New Models for Arts Journalism Receive Funding
Winners of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge will participate in live webcast discussion today
October 10, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO -- Today, five projects that offer innovative models for local arts journalism will receive funding to help make their projects a reality.
Each will be named a finalist of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, founded this summer to find new ways to use technology to inform and engage people in the arts.
The finalists will work with a consultant and receive support of up to $20,000 to develop an Idea to Action plan. In addition, the finalists will be eligible for up to $80,000 to implement their project. Six projects also will be designated as honorable mentions and receive $1,000 each.
Read the full list below, and watch the live webcast announcement and panel discussion today from the Grantmakers in the Arts conference in San Francisco at 10 a.m. PDT, 11 a.m. MDT, noon CDT and 1 p.m. EDT.
The five finalist projects, emerging from 233 applications submitted from eight pilot communities, are:
As anyone who watches television news or reads a newspaper knows, the world of journalism is changing dramatically. Newspapers are shrinking, television news programs are morphing, and the Internet is exploding. According to the Pew Research Center, newspaper newsrooms have declined by 30 percent since 2000. Arts journalism has been particularly hard hit.
Without feature stories, interviews or reviews about the arts, how are people going to know what is happening in their own communities? What creative and social opportunities will be lost not only for artists and their audiences but for the community as a whole?
"Our goal for the Challenge is to increase high quality local arts journalism," said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman. "To succeed, art requires informed and engaged audiences, and informed and engaged audiences require news, criticism and information on a regular basis. Both the arts and arts journalism are essential for building vibrant and creative communities."
"These winners demonstrate creative thinking in ways to keep local cultural coverage enlightening, engaging and sustainable. They seized the opportunity the digital age offers, and that is to use technology to connect with people in new ways," said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts at Knight Foundation.
Eight pilot communities -- the communities above, plus runners up Macon, Ga., St. Paul, Minn., and Akron, Ohio -- were selected because of their long history of collaboration with Knight Foundation. Projects had to benefit one of the eight communities, and applicants were encouraged to form partnerships -- especially with traditional media organizations -- and to think broadly and boldly about incorporating new technology.
The Honorable Mentions are:
Local arts agencies in each city have been critical to the success of the Challenge, by distributing information and encouraging constituents to apply. They include: the Akron Area Arts Alliance in Ohio; the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, City of San Jose Cultural Affairs/Economic Development; the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan; the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; the Macon Arts Alliance; Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in St. Paul; and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. The agencies will also manage the contracts with the winning recipients in their communities.
Challenge finalists will complete their Idea to Action plans in late 2011. Those plans will be reviewed and up to three of the five will be selected for further development and implementation with an award of up to $80,000. The final winners will be announced in spring 2012.
To see videos of the winning projects and read more about the Challenge, visit artsjournalism.org. Join the conversation on Twitter at #artsjourn
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