AAP, CLMP, and NBF Join Forces to Provide $3.5 Million in Emergency Funds for Literary Organizations and Publishers

Three national nonprofit literary arts organizations—the Academy of American Poets (AAP), Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and National Book Foundation (NBF)—have come together in a historic collaboration to establish the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will provide $3.5 million to the literary arts, a field that has been disastrously impacted by COVID-19. Regrants from this fund, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be distributed by September 15, 2020.

Applications are due by August 7, 2020.

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Applications for The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Awards will open on Friday, July 24. Three multi-year awards of $500,000 each will be awarded in January 2021. 

The Lewis Prize for Music believes that music in the lives of young people is a catalytic force to drive positive change in our society. Accelerator Awards are open to Creative Youth Development (CYD) music organizations seeking to influence youth-serving systems so all young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity.

“We seek awardees whose leadership inspires their local communities to prioritize music opportunities for all young people,” said Daniel Lewis, Founder and Chairman of The Lewis Prize for Music. “Taking a collaborative approach is more important than ever in the midst of COVID-19 and its deepening effect on longstanding inequities.”  

“Creative youth development music organizations blend music and leadership opportunities so young people can be seen for all they have to offer,” said Dalouge Smith, CEO of The Lewis Prize for Music. “Music’s ability to build trust and connections between diverse people makes these organizations potent agents of change for all of our benefit.”  

The opening of the Accelerator Award application comes one month after The Lewis Prize for Music granted $1.25 million through its COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The 32 recipients showed they quickly adapted and responded to the pressing needs of young people amid the challenges of the pandemic.

More information and applications will be available on July 24.

Learn more at: https://www.thelewisprize.org/current-award-opportunities

The BIG Show was the very first Creative Alliance program that led to twenty-five years of artistic expression, community, cultivation of young minds, and so much joy. It all began in Creative Alliance’s original location in Fells Point in 1995 and, after a few moves, landed in the renovated Patterson Theater in 2003 to spur artistic development in Highlandtown. But, Creative Alliance is more than a location. It’s more than a building. It’s a force for positive change in Southeast Baltimore and beyond. It’s a community of artists and audiences that believe in the power of artistic expression. And so… even though there’s a lot going on in the world … The BIG Show Must Go On!

This event is all about Creative Alliance’s incredibly talented members! Each year Creative Alliance celebrates their talents, from those that have just joined to those that have been with Creative Alliance since the beginning and are at the heart of the organization. 

The BIG Show Exhibition on View: July 18, 2020 to September 14, 2020  (In the Main Gallery & Digital)

The BIG Show exhibition will be hung in Creative Alliance’s main gallery. Artwork will be professionally photographed for additional inclusion in a digital exhibition. Creative Alliance will showcase all pieces included, promote those for sale, and highlight the included members throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Visit in person: Creative Alliance will be open on Saturdays beginning July 25 from 11am to 5pm so you can view the exhibition in person! (masks must be worn at all times and only 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time. Please schedule your visit here)

Learn more at https://creativealliancebigshow.org/

Mission & Project Goal

The Lewes Public Arts Committee Project, in Lewes, Delaware, is dedicated to fostering community interaction and intellectual growth though shared experiences in the world of art. The City celebrates its bike paths that have opened new vistas for residents and visitors alike. The City is commissioning a mural to be installed for a minimum of 18 months along the bikeway between the Lewes Public Library and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Open Call – Artist Eligibility

Any artist or team of artists interested in creating a two-dimensional mural, to be completed by September 15, 2020 at the 216 Schley Ave site may complete a proposal in accordance with the guidelines provided below. This competition is an open call to all artists and collectives. Artists may submit multiple entries. All submission plans must use the iron bar apparatus currently afMixed to the wall. This can be painted out or highlighted, but not removed.

Proposals Due by August 14, 2020 to:
City of Lewes Public Arts Committee, lewespublicart@gmail.com
For further background and questions see http://www.lewespublicarts.org

Join the Baltimore Museum of Art for a free webinar series via Zoom that connects neuroscience, mindful practices, and art for a unique social-emotional learning experience. Learn critical information about the brain, engage in meditative practices, make art, and get inspiration from Pre-K-12 educators who participated in the BMA’s 2019 Art, Mindfulness, and Peacebuilding Teacher Institute.

Week One: July 20, July 22, and July 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m
Week Two: To be announced

Week One Topics
Brain Basics
July 20, 2020; 10 AM EST
The Social Brain
July 22, 2020 ; 10 AM EST
The Brain on Stress and Trauma
July 24, 2020 ; 10 AM EST

Register Here

Participants are encouraged, but do not need to attend all sessions.

As part of the recent $50 million for the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative for COVID-19 Relief, the $3 million awarded to the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will be distributed through the Emergency Grant Program, a grant program created in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency that provides emergency funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

Of this $3 million:

  • $1 million will be available to County Arts Agencies
  • $435,000 will be available to Arts & Entertainment District Management Entities
  • $1,565,000 will be available to Arts Organizations and Independent Artists

All applicants above will be required to complete an application through Smart Simple to request funding. Applications will open on July 20 and must be submitted by 5 PM on August 3, 2020, to be considered for funding. 

For complete information regarding the Emergency Grant process, including Guidelines and Rubrics, please visit our website

For additional information regarding other (non-emergency) MSAC funding opportunities to support upcoming arts projects, programs, professional development, and more, please visit or website or contact MSAC staff.