I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
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CAC Administrators of Color Fellowship applications open
The School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (SOAC), an Administering Organization of the California Arts Council, has announced the opening of the California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship program. The statewide pilot program will match 10 arts administrators of color, Fellows, with an arts and culture organization, Host Organizations, dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12-month fellowship. Apply by July 31 - learn more in our press release.
Reopening resources added to CAC COVID-19 webpage
After following state and local public health guidelines, some arts venues and events may be seeking specific tools as they plan ahead for possibly reopening. The California Arts Council COVID-19 News & Resources page has a newly added "Reopening" section to aid in guiding arts organizations and venues on how to resume operations safely and in consideration of both patrons and staff. Click here to visit the COVID-19 New & Resources webpage.
Federal funds still available to support small businesses
Funds are still available from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the pandemic. The loan period has been extended from eight to 24 weeks, with more than $130 billion in forgivable loans still available. Applications are due by June 30.
The Federal Reserve has also announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies with fewer than 15,000 employees are now eligible to apply. Details on the loan, forms, and agreements can be found here when the program is operational.
Grants for arts participation by people with disabilities
Applications are open now for cycle two of the California Arts Council's Arts and Accessibility grant program, offering support to artists with disabilities and organizations enhancing arts and culture opportunities for people with disabilities. Direct funding for artists is available through this grant. The program is administered in partnership with the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA. Click here to learn more.
Support creativity in the classroom on your state tax return
The new California tax deadline is July 15. Be a champion for arts education when filing by making a contribution to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund on your California state return. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible contribution is applied to arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council. Smart needs art - get the details on donating here.
In Solidarity with the Black Community, for Justice and Liberation