Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to communities in the Midwest and enriching people’s lives.
To that end, the organization welcomes applications to its Shakespeare in American Communities grants program for high-quality professional productions of Shakespeare's plays and related educational activities for middle and high school students in underserved schools across the United States. Under the RFP, grants will be awarded in support of one of the two following opportunities:
Schools — Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to up to forty theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from ten or more schools. Open to eligible 501(c)(3) professional theater companies that have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the last five years and have a minimum of two years' experience providing both performances and related educational activities for middle and/or high school students. This award requires a non-federal match of 1:1.
Juvenile Justice — Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to up to ten applicants to support theater education programs that reach youths within the juvenile justice system. Open to eligible 501(c)(3) theater companies or organizations that have two years' experience partnering with the justice system and providing Shakespeare and theater education programs for this population
To be eligible, applicants must be located in the U.S. or one of the Native nations that share this geography and comply with federal eligibility requirements.
Letters of Intent are due December 3. (Though required, they are non-binding.) Complete application are due February 10, 2021.
See the Arts Midwest website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.