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M4Connect: February Artist Opportunities

As a leading organization in the advancement for Hip Hop cultural arts, Mighty4 is dedicated to helping creatives in their pursuit for artistic development. Beginning this month, Mighty4 will serve as a resource to artists around the world by promoting various opportunities to our network, including cultural exchange, residency programs, individual artist grants, and more.

*Opportunities listed may be for both US citizens and non-US citizens.* Please follow the links for specific information about eligibility requirements.

Name & Link to Opportunity
Host Organization
Brief Summary

Chinese Hospital Mural Project
Deadline: 1 March 2016
San Francisco Chinese Hospital
San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital is opening a new building in April 2016. The west exterior wall facing James Alley will be a unique opportunity for an artist to create a work featured on an important community institution.  The hospital intends on establishing a visual public presence that beautifies and contributes to the community life of Chinatown.  Artists are invited to submit a proposal for a public art project up to $30,000 by March 1, 2016 to Chinatown Community Development Center, which is assisting Chinese Hospital on this project.

StreetSmARTs Mural Pool
Deadline: 14 March 2016
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Arts Commission’s StreetSmARTS program connects artists with private property owners to create vibrant murals on their buildings, enhancing the character of their property and surrounding neighborhood, while deterring ongoing vandalism. We are seeking applications from painters and/or muralists to establish a pool of qualified artists to be considered for upcoming mural opportunities. Eligibility is open to practicing artists or artist teams residing in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma).

Postcards from Stockton
Deadline: 15 March 2016
Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA)
DSA is implementing an outdoor art program which will install large scale murals on blank walls in Downtown Stockton. The murals will be designed as vintage postcards from Stockton with themes focusing on local diversity and history as well as seasonal holidays.

Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship
Deadline: 18 March 2016
Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM announces a new fellowship in honor of DanceAfrica founding elder Baba Chuck Davis. This unique opportunity is open to emerging choreographers, offering dance practitioners a chance to travel to Africa and study with one or more experts in African dance, as determined by the awardee’s project proposal. The fellowship offers up to $9,000 in funding for travel, accommodations, and research expenses.

San Art Laboratory
Deadline: 12 April 2016
Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Embassy of Denmark, Vietnam, and Vietnam Foundation for the Arts

‘San Art Laboratory’ is a studio and residency program initiated and managed by San Art in Ho Chi Minh City. Situated in separate furnished premises with communal kitchen, nearby San Art in Binh Thanh District, ‘San Art Laboratory’ aims to provide 3 artists with a studio and living quarters for three months each. Successful artists will be granted USD1000 towards production costs and a small living allowance.

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences’ Residency Program
Rolling deadline – contact for details
Culture and Creative Industries Program at Chapman University in conjunction with the European Union

Orange, CA, USA


U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program 2016
Deadline: 1 February 2016
The Japan U.S. Friendship Connection

The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan in 2017.

OneBeat 2016
Deadline: 5 February 2016
US State Department’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Found Sound Nation
OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.

Dance Research NRW 2016
Deadline: 14 February 2016
NRW KULTUR sekretariat
Cologne and Wuppertal, Germany, EU
The NRW KULTURsekretariat is offering 6–12 week performing arts residencies to dancers, choreographers, performers and musicians for research projects on specific topics.

Creative Catalyst 2016
Deadline: 16 February 2016
The San Diego Foundation
San Diego, CA, USA
The San Diego Foundation invites your participation in the 2016 Creative Catalyst Program, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to support the creation and development of new work conceived by San Diego-based professional artists and focused on creating opportunities for community engagement through arts and culture.

Mighty4 at AHDMA Arts & Wine Fest in Union City

On Sunday, October 11th the Alvarado Historic District Merchants Association hosted the first annual Arts & Wine Fest, bringing the Union City community together at Old Alvarado Park. Mighty4 Arts Foundation was proud to be a Presenting Sponsor, supporting the AHDMA and local businesses for their first big event.

Mighty4 Founder, Paulskeee was publicly recognized for his recent 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership commendation during the event. On behalf of AHDMA, Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci expressed her gratitude in Mighty4 Art Foundation’s participation that made the Arts & Wine Fest possible. She continued to proudly speak of Paul’s accomplishments and contributions to his hometown of Union City through his global work in Hip Hop culture, Mighty4, and youth empowerment.

The Mighty4 staff and volunteers had a great time at the event, making valuable connections with local businesses and residents. This opportunity with AHDMA make 2016 a promising year of unity and collaboration for Union City, California.

Special thanks to Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Jeanelle Singh, the Alvarado Historic District Merchants Association Event Committee, and Jeremiah Carreon.

Mighty4 Founder Honored with Alameda County Arts & Leadership Award

Mighty4 Arts Foundation Founder & President, Paulskeee, receiving the Alameda County Arts & Leadership Award from District 2 Supervisor, Richard Valle.
Mighty4 Arts Foundation Founder & President, Paulskeee, receiving the Alameda County Arts & Leadership Award from District 2 Supervisor, Richard Valle.

Alameda County Arts Commission announces six recipients of the
2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award

Alameda County Board of Supervisors to Commend the
Award Recipients on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Alameda County Arts Commission is pleased to recognize six individuals for their achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and residents of Alameda County. The following individuals are the recipients of the 2015 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award: Bernice R. Bates, Sarah Crowell, Susan Dunn, Chris Johnson, Judy Lam, and Paul Ruma.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors commended these six individuals during the Board’s public meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. This event is also presented in conjunction with the County’s celebration of California Arts Day and National Arts and Humanities Month of October.

Paul Ruma of Union City is the founder and director of Mighty 4 Arts Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving history, advancing artistry, and empowering youth through Hip Hop cultural arts.

Since 1998 he has had international impact in over forty cities worldwide by providing education about Hip Hop culture through the community based events, classes, workshops and documentary productions.

Ruma an accomplished B-Boy dancer who led his group Rock Force Crew to the Battle of the Year world championship of Breakdancing in 1998 representing the USA taking first place and continues to receive numerous international awards.