arts alert: NEA Chair Rocco Landesman to Lead Forum in Mpls

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September 7, 2011

1. NEA Chair Rocco Landesman to Lead Forum in Mpls on Friday Sept. 9

2. State Arts Board Wants YOU to Serve on a Grants Panel / New Deadlines
3. Doris Duke Offers Leadership Program

1. NEA Chair Rocco Landesman to Lead Forum in Mpls on Friday Sept. 9

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman will be in Minnesota on Friday, September 9, 2011 attending a roundtable discussion on Creative Placemaking. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held 1:30-3 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library in Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

The panel will also include Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Sarah Harris, Chief Operating Officer of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and Tom Borrup, Principal of Creative Community Builders. The panel will be introduced by Sue Gens, Executive Director of the Minnesota State
Arts Board, and the discussion will be moderated by Tom Fisher, Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. The panel is co-hosted by Hennepin
Theatre Trust and the Library Foundation of Hennepin County. The NEA recently awarded 51 “Our Town” grants nationwide which focus on “Creative Placemaking,” a process and initiative that encourages partners from both the public and private sectors to come together to strategically shape the social, physical, and economic character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.

2. State Arts Board Wants YOU to Serve on a Grants Panel / New Deadlines
The Arts Board is looking for volunteers to serve as panelists for their 2012 grant programs. Panelists should be Minnesota residents who are artists, arts administrators, arts educators, or board members with arts organizations.  The Arts Board is looking for panelists for all program areas. If you’re interested, fill out a panelist nomination form, found on the Arts Board website at

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Tonko,
panel and program coordinator, at 651-215-1608 or

Also, the MSAB has announced new deadlines for its grant programs. Some of the changes were made because of the affect of the state shutdown on the board’s operations. Grant application deadlines for fiscal year 2012 have been posted on the Minnesota State Arts Board Web calendar here:
Remember that the Regional arts councils offer additional art grant opportunities!
In addition to grant programs sponsored by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota’s eleven regional arts councils, covering every county in Minnesota, each offer grant programs for individual artists, arts organizations, schools, social service agencies, and others. To find out grant opportunities sponsored by the regional art council in your area, visit
3. Doris Duke Offers Leadership Program
Doris Duke Leaders in the Arts Fund
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has approved a 2-year grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The purpose of the Grant is to support the creation of the Doris Duke Leaders in the Arts Fund, which will subsidize the participation of leaders in the fields of dance, jazz, presenting and theatre in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
The Shannon Institute brings together a small group of experienced leaders and provides for them an opportunity to reflect on the purpose of their work, strengthen their leadership capacity, and gain a better understanding of the community they serve.  It engages artists, writers, and social scientists to work with the group of approximately 20 participants to explore such topics as balance, risk taking and courage, creativity, and community.  The insights and energy the program engenders come from the nature and process of the group, which is comprised of people from different backgrounds, organizational types, and geographic areas.
The Institute is available in two different formats that extend over the full calendar year.  The first begins in January and consists of monthly sessions, each an evening and a full day.  The second begins in March and meets quarterly for three days each session.  In both programs, the sessions vary in format and are designed to provide intellectual challenge, enhanced self-awareness, clarity of purpose, and renewed commitment to service—all important for leadership development.
The Institute has been designed to ensure that the people who are providing valuable leadership in our communities can be nurtured, challenged, and supported in their work.
For more information, or instructions on how to apply, please contact Paul Robinson at the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at or 651-280-2491.



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