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December 2014

In this issue:

  • National Endowment for the Arts Announces Grants to Bates Dance Festival, Museum of Art
  • SmartGrant Goes Live
  • Correction: MAC Grant to Museum of Art


National Endowment for the Arts Announces Grants to Bates Dance Festival, Museum of Art

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced 917 Art Works grants for 2015, totaling more than $26 million. Of these awards, 9 were to arts organizations in the State of Maine. Two of those, of $30,000 each, were to Bates College, to support programming of the Bates Dance Festival and the Bates Museum of Art.

The Art Works grant to the Bates Dance Festival represents the 26th straight year of NEA support for the Festival. The Festival’s program for 2015 will bring together leading dance figures, companies, and emerging artists such as Sean Dorsey Dance, Robert Moses KIN, Delfos Danza Contemporanea, as well as dance scholar Deborah Cash, consultant Kim Konikow, students, dancers, and educators. We look forward to another invigorating summer of contemporary dance from around the world on our campus.

New to NEA is the support of the Bates Museum’s Thousand Words Project ( With the NEA grant, the project will be expanded to include students from throughout the Lewiston and Auburn Public Schools. Students will build writing skills through digital exploration of the college’s museum of art. Classroom activities will include writing lessons structured around a digital interface that leads students on a virtual journey through the museum’s diverse art collections. Through sequential lessons, online exploration, and visits to the museum, middle school students will hone their writing skills, learn how to look at art, and develop critical thinking skills. Launched in 1996 by Education Curator Anthony Shostak with support of a gift from the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, the Thousand Words Project has, through the continued support of the College, the teachers and administrators of the Lewiston and Auburn School Departments, private philanthropists and now the NEA, become the Museum’s flagship outreach program. Development of a web-based curriculum linked to Common Core standards opens the potential for expanding student participation beyond the local community.

SmartGrant Goes Live at Bates

As scheduled on November 17th, Bates’ implementation of the SmartGrant cloud-based grants management system from ERA Software Systems went live. Bates faculty and staff with active grant awards or pending proposals have been issued their credentials and can review the status of their grants and proposals in SmartGrant. Anyone planning a new proposal submission should review grant proposal submission procedures (, the SmartGrant FAQs (, and contact Joseph Tomaras ( to schedule a one-on-one training.


Maine Arts Commission Grant to Bates Museum of Art

In the October issue of this newsletter we reported on a Maine Arts Commission grant to the Bates Dance Festival. In addition to that, we are pleased to report on a $4,100 grant from the Commission to the Museum of Art, to support the exhibition Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts, presently on display in the museum through Dec. 13. Organized by the the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Convergence was first curated by Dr. Robert E. Steele and Dorit Yaron, the Driskell Center’s former Executive Director and Deputy Director, respectively, and Sonié Joi Ruffin-Thompson, Visiting Curator at the American Jazz Museum for a Feb. 14 – May 31, 2013 exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center, then traveled to the American Jazz Museum where it was exhibited Nov. 8, 2013 – April 27, 2014.

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