or only by a select few in your family…but you are an artist!
Artists of any level, experience or discipline – who live, work or have a personal investment in the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) neighborhoods* – are invited to a complimentary training on placemaking and cross-sector collaboration. Use your creative talents to have an impact on your neighborhood, your local businesses, and the light rail corridor. After completing the training, artists will be eligible to apply for collaborative placemaking project support through a simple and speedy application process.
- You consider yourself an artist.
- You live, work or have a personal investment in at least one of the CCLRT neighborhoods.
- You want to learn about placemaking and working cross-sector.
- Free training on placemaking and collaboration tools.
- New connections to neighborhood resources and other artists.
- Eligibility to apply for collaborative placemaking project support (up to $1000 per eligible artist/per project up to a maximum of $3,000)
Dates for 2013
February 9 -FULL
All workshops are on Saturdays, 8:30am-5pm, located on or near the CCLRT.
Artists need only take one workshop.
* CCLRT neighborhoods are: St. Anthony Park, Hamline Midway, Frogtown, Downtown, Summit-University and Union Park.
For more information visit: http://www.springboardforthearts.org/community/irrigate/placemaking-workshop-application-form/