Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Artist Studios - A. Salon

A. Salon, Ltd. has been around for over 20 years.
The organization leases space at 6925 Willow Street in DC (Takoma Park) and makes it available to artists of all kinds for use as studios. Each studio-holder becomes a member of the co-op and executes a Space Use Agreement permitting the artist to use a specific area or room.

Space-Use Agreements are for a 12-month period. Studios are available as is but changes may be made by the artist with the approval of the Executive Board.

Newly available studios are shown to the public every Wednesday night during our weekly open-house, at which time anyone can tour the building, the main art gallery, available studios and if interested, new member applications can also be submitted. Please explore the links at left for more information.

Info here

Friday, August 1, 2008

Greater Washington Creative Communities Initiative

This is a relatively new initiative, I think, from DC's Community Foundation, the Greater Washington Creative Communities Initiative.

The Creative Communities Fund was established to increase resources for the creation, development, and distribution of new works made by local artists. The centerpiece activity of the fund is an awards program. Annually, up to $150,000 is awarded to non-profit organizations working in partnership with artists in the region. By providing this incentive to organizations, CFNCR encourages them to increase their commitments to individual artists. The fund also serves as a regional model for investment in artists and art making.

2008/2009 grants were recently announced and they were awarded to organizations and individual artists who are working together on specific projects. More info here

LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity)

Another cool initiative - based in New York - started 5 years ago.
LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity) is a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists in all disciplines, so that artists can more readily do their creative work and contribute to community life.

Web site is here

The initiative has several components, including improving access to health insurance, live and work space, and promoting and connecting efforts of individual artist communities.