Community Arts & Material Cultures

GRANTS / AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS

Award / Funder: Nathan Cummings Foundation
Description: Supports artistic practices, programs and policies that encourage cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collaborations, and give voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities, in order to build a stronger society. Invited proposals due August 15th, but Letters of Inquiry accepted any time
Deadline: N/A
Link: http://www.nathancummings.net

Award / Funder: Cultural Exchange Fund / Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Description: The Cultural Exchange Fund is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based presenters working to build partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators to promote the display of work by artists from around the world in its own cultural context. In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, Arts Presenters strongly encourages travel to the following locations (including but not limited to): the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Arts Presenters will award travel subsidies to individual presenters, presenting organizations, and to groups of presenters traveling to see the work of artists, companies, and/or to develop and advance projects with international artists and their collaborators. All applicants must be active members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Deadline: 11/15/2010
Link: http://www.apap365.org/KNOWLEDGE/GrantPrograms/Pages/cef.aspx

Award / Funder: Documentary Photography Audience Engagement Grant – Open Society Institute
Description: The Audience Engagement Grant (formerly the Distribution Grant) supports innovative projects that use existing bodies of work to actively engage audiences on human rights and social justice issues. Projects should include a partnership between individuals and organizations that combines expertise in documentary photography with experience working on the topic or community the project addresses.
Deadline: 7/23/2010
Link: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/photography/focus_areas/engagement/guidelines

Award / Funder: Access to Artistic Excellence, FY 2011 – National Endowment for the Arts
Description: Support is available to organizations for projects that do one or more of the following: Provide opportunities for artists to create, refine, perform, and exhibit their work. Present artistic works of all cultures and periods. Preserve significant works of art and cultural traditions. Enable arts organizations and artists to expand and diversify their audiences. Provide opportunities for individuals to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities. Enhance the effectiveness of arts organizations and artists. Employ the arts in strengthening communities. The Arts Endowment is particularly interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
Deadline: 8/12/2010
Link: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/UpdateOffer?id=17407

Award / Funder: Humanities Writing Competition – UNC Institute of African American Research
Description: The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will offer a $1000 prize for the best cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort in the Arts and Humanities that yields a historically-grounded script on a topic of African American research. Established and aspiring scholars and writers with expertise in creative writing, literary criticism, philosophy, history, communications, performance studies, sociocultural anthropology, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Submitted scripts will be considered for production. There are no limits on the historical time frame or genre of writing.
Deadline: 9/1/2010
Link: http://aar.slu.edu/announce.html#OTHER

Award / Funder: Astraea Visual Arts Fund – The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
Description: Recognizes the work of contemporary lesbian visual artists within the U.S., in the following categories: sculpture, painting in any medium, print, drawing, work on paper, and mixed media. This fund does not include film/video, or photography submissions.
Deadline: 9/7/2010
Link: http://www.astraeafoundation.org/grants/grant-applications-and-deadlines/#visual_arts

Award / Funder: Radcliffe Institute Fellowships
Description: Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. The Radcliffe Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.
Deadline: The deadline for applicants in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is 1 October. The deadline for applicants in natural sciences and mathematics is 15 November.
Link: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/apply.aspx?CFID=9896908&CFTOKEN=94185560

Award / Funder: Tournées Festival – FACE (French American Cultural Exchange)
Description: FACE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting contemporary creative work in the context of French-American cultural and educational exchange, has announced a new season of the Tournées Festival, a program designed to help bring contemporary French cinema to college and university campuses in the United States. Qualifying candidates must plan to show the films for which they are seeking support as part of a festival, and screenings of all films must take place within a one-month period. The festival should consist of a minimum of five films. The films may be presented as part of a larger festival of French or international films. 
Deadline: October 1, 2010, for those planning a spring program.
Link: http://www.facecouncil.org/tournees/index.html

Award / Funder: William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize – University of Chicago
Description: In keeping with William Sibley’s lifelong devotion to translation and to the place of literature in the classroom, up to three awards of $2500 each will be offered for the translation from Japanese into English of a work of fiction, poetry, or drama (including screenplays), or scholarship in literary studies, broadly understood. To encourage classroom use and comparative research, the winning entries will be published on the Center for East Asian Studies website. Submissions should be on the scale of short story rather than novel, on the one hand, but a body of poetry rather than single poems, on the other. Essays, reportage, and criticism are all genres for consideration. Retranslations of works previously translated, especially of premodern literature, may also be submitted.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://ealc.uchicago.edu/SibleyPrize.pdf

Award / Funder: ArtsLink Projects – Visual & media arts
Description: ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country. Support is provided to create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the US; to establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations and the local community and to pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community’s access to the art of other cultures.
Deadline: 1/15/2011
Link: http://www.cecartslink.org/grants/artslink_projects/

Award / Funder: ArtsLink Projects – Performing arts & literature
Description: ArtsLink Projects provides support to US artists, curators, presenters and arts organizations undertaking projects in Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country.
Deadline: 1/13/2012
Link: http://www.cecartslink.org/grants/artslink_projects/

Award / Funder: Jacobs Research Funds – Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
Description: Grants for anthropological and linguistic research working with Native American (First Nations) peoples. Grants are given for work on problems in language, social organization, political organization, religion, mythology, music, other arts, psychology and folk science. Priority is given to research on the Pacific Northwest (the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Alaska and the Columbia Plateau in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). However, research on other areas in Canada, the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and South America will be funded if possible.
Deadline: 2/15/2011
Link: http://depts.washington.edu/jacobsf/application.html

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: The Arts Council of the African Studies Association
Description: The Arts Council of the African Studies Association is seeking papers proposals for a various panels for the upcoming Triennial Symposium to be held in Los Angeles March 23 to 26, 2011. Please respond the the individual panel organizers if you have a paper to propose. 1. Marketing African Contemporary Art: The role of commercial galleries in the shaping of artistic careers and discourse. This panel will explore the influence of commercial galleries on the identification and shaping of the careers of African artists. Pamela Allara, Associate Professor emerita, contemporary art and visual culture Brandeis University Allara@brandeis.edu; 2. Documentary/Archive? The panel seeks to explore the extent to which contemporary South African documentary practices might be trapped in a social-realist mode in which the archive plays a central mediating role. We are seeking papers that examine the different ‘documentary’ or ‘factual’ modes in post-apartheid South African photography, as well as how archival and other factors have ameliorated stasis and change within the genre. Rory.Bester@wits.ac.za; 3. Africa and Its Diasporas in the Market Place: Cultural Resources and the Global Economy This panel encourages the submission of papers that explore how the public and private sectors value traditional and contemporary African art, and how value is justified by both tangible and intangible properties
Deadline: 9/15/2010
Link: http://www.acasaonline.org/conf_next.htm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – American
Description: Panels include Chicas, Nǚhái, Batang babae: Girlhood in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature, Discourse on Democratic Identity & Freedom: Douglass, Wright, Ellison, Baldwin, The Early Black Atlantic: African Muslims and African Diasporic Narratives, Family Formations in Contemporary Multiethnic American Literature, Gender, Sexuality and New Perspectives in Asian American Literature and Cinema, Label Me Latina or Latino, No Longer Silent: Trauma in Contemporary Asian American (Korean) Literature, Pan-American Immigration Narratives, ‘Savages we call them’: Imagining the Native in Early American Literature, Suddenly Everyone Has a Cherokee Great-Grandmother: Teaching Native Literatures, The Text of the Body: Art, Technology, Slavery. and Empire in the 19th century, Toni Morrison and Marilynne Robinson: Revisioning the American West
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#american

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – British and Anglophone
Description: Panels include African Modernisms, African Modernities, The Black Maritime Atlantic in the Nineteenth Century, Contemporary Theatre in South Africa, New Old Stories: Reinventing African Narratives in Black British Fiction
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#british

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – Cultural Studies and Film
Description: Panels include Affects and Spaces in Latin American Cinema, Performance and Literature, Concepts of Identity in Post-colonial African Culture, Experimentation in Latin American Film, Figuring Diversity in the Cultural Imaginary, New Media and the Asian Diaspora, Reading the Postcolonial Other in Contemporary Film, Representations of Disability in Literature and Culture, Transnational Relations: Sexuality and Body Traffic across the Global Village
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#culturalstudiesandfilm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – Spanish / Portuguese
Description: Panels include Behind the Lens: Immigration and Globalization in Spanish Contemporary Film, Body and the Politics of Resistance in the 21st century Latin American Narrative, Cyberspace and Literature in Latin America: What Does The Future Entail?, Displaced Communities, Giving Testimony to Transnational Migrations: Gender and Witnessing in Hispanic, Imagining Communities: Cuban Women Poets of the Diaspora, The Intellectual as a Public Figure in 20th Century Latin America, Issues on Ecology in Latin American Literature and Culture, Trauma and Memory in literature and film of Latin America
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#spanish

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Joint National Conferences – National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies
Description: February 14-19, 2011 Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Joint National Conferences. Papers that relate to any aspect of the African and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American or Asian experience should be submitted. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business and many other subjects.
Deadline: 11/5/2010
Link: http://www.naaas.org/call.html

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Western Social Science Association
Description: The Western Social Science Association invites papers and panels on American Studies topics for its 53rd annual conference, April 13-16, 2011, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The WSSA’s annual meeting presents panels in 30 different academic fields, offering an extensive, interdisciplinary range of subjects for scholars to explore. Individual paper — or panel — proposals on American Studies topics could be submitted. The subjects may range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Send a 150-word abstract and c.v. by 1 December 2010 to: daniel.mcinerney@usu.edu — or to Prof. Daniel J. McInerney, WSSA-American Studies Program Chair, Department of History, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-0710. Scholars willing to serve as moderators/discussants should indicate their research specialties.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://wssa.asu.edu/conferences/default.htm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Latino Cultures of NYC. New York Institute of Technology  -seventh interdisciplinary conference- March 4, 2011
Description: Scholars from a range of disciplines are invited to interpret the theme broadly for this one-day conference at NYiT’s Columbus Circle campus on Friday, March 4, 2011. This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the Latino cultures of New York City and its surrounding areas. At a moment when Latino migration to the United States has become a hot-button political issue and Latino culture continues to exert phenomenal worldwide influence, we propose to examine and discuss the historical and current role New York City, or other urban spaces, play in Latino culture, and how Latino migration has changed the way such sites are conceived. We welcome paper proposals that analyze these issues from both geopolitical and rhetorical perspectives; we are particularly interested in fresh readings of Latino cultural objects (defined widely – either produced by Latino subjects or focusing on Latino culture), including literature, film, music, visual art, websites, video games, or television.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://www.latinoculturesnyc.com/

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Hip Hop and the Literary: A special issue of African American Review
Description: African American Review solicits articles applying the tools of literary theory and criticism to hip hop artistry. We invite a variety of literary methods and approaches. Scholars such as Imani Perry and Adam Bradley have published recently on hip hop poetics; articles for this special issue might, then, deepen and extend this nascent body of work with new considerations of rap as lyric form. Articles may also examine hip hop as narrative, a medium of storytelling – and even as discourse, a constituent of language as well as a creative cultural practice. Individual or comparative analyses of particular performances and recordings are welcome, as are broader theoretical considerations of hip hop as literary, cultural, and linguistic artifact. Inquiries and queries encouraged. E-mail completed essays (not to exceed 8,500 words) to cjenki@hunter.cuny.edu
Deadline: 12/31/2010
Link: http://aar.slu.edu/announce.html#CALL_FOR_SUBMISSIONS

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: The African musicology Online Journal
Description: The African musicology Online Journal calls for well researched articles on African musicological issues which include among others: *Analysis of works by African ‘Art’ (classical) composers *Analysis of Traditional musical forms *Analysis of Popular Musical forms *History of African Music (from local, national or regional perspectives)
Deadline: 10/8/2010
Link: http://www.africanmusicology.org/

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Annual Student Essay Competition – National Council for Black Studies
Description: Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Deadline: 1/14/2011
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/student_essay_contest