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August 31, 2010

Special Notice to our Community Arts Network friends

Dear CAN friends and APInews subscribers, We are writing to let you know that we will be closing the Community Arts Network website on Labor Day, September 6, 2010. As you’re probably aware, we have spent much of the past year trying to develop a stable environment for CAN to move forward, but in the current economic environment those efforts have not been fruitful. With no money for staffing or basic operational costs we have no choice but to stop. It is our plan to seek funding for the purposes of preserving the CAN’s content in an online archive so it can be accessible, but until we find such funding the site will be dark. We will attempt to accomplish this task as soon as possible. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those who contributed cash during our fundraising drive. It enabled us to keep the site online much longer than our original timeline and we regret that we weren’t more successful in honoring your support. We hope this decision does not signal the end of efforts to establish a “CAN 2.0” that will build on CAN’s history and network and provide vital services for the network that has developed around CAN during the past 11 years. There has been much hard and significant work done in that direction by extremely dedicated people and we hope they will continue to move forward with those plans. It does signal that we, Linda and Steven, will not be in the leadership of that process. We sincerely hope those efforts continue, and we will contribute what wisdom we have as it might be found useful, but we can no longer be a driving force in that process. We have initiated a CAN page on Facebook where we’re inviting folks to post information and to initiate and participate in discussions. The URL for that page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Arts-Network/138591502832886 Please visit that page, and “like” it and use it to share your field news and thoughts. In addition, it will help our search for archive resources if you go to the Facebook site and affirm CAN’s value to you and you work. Thank you for your courageous work in the field of community-based art. It has been our inspiration. We hope that a permanent CAN library will continue to serve your needs. --Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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April 30, 2010

Education Department's i3 Grant Deadline: May 12

May 12, 2010, is the deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) competition, part of the $5 billion investment in school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Applications may be submitted by individual schools, school districts or entrepreneurial nonprofits in partnership with schools. Applications must addresses one or more of the following priorities: improving outcomes for young children; expanding students' access to college and preparing them for success in college; addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities and of limited English proficient students; and serving schools in rural areas. Grants are $5 million each. Winners must secure matching funds, and the new online Foundation Registry i3 helps them apply to 13 foundations at once; go to https://www.foundationregistryi3.org/.
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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April 29, 2010

Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Arts Not a Frill

"The arts can no longer be treated as a frill," said U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan in an address to the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, April 9, 2010. "Now-- as we move forward with reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--is the time to rethink and strengthen arts education. I believe education is the civil rights issue of our generation. ... First, the arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college. Second, arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy. And last, but not least, the arts are valuable for their own sake, and they empower students to create and appreciate aesthetic works."
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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Launch: WITNESS, Journal of Social Responsibility

witness.jpg WITNESS: A Journal of Social Responsibility, "the nation's first undergraduate social justice journal," was launched today, April 29, 2010, at the Boston College Arts Festival. The first issue features writing by BC undergrads on a variety of projects and people connected to the college that "reveal the rich varieties of wisdom, courage and faith that help to feed our community." "Art As a Voice For Justice" is an article by Taylor Youpa that explores a handful of art-based initiatives that have changed communities and empowered marginal groups in Boston and beyond, including Artists for Humanity, the HOPE campaign, General Idea, the Billboard Liberation Front and the Village of Arts and Humanities. The journal staff comprises 17 undergraduates majoring in everything from theology to biology. The journal can be accessed online and in hard copy.
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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Call: Nominations for Freedom To Create Prize

ftc.jpg Freedom To Create is calling for nominations for the Freedom To Create Prize, open online from May 1 to August 15, 2010. The Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the power of art to promote social justice, build the foundations for an open society and inspire the human spirit. The Prize is open to anyone worldwide, encompasses all forms of art in any creative field and may be for a single piece of work or a body of work. Artists may nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. First-place prizes of $25,000 will be awarded in three categories: Main (over 18); Youth (under 18); and Imprisoned Artist. Last year's Main Prize winner was filmmaker Mohsen Makhma, spokesman for the Iranian Green Movement. Works from the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize are currently being exhibited at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. (Thanks, Craig Zelizer.)
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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OSI Prisons Podcast: Talking Texas Tough

Artists working on criminal justice can download a podcast of "Talking Texas Tough: The Past, Present and Future of Justice in the Lone Star State," a panel discussion at the Open Society Institute, April 14, 2010. The panel featured Soros Justice Fellow Robert Perkinson, author of "Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire." Texas is now first in size of prison population, prison construction, for-profit imprisonment, supermax lockdown and executions. Says Soros: "The state's uniquely harsh, racialized and profit-driven style of punishment, developed on slavery's frontier, became a template for the nation in a post–civil rights era. And the state today remains for many a bellwether—not only in the realm of incarceration and penal policy, but also in the larger worlds of politics, demographic change, and culture." The panel included staffers from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, The Sentencing Project and OSI's Criminal Justice Fund.
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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April 28, 2010

Austin Teens Touring Play on Dating Violence

clyte.jpg Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble is touring the central Texas area with "Perhaps Tomorrow," their play about cyber bullying, girl aggression, rumors, homophobia and dating relationships. CLYTE is a program that Theatre Action Project and SafePlace Austin created in 2003 to address these social problems, and to train leaders to generate solutions for the future." This program puts the powerful tools of peer education and theater in the hands of youth who want to stop the cycles of domestic and dating violence," says TAP. The 13 youth members from high schools all over the Austin area were paid to create and perform the piece. Since 2003, more than 15,000 people have seen their work. You can read the CLYTE blog online and view a video clip from the play.
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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Invisible Siegfrieds March Down Sunset Boulevard

siegfried.jpg In celebration of the L.A. Opera's citywide Ring Festival, spotlighting the Opera's Wagner extravaganza, a citizen group called "The Invisible Siegfrieds" recently spent four days marching down Sunset Boulevard. Organized by composer Georg Nussbaumer and sporting "tarnhelms" (watering cans) worn backwards on their heads, the group identified themselves as "a group of lonely knights, elephants made of tin." They marched daily, April 17-20. Simone Kussatz, in the L.A. Times' Culture Monster blog (4/23/10), writes that they pulled a cart on which sat alto Christina Ascher, listening to "The Ring" over headphones and emitting selected tones from the opera. The event ended Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at Will Rogers State Beach. CNN was there along with about 30 people who participated in the last part of the project ("Horn! Drop! Drink!") and watched Ascher, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, sing into the surf. (Don't miss the Siegfrieds website: http://invisiblesiegfrieds.org/.)
[LINK] Posted by Linda Frye Burnham

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Conferences, Workshops and Special Events
"Exploring Arts for Social Change," 13-week institute by The International Centre of Art for Social Change, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, starts September 15, 2010.
"Convergence Zones: Public Cultures and Translocal Practices," annual conference, by Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, Seattle, Wash., September 23-25, 2010.
"Can Performance Change the World?," conference/festival by Performing the World, New York, N.Y., September 30-October 3, 2010.
"Alliance of Artists Communities 20th Annual Conference," Providence, R.I., October 20-23, 2010.
"International Perspectives: Crossing Boundaries through Research," by International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement, Indianapolis, Ind., October 28-31, 2010.
"Conference for Community Arts Education," by National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts, San Francisco, Calif., November 3-8, 2010.



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