FLINT — The Flint area is home to a rich tapestry of grassroots artists, educators and arts and culture organizations that are addressing community issues in creative new ways through the power of arts and culture.
The Ruth Mott Foundation believes in the power of the arts to bring people together to explore and address community issues, and is launching a new program entitled “Share Art Flint,” to fund creative new ways to do that.
The Flint-based foundation invites local organizations and individual arts and culture practitioners to submit proposals for creative projects that use arts and culture as tools for learning, for community change and to celebrate the region’s diversity.
Share Art Flint is a mini-grant program and is the first initiative of the Ruth Mott Foundation’s new community arts and culture strategy.
“This is a new program and a new way of funding the wonderful tapestry of grassroots arts and culture in this community,” said Steve Wilson, executive director of the Ruth Mott Foundation. “We want to support projects that offer meaningful ways for Genesee County residents to take part in arts and culture experiences that are rooted in the heart of community life.”
Both the application and approval processes have been streamlined to make the mini grants widely accessible. The application requires only a cover sheet, a budget and a one-page narrative. Applications are due May 4 and grants will be awarded by the middle of June.
“We hope that the simplified application process will encourage proposals from people and organizations that don’t typically consider applying for grants from foundations,” says Wilson.
The maximum award per grant is $5,000. A total of $50,000 has been designated for the grants.
Brochures about the mini grant program will be distributed at several locations around Flint including: Greater Flint Arts Council, the Urban League of Flint and the Flint Public Library. More information and an online application are available at: shareartflint.rmfdn.org. — G.G.