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Arts Dollars Working Locally

As the Lehigh Valley Arts Council prepares to close the curtains on 2019, and look towards new opportunities in 2020, we are reminded of the impact that arts dollars (often grants) have on communities.

Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) we were able to re-grant nearly $40,000 in support of 28 community-based arts activities. You can download a list of those funded groups (with dates to their events) here.

Through our many partnerships with Lehigh Valley based cultural organizations and human service organizations, we were able to provide accessible equipment to theatres, train college students on audio description, and offer grants that reinforce accessibility as an important investment.

Often used in grant proposals, the term "economic impact" is at the core of why many agencies, foundations, or nonprofits choose to give out grants. While the benefits of art are greater than the financial investment, it's important to remember that public dollars for the arts also strengthen the economy.

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Project Stream Grant Gets Timeline Adjustment

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The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts have adjusted their activity period for the PA Partners in the Arts' Project Stream. The program cycle will shift to a calendar year beginning in 2021.

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 PPA Project Stream applications will be due October 20, 2020.

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Incentive Grants for Greater Inclusion

Create Cultural Access

Sometimes a financial incentive can spark interest in trying something new. By offering an audio described performance of a play or providing open captioning to an audience member with hearing loss you can welcome new faces to your venue.

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CASE STUDY: Look back at Penn State University - Lehigh Valley's Making the Event Accessible, an exhibition experience they offered to people with visual impairments.

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is here to help your venue open its doors wider for arts enthusiasts living with disabilities. In 2020 we will offer three types of matching grants:

1. An audience accommodation grant for up to $350
2. An artist with a disability grant for up to $500 to perform or exhibit
3. An artist residency grant for up to $1500 to contract an artist to work with people living with disabilities
1. An audience accommodation grant for up to $350
2. An artist with a disability grant for up to $500 to perform or exhibit
3. An artist residency grant for up to $1500 to contract an artist to work with people living with disabilities

SAVE THE DATE: The Arts Council is hosting a grant information session on February 11, 2020, at the Center for Vision Loss from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

- Please RSVP by January 20, 2020.
- Applicants must attend the grant session or submit a letter of intent by February 10, 2020.
- Deadline for submission is March 15, 2020.

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Quotable

"I’ve learned how very critical it is. While private dollars would probably ensure the arts would continue to thrive in our biggest urban centers, access to the arts would evaporate in many other parts of the country if not for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

A review of the art giving of the top 1,000 private foundations in the United States shows that those private dollars don't reach 65 percent of American counties. In contrast, the NEA supports activities in 779 more counties than private foundations"

Mary Ann Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

On being asked "What have you learned during your tenure at the NEA about the unique federal role of support for the arts in America?"

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by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

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