Five Faves: September

I’m slowly wading through a bunch of things I’ve bookmarked on my computer this summer. Here are a couple you might want to check out, too:

  1. The Awesome Foundation - Monthly $1,000 micro-grants “…given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.” Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike. Applications are always open. Found via the resources page at the brand new Lancaster Public Art website.

  2. Alliance of Artists Communities - I rely on the AAC to research writing residencies around the country. However, the website is full of other good info, like this intro to/resource list re: residency funding. Something special about this site, versus others that share residency info, is that they often list how large the most recent applicant pool was for a given residency program. With a little bit of digging, you can find opportunities with the best acceptance odds that match your project goals! Also bookmarked from the LPA website!

  3. DoDIY - My pal Alyssa recently took the reins at this site, which “…exists to support DIY spaces, organizers, musicians, performers, writers, activists, and other like-minded folks. The site hosts resources for anyone interested in the DIY ethos, as well as maintains a catalog of event spaces and organizers from around the world.” The state/country directory is such an excellent resource for anyone planning a tour, hosting events, or just interested in learning more about DIY topics. Pretty proud of the Pennsylvania section!

  4. Your Fans Don't Care How Excited You Are…” - This blog post by Krisi Packer for Americans For The Arts has some great stats (our attention span is 8.25 seconds / 71% of consumers have unfollowed a brand on social because they were embarrassed) but this is my favorite part: “If you do one thing from this blog post, stop including ,“We’re so excited about our upcoming season.” As a user, I don’t care that you’re excited—what will get me jazzed about upcoming programming?” [emphasis mine]. This is a pet peeve of mine, and one that I am guilty of as well. It makes so much sense to make your fans/visitors/shoppers/audience the focus of your content & copy but it’s easy to forget when you’re in the never-ending slog of social media content writing.

  5. Fleisher Art Memorial Call for Entries: Wind Challenge, 2020-2021 - This sounds like a really cool art opportunity for people currently living in CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, RI, or Washington, DC. I had the opportunity to teach through the Fleisher Teen Lounge program a few years ago, and it seemed like a great organization. Act fast—the application deadline is September 13th.

Fave photo by @jula on Unsplash