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Burlington City Arts

MARCH 4, 2016

Announcing the Burlington City Arts Community Fund - $35,000 to Support Artists and Innovation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is very pleased to announce the  newly formed Burlington City Arts Community Fund, a fund in its pilot year providing $35,000 to Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals, or small arts organizations. The City of Burlington and the BCA Board of Advisors have partnered to create this annual fund that will support artists’ and arts organizations’ projects that contribute to the public good through a competitive grant process. 

“The City of Burlington has a rich and growing arts and cultural community that contributes to livability and economic growth. To continue to foster a robust, healthy, creative community, support artists, and encourage innovation through the arts, this funding is vital, and we are excited to be spearheading this initiative,” said Doreen Kraft, BCA Executive Director.

“The Burlington artistic scene is a major contributor to the vitality of our City, and we are excited to offer the BCA Community Fund opportunity to local artists and creative professionals to further grow our community’s artistic fabric,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Thank you to Executive Director Doreen Kraft and the energetic BCA team for your collaboration in bringing this initiative forward.”

The purpose of the BCA Community Fund will be to provide one-year funding of up to $3,000 for Burlington-based practicing artists, creative professionals, or small arts organizations to develop projects that engage the community and address needs, challenges, and priorities through the arts. Specifically, the fund will provide financial support for artist fees, supplies and materials, production expenses like space and equipment rentals, professional services, and marketing/publicity and other outreach costs.

Grant requests (submitted via online application here: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/BCA-Community-Fund) may be up to $3,000, and the requested amount should be commensurate with project description. Projects may be funded completely by the fund or have a budget larger than $3,000 and be funded partially.

All proposed projects must have a public component or include some public “presentation” of the work for residents of the City of Burlington, and applications will be reviewed based on criteria which include potential community impact, success of past work, creating accessibility to the arts, creativity, and innovation. Community projects will be reviewed and awarded by a grants panel that will be selected annually by BCA. Panels will be comprised of seven residents and/or business owners from Burlington, including non-submitting art professionals from different disciplines and community members. Panelists will be selected annually by BCA based on experience in their artistic discipline and geographic location, with representation from throughout the City. 

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a practicing artist 18 years or older or an arts organization whose annual operating budget is less than $500,000 and whose primary mission is to create art, produce art, present art, or support arts and culture services for the public. Applicants must be a resident of the City of Burlington or have a rented/owned art space within the City of Burlington with a valid street address for a minimum of the last 12 months (P.O. boxes will not be accepted). Applicants must demonstrate that at least half (at least 51%) of programming occurs within the City of Burlington.

Religious institutions, social service or educational organizations, public or governmental agencies, schools, school districts and universities/higher education institutions, athletic teams, social organizations, fraternal organizations, organizations that receive other funding from the City of Burlington, staff and board members of Burlington City Arts, current year Burlington City Arts Community Fund panelists, individual youth under the age of 18, and students enrolled in a degree program are not eligible to apply.

Applications for the BCA Community Fund will be available on BCA’s website, www.burlingtoncityarts.org by March 4, 2016. Online applications must be submitted by April 29, 2016. Awards are estimated to be announced by May 30, 2016 (estimated) and awarded projects must be completed by May 30, 2017 (estimated).

The BCA Community Fund was created as a result of a series of meetings between BCA, local artists and small arts organizations. After a review of comparable arts fund programs in model arts cities like Austin, TX, Saratoga Springs, NY and Chicago, Ill., the City of Burlington established the BCA Community Fund for Fiscal Year 2016. $20,000 of the fund’s $35,000 budget derives from City funds that were unanimously approved by the City Council for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, and $15,000 has been privately raised by the Board of Burlington City Arts.

The Burlington City Arts Community Fund is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes, and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG. 

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