Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arts Writers Grant Program—Deadline June 6

Arts Writers Grant Program
2012 Grant Open for Submissions
Deadline: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 USD, issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its type, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A&BC Board Basics Workshop Tomorrow

Tomorrow's workshop is from 5:30 - 8:00pm at Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash Ave, Hokin Hall.  It will be led by Lisa Tylke, who is also a smARTscope consultant.  Online registration closes this evening, but we will accept walk-up registrations at the door tomorrow.  More information can be found here:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Successful Kickstarter for 16th Street

Hello Smart Growth blog!

We just exceeded goal on a small Kickstarter campaign to help fund costume expenses for our current production of Enfrascada (A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions.) It was an easy way for us to fund-raise a modest amount of $$ and had good novelty appeal for our email list, I feel. If anyone has any questions about crowdfunding, feel free to reach out to me.

Check it out!

Eddie Sugarman
16th Street Theater

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Using the Trust Logo for PR and Marketing

When using the Trust logo for PR and marketing materials remember to use these guidelines:

Forward all publicity requests to  We ask that you allow 5 days for the approval process; however, turnaround is usually within 24-48 hours.

All press releases must be sent to Eva Penar at for her approval.  Please allow 5 days for approval of press releases.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at

Click on the link to download the logo.

Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP) Grant Opportunity

Great grant opportunity! Apply and/or pass the information along.

About NAP:

The Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP) program is designed to encourage and support the presentation of high-quality instructional arts programs benefiting youth-at-risk, seniors, or persons with disabilitites in Chicago's low to moderate income neighborhoods. Individual artists with demonstrated teaching and/or performing experience in these communities may request up to $4,000 for workshops or touring performances suitable for Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Park District, community centers, schools, or facilities serving senior citizens or persons with disabilities.

What We Fund: Funds may be applied to project related costs such as artist salary, material and supplies, printing and mailing, etc.

CLICK HERE for more information. Deadline is Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Upcoming workshops and webinars

A  couple of workshops and webinars that may be useful to SMARTGrowth grantees:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 9:00am to 12:00pm:
An Introduction to Strategic Restruscturing for Nonprofit Organizations.
Details: This workshop will introduce nonprofit leaders to the concept of nonprofit strategic re-structuring and cover the following topics: The definitions of four basic restructuring models (joint venture partnerships, parent corporations, shared servuce alliances and mergers), the business drivers for nonprofit strategic restructuring, the process for selecting a partner and where to go for more information. Whether you are considering a strategic restructuring strategy for your organization today or not, strategic restructuring is something all nonprofit leaders need to have in their tool box in the 21st century and this workshop will explain why. CLICK HERE for more information and registration details.

Monday, April 23, 2012, 2:00pm-3:00pm:
FREE Webinar: Sharing Your Fundraising Message so You Raise More Money.
Details: Words create experiences. Being clear about what your organization does and that you need more funding is critical to talk about in today's competitive fundraising climate. Lori L. Jacobwith has coined the term: "funding gap" to help nonprofits more easily talk about "the money" and to more easily generate financial support. Register for the FREE webinar to learn what a funding grap is and if you have one, why you want to talk about it! CLICK HERE for more information and registration details. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

DanceWorks Chicago and After School Matters: Tuesday, April 10

DanceWorks Chicago has been working intensively with the After School Matters Dance Ensemble in a multi-week residency this spring, and and our culminating event is coming up in G.A.R. Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 10. It would be an honor to have the SMART Growth community join us. It's been a wonderfully collaborative residency with dancers from both organizations taking responsibility for the work on stage as well as behind the scenes (flyer, program, costumes, etc.).

An inside look at the process is available via this link. Hope to see some of you there!

Happy Holiday Weekend!


Julie Nakagawa
Artistic Director
DanceWorks Chicago

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development recently awarded grants to the following SMART Growth organizations. Congratulations!
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Chinese Fine Arts Society
Kuumba Lynx

The next proposal deadline for the Arts Work Fund is May 15th, 2012.
For more information regarding the Arts Work Fund visit their website at: