It’s hard to believe, but a year has passed since we announced the first deadline for a grantmaking fund under our new Arts program strategy: the Exploring Engagement Fund. And today we are announcing our third round of this fund, along with the second round of our more targeted Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions. The deadline to submit applications for both funds is December 3, 2012. And please note: we will now have only one round of funding per year—in December—for both funds as we streamline this grantmaking process. This means that if you miss this deadline, the next time you’ll be able to apply is December 2013.
We are excited to see the results of the many projects that we have supported or will support under the Exploring Engagement Funds as arts nonprofits investigate new and enriching ways to engage Californians in the arts. Many grantees from the first round are already getting underway with their projects and I encourage you to watch brief interviews with the leaders of two of our grantees—the AjA Project and MusicianCorps—and hear how they’re thinking about exploring engagement and why it’s important for arts organizations to adapt to the shifting arts landscape.
Our new strategy seeks to promote engagement in the arts for all Californians and the Exploring Engagement Funds are the first three opportunities offered to date under the new strategy. The three funds are:
Please visit the above links for more complete descriptions of the Exploring Engagement Funds, including the goals for the funds, the criteria for selection and relevant deadlines. Additionally, you can read a blog post announcing our first-round Exploring Engagement Fund grantees in June 2012. And check back with us in December when we announce the second round of Exploring Engagement Fund grantees and the first round of our Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions grantees.