There are many opportunities and organizations that support creatives, like you, in Kansas City, but the KCAI Case Study knows that our alumni go on to have wildly successful careers in other cities. The KCAI CASE Study introduces a new blog post: FOLKS YOU SHOULD KNOW. These posts will introduce you to organizations you should be familiar with now and when you spread your wings and migrate to new communities. The KCAI CASE STUDY just returned from an informative gathering of all the AICAD schools (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) for the career services and alumni conference. More on them shortly, but while we were on the east coast we made a visit to the Dumbo neighborhood in Brooklyn to see the NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) and meet with our new friend, Eleanor Whitney, the Program Officer, New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Some students my remember Eleanor when she visited KCAI in the spring to present on NYFA resources for artists across the nation. She manages Artspire, NYFA’s fiscal sponsorship program. What is fiscal sponsorship?  It gives individual artists and artist run organizations greater access to greater funding and increases their fundraising capabilities. Fiscal sponsorship enables individual artists and nonprofit organizations without their 501(c)(3) status to raise tax-deductible funds using Artspire’s charitable status. THIS IS NOT a way to fund your small art projects, but say someday you want to manage a non-profit gallery focusing on women in the arts or an organization that promotes arts education, this would be a helpful way to raise support and provide your funders with a tax deduction. Artspire is the largest and most established in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage over $3 million annually. Take a minute to look at their site. They have additional support and resources on the Artspire site about fundraising.

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year they provide approximately $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. NYFA has a classified section from coast to coast that is updated everyday.  NYFA Source is their online directory of national grants, awards and opportunity deadlines. You can search by discipline, region or deadline. NYFA can help you find information on Emergency Grants, health insurance or legal issues on their Disaster Resources page

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NYFA also provides learning programs to thousands of artists with professional development training.  Their leaning programs include workshops, one-on-one consultations with curators and arts professionals call “doctor’s hours”, and advice for international students hoping to continue their career in the states.

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The KCAI/ AICAD studio exchange summer program is located in the SAME BUILDING as the NYFA offices. Such a small world we live in!

Should you decide to me to New York City or New York, NYFA also provides a New York Artist Fellowship. This year’s fellow’s work is currently being exhibited in the NYFA offices. Check out this selfie with work by 2013 fellow, Karolina Sobecka, the piece tracks the viewers movements and mimics them in the animated animal’s expression.

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If you are looking for some summer reading recommendations we encourage you to take a look at NYFA’s book The Profitable Artists and Eleanor Whitney’s newly released book Grow.  Eleanor will return to KCAI via Skype to present tools for fundraising at Professional Practice, January 30, 2014, a new feature to the Pro Prac program. Take some time to check out NYFA’s site and stay tuned for more info on Folks You Should Know!

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