Arts in Social Service
Arts in Social Service funding supports arts organizations or social service organizations for arts-based projects that focus on addressing social issues with a primary purpose of reaching specific populations (people who are incarcerated, homeless, abused, ill, etc.) or fosters artistic activity that formally encourages civic dialogues on important social issues (the environment, crime, etc.).
Arts in Social Service Eligibility Criteria:
- The primary activities of the proposed project must be in one of the following arts disciplines: performing arts (dance, music, theater), visual arts, literary arts, media arts (film and video), or multidisciplinary arts (a project involving more than one artistic discipline), or interdisciplinary arts.
- The applicant organization must have been providing programming to the public for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the application deadline.
- The applicant organization must have an independent governing board or advisory committee to assist with the programs of the organization.
- The proposed project must reach a specific population such as people who are incarcerated, homeless, ill, etc., or must serve to formally encourage civic dialogue on important social issues (the environment, crime, etc.).
- The proposed project must include a public presentation. For example, visual work displayed with or without the artist’s name, a recorded performance shown at a later date to the general public, publication of a catalogue or anthology of works produced, or a lecture about the project.
- The activities of the proposed project must be free of charge to those who participate in the project.
- Applicants to Arts in Social Service are limited to a maximum request of $15,000.
- Funding for Arts in Social Service must include a 50% match by the applicant organization, at least half of which must be cash.
- Arts in Social Service Organizations are eligible for general operating support.
Note: Only one application per institution is allowed.