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The National Endowment for the Arts announced today its most recent round of grants, awarding $22.5 Million to 863 organizations and individual fellows nationwide. More than $1.6 Million will support creative residency programs – artist communities, colonies, and residencies that provide artists of any discipline with dedicated time and space for the development of new work.

The NEA’s letter to the field in 2009 recognized “the critical role that Artist Communities play in American...

November 08, 2011

In a ceremony at the White House, PlatteForum was recognized as a winner of the 2011 National Arts & Humanities Award for Youth Programs. PlatteForum is a center for creation, collaboration, and connection; the organization includes an artist residency program, learning labs, and ArtLab, serving visiting artists, youth, and the community.

In the scientific world, the laboratory is a place for inquiry, experimentation, and discovery. And that's also the case at PlatteForum, an...

October 01, 2011

The Alliance of Artists Communities - the national association of artist residency programs - celebrates its 20th anniversary with a return to Chicago this month, including a national conference, an exhibition of Midwestern artists of color, an award honoring Lois Weisberg, and a celebration of the artists, alternative art spaces, and cultural workers that make up Chicago's vibrant arts scene.

The Alliance of Artists Communities was founded in 1991, through a special initiative by The...

September 20, 2011

The MacArthur Foundation announced today its 2011 Fellows, who each receive a $500,000 "no strings attached" award. Of the 22 Fellows, 8 are artists, including:

  • Jad Abumrad, creator of "Radiolab" and composer
  •  Jeanne Gang, architect 
  • Francisco Núñez, composer and conductor 
  • Dafnis Prieto, composer and percussionist 
  • Kay Ryan, poet A. E. Stallings, poet and translator 
  • Ubaldo Vitali, silversmith and conservator...
September 16, 2011

Reedsburg, Wisconsin, is among two dozen cities and towns across the nation selected as the focus of an innovative economic development project.

On September 15, ArtPlace announced its first round of grants, investing $11.5 million in 34 locally initiated projects in cities from Honolulu to Miami. Wormfarm Institute of Reedsburg has received a grant of $100,000 from an unprecedented new private-public collaboration, ArtPlace (...