Local First Milwaukee, a project of fiscal sponsor American Independent Business Alliance in Bozeman, Mont., will use its $10,000 matching grant from the Kalio Fund, an investment and philanthropic fund, to continue efforts to preserve the Southeastern Wisconsin economy by keeping dollars local. (Source: urbanmilwaukee.com, Feb. 3, 2015)

Oneota Film Festival, a project of fiscal sponsor Driftless Art Collective in Decorah, Iowa (population 8,089), presented 50 films March 6-8, including “Seeds of Time,” a documentary about the race to maintain seed banks and protect seed diversity in an era of global climate change. (Source: decorahnewspapers.com, Feb. 4, 2015)

A still from the documentary "Seeds of Time." Photo: Damian Kusslan

A still from the documentary “Seeds of Time.” Photo: Damian Kusslan

… Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $20,000 to further the work of Kutztown Strong, a citizens’ coalition formed to reduce youth drug use and improve substance abuse treatment in this city of 5,000. Kutztown Community Partnership is fiscal sponsor. (Source; berksmontnews.com, Feb. 20, 2015)

… Having Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute as a fiscal sponsor “is like success through 1,000 helping hands,” says Scott Wolland, executive director of Bay Area Wilderness Training, which gives Bay Area youth a chance to experience wilderness. “[Project Support team] gives extra backend assistance to an under-resourced project so we can focus on achieving our mission.” (Earth Island Journal, Spring 2015)

… “American Hands,” photographs by Sally Wiener Grotta of artisans at work, celebrates the creators of functional items now typically produced by machine — cloth, books, brooms, tin objects and much more. Her photo project, sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts, has been seen by more than 350,000 people in Pennsyslvania. (Source: PRWeb, Mar. 16, 2015)

… “iwitness,” 8- to 15-foot-tall photographic sculptures wrapped with portraits of survivors of the early 20th century Armenian genocide, are installed at Grand Park in Los Angeles. The project, a temporary exhibition by artists Ara Oshagan and Levon Parian and architect Vahagn Thomasian, is fiscally sponsored by the Lucie Foundation. (Source: Public Radio of Armenia, March 31, 2015)

. . . Saxapahaw, a community of 1,648 in central North Carolina, celebrated the official launch of residencies — for regional and international artists — in a new project under fiscal sponsor Culture Mill. The daylong March 28, multidiciplinary event featured chamber music, dance and theater performances and classes. (Source: indyweek.com, April 1, 2015)

… In an effort to reverse gender inequality in the theater — two-thirds of audiences are women but only 20% of productions are authored or coauthored by women — Arizona thespians Brenda Jean Foley and Tracy Liz Miller, New York transplants, launched the Bridge Initiative in 2014. With fiscal sponsorship of Phoenix’s Mesa Encore Theatre, they’ll offer master classes in playwriting for women, networking events and an awards program that will mount a production of its first-place play. (Source: blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com, April 1, 2015)