LINC Announces Creative Community Challenge Grant Recipients
Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year national initiative to improve the conditions for artists working in all disciplines, has announced grants totaling $1.25 million to eight arts advocacy organizations.
Awarded through the Kresge Foundation-sponsored Creative Community Challenge Grants program, the awards will enable recipients to build on programs that are helping artists flourish in their communities. The recipients include the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City's KCArtsLink project, which supports diverse, multidisciplinary, emerging, and mid-career artists by providing professional development opportunities and a network of resources for regional business development; New York City-based ArtHome, which helps artists build assets and equity through financial literacy, homeownership, self-sufficiency, and responsible credit use; Artist U, which aims to help artists in Philadelphia build productive, balanced, and sustainable lives; and the Center for Cultural Innovation, which serves California artists working in all disciplines and career phases through training and professional development, financial programs, and community-building efforts. Additional grants were awarded to the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) in Cleveland; the First People's Fund in Rapid City, South Dakota; the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and the Montana Arts Council.
"The recipients of the Creative Communities Challenge grants bring diverse approaches to the very different communities across the United States where they are active, but each have created dynamic environments where artists expand their work and succeed," said LINC executive director Judilee Reed. "We hope to help build a nationwide network of communities working to create better conditions for artists. Our grantees serve as models for what can be done in every community."
“Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) Awards $1.25 Million in Grants to Local Arts Organizations that Build Innovative and Sustainable Artist Communities Across the Country.” Leveraging Investments in Creativity Press Release 4/05/11.
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