|Consultancy and Professional Development Program|
NOTE: As of September 11, 2013, all the funding available through this program for activities through May 31, 2014, has been awarded to support consultancies and professional development activities in the field. If funds do again become available because of cancellations of funded work, we will re-open the application process. We have applied for funding to continue this program beyond May 2014.
This program provides contracts for consultancies and professional development opportunities that--in addition to any other outcomes--will create case studies of issues, challenges, organizations, or events in the folk and traditional arts field, or descriptions of best practices in some area of folk and traditional arts work, that AFS will share on its web site.
These reports have recently been submitted:
A report by Jan Rosenberg of Heritage Education Resources on using folklore as a means to meeting K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum standards
A report from Robert Baron on the 2013 conference of the Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore, and on European heritage studies today
A report by Jill Breit on best practices for facility ownership
A report by Lisa Overholser, Ellen McHale, Laura Marcus Green, and Amy Skillman on building an arts and culture support network for newcomer artists
A report by Mike Luster on a third cultural sustainability retreat
A joint report by museum consultant Kathleen McLean and folklorist Suzanne Seriff on museum exhibit prototyping
A report by Carole Boughter on transition and succession planning for non-profits
A report by Brendan Greaves on folk festival planning for the 21st century
A report by Red Sage Communications on changing communications to create strategies for organizational sustainability
A report by independent folklorists Amy Skillman and Laura Marcus Green from the Western Kentucky University "Arts of Community" workshop they led, which focused on finding ways for arts and cultural organizations to collaborate with social service providers
A report by Liz Vibber of the Catalyst Center for Nonprofit Management on creating a nonprofit financial business model
A report by Selina Morales, Mal O'Connor, and Sally Van de Water from two AFS 2012 workshops on leadership, transition, and succession in public sector folklore
These reports have been submitted in the past year:
A report on the Executive Board's October 2012 meeting with academic and public programs in folklore
A report from Mike Luster and Rachel Reynolds Luster on a second workshop on cultural sustainability
A primer on audio production for radio by Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center's media office
A report from Michelle Stefano on the Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2012 conference
A primer for folklore videographers prepared by Jon Ching, consultant to the Alliance for California Traditional Arts
A report from a Philadelphia Folklore Project-sponsored workshop on best practices for integrating folk arts and social change teaching
A guide prepared by Paddy Bowman, director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, for folklorists wanting to incorporate K-12 education activities into their work
A case study prepared by Riley McLaughlin of VillageMediaWorks on the development of an online application that allows for the selection and playing of a specific group of archival audio and video recordings
A report from Ruth Olson of the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin on Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling (ARIS) as an emerging technology for mobile devices
"State Folk Arts Programs: Achievements, Challenges, Needs," a report from a gathering of 14 state folk arts program directors and consultants (and a pre-meeting survey of a larger number of state program directors) supported by this AFS program, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts
The following reports from earlier activities are also available for download in PDF format:
Barry Cohen on strategic planning for folklore organizations
Fred Fussell on preserving and interpreting folk art environments
Andrea Graham, Annie Hatch, and Elaine Thatcher on folk festival planning
Andy Kolovos on preserving ethnographic research materials
Mike Luster and Rachel Reynolds Luster on cultural sustainability
Ellen McHale, Lisa Overholser, and Daniel Franklin Ward on cultural tourism
Betsy Peterson on strategic planning
Millie Rahn on presenting foodways in a folk festival setting
Georgia Wier on photographing folk art and artists
Although the consultancy part of this program will continue to support activities in all areas of the folk arts field, in 2013-2014 we are giving particular priority to consultancies focused on matters of organizational sustainability, including audience development, fund-raising and donor development, marketing, leadership and succession, partnership-building, strategic planning, and the like.
This program supports two kinds of activities:
1. Short-term consultancies by experts who work with an organization in the field to create case studies, or to identify and articulate best practices, in such areas as archiving, concert or festival production, fundraising, exhibition or publication design, field documentation, marketing and publicity, media production, or organizational development and management, among others. AFS will support up to $3,000 for the fees and travel associated with a consultancy. Requests for this support must come to AFS from the prospective organizations that the consultants will serve; AFS will issue contracts, and provide fee and travel reimbursement payments, directly to those consultants. As part of the final report for each consultancy, the organizations that work with consultants must provide written documentation to AFS of the in-kind value of their staff or board members' time that was devoted to work with the consultant.
2. Professional development opportunities for the staffs of folk and traditional arts non-profit organizations and government agencies, and for independent contractors engaged in folk and traditional arts work, who may travel to visit other organizations or participate in events that will help them acquire best-practice or case-study information about some aspect of their folk arts work. Videoconferencing is also possible. AFS will support up to $2,000 for the travel and related costs associated with professional development opportunities. (Note: We do not support professional development requests from students, unless they are working professionally in the field, or requests for travel to the AFS annual meeting.)
This program does not provide grants or support arts projects, nor does it provide support for indirect costs. A single organization may receive only one consultancy per year, and a single individual may receive only one contract (as a consultant or as a recipient of professional development support) per year.
We will offer this support on a first-come, first-served basis from June 1, 2013, until May 31, 2014, or until funds have been fully expended, whichever comes first. If the first four years of this program have been any indication, funds will have been spent well before the grant period ends, so if the consultancy or professional development activities you want to undertake will take place later in this period, please remember to apply for AFS support well in advance.
We generally will be able to review and make decisions on requests within 2 weeks of receiving them. We will pay out contract funds within 4 weeks of the date when we receive written case-study or best-practice reports, and financial reports, from the consultancy (and for consultancies, as mentioned above, we will also require written in-kind documentation) or professional development activity.
We encourage you to contact AFS Executive Director Tim Lloyd (email@example.com) to discuss your plans before applying. To apply, email a PDF with the following information to the same address:
1. A summary of the mission and folk arts activities of your organization
2. Evidence of the relevant qualifications of the consultant your organization wants to work with
3. A description of the purpose and impact of, and a plan of work for, the consultancy, including the case-study or best-practice report the consultant will provide
4. A budget for the project, and a brief description of what changes you would make to the project if we cannot fully fund your request (allowable costs include those for consultant fees, transportation, lodging, and meals)
1. A brief summary of your professional work in folk arts
2. A description of the professional growth opportunities this travel will enable you to undertake, and of the case-study or best-practice information you plan to gain and share with the field
3. A budget for the project, and a brief description of what changes you would make to the project if we cannot fully fund your request (allowable costs include those for transportation, lodging, meals, meeting or conference registration, and videoconferencing)
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