Writer and Artist Residencies in Italy

What: Rockefeller Foundation Accepting Applications for Bellagio Center Creative Arts Residencies

When: Deadline: February 11, 2009

bellagio-italy-coastThe Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center creative arts residencies are designed to give composers, novelists, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists time for disciplined work, individual reflection, and collegial engagement free of the usual interruptions of their professional and personal life.

Located on a peninsula adjacent to Lake Como, two hours north of Milan, Italy, the Bellagio Center typically offers one-month stays for no more than three to five creative artists at a time. The foundation seeks applicants from any country in the world who are able to demonstrate a history of significant achievement in their respective artistic disciplines. Individuals from developing countries and young artists with significant accomplishments — exhibitions, publications, performances — are particularly encouraged to apply. Decisions are based on the quality of the proposed project, the ability of the applicant to articulate the project’s purpose and goals, the professional qualifications and achievements of the applicant, and the suitability and value of the center for the proposed activity. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency. The center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project.

Residencies are typically four weeks long; however, shorter periods may be available. Room and board are provided without charge to all residents and their spouses/partners. Residents and spouses/partners must pay for their own airfare and local transportation to/from Bellagio. Assistance with round-trip economy airfare between the home country and Milan is available on a financial needs basis to qualifying residents and their spouses/partners from developing countries.

The February 11, 2009, deadline is for a possible residency occurring between mid-August through November 26, 2009.

For detailed program information, visit the Rockefeller Foundation Web site.

Poems for Obama

shephard-fairey-original-obama-poster-auctionThis week I was happy to hear from my friend Kristin Palm, a poet and teacher who works with California Poets in the Schools (CPITS). Kristin is inviting writing teachers and writers who teacher to join her in a project that involves writing and sending poems to Barack Obama in celebration of his inauguration. Anyone can join in. Kristin would love to hear from you if you and your students decide to participate.

Dear Writers and Teachers—

I am writing to invite you to participate in a national poem writing campaign, Letters to Obama. This project was inspired by poems written by students in Detroit, Michigan, as part of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, an amazing organization where I used to work (I now work through California Poets in the Schools). The idea is simple and fun: Have your students write “Letters to Obama” poems around inauguration time. Then, add a twist or two:

  • Send the poems to the White House with a letter thanking President Obama for his support of the arts and arts education
  • Hold a student reading or arrange for a display of student poems
  • Or come up with other creative ideas to ensure that our young people’s messages to this historic president are read and heard!

If you would like to participate, I can provide you with a resource kit that contains:

  • Writing prompts
  • Model poems (below)
  • Sample letter to the White House
  • Sample press release
  • Publication/display ideas

If you would like me to email you a resource kit, please email me at letterstoobama@yahoo.com. Even if you don’t need a resource kit, I’d like to ask you to contact me if you plan to participate so I can know how far this project reaches; please include the name of your school, grade level, and number of students participating. Please feel free to spread this post far and wide—I’d like to get as many students to get involved as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Kristin Palm

letterstoobama@yahoo.com

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Advice to our Next President

 

Never start drama.

We voted for you because

we believe in you.

Don’t forget to not put

pressure on yourself.

Be sure to be ready

to be president. When

you answer the phone

you can say, This is

the Obama residence.

Are you going to be

ready for all of this?

Are you going to try

to be better than

those other cats?

by Dishuna, 4th grade, Detroit

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Advice to the Next President

 

Always help the homeless.

Watch out for pointy hats.

Remember to share cucumbers.

Give the rich to the poor.

Keep your shoe out of your ear.

Follow your instincts.

Don’t help half of the world.

Help all of the world.

Don’t bail on us.

Stay strong.

Love the people.

Make this a new world.

by Talandra, 5th grade, Detroit