Open Society Foundations Invites Applications for Social Justice Photography Projects

logoThe Open Society Documentary Photography Project is accepting applications for photography projects that can be used as tools for social change.

The foundation’s Audience Engagement program supports projects that address a pressing social justice or human rights problems and provide concrete ways for photographers, organizations, and their target audiences to create positive social impact. Projects that inspire audiences visually, create meaningful interactions with an existing body of photographic work, and use photography as the basis for programming that moves people beyond the act of looking and directly involves them in activities or processes that lead to social change are encouraged.

Beginning this year, the program offers two tracks of support for individuals at different phases of their audience engagement projects:

1) Project Development: Grantees will receive funding to attend an Open Society–organized retreat in December 2014. The event will be designed in collaboration with Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program, whose nationally recognized workshops provide participants with essential practical tools and strategies to help them move their project and career goals forward. Attendees will become part of a larger Audience Engagement grant cohort, with opportunities to connect both during the conference and after.

2) Project Implementation: Grantees will receive grants of up to $30,000 to execute (or continue executing) their projects as well as attend the December retreat.

Proposed projects should include partnerships between photographers and organizations recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Each project partner should have the skills and track record to realize the project and must commit time and resources to implement it.

See the Open Society Foundations Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.

Roundtable on the Civic Function of the Arts and Humanities

Monday, November 18, 2013
5:00 p.m.
University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Featuring IUB Provost Lauren Robel, Professor Sara Guyer (Wisconsin), and Associate Professor Jason Kelley (IUPUI). What does research in the arts and humanities contribute to civic life in our society? The release of the AAAS Report of the Humanities and Social Sciences this past summer, IUB’s own ongoing reflection for its Strategic Plan, and the active national dialogue about the values and contributions of humanities scholarship and artistic practice—all make this a very timely event. The Roundtable will be structured to allow for generous conversation.

Co-sponsored by the IU College of Arts and Humanities Institute.

Dedalus Foundation Institutional Grants in Modern Art

Fall application deadline: October 15, 2013. Spring application deadline: March 15, 2014.

Institutional Initiatives

In conjunction with its various programs, the Dedalus Foundation supports and partners with nonprofit institutions that share its mission of fostering public understanding of modern art and modernism in the arts.

Awards are made twice annually, in the spring and the fall. The deadline for spring applications is March 15, and the deadline for fall applications is October 15. Grants rarely exceed $25,000, with the majority being between $10,000 and $15,000. Full details, along with other grant opportunities, are available on the Dedalus Grant program website.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for support and partnership from museums, educational institutions, and other nonprofit arts organizations. Such proposals should be made within the context of one of the following four Programs:

Arts Education Program

Supports symposiums and lectures; K-12 programs; community-based programs; residencies; fellowship programs; educational programs at museums, art schools, colleges, and universities.

Research and Publication Program

Supports scholarly research on modern art and modernism; exhibition catalogues; the publication of scholarly books and periodicals.

Archives and Conservation Program

Supports projects focused on the science and practice of the conservation and restoration of works of art, and the processing, description, cataloging, and preservation of archival materials, as well as oral history programs.

Curatorial Program

Supports exhibitions of modern and contemporary art; and programs in curatorial studies.

The Dedalus Foundation does not support capital campaigns, general operating expenses, or the commissioning of works of art.

Inquiries should be sent to the Grants Manager at grants@dedalusfoundation.org.

2013 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship Guidelines Released for Contemporary Visual Artists in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin

About the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship

Now in its 8th year, the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships were established to increase public awareness of contemporary visual art in the Midwest. The intent of the fellowship is to reward creativity and encourage emerging and established individual artists by supporting their artistic development.

2013 Fellowship Overview
In 2013, five $25,000 fellowships will be awarded.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet the below eligibility criteria by the submission due date.

  • AGE 25 or older by February 28, 2013
  • RESIDENT of either Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin as of February 2012
  • COMMITMENT to reside in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota or Wisconsin the duration of the fellowship (May 2013-May 2014).

Past Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Fellowship Categories
Applicants must work in one of the following mediums. (Wearable or functional decorative art including quilts, jewelry, vessels or pottery will not be considered.)

  • Installation
  • Sculpture
  • New media (video, computer generated or 3-D)
  • Selection Criteria
  • All applicants will be reviewed in an anonymous process by a nationally selected jury.  The Juror will review digital images and/video and the accompanying narrative based on the following criteria.
  • Quality and skill
  • Creativity and uniqueness
  • Commitment to developing work
  • Impact the award will have on the artist’s career

Application Due Date: February 28, 2013 by 5:00pm EST

The Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships are made possible by the Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

Download the complete 2013 guidelines and submission instructions here:  http://bit.ly/VqSKeD