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Artist and Community Collaborations Best Practice Samples - FY08/FY09

Note: some of the Best Practice examples referenced below do not work for every circumstance—nor should they. They are provided here for reference. It is up to each individual to determine which practices will translate well to their community, and which will not.

FY08

Sarah Petto
Partner Organization: UW-Hospitals & Clinics

  • Budget
  • Narrative Summary:
    This project will support an Artist-in-Residence as she collaborates with the partnering organization of the University Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics (UWHC), in Madison, Wisconsin. The main goal is to provide a creative outlet, through the introduction of Thematic Book Arts: Creating and Altering Books, for an underserved population of inpatients on the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation unit. This collaboration will infuse the arts into the environment of a care facility, joining creativity and caring. This particular part of the community is restricted to a care facility due to the circumstances of their injuries and disabilities. As these inpatients strive to regain their health it is often necessary that the inpatients spend a good deal of their time on the rehabilitation unit. The choice was made by the Artist and the Healthcare Organization to join together to give a voice to the inpatients in this unique community through the arts, as each group member develops a piece of artwork that shares their stories or points of view.
  • Panel Comments:
    The artist has created a good collaboration with her partner, the panelists agreed. Panelists liked the overall project and the work that will be created within this population. They noted the budget was well described and that this application was exceptionally strong.

Sharon L. Kilfoy
Partner Organization: Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

  • Budget
  • Narrative Summary:
    This collaborative mural project between me, artist Sharon Kilfoy, and Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, is in commemoration of the incredible wealth of artistic activity that is the shared heritage of Williamson Street and the greater Madison community which holds Willy Street dear. This project intends to reach and involve the broadest possible range of participants, meeting all evaluation criteria listed in the Arts Board guidelines.
  • Panel Comments:
    There is a good effort in place to reach numerous funding sources, panelists noted. The project involves many community members, shows good collaboration, and the artist clearly has the skills to do this project, panelists noted.

Jennifer L. Edge
Partner Organization: Monroe Arts Center

  • Budget
  • Narrative Summary:
    The Shakespeare Project brings youth and adolescents together to work towards a common vision of greater self-respect and self-awareness, while addressing abuse and violence in our culture through themes and characters of the works of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s plays connect the viewer and the actor to stories that are rich and steeped in our own modern consciousness. David Daniel, actor of the American Players Theatre, believes, WHAT MAKES SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS GREAT IS THAT THEY OFFER SOMETHING TO US--THEY SHARE WITH US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE HUMAN.
  • Panel Comments:
    Panelists liked the artist’s work and the way she is serving the community and offering a strong project that involves young people. Panelists would have liked more information on parental involvement, and were concerned by the number of in-kind hours that the artist provides. The panelists agreed the applicant clearly is committed to the project and puts enormous time into her work with this group. In fact, they were concerned about that and encouraged her to balance the work load so that she does not burn our working so much for so little financial support.

FY09

Emma R. Colburn
Partner Organization: Beloit Fairbanks Flats Revitalization Group

  • Budget
  • Narrative:
    Artist Profile: Through art making, I seek to examine the meaning of local citizenship. [For me] mapmaking is the most appropriate visual thinking strategy I have found to achieve this goal. I am writing this proposal to collaboratively explore an example of American history embedded in the local landscape of Beloit. Proposal Summary: The Fairbanks Flats at Shore Drive and Carpenter were built in 1917 as segregated housing for African-American workers who came from the South to work in the Fairbanks-Morse Industry; the Flats are of central importance to Beloit and American public history. The Flats are a National Historic Site but public documentation remains limited. This proposal seeks funding to work collaboratively with the Fairbanks Flats Revitalization Group (FFRG) from 4/20/09-7/10/09 to record the oral histories of former Flats residents by creating twelve artistically designed maps for public display at the Beloit Historical Society (BHS). The maps are used to create an accompanying educational activity guide.
  • Panel Notes:
    Panelists liked the narrative, the timeline and saw this as a very strong community project. One panelist wanted to know whether applicant is being sufficiently paid for this project. Panelists think it is a wonderful project- a model application for an applicant working within a small community. Panelists think the budget support is nicely balanced.

Sara M. Balbin
Partner Organization: Drummond Lumberjack World Championships

  • Budget
  • Narrative:
    My association with the Lumberjack World Championships began many years ago when I opened my very first studio in the village of Old Hayward, a collection of historical buildings that were moved onto a site on the shore of Lake Hayward by the entrepreneur Tony Wise. Old Hayward was a haven for artists and craftsmen then and attracted large number of tourists. Next to it was Historyland, which was a village depicting Hayward with its rich history of the Chippewa, the French fur traders and the lumber industry. At Historyland in 1960 Tony held the first Lumberjack World Championships, in an inlet that was once used as a holding pond for the North Wisconsin Lumber Company. I thrived while in this unique “artist’s colony” in the Northwoods and from there learned a greater appreciation about the logging history of not only Hayward, but the surrounding areas and their development from logging camps to towns. When first approached in the spring of 2008 I found this partnership to be all I could hope for. The Lumberjack World Championships were seeking a permanent tribute not only to the logging/timber industry but to the visionary Tony Wise. An accolade that would not only be a permanent artistic tribute to the area and its history but one that would allow me as an artist to work on a venture that has deep personal roots. Our joint planning sessions have been a perfect mix; we have great dialog and they are able to supply much of the needed expertise and knowledge in securing the both the wood and the labor. The Championships are also well prepared to use their media relationships to help promote this work of art throughout their numerous channels on a grander scale than just locally. With their lists of volunteers, competitors, fans and sponsors over the years they have proved they have the expertise and knowledge to raise the additional funds and they are prepared to act as the fiscal agent on this project.
  • Panel Notes:
    Panelists thought this was an excellent application and the narrative was very good. The evaluation was detailed panelists noted. Panelists think the planning is nicely stated as well. Good use of multiple community partners, panelists agreed. Panelists wanted to see more funding support.

Lilada B. Gee
Partner Organization: Madison Nehemiah Community Development Corp.

  • Budget
  • Narrative:
    I desire to facilitate a creative and autobiographical writing project with incarcerated women that honors their voice and tells their stories. The culmination of this project will be the making of a powerful compilation book full of the hearts and souls of these women. There will be a focus on those who are survivors of sexual abuse. Research supports that many of these women have suffered a lifetime of sexual victimization. Women prisoners are often underserved, overlooked and undervalued. My focus is on this population because many of these valuable women are mothers (and grandmothers) and if the vicious cycle of abuse and dysfunction does not stop with them, it will be transferred to the next generation. I propose a six-month creative writing project that will run from January through June. The main collaboration of this program will be between myself, Lilada Gee, Lead Artist and The Nehemiah Community Development Corporation.
  • Panel Notes:
    Panelists liked this project. Panelists thought the project’s action plan and timetable are really nice and effective. Panelists agreed that the project is beautiful and panelists appreciated the passion the artist expressed. Good balance of in-kind support too, panelists noted.

 

 

Updated:  Tuesday, July 27, 2010