Monday, October 8, 2012

All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation

All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation

Funded by MetLife Foundation

Announcing round II of All-In!

APAP is proud to announce a second round of All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation. One-year grants of up to $25,000 are awarded to current APAP member presenting organizations in support of promising new approaches to community engagement through the performing arts. A total of $150,000 is available thanks to the generous support of MetLife Foundation.
How to apply:
1. Carefully review the guidelines and application. (You may also view sample proposals from round I below).

2. Complete the applicationbudget template and narrative and required supplementary materials (see application). View detailed budget narrative instructions.
3. Submit completed applications to by 5 p.m. (EDT), Thursday, November 1, 2012.
Questions? Contact Laura Benson, programs manager, at or 202-833-2787.

Sample Proposals

APAP was pleased to receive many innovative and engaging proposals during round I ofAll-In. The following ten submissions (including those of the four grantees) are highlighted as strong community engagement approaches in the performing arts field.

Round I All-In Grantees:

In June of 2012, APAP announced the recipients of the pilot round of the All-In grant program; read the full-length press release.
Arts Midwest in Minneapolis, MN Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet 
Caravanserai by Arts Midwest will expand the dialogue between American communities and contemporary Muslim societies through the arts. Arts Midwest will work with communities and Muslim artists to offer intensive and individual consultations about program design, local communications challenges, artists as agents for social change and program evaluation processes.

Lied Center of Kansas in Lawrence, KS Issue Theater 
Issue Theatre, for middle school audiences, uses the performing arts as a tool to facilitate discussions about issues faced by today's youth. The initial season of Issue Theatre will focus on the topic of bullying and feature members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA
The Creative Ecosystem 
The Creative Ecosystem invites public sector community leaders who are thematically linked to that season’s performances to collaborate and meet throughout the year. Prior to each show’s opening performance, the community leaders will host a festival of ideas relating to the show and season themes.

International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT Pop-Up Arts Village 
The portable structures of the Pop-Up Arts Village will travel to select neighborhoods to encourage new participation in the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The village will provide a plaza for dance and theatre performances, master classes and community dialogues. Festival staff, neighborhood organizations and local leaders will actively engage residents in planning programs for the village.

Program Background 

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation are pleased to launch a new program: All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation. The goal of this program is to support innovative strategies that target the full spectrum of community members from all generations and populations in community-based performing arts programs. 
One-year grants of up to $25,000 are awarded to current APAP member presenting organizations in support of promising new approaches to community engagement through the performing arts. APAP will harness its international communications network to highlight accomplishments and lessons learned from each project - including opportunities for members of the presenting field to participate in a dialogue with grantees.
Interested in our former MetLife Foundation partnership program? View our Arts Access knowledge products.
Questions? Contact: Programs Manager Laura Benson, 1-888.820.ARTS(2787) or  

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