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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Maine Arts Commission Grants

Upcoming Maine Arts Commission Grants
Deadline 10-4-2013

Celebrating the Traditional Arts
Application Deadline: October 4, 2013; February 21, 2014; June 20, 2014
Maximum grant award: $1,500 (with a required 1:1 match)
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: October 4, 2013; February 21, 2014; June 20, 2014
Maximum grant amount $1,500
Program Guidelines
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).



MAMM Lessons

Maine Academy of Modern Music has openings for lessons and ensembles, Portland
Open Deadline

Lessons:  Our individual lessons are the core of our programs. Our private instruction is provided by the area's best performers and educators, all bringing real world experience and cutting edge styles in to the lessons. Our instructors tailor their approach to each student and their individual needs and interests. MAMM currently offers lessons in Guitar, Drums and Percussion, Voice, Piano, Bass, Trumpet and Saxophone

Ensembles: Our popular ensemble program takes the individual skills and techniques learned in private lessons to the next level. The ensembles match students of similar interests and levels with MAMM instructors who teach individual instrumentalists how to work together and make music as a group. Rehearsal sessions are led by the instructor and are focused on assembling musical selections in their entirety, both covers and original music.

Concert Series: MAMM bands stay busy in Portland! Student bands regularly rock the stages of popular local venues such as Bayside Bowl, Port City Music Hall, The Big Easy, The Maine Mall, SPACE Gallery, The State Theatre, and Spare Time's Rock n' Bowls.

 Register to reserve your spot at : http://maineacademyofmodernmusic.org/signup%20today.html

Friday, August 30, 2013

Support for Artists With Children

Sustainable Arts Foundation grants to support visual artists and writers with children
Deadline 08-31-2013

The Sustainable Arts Foundation  is now accepting applications for over $70,000 in unrestricted cash awards granted annually.

The foundation will award the following:
Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $1,000

We typically offer five of each award in each application round.

To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.

The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply.

Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, film/video, and photography are encouraged to apply.

At this time we are not accepting applications in the performing arts or music.

The application consists of three parts:

Contact Information
Artistic information

More information at: http://apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/



Creatives Rising online portfolio site NYC exhibit contest
Deadline 09-09-2013

Show your work to the world and earn funding to make your next great project possible. Thousands of creatives will have the chance to be a part of the Creatives Rising exhibition, presenting select See.Me members in NYC this Fall. Win a $1.2 million NYC apartment for a year, $25,000 cash, and Worldwide exposure. Join for free.

Details: https://www.see.me/rising/?f=cr13_adl2

This is also a funding model for artists...
Build a profile on the Creatives Rising website showing your creative work. On your control panel, edit your support page with a video introduction to who you are and reward levels for your friends, family and fans to support you. Share your profile on all of your favorite social channels. The money you earn is yours. The more support you get the greater your chances are of getting featured to the world or winning the grand prize.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

PSC Seeks Dev. Director Asst.

Portland Stage Company seeks a full time assistant to the Development Director 
Deadline: 09-09-2013

Development Director will be responsible for all functions related to a fast paced, professional development department. The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years experience in an administrative position, preferably in a non-profit development office. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and be able to export data, use mail merge. Donor and/or fundraising database management experience is a must. PSC uses DonorPerfect.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills; ability to present information concisely and effectively; ability to organize and prioritize work; be a team player, but to also be able to work independently with a minimum of supervision as necessary. The successful candidate will be willing and able to shift work priorities based on the needs of the day. Salary range is $25,000 - $30,000

Please apply electronically to Search@portlandstage.org
or to
Portland Stage Company,
PO Box 1458,
Portland ME 04104
Attn: "Search" Application


MPBN Seeks Gifts Coordinator

Maine Public Broadcasting Network seeks Major Gifts Coordinator (Full time) 
Deadline, 09-15-2013

If you have employment experience supporting nonprofit major gifts fundraising and are interested in making a difference as part of a dynamic major gifts team, consider this opportunity. Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s Development team in Lewiston, Maine, is looking for a coordinator who is a stickler for detail and who can prioritize effectively in an exciting, fast-paced environment of fundraising for annual needs and a new capital campaign.

 The position focuses on timely cultivation, solicitation, follow-up, database management and tracking of new and current prospects. The coordinator is our principal researcher and data miner for current and potential major donors. No two days will be alike as you manage frequent non-routine administrative work and multiple projects simultaneously, while exhibiting accurate and concise written and verbal skills. A requirement to perform difficult and complex data-oriented administrative duties exercising judgment and initiative will be an integral part of this work experience. With discretion and professionalism you will facilitate internal and external relationships as you work closely and effectively with a variety of staff, members of the Board of Trustees, and friends of MPBN.

 Top fundraising database experience and reporting facility are required as are strong Microsoft Excel skills. Researching, writing, editing, proofing and compilation of various reports, correspondence, gift receipts, letters of thanks, contracts, manuals, announcements, publications and related materials are a core function of this position.

 A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years’ related work experience or equivalent combination is required. Previous experience with nonprofits and gift data entry is required, and experience using Team Approach database software preferred. We offer competitive pay and excellent benefits.
Submit a writing sample, cover letter and resume to apply@mpbn.net

To review the full position description go to Careers through About at www.mpbn.net

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hatchery Seminars in Camden

'The Hatchery,' a new business seminar series at the Camden Public Library
Start date 09-10-2013

'The Hatchery,' a new seminar series at the Camden Public Library starting in September, will help take some of the mystery out of thecomplex and occasionally perplexing process of business planning.

A cooperative effort of the Library, the Midcoast Magnet, the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and MaineStream Finance, 'The Hatchery' series will be anchored by Ken Greenleaf, a microenterprise consultant from MaineStream Finance and will feature presentations by professionals in every aspect of running a business, as well as by entrepreneurs who whose businesses are part of the fabric of the Midcoast community. Artists are encouraged to attend.

Time: 7- 8:30pm
Location: Camden Public Library
Cost: Free

Sept. 10: First Things First - The Business Plan
Sept. 24: Marketing & Selling
Oct. 8: Love Your Numbers
Oct. 22: Laws, Rules & Responsibilities
Nov. 5: Finding the Money
Nov. 19: Real Stories
Dec. 3: The Plan, Wrapped & Ready

Register here: http://www.mainestreamfinance.org/index.php?id=776&sub_id=2775&utm_source=Dog+Days+of+a+MidMag+Summer&utm_campaign=Aug+Newsletter+&utm_medium=email


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Japan Foundation Performance Grants

The Japan Foundation has grants to  promote international cultural exchange between Japan and other countries.
Deadline 10-21-2013

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The foundation is now accepting proposals for touring and collaboration grants through the Performing Arts Japan program. PAJ support is designed for nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada working to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. The main goals of the program are to increase access to the Japanese performing arts in the United States and Canada, especially outside major metropolitan areas; to foster an understanding of the Japanese performing arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances; and to support collaborative projects between Japanese and American/Canadian performing artists.

The program offers two categories of grants: Touring and Collaboration grants. PAJ Touring grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop new work that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences.

To date, PAJ has funded 243 projects (including 118 touring, 115 collaborative, and ten special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. During the 2013-14 cycle, the program awarded grants totaling $246,000 to nine projects. Grants are awarded only to U.S.- or Canada-based nonprofit organizations. To be eligible for PAJ support, the purpose of the proposed project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct performing arts collaboration between Japanese and American/Canadian artists. In addition, the project must explicitly include educational and/or community outreach activities that enhance the audience's appreciation of Japanese culture and be undertaken by professional artists.

All projects must commence between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

 Visit the Japan Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.



Monday, August 26, 2013

Sundance Documentaries Deadline

2014 Sundance Film Festival's official submission deadline for feature-length documentaries Deadline 08-30-2013 and 09-16-2013

Before you apply, please read the Rules & Regulations document thoroughly.  For answers to the most commonly asked questions, download our FAQ Document. The following are our deadlines and fees for this year year:

Early Submission Deadline:
Monday, July 29, 2013 - $40 ENTRY FEE

Friday, August 9, 2013 - $50 ENTRY FEE

Official Submission Deadline:
Monday, August 26, 2013 - $60 ENTRY FEE

Friday, August 30, 2013 - $80 ENTRY FEE

Late Submission Deadline:
Monday, September 16, 2013 - $80 ENTRY FEE

Monday, September 23, 2013 - $105 ENTRY FEE

Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines-- they are the dates by which your film MUST be received in our office! If your film does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.

Once you have filled out the application, please ensure that your unique Withoutabox tracking number is written on both the face of your disc AND on the front of the mailing envelope, which should be sent to the following address:

2014 Sundance Film Festival Submissions
Tracking #:  (write your tracking number here!)
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA  90036

Complete information at: http://www.sundance.org/festival/festival-program/submissions/

If you have any questions not covered in the FAQ document, you may contact us at programming@sundance.org.

Creative Aging Grant

National Center for Creative Aging Invites Applications for Technical Assistance Program 
Deadline 12-13-2013 

The National Center for Creative Aging is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. NCCA is inviting applications from its members (at the organizational level) for the MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging Technical Assistance Grant to support the development of arts and aging programs in the areas of lifelong learning, health and wellness, and/or community engagement.

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to enable organizations to host one of the MetLife Foundation Leadership Award Winners. The Leadership Award Winner will mentor senior staff and help train other staff, partnering organizations, and community members in developing an arts program in their setting. In addition, the grant will support the production of a half-day best practices forum that brings together programs, organizations, individual, and community partners dedicated to arts, education, health, social work, and aging in the community. To be eligible, organizations must hold independent 501(c)(3) taxexempt status (organizations operating under the fiscal sponsorship of another agency are not eligible), have an annual organizational budget of at least $150,000, and be a current NCCA organizational member.

Complete program information and the application form are available at the NCCA Web site.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ticket to Ride Travel Funds

Ticket to Ride funding for school travel to arts events
Deadline, Open

The Ticket to Ride program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum.

Any K-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

Ticket to Ride is designed for ease of administration; school personnel need only download and complete a two-page document to be eligible for funding. The only other requirement is the provision of a 250 word or less narrative, preferably with student input, of the experience within two weeks of the trip taking place. This final report helps the Maine Arts Commission secure funding to continue the Ticket to Ride program. The Maine Arts Commission respectfully requests that Ticket to Ride funds not be used to replace existing transportation funds in school budgets but rather to supplement them when necessary. Schools are welcome to use Ticket to Ride funds in combination with transportation funds that may be available from individual Maine arts based venues and events.

Schools contracting with Cyr Bus Lines are asked to contact General Manager Rick Soules and to mention the Ticket to Ride program.

 Click here for instructions on how to receive Ticket to Ride funding for your school: http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Ticket-To-Ride-Signup


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Puzzle Apparel Looking for Artist Partners

Puzzle Apparel is looking to add artisan work to their product line (employment)
Deadline, open

Puzzle Apparel has an opportunity for Maine craft artists working in fiber and textiles, wood, metal, screen printing, hand dying, recycled materials etc, to sell nationally and be included in our online gallery of Maine artisans.

We are a new apparel company created by a designer who has worked for Ann Taylor and Eileen Fisher and is going local. Puzzle celebrates Maine crafts in our products and brings jobs to the state through our manufacturing. We sell online and allow our customers to select handmade crafts for specific parts of their garments from our gallery of artisans work.

If you are interested please contact Marisol Trowbridge at marisoltrowbridge@gmail.com



Friday, August 23, 2013

Kids in Need Teacher Grants

Kids in Need Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 Teacher Grants Program 
Deadline, 09-30-2013

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, is accepting applications from K-12 teachers for grants to support classroom projects.

Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators for projects that strengthen creativity, critical thinking skills, and/or core knowledge by engaging students in the learning process. Grant awards are based on the creativity of the projects being proposed.

Typically, 300 to 600 grants are awarded each year. Grants will be awarded by independent sponsors including ArtSkills, Office Depot, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the Fred Meyer Fund, and VIA Credit Union. Some of these sponsors restrict donations by geographic region and grade level. Teachers may only apply to one sponsor per project. All certified K-12 teachers in the United States are eligible.

See the Kids in Need Foundation Web site for complete program information and application guidelines. http://www.kinf.org/

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wait Until Dark, Audition (Norway)

Oxford Hills Music & Performing Arts Association: Auditions for Wait Until Dark.
Auditions, September 3 and 4, 2013

Directed by Jane Riseman. A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene. A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy.

Casting 6 men, 1 woman, 1 girl Auditions Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Norway Grange, 15 Whitman Street, Norway. Perusal scripts available at the Norway and Paris public libraries.

Performance dates November 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. & November 17 and 24 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information:
 Jane Riseman, director 207-583-2804, jrise@roadrunner.com
Jeff Orwig, producer 207-890-8592, jeffo@megalink.net

Maine Medical Center Rotating Exhibit

The Arts at Maine Medical Center, Fall/Winter, 2013 Rotating Exhibit, call to visual artists
Deadline, 08-30-2013 

 Dear Maine Artist, Maine Medical Center, the largest hospital in Northern New England, announces the Fall 2013 Call for Proposals for our rotating art exhibit at the hospital conference center at our primary campus in Portland.

The Rotating Art Exhibits are a great opportunity for Maine artists to gain more exposure as well as offering enrichment and enjoyment to patients, visitors and staff. The exhibits will be highlighted on the Maine Medical Center website and intranet pages for all employees. Those interested in purchasing artworks on display will be directed to the artist to complete that sale with an agreement that the artist will send 20% of the proceeds from these sales to benefit the hospital art program.

Maine professional artists and artist organizations are invited to submit an application for this program. The exhibit shall hang for approximately four months beginning October 21, 2013. The selection of the exhibits will be juried by the MMC Art Committee based on the Criteria for Exhibitions, the quality of the art and the suitability for hospital patients, visitors and staff.

The Exhibit Application Form, Guidelines for Exhibitions, and the exhibit space information can be found at our website: www.mmc.org/thearts

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Theatre Facilitator at Children's Museum

Theatre and play facilitator sought for The Children's Museum in Portland.
Deadline 09-01-2013

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine has a temporary grant funded position opening or a "theatre and play facilitator". If you enjoy performing for young audiences and you are interested in the intersection where museum and theatre meet- this is a great opportunity.

Start date: September 14
End date: Spring 2014 (TBD)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and completed employment application to:
Reba Short
Theatre Artistic Director
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
PO Box 4041 Portland, Maine 04101

You may also drop off application materials at the Museum (142 Free Street, Portland) during regular business hours or email materials (please note that the employment application requires a signature) to reba@kitetails.org or fax materials to 207-828-5726.

Complete information at: http://www.kitetails.org/about-us/employment/

Harlow Gallery Call For: Sit. Stay. Art!

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell artist call for Sit. Stay. Art! exhibit.
Deadline 09-01-2013

The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Valley Humane Society announces an open call for art celebrating our animal companions at home and in the wild.

Each artist can submit up to four works of art. Deadline for email submissions from artists is midnight on September 1, 2013. "Sit. Stay. Art!" will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell on October 4-26, 2013. There will be an opening reception featuring some very special guests on Friday, October 4 from 5-8:00 p.m. Proceeds from art sales during the exhibition will benefit the Kennebec Valley Humane Society and community arts programming at the Harlow Gallery.

Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time. There is an entry fee of $10 for members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association or $20 for non-members; this allows each artist to submit up to 4 works of art (please note the fee is per artist not per work of art).

For complete information about entering Sit! Stay! Art and to see other artists opportunities for 2013, please visit the Harlow Gallery online at http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-depicting-animals/

Nonmembers may join the KVAA when submitting and pay the members rate. Patrons and trustees of the Kennebec Valley Humane Society are also eligible for the reduced entry fee. Visit them online to learn more http://www.pethavenlane.org/kvhs/patron

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Performing arts touring grant from New England Foundation for the Arts 
Deadline, 09-03-2013

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has a mission to cultivate and promote the arts in New England and beyond. Their programs support artists across many forms of expression and many geographies, connecting them with collaborators and communities, fueling creative exchange and public discourse, and strengthening the creative economy.

The New England State Touring (NEST) grant funds presentations of New England-based artists from outside of a presenter’s state (eg. A Maine venue can bring in a Vermont artist). Nonprofit organizations, schools, or government entities based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are eligible to apply.



Augusta Downtown Seeks ED

Executive Director sought for the Augusta Downtown Alliance
Deadline 08-23-2013

The Augusta Downtown Alliance seeks a full-time Executive Director to administer its office and day-to-day affairs, to plan, implement and coordinate programs and activities, and to supervise staff and volunteers.  The successful candidate will work with the Board of Directors to prepare an annual strategic work plan, and related budget and will organize, supervise and provide direct support to the Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotion, and Design Committees.  The Executive Director serves as liaison with public and private organizations, including Main Street stakeholders, local government officials, local/regional economic development entities, and state and national Main Street organizations. Through frequent and open communication with business owners and property owners, The Executive Director will promote Augusta Downtown Alliance activities and response to inquiries from business prospects and the general public.
A BS or BA degree from an accredited four-year college in community planning, historic preservation, small business development, retail marketing, public relations, nonprofit management, or related field, plus a minimum of two years’ management or supervisory experience is preferred.  A combination of additional years of experience or education will be considered.
Interested candidates are invited to email applications by August 23, 2013, to the Augusta Downtown Alliance Search Committee, attention Melanie Baillargeon, Committee Chair, at melanie@augustadowntownalliance.org.

A complete application will contain the following in one combined PDF attachment:
cover letter,
three references with full contact information,
a writing sample (maximum 250 words) discussing your strategy to utilize the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to continue downtown Augusta’s revitalization efforts.

Roxanne Eflin
Senior Program Director
Maine Development Foundation/Maine Downtown Center
295 Water St., Suite 5, Augusta, ME  04330
207.626.3117 (desk)  207.622.6345 (office) reflin@mdf.org


Monday, August 19, 2013

Maine Arts Conference

Maine International Conference on the Arts, Orono Maine
October 24, 25, 26, 2013

The Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) is made possible by a statewide collaboration of Maine arts organizations and is supported by the Maine Arts Commission. MICA will be hosted by the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine at Orono campus on October 24 to 26, 2013.

The mission of the conference is to bolster Maine arts by bringing creative professionals together at a world class arts conference. The event welcomes professionals throughout New England, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Visual artists, performing artists, community arts leaders, festival operators, venue managers, curators, art teachers, teaching artists, agents and producers are all encouraged to register. Municipalities, community organizations and regional development groups interested in cultivating creative economy resources should also plan on attending.

The conference is a hybrid of an industry conference with showcasing artists and a development conference with workshop sessions. There will be 20 showcasing performers from New England and Canada and 25 workshops sessions focusing on industry development and professional practices. There will be The Exchange area for one-on-one meetings to develop partnerships.

There is also the Leading the Way co-conference for k-12 arts educators all day Thursday.

More information can be found on the Maine Arts Commission website. The early bird price for the three day event is only $75, which includes meals. Space is limited so register today.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Merrill Auditorium is Hiring

Merrill Auditorium in Portland is Hiring 
Deadline 08-20-2013

Merrill Auditorium is looking for an Assistant Technical Director and Recreation & Facilities Management

Facilities Management
A part-time position  – 22.5 hours/week – must be able to work a flexible schedule. This position assists with the use of rigging, audio, video and lighting at public assembly facilities in the City of Portland, primarily at Merrill Auditorium, a 1900-seat performing arts facility. This position serves as a liaison to outside contractors including theatrical unions and monitors compliance with City of Portland facility policy and industry safety standards by tenants, lessees and contractors.

Assistant Technical Director 
The Assistant Technical Director reports to the Technical Director and works with Event Coordinators to support resident and touring needs. Requirements: A degree from an accredited university/college in a related field or considerable experience in a public assembly facility using a variety of audio/visual equipment and specific experience with rigging, theatrical lighting, sound and facility management; ability to supervise and direct staff; excellent organizational, communication and customer service skills. Must possess a valid driver's license and have a good driving record. Must pass a criminal convictions background check. $17.89 - $20.15/hr.

Accepting applications/resumes 8/9/2013 through 8/20/2013.

More information at: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.asp

Public Art Call at Texas Tech

Texas Tech University is seeking an artist to create an exterior sculpture.
Deadline, 08-26-2013

The Texas Tech University System is accepting qualifications for artists to create exterior sculpture for the Texas Tech University New Student Housing Complex in Lubbock, TX.

 The public art budget is $485,000 and should be all inclusive.

Submissions must be received (not postmarked) by August 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm. Selected finalists will receive an honorarium of up to $2000 for travel and design expenses. Please direct any questions to Erin Vaden, Public Art Manager, at erin.vaden@ttu.edu

For the full description of the project and to view the RFQ, go to: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=107448

RFQ is located at: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/docs/768/107448_1.pdf

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Grammy Foundation Call

Grammy Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for 2013-14 Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects. 
Deadline, 10-01-2013

 With funding from the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation annually provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The Scientific Research Projects Grant program awards funding of up to $20,000 to organizations and individuals working to research the impact of music on the human condition. Examples include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition, and healing; the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals; and the creative process underlying music. Priority will be given to projects with strong methodological design as well as those designed to address an important research question. The Archiving and Preservation Projects Grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals in support of efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas.

The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories - preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment, and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000).

 Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than October 1, 2013. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Visit the Grammy Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and the Letter of Inquiry form.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Coming of Age, Call to Young Artists

Call to artist under 30 for 'Coming of Age' Exhibition (New Hampshire) 
Deadline, 08-30-2013

To be eligible for consideration, your birth-date must be after January 1, 1983 and you must have completed high school. All Media accepted (2D, 3D, audio, video, etc).

Artwork MUST BE GALLERY READY. NO Sectional metal frames, saw tooth hangers OR unframed matted work. There is a $25 fee to submit up to works. Payment is accepted via PayPal.
$500 Best in Show, two $100 Honorable Mentions.

Art sold during the show is subject to a 40% commission taken by Sharon Arts Center. Please price your work accordingly. All work MUST be for sale - and will be sold at the price indicated on the entry form, no exceptions.

August 31, 2013 Entry Deadline
September 16 October 25 & 27 Art Delivery (Shipped/Local)
November 1 Opening Reception, Award presentations
December 28 Last day of show
December 29 Pick-up for sold work (buyers) & unsold work (local artists)
January 4 Artwork shipped back to non local artists**

**Artists shipping their work must provide a prepaid shipping tag for returned work.

More information at:

Art Education Grants

National Art Education Foundation Grants
Deadline 10-01-2013

The National Art Education Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Art Education Association, is accepting applications from NAEF members for programs that support classroom-based arts education.

Through its 2013 grant cycle, NAEF is offering the following funding opportunities:

 Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants: Annual scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to qualified art educators whose proposals focus on understanding, implementation of, and issues related to the National Visual Arts Standards and/or which support the improvement of the teaching of art.

Mary McMullan Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for projects that promote arts education as an integral part of the curriculum and establish and/or improve the instruction of art in public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education in the United States.

NAEF Research Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support research in arts education that advances knowledge in the field as well as the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century (see NAEA Web site).

SHIP Grants: Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to arts educators seeking equipment and/or instructional resources needed to advance student learning related to the National Visual Arts Standards.

Teacher Incentive Grants: Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to individual art educators to attend training and education programs that promote the improvement of the teaching of art, including instructional process, curriculum, student learning, student assessment, classroom management, or other practices relating to instructional interaction and the achievement of student learning.

Grants are made only to NAEA members (including student and retired members), state/province associations, and recognized NAEA affiliates. Qualified applicants must have been active NAEA members for at least a year prior to the date of application.

 See the National Art Education Foundation Web site for eligibility and application guidelines at: http://www.arteducators.org/grants/national-art-education-foundation

Thursday, August 15, 2013

LA Metro Public Art Call

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority  is seeking five artists for Silver Line stations. 
Deadline, 09-03-2013

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invites artists to apply for public art commissions at 5 stations on the Metro Silver Line. The Metro Silver Line combines service on the dedicated busways along the 110 Freeway (Harbor Transitway) and Interstate 10 (El Monte Busway), with additional connecting stops through downtown Los Angeles. Art opportunities for the Harbor Gateway Transit Center, Manchester Station, Slauson Station, and the 37th Street/USC Station have been identified.

These four stations feature glass-topped canopies on the passenger loading and unloading platforms. Artists will be asked to create distinct, original artwork to be reproduced in adhesive vinyl and adhered to the ceiling glass panels for both canopies at each station. One artist will be selected for each station. Each artist will receive a $7,000 design fee.

The Rosecrans Station features three street-level archway entrances visible to Silver Line patrons, and to traffic on both Rosecrans Avenue and the 110 freeway immediately below. An art opportunity has been identified for one artist to create original artwork to be reproduced on adhesive vinyl to wrap the three archway structures. The selected artist will receive a design fee of $10,000.

Please note eligibility includes artists who live and work in the United States with the exception of artists currently under contract for Metro stations, or who have completed a permanent Metro Art commission within the past 3 years. Employees, contractors and members of transit authorities constructing rail and bus lines for Metro are ineligible.

 Deadline for submittals (delivery, not postmark!) is 5:00 pm PST on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

For complete details and information regarding submittal requirements, download the full Call to Artists found on the Metro website. Go to: http://www.metro.net/art/
Click on the “Artist Opportunities/Events” tab at the top of the page.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Maine Forest Museum Seeks ED

Maine Forest and Logging Museum Leonard's Mills seeks an executive director (Part time)
Deadline, Open until filled/ mid-August

Maine Forest and Logging Museum Leonard's Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Inc. (MFLM), a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1960, and dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago for the present-day citizens of the State of Maine. 

The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission through its operational and financial objectives. The Executive Director must be an organized self-starter, an experienced communicator, an enthusiastic fundraiser and a team player to successfully oversee the day-to-day functions of MFLM. He or she must have the ability to move capably and confidently between a wide range of responsibilities including program coordination & development, financial management, human resources, fundraising, public relations, board and volunteer relations, building management and staff oversight. The Executive Director reports to the MFLM President and Board of Directors.

Fundraising (Estimated time 40%): The ED will cultivate and solicit individual, corporate, and foundation support as well as seek out grant opportunities as they arise to support MFLM. This effort must include finding new sources of capital in order to further the museum’s mission.

Program Management (Estimated time 30%): Develop short-term and long-term strategic plans for the MFLM that support the Mission and objectives of the organization. Oversee and engage in the planning, organizing, and operation of events – both onsite and offsite as appropriate.

Communications and Public Relations (Estimated time 15%): The ED will serve as the “public face” of the organization at events, with donors, and with the media in order to promote the MFLM and its programs. In addition he or she will oversee and engage in the creation of promotional materials including MFLM newsletters, press releases, and enhancing MFLM’s web presence.

Budget and Finance (Estimated time 15%): The Executive Director will work closely with the Board President, Treasurer, and Budget and Finance Committee to develop organizational and program-specific budgets and ensure the organization operates prudently within those budgets. The ED will also coordinate the paying of bills to the various vendors the museum uses. 

Directly oversee and manage all MFLM employees, and serve as a conduit to the Board for those employees.

Strong candidates will possess the following qualifications:
Strong organizational in communication skills
Experience in fundraising and grant proposal writing
Ability to work independently
Strong operational and financial management skills
Passion for preserving and showcasing Maine’s forest and logging history
Experience communicating with and organizing volunteers
Strong computer skills, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel.
Familiar with electronic communications, social media and be willing to expand their skillset.
Have experience managing education programs and the accompanying physical site.

Compensation Pay is commensurate with experience. This is a part-time year-round position at 30 hours per week. Location MFLM’s office is the US Forest Service Building on the Government Road in Bradley, Maine.

MFLM’s employment committee will be conducting the candidate search. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Scott Robinson, Employment Committee Chair, at sdrobinson@prentissandcarlisle.com.

The position’s expected start date is mid-August, 2013.

Kittery Point Artist Residency

The Seapoint International Artist Residency on Kittery Point Maine
Deadline - Various 

The Seapoint International Artist Residency was recently founded in an effort to bring multicultural writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians into the seacoast creative community. Located on Cutts Island in Kittery Point, Maine, S.I.A.R is housed in a unique historic cottage that overlooks the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic Ocean, the Isles of Shoals and the preservation land between Sea Point and Crescent beaches.

The preservation land was donated to the Kittery Land Trust by Eliot Hubbard, a former member of the board of the DeCordova Museum in memory of his aunt, Rosamond Thaxter (1895 – 1989), and is surrounded by the Brave Boat Harbor Division of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The Cottage offers three furnished live/work rooms with water views. Additional studio space is available at the residency-run off-site art gallery, and larger local studio space can be rented for a nominal fee for artists whose needs require it.

As the resident Director and Founder of S.I.A.R., Alicia Goodwin offers her experience as an artist, writer, curator and world-traveler to visiting residents, as well as exposure to a wide network of other local, national and international individuals and organizations integral to a successful artistic cultural exchange. “The Cottage is owned by Morris Halle, Professor and co-founder with Noam Chomsky of the Linguistics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his late wife, painter Rosamond Thaxter (Strong) Halle (1925-2011), who graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1946, and whose artwork fills the cottage.

The residency accepts applications for one to three month stays. The S.I.A.R. Jury reviews each application.
View photos and S.I.A.R. details on the web at www.seapointresidency.com.

For more information, please contact Alicia Goodwin at 207-438-0417 or director@seapointresidency.com

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Graham Foundation Grant

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications for Architecture and Design Projects 
Deadline, 09-15-2013

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is inviting applications for projects that explore innovative and bold ideas in architecture and design. Through its grants to individuals program, the Graham Foundation supports opportunities to create, develop, and disseminate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to the artist's creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in his or her career.

The foundation awards grants in two categories: including Production and Presentation and Research and Development. Production and Presentation grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Projects can include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, and other public programs and must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.

Research and Development grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, and budgets. Architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, and others are eligible to apply.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Auditions for Twelfth Night

Auditions for Theater at Monmouth’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities Tour of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Audition date, 08-17-2013

Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 a.m. at TAM’s Helen Melledy Hall, Monmouth, ME. Available roles include: Count Orsino/Officer; Viola; Sebastian/Sir Andrew; Malvolio/Captain; Countess Olivia; Feste; Sir Toby Belch; Maria/Antonia.

Interested actors are invited to schedule an audition for the tour which will be directed by James Noel Hoban. The five-week contract begins rehearsals on Monday, September 30; the production tours to schools and venues throughout the state from October 11 through November 2.

Complete information at: http://www.theateratmonmouth.org/2013_twelfthnight_casting.pdf


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Maine Arts Commission Workshops

The Maine Arts Commission offers tailored workshops to suit the needs of constituents throughout the state. 
August 14, 15, 2013

There are workshops coming up around the state, the first of which is in Hallowell and the second is in Bath. Both events are free and open to anyone wishing to attend.

Kennebec Valley Arts Association Hallowell
When: Between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on August 14, 2013
Where: Harlow Gallery 160 Water Street, Hallowell

Please join the Maine Arts Commission: Executive Director Julie Richard will provide an update on current and future agency initiatives that benefit all members of the cultural community. Senior Grants Director Kathy Ann Shaw will provide insight into grant writing and present an overview of agency grant programs. Local hosts will provide information on their programs during the event. Health Care for Artists: Take advantage of the rare opportunity to hear about how the Affordable Health Care Act can provide health insurance for artists. Staff from Maine Community Health Options will help participants navigate the new law. Further details contact: Deb Fahy Executive Director Kennebec Valley Arts Association (207/622-3813) kavv@harlowgallery.org

Maine Alliance for Arts Education Bath
When: Between 5:00 and 7:00 pm on August 15, 2013
Where: Davenport Building (at the intersection of Front and Center Streets), Bath

 Please join the Maine Arts Commission: Executive Director Julie Richard will provide an update on current and future agency initiatives that benefit all members of the cultural community. Senior Grants Director Kathy Ann Shaw will provide insight into grant writing and present an overview of agency grant programs. Local hosts will provide information on their programs during the event. Health Care for Artists: Take advantage of the rare opportunity to hear about how the Affordable Health Care Act can provide health insurance for artists. Staff from Maine Community Health Options will help participants navigate the new law. Further details contact: Peter Alexander Executive Director Maine Alliance for Arts Education (207/522-7040) peter@maineartsed.org

More workshop information can be found at: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Community/workshops

Digital Innovation Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies Invites Applications for Digital Innovation Fellowships
Deadline 9-26-2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is accepting applications for its eighth annual Digital Innovation Fellowships.

With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program supports research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences with the aim of providing scholars with the means to pursue intellectually significant projects that deploy digital technologies intensively and innovatively.

Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. Projects may address a consequential scholarly question through new research methods, new ways of representing the knowledge produced by research, or both; create new digital research resources; increase the scholarly utility of existing digital resources by developing new means of aggregating, navigating, searching, or analyzing those resources; or propose to analyze and reflect on the new forms of knowledge creation and representation made possible by the digital transformation of scholarship.

ACLS does not support creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects. The program is open to scholars in all fields of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree conferred prior to the application deadline. An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of a Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify.

United States citizenship or permanent resident status is required as of the application deadline. ACLS will award up to six fellowships through the competition in 2013. Each fellowship carries a stipend of up to $60,000 toward an academic year's leave and provides for project costs of up to $25,000.

Visit the ACLS Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Laura Bush Librarian Program

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. 
Deadline, 09-16-2013

The program invests in the nation's information infrastructure by funding projects that address the education and training needs of the professionals who help build, maintain, and provide public access to information systems and sources.

In 2014, the program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists. The program is especially interested in developing information professionals who can help manage the burgeoning data generated by the nation's researchers, serve as stewards of the nation's cultural legacy, and meet the information needs of the underserved. The program also seeks to help librarians develop information and digital literacy in their communities, as well as other critical skills library patrons will need to be successful in the twenty-first century.

Grants will be awarded in the categories of doctoral programs, master's programs, early career development, programs to build institutional capacity, and continuing education.

To be eligible, applicants must be either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization and be located in the United States or Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau. In addition, applicants must be a library or a parent organization, an academic or administrative unit, a digital library, a library agency, a library consortium, or a library association. Grant amounts will range from $50,000 to $500,000. In order to receive a grant, applicants must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the grant after the subtraction of student support costs.

 Projects must begin April 1, May 1, or June 1, 2014.

Visit the IMLS Web site for complete program guidelines at: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/lb21_guidelines_2014.aspx

National Public Art Calls

A collection of public art opportunities, national 
Deadline, various/ August 

Water Utilities in Belle Glade, Florida
Deadline: August 12, 2013
Budget: $38,225
Palm Beach County's Art in Public Places Program is seeking artist(s) to create an integrated site specific artwork for the new Water Utilities Customer Service, Glades Office. Possible areas for art integration include windows, walls and ceilings (suspended works). Artwork will raise community awareness about the importance of water in our lives, water conservation practices and water’s critical functions in the local and national environment. Send questions to Elayna Toby Singer at esigner@pbcgov.com or at (561)233-0235. For more information click http://www.pbcgov.com/fdo/ART

Art Services-Bus Rapid Transit Project in Fresno, California
Deadline: August 22, 2013
Pre-Bidders Workshop: August 8, 2013
Budget: $20,000
The City of Fresno is accepting qualifications and proposals from artists/teams to provide art services for the BRT PROJECT. The proposed project is a 15.7 mile BRT corridor extending from north Fresno through downtown to the east. Each station will include a custom designed shelter, railings, passenger waiting amenities, and signage on raised platforms to facilitate easy and quick access to the buses. The City is seeking to commission one to six artists/teams to design, fabricate, and possibly install functionally integrated public art for this project. Contact Judith Nishi, City of Fresno Department of Transportation, at (559) 621-1455 or Lilia Gonzales Chavez at Lilia@fresnoartscouncil.org. Interested artists/teams may obtain a copy of the RFQ/P for ART SERVICES through The City of Fresno Bid opportunities http://www.fresno.gov/ 

El Paso Sun Metro Administration, Operations and Maintenance Facility
Deadline: August 23, 2013
Budget: $200,00
In partnership with the City of El Paso’s Mass Transit Department identified as Sun Metro, the City of El Paso’s Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install an exterior site-specific, original public artwork for the Sun Metro Administration, Operations and Maintenance Facility. To access application, go to www.callforentry.org and look for “City of El Paso Sun Metro Administration, Operations and Maintenance Facility.” For more information please visit www.elpasoartsandculture.org and click on the “Public Art” tab. For questions please contact Patricia Dalbin, Public Art Program Manager, at (915) 541-4894, dalbinp@elpasotexas.gov or Jeff Howell, Public Art CIP Associate, at (915) 541-4257, howelljb@elpasotexas.gov.

Senior Center Exterior Art Installation, Thornton, Colorado
Deadline: August 30, 2013
Budget: approximately $75,000
The City of Thornton, through the Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an exterior work of art for the Thornton Senior Center. TASHCO is seeking the qualifications of interested Colorado artists through an open call. Selected artists will then be asked to produce a proposal for the site. For more information please contact Linda Lowe, Art and Volunteer Coordinator of the City of Thorton, at (720)977-5881 and visit http://www.cityofthornton.net/arts.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Salt Institute Seeks Administrator

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is seeking a full time administrative assistant
Deadline 08-14-2013

 The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is a non-profit school in downtown Portland offering semester-long intensive programs in documentary writing, radio, photography and multimedia with a focus on powerful and responsible storytelling. We also exhibit documentary work in our gallery and host documentary-related events.

We’re looking for a full-time administrative staff person to complete our team – that person should be organized, detail-oriented and able to work with minimal supervision.

Responsibilities include administrative tasks and admissions/recruitment in addition to organizing and staffing gallery events, maintaining Salt’s social media presence and other projects.

Qualifications: - Knowledge of Mac operating systems required - Administrative / support experience preferred - IT / technical troubleshooting experience or ability preferred - Bachelor’s degree preferred - Interest and/or experience in any of Salt’s teaching fields: photography, radio, writing and multimedia preferred - Ability to lift up to 25 pounds - Knowledge of Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or Final Cut Pro a plus Salt offers a casual work environment, health and dental insurance

Please send cover letter and resume or CV electronically to dgalluzzo@salt.edu. Please: no phone calls, no mail and no in person deliveries.

Full-Time Salary: $14-$17/hour
Start Date: September 3, 2013

Bates Photo and Video Fellow

Photography and Video Fellow, Bates Communications Department (Full time) 
Deadline, Open until filled

Bates College seeks a creative and talented recent college graduate interested in developing skills in photography and videography for a unique assignment as a photography and video fellow for the Bates Communications Office. The photography and video fellow will shoot still photographs and video for various media using creativity, initiative, judgment, and technical skill; and conceive and capture images of college life for various purposes and constituencies of the college.

Additional job functions include digital asset management and multimedia editing of various assets. Other related projects, such as using social media, may be assigned by office team members. The office’s director of photography and video will supervise the fellow. A bachelor’s degree and a valid driver's license are required. Experience in shooting still photographs and video and experience with Photoshop and Final Cut Pro or other professional video editing software is required. The flexibility to work a schedule according to events that may include nights and weekends is essential. This is a 12-month, temporary assignment with the possiblity of a extension to 24 months. The annual salary is $25,000 and a full benefits package.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest via the link below. Please include in your letter of interest a link to an online portfolio. Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and until the position is filled. Our preference is that all documents uploaded be in a .pdf format as one document. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Amie Parker, Employment Manager, via e-mail at hrdept@bates.edu.



Thursday, August 8, 2013

Theater Manager at St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland seeks Theater Manager
Deadline, open until filled

Theater Manager Reports to the Executive Director.

• Coordinate/schedule Box Office and Front of House volunteers.
• Supervise Box Office and Concessions volunteers during performances as needed.
• Complete Box Office and Concessions Reports after each performance.
• Other record keeping as required by Executive Director
• Train volunteers as necessary.
• Handle ticket/credit card/payment issues with audience members as needed.
• Ensure Concessions area is clean and well stocked prior to performance.
• See that Concessions area is cleaned, cooler locked after performance.

• Arrive at least 90 minutes before scheduled performance time.
• Ensure lobby and other public areas are clean and welcoming for audience
• Check with artist, stage manager or other appropriate performance personnel
• Assist patrons with wheelchair lift.
• Manage audience seating:
• Gather information from performance personnel regarding each show (
• Operate building systems (heat, air conditioning, etc)
• Make informational announcements as necessary.
• Implement and lead Emergency Evacuation Plan when necessary.
• Complete House Manager’s Report after each performance.
• Oversee appropriate use of performance space and St. Lawrence equipment.
• Operate basic lighting and sound equipment as needed.

Direct inquiries to Executive & Artistic Director Deirdre Nice deirdre.nice@stlawrencearts.org 207-347-7177


Acorn Productions Employment

Acorn Productions is seeking artists and staff  for their 2013/14 season
Deadline, Open until filled/ Sept 1  

Join one of Greater Portland’s longest-running and best-respected theater institutions dedicated to training and development of performing artists in the Greater Portland community.

MANAGING DIRECTOR (part-time mornings) Acorn seeks an experienced manager to work closely with Acorn’s Board of Directors to ensure that all of the company’s programs operate smoothly. Tasks include weekly website updates, creating promotional pieces, registration of students at the Acorn Acting Academy, database management, coordinating use of Acorn’s dance studio and studio theater, and basic bookkeeping. Knowledge of Macintosh computers required; preference given to candidates who are familiar with the Dreamweaver and InDesign programs.

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING (part-time afternoons) Acorn seeks a dynamic children’s theater instructor to oversee all aspects of the company’s programming for children in grades K through 10. The ideal candidate will possess teaching experience across the ages in an after school environment, be capable of directing a children’s theater production, as well as hiring and supervising the artistic staff to mount two additional productions. The Director of Children’s Programming will be responsible for teaching at least one class per semester at the Acorn Acting Academy, as well as scheduling additional classes as required by Acorn’s business plan, and serving as liaison for Acorn’s programs at the Westbrook Community Center. The position includes the potential for additional salary for additional classes taught and/or productions directed for Acorn. 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR MAINE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL (stipend) Acorn seeks a veteran director who can provide vision and leadership for Southern Maine’s premiere showcase for new plays, now in its thirteenth year. Duties to include appointing and serving on the reading committee for script selection, finalizing the performance schedule with the selected plays, directing at least four short plays and one staged reading of a full-length play in the festival, finding directors to fill out the roster of plays, hiring and supervising production staff, casting the plays, and working with Acorn’s Managing Director and Board of Directors to raise funds and market the event, scheduled to take place from April 21 to May 4 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland.

The start date for all open positions is September 1, 2013. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received, and the positions will remain open until filled.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest and resume to mike@acorn-productions.org
or by snail mail to
Acorn Productions, P.O. Box 304, Westbrook , ME 04098.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Maine Arts Commission Job Opening

Maine Arts Commission Seeks Special Programs Director Arts & Humanities Associate-Traditional Arts & Creative Aging (Full time) 
Deadline 09-13-2013

The Special Programs Director will work in a team setting with other program directors and under the supervision of the agency’s Executive Director. The Special Programs Director will provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development, coordination, administration and evaluation of some of the Maine Arts Commission’s programs, such as Traditional Arts and Creative Aging. The position works at the state level to design and implement arts programs and projects statewide; provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to artists, teaching artists, arts organizations and others. Statewide travel is required.

Direct the Special programs.
Oversee, manage, and direct the distribution of funding to grant programs.
• Develop programs and initiate new projects in field relating to areas such as the Traditional Arts and Creative Aging. Take on special projects when assigned.
• In coordination with other staff, provide program information for distribution, and create print and publication material related to program as needed.
 • Manage the process-tracking of the program’s activities. Manage the archiving of completed and ongoing projects in a way that is accessible to entire organization.
 • Manage program budget effectively.
 • Build collaborative relationships inter-agency, within the state system, and in the field. Work with individuals and organization (in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors) in a positive way for the betterment of the agency’s goals.
 • Curate, organize and direct ongoing agency programs.

To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in an Arts or Humanities related field and two (2) years experience working with artists, art groups, and/or humanities organizations. Directly related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Preference will be given to applicants with a master’s degree or commensurate work experience preferably in the field of traditional arts. Knowledge of Maine artists, galleries and museums is a benefit.

Full details are at: http://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/index.shtml


APAP Cultural Exchange Fund

Association of Performing Arts Presenters Accepting Applications for Cultural Exchange Fund Awards 
Deadline, 08-15-2013

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters recognizes that promoting global exchanges of artists and their work is essential to fully engage audiences and communities in the breadth and diversity of the performing arts. To that end, the organization provides opportunities for presenting arts professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge of individual artists, artistic traditions, and cultures.

 APAP's Cultural Exchange Fund is a travel subsidy program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist United States-based presenting professionals and their organizations and companies in building partnerships and collaborations with their international peers and help audiences experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context.

 APAP awards travel subsidies to individual presenting professionals (including agents, managers, and producers), presenting organizations, and groups of presenting professionals traveling to see the work of artists and companies, or to develop and advance projects with international artists and their collaborators.

 All applicants must be active members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. APAP strongly encourages but does not limit travel to the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

The maximum amount awarded per individual organization, inclusive of travel costs and per diem, is $2,000. Group travel subsidies will be awarded only to groups of three or more individuals from different member presenting organizations. The maximum award for a group is $10,000, with no more than $2,000 awarded per organization in the group. The deadline to apply to the fund is August 15, 2013, for the travel period starting October 2013 and ending March 2014.

 For complete program guidelines and application procedures, as well as information on APAP membership, see the organization's Web site.  http://www.apap365.org/KNOWLEDGE/GrantPrograms/Pages/cef.aspx


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fund for Book Publishing

The J.M. Kaplan Fund's Furthermore program for nonfiction book publishing
Deadline 09-01-2013

The J.M. Kaplan Fund's Furthermore program supports nonfiction book publishing about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues. The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer."

Individual grants range from $500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.

Deadlines of March and September.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor.

Complete application guidelines and program information can be found at: http://www.furthermore.org/

Auditions for Promises, Promises

Auditions for Gaslight Theatre Promises, Promises in Hallowell 
Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm 

Director Bill Haley and Music Director Marcia Gallagher have set audition dates for the Bacharach/David musical Promises, Promises.  Auditions will consist of cold readings. Folks should bring music to sing, or sing something from the show. Auditions will be held at at Hallowell City Hall. Age range is 20 to 60.

PROMISES, PROMISES takes place in New York City in the 1960s. An accountant, Chuck Baxter, lends out his apartment to co-workers who need a convenient place to socialize. Despite tragedy and intrigue, real romance prevails.

The Show: Book by Neil Simon Based on the screenplay The Apartment by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David. Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick.

Production Dates:
November 14th, 15th and 16th, 7:30 pm
November 17th, 2:00 pm MATINEE
November 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 7:30 pm

Complete information at: http://www.gaslighttheater.org/news/pr_2013_07_14.html

Monday, August 5, 2013

USArtists International Grant

USArtists International Grant Program for dance, music, or theater ensembles or solo artists.
Deadline. 09-06-2013

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,

The USArtists International program is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals.

Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the U.S.

Applicants must be professional dance, music, or theater ensembles or solo artists, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or have a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor that has nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. If an ensemble, the applicant must havea majority of its members be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country); and, if a solo performer, be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Grants, which will seldom cover the applicant's total expenses, generally range from $1,000 to $10,000, and will not exceed $15,000. The September 6, 2013, deadline is for engagements taking place between November 1, 2013, and October 31, 2014. Complete program guidelines and the application form are available at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Silk Road Funds

US State Dept. Silk Road Funds: to support of people-to-people activities between two or more South and Central Asian nations, US State Department
Deadline, 08-16-2013

The Cultural Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs works to share the best of the American arts community with the world to foster mutual understanding through people-to-people exchanges. Our colleagues in the South Central Asia bureau have recently released a new Request For Proposals (RFP). U.S. and non- U.S. institutions have the opportunity to submit proposals highlighting the relationship between two or more countries in the region and their connection along the New Silk Road. Grant and proposal details are provided below. The deadline for submitting a proposal is August 16th. We invite you join a conference call on August 1 so we can answer any questions you may have prior to this deadline.

The U.S. Department of State has issued an RFP in support of people-to-people activities between any combination of two or more South and Central Asian nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Uzbekistan. This competition is designed to use people-to-people activities that advance the vision of a New Silk Road connecting Afghanistan to its neighbors through networks of trade, transit and people, or expand regional connectivity along the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor. This RFP is intentionally broad to encourage creative proposals one of the priority themes based on the applicant’s strengths.

 Each proposal must specifically respond to one priority theme: cultural heritage and understanding; access to education; journalistic ties & regional reporting; or cross-border networks and problem solving.

 For more information, please go to Funding Opportunity Number SCAPPD-13-AW-150-SCA-07172013 at grants.gov.

 Please share this announcement with any interested colleagues and contact this office at the e-mail address below with any questions:

Ellen Delage
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy,
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA/PPD)
U.S. Department of State,
2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20520

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:30 am Eastern Time
USA Toll-Free: 888-830-6260
USA Caller Paid/International Toll: 505-242-2420
Participant Code: 998478
Start Time: 09:30 AM EDT End Time: 10:30 AM EDT
Conference Host: Ellen Delage
Phone Number: 202-647-9503
Conference ID: PED8101 R

Saturday, August 3, 2013

MacDowell Colony Fellowships

MacDowell Colony Fellowships Available to Artists 
Deadline, 09-15-2013 

MacDowell Colony Fellowships are available to artists of exceptional talent, providing time, space, and an inspiring environment in which to do creative work. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. There is no cost for a Fellowship; travel funds and stipends are available to artists-in-residence based on need. Application fee.

Detailsa at: http://www.macdowellcolony.org

Friday, August 2, 2013

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund for Documentary Filmmakers 
Deadline, 08-19-2013

Filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.

1. BEGIN We have two funding rounds per year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Please REVIEW OUR ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES and FAQ before you complete your application. If you have any questions about the application or your eligibility please contact us at INFO@CATAPULTFILMFUND.ORG.

 2. SUBMIT ONLINE The application has a brief section which is submitted online and a full application which is sent as an attachment with the online form. Other attachments required in the application are: development budget, work samples, resume or bio, contact information for two references, and letter from your fiscal sponsor if you have one at the time of the application.

3. REVIEW Once the application deadline has passed, we begin our review process. We will let you know if we need further information or have any questions. During this time, please feel free to let us know about any updates to your application, e.g., funding received, budget changes, or application updates. Once we have made our grant decisions, we will inform applicants via email.

 4. GRANT Grantees must have a fiscal sponsor to receive grant funds. Once you have a fiscal sponsor we will send you a letter of agreement that sets forth the terms of the grant. After we receive the signed agreement we will send the funds to the fiscal sponsor. Our goal is to deliver the grant within a month of the grant announcement.



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Points North Pitch

Points North Pitch at the Camden International Film Festival, Call to Filmmakers
Deadline, 08-09-2013

The Points North Pitch, part of a two-day documentary forum at the Camden International Film Festival, is open for submissions. The pitch is a unique opportunity to connect with key funders, broadcasters and distributors in an intimate setting on the picturesque coast of Maine. Awards include a $1000 cash prize, $10,000 Modulus Studios Finishing Fund, $3000 scholarship to the Maine Media Workshops and three consultations with the Tribeca Film Institute.

The Points North Pitch will take place Saturday, September 28 at the Camden Opera House. The pitch is open to all filmmakers with feature-length documentaries in progress. The submission fee is $25. The deadline for submission is August 9, 2013 at 11:59pm. Selected filmmakers will receive two VIP passes to the festival, three nights of accommodations and a stipend to subsidize their travel to Camden. There will also be a mandatory private pitch training session prior to the main event, which helps filmmakers fine-tune their pitches with a small group of industry experts and peers.

More information at: http://camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth