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ACCESSIBILITY

Making the arts accessible to Nevadans of all cultures and abilities is a priority of the Nevada Arts Council. By taking steps to make Nevada arts and cultural programs, information and facilities accessible to all people, with and without disabilities, we open the door to expanded audiences, participants, patrons and advocates. Check out Nevada's accessibility information at Accessibility Resources/ADA Links.

For information on requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or how to make your programs and facilities more accessible, download the Design for Accessibility Handbook along with an Arts Accessibility Checklist on the National Endowment for the Arts’ AccessAbility homepage at www.nea.gov/resources/Accessibility. This website provides information and links to Leadership Initiatives in Arts and Aging, Arts in Healthcare, Arts in Corrections, Universal Design and Careers in the Arts. It also features award-winning accessibility programs implemented across the nation.

LINKS TO ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
Connect to what's happening across the state or across the nation by checking out these websites:

ARTISTS RESOURCES

~ Funding Resources - Below are a number of funding and support services resources for artists with the intent on providing emergency assistance. 

Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - on stage and those behind the scenes - who work in entertainment and performing arts. As a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition, The Actors Fund provides comprehensive social services including counseling, crisis intervention and connections to local resources for personal, family or work related problems as well as emergency financial assistance for basic living necessities.

Artists' Fellowship, Inc
The Artists' Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement. The Artists' Fellowship's Board of Trustees and Officers all serve as volunteers in service to our community of artists. Assistance is given without expectation of repayment. One does not need to be a Member of the Fellowship to receive assistance; neither does membership in the Artists' Fellowship entitle one to assistance from the foundation.

Art Career Project, The
The Art Career Project is a group of people – much like you – who are passionate about art. They are looking to educate you on how to educate yourself in preparation for an exciting career in art! For each career, they try to provide a concise overview of each career, as well as a little information about what each type of artist does. They also try to give you information regarding where each type of artist works and how to get started. Like many successful careers, however, a career in art often starts with an excellent education. For each of the different careers listed, they also provide concise information regarding what type of art school is necessary, or at least helpful. 

Authors League Fund
Authors League Fund helps professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income or other misfortune. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects. It should be kept in mind that the Fund's resources come from other professional writers.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) emergency relief assistance includes small grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment.

Mayer Foundation
The Mayer Foundation makes economic relief grants to individuals who are distressed or suffering as a result of poverty, low income or lack of financial resources. Proposals will be considered by the Foundation's selection committee, which meets quarterly.

MusiCares Foundation
The MusiCares Foundation provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

Musicians Foundation
The Musicians Foundation helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses.

PEN Writers' Fund
The PEN Writers' Fund is an emergency fund for professional-published or produced-writers in acute, emergency financial crisis. Depending on the situation, the Fund gives grants of up to $2,000. The maximum amount is given only under especially dire circumstances and when monies are available.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. has dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation‘s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

Society of Singers
Society of Singers helps singers who have financial needs resulting from personal, family, or medical crises. Charitable grants may be provided for basic needs including rent, utilities, medical/dental expenses, substance abuse rehab, psychotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatment. Grants are always paid directly to creditors. SOS is unable to provide assistance for credit card debts, tax debts, loans, voice lessons, demos, head-shots and other music projects.


Below is the link to national and statewide literary resources, journals, organizations, festivals and conferences.

Nevada Writer's Resource List
Nevada Writer's Resource List is a listing of literary resources in Nevada and in the region.

 
READ the News or Advocate for the Arts when you check out the links below.

Arts Journal
For arts leaders looking at the big picture, get your morning dose of news for and about the creative industry at ArtsJournal.com, the daily digest of arts, culture & ideas.

Join Arts Action Fund
Stand up for the arts! Join the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, America's Voice for the Arts. Mobilizing one million arts activists-the Arts Action Fund helps persuade our elected officials to support policies and funding for arts, culture and arts education and provides action alerts on a variety of arts-related issues.

EDUCATION RESOURCES

National Endowment for the Arts.  The following is a sample of the arts education resources available at the NEA’s web site, arts.gov. We invite you to take a look and have a listen starting with the most recent addition:

ART WORKS BLOG: Celebrating Champions of Change How do we build a better future for Americans? By asking for advice from those ordinary Americans who are already doing extraordinary things.

“Brains come with two sides for a reason. They need each other. They fill in each other’s voids and what happens when they work together is magical.”

ART WORKS BLOG: The Arts and Human DevelopmentThe convening The Arts and Human Development: Learning Across the Lifespan initiated an important new discussion between the NEA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

PODCAST: Creating a Sense of Belonging 
Providence, Rhode Island’s, Community MusicWorks provides instrument instruction, leadership development, and other community-based programs to the distressed neighborhood in which it is located.

PODCAST: A Sense of Hope
An interview with Bert Crenca of Providence’s AS220 explores its ties to the community and its arts education program, AS220 Youth.

The NAC Arts Education Program has created a series of publications for educators and teaching artists, on artist residencies, evaluation and curriculum.

ARTSEDGE is the Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts.


RESEARCH: Arts Education in America : What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation This report investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation and examines long-term declines in Americans’ reported rates of arts learning.

NEA ARTS MAGAZINE: Designs on the Future, The Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida DASH is ranked among the premier magnet schools in the country, and produces students who go on to success in both college and careers in design and the arts.

PUBLICATION: Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools: This report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education.

PUBLICATION: Imagine! This publication revises and updates the previous edition's material on introducing children to the arts.

Lake Research Partners shares results from a national poll that identifies a growing constituency who advocate that building capacities of the imagination rests primarily with an education in and through the arts. Check out at the Imagine Nation.

The Arts Education Partnership provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announces the release of its landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES

Blog Sites With Value

  • ArtsBeat - provides the latest on the arts, coverage of live events, critcal reviews, multimedia extravaganzas and much more.
  • Butts in Seats - musings on practical solutions for arts management.
  • The Board Caf'e - offers practical and provocative articles 'short enough to reach over a cup of coffee to help you give and get the most of board service.
  • Capital City Arts Initiative - Features arts and culture items of interest to all Nevadans with an emphasis on the Carson City Area.
  • Culturetopia Podcast - offers arts, culture, media and much more from NPR’s Neda Ulaby and Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes. Delve into the week’s best coverage of books, movies, music and more from NPR News shows.
  • Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) features two valuable blogs - Economic Turmoil and Change and Better Together: from the desk of Janet Brown (Executive Director - GIA) Check them out!
  • Philantopic - A blog of opinion and commentary from Philanthropy News Digest.

NPR Culturetopia at http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=89697153 offers podcasts about arts, culture, media and much more from NPR's Neda Ulaby and other culture bloggers. Delve into the week's best coverage of books, movies, music and more from NPR at npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1008

~Short articles and worthwhile studies to help you make informed decisions.

Arts Journal
For arts leaders looking at the big picture, get your morning dose of news for and about the creative industry at
ArtsJournal.com, the daily digest of arts, culture & ideas.

Bay Area Study on Arts Funding - Relevant for Nevada?
A new study commissioned by the San Francisco Foundation and East Bay Community Foundation -
It’s Not About You…It’s About Them: A Research Report on What Motivates Bay Area Donors to Give to the Arts and Artists provides insight into the values of donors to artists and artist-driven projects. Despite today’s economic environment, local donors and foundations jointly funded nearly 200 Bay Area artists to support the creation of 116 new works. The study tells the stories of six artists and small to mid-size arts groups who leveraged the matching funds to generate resources for their artistic projects.
Check it out at www.sff.org/programs/arts-culture/news

Blue Avocado at http://www.blueavocado.org offers practical and provocative food-for-throught for nonprofits and articles ‘short enough to read over a cup of coffee.’

Need some help with Computer Resources?  These are definately worth Checking Out!

TechSoup Global at http://www.techsoup.org is a comprehensive technology resource center for the nonprofit sector. Working with corporate donors, including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Symantec, TechSoup provides hardware, software and services. TechSoup Global has served more than 127,000 organizations, distributed more than 6.3 million technology donations, and enabled nonprofit recipients to save more than $1.8 billion in IT expenses in 33 countries around the world.

Nonprofit Techsoup Stock offers software donations to nonprofits from 35 major technology providers, including Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, Intuit, and Adobe (for an administrative fee as little as 5% of retail cost). To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)3 or a library. (See the TechSoup Stock Catalog.) Also check out its Refurbished Computer Initiative, which provides nonprofits a chance to get low-cost, high-quality computers with a new operating system and up-to-date software (covered by a 90-day warranty).

~NEED HELP TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN AND THE LIGHTS ON? These websites are designed to help provide information on advocacy, operating expenses, and shrinking budgets.

Council of Nonprofits
Check out the Council of Nonprofits Resource Center's new site
Nonprofits Coping with the Economy. This ‘ever-evolving resource' was created to provide nonprofits and supporters strategies to help navigate the recession while serving their communities more efficiently.

Join Arts Action Fund
Stand up for the arts! Join the
Americans for the Arts Action Fund, America's Voice for the Arts. Mobilizing one million arts activists-the Arts Action Fund helps persuade our elected officials to support policies and funding for arts, culture and arts education and provides action alerts on a variety of arts-related issues.

Kennedy Center Helpline
Arts in Crisis, a new initiative of The Kennedy Center offers high-tech support service to nonprofit arts organizations. Arts administrators can communicate to consultants and center staff about personnel about shrinking income, budget-conscious audiences and other difficulties in keeping the doors open. Assistance will be provided through e-mails, telephone calls, Web chats or site visits.

~Links to Funding Resources

Americans for the Arts offers links to a number of resource guides of benefit to nonprofit organizations, including the following:

GrantStation is an online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions. Learn more about their services at grantstation.com

~ Leadership Information to help you lead the way.

Online Tool Kit
Americans for the Arts has developed an online toolkit to help arts organizations respond effectively in times of crisis.
The Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit at provides current information, key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research needed to make the case for keeping the arts in your community.

Emerging Leaders Mentorship Toolkit
The
Mentorship Toolkit  is great tool for Emerging Leader Networks. The Emerging Leaders Council put this together, and the Arts Alliance Illinois and the Emerging Arts Leaders of LA provided the documents that made up this toolkit. It contains resources, noteable blogs, and reasearch information.

Value of Volunteer Time
The estimated dollar value of volunteer time is $21.36 per hour for 2010. The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. Learn more about these figures, including how they are calculated and how nonprofit organizations often use them.

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