ArtsInk News & Updates                       April 2018
Join us in DC for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals!

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Join us on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC for the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud! The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 7pm to 9pm and features students from across the country who have competed in their schools at the local, regional, and state level to reach the National Finals. The National Champion will be announced at the end of the evening and win $20,000! Can't make it to DC? Join us for the online stream at or follow the event on Twitter @PoetryOutLoud or #POL2018
Cross-Sector Arts Partnership Grantees Announced

The Cross-Sector Arts Partnership (CSAP) is a one-time grantmaking opportunity made possible by the National Endowment of the Arts to support exceptional cross-sector partnership projects in the nine states and jurisdictions of the mid-Atlantic region. Nine grantees were selected and will receive grants of up to $10,000 for artistic projects developed collaboratively by non-profit arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors. Funded projects will be taking place between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. We look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition!
Delaware Theatre Company (DE)
Non-arts partner: Ingleside Homes, Inc.
Project: "Delaware Theatre Company Senior Playwriting Program": A 12-16 week program that offers senior participants opportunities in writing and developing plays, as well as seeing them performed by professional actors
Award: $8,000
Elders Share the Arts (NY)
Non-arts partner: IBERO-Centro de Oro Senior Center
Project: "Monroe County Creative Aging Partnership Project": A partnership program where seven senior center program directors and seven teaching artists will be trained, implement residencies, and present at a Festival on creative aging, creating a local professional network as a result
Award: $10,000
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop (DC)
Non-arts partner: Western Presbyterian Church
Project: "On the Same Page: Write Night": A poetry-based community building project where participating locals gather to read poetry by incarcerated Free Minds writers, listen to the poetry and personal stories of formerly incarcerated "Poet Ambassadors," and write feedback for the incarcerated poets, as part of a larger writing initiative for the incarcerated population from D.C.
Award: $10,000
Intersection of Change, Inc. (MD)
Non-arts partner: Druid Heights Community Development Corporation
Project: "Art@Work:Druid Heights": A five-week artist-apprenticeship summer program that employs youth ages 14-21 to create highly visible murals and mosaics in Baltimore, MD, introducing students to careers and educational opportunities in the arts
Award: $10,000
New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJ)
Non-arts partner: Atlantic Health System
Project: "Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers' Stories": A theater project that weaves caregivers' stories into a production that reflects both the diversity and universality of the caregiver experience, with the goal of offering caregivers who are experiencing stress an opportunity to heal
Award: $8,055
Oglebay Institute (WV)
Non-arts partner: John Marshall High School
Project: "Rural Arts Collaborative Residency": A 24-week (approx.) video art workshop at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, WV; the project is led by teaching artist Michael McKowen, and culminates in a video installation built on campus
Award: $3,500
People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos (NJ)
Non-arts partner: HomeFront
Project: "People & Stories: Our Voices in Community": A series of four, ten-week literature and creative writing workshops for the homeless and vulnerable families in Ewing, NJ
Award: $7,445
Salvadori Center, Ltd. (NY)
Non-arts partner: Center for Supportive Schools
Project: "Annual Student Design Charrette": A program that brings together 120 students from 6-8 New York City Public Schools to work with 50 STEAM professionals (e.g. architects and engineers) on an all-day design challenge
Award: $8,000
World Arts Focus, Inc. (MD)
Non-arts partner: Hyattsville Community Development Corp
Project: "Mapping Racism": A multidisciplinary arts program with exhibit and advocacy toolkit that examines the racial exclusion of property ownership in their community
Award: $10,000
On Screen/In Person Filmmakers Notes from the Road

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As part of the On Screen/n Person program, our filmmakers send us candid notes from the road for our OSIP blog. This is the place to find out what it is really like to travel from town to town, who they met, what they learned, and what they thought about those interesting lamps in that B&B. New posts have just been added by our Little Stones filmmaker Sophia Cruz and Big Sonia's Leah Warshawski. Read about their adventures here: 

Quick Links:

  • ArtBuilt is accepting proposals for its Studio in the Park program for summer and fall 2018. It provides an artist or artist collective with a mobile studio space in a New York City public park to carry out a community-engaged art project. The projects can demonstrate alignment with immigration, neighborhood change, cultural heritage, or the local community. Deadline: April 23, 2018.
  • Burning Man Project is looking for artists, artist teams, community groups to create an exterior art installation for the Charleston East Plaza of the Google Campus in Mountain View. Charleston East Plaza is a part of a set of parks and wetlands that serve the community and generate opportunities for play. Deadline: May 1, 2018. 
  • Apply now for the Berkeley FILM Foundation filmmaker grants! Grants of up $12,000 will be awarded to independent artists in the Bay Area for short-form animation, short-form narrative, short documentary, or long documentary films. The films must be in production, post-production, or distribution. Deadline: May 11, 2018.