Where’s the Money Going?

As a student who has been in arts magnet programs for years, the topic of funding has never been interesting to me. I was always too focused on my work to really pay any attention to it, but now after doing research and looking into the topic more, I’ve realized how important funding is.

Just imagine what an arts program would be like if there weren’t enough supplies for the students, or if there weren’t enough teachers, or if there weren’t any opportunities for the students to express themselves outside of school. It’s not like there’s an unlimited amount of these resources to go around, and a lack of money can keep any arts program from being great. If the funding is lacking, then the supplies are very limited, which can really bring the number of projects down to almost none. But if an art program has substantial funding, the teachers can do a lot more interesting and fun projects. 

For arts education programs in the state of Alabama, the funding is part of the state’s education budget. And for the past three years, that funding has increased. It went from $600,000 to $800,000, and now it’s at $1,300,000. Why has the funding increased? I found myself asking. And where’s the money going? To get answers on this, and about arts funding in general, I interviewed two experts on the matter, Andy Meadows with the Alabama State Department of Education and Diana Green with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

To read the interviews, click the following links:

Andy Meadows
Diana Green

What is paradise . . . to you?

Paradise is defined as an ideal place or state, but ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal asks, “what is paradise to you?” Their current international Call for Artists and Writers is paradise-themed so people of all ages from all around the world can share their visions.

Entries for ArtAscent‘s call may include two and three-dimensional media, drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories, and other writings. Each piece of writing must be at least 900 words.

Although many competitions are free of charge, this contest requires a ten-dollar entry fee for writers and fees as high as forty-five dollars for artists, but does not require a commission fee. Applicants must  using the online entry form from ArtAscent.com.

The contest will be judged. Ten writers will be published in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, through website links, and in an online juried web exhibition for two years. The one writer who wins the contest will have the opportunity to be included in ArtAscent with a profile review, along with three other applicants form other categories. Overall, forty applicants will be selected.

The contest does not focus on a specific religion, but it does focus on spiritual, love, and Zen vibes. The writing genres include children’s, crime/thriller, drama, essay, fantasy, fiction, general, horror, mystery, poetry, romance, science fiction, and young adult. Previously published or unpublished works are eligible for entry.

If you believe that your idea of paradise is unique and should be showcased in the magazine, then this contest is the one for you. The application period closes on October 31.