- Access to the Arts, Inc.
An arts and disability advocacy organization
- Alliance of Artists Communities
The mission of the Alliance of Artists Communities is to contribute to America’s cultural vitality by supporting their membership of diverse residency programs and advocating for creative environments that advance the endeavors of artists.Their membership includes professionally run artists’ communities, other nonprofit organizations that support the development of creative work, and individuals who believe in the creative process. For more information about their members see the members page at their website.
- Alternate Roots
The mission of Alternate ROOTS is to support the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services. ROOTS serves artists and communities by: 1) sharing of information and resources, 2) supporting the creation and development of new works, and 3) enabling artists to get their work before a broader audience. Members of ROOTS are eligible to apply for funding from the Community/Artists Partnership Program.
- Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Be sure to check out the Bookstore section of the website, where you can find new publications from Animating Democracy.
- Art Advice
This series of articles is designed to teach artists the skills they need to manage their own careers. Artists are encouraged to return to this site frequently to obtain information and advice on business aspects of their career and to help see themselves as emerging professionals.
- Art Sanctuary
Art Sanctuary’s mission is to support local emerging performing, visual, and literary artists through special events, promotions, and representation.
- Artists Register
The web site serves to connect visual artists and their work with private collectors, gallery owners, interior designers, corporate art buyers, public art administrators, and art enthusiasts in general. Also provides an archive of articles with tips and information about art as a profession. New articles posted monthly.
- Arts Journal
Editor Doug McLennan scans over 100 English language publications each day covering news on arts issues, dance, ideas, media, music, people, publishing, theatres, and visual arts. Sign up for free daily or weekly email.
- The Artrepreneur and The Pauper
Two sister sites that provide artist resources, art coaching, financial advice and career tools to help artists succeed. Sign up for the Newsletter for the Starving Artist.
- Arts and Cultural Attractions Council
A membership network of decision makers representing the arts and cultural attractions of the Greater Louisville Region and Southern Indiana
- Arts Council of Louisville
The mission of the Arts Council of Louisville is to assist community arts and artists by nurturing relationships, fostering multicultural diversity, providing tools and resource materials and advocating for the growth and economic development of our community.
- Arts Kentucky
A statewide membership organization for individual artists, performers, craftspeople, community and arts groups
- Artspace Projects, Inc.
The mission of Artspace Projects is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. They pursue this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances.
- CEC ArtsLink
CEC ArtsLink is an international arts service organization. The programs support exchange of artists and cultural managers in the United States with their counterparts in Central Europe, Russia and Eurasia.
- Center for Cultural Innovation
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) was launched in 2001 as a next-generation financial and management support center for self-employed artists, small arts businesses and the nonprofit arts sector, focusing on the needs of artists and creative entrepreneurs.
- Center For Nonprofit Excellence
cnpe.orgThe Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a nonprofit support management organization dedicated to being a resource for the success of the nonprofit sector in the Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana metro area.
- Centre for Creative Communities
Established in 1978, the Centre for Creative Communities in London, England, is an independent charity with extensive national and international experience. It works in arts and education, cultural exchanges and urban regeneration, promoting the building of creative and sustainable communities, where creativity and learning have pivotal roles in personal, social and cultural development. Through targeting concerned agencies and individuals, and encouraging collaborative partnerships among diverse parties, the CCC aims to influence public and private policy in the area of community regeneration.
An initiative of the Australia Council, this site delivers free audience-development and marketing-development tools and ideas to professional arts marketers and artists. Its weekly e-newsletter provides the best digest of articles and reports on arts participation and marketing from the English-speaking world.
- InKY Reading Series
The goal of the InKY Reading Series is to expand the audience for good, solid poetry through performances by established and emerging writers. On the second Friday of every month, there is a featured reader and several supporting acts. The evenings start with an open mic period to give beginning writers an opportunity to read.
- Ishtar Films
Ishtar Films presents distinguished films about women. The website includes films on Women’s History, Works By Women, and Films on Women Writers and Artists.
- Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education
The Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN), a coalition of statewide, non-profit organizations working to support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure that the arts are woven into the very fiber of American education.
- Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value and participate in the arts. Includes sections on Artists’ Opportunities and Programs and Grants
- Kentucky Arts Organizations
Over 80 links to arts organizations across the state of Kentucky.
- Kentucky Commission on Women
An official agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1970, KCW promotes the improvement of women’s status.
- Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
This website has many useful resources, including a page highlighting selected on-line sources in women’s history and a book and film list featuring Kentucky women: http://www.kdla.ky.gov/resources/women.htm#books
- Kentucky Women Writers Conference
Founded in 1979, KWWC is the country’s longest-running conference of this kind and the only conference to present contemporary women writers in a series of readings, writing workshops, performances, and discussions. KWWC is dedicated to advancing opportunities for well-known and promising new talents, as well as scholars and performers, to meet directly with readers and writers in a forum that facilitates the exchange of views, concerns, and inspirations. The continuing purpose is to create a forum for the discussion of the writing process, while fostering a climate that provokes an intellectual community and social change.
- Kentucky Women’s Book Festival
- LA Freewaves
LA Freewaves is dedicated to the creative exhibition of the most innovative and culturally relevant independent new media from around the world. LA Freewaves facilitates cross-cultural dialogues by inventing dynamic new media exhibition forms at experimental and established venues throughout Los Angeles. They are building one of the largest online archives and Internet new media resources.
- League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to increasing informed citizen participation in government.
- LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity)
LINC is a ten-year national campaign to improve conditions for artists in all disciplines, so that artists can more readily do their creative work and contribute to community life. LINC’s programs are wide-ranging and include many ways to assist artists with communication and networking.
- Madison Public Library Recommended Film list for Women’s History Month
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- National Council of Women’s Organizations
A bipartisan network of over a hundred women’s organizations.
- National Performance Network
NPN is a partnership of 55 art organizations in over 36 cities across the country. NPN connects artists with communities around two simple ideas – to help artists make work in their own neighborhoods, and to cross geographic and cultural divides to increase the traffic of fresh, challenging artistic work.
- National Women’s History Project
NWHP, founded in 1980, is an educational nonprofit organization. Their mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.
- Notable Women Ancestors
- Paducah Artist Relocation Program
paducaharts.com/flash.html A nationally recognized, awarding-winning model for using arts as a means of economic development, while promoting artist ownership and a thriving arts community.
- The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
Founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, painter Christina Schlesinger, and filmmaker Donna Deitch. The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is an arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs about community based public art works. SPARC espouses public art as an organizing tool for addressing contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting civic dialogue. Working within this philosophical framework, over the last twenty-eight years SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout Los Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues.
- Theatre Communications Group (TCG)
The mission of TCG is to strengthen, nurture and promote the not-for-profit professional American theatre. TCG offers grants to theatres and theatre artists, provides professional development opportunities, supports advocacy efforts, and produces publications including American Theatre magazine and ArtSEARCH.
- Visual Communications
The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.
- Women Make Movies
Women Make Movies is a media arts organization that facilitates, promotes, and distributes independent films and videos by and about women.
- Woman Vision
Woman Vision: Social Change through Media was founded in 1993 to promote tolerance and equal treatment of all people through the production and use of educational media, including video.
- Women Who Write
The “GOTO’ place for women writers was founded in 1992. Our mission is to welcome, educate and support women who aspire to write. Our co-founder, Carridder “Rita” Jones is a published author and playwright and many of our members are also published. We invite all women interested in writing, in any genre, at any level, amateur or professional to join.
Each year we sponsor a short prose and poetry contest and the winners are published in our annual anthology alongside selected writings from our membership. This year is our 16th publication of Calliope, the Annual Anthology of Women Who Write.
We meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, in the Highland Park Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library in Mid-City Mall, 1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky.
Annual dues are $25.00 which entitles members to participate in our critical response process, annual writing retreats, special events, as well as the monthly meetings.
- World Pulse Magazine
worldpulsemagazine.com World Pulse is a unique hybrid enterprise comprised of two separate and complimentary sister entities. The nonprofit entity, World Pulse Voices, is the trustee of PulseWire, working to provide an accessible communications space where women can speak for themselves and connect to solve local and global problems. The for-profit organization, World Pulse Media, will produce visually stunning and groundbreaking editorial content for a variety of media channels, including a print magazine.
- Creative Capital
Creative Capital, a New York City-based nonprofit organization, acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. Creative Capitol is committed to working in partnership with the artists it funds, providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with multi-faceted financial aid and promotional support throughout the life of each Creative Capital project.
- Fund For Women Artists
The Fund for Women Artists is founded on the belief that women artists have the power to change the way women are perceived in our society. The Fund wants to make sure that artists have full access to the financial and other resources they need to do this crucial work. The Fund focuses mainly on women in theatre, film, and video.
- Fundsnet Services
Links to funding Web sites by category, such as Art Foundations and Funders, Disability Resources, Grantwriting Resources, and Women’s Grants and Resources
- Grants List compiled by Michigan State University
- Grants for Individuals
Grants for Nonprofits
- National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts–both new and established–bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
- New York Foundation for the Arts
NYFA INTERACTIVE: The New York Foundation for the Arts provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for everyone who supports them. This includes NYFA SOURCE, a national directory of awards, funding, services, and other resources for artists in all disciplines.
- The Southern Arts Federation
The Southern Arts Federation (SAF) is a not-for-profit regional arts organization that has been making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975. SAF creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the professional development of artists, arts organizations and arts professionals; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and art education. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
The STUDIO is a center for experimental and interdisciplinary arts in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University . The STUDIO’s mission is to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, sciences, technology, and the humanities, and impact local and global communities. One way it carries out this mission is by providing artist residencies with stipends, commissions and facilities.
- User Aids for People with Disabilities
Categories include: Artists, Film and Videomakers, Musicians, and Writers. From The Foundation Center Web site
- Refinance and Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities
This guide provides resources needed to navigate the myriad of red tape and sometimes rigid processes regularly associated with real estate purchases; the types of mortgages available to you as a home buyer and financial and legal resources.
- Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. COF provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities—among other services—to its members and to the general public.
- Grantmakers in the Arts
Since its founding in 1985, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has been the only national organization focusing on philanthropy in the arts and culture. Grantmakers in the Arts is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of private foundations, family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit organizations that make arts grants.
- Southeastern Council on Foundations
The Southeastern Council of Foundations is a membership association of grantmaking foundations and programs that promotes excellence throughout the field of philanthropy and the creation of new philanthropic resources to benefit the region.
- Women’s Funding Network
Founded in 1985, the Women’s Funding Network (WFN) is an international organization with over 100 member funds (and 20 associate members) that are committed to improving the status of women and girls locally, nationally and globally.
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