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Performing and Visual Art: Table of Contents by Sponsor

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Aaron Siskind Foundation

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Department of State - US Mission to Iraq

Greenshields (Elizabeth) Foundation

National Education Association Foundation

Open Society Foundations

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation


Performing and Visual Arts: By Deadlines


Title: Open Society Foundations Invites Applications for Human Rights Photography Audience Engagement Grants
Sponsor: Open Society Foundations
Deadline: Optional Letters of Intent until April 3, 2013
                Full Application Due June 18, 2013
Abstract:  The Open Society Foundations' Audience Engagement Grant program is designed to support photographers in taking an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devising an innovative and effective way of using that work as a tool for social change. The program seeks proposals for projects that will serve as interventions on pressing problems and provide concrete ways for photographers, organizations, and their target audiences to create a positive impact.
To be eligible, partnerships should include a photographer or curator/project organizer whose expertise is in the production or presentation of documentary photography, and an audience engagement partner(s) with expertise in a specific issue and existing connections to the target audience. Partnerships may also include a distribution partner with expertise in the dissemination or presentation method.
Projects should include an existing body of photographs that document a human rights or social justice issue (preference will be given to projects that address issues and geographical areas of concern to OSF); effective and innovative ideas for using photography to spark deeper engagement with a particular community on a social justice or human rights issue; well-designed dissemination strategies that are uniquely tailored to meet the needs and interests of a target audience; a detailed plan for engaging targeted audiences in concrete ways; and a clearly articulated theory of change that explains how the project will result in concrete solutions.
The program will provide between five to eight grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. Grant funds cannot be used to shoot new imagery.
Optional Letters of Intent may be submitted until April 3, 2013. Full applications are due June 18, 2013.
Visit the OSF Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
More information is available at

Title: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Seeks Proposals to Fund Guest Artists for University Productions
Sponsor: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation
Deadline: May 13, 2013
Abstract: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation is accepting proposals for the SDCF Guest Artist Initiative, which helps fund guest artists positions for professional directors and choreographers involved in stage productions at American colleges and universities.
The program will award up to $6,000 to be shared by at least two American colleges or universities for stage productions to be chosen by a panel of professional directors and choreographers, arts administrators, and college educators.
To be eligible, the project must be produced by an American college or university located in the United States, be mounted by December 31, 2014, and be fully funded.
See the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Web site for eligibility and application guidelines, or visit

Title: Aaron Siskind Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 Individual Photographer's Fellowships
Sponsor: Aaron Siskind Foundation
Deadline: May 24, 2013
Abstract: The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for its 2013 Individual Photographer's Fellowship program. The annual program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media.
A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art. Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography in or created by any subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Examples of ineligible work include film, video, and interactive multimedia.
Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors.
Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Students who graduate before the 2013 application deadline will be considered. Previous fellowship recipients are not currently eligible for a new award, and artists in the United States on a temporary visa are ineligible as well.
For eligibility and application guidelines, see the Aaron Siskind Foundation Web site or visit for more information.

Title: Public Diplomacy Grants Program                                             
Sponsor: Department of State - US Mission to Iraq
Deadline: September 1, 2013
Abstract: The Public Diplomacy Grants Program supports initiatives that promote educational and cultural engagement and foster mutual understanding between the United States and Iraq. Grants are awarded for projects designed to further the development of Iraq’s future leaders, build the capacity of Iraqi institutions, and promote awareness and understanding of shared U.S. and Iraqi values. Proposals are accepted at any time; applicants may be individuals or representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, cultural organizations, or research and academic institutions. Priority will be given to Iraqi applicants, although the program is open to U.S.-based not-for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and generally will not exceed $100,000; most will be smaller. Requests for support for individual or group research projects or to help defray the costs of study abroad will not be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:• Empowering Women and Youth• Encouraging Environmental Awareness• Promoting Civic Engagement and Strengthening Civil Society• Fostering Cultural Ties• Enhancing Professionalism in the Media. Applications will be evaluated based on the proposed topic, clearly formulated goals, the target group, and the capacity of the individual or organization to carry out the proposed activity. Cost-sharing and the inclusion of alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs in developing and implementing grant activity are encouraged. Applications should explain clearly any other likely sources of funding for the project. Examples of program activity include, but are not limited to:• Public outreach campaigns• Training programs• Seminars, workshops, or roundtable discussions• Cultural activities related to film, music, or literature. Proposals that support social welfare projects, partisan or political party activity, religious activity, or trade or other commercial activity will not be considered. 
Link to Additional Information
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Brian Shott 
Cultural Affairs Officer 
Phone 1 240 553 0581 ext 2962 U.S. Embassy, Baghdad
For more information please visit for more details.

Title: NEA Foundation Grants
Sponsor: National Education Association Foundation
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Provides grants to improve academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Student Achievement Grants ($5,000) support initiatives to improve academic achievement. Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development--$2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Higher education faculty and staff may apply.
See for details. E-mail:

Title: Institutional Grants; Film Festival Grants; Academy Film Scholars Program
Sponsor: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: The Academy provides grants to make the world of motion pictures more accessible to the public. Institutional Grants provide modest funding for film-oriented projects, including college-based internship programs, to college film departments and organizations providing services related to motion pictures (to be updated soon). Film Festival Grants make festival events more accessible to the general public (open in spring). The Scholars Program seeks to explore theatrical motion picture art, science, commerce, history or theory (10/3).
See for details. E-mail:

Title: Grants Program 
Sponsor:  Greenshields (Elizabeth) Foundation
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: The objective of the Foundation is to promote, by charitable activities carried on by the Foundation, an appreciation of the traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years. Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers and who are working in a representational style in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. The terms of the Foundation’s Charter preclude consideration of non-objective art. To be eligible for a grant, candidates must: have already started or completed training in an established school of art; and/or demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. The sponsor will not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, filmmakers, craft-makers or any artist whose work falls primarily into these categories.
For more information, visit