Calling All Artists
By Kim Markham
Molokai Arts Center is inviting artists to submit grant proposals for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. The theme of this year’s grant program is “Mobilizing the Community Through the Arts” – a perfect theme for the start of Molokai’s first community art center.
This grant awards up to $10,000 for Native Hawaiian artists and nonprofit organizations to collaborate on artworks featuring one or more artist. Eligible projects would be those in which the artist functions primarily as an artist, an agent for community development, or in another capacity other than as a teacher. The artist’s work should serve as an interface for community participation – projects that engage the community in the artist’s work and use the making of art to help strengthen the community, draw attention to an important issue, or engage community members in new ways. Molokai Arts Center, Inc. will prepare the grant application and manage the fiscal aspects of the grant(s), if awarded. Friday, April 29 is the first deadline, to submit a two page letter of intent. Grant awards will be announced in October 2011. Planned projects should take place between October 1, 2011 – October 31, 2012.
Preference will be given to public art projects; theater, music, or dance performance; and/or media projects. Preference will also be given to projects working with Native Hawaiian participants. Examples of acceptable forms of documentation of Native heritage include a copy of birth certificate (for Native Hawaiians only) or a letter from a government entity or community identifying the applicant as a descendant or indicating membership in the Hawaiian community.
Interested artists should contact Kim Markham, treasurer of the Molokai Arts Center, Inc. by phone 808-349-6270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.