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Meet Dannie Boyd

Posted Mar 01, 2023 | News & Events,

We are pleased to announce that Dannie Boyd is our new part-time Community Engagement Manager. In this newly created position, he will build awareness of our programs and services and will help implement our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility plan. His email address is dboyd@vlaa.org. Boyd enjoys connecting and...

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Grants to Support Arts Engagement and Learning

Posted Feb 27, 2023 | News & Events,

East St. Louis Community Arts Access, a re-granting program run by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (JJKF) with funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), awards grants to local cultural organizations and nonprofits offering arts programming. Schools and individual artists are also eligible for funding. This grants program seeks...

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Trademarks, the First Amendment & The Slants

Posted Feb 15, 2023 | News & Events,

WHAT DO ROCK ‘N ROLL, OPERA AND THE SUPREME COURT HAVE IN COMMON? Monday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. Saint Louis University School of Law, 100 N. Tucker, Room 1130 Co-sponsored by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Saint Louis University School of Law and St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and...

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2023 Tax Preparation Assistance

Posted Feb 02, 2023 | Financial Matters,

Our volunteer accountants aren’t available to prepare tax returns for our pro bono clients until May. Here are some options to consider if you need assistance: VLAA Tax Clinics We are thrilled to announce that our tax preparation clinics are back! Our longtime partners — now organized as STL...

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Recordkeeping Resolutions

Posted Dec 28, 2022 | Financial Matters,

By Sue Greenberg, executive director As we look ahead to a better 2023, here’s a suggestion that will pay off: Take deliberate control of your creative business by making a commitment to recordkeeping. Start with banking. You should have a separate credit card and a separate checking account for...

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VLAA Health & Safety Guidelines

Posted Dec 17, 2022 | News & Events,

Our most valuable asset is our people — employees, volunteers and members of our creative community. Nothing is more important than their safety and wellbeing. We rent two small offices in the Kranzberg Arts Foundation (KAF)’s High Low literary arts center, where we have access to shared amenities on...

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Celebrating 40 Years of Service

By: Sue Greenberg, Executive Director | Posted Dec 08, 2022 | News & Events,

It all began in 1981 with Zia Gipson, who worked for the City’s Arts & Humanities Commission (which later became the Regional Arts Commission). Zia knew our arts community needed access to pro bono legal services. So she asked Saint Louis University School of Law’s dean to help her...

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Making a deal? Do you need a lawyer?

Posted Nov 13, 2022 | Legal Issues,

by Sue Greenberg, VLAA Executive Director Although many of us prefer to conduct business on a handshake, vague verbal agreements can result in ugly misunderstandings. Putting the agreement in writing clarifies the obligations, encourages the parties to take their promises seriously, guards against forgetfulness and provides reasonable assurance that...

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Legal Guide for the Visual Artist

Posted Oct 28, 2022 | Legal Issues,

By Sue Greenberg, Executive Director The art world has changed for the better since 1997, when Tad Crawford published the first edition of Legal Guide for the Visual Artist. Legal protections have expanded, and technology has changed the way art can be created and disseminated. So, it is a...