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Resources for Artists, Arts Professionals,
and Cultural Arts Organizations

— August —
National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grant application

The first of two deadlines is August, 12 2021

This link is to a helpful newsletter about the two National Endowment for the Arts programs open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. This is the NEA Website link for the programs.

Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant - $8250 for a new project
Must reside full-time in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco county at the time of applying and for the duration of the grant period (October 2021 – September 2022).
Application Deadline, August 18, 12pm Noon PST
Grant Support Webinar 

Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win Fund
So Love Can Win provides grants of $10,000 to organizations, initiatives and projects in Oakland that employ the following strategies: local racial justice organizing, art and culture, healing and wellness, and journalism or narrative change. Grants may be used for organizational sustainability. Organizations must be led by Black, Indigenous, or people of color working towards freedom and justice. 
Due date: Sep 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. 


Open Call for CounterPulse Edge Residency 2022
Edge is an incubation residency and commissioning program at CounterPulse SF for contemporary choreographers whose work is deeply curious about the intersection of art practice and social change. Through work-in-progressing showings, events, and culminating live performances, this program is a platform for investigating relevancy and creating new knowledge. Residency period is Jan 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022. 
Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply is due by Aug 9, 2021. 


The Performing Arts Readiness Project offers free webinars, on-site training, and presentations at professional conferences on various topics related to emergency preparedness. From fire to pandemic safety, they cover so many topics.

Space Alliance Report: Bay Area Artist Space Needs in 2021 

In 2018, Dancers’ Group, Intersection for the Arts, and Theatre Bay Area formed a working group to explore opportunities to share space and deepen organizational collaboration. The San Francisco Arts Commission supported their work, and they called themselves the Space Alliance.
In the Spring of 2020, the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Space Alliance paused its work. In February 2021, the group reconvened and engaged Marc Vogl and Kelly Varian of Vogl Consulting to support a new round of research and discussion about the potential to share space, deepen collaboration, and address the space needs of artists and cultural organizations in a profoundly different post-pandemic context.

Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Impact Study: Tracking Studio & Company Closures
Since the start of the pandemic, Dance/NYC has been collecting and analyzing data to measure the continued impact of COVID-19 on individual dance artists as well as dance organizations, groups and projects based in the metropolitan NYC area. This analysis was conducted as a follow up to a March 2021 Informational Brief, and includes new findings as independent dance workers return to work and dance organizations, groups, and projects adjust to reopening. Dance/NYC uses the data collected in this study to inform its advocacy on behalf of the dance community and encourages dance makers to reference this study and its findings as part of your advocacy. 


"The Reclaiming" — an In Dance article by dancer ArVejon Jones
“I was never formally taught how to advocate for myself—there’s no class for that. But what if I had been expected to point my feet, hold my core, and be able to speak up for myself? What if there had been language developed to approach difficult dance situations?... If you are a dancer, I invite you to ‘reclaim your time’ and energy, to begin to harness your “No,” so that when you finally say “Yes” you can give yourself fully to the artistic endeavor.”

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