Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Regional Arts Councils

Non-profit organizations are the primary target audience for regional arts councils. However, most have some resources specifically for individual artists as well.

Arts Midwest - http://www.artsmidwest.org/
A regional arts organization primarily serving the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. It provides funding, training, publications, information services, and conferences to arts and cultural organizations, artists, art administrators, and art enthusiasts. Arts Midwest is the Ohio Arts Council's regional arts service organization.
Of Special Interest:
Midwest Arts Conference
Mailing List http://www.artsmidwest.org/downloads/mailing_list_form.pdf

Mid-America Arts Alliance - http://www.maaa.org/
In partnership with the six state art agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, M-AAA stretches the boundaries of the "heartland" to include national and international programs and arts activity

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - http://www.midatlanticarts.org/
Providing leadership and support through grants, technical assistance and information to artists and arts organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation encourages arts access, expands audiences, connects Mid Atlantic arts nationally and internationally, builds arts appreciation, support and leadership, and supports professional artists.

Of Special Interest:
DE, MD, NJ and PA Fellowships – Over $1,000,000 in fellowships is awarded
State Fellowship Workshops
Creative Fellowships – awarded annually to two artists from each of the member states
Artists & Communities Residences – supports artist residencies
CAP/MEX/EX – Capital area visual artists travel to Mexico for residency activities

New England Foundation for the Arts - http://www.nefa.org/
NEFA serves arts organizations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. NEFA supports programs in three areas: Culture in Community—advances partnerships between arts and non-arts entities; Creation and Presentation—enables the development and presentation of high quality artistic work by providing support to artists and their organizational partners; Connections—works to expand knowledge concerning the roles, practices, and social impact of the arts, and to evolve and support strategic collaborations that build practices and tools for the field.

Of Special Interest:
ArtistLink – This is a collaborative effort working towards improving resources for individual artists.

Pacific Arts Councils NetworkAmerican Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana - It works to increase organizational capacity andcollaboration among Pacific Arts Councils.

Of Special Interest:

Southern States Arts Federation - http://www.southarts.org/
SSAF serves state arts councils in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The SAF "...creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the development of artists, arts professionals and arts organizations; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education."

Of Special Interest:
SouthernArtistry.org – multidisciplinary showcase of outstanding southern artists

Western States Arts Federation - http://www.westaf.org/
WESTAF serves Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Founded in 1974 as a private nonprofit corporation, WESTAF believes unconditionally in the cultural resources of the American West and works for the advancement of artists, audiences, and arts organizations in the region. This is accomplished by developing and coordinating unique projects and services across state boundaries and through the creation of partnerships between arts organizations and arts professionals.

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