Stay up-to-date on the latest news in the artist residency field.

Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) News provides information about happenings at our organization and throughout the artist residency field. This includes announcements about upcoming ACA events, Advocacy Alerts that spotlight policy issues, funding opportunities for artists and arts organizations, and press releases.

In addition to this News page, ACA regularly sends newsletters that feature important news and happenings that are relevant to artists, artist residency staff and other arts administrators.

National Endowment for the Arts Awards $27 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide

February 10, 2021
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Organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects from the National Endowment for the Arts in this round of fiscal year 2020 funding. Overall, 1,073 grants totaling $27 million were awarded for programs 14 artistic disciplines in communities throughout the United States.

ADVOCACY ALERT | What is in the New Relief Bill?

January 7, 2021
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At the close of the year, U.S. Congress passed $900 billion in Covid economic relief, which includes targeted support for the arts sector - $15 million allocated to support live entertainment, and an additional $280 million in PPP forgivable loans.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2021 Guidelines

December 9, 2020
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Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts’ website. Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

FIELD NOTES | We begin with truth-telling

December 4, 2020
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“Many rooms are filled with hurting people, yes, but hurting people whose hurt has been disproportionate to each other. Acknowledging that won’t break us, it might even make us.” —Pádraig Ó Tuama

#RESIDENCIESCONNECT | A Conversation About Repair

November 9, 2020
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This #ResidenciesConnect session launches a series of conversations in response to the central question: What does repair mean in the arts? We would love to have you “in the room” for this dynamic panel — our final #ResidenciesConnect session of 2020!

AAC Awarded $720,000 from the McKnight Foundation

October 14, 2020
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AAC consortium programs are long-term regranting partnerships with funders that provide direct support to artists to attend residencies and for residency programs to host artists. These programs often offer pathways for artists that have been historically underrepresented in the residency field. The McKnight Foundation has awarded us $720,00 to design and implement a new consortium program focused on building equitable capacity.

NEXT UP | Artist Communities + Civic Engagement

October 9, 2020
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AAC is hosting a #ResidenciesConnect conversation focused around civic engagement, highlighting questions like: What role should artist communities play in getting out the vote and supporting civic engagement? How can we leverage our networks and resources to back artists and organizers effecting change?