This month’s links include an essay project that will give voice to young arts leaders, a decade-old volunteer organization in New York City and marketing help from a major nonprofit. These links were active as of November 16, 2009.
• 20UNDER40 plans to publish 20 essays, each written by a different arts leader under the age of 40, about the future of the arts and arts education. The submission deadline has passed, but stay tuned to the site for news and updates. Under the guidance of the project’s creator, arts consultant Edward P. Clapp, the goal is to provide a platform for this new generation of arts leaders to deliver its messages.
• The nonprofit Free Arts NYC offers a variety of arts programs, weekly mentoring and many special events, creating unique opportunities for children from shelters, schools and community centers. The organization relies on volunteers, who often work with the children one on one. Daylong art festivals with 50 to 100 kids often include hands-on instruction from professional artists.
• The nonprofit National Arts Marketing Project provides information and tools to help arts organizations develop marketing programs designed to generate resources for the arts and arts education. According to the site, this Americans for the Arts program also focuses on serving communities and giving people the opportunity to participate in various arts.