Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Learning Grants

LMCC, Manhattan’s Arts Council, has introduced a new program to support teaching artists and small arts orgs for projects in community settings. Grantees also receive $200 for PD – which could be used for Face to Face registration or RT membership!

After a year-long planning process LMCC has refocused its arts education funding to support projects and activities that take place in community-based settings such as afterschool programs, senior centers, and community centers through Creative Learning.

Creative Learning is a grant program designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, communitybased arts education and enrichment projects and programming to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and seniors.

The program aims to support effective and innovative approaches to artist-led, age- and skills-appropriate instruction outside of the school setting, as well as education-based approaches to participatory arts projects. Emphasis is placed on quality and depth of the creative process through which participants learn through and about the arts. Creative Learning strongly supports the payment of artist fees.

The program is comprised of two funds: City funds, provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund, and State funds, provided by the New York State Council on the Arts’ (NYSCA) Decentralization program. Funding is intended for artists and organizations that are not able to apply directly to the City and/or State for arts funding. Creative Learning often provides the first grant that an applicant receives, which can help leverage additional support.

The program is accompanied by technical assistance to applicants, and networking and promotional opportunities for funded projects.

Past Creative Curricula applicants, some important factors to consider when deciding whether to apply to Creative Learning:

  • Creative Learning supports arts education and enrichment projects for all ages
  • Activities supported by Creative Learning must be promoted to and remain open for public registration
  • In-school, K-12 arts education activities are no longer supported
  • This year, all Creative Learning applicants are required to attend an information session in the summer of 2016 before applying.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 13 AT 5:00 PM

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