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adequate pay for school workshops / there is a way

updated wed 7 feb 01

 

Snail Scott on sun 4 feb 01


At 12:16 PM 2/4/01 -0800, you wrote:
Here in California and I'm sure in other states they have a
>3 percent charge per government building that go toward public art.
>I would like to see something like 10 percent of this money go to a fund
>that
>would pay studios artist like each of us to go into public schools and give
>demos, slides shows, talks.
>
>Who is with me ? Chris



There is a program like that here in Nevada -
an 'Artist in Residence' program for the
elementary schools, involving artists, writers,
musicians, etc, visiting schools and doing
workshops, performances, lectures, or whatever.
It pays pretty well - $600 per week. It's funded
by the Nevada Arts Council (state government).

-Snail

p.s. I was a member of the selection committee
for one of those "1% for Art" programs. It was
a terrific experience, seeing how such things
are run. One of the things I learned is that
such programs are often required to spend the
money, even if none of the entries is really
great. That's partly why so much mediocre public
art ends up where it is. The committee may have
wished it had better entries to choose from,
but could only select from what was offered.

The moral of this tale is: ENTER! You too could
get one of these public commissions, but only
if you enter! Tile mural installations are
rapidly gaining favor for public buildings.
Archival, washable, and graffiti-proof! Even
if you don't do 'outdoor-compatible' work, many
opportunities exist for indoor installations,
and for sculpture, too.
-S.

Cantello Studios on sun 4 feb 01


Hi all this thread has taken off into a question that I need to say
something about. Here in California and Iím sure in other states they have a
3 percent charge per government building that go toward public art. This fee
can and does add up to big dollar
commission work. In the last 5 years in Chico, to the tune of something over
100,000 bucks.
I would like to see something like 10 percent of this money go to a fund
that
would pay studios artist like each of us to go into public schools and give
demos, slides shows, talks. Showing the students that you can make a living
at art and itís fun.
I think this could work if we all write to our congressmen and start this
ball rolling. I think this program is called (Art in public places).

Who is with me ? Chris

Valice Raffi on tue 6 feb 01


Hi Chris,

Sacramento County has programs in place like you've described.

One is the Art in Public Places, which is funded by the 1% fro the Arts.
It's a competitive process and announcements of the projects go out
throughout the year. Artists from all over the US have been selected for
projects here.

Another program is Arts Education. Grant applications are available once a
year (usually in November). This program provides funding (split 1/2 from
the school, 1/2 from the Arts Commission) for artists to go into the
schools for an 8 week program. It is not limited to visual artists, there
are storytellers and creative writing also. The pay is not too bad, $20
per hour with a paid prep (same rate) of 1 hour per 2-3 hrs of teaching.
Materials fees are funded also.
Your County may have similar programs.

Other grants for teaching are available from the California Arts Council
and other Foundations.

Feel free to e-mail me directly if you need more information.

Valice
in Sacramento
valice@onemain.com