News To Use – Volume 158

News To Use – Volume 158


Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs invites artists, cultural and community non-profit organizations to a series of free workshops introducing and demystifying the County’s cultural grant programs. The Department’s professional staff team will provide detailed information about the competitive funding opportunities offered through the Department, offer examples of strategies and best practices that have proven to be successful in the competitive environment, and suggest other helpful resources available for the cultural community.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 3 PM

African Heritage Cultural Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, FL 33142

Free event


Organizations and artists not able to attend the workshops are encouraged to visit to access the cultural grant programs guidelines and applications. 

For questions related to these workshops, please contact Roxana Barba, Cultural Projects Administrator (; 305-375-4209).


Education, Outreach and Access 


CCDH Upcoming Workshops   

An Administrator’s Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act

February 4, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL 33165


Discovering Inclusion 

February 11, 2016, 10 a.m. – noon,

Boys Scouts of America, 15255 NW 82nd Avenue, Miami Lakes, FL 33016


For exact locations and details, and to register for CCDH workshops, visit You may also contact Sheena Van Dyke at (305) 596-1160 Ext. 263 or



Funding Opportunities

News To Use – Volume 158




With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th anniversary on September 29, Chairman Jane Chu announced the initiative Creativity Connects. The initiative shows how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts have changed, explores how the arts connect with other industries, and invests in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field. 

An important component of this initiative is a pilot grant opportunity that will support partnerships between nonprofit arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors which include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. These Art Works: Creativity Connects grants will seek to benefit the arts and non-arts sectors by demonstrating the value of working with the arts; supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors; building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies; and creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals. 

Visit for information about these grants. Please note that an organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts categories including other areas of Art Works and Challenge America. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project from the other application. 

Questions should be directed to The application deadline is March 3, 2016 and a webinar about applying for these grants will take place on January 27.



The Children’s Trust


Seeking Proposals from Small CBOs RFP 2016-05

Pre-application deadline is February 19, 2016

A program and professional development opportunity for small community-based organizations (CBOs) has just been released by The Children’s Trust. This is an intensive, two-year capacity-building initiative with financial supports that will ultimately help selected agencies reach more children and families effectively. Participation is limited to eligible respondents not currently funded by The Trust with total annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less. Visit for more information.




Miami Arts Marketing Project


Cultivating Audiences for the Arts across the Digital Landscape

January 26, 2016 9:30 to 1:30


The Arts & Business Council’s 2016 Miami Arts Marketing Project series kicks off with a panel of marketing changemakers. The rapidly changing landscape of technology and the digital experience has led to innovative ground breaking opportunities to connect your arts group with new audiences. Hear marketing experts including Jessica Lustig from 21C Media Group, Kim Noltemy from Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rich Bradway from Norman Rockwell Museum. Digital media is quickly emerging as the new medium for delivering unique experiences. To effectively maximize the digital landscape you need to know how to develop and distribute compelling and creative content. Using case histories and interactive discussion groups, three leading arts marketing experts and pioneers in the development of digital communications will present some of their innovative programming.  Learn about affordable tools, techniques and distribution channels to leverage digital marketing for your arts group to build new audiences.


Tickets: $60. Scholarships available to some Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs grant recipients.

Register today.




Postmark Deadline:  Friday, February 5, 2016

Consultation deadline: January 29, 2016


Program provides funding support for practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Miami-Dade County to take advantage of specific professional development and skill-building opportunities (outside Miami-Dade County) to help advance their careers as working artists.  Funds may be used to cover attendance at advanced workshops, master classes, or seminars; to participate in artist residencies; to engage in activities that are specifically capable of advancing or propelling a professional career; etc. Maximum request is $1,000. 

Prospective applicants must call and request a phone consultation with the Artist Access Program Administrator, Mary Luft (305) 324-4337 at least one week prior to submitting an application by the postmark deadline (consultation deadline January 29, 2016).

Download the program Guidelines and Application Form:





Advancement Administrator

Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation


Chief Financial Officer

The Children’s Trust


Contract Manager for Small CBO’s

The Children’s Trust


Research and Evaluation Analyst

The Children’s Trust


City Tours Manager


Learning Programs Manager (School Programs)

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens


Executive Director

Bakeshouse Art Complex




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