LCC, Grants and Other Links
LynnArts is the local administrator of Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants. These grants are available to both individuals and organizations. The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. The deadline for grants each year is October 15. For more information about Cultural Council Grants, please visit the MCC website at: www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/lccgrants.html
To see a list of funded projects in 2011-2012 click here.
Over the years many people have asked me why they should join an arts organization, whether a community arts center like LynnArts or an arts association. The Open Studio Blog, http://openstudiocoach.com/tag/why-to-join-art-association/, had a great answer to this question. Here’s a summary of what they had to say:
- For just the networking possibilities alone.
- The experience of showing your art. This is invaluable. When you exhibit your work, you learn how to do a submission. You learn how to present your work properly. You’ll see how your work looks on the wall, in a display case, on a jewelry stand. You’ll see how it stacks up against other work and perhaps even learn how to improve on it.
- Feedback – you’ll get feedback from your fellow artisans, artists and viewers.
- Volunteering possibilities – there are so many committees where you can learn a definite skill: how to hang a show, how to do fund-raising, how to do communications or marketing. All of these skills really help you down the line and eventually you can mentor someone else which is a great way to “give back”.
- Entering juried shows – Most local arts organizations have an annual juried show which is judged by a curator at a major art institution. These can be especially important for you. Some of these curators judge different shows on a regular basis. Eventually, they may notice your work. If you win a prize, even better.
- Most of the local organizations send out emails and print newsletters that include member news. You can submit any shows, accolades or press you receive. Again, another great way to get your name out there.
- Some of the local arts organizations have artist registries where you can upload some of your work into a gallery. This is another opportunity. Also check on policies for leaving your bio on file in the gallery, and leaving some of your work in a bin.
- For publicity opportunities. Local organizations often get covered in the local papers.
LynnArts (membership) – Marblehead Art Association – Rockport Art Association – Concord Art Association – Cambridge Art Association – New Hampshire Art Association – Ogunquit Art Association – North Shore Arts Association
(Click on the web address on the left)
|www.greaterlynnphoto.org||Greater Lynn Photographic Association|
|www.bostonphoenix.com||The Boston Phoenix|
|www.lynnareachamber.com||Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce|
|www.massculturalcouncil.org||Massachusetts Cultural Council|
|passion4art||Passion 4 Art|
|www.smfa.edu||School of the Museum of Fine Arts,Artist Resource Center|
|www.artthrob79.tumblr.com/||North Shore Art Throb|
|www.searts.org||Society for Encouragement of the Arts|
|www.hammersmithstudio.com||Classical Blacksmithing School of Boston|
|www.creative-capital.org||Creative Capital Foundation|
|www.exclrecycles.org/||Extras for Creative Learning|
|www.lynnmuseum.com Lynn Museum|
www.assestsforartists.com Assets for Artists