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Mini Grants Available for Schools and Nonprofits

Arkansas Arts Council - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting applications for two of its popular mini grant programs: Arts in Education Mini Grants and Arts for Lifelong Learning Mini Grants. Both grants provide funding for residency programs that will occur between Oct. 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018. Applications are available at in the “Available Grants” section on our website.

The Arts in Education Mini Grant program provides funding for pre-K-12 schools and community organizations to bring artists listed on the Arts in Education Artist Roster into the classroom or into an after-school or summer program to present a hands-on, curriculum-based or character-centered artist residency program. The residencies may last up to 10 days. The Arts in Education Artist Roster is a listing of professional Arkansas artists of all disciplines who have been selected by an independent panel to participate in Arts in Education residency programs.

The Arts in Education Mini Grant program will also allow schools and organizations the opportunity to present a professional development workshop for educators in curriculum-based arts activities either in conjunction with, or instead of, an artist residency. Applicants must show a 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

The Arts for Lifelong Learning Mini-Grant Program enriches the lives of adults of all experience levels, ages and abilities through quality arts learning experiences. This program provides funding for eligible institutions that wish to host a residency program, which may last up to 10 days, using artists listed on the Arts in Education Artist Roster.

Arts activities that include multi-generational populations are especially encouraged. Community-based or governmental organizations and institutions, whether they be facilities and/or organizations for elders, hospitals, counseling or rehabilitation centers, social service agencies, prisons or detention centers, or organizations that provide facilities and/or guidance for disabled adults, are encouraged to participate in this program.

Institutions of higher education, as well as museums, libraries, and community centers that offer educational programming for adult populations, are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must show a 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

The deadline for both grant programs is ongoing until the money is spent or until August 31, 2018, whichever happens first. For more information, contact the Arts in Education program manager at 501-324-9769.