IU seeking institutional nominees for the Japan Foundation’s “Performing Arts Japan for North America” award

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The Japan Foundation’s “Performing Arts Japan for North America” program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The PAJ program offers two types of support:

  • The Touring Grant assists with the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and/or Canada, with emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas where there is little exposure to Japanese performing arts.
  • The Collaboration Grant facilitates the collaboration of Japanese and American/Canadian artists so that they may create new work with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.

Grants are determined on a cost-sharing basis and are awarded only to U.S.-based or Canada-based non-profit organizations and are subject to the relevant laws and regulations of the Japan Foundation. Applicants are eligible to apply for one project only through one of the two categories. Only one applicant from each Indiana University campus, so applications must go through the limited submissions process for each institution to determine its nominee.

To apply for IU Internal competition, please find the application at the IU Research Gateway website. The internal deadline for IUPUI is August 30, 2017.

The Berlin Prize is accepting 2018/2019 fellowship applications

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2018/2019.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogues in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2018/2019, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included art historians, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, journalists, poets and writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application.

Please note that artists, composers, and poets are invitation-only competitions.

Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2018/2019 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2018.

For further information and to apply online, please visit the website. The application deadline is Friday, September 29, 2017 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET).

Indy Community Innovation Lab seeks independent researchers, artist facilitators

An independent researcher is needed to support a Community Innovation Lab, a collaborative effort between EmcArts and local conveners: Kheprw Institute, GroundWork Indy, and Spirit & Place (a project of The Polis Center, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI). The Cultural Asset Landscape Researcher will identify local organizations and individuals working in and around Indianapolis at the intersection of the arts/culture and economic inclusion issues, as well as identify and summarize national and international case studies of exceptional arts practices addressing economic inclusion.

A national initiative managed by EmcArts, the Community Innovation Labs facilitate an unconventional approach that supports a group of local change agents in making progress on a complex challenge. Community stakeholders from different sectors work together in innovative ways in response to a specific local challenge. Arts-infused practices are central to the CIL approach to build trust, explore new possibilities, and advance strategies for complex adaptive systemic change. The Indy Star recently published an article about the Indianapolis lab.

The upcoming lab will take place from August 2017-April 2018. Applicants need not be available for the entirety of the lab. For more information or instructions on how to apply, visit the Indy Community Innovation Lab website. Applications are due July 14, 2017.