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Services to Artists - Arts Organizations
Local Arts Agency
The City of Gainesville's Division of Cultural Affairs is the designated Local Arts Agency for Alachua County, and provides a variety of services to Alachua and surrounding counties. These services include cultural planning, cultural tourism planning, grants administration and technical assistance. The Division Cultural of Affairs also administers Destination Enhancement funds for Alachua County and the Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Liaison for the Arts
The Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board (CAB) acts as both the board of directors for the Local Arts Agency and the cultural advisory board to the City and County Commissions. The Board works with staff to better promote the arts in Alachua County. Duties of the CAB include reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations for the City's Outside Agency grants program and Arts License Tag Programs. The Board is instrumental in the development of the Cultural Plan, the Cultural Tourism Plan and also in recognizing contributions to the arts. For an application for the City of Gainesville CAB or Alachua County CAB.
The City of Gainesville's Division of Cultural Affairs administers a variety of grants to nonprofit organizations for cultural programs and community events. The City has traditionally supported the arts through grants for cultural programs and by providing support services and facilities. The Division, as the designated Local Arts Agency for Alachua County, along with the Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board has pledged its resources toward making the arts and culture accessible to all citizens, including special constituencies such as persons with disabilities, the elderly, the economically disadvantaged, and ethnic minorities. Cultural programs and community events must demonstrate responsiveness to the needs and interests of the community as identified in the Cultural Plan, the Cultural Element of the Gainesville Comprehensive Plan, and by the City Manager and the Gainesville City Commission. Annually, the Division administers approximately $400,000 in grants to city and county nonprofit organizations.
Four different types of grants are available to nonprofit organizations:
1. Outside Agency Grants Outside Agency Grants provide general support for cultural nonprofit organization programs and projects inside the city limits.
Deadline for application submittal is Monday, March 5, at 3 p.m.
This grant is on a two-year cycle concurrent with the City Budget process. Please be advised that we do anticipate some revisions to the Outside Agency grant application form in 2014. Please visit this page to see the proposed calendar for the next grant cycle.
2. Professional Arts Producing Institution (PAPI) Grants
This program is to provide annual support to a core group of cultural organizations in Gainesville, which can demonstrate that they meet the criteria. Application is one-time, with these agencies certifying annually that they meet the criteria.
Professional Arts Producing Institution (PAPI) Grants Guidelines/Criteria:
• the agency be a professional arts producing institution;
• the agency have an annual operation budget of at least $100,000;
• the agency should have a proven track record of ten years as a professional organization;
• the agency be a 501 (c) (3) organization;
• its artists must be recognized as professionals in their field.
3. Arts Tag Grants
Grants from the sale of Florida's "State of the Arts" license plate support the arts in our community. For every plate issued or renewed, $20 is invested in quality visual arts, music, theater, and dance programs in Alachua County. This grant funding especially aids rural arts agencies ineligible for outside agency grants.
4. Support Service Grants (Deadline for application submittal is Monday, March 5, at 3 p.m.) The City is committed to encouraging events planned for the community. Support Service grants are available to nonprofit agencies for outdoor community events through an annual application process each spring. Funding is made available through in-kind services from the City in the form of security, clean-up, traffic control and banner installations and removals. For additional information, please contact Michelle Park at 352-393-8364 or email@example.com.
Each grant has its own criteria and restrictions, providing a variety of funding resources for local organizations, meeting different needs and providing technical assistance to all types of funding candidates.
Tourism Product Development (TPD) Grant
The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in partnership with the Tourist Development Council, and the City of Gainesville have contracted the assistance of the City’s Division of Cultural Affairs to oversee theTourism Product Development Grant (TPD). The intent of this competitive grant program is to work with community-based culture, heritage and nature-based attractions and organizations to enhance established events and create new products that have the demonstrated potential to aid in the development of the tourism economy for Alachua County. The TPD Grant is administered by Maxine W. Rushing, Grant Specialist at 352-393-8528.
Arts Tag Give yourself a birthday present and give your car a makeover with the Florida "State of the Arts" license plate. Your purchase will help fund cultural programs in Alachua County. The tag is available for only $22 over vehicle registration costs. Proceeds from sales of the tag will support the visual arts, music, theater and dance through your local arts agency in Alachua County, the City of Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs. Patrons of the arts may claim a $20 tax deduction for the charitable donation. Give yourself a special birthday present or take your current plate to any tag office now and put the arts in the fast lane! For more info...
Want to know more about a local festival? Visit the Thomas Center. Several areas in our front hall serve as outlets for local arts organizations to distribute information about their upcoming events. A receptionist directly inside the Center leads visitors to the information and answers any questions.
Co-sponsoring Local Artists at the Thomas Center
Local artists may have up to four events per calendar year at the Thomas Center sponsored by the Division of Cultural Affairs at greatly reduced rental cost. Cultural events such as music, performing arts, and lectures are included. Local nonprofit organizations may contract with artists outside the Alachua County area to perform a cultural event at the facility.
Tours of the Thomas Center
To help local school children better envision the 1920's, they are given purses and bow ties during yearly tours sponsored by the Thomas Center Associates. The children are transported back in time through visits to period rooms and the Center's surrounding gardens, and they celebrate the present by visiting the galleries. After they tour the facility, the children are taken on a walking tour through the Northeast Historic District, where different architectural styles are identified. The Thomas Center Associates fund this program.
Art in Public Places Program
APPT is a five-member City/County appointed committee established for 1% allocation of each public construction and major renovation project. The APPT oversees the purchase of public art. The board submits recommendations to the City Commission regarding the implementation of the City public art master plan and management of the art in public places trust fund. APPT projects include the "Solar Walk" on NW 8th Ave., "A Gainesville Family Portrait" at City Hall, a mural in the M.L.K. Multipurpose Center,"Rejoined" at the SW 5th Ave. Triangle, and "Indigenous" at the Gainesville Regional Airport, among others. More information on APPT...
Richard Heipp,A Gainesville Family Portrait, mixed media
This art segment highlights some of the City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs’ community based cultural resources while exploring the visual environment, the importance of the arts and the historic Thomas Center. Enjoy!