Creativity Means Business
Creative Industry Study and Work Force Profiles
The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council recently released "Creativity Means Business: Economic Contributions of North Carolina's Creative Industry." The report was prepared by the Policy, Research and Strategic Planning Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and showed that the Creative Industry in North Carolina accounts for nearly 300,000 jobs, more than 5.5% of the state's work force. Creative individuals and businesses contribute $41.4 billion worth of products and services through more than 100 creative industries. This study follows "Creative Economy: The Arts Industry in North Carolina," which was commissioned in 2007 by the North Carolina Arts Council and described the scale, scope and geographic distributions of the segment of the state's economy that is driven by aesthetic content. The North Carolina Arts Council is featuring profiles of North Carolina's creative work force on its Web site. The profiles, both written and in video form, demonstrate how artistry, design, thinking across boundaries and contextual thinking provide an economic edge and competitive advantage to position North Carolina in the global economy. For more information about either the creative industry report or the cultural work force profiles, contact Arts Council Executive Director Mary B. Regan.
This Creative Workforce video profiles Stephen Fraser of Spoonflower, a North Carolina based on-demand custom fabric company. (Click image for video.)
Supporting Artists with Disabilities
National Accessibility Award
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced the Artist Access grant category, which is designed to recognize artists with disabilities as active, producing members of the Indiana arts community. The Artist Access grant award, which is part of the Individual Artist Program (IAP), provides funding to artists with disabilities to make a positive impact on their career development. The IAC is able to provide this one-time funding opportunity because it has been named the recipient of the 2009 National Accessibility Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and NASAA. The award provided a $30,000 NEA competitive grant that IAC will use to support the Artist Access grant. To find out more, contact IAC Community Development Manager and Accessibility Coordinator Kristina Davis.
Sustaining the Arts in Difficult Times
Arts Stability Grants
The West Virginia Commission on the Arts (WVCA) and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History have introduced the ArtStability program, which is intended to provide additional mid-year support to arts organizations faced with the challenges of producing arts experiences for the public in the current economy. The award, available to recipients of fiscal year 2010 Community Arts Project Support funding, gives arts organizations support for quality arts programming in the last two quarters of the year. The reports WVCA will receive from the award give the Commission an opportunity to collect midyear financial information about the arts organizations in the state, which will provide fresh data about the health of the arts ecosystem of West Virginia. Learn more by contacting West Virginia Commission on the Arts Executive Director Jeff Pierson.
Individual Artist Fellowship
To publicly acknowledge and increase the visibility of its Individual Artist Fellows, the Delaware Division of the Arts provides detailed information about each fellow on its Web site. The state arts agency has developed electronic profiles of each artist, including biographic information, artistic statements, links to the artist's Web site and samples of each artist's work, which can range from audio files and images to written work. The Division's Individual Artist Fellowship supports the work of approximately 10-15 artists annually. Specific awards for emerging professionals, established professionals and masters range from $3,000 to $10,000. For more information about Delaware's individual artist support programs, visit the Division's Web site or contact Art and Artist Services Coordinator Kristin Pleasanton.
Reviewing Grant Applications
Tips for Panelists and Applicants
The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) has published tips for panelists on how to review various elements of an application for state arts agency grant funding. Tips are provided for reading and interpreting budgets, three-year financial comparisons and application narratives. To ensure equitable review of diverse organizations included in the same applicant pool, information on relative scoring techniques is included. GCA is sharing these documents on-line as a resource for grant applicants and to increase the transparency of the application review process. Further information is available from GCA Grants Director Karen Paty.
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