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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Temporary Public Art, MD

Re-Imagining the Holidays in Downtown Silver Spring A temporary public art installation in Silver Spring, MD 
Deadline, 07-15-2013

Downtown Silver Spring has retained the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to assist in the selection of an artist or an artist group to reimagine the holidays. The artist or artist group will create original decorations for Silver Spring’s holiday tree to be located on the fountain plaza. Peterson will provide the metal tree armature and lighting. The artist (or a group of artists) is free to propose a theme, designs, and materials as per guidelines below. The artwork is a temporary installation, expected to be on view for approximately ten weeks, and must be effective for day and nighttime viewing. Downtown Silver Spring is owned by The Peterson Companies, Foulger-Pratt and ARGO Investment Company; it is managed and leased by The Peterson Companies.


ELIGIBILITY: Open to professional, practicing artists or artist groups residing in the United States, preferably with prior experience in installation art or public art.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 15, 2013, Midnight EST

QUESTIONS: Contact Michele Cohen at michele.cohen@creativemoco.com

FULL APPLICATION DETAILS: http://www.downtownsilverspring.com/whatshappening.cfm?id=3


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Outdoor Film Festival Seeks Films

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Seeks Films for their Festival 
Deadline, 08-01-2013

Organizers of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF) announced Aug. 24 as the date for their 2nd annual event. They have invited local filmmakers and those from across the globe to screen their outdoor adventure feature films and shorts in one of Maine’s most pristine wilderness areas: The Forks.

Interested filmmakers have until August 1 to submit their work.

Over 200 filmmakers and guests attended last year’s event and this year’s MOFF is on track to double in size. “With the support of the film, outdoor and local community, we are stoked to build on last year’s success,”

For more information about MOFF, to submit a film, purchase tickets or to find upcoming tour dates, go to: http://maineoutdoorfilm.com.

To become a 2013 corporate sponsor email: Moff.dawn@gmail.com.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Maine Icons Exhibit, Call

River Arts in Damariscotta, Call to Artists for Maine Icons and Special Places Exhibit 
Drop off work July 11 – July 13 Opening Reception – July 19th 5-7 pm

River Arts is inviting all Maine artists to enter the juried exhibition “Maine Icons and Special Places” Work in any media is encouraged including photography and sculpture. The juror for this exhibition will be Bruce Brown. Portland native Bruce Brown has curated more than 200 exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport from 1987-2006 and as curator emeritus continues to organize exhibitions on its behalf from time to time as well as at other venues as an independent curator.

All media, styles and subjects are welcome. All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work size maximum: 40 inches in height, 40 inches in width – and for safety reasons plexiglass or other non-glass option should be used for work over 34 inches, excluding pastels. Early submissions are accepted within usual gallery hours. Artists may submit up to three works for an entry fee of $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been show at River Arts previously.

River Arts, open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 10 – 2 on Sundays, is located at 241 US Route 1 (north), Damariscotta. For information about membership and the many exhibitions, classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit www.riverartsme.org or call 563-1507

Entry forms are available online at http://www.riverartsme.org/RIVER%20ARTS%20Exhibition%20Entry%20Form.htm and at the gallery when submitting. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at info@riverartsme.org.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

48 Hour Film Project, Maine

48 Hour Film Project, Maine Edition Event Weekend: August 2nd-4th, Portland, Maine
Screening: August 8th at the Nickelodeon Cinema
Deadline, 07-08-2013 (early registration), 07-23-2013 (regular)  

 For those of you who might not know what the 48 Hour Film Project is all about, I can most assuredly inform you you will have a blast. It goes something like this:
1) You register for the contest
2) On Friday, August 2nd, you are given a Prop, a Character, a Line of Dialogue, and a Genre.
3) You then have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film.
4) All films will screen at the Nickelodeon on August 8th.

All films that are finished on-time will be in competition to win Best Film, the winner of which will go on to compete against other best of city winners from around the world for big time prizes! It's a really great way to spend a weekend, and connect with other filmmakers. For experienced filmmakers, it is a chance to show your chops against the rest of the Maine film community.

For those with less experience, it's a great chance to meet other people in the field, and to see what it really takes to make a short film. For those of all experience levels, it is a really great time! We will have some more really cool prizes for folks who win our local prizes, and there will be at least one, if not more, meet-ups scheduled to get some ideas and crew together for your filmmaking adventure before the weekend of August 2nd is upon us.

Early Bird Registration is $140. Teams must register on or before Monday, July 8 to get this special rate. Regular registration is $160. If teams register after Tuesday, July 23 they must pay a rate of $175.

You can begin registration by clicking here: http://www.48hourfilm.com/en/portland_maine/


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Art for Egg Festival, Call

Open invitational juried art exhibit at the Pittsfield Public Library during the Central Maine Egg Festival. 
Deadline, 07-01-2013

The library welcomes local artists to submit original artwork to share with the community. The People's Choice Award art work will be selected by those who view the exhibit. The event is open to all artistic media: painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber, sculpture, photography; with 16 inches by 20 inches being the size of the largest framed piece accepted.

Organizers will accept digital photos of all submissions, either emailed to tlsmith@pittsfield.lib.me.us

or mailed as a CD containing the photo(s) to:
Pittsfield Public Library,
110 Library St., Pittsfield,
ME 04967.

The submission deadline is July 1. Artists will be notified by July 5, if their art will be exhibited. Setup will be Monday, July 15. An artists reception is set for 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. The show will run through July 19. Artwork can be picked up July 23.

 For more information, call 487-5880.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New England Collective IV

Call to New England artists for group exhibit in Boston
Deadline 07-10-2013

Galatea Fine Art Gpresents presents the 4th Annual Juried Exhibition August 1st through 28th, 2013 Opening Reception First Friday, August 2, 2013 from 6-8pm

Jurors: Kaveh Mojtabai is the founder of Boston Publishing House, and the publisher of ArtScope Magazine. Mr. Mojtabai’s reach approaches the Boston art community, and also extends the magazine’s interests far into the New England area. He is community conscious, and is interested in the depth and meaning of all aspects of the creative process. ArtScope Magazine has been in existence since 2006, and is known for its innovation and cutting edge.

Eligibility: The New England Collective IV is open to artists from New England working in all media.

How to Apply: All entries are to be in digital format as JPG images by email or on a CD. JPG images can be sent by email to galateafinearts@yahoo.com.

Submissions on CD should be mailed to: Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6, Boston, MA 02118. No DVD submissions with the exception of video entries. Entries are due no later than July 10th, 2013 by 6pm. Entries must include the completed information forms. Image resolution should be no more than 1024X600 pixels at 150 dpi. Entries not adhering to this procedure will not be juried. For the return of materials, please include a selfaddressed stamped envelope.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Public Art Call, Boston

Request for Qualifications by Curry College, Milton, MA to professional artists in the six New England states 
Deadline, 07-03-2013 

Project Title: Curriculum Integrated
Budget: $30,000

The goal of the project is to develop a viable, permanent public art project for Curry College including its final installation on campus. What makes this proposal unusual and potentially a model for other academic settings is the integration of the public art process into the College curriculum. Thus the experience of direct participation in all aspects of the public art process – from artist selection to project implementation - becomes a teaching tool for students along with guidance from faculty and staff.

The selection of the precise location of the work of art will be part of the design process to be undertaken by the selected artist in collaboration with staff and students. Several sites on the Curry College Campus have the potential to offer the artist an exciting challenge and the ability to create a site-specific work meaningful to the academic community for which it is intended.

The artist selection panel will base its decision on the following criteria:
· Quality of the artist’s work and compatibility with the project
· Experience in other public art projects including the ability to meet timeline requirements and budgets
· Thorough knowledge of contemporary art trends, especially in three-dimensional work and public art
· Ability to design successfully for the extremes of New England’s four seasons through the use of appropriate materials
· Ability to work sensitively within an academic setting
· Interest and experience teaching and working collaboratively with students at the college level
· Ability to meet safety standards and provide maintenance guidelines and conservation recommendations

Budget Artist fee $ 7,500
Fabrication and installation $ 21,000
Other related expenses $ 1,500

The following materials are due on or before the deadline:
· Resumé with current contact information
· A one paragraph statement (no more than 250 words) explaining your interest and potential compatibility with this project
· Ten images in digital format. Acceptable digital images must be: o Formatted to read in Adobe Photoshop o Maximum pixel dimensions per image approximately 600Hx800W o Image resolution – up to 300 pixels per inch (ppi) o Emails must not exceed 5 MB o Name each image: lastnamefirstnameimagenumber.jpg
· A thumbnail list of the images with corresponding image numbers, description and date of the work, project budget, and project partners if applicable

Background Documentation Additional information on Curry College can be found at www.curry.edu

Interested artists should contact Ricardo Barreto 617-285-1966 rdb8888@gmail.com

Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Plays Sought by Firehouse

Firehouse New Works Festival is Looking for Plays for “The Long and the Short of It”
Deadline, 06-30-2013

The 2014 New Works Festival Committee is looking for new works by New England-area playwrights and will be accepting full-length, one–act (30-60 minutes) and 10-minute plays. Firehouse Center for the Arts, located in Market Square, Newburyport will run the four-day Festival over two weekends: January 17-18 and January 24-25, 2014. 

All works will be read anonymously and judged by a panel of theater professionals who are selected from the New England theatrical community. The Festival will then be comprised of a combination of shorts, one-act plays and full-length plays selected from those submitted and deemed strongest by the judges. During the Festival the full-length plays will be staged readings while the others will be memorized. All submissions must be transmitted electronically no later than Sunday, June 30th at midnight to caron@firehouse.org. Prizes will be awarded for those plays selected as Best Full-Length ($150.00), Best One-Act ($75.00), and Best 10-Minute ($75.00). 

Since 2002, Firehouse Center for the Arts and New Works Festival have fostered the development of local theater companies, writers, directors, and actors. Providing insight on the playwriting process from conception to presentation, this festival allows us to share with the community a rare and special look at the abundant talent in New England. The intimacy of the Firehouse’s 195-seat venue means that a writer can be ‘up-close and personal’, both with audience members to judge their reactions to the new works first-hand, and with the actors on stage making it a perfect venue from which to showcase new works in development. In addition, the Firehouse theater staff handles the production details with grace and ease. 
To download the complete submission guidelines and an application, please visit Firehouse Center for the Arts online at 


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Multi-Arts Production Grant

Artist Grant
Deadline -

The Multi-Arts Production Fund, administered by Creative Capital, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation. Grants of up to $10,000 will help proven artists move seamlessly from a completed project to the development of new ones.

Open submissions to the MAP Fund are accepted in the first stage of the three-stage process.

Stage 1: Register on the MAP Fund website for the Online Letter of Inquiry. This is an open call requesting written information about your project and the lead artists involved. After a review by field evaluators and MAP staff, those proposals that most closely align with the MAP Fund goals are invited to make a full application through email notification.

Stage 2: Full Application (by invitation). Also online, the full application requests a complete project budget, statements from lead artists, and work samples, in addition to the information submitted in the LOI. Full applications are reviewed by field evaluators and MAP staff and, based on these scores, a selection moves forward to the on-site peer panel.

Stage 3: A nationally composed peer panel meets on-site in New York City to review the applications. The panel recommends which proposals will be funded.

Artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters are encouraged to apply. Artists without a 501(c)3 status may apply through the support of a fiscal sponsor. Organizations and artists must have at least two years of professional experience.

More information can be found at http://apply.mapfund.org/guidelines.php
E-mail: mapinfo@mapfund.org


Friday, June 21, 2013

Projects Honoring Bluegrass Icons

Foundation for Bluegrass Music Seeks Applications for Public Projects Honoring Bluegrass Icons 
Deadline, 06-30-2013

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music is inviting applications for public projects in memory of bluegrass icons Doug Dillard and Arthel "Doc" Watson.

 A total of $10,000 in grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations with bluegrass music-related projects that involve education and youth programming. Funds will be available after January 1, 2014.

See the Foundation for Bluegrass Music for eligibility and application guidelines at: http://bluegrassfoundation.org/grants/


City Theater Audition

'5th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' Auditions at City Theater, Biddeford 
Auditions, June 26 and 27

Winner of 2 Tony Awards in 2005, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hit musical comedy about six adolescents vying for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime. This hilarious show is made even more unpredictable by audience participation; before each performance 4 audience members are recruited to participate onstage as guest spellers. *Note: while the spellers are children they are usually played by adult actors. All spellers should move well. 

Director: Megan Cross
Music Director: Sara Sturdivant & Bethany Ferland
Choreographer: Mariel Roy

Casting 4 women & 5 men. This is an open audition. Be prepared to sing something in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. There will be a dance audition.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Derwent Prize for Pencil

Cumberland Pencil Company Call to Pencil Artists 
Deadline, 07-01-2013

Cumberland Pencil Company announces the inaugural Derwent prize for works created in pencil.

The prize offers a total of £8,750 to artists working in this versatile medium and is open to artists over 18 throughout the world.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ovations Offstage Seeks Help

Portland Ovations Seeks Part Time Ovations Offstage Assistant
Deadline, Open until filled

Portland Ovations seeks a detail-oriented, motivated individual to provide support for its dynamic education and outreach program, Ovations Offstage. Primary responsibilities include promotional and communications assistance for all Ovations Offstage activities; registrar for School-Time Performances, workshops, and masterclasses; liaison with educational advisory teams; tracking statistics and activities; and represent Ovations at activities.

 Ideal candidate will be passionate about the arts, have experience in arts education/administration, and be an excellent communicator. It is also expected that candidates will be flexible, self-directed, have the ability to think creatively and work as part of a team.

Position is 15-20 hours a week; includes evening and weekend hours. Must have a valid Maine driver’s license.

Please send resume and cover letter to Ovations Offstage Assistant, Portland Ovations, 50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor, Portland, ME 04101 or submit via email to info@portlandovations.org.

 Address questions to Aimee Petrin at: ampetrin@portlandovations.org


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bangor Savings Bank Grant

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation grant for improving community life in Maine.
Next deadline is July 1

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997 to help fulfill their commitment to improving community life in Maine. The Foundation focuses on initiatives that will make communities more prosperous, more livable, and more vibrant. This includes supporting the economic development, workforce development, and demographic and entrepreneurial health of the regions they serve.

For more information regarding eligibility, funding objectives and submission guidelines, please review their full grant application details. http://www.bangor.com/Community-Support/Foundation-Grant-Making.aspx

UMO Studio Technician Wanted

Sculpture Studio Technician Position at University of Maine
Open until Filled

The University of Maine in Orono Department of Art seeks a technician to oversee the smooth operation of the Sculpture Studio, provide safety and environmental management for students and staff, plan and manage necessary purchases, and ensure facilities are well maintained. A Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art is required with an emphasis in sculpture preferred. Must have a technical understanding and skill in the use of all sculpture studio processes and equipment, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a working knowledge of budget and inventory management.

See more at: http://www.maineartscene.com/Maine-Art-Headlines/Sculpture-Studio-Technician-Position-at-University-of-Maine.html#sthash.dx3cvJVF.dpuf

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references, and any questions to UM.Art@umit.maine.edu.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Maine Arts Commission Job

Public Service Coordinator I, Director of Special Projects at the Maine Arts Commission
Deadline - 06-27-2013

Maine Arts Commission is seeking a Public Service Coordinator. This is professional services work of a managerial nature in planning and conducting special policy, planning, research, and evaluation studies for the Maine Arts Commission. The position is responsible for having a detailed understanding of programmatic financial and budgetary information, and for providing assessments and reports as needed for use by the Director and other managers within the agency. Knowledge of the financial systems and financial mechanics of state government is essential. The position is a liaison between the agency’s constituency and the Executive Director.

The position will have managerial and coordinative responsibilities over consultants, contracted personnel, and committees that are central to the purpose of this classification. Work is performed under limited administrative direction. 

Film Festival Grant

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grants Program
Deadline 06-26-2013

The Film Festival Grants Program, an initiative of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, provides grants of up to $30,000 to a wide variety of film festivals based in the US.

Grant recipients include major international film festivals, independent and alternative festivals, and festivals that support social and cultural diversity. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, give screening access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and strengthen connections between filmmakers and the public.

Grants are only available to applicants that have held at least five festivals as of December 31, 2012.

Grant range information and application guidelines are available on the Academy's website.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Androscoggin Bank Community Grants

Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation Community Improvement Grant
Next application deadline 07-15-2013

Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation makes grants to agencies actively working in communities where they operate to help local kids thrive. These grants vary based on the need and are awarded in amounts up to $5,000. The Foundation generally gives priority to local organizations with sustainable, if modest, organizational budgets.

Agencies and missions served: After-school and mentoring programs; Leadership development experiences; Promoting literacy and love of learning; Coping with homelessness and family discord; Promoting mental health; Learning life-management skills.

 Full guidelines at; http://www.mainstreet-foundation.org/Quarterly-Awards/

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jane's Trust

Jane's Trust Grant for Community Improvement
Deadline 07-15-2013

Jane's Trust makes grants to address important issues in the Trust's fields of interest and areas of geographical focus, and are interested primarily in organizations and projects which benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities.

The Trust supports collaborations among nonprofit organizations and welcomes joint applications, and encourages grant requests and collaborations that bridge two or more areas of interest. Application is a two step process involving first the submission of an initial inquiry and then, only upon request from the Trustees, the submission of a full proposal. The Trustees meet several times per year to consider requests, although payment of all grants is in December. Next application deadline is July 15.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Aaron Copland Music Fund

Aaron Copland Fund for Music's 2013 program grant cycle is now open for professional performing ensembles.
Deadline 07-01-2013

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music's 2013 program grant cycle is now open. The deadline to submit applications online is July 1, 2013. Applicants must be working to support artistic excellence that encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Eligibility: Funds are available for General Operating Support or Project Support for professional performing ensembles with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
 •Non-profit tax-exempt status.
 •Performance history of at least two years at the time of application.
 •Demonstrated commitment to contemporary American music.

It is advised that organizations whose programming (in terms of duration) for the preceding 2 seasons does not consist of at least 20% contemporary American music apply only for project support.

Individuals, student ensembles, festivals and presenters without a core ensemble are not eligible.

Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissioning composers. Requests from dance companies are eligible, but only for costs associated with live performances of music by contemporary American composers of concert music. Project support will be given only for a project that begins in the current season. Thus, for the 2013 grant round, support will only be given to projects that begin between September 2013 and August 2014. Multi-year projects will be considered if they begin in the current season, but projects that have already begun generally will not be eligible for support.

For more information, visit the website or contact Grants Manager Caitlin Murphy at 212/461-6956 or onlinegrants@coplandfund.org.



Toyota Literacy Grant

A grant for organizations/ educational institutions for literacy development projects
Deadline 06-24-2013

National Center for Family Literacy Invites Applications for Family Learning Literacy Programs The National Center for Family Literacy is accepting applications from organizations and educational institutions for projects that engage families in literacy and mentoring. Through the Toyota Family Learning initiative.

NCFL will award five three-year grants of $175,000 each, as well as a wide range of NCFL training and communications support, to implement services that engage families in learning together, mentoring other families in learning together, and family service learning projects. Eligible applicants include schools (traditional public and charter), community-based organizations, libraries, and other organizations providing services to families. In addition, organizations must provide family-focused educational services for parents, grandparents, and/or legal guardians and their children ranging in age from 4 to 18 and serve a high percentage of minority populations and/or low-income families in two or three separate sites.

See the Toyota Family Learning website for eligibility and application guidelines.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Public Art Call, Quincy MA

Open Competition for the Selection of Three Sculptures for the Adams Green Park Project in Quincy, Massachusetts 
Deadline: 07-16-2013 at 11:00am (application received) 

 Budget: $750,000 - $900,000 ($250,000 - $300,000 per sculpture)

Eligibility: Open to professional artists working in the United States of America Project

Description: In accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 30B, The City of Quincy acting on behalf of the Planning Department, is soliciting qualifications for the design, fabrication, and installation of three monumental sculptures representing John Adams, Abigail Adams and John Hancock in the Adams Green Park. The goal is to expand the public understanding and appreciation of these historic figures as part of the urban revitalization of the park presently being designed by the landscape architecture firm of Halvorson Design Partnership for Quincy, Massachusetts. The sculptures will be placed prominently near the United First Parish Church, the Old City Hall and the Hancock Cemetery. As part of the design team lead by Halvorson Design Partnership the selected artist(s) will work with the City to complete the 100% designs, bidding and construction of these sculptures for this new signature public park at the heart of Quincy Center.

 To receive the RFQ: Copies of the Request for Qualifications may be obtained from the Purchasing Department; City Hall, 1305 Hancock Street; Quincy, MA 02169, or by calling (617) 376-1060, between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

 The RFQ is also be available at the Purchasing Department website: http://www.quincyma.gov/Government/PPD/PurchasingBidPage.cfm   

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Institute for Teachers

Call for applications from Maine educators for a three-day summer institute focusing on teaching arts to K-12 students with disabilities. 
Deadline - June 20, 2013

The Maine Arts Commission and Syntiro are announcing a call for applications from Maine educators for a three-day summer institute focusing on teaching arts to K-12 students with disabilities. The institute will accommodate a total of 15 educators who will be part of a team developing new techniques and best practices for teaching arts to K-12 students with disabilities.

The learning experience will consist of both structured training and real time opportunities to work with students. Each participant will receive a $200 stipend to assist with travel. The summer institute will be held at the Pine Tree Camp in Smithfield, ME, July 23-25, 2013.

This beautiful camp is nestled on the shore of North Pond with rustic large cabins and a mile of shorefront. Participants will spend three days fully immersed in camp enjoying meals and free time with students, while having the opportunity to participate in professional development designing arts curricula throughout the day. Overnight lodging is available and encouraged. Pine Tree Camp will be providing participants with a large group cabin for their use during the three days at no charge. There are hotels available offsite if you prefer but they would be at your own expense.

Applications will be reviewed by looking at the following: a brief resume of classroom experience, what skills, perspectives and experiences you hope to bring to the experience, what you hope to gain from the experience, a description of any past experiences you may have had working with students with disabilities, an explanation of what makes you a good candidate for this summer institute.

The institute is open to Maine educators with at least three years of classroom experience. Preference will be given to arts educators. Fifteen participants will be chosen based on their application. Chosen participants will be notified by June 20, 2013. Participants are required to stay from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. On-site overnight lodging is free, encouraged and available. This is intended to be a full immersion program. For information about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts in education funding opportunities or programs, please contact Julie Richard at 207/ 287-2710 or by email at julie.richard@maine.gov.

More information at: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/summer-institute

Applications are at: http://www.cvent.com/events/call-for-applications-to-summer-institute-for-teachers-and-arts-educators/event-summary-4b5b6cef598d4b248f87c081010792e5.aspx

MAC Grants

The Maine Arts Commission offers several grants to serve the field.
Deadline 06-21-2013

Arts Visibility
Application Deadline: June 21, 2013
Maximum grant award: $1,500
This grant supports Maine’s artists and arts organizations by providing the means with which to increase the visibility of specific artistic projects.

Celebrating the Traditional Arts
Application Deadline: June 21, 2013
Maximum grant award: $1,500
This grant supports traditional artists’ fees for presentations in a range of community settings including festivals, gatherings, fairs, museums, tours and other community events.

Good Idea Grant
Application Deadlines: June 21, 2013
Maximum grant amount $1,500
This grant supports and fosters the growth of Maine’s artists. The parameters of the grant are purposefully broad and include any good idea that furthers an individual artist’s creative endeavor(s).

More information at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/Grants-Home

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Camden Public Library Job

Development & Communications Coordinator for Camden Public Library 
Deadline, Open till filled (start date July 1) 

The Camden Public Library is looking for a part time, 25 hours per week Development & Communications Coordinator.

Job responsibilities include the following:

  • Assists with a variety of fund development activities, in coordination with the Library Director and Development Committee, including database management, preparing and sending appeals, researching and assisting with the preparation of grants, coordinating events, maintaining records, preparing reports, etc.
  • Helps develop marketing materials, including pamphlets, flyers, press releases, the annual report, and other materials as needed. 
  • Plans and coordinates special events and activities such as the annual Millay Society gathering and other fundraising events. 
  • Works with the Development Committee and library staff to publicize library programs, services, events, etc. 
  • Works with volunteers to coordinate efforts and helps develop appropriate recognition for volunteers. Other: Assists the Library Director as directed and as time allows in a variety of administrative tasks and projects. 
Post secondary education in marketing, communications or a related field is required; a Bachelor's Degree in a related field is preferred. A minimum of two years of experience at a professional level in Development, Communications and/or Marketing is required. Library experience preferred, but not required. In addition, the successful candidate will have superior written and verbal communication skills, an understanding of development principles and practices, knowlege of research techniques in the area of philanthropy, and be adept with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher. Graphic Design skills would be a plus. This position pays between $20-25/hour, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected. Benefits including a 401(k) plan after a year of service will be included.

Please send a cover letter and resume via email to the Human Resources Representative for the Camden Public Library: Laurie Bouchard, SPHR laurie@lbouchardllc.com

Volunteer at OLS

One Longfellow Square seeks volunteers
Deadline - Open

One Longfellow Square is partially powered by a legion of volunteers who are the friendly faces who greet you, handle the will-call list, and act as ushers at every show. Everyone gets busy in the spring and summer and we'd like to add more names to our Volunteer List.

We'll train you - it's very easy to do. The average volunteer works a show maybe once a month (or more if you want to and less if that's what works!). And best yet - you choose the shows you want to help with. Work behind the scenes with us and support bringing great music to Portland!

Contact our volunteer coordinator, Al Leighton if you are interested: leightonxyz@yahoo.com

Monday, June 10, 2013

Associate Creative Director at L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean is looking for an Associate Creative Director of Copy (job# 6052-2013)
Deadline Open until filled 

L.L.Bean is looking for an Associate Creative Director of Copy to join their Creative team in beautiful Freeport, Maine. The Associate Creative Director of Copy is responsible for managing the brand voice as it relates specifically to the successful creation of product selling copy across all company channels-catalog, online and retail.

You will assist the creative director(s) in formulating and implementing departmental and corporate creative strategies, establishing guidelines, procedures and best practices. Working collaboratively with counterparts from Creative/Art, Merchandising, Product Development, Marketing and Retail, you will mentor copywriters by helping them understand the Voice of Bean, product positioning, value proposition, and subsequent selling strategies in addition to particulars of direct response/multi-channel marketing. In addition, this role requires responsibility for larger businesses, channel initiatives and projects.

  • Directs the copywriters and editors responsible for the creation and execution of all product copy for inclusion in catalogs, digital and at retail. 
  • Manages and coordinate various production schedules to ensure timely approvals and availability of copy assets. 
  • Collaborates, and at times leads, in the formulation and development of creative strategies at the book and business level. 
  • Assists in managing the written and artistic translation of the brand strategy and marketing communication to customers. 
  • Ensures the consistent execution of the voice of L.L.Bean in developing effective selling messages.
  •  Review and approve product and editorial copy submitted by copywriters and freelance writers.
  • Ensure the consistency, diversity and appropriateness of copy style and the completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of copy content in conjunction with the graphic design and marketing purpose.
  •  Administer personnel and activities directly and through subordinates. 
  • Review and update job descriptions to accomplish established objectives. 
  • Establish individual performance objectives that meet divisional and operational goals. 
  • Make decisions regarding employment, performance objectives and appraisals, promotions, pay recommendations, transfers, and terminations. 
  • Coach and develop personnel in job related skills or personal development through work assignment, direct training, career discussion and regular feedback. 
  • Communicate and monitor adherence to company personnel policies and procedures. 
  • Retains and manages freelance writers-negotiates fees for services rendered. 
  • Maintains awareness of competitive landscape. Regularly review competitive catalogs, emails, web sites, as well as pertinent periodicals, books research materials and conferences. 
  • Analyze research conducted by L.L.Bean as it relates to customer demographics, buying trends and buying behaviors. 
Qualifications: 7-10 years experience Proven ability to guide and direct a brand voice Strong digital strategy and experience Exceptional communication skills Ability to build relationships and influence within and across divisions Strong understanding of the outdoors and ability to convey that in the L.L.Bean brand Clear understanding and experience in a creative process An experienced leader, preferably of a creative staff Entrepreneurial/general management experience a plus Strong project management skills with an ability to handle multiple tasks and meet tight changing deadlines Knowledge of software applications such as MS Word, MS Excel and exposure to database systems

 Education Level: BA/BS or equivalent Experience Level: 7+ years


For assistance, please call 1-877-255-2326.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Center for Maine Craft, Sales Associate

May to December part time employment at Center for Maine Craft
Deadline - Open until filled

There is a sales associate opening at Center for Maine Craft! Position is part-time seasonal Sales Associate/Travel Counselor: May -Dec, approximately 10-30 hours/week Please email your resume and cover letter to Nire Cook: nire@mainecrafts.org No phone calls please.

 Summary: The Center for Maine Craft is looking for part-time sales associates/travel counselor that will be responsible for a full range of sale, store and travel information support initiatives. Job success will rely on the ability to communicate the Center’s role within Maine’s art community, a desire to interact with a diverse public and knowledge, understanding and love of Maine craft. The Center for Maine Craft, a project of the Maine Crafts Association, is home to a retail gallery and an exhibition gallery together representing more than 200 Maine craft artists annually. The Maine Crafts Association opened the Center in November 2008 in an effort to support Maine artists and organizations through retail sales in a high traffic center. The Center increases awareness of the significant role craft artists play in Maine’s culture, economy and heritage. The Center is located in West Gardiner, Maine at the West Gardiner Service Plaza.

Job Description: Sales Associates are responsible for making and processing sales, handling fine craft objects, managing inventory and maintaining display and store appearance. Sales Associates are responsible for communicating information about the Center’s artists, craft objects, mission and programs to the various constituencies who visit the Center each day. Sales associates assist manager and assistant manager in additional projects and events as needed. The Sales associate will also be allocated to the information desk located in the Center for Maine Craft. Basic information desk operation entails providing personalized, over -the-counter tourist information services to walk-in-visitors seeking travel assistance and tourism-oriented literature about the state of Maine. 

1. Greeting of all visitors into the Center
2. Cash register sales using Dell POS
3. Tagging inventory
4. Talking with and educating customers about Maine craft
5. Keeping information brochures stocked
6. Hand out Maine state road maps
7. Give out verbal and written directions to walk-in travelers
8. Accepting the duties of opening/closing procedures
9. “Housekeeping” in the Center – dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, taking out trash, etc
10. Advocate for The Center for Maine Craft’s visibility, stature, and significance within the community.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: • General knowledge of hand-made craft • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment • Willingness to work flexible hours, nights and weekends as well as on call weekdays • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community • Knowledge of Point of Sale Systems • Strong Customer Service



Saturday, June 8, 2013

MHS Seeks Development Director

Maine Historical Society seeks full time development director
Deadline 06-15-2013

The Maine Historical Society (MHS) seeks a leader to manage all phases of its fundraising activity, including major, corporate and foundation gifts, annual giving, special events, grant writing, planned giving, donor cultivation, campaign planning, marketing, public relations and communications.

Working closely with the Executive Director, Trustees and managing a staff of two, the successful candidate will help shape the continued growth of a nationally-recognized, statewide cultural institution.

Founded in 1822, MHS is located in downtown Portland, Maine, and consists of the Brown Research Library, the MHS Museum, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House; and the Maine Memory Network (a collaborative online museum), among other programs and services.

Qualifications should include: superior personal and communication skills; five plus years of comparable development responsibility; a record of major gift fund-raising and grant writing accomplishment; Raiser’s Edge (or comparable) database experience; demonstrable interest in history and education; and a willingness to meet the challenges of the cultural sector. Highly self motivated and directed.
Full information online at: http://www.mainehistory.org/about_opportunities.shtml

Send letter, resume, and list of four references to: Steve Bromage, Executive Director, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. EOE.

Electronic submissions should be sent to lwebb@mainehistory.org.

No phone inquiries, please.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Celebration of Gardens, Call

A call for 2 and 3 dimensional pieces that celebrate the gardens of Downeast Maine
Deadline 06-10-2013

Call to Artists for a juried art show of 2 and 3 dimensional pieces that celebrates the gardens of Downeast Maine and beyond on Sunday, June 30, 2013 – July 8, 2013 (opening reception on Sunday, June 30, 2013, 3:00–6:00 p.m.) The show will be at  Hammond Hall, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693, sponsored by Schoodic Creates in alignment with the Winter Harbor Library’s “Books and Blossoms Garden Tour” to be held Saturday, July 6, 2013.

This exhibit will honor and commemorate gardens everywhere, to celebrate the impact of the creative economy on the Schoodic Peninsula and to expand interest and create excitement for both artists and the public. Art: 2 dimensional art including, but not limited to, oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, photography and mixed media 3 dimensional art including, but not limited to, fiber arts, stone, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, jewelry and mixed media

Submission(s): - Up to three (3) pieces per artist may be entered for jurying - Submit one (1) photograph per piece digitally to: schoodiccreates@gmail.com

Deadline to submit: Monday, June 10, 2013 - Refer to attached form for directions for digital submissions - Need assistance? Don't be afraid to ask. Jurying: Selection will be based on the interpretation of the garden theme and artistic execution. Ribbons will be awarded. For more information: Email: schoodiccreates@gmail.com

Call: Pam Broderick at 207/963-2547 or Nancy Robinson at 207/963-4105

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Southern Maine Auditions

Acorn Productions will be hosting combined Southern Maine auditions
Saturday, June 8th from 10am to noon and Sunday, June 9th from 6 to 8pm.

If you are a producer who regularly hires actors and would like to attend. please contact Mike Levine at acornmike@gmail.com

This is a free service for area producers. Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Found Objects Workshop

Found Objects Workshop in Hallowell at the Vaughan Homestead Foundation
Workshop dates June 8-9

Create sculpture out of found objects with Boston artist Michael Burbank in a two day workshop at the Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell the weekend of June 8 & 9, 2013. The class will include two three hour sessions: Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm each day.

Students who attend this workshop should bring some materials that they would like to include in the assemblage. Participants will review some assemblage art history from masters to maniacs to understand the varieties of form and materials available, and learn techniques such as “gluing and screwing”. Michael Burbank is a self-taught artist and “junk” collector. He has been scouring beaches, bottle dumps, and rust farms for years looking for “odds ‘n sods” that spark his imagination. He has installed commissioned works of assemblage in private collections in Boston, North Carolina, San Francisco, and Wellfleet.

Tuition is $70 for members* $80 for non-members (* Current members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or the Vaughan Homestead Foundation). To sign up for a workshop, please call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org. Payment is required in advance to hold your seat. Space is limited, so it is advisable to register early.

For information about joining the Kennebec Valley Art Association, visit www.harlowgallery.org. For information about the Vaughan Homestead Foundation, please visit www.vaughanhomestead.org.

Portland Stage Studio Reps

Studio Rep proposal applications for Portland Stage’s 2014 series are now open! 
Deadline 07-05-2013

For those of you unfamiliar with Studio Rep: last year we opened our Studio Theater up to three artists/companies rent free to produce three different productions in a rotating rep for three and a half weeks. The collaboration was successful for us and our collaborators and we’re going to do it again! Portland Stage is looking for Artists and Companies with a track record for success to propose exciting full-length productions for our 2014 season.

Your production doesn’t need to be a Maine premiere, or a world premiere, but it does need to be a new production for you. We’re looking for proposals with originality and vision that will excite the next generation of theater-goers in innovative ways. Portland Stage’s 2014 Studio Rep will take place from January 9th to February 2nd. Applications are due Friday, July 5th, 2013 and has been attached for your convenience to this e-mail.

Applications should be mailed to the theater at: Studio Rep Portland Stage Company P.O. Box 1458 Portland, ME 04104
e-mailed to Literary Manager Daniel Burson at dburson@portlandstage.org

 For more information go to http://www.portlandstage.org/Page.189.Studio+Rep+Proposals

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LEF Moving Image Fund

Grant for documentary filmmakers
Deadline - 06-07-2013

LEF's Moving Image Fund supports filmmakers living in the New England region. At this deadline (June 7, 2013), LEF will be awarding up to 7 grants of $5,000 each to long-form documentary film projects in the pre-production stage.

Here's how to apply: http://www.leffoundation.org/NewEngland/HowtoApply/tabid/163/Default.aspx

Twitter at @LEF_Foundation, 
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/LEF-Foundation/


Monday, June 3, 2013

CCX Conference This Week!

Creative Communities Exchange Conference

Creative Economy Conference in Portland
Held- June 7 and 8, 2013

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) will present the third Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) in Portland Maine on June 6 and 7, 2013. This event will bring together creative and cultural community leaders who work on creative economy projects to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

The conference will offer 30 workshops that highlight successful and innovative community projects that deploy arts, culture, and creativity in support of local economic development goals. 

Visit the Creative Communities Exchange website for additional information at: http://www.nefa.org/events/creative_communities_exchange_2013


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hungry For Music

Instrument donation program 
Deadline- Open 

Hungry for Music supports parents who cannot afford to rent or purchase an instrument for their child. Also, they support music teachers/directors who have identified a child who could use our support. they also support after-school music programs such as Roots of Music in New Orleans, Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) in Southern Virginia, Rhode Island Fiddle Project, Intonation Music Workshop in Chicago, Little Five Points Music Center in Atlanta, to name a few.

Application acceptance dates:
May 15 thru June 15
August 15 thru Sept. 15
Oct. 15 thru Nov. 15

To apply, go to: http://hungryformusic.com/need-an-instrument/

To learn more, please visit the Hungry for Music website: http://hungryformusic.com

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Opportunity in Portland's Downtown District

Looking for 2-3 volunteers  interested in art, music or film
Deadline - Open until filled (June 5)

Portlands Downtown District is planning a fun event in downtown Portland on Saturday, June 8 and we're looking for volunteers to help out.

We've hired LA-based company PaintScaping to transform the façade of Portland City Hall using their 3d projection mapping technology. The show takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and we're having a rehearsal on Wednesday, June 5. We're looking for 2-3 volunteers who may be interested in art, music or film and would like the opportunity to work directly with the Creative Director of the show - Philippe Bergeron.

We need volunteers June 5-June 8 during the day and also in the evenings. For more information, please contact Rachel Irwin, Events & Marketing Manager at Portland's Downtown District at 207.772.6828 or email at rachel@portlandmaine.com