The 2013 Vans Custom Culture competition is underway with open registration. The first 1,500 US-based public or private high schools that register receive 4 pairs of blank canvas shoes. Students then design and create art on the shoes in one of four categories, submit photos online and public votes choose five finalists. Winners get to show off their work and the winning school’s art program gets $50,000. For more information, visit www.vans.com/customculture.
The National Endowment for the Arts cooperates with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in the implementation of this program. The U.S/Japan Creative Artists’ Program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan. Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.
The next deadline for this program is March 1, 2013 for residencies in 2014.
Selected artists will receive:
- A grant award in the amount of $20,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses for either 1 artist or a collaborative team.
- Up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist.
Additional information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at http://www.jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/
The Global Connections program was designed by TCG and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. US-based theatre organizations and individual artists may apply to one of the two initiatives of this new program:
Global Connections—On the Road:This initiative will award 10 grants of up to $5,000 each to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange.
Global Connections—In the Lab: This initiative will award six grants of $10,000 each to further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the development of a piece or explore elements leading up to a full production.
On the Road grants are not prerequisites for the In the Lab grants. Previous recipients of either initiative are not eligible to apply in consecutive cycles. Please review the deadline section which identifies specific periods for all eligible activity.
Both initiatives of the Global Connections program were created in response to the natural evolution and development of TCG’s previous international programs and services. To date, many U.S.-based theatre organizations and individual artists have made substantial strides in learning and developing projects with colleagues abroad. As a result of this work, many require additional resources to further the relationships established from their initial travels and first encounters. In addition, TCG recognizes the importance in continuing to seed new relationships by building a solid foundation for fruitful cultural exchanges—The Global Connections On the Road and In the Lab grants are designed to meet these two distinct needs. Application deadline: March 11, 2013.
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Join pianist Brian Ganz as he continues his quest to perform every work by Chopin, on Saturday, January 19 at 8pm at Strathmore! Brian will be performing with the National Philharmonic andwill be exploring the theme of “Small Worlds.”
His program will include Frédéric Chopin’s 5 Mazurkas, Op. 7; Trois Ecossaises, Op. 72, No. 3; Lento con Gran Espressione in C-sharp minor; Presto con Leggerezza in A-flat major; Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23; Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47; and the 24 Préludes, Op. 28.
Brian is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and on the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Tickets are expected to sell out – see you on January 19! http://nationalphilharmonic.org/
Websites like Kickstarter, RocketHub, Indiegogo, ulule, and Baltimore’s own GiveCorps enable artists, filmmakers, writers, designers and other creatives to get the financial support they need by online fundraising. Join Cinder Hypki to learn the component skills to create your own successful strategy, including a strong narrative pitch, goals, production calendar, video, e-blasts and social media plan. Cinder is a nonprofit consultant and teaches crowdfunding, grant writing, and fundraising in the MFA in Community Arts Program at MICA. She has mentored many fund-seekers through the process. 11am-2pm. Adv reg $60, $45 mbrs. Walk-in $65, $50 mbrs.
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