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Nathaniel Anthony Ayers has taught me a great deal, but no lesson is more compelling than the role of music and art as healing forces. Through decades of struggle after a breakdown during his years at the Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City,Mr. Ayers has been kept whole by his devotion to music. It balances and sustains him. It reveals his soul and his humanity. I'm pleased and honored to know that countless musicians, painters, writers and other artists will now have a chance to pursue their dreams and advance their own recovery through the generous support of the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation.

Steve Lopez



Dedicated to its mission of supporting arts programs at mental health and arts organizations, the foundation is establishing an Artist in Residence (AIR) program called Nathaniel’s Place. This exciting AIR program is a vehicle for fulfilling its mission of supporting art initiatives at health, arts and community-based organizations that serve the mentally ill. The program will focus on identifying and providing support to artistically gifted individuals with mental illness who demonstrate exceptional talent in the arts.

Program Overview


With an emphasis on reaching artistically talented individuals with mental illness, NAAF will partner with nonprofit organizations that share the philosophy of utilizing the arts as a mechanism for improving the lives and allowing the artistically talented to share their gifts with the world.
The host organization will agree to provide a location, entitled “Nathaniel’s Place,” at their facility and identify individuals to participate in the program.

The NAAF also will solicit applications from artists who have demonstrated professional excellence in the visual (oils, pastels, watercolor, sculpture, photography), performing (dance, music, theatre), and literary (poetry, playwright, author) arts.

Through the development of projects and the use of their mediums, the artists in residence will use their talent to encourage mentees to view their own abilities constructively, resulting in lifestyle changes that enable them to overcome the obstacles in their lives.

 

Program Goals

  • To develop an appreciation for the arts as a conduit for healing and recovery
  • Develop the message of “Stop Stigma” into a social change call to action
  • To stimulate participation in artistic processes by individuals facing lifestyle challenges in order to build awareness for the transformative value of arts in daily life; and
    To establish long-term relationships between mental health and arts organizations, capitalizing on their unique perspectives on social issues.
  • Program Objectives

  • To become involved in the recognition and treatment of artistically gifted individuals as early as possible after diagnosis.
  • To provide nonprofit social service agencies with a dynamic population of artists in residence reflecting multiple disciplines in the arts;
  • To enrich the community with services, which includes artists in residence involvement in demonstrations, lectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and performances;
  • To implement arts projects adapted to the needs and circumstances of the homeless and others in need of assistance.
  • Applying for a Grant Comment

    Lectureships

    Please carefully read the following general requirements in their entirety before submitting a grant proposal. If your organization does not meet all of these requirements it will not be considered for funding from the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation.

  • Organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3), not a 509(a) private foundations
  • Organization must submit a letter from the IRS declaring this status.
  • Organizations must submit a recent completed IRS 990 Form.
  • Organizations must have IRS qualifying public support of over $100,000 from the preceding year.
  • An organization’s personnel costs must be less than 50% of their total expenses.
  • Organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year.
  • NAAF will not provide more than 25% of an organization’s general operating budget.
  • Grants are for one (1) year and are not automatically renewable for multiple years.
  • Organizations are limited to one (1) grant application per calendar year.

  • Timeline

    The Foundation only funds 501 (c) (3) organizations in either Atlanta or in Los Angeles County. Once your organization is invited to submit a brief letter of inquiry seeking a grant with aims consistent with those of the Foundation, please click herefor our Grant Application Section (password protected). Application materials and guidelines will be mailed to you or can be accessed in our Grant Application Section. Proposals are received year round by invitation only. Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry and Proposals will not be taken under consideration.

    Program Goals

  • To develop an appreciation for the arts as a conduit for healing and recovery
  • ·Develop the message of “Stop Stigma” into a social change call to action
  • To stimulate participation in artistic processes by individuals facing lifestyle challenges in order to build awareness for the transformative value of arts in daily life; and
    To establish long-term relationships between mental health and arts organizations, capitalizing on their unique perspectives on social issues.
  • Program Objectives

  • To become involved in the recognition and treatment of artistically gifted individuals as early as possible after diagnosis.
  • To provide nonprofit social service agencies with a dynamic population of artists in residence reflecting multiple disciplines in the arts;
  • To enrich the community with services, which includes artists in residence involvement in demonstrations, lectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and performances;
  • To implement arts projects adapted to the needs and circumstances of the homeless and others in need of assistance.
  • Our Partners

    The following organizations are our partners.

    The California Endowment
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    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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    The Jimmy Cartner Center
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    The Annenberg Foundation
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    No Kidding Me To!
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    Paramount Pictures
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    Participant Media
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    The Los Angeles Philharmonic
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    Dreamworks Studios
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    LAMP Communities
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    Community Outreach
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