Seventh Round of Open Applications to the National Creative Placemaking Fund

Art Place America is thrilled to announce the seventh round of open applications to the National Creative Placemaking Fund. Please carefully review all of the information provided on this page and via the links in the menu on the left hand side of the page to learn more.

January 17, 2017

February 14, 2017 by 3:59PM Eastern

APPLICATIONS DUE (Submitted in Fluxx):
February 22, 2017 by 3:59PM Eastern Time

1/27 9:00am Webinar #1
2/1 6:30-8:00pm Webinar #2
2/10 2:00-3:30pm Webinar #3
2/16 2:00-4:00pm Facebook Chat #1
2/17 2:00-4:00pm Facebook Chat #2

Check out the OUT & ABOUT page for where we will be next!

Call for Sculpture – Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts

The Valdosta (GA) Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) invites sculptors to submit qualifications and proposals for an outdoor temporary exhibition. Three works will be selected by the committee for the exhibit. The works will be on loan for a period of 12 months, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. Sculptures will be exhibited in the City Center Arts District with the City’s permanent collection of public art works.

Each approved artist will receive a stipend of $1,500 for installation and loan of each piece for the year and agree to a 25% commission to the PAAC should the sculpture sell or be selected for the permanent collection. Work cannot be removed for any reason during the one-year period. The PAAC will assume the responsibility for reasonable care and upkeep for the period of the loan.

Southern Prize and State Fellowships – South Arts

Applications are now being accepted for the South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships which acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program will be open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This inaugural program is open only to visual artists, but will expand to other disciplines in the future. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Click the following link to be directed to the Southern Prize and State Fellowships – South Arts.

Grant Workshops & Additonal Grant Writing Resources

GCA has two online grant workshops next week. January 10 at 10:00 will cover Project Grants, and January 11 at 10:00 will cover Partner Grants. To register, go to…/apply-for-a-grant/peer-review-panels

Project Grants Webinar

There will be an online training webinar on January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM. To register, visit the registration link below. A recording of this webinar will be available after January 12, 2017 for those that cannot participate.

Partner Grants Webinar

There will be an online training webinar on January 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM. To register,visit the registration link below. A recording of this webinar will be available after January 12, 2017 for those that cannot participate.

Arts Education Program Grant Webinar

There will be an online training webinar on February 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM. To register, visit the registration link below. A recording of this webinar will be available after February 14, 2017 for those that cannot participate.

CHALLENGE AMERICA: Grant Program Description

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the availability of Challenge America grant applications. The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. The registration deadline is March 22, 2017 for projects that begin in January 2018. Click the link below for more details:


GCA is seeking submission for “The Art of Georgia II: Portraits of a Community.”

Georgia Council for the Arts is seeking submission for “The Art of Georgia II: Portraits of a Community.” This second iteration of the exhibit follows the inaugural Art of Georgia: Celebrating Georgia’s Landscapes and People. The Art of Georgia II: Portraits of a Community seeks to capture the uniqueness of communities throughout Georgia as seen, explored, and depicted through the artist’s eye. Two-dimensional visual art in a variety of media exploring this theme will be considered. The exhibit will hang in the executive offices of the State Capitol for a six month period of time from April 2017 – September 2017. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.

Work is being sought from artists in the following counties: Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Rockdale, Spalding, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Upson, Walker, Whitfield, Bibb, Crawford

Submission guidelines are attached and can also be accessed using this link:

Resources and links for individual artists

Resources and links for individual artists provided by Georgia Council for the Arts:

Grant funding organizations

Many public and private foundations offer grants for arts projects and arts organizations. Some of the larger organizations are listed below. Other funding opportunities can easily be found online by doing a simple search for “arts grants.”

Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village Enters New Planning Phase

The Macon Arts Alliance continues development of the Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village by refocusing efforts on a neighborhood planning process, continued partnership with Minneapolis based consultant firm, and new hire for project director.

Creative Community Builders (CCB), a Minneapolis based consulting firm that specializes in integrating local arts and culture into strategic urban plans for revitalization, was selected by the Macon Arts Alliance in June 2016. CCB was chosen for their many years of experience with artist-led placemaking and urban-design. Through creative neighborhood immersion and information gathering sessions, the firm will create a 5-10-year community cultural plan over the next year-and-a-half based on input gathered from the residents of East Macon and other community stakeholders.

CCB and Macon Arts will continue to engage the neighborhood through public meetings and community events. Gatherings will be designed to celebrate the community, build on connections among residents, identify shared values of the neighborhood and partners, and attract a broader public awareness for the area.

In July of 2015, Macon Arts was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant which supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. A key component of this grant is the contract hire of a Project Director to serve as a conduit between all partners involved. J.R. Olive has been selected to serve in this role. Olive begins this position having previously worked as a coordinator for the College Hill Alliance specializing in neighborhood communications and organization, special events, various infrastructure projects, as well as grant administration.

“This project is comprised of many moving parts, each very intricate. I’m excited to immerse myself in the community of East Macon and learn from the people of who live there. This neighborhood has tremendous potential and innate value. I want to help connect the community to progress in East Macon,” states Olive.

Refocused efforts stem from a continued desire to prioritize local artists, neighborhood residents, and maintain the integrity of the “birthplace of Macon.” “This past August served as a time for us to reflect, we [Macon Arts Alliance] found ourselves in the position to pause, really slow down and assess where we were and what the right next step would be,” states Jan Beeland, executive director of Macon Arts. “A neighborhood is cellular, alive and breathing and it’s the residents of this community that have been and will continue to be most important. Communication and affirmation of our shared values is what drives the partnership we share with East Macon.”