Creative Community Fellows Applications Live!

Creative Community Fellows brings a group of twenty-five creative change makers across New England together, to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills and to see dreams become reality. Fellows jump-start the program by living and learning together for one week in an incubator-like environment building their skills in strategy, leadership and design thinking. Over the course of five months, they take monthly online courses in topic areas such as community development, finding capital and support, budgeting and more. Together, they share updates on their projects and meet with leaders in the field who serve as mentors. Fellows test, adapt, and build on their work, walking away with clarity and a strategy forward. Applications close April 22, 2018.

Thanks to the generous support of The Barr Foundation, tuition is on us. All tuition, including the cost of lodging, food, local transportation and program fees ($8,000) is completely underwritten.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Applications for the National Dance Presenters Forum due March 28th

Jacob’s Pillow, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invites emerging dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience to:

  • Strengthen curatorial practice in dance
  • Discuss critical issues facing the dance field
  • Learn about and share audience engagement strategies
  • Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development
  • Strengthen professional networks

The Forum experience will take the shape of a learning cohort, wherein participants, facilitators, presenters, and virtual panelists will interrogate and contribute perspectives on the evolving state of 21st-century dance presenting. The cohort will use the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities identified through recent initiatives and reports as launching points for discussion and reflection.

This forum is for individuals who have been presenting dance or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years. 15 participants will be selected, receiving housing, meals, and Festival performance tickets. A limited number of travel stipends are available.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Practice/Practice Scholarship Opportunity – Apply Now

PRACTICE / /PRACTICE SPRING 2018 SESSION ANNOUNCED!

AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators, Practice//Practice, will be holding the Spring 2018 edition of their residency program from May 2nd – 5th, at AS220’s campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. We are also pleased to announce that this year we are able to offer a Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Fellowship that helps cover the costs of childcare and travel! Applications are due on February 15th. We encourage you to pass along this opportunity to anyone who you think might be interested, or APPLY TO THE PROGRAM yourself!

Check out what past Practitioners have to say about the program and see whole the list of past participants!

How do you start an arts organization in a town where every artist seems to be waiting for the next train to Boston or New York? How does a group of artists put down $800 to rent an illegal loft space and eventually come to own three buildings, representing an investment of over $25 million in downtown Providence? How do you sustain and grow an organization for over 30 years?

Using AS220’s history and practices as a jumping off point, topics covered include: organizational sustainability (finances, structure, fundraising); strategic development (mission/vision/values development, leadership, transparency); property (the issues involved in acquiring and owning a building); accessibility (affordability and diversity); and collaboration (building internal and cross-sector partnerships). A final schedule is decided based the goals of each session’s particular cohort.

Practice//Practice is a 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions, presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations, hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and, of course, a party!

Registration for Practice//Practice is limited to 20 spaces in order to encourage open and meaningful dialogue among participants. Tuition cost is a sliding scale from $500 to $1000.

APPLY NOW! Applications due February 15th.

Are you a parent and want to attend but are concerned about the cost or logistics? Check out the Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship that helps cover the costs of childcare and travel!

AS220 Accepting Applications for Practice//Practice, a Professional Development Program for Arts Administrators

Practice//Practice is AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators. The program offers the arts and culture field an intensive learning alternative to large scale conferences or semester-based higher-education courses.

WHEN? – Practice//Practice is a 4-day residency program that runs Spring and Fall sessions each year. Fall 2017 dates are November 1st through 4th.

WHERE? – Practice//Practice takes place on-site at AS220’s Campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

WHO? – Practice//Practice is for anyone who works in the arts and culture field regardless of position. From those who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in a fertile environment to share and learn from each other. Each session, 15 to 20 participants are selected to represent a range of professional phases, from practitioners looking to start non-profits to those working in established organizations. Artistic disciplines represented by past residents include fibers, dance, graphic design, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, installation, making/fabrication music, performance/theatre, painting, sculpture, poetry and nonfiction.

Applications are due August 18th. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Professional Development Workshops

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is thrilled to be returning to Rhode Island this month with our FREE business & marketing workshops for creatives. There is still space available in both of these workshops. To reserve your spot, email Briana (bhalpin@massmoca.org) with your name, home address (and business address if you have a separate studio or office location for your creative practice), web address for your art practice / business, and workshop requests.

Get Press Ready: PR for Artists w/ Sarah Platanitis 
Saturday, June 17  |  1 – 6pm
PORTSMOUTH, RI

Sarah Platanitis is a lifestyle journalist and media educator focused on public relations tools for artists. In this workshop, participants will develop marketing and PR savvy, learn to work more effectively with journalists, improve their websites, and gain skills related to presenting and interviewing.


Artist in Business w/ Dee Boyle-Clapp
Monday, June 26  |  9:30am – 5pm
BRISTOL, RI

Building on her 25 years of experience in the arts, Dee Boyle-Clapp now directs the Arts Extension Service at UMASS. In this training, she will introduce the elements of a business plan and provide information helpful for running your artist-based business. Through a mix of instruction and guided activities you will learn how to create a series of attainable business goals that shape the future of your art-based business, including how to describe your work, hire outside experts, and handle financial details.

RI’s Assets for Artists 2017 cohort gathers for the first time

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The 2017 group of artists chosen for the RISCA-MassMoCA Assets for Artists collaboration is meeting for the first time at the RISCA Offices in Providence.

Assets for Artists — a collaborative program providing a range of support services for creative entrepreneurs — is administered by MASS MoCA, the Midas Collaborativeand Arthome, in cooperation with many local partners.

The artists chosen for the 2017 class include Bradford Allard, Serena Bates, Claire Bowen, Evan Katz, Richard Lynn, Julie Munafo, Caitlin Osso, Jennifer Walstead.  Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we were able to choose artists from more rural areas of our state.

The first gathering of this group is being led by Esther Robinson of ArtHome, along with  Blair Benjamin from MassMoCA.