News & Views 1.19.2012

PCA Announces “ARTS INSPIRE” Call For Submissions

Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA) seeks proposals from Charlottesville-area artists interested in receiving a $500 stipend to lead a hands-on arts workshop with under-served youth. Workshops can involve any arts genre(s), including visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, and/or literary arts. 
Selected artists will be paired with groups of K-12 students for short-term arts workshops. The artwork created during the workshops will be featured in May and August exhibitions at the CitySpace Gallery. 
Artists should submit proposals for workshop curriculum within his or her artistic genre, in response to the creative prompt, “Telling Charlottesville’s Stories.” Proposed workshops should be 2-6 hours in length, with the possibility of multiple workshop meetings. Individual artists should plan workshops for no more than 15 students. Collaborative, multi-artist projects will also be considered but should retain at least a 1:15 artist-to-student ratio to ensure quality artistic learning experiences. No more than 3 proposals may be submitted by one artist. All submissions must be received by February 6, 2012. 
In February, a panel will select four proposals based on appropriateness and feasibility of workshop, past experience with youth, artistic excellence of work samples, quality of response to the creative prompt, and other criteria as defined by PCA staff. Selected artists will be notified by February 24.
Each selected artist or multi-artist project will receive one $500 stipend. Artists must cover the cost of their materials, but basic supplies may be available through PCA and partner groups. Workshops will be scheduled to take place in March, April, June, or July 2012.
This project is funded by the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the CACF, and will be promoted as part of Charlottesville’s year-long “Celebrate250!” event. 
For more information, please email or call 434-971-2787.
Tax Preparation Night for Women
FOCUS Women’s Resource Center is pleased to announce an event to help women with their taxes.  Tax Preparation Night for Women will be held at FOCUS, 953 2nd St. SE in the Ix Project, on January 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Sponsored by DellTAX (, this event offers women assistance with organizing and preparing their taxes, in an environment geared toward women’s financial issues.
Topics to be covered include how to organize for tax preparation, what’s required to file taxes, coverage of topics such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as plenty of time for questions and answers regarding tax questions. 
“People often put off their taxes until the last possible minute, often because they’re confused and frustrated with the process,” says Jennie Shuklis, FOCUS’ Executive Director.  “ Together with DellTAX, we hope to empower women by providing an evening where women can come in to learn the nuts and bolts about taxes and tax preparation in an environment that’s fun, friendly, and easy to understand.”
This event is free and open to the public. Please call 434-293-2222 to register.

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