Community arts and civic engagement project

The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan, is piloting a community arts and civic engagement project in Birmingham, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis and Tucson, that encourages residents to use art and culture as a tool to address community issues. Kresge has enlisted the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham to administer the program entitled Kresge Arts in Birmingham.
The project is designed to test Kresge’s belief that grassroots arts and cultural projects can be an effective tool to unite communities, address pressing social issues, and nourish our spirits in difficult times. Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply, including all types of arts and cultural professionals, neighborhood associations, service agencies, community development groups, and arts and cultural organizations, among others. Over the next two years, Kresge is funding grants ranging from $2,500- $10,000 for community arts projects that strive to address Birmingham’s pressing issues as determined by its citizens.

Important Dates for 2010 Funding Round
February 1: Guidelines and Application Materials Released
February-March: Information Sessions about KAIB Program
April 5: Application Deadline at 3 pm
May 24: Grants Announced
June 1 – May 31: Project Period

Potential applicants for 2010 funding are encouraged to take advantage of scheduled information sessions that will provide an overview of the KAIB program, eligibility requirements, project guidelines and evaluation criteria and application procedures. Information sessions are free, but reservations strongly suggested. To register for one of the sessions below, please email or call 458-1394.

Mon., February 22: First Floor Conference Room Center for Regional Planning and Design
1731 First Ave North, 35203, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Wed., March 10: Five Points West Public Library 4812 Ave W, 35208, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Tues., March 16: North Birmingham Public Library 2501 31st Ave, 35207,  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham 205-458-1394 bwagnon@cultural-alliance.com

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