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Traditional Arts Touring Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
in Southern States to Host Traditional Arts Specialists

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee nonprofits, educational organizations, and government agencies to host artists and scholars specializing in traditional art forms. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

The South is home to an abundance of traditional art forms whether they are indigenous to the region, or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. Traditional arts are shared aesthetics, practices and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc. Traditional arts are learned orally, or by observation and imitation, often through a master artist instructing an apprentice. They are usually maintained without formal instruction or academic training. Some traditional arts have a deep-rooted history with little change, while others are constantly evolving and adapting to their changing environment.

Examples of traditional art forms (performing and visual arts) being practiced in the South include Afro-Cuban batá drum, Catawba pottery, Zydeco music, Choctaw dance, Anglo American quilting, Peruvian retablos, African American gospel music, Chinese zheng, Cherokee storytelling and Minorcan netmaking, among others.

Program Goals:
The Traditional Arts Grant Program works to increase the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South, through funding projects that bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities.

Eligible projects must include the following:

1) Engagement of a traditional artist or ensemble (meeting the description above of a traditional art form) that resides in South Arts’ region, but not within the applicant’s state for, at minimum, one public presentation and one educational activity

2) A residency of two days or more

3) The public presentation must include contextual/scholarly content by a folklorist or scholar

4) Projects must take place in the applicant’s state

Projects may include performing (music, dance and storytelling) and/or visual arts/crafts.

The program is designed to serve both communities and traditional artists. Priority consideration is given to support new applicants and underserved communities.

The project must include both a public performance/demonstration/exhibition involving both the artist(s) and the folklorist/scholar, and an educational/outreach component. For the public presentation(s), a minimum of 60 minutes of presentation by the traditional artist/ensemble and the scholar/folklorist is required, and the event(s) must be open and marketed to the public and dedicated to serving a wide audience. Please note, if a grantee fails to meet this requirement, funding will be rescinded.

NOTE: Presentations at conferences and school-focused presentations (primarily engaging students, whether taking place at the school, or a performance venue) will not be considered public presentations that are open and accessible to the general public; however, school-focused presentations will satisfy the educational component requirement.

The traditional artist/ensemble is required to fully participate in the public presentation. The traditional artist or members of the ensemble must also conduct the educational/outreach component.

Projects are not required to serve the entire geographic community but should have targeted participants.

All grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with disabilities at grant-funded events. For the purpose of these guidelines, accessibility relates to your overall facility and project being accessible to all. In addition to physical access (ramps, accessible parking/box office/restrooms/seating, etc.), communications and programmatic accessibility is not only required but can help your organization build audiences and strengthen engagement.

The educational/outreach component is an integral part of the engagement and should be carefully planned. A meaningful educational component should involve concentrated preparation by the traditional artist/ensemble and organization, and include a learning event that has a lasting impact upon the audience (e.g., workshops, lectures and master classes). The traditional artist/ensemble must conduct the educational activity. Please be aware that failure to include an educational/outreach component will result in ineligibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166032

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $1,000. The maximum request is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may take place between September 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, official units of government, and educational organizations, in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply.

This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, presenters, etc.

Organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status, be an official unit of local, county or state government, or apply through a fiscal agent which meets one of the above-listed descriptions. For fiscal agents, tax-exempt status will be verified by a third party entity. Governmental organizations must provide proof of government status. Educational institutions (schools, school systems, colleges and universities) are eligible.

If applying through a fiscal agent, a letter of agreement, signed by both the applicant and fiscal agent that outline the working relationship and responsibilities of both parties must be included.

All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number.

Organizations which have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grant by the time of this application will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.

Organizations which fail to properly acknowledge South Arts’ AND the National Endowment for the Arts’ support in programs and press materials may not be considered for additional funding.

Organizations are eligible for only one Traditional Arts grant through the fiscal year July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018. Organizations currently receiving funding through South Arts’ Regional Touring or Literary Arts Touring program are not eligible for this grant program.

South Arts does not fund historical reenactments, benefits or fundraisers.

Grants are NOT transferable to other events. All changes in a project must be submitted in writing to South Arts before the event. Awards may be revised or revoked in light of such changes.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant awards require a 1:2 match.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Teresa Hollingsworth (see contact details below) to discuss the project before submitting an application. Teresa Hollingsworth may also be a resource for information on traditional artists, scholars and folklorists in the region.

Traditional Arts applications can be submitted beginning July 1, 2017.

Applications must be submitted by one of two deadlines (August 15, 2017 and December 4, 2017) for projects taking place between September 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications early. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until available funds are depleted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Teresa Hollingsworth, Senior Director, Film and Traditional Arts
404-874-7244 x 14

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee