Americans For The ArtsAnimating Democracy January 2011 E-News
Articles and Publications

New Publication by Suzanne Lacy
Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007 (Duke University Press)

Lacy created Leaving Art by bringing together 30 of her own texts, spanning more than 30 years. The book offers an intimate look at the development of feminist, conceptual, and performance art since those movements' formative years. In the introduction, the art historian Moira Roth provides a helpful overview of Lacy's art and writing, which in the afterword the cultural theorist Kerstin Mey situates in relation to contemporary public art practices. One of the essays in the collection, "Seeking an American Identity (Working Inward from the Margins)," was originally published in Animating Democracy’s book, Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture.

Calls for Proposals

Creative Work Fund Invites San Francisco-Area Artists to Collaborate with Nonprofit Organizations
Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: March 4, 2011

The Creative Work Fund, an initiative of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, is inviting San Francisco Bay Area artists and nonprofit organizations to collaborate on artworks. With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation, the fund has announced that in 2011 it will award up to $650,000 in total grants for collaborations featuring literary artists or traditional artists. General operating grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to arts organizations, museums, and service/policy/advocacy groups. Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded to San Francisco Bay Area artists and nonprofits working on projects with the potential to help strengthen their communities, draw attention to an important issue, or engage audiences in new ways.

Call for Proposals: Moving Walls Documentary Photography Exhibition
Deadline: April 1, 2011

The Open Society Foundations invites emerging and veteran photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 19 group exhibition, part of a series that features in-depth and nuanced exploration of human rights and social issues. Thematically linked to the Open Society Foundations mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at Open Society offices in New York and Washington, DC, and includes seven discrete bodies of work.

Call for Proposals: Documentary Photography Audience Engagement Grant
Deadline: May 13, 2011

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project of the Open Society Foundations will award five to eight grants to support alternative models for presenting and disseminating documentary photography to the public. The Audience Engagement Grant (formerly called the Distribution Grant) supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative way of using that work as a catalyst for social change.
Projects should combine existing bodies of work with programming or tools that give viewers a deeper, more nuanced understanding of issues and empower them to participate in the process of improving their own or others’ realities. Projects should also include a partnership between a photographer and an organization that combines expertise in documentary photography with experience working on the topic or community the project addresses.

For information about the application process, please view the Audience Engagement Grant guidelines at

Events on the Horizon

From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector
January 26–29, 2011

On January 26–29, The American Voice New Play Institute will host more than 100 new works movers and shakers from around the country to discuss the rich and vital activity that already exists in the new play sector, explore the gaps and challenges that face the field, and strategize means of continued and closer collaboration to advance the new work infrastructure moving forward. The events of the convening will be live streamed on #NewPlay TV and discussed on Twitter (#NewPlay), and bloggers will cover the happenings on The New Play Blog.

Participate in World Community Arts Day
February 17, 2011

The fifth annual World Community Arts Day will be celebrated on February 17, 2011. To get involved, just get creative by arranging an arts project on an important issue you feel passionate about. The issue can be presented in any variety of art forms, which includes, but is not limited to visual art, creative writing, dance, and theater. For further information and how to set up your own event please visit:

To promote your project in the e-magazine or on the website, please send articles, press releases, tweets, blogs, and news stories to the editorial team at For further information please visit or contact the editorial team.

MICA Hosts National Community Arts Convening
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD
March 13–15, 2011

The Community Arts Convening and Research Project provides a public forum for discussions centered around the idea that community-grounded arts and culture enhance the well-being, development, empowerment, and voice of under-resourced communities. The third Community Arts Convening will held at MICA, March 13–15, 2011. The Community Arts Convening and Research Project is funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

For more information on the convening and research, visit