national endowment for the arts http://michiganradio.org en Flint uses art to tackle important issues surrounding the city http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-uses-art-tackle-important-issues-surrounding-city <p>The city of Flint is currently working on a master plan to help shape the city’s future in the next 20 years. Part of that plan involves the role of arts.</p><p>Recently the National Endowment for the Arts gave a grant to hire nine artists who live in each of the city’s wards to explore the role arts can have in the community and get residents involved in the master plan.</p><p>One of those artists, Andrew Morton, is the artistic director of the Shop Floor Theatre Company in Flint, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:14:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13278 at http://michiganradio.org Flint uses art to tackle important issues surrounding the city NEA grant used to create "free to low-fee" legal service for artists http://michiganradio.org/post/nea-grant-used-create-free-low-fee-legal-service-artists <p>The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded $340,000 to Michigan arts groups.</p><p>This round of grants went to support events like the <a href="http://detroitjazzfest.com/">International Jazz Festival</a> in Detroit, and the <a href="http://www.thegilmore.org/">Gilmore Keyboard Festival</a> in Kalamazoo. You can see a <a href="http://www.arts.gov/grants/recent/12grants/states1/12_states1.php?STATE=MI">full list here</a>.</p><p>The advocacy group <a href="http://www.artservemichigan.org/">ArtServe Michigan</a> got a $25,000 grant to create a new program to help artists navigate the law. Cezanne Charles is with ArtServe, and she says the nonprofit plans to hold workshops next year about intellectual property rights, how to start an LLC, even how to buy a building:</p><p>&quot;In a lot of states that we&rsquo;ve talked to, this is not something that artists can regularly do. But in our unique state, this is something that a lot of artists are doing and a lot of creative businesses are doing.&quot;</p><p>The Lawyers for a Creative Economy program will provide free consultations and lawyer referrals, as well as legal services to artists on a sliding scale or pro bono basis. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5140 at http://michiganradio.org NEA grant used to create "free to low-fee" legal service for artists