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Deadlines approach for Arts Services Initiative of WNY grants


Wed, Oct 5th 2016 09:35 am

Over $130,000 available to artists and cultural organizations

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York announced a "last call" for several of its grant programs. Approaching deadlines are: Fendrick Theatre Fund (Oct. 7), community arts, arts education, and individual artist commission DEC grants (Oct. 14) and New York state-Province of Quebec artist exchange (Oct. 21).

Information and the online applications for all grants can be found at www.asiwny.org.

The Fendrick Theatre Fund grant is designated in support of two creative theater artists ($1,000 awards each), and is made in memory of fund establishers and founders Neil Garvey and Jesse Kregal. The selection committee will consider all proposals that support the writing or production of new works, the new production of an existing work, experimental and multimedia theatrical productions, or the completion of works in progress.

Eligible applicants include actors, directors, writers, designers, performance artists, musicians or any person, regardless of descriptive title or relationship to a particular institution, who contributes to the creative process of theater. Selection will be based on the quality of the proposal and the merit of past work. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate a feasible plan for completion and performance in the Greater Buffalo area.

The community arts DEC grant is a competitive grant that provides financial and technical assistance for community-based arts activities offered by eligible nonprofit organizations and/or individual artists with community partners.

The arts education DEC grant is a competitive grant that provides financial and technical assistance to eligible organizations and/or individual artists to support arts education projects in K-12 public school and publicly funded charter school settings and afterschool programs. Funds can support arts education projects that take place in school during the school day and/or in after-school settings for youth.

The individual artist DEC grant is a one supporting the creative work of individual artists in all disciplines while encouraging interaction between artists and community members to highlight the role of the artist as a community resource.

All DEC grants are available to qualified organizations and artists located in Erie or Niagara counties.

The New York state-Province of Quebec artist exchange is seeking three professional and unique artists from throughout New York to take residency for three months in Quebec during the calendar year 2017. While there, the artist will create work and engage the community in a meaningful way. Each artist will receive a stipend of $9,000 to cover costs for travel, materials and labor.

"Our grant giving is a key part of Arts Services Initiative's service to local cultural organizations and artists," ASI Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk said. "We're looking forward to supporting so many of the excellent and creative local arts and culture projects in the area, while also sending three of our state's great artists to Quebec to further their careers."

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