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April 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM


Learn about state grant opportunities from the Florida Department of State, get assistance with your grant application, and talk one on one with program managers from State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Florida Main Street Program. Held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St., Miami.

Register here:



Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Upcoming grant deadlines



Developing Arts in Neighborhoods (DAN) Grants Program: provides funding and technical assistance support to small and/or developing cultural groups with annual organizational budgets under $100,000 that create, present or produce year-round cultural activities and arts programs in Miami-Dade County at the grassroots level, including underserved neighborhoods, communities or special populations.


Grant Application Deadline: May 9, 2017, 4:00 PM



Visit Grants for Organizations and Grants for Artists for more information.





MAMP Labs – Meet the Media

April 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM


Hear from local media leaders and influencers on strategy and best practices for leveraging your organization’s content on social media and digital platforms to increase exposure. Explore strategy, learn from your peers and test ideas in this interactive pitch session. The lab will begin with a panel discussion focused on leveraging content to attract influencers and boost non-traditional media coverage followed by an interactive pitch session in a small group format where participants will receive feedback from influencers and media experts. Registration link:




Submission Deadline: April 28, 2017


The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the arts. In 2017, Knight Foundation is giving away a total of $7.8 million to ideas in four cities: Akron, Ohio; Detroit; Miami and St. Paul, Minnesota.


Anyone can enter the Knight Arts Challenge, whether you’re a nonprofit, a business or an individual artist. There are just three rules:


  • The idea is about the arts.
  • The project takes place in or benefits one of the four communities: Akron, Ohio, Detroit, South Florida or St. Paul.
  • You find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.


All it takes is a 150-word application to apply. Get your ideas ready; submissions open through April 28, 2017.


To submit your idea:




Consultation Deadline: April 28, 2017
Postmark Deadline:  May 5, 2017



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. New this year: Artists can now apply for up to $1,500.
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.
For more information, download the Grant Guidelines and Application Form:



Florida Department of State Lunchtime Webinar Series


Join Division staff and special guests for informative webinars on a wide range of topics of interest to the arts and culture community. Most webinars will be held on the third Thursday of every month from noon to 1:00 PM. There is no charge to participate, and you can register by clicking on the name of the session below. For webinars that have already occurred, you may view a video of most sessions by clicking on the name of the session.


May 11 and May 18, 2017 - Internships in the Arts – How Best to Prepare for Hosting Interns


Join Dr. Antonio Cuyler and Dr. Anne Hodges of the Florida State University's Arts Administration programs as they discuss standards and practices for arts internships in this two part webinar series.  Please note that the first session takes place on the SECOND Thursday of May.





VSA Florida WebinarS


VSA Florida provides monthly webinars during the school year to help classroom teachers and teaching artists learn how to make art activities accessible to students of all abilities.  These webinars are provided free of charge; however, registration is required. Certificates of participation are available upon request.


Choosing Creativity: Choice-Based Art Education for the Inclusive Classroom- This webinar will take a look at how you can implement a choice-based art classroom, while meeting the needs of our diverse student populations. Checks for understanding, design of the studio environment, assessments, and strategies will be discussed and demonstrated. This session will be led by Samantha Varian. Ms. Varian has been an art educator for four years, teaching K-12 in inclusive art classrooms. She completed her Masters degree in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations from Moore College of Art & Design in 2016, where she conducted her thesis on the benefits of a Choice-Based art education curriculum for the inclusive classroom and how CBAE builds creativity, confidence, and critical thinking skills, while meeting and supporting the needs of a diverse student population.


May 17, 5:30-6:30 (4:30-5:30 central)
May 24, 5:30-6:30 (4:30-5:30 central)


For more information or archived webinars, visit


To register for these FREE webinars, please visit: 3147316/Webinar-registration.



Vans Custom Culture Art Competition CALLING ALL ARTS EDUCATORS & STUDENTS


High school students from across America are encouraged to register to compete in the Vans Custom Culture Art Competition. Registration opens next week on January 3, 2017, and spots fill up fast! Selected winners will receive $50,000 for their art program and recognition at a national celebration in Los Angeles in June 2017.

Americans for the Arts is pleased to partner with Vans to encourage high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity and inspire a new generation of youth culture. Vans Custom Culture is committed to investing in the arts as an integral part of all students' education.




Deadline: June 1, 2017


South Arts is currently accepting applications for its second Launchpad cohort. Launchpad is a professional development and funding source for presenters who are new (2 years or less) to the field. Participants attend PAE, South Arts covers up to $1,000 of their travel costs. Participants also receive a subsidy to present a Juried Showcase artist. If you plan to apply for a Juried Showcase this year, this can really help to open doors and increase bookings. Applications are currently open, the deadline is June 1, 2017. For information email or call (404) 874-7244 x16)