I’m sharing this newsletter column with you because it has some AWESOME out-of-the-box ideas! And, because the author/owner, Hope C. Clark graciously granted me permission to do so. By the way – if you don’t subscribe to her newsletter, FUNDS FOR WRITERS, you really should! They are worth every penny. Her links are below her signature! Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.
Your Arts and Humanities Commissions
This week I received notice of selection for the South Carolina Humanities Commission Speakers Bureau Roster. I’m so honored! Then I realized I had not discussed the state arts and humanities commissions (sometimes councils) in a while. Trust me . . . every writer needs to know the basics about their state arts commission and their state humanities commission. They can open doors!
These agencies are under the state government umbrella and receive budgets for granting and funding to the arts and humanities. Writers often consider the arts commission but overlook the humanities. While their interests can overlap, they represent opportunities. Opportunities like:
1) Speakers Bureaus where the agency provides a grant to the library, nonprofit, or school interested in having artists/writers present to an audience. Yes, you can sell your books.
2) Fellowships or grants provided to artists/writers who demonstrate serious effort in their careers.
3) Grants to organizations which can include paying you for participating in the organization’s work.
4) Free classes on grants, being an artist, earning a living.
5) Newsletters listing updates on grants, markets, calls for submissions, contests.
6) Book festivals where they seek writers to teach, present, and sign.
7) Arts-in-Education rosters which connect you to schools for appearances.
Here’s how you find yours:
State Arts Councils – https://www.arts.gov/partners/state-regional
State Humanities Councils – http://www.neh.gov/about/state-humanities-councils
As a minimum, sign up for a newsletter for the agencies in your state. And there’s nothing wrong with signing up for ones from other states. You may not be eligible for that state’s grants, but they often list way more writing opportunities in their newsletters. I belong to almost twenty.
And nothing’s wrong with going by to visit or giving them a call. Ask them how they can help you. They exist for the arts and humanities, and that includes you.