This resource section is designed to provide you with a connection to relevant and useful information on issues of concern to artists and arts organizations. It is in no way comprehensive, but it provides valuable links to organizations specializing in topics of importance to the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s members.
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Morning Muse has developed these “Guidelines for Charitable Art Auction Donations”. The group hopes these Guidelines can be a starting point for discussion so that artists and organizations can find new ways to work together and the Cape can grow and thrive as an arts destination.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s hireCulture is a free, searchable database of cultural employment opportunities in Massachusetts. Cultural employers and job seekers now have an efficient and effective way to connect with each other.
ADA and Accessibility provides links to organizations specializing in compliance and other ADA issues:
Adaptive Environments Center is a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting access and universal design, locally, nationally and internationally through education programs, technical assistance, training, consultation, publications, and design advocacy. Work is project-based and varies in scope ranging from urban planning, culture, housing to and Access to the Design Professions.
The Disabilities Access Symbols Project, developed with the Graphic Artists Guild Foundation, is a graphics package of 12 major access symbols on a computer disk designed to help organizations better advertise their accessible programs and facilities.
The National Arts and Disability Center is the national information dissemination, technical assistance, training and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into media, literary, visual, and performing arts communities. They respond to individual requests for information and technical assistance and in order to assist the arts communities.
The National Center for Accessible Media/WGBH (NCAM) is a Boston-based research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. NCAM’s mission is: to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for special needs students.
The National Endowment for the Arts Office for AccessAbility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions. The AccessAbility office has developed a wide range of partnerships with the public and private sectors. Their website provides a listing of publications on a broad range of ADA and Accessibility issues.
The Library of Congress, administers a free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of a disability.
New England ADA Center, part of the ADA National Network, is a comprehensive resource for information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible information technology tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. RID advocates for the increased quality, qualifications, and quantity of interpreters through their three main triad of services: professional certification, professional development, and promoting a code of ethics for interpreters.
Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design is a useful tool developed by the Smithsonian to assist in making exhibitions fully accessible. Exhibition designers, curators, registrars, conservators, collections managers, designers, editors, developers, educators, and other exhibition team members find it useful in opening their exhibits to diverse audiences.
VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. Within the United States, VSA arts programs are conducted by a network of VSA arts state organizations or in collaboration with an affiliated organization. Organizations within the VSA arts network maintain strong connections to the home office in Washington, DC, a relationship that includes funding, participation in conferences, networking, the use of resources, technical assistance and programming, as well as sharing best practices and strategies among peers.
Umbrella Organizations provides links to National, Regional, State and town-specific arts organizations to facilitate collaboration and to provide access to best practices for participants in the Cape’s cultural economy:
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Massachusetts Cultural Council is committed to building a central place for the arts, sciences and humanities in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities and individual artists.
MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Foundation, and others. In turn, MCC makes thousands of grants directly to non-profit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and individuals artists, through funding programs that use arts, science, and the humanities to build strong, diverse, livable communities. The beneficiaries of these programs comprise a cross-section of the population and citizens in each Massachusetts city and town.
MASSCreative works with creative leaders, working artists, arts educators and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and attention necessary to build vibrant, connected, and creative communities.
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and resources that benefit artists, the public, arts funders, and policymakers throughout New England and beyond. NEFA was established in 1976 as one of six regional arts organizations designed to cultivate the arts regionally and strengthen the national arts infrastructure. NEFA works with the National Endowment for the Arts, the state arts agencies in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and a host of private and public funding partners to identify opportunities for cultural advancement.
NEFA believes deeply in the power of the arts to educate, excite, inspire, and connect people of all backgrounds and ages. From school touring programs and artists’ conventions to public art and research initiatives, NEFA works creatively and collaboratively to support the arts and advocate for the economic and cultural value of the creative sector.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen. Administered by municipally appointed volunteers, the LCC network consists of councils serving all Massachusetts cities and towns.
Each year, Barnstable County’s 14 local councils award grants for cultural programs including: school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come together.
To learn more about the local cultural council for your town, please visit their individual websites:
Brewster Cultural Council
Harwich Cultural Council
Mashpee Cultural Council
Mid-Cape Regional Cultural Council
Provincetown Cultural Council
Sandwich Cultural Council
Wellfleet Cultural Council