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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Maine Medical Center Exhibit

Maine Medical Center announces the Spring 2014 Call for Proposals for the rotating art exhibit at the hospital conference center in Portland. 
Deadline 01-06-2014

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. Given that Portland is often recognized as one the most culturally fascinating cities in the country, the visual arts are an important part of our community. 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 February 24, 2014. 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 .

You may also contact The Arts at Maine Medical Center, c/0 Maine Medical Center Development Office, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, Maine 04102, or call 207/662-2669.


Maine Medical Center
Exhibit at 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, Maine
The Maine Medical Center Conference Center exhibit space is on the MMC main campus. It is open from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. Medical staff, employees, administrators and community groups holds meetings, presentations and gatherings in the Conference Center. Approximately 1000 individuals may pass through the exhibit space daily.


The Rotating Art Application and Exhibit Criteria and space information can be downloaded from our website www.mmc.org/thearts

or you may contact:
The Arts @ Maine Medical Center
c/o Maine Medical Center Development Office
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102

Placing the Arts at the Heart, NH

Placing the Arts at the Heart, 19th Annual Reimagined Integrated Arts Conference
Event on Friday, January, 24th 2014 (8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Elementary and secondary school teachers are invited to participate in the annual ETC Integrated Arts Conference.  This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops. Arts educators and artists learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into their curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s production Oliver!.  The day concludes with optional admission to the evening performance of Oliver!.  Learn to connect to the Common Core and the new National Core Arts Standards with other educators, administrators, and artists.

Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University

Presented in association with the New Hampshire Department of Education with support from New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network.

Registration fee ($115) includes full day conference, staff development certificate, lunch, refreshments, electronic teacher resource book, and ticket to Oliver! ($95 without performance).

For information or to register by telephone, call Deb Stalnaker at (603) 535-2933.  Registration is also available online. https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=15739


Monday, December 30, 2013

Biddeford Performing Arts Center

Biddeford Performing Arts Center available to arts groups 
Deadline Open 

The Biddeford Performing Arts Center wants to stage YOUR event!  900-Seat Auditorium is seeking to serve as a rental venue for concerts, theatrical productions, dance recitals, et al.  State of the art facility adjoining the Biddeford school system, eager to get community and state-wide use of the space!

For additional information contact Nicholas Willette at: 207/282-6400 x3204
or e-mail:  nwillette@biddefordschooldepartment.org

For rental information, go to

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Southern Exposure Grant

Southern Exposure support for collaborative work of performing arts of Latin America to bring work to audiences in the United States.
Deadline 02-28-2014

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America supports projects in which arts presenters from different cities or states work collaboratively to bring exemplary performing artists from Latin America to audiences in the United States that have little access to the artists' work. The initiative supports the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the U.S. over recent decades.

The program, which is administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, funds projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the U.S. and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three (and a maximum of five) different cities or towns. In addition to public performances, all projects will include complementary community activities intended to build appreciation for the visiting artists' work and cultures.

Each consortium must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five presenting organizations. Priority will be given to consortia that include at least one organization with little to no experience of presenting artists from outside the U.S. Consortium partners must be based either in different states and/or federal jurisdictions or, at a minimum, outside of a fifty-mile radius from one another. Each presenter in a consortium must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government and have a minimum of three continuous years of experience offering multiple presentations by professional touring performing artists in a given season.

Grants will not exceed $25,000. No presenter request for less than $5,000 will be considered for support. Grants will be made directly to each presenter in a consortium whose project has been approved for support. Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis. Matches may be achieved through cash and/or in-kind contributions.

The application deadline is February 28, 2014, for projects taking place between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015.

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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

VCCA Residency

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Application for 2014 Residency for Visual Artists
Deadline 01-15-2014

Admission to VCCA is highly selective, based on a review of applications by panels of professional artists. There are separate panels for each category (poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, playwrights, performance, film and video artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, installation artists, composers and cross-disciplinary artists) with over fifty panelists serving at any one time. These panelists undergo periodic review to ensure that selection to VCCA is being made by the highest caliber artists in each discipline. Panelists are also rotated regularly to ensure that particular styles or tastes are not continuously represented. The basis for admission by an application is professional achievement or promise of achievement.

To apply, artists submit an application form, resume and work samples.

Currently, the Online Application is ONLY FOR VISUAL ARTISTS! This is a beta version so if you have any difficulties or questions please email at vcca@vcca.com


Friday, December 27, 2013

Reverb, Seeks Graphic/Web Designer

REVERB is currently hiring a qualified candidate for a part-time, project-based freelance graphic and web designer position.
Deadline 01-07-2014

 Based in Portland, Maine, REVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. REVERB provides comprehensive, custom greening programs for music tours while conducting grassroots outreach and education to fans around the globe.

Reverb is looking for a freelance graphic and web designer to work from our Portland office and from home on projects including websites, posters, informational signage, print materials, tents, water bottles and more. A passion for doing great work is required. The work flow will vary from 4 (guaranteed hours) per week up to 20+ hours per week during our peak season (March through September). Compensation commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications:
 Fluent in Mac OS
Ability to work within and navigate a collaborative and creative, fast-paced environment with tight turnaround times

Proficiency in:
Adobe Creative Suite (CS 6 or newer – Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver)

Knowledge of:
Mobile Site Development

Please submit the following to Lauren Sullivan at jobs@reverb.org:

●      Resume

●      Three (3) .jpg or .pdf samples of your print or online work

●      Three (3) links to active websites that you have created

●      Cover Letter which includes descriptions of each sample of your work along with what programs you used. Please also let us know when you could begin work.

Alexia Foundation Grants

Alexia Foundation Grant for photographers
Deadline 01-13-2014

The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.

The application deadline for the professional grant is Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.The deadline for the student grants is Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Winners of the Professional Grant and the Student grant will be announced on March 1, 2014.

Student Rules and Professional Rules available at: http://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants

Thursday, December 26, 2013

UNI, Public Art Call

Request for Qualifications for University of Northern Iowa Bartlett/Baker Hall Public Art 
Deadline, January 3, 2014 

A minimum of $100,000 is anticipated to be available for this project, which is funded through the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program. The exact budget will be provided to finalists prior to the development of their concepts.

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa has issued this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to commission an artist or artist-led team to produce a three-dimensional exterior artwork for permanent installation on the site currently occupied by Baker Hall.  Baker Hall is one of the original campus dormitories and is being demolished.  The four departments currently housed in Baker are being located in the newly renovated Bartlett. The Baker site will become green space as well as provide a central north-south walkway through the campus.

This RFQ is open to all professional public artists or artist teams, including those who are new to the field of public art, from throughout the United States. Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this project.

For full competition details including the artwork goals, selection process, timeline and submission procedures, view the attached prospectus or view at Publicartist.org.

For additional questions, please contact: steve.carignan@uni.edu.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Kellogg Foundation Fellows Program

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Invites Applications for New Community Leadership Fellows Program
Deadline 01-10-2014 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is accepting applications for the WKKF Community Leadership fellowship program. Through the program, the foundation hopes to create a cadre of community and civic leaders who are able to serve as vigorous advocates for vulnerable children and their families and bring diverse communities together.

Over a three-year period, fellows will engage in shared learning experiences designed to help transform them into effective agents of social change. Each fellowship year has a unique theme and intended purpose. The first year’s theme is Building the Beloved Community for Transformative Change, with a focus on the role of the individual in the community. The second year’s theme will be Forging Intentional Networks for Community Impact, with a focus on knowledge and tools for leadership and change. And the third year’s theme will be Energizing the Nation: Moving Forward for Children.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 to cover travel and accommodation expenses related to quarterly cohort meetings, for leadership network projects, and as partial salary support.

Ideal candidates are emerging or established leaders who grasp the importance of working and engaging with others to explore solutions and solve conflicts; empathize and connect to others through voice, action or presence; and respond to new opportunities and relationships in the service of social change.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, including an FAQ and program brochure, visit the WKKF Web site.



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Arts and Humanities Youth Program

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly, the Coming Up Taller Award) 
Deadline 02-10-2014

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2014, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s Eligibility Criteria.

Please make sure to sign up for updates if you would like to receive the application announcement. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.


Monday, December 23, 2013

MCCA Logo Contest

Maine County Commissioners Association Logo Contest! ($500)
Deadline 12-31-2013

The Maine County Commissioners Association is a well-respected network of county governments in the State of Maine that provides public services and relevant programs to its members in a responsive, efficient, credible manner.

The Maine County Commissioners Association seeks to embrace a design that embodies the spirit of its mission as well as our great State of Maine. We intend to use our new logo on letterhead, publications, banners, etc.

To understand MCCA, one would need to know a little bit about County Commissioners and County Government. The voters in each of Maine's 16 counties elect commissioners to oversee the operation of county government. Commissioners are ultimately responsible for the fiscal operations and policy decisions affecting county government. Maine County Government includes county sheriff’s offices, county jails, registry of deeds, registry of probate, county courts, emergency management agencies, public health services, airports, emergency communications and services for unorganized Maine territories.

The contest parameters are as follows:
* Any aspiring artist who is a Maine resident is eligible to submit an entry.
* Any medium may be used.
* Entries must be submitted by email to lauren.haven@mainecounties.org as a jpg, png, tiff or gif
  picture of the design.
* Deadline for submissions will be 12-31-13.
* The winning artist must agree to sign a waiver allowing MCCA to use the logo free of charge.
* MCCA reserves the right to reject any and all designs submitted.

For more information about MCCA please visit: www.mainecounties.org

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Library Public Relations Award

Library Leadership and Management Association Seeks Submissions for Library Public Relations Award.
Deadline: 02-14-2014

With support from the H. W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO Information Services, the Library Leadership and Management Association , a division of the American Library Association, is accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award, an annual program that honors outstanding library public relations initiatives.

Established in 1946 and named for John Cotton Dana, the father of the modern library, the awards program considers strategic library communication campaigns from all sizes and types of libraries, including rebranding efforts, the promotion of unique archives, awareness campaigns, and community partnerships. Libraries are encouraged to submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage, and other public relations results, as well as an evaluation of the results and other documentation and supporting materials that show the scope and effectiveness of the strategic communication effort.

Eight prizes of $10,000  are awarded each year.

Entries may be submitted by any library, library friends group, consulting agency, or service provider;  libraries represented by  prize committee members are not eligible for the award.

See the John Cotton Dana Award Web site for complete program guidelines and submission instructions. https://johncottondana.nonprofitcms.org/awards

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Schoodic Arts for All, Bookkeeper

Schoodic Arts for has a bookkeeping, development, office administration job opening, $15 / hour
Deadline 01-01-2014

The mission of Schoodic Arts for All is to bring together and provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience and appreciate the arts.

Bookkeeper Job Duties
Produce and distribute annual income and expense reports covering all SAFA operations and programs, file, and distribute appropriate end-of-the-year tax forms contribution reports
Research data for budget matters
Store records
Maintain accounts payable receipts and individual contribution records.
Reconcile checkbook
Reconcile accounts for monthly board meeting, Prepare monthly financial reports for board meetings.
Process accounts payable invoices; issue and mail checks as funds permit.

Development Job Duties
Maintain the database of donors, do donor reporting, track donor history and donor trends
Prepare campaign materials and mailing lists
Assist Executive Director in identifying and interacting with major donors and businesses.
Handle donor correspondence and acknowledgements; prepare progress reports and custom proposals for donors.
Prepare donor lists for publication.
Assist the Executive Director in grant research and grant writing.
Perform duties that may be assigned, and as the job may require.
Must be familiar with QuickBooks

Must be familiar with fundraising software and data base

Preference may be given to the candidate who has a local connection to the area and/or can demonstrate that he/she has an interest in being involved with a community-based arts organization.

Send letter of interest and resume to info@schoodicartsforall.org

Doris Duke Performing Arts Grants

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Accepting Proposals for Performing Arts Grants
Deadline 02-14-2014 (LOI)

Through its Fund for National Projects, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awards up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Specifically, the fund supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of these fields as well as those that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater.

Eligible projects must engage a broad constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field, including research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field. Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the performing arts and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

Grant amounts range between $60,000 and $200,000.

The fund does not support projects by single performing arts entities; ongoing annual conferences; individually produced conferences, performances, or symposia; re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works; production start-up activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts activities; capital projects; and endowments.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Web site.

Complete information at: http://www.ddcf.org/Programs/Arts/Initiatives--Strategies/National-Sector-Building/Fund-for-National-Projects/

Friday, December 20, 2013

Minsky Fund For Arts Education

Community Foundation Minsky Fund For Arts Education, Five grants ($1,000 each)
Deadline: 01-31-2013

Recognizing the important role the arts can play in a school’s curriculum, the donors established this fund to encourage teachers in grades three through five to work with professional artists to bring the arts into the classroom and, in addition, to integrate a variety of art forms into the standard curriculum. The Fund challenges classroom teachers to explore innovative approaches to meet the following basic guidelines:

The artist(s) work(s) with the all the students in the grade(s) participating in the project
The artist(s) works with all the participating teachers to explore the integration of the arts into the standard curriculum. If agreed upon by the artist and teachers, other interested faculty may also participate.

Each year the Fund will award five grants, up to a maximum of $1,000 each. The application process involves a simple two-page project proposal, which addresses the following: anticipated benefits; timeline and milestones; possible barriers; and a use-of-funds budget. To further simplify the process, application submission and much of the communication will be completed by email.

Grant Guidelines:
Teachers will work with professional artists from the visual and/or performing arts, including but not limited to film, video, and other media, theater arts, music, dance and creative writing. Together, the teacher and artists will design a program in which teachers and students will learn through participating in the art form. The artist will also work with the teachers to develop a curriculum that will incorporate the arts in a meaningful way, helping the school to meet the Maine Learning Results.

Eligibility Requirements:
All public school teachers of grades three through five in Washington County in even years and in Penobscot County in odd years are eligible for consideration. Although not required, teachers of the three grades are encouraged to work collaboratively to present one project, and elementary schools with low enrollments (100 or less students) are encouraged to present one project for the school.

If there is an arts teacher in the relative field involved, that teacher should participate in the design and implementation of the project.

At least 75% of the funds awarded should be budgeted to artist’s fees.

Project Evaluation:
All grant recipients will be required to submit a project evaluation report upon completion of the project. The evaluation will describe how students and teachers have learned from the project, how the arts have been integrated into the curriculum, and how the project has helped the school further the Maine Learning Results.

How To Apply:
The grant application form can be downloaded at:

Applications for grants should be forwarded by email to pcleghorn@mainecf.org or by fax to 773-8832.

If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea before submitting a proposal, please feel free to contact Pam Cleghorn in the Portland office via email or by phone at 207/761-2440.

A Company of Girls Job

A Company of Girls is seeking a part-time Director of Development. Approx 20-25 hours p/wk.
Deadline 12-31-2013

This position’s primary responsibility will be fundraising for the organization as well as reporting to the Board of Directors.  Other duties may be added depending on interests/abilities of the chosen candidate.
Candidates must show a history of successful fundraising for individual as well as major donors and business campaigns.  Capital Campaign experience a plus. The Development Director will also be responsible for grant writing and research to various foundations for potential funding as well as for reporting outcomes to funders of successful requests.  Applicants must be able to manage and administer a donor database (experience with GiftWorks is a plus).  Position reports to the Executive Director.

A Company of Girls is a non-profit, 501c3 organization based in Portland, Maine that provides an award-winning, nationally recognized after-school theatre and arts program, free-of-charge for girls ages 8-18. Our mission is to strengthen and empower girls and their families and to foster community through the arts. We are currently in our 17th year of helping girls build resilience through learning, experiencing, creating, and performing art. While vanishing after-school programs make our work ever more important, shrinking funding sources in the community, state, and nation make it increasingly challenging to provide quality programs with meaningful outcomes.

Please submit a resume, samples of grant proposals and any supporting materials to info@acompanyofgirls.org 
PO Box 7527, Portland, ME 04112

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Studio 550 Art Center Call

Perfect Pitch: Art inspired by Music seeks entries, NH
Deadline: 02-01-2014

Studio 550 Art Center is are looking for artwork inspired by music, rhythm or dance. Work must be visually or conceptually compelling, well designed, and well made. Different interpretations of the theme are encouraged. All media will be considered, though a focus will be placed on functional objects/instruments and 2-D work. Exhibit April 1 to May 3, 2014

• Open to residents of the 50 United States and DC.
• Submitted work produced within the last two years.
• Work will be considered for 2D Design of all media (photo, print making, paint, drawing, graphic design, etc.), and 3D functional objects (pottery, jewelry, clocks, book arts, etc. Hanging 2D or 3D work must be ready for hanging and cannot exceed 10lbs in weight or 24" in any dimension.

• All exhibited work MUST BE FOR SALE.
• Retail price must be under $400/entry.
• Specific piece(s) accepted MUST be available for entire exhibition. We will exhibit NO substitute pieces.
• Work will be disqualified if it is not the same piece that was accepted or if it displays poor craftsmanship.
• Work must arrive in time for the opening.

• $30 for three entries, non-refundable check or money order made payable to Studio 550. Please don't send cash.
• Applicants may submit up to two more entries for $10 each (i.e. 5 entries for $50, 4 entries for $40)

Studio 550 collects 40% of all retail sales of artwork sold, the artists receive 60% of sales.

Full information at: http://www.550arts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/perfect-pitch.pdf

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bowdoin, Drawing/Painting Position

Bowdoin College Department of Art invites applications from artist/scholars for a one-year for Art - Visual Art - Drawing and Painting position.
Deadline 01-15-2014

Bowdoin College Department of Art invites applications from artist/scholars for a one-year appointment as visiting assistant professor beginning fall 2014, with the possibility of a renewal for a second year, to teach all levels of undergraduate drawing and painting. Teaching load is two courses each semester. The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven ability to teach a strong foundation in perceptual, formal, and critical skills, as well as an ability to engage students in the social significance of contemporary artistic practice. Additional experience in other media and types of practice is welcome. The successful candidate can expect active support for his/her creative work.

Candidates must have an MFA, a record of effective teaching in higher education, a commitment to undergraduate education in the liberal arts, and a demonstrated record of scholarly and creative achievement.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions.  Applicants should visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a single PDF file no larger than 4.5 MB that includes the following: a letter of application, curriculum vitae (limit of three pages), sample syllabi for Painting I and Drawing I courses, ten images of their creative work (with captions), and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.  Descriptions of all of Bowdoin’s visual arts courses can be found here: https://www.bowdoin.edu/catalogue/courses/art/visual-arts-courses.shtml.

Review of Applications will begin January 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

PEN New England

The PEN New England Awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry by New England Authors 
Deadline 12-31-2013

The PEN New England Awards for literary excellence for books published in 2013. Three prizes will be awarded: one each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Eligible titles must be by New England authors (or with a New England topic or setting.)

PEN New England is one of three regional branches of PEN American Center, in turn the largest
center of International PEN, the oldest and largest worldwide organization of writing professionals.
The awards will be presented at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on April 6, 2014. The
ceremony will include the presentation of the PEN/ Hemingway Award for debut fiction.

Eligible books must be written by New England authors (or have a New England topic or setting) and must have been published by a U.S. publisher between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Candidates must be U.S. residents; American citizenship is not required.

Submissions are welcome from writers, publishers, editors, and literary agents.
Self-published books, electronic submissions, or e-books are not eligible for consideration.

To Apply, mail three (3) copies, a $40 entry fee for each title, and the application form to: 
PEN New England 
PEN New England Awards 
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Monday, December 16, 2013

San Francisco Public Art

The San Francisco Arts Commission Seeks Environmental Artists for the Alameda Creek Watershed Center 
Deadline 01-21-2014

This is a very exciting opportunity for artists who have extensive experience creating environmental artworks.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is constructing the Alameda Creek Watershed Center in Sunol Valley (Alameda County), a new educational center located at an important operational and historical site for the SFPUC water system. The goal of this project is to commission artwork that highlights, illuminates, or reveals something unique or hidden about the watershed. Project Budget: $500,000.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. For more background and eligibility click here: http://bit.ly/1dT1XYX

@SFAC seeking environmental artists for a 500k artwork for @SFWater Alameda Creek Watershed Center. Deadline: Jan. 21 http://bit.ly/1dT1XYX

Kate Patterson Murphy
San Francisco Arts Commission
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345
San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415-252-4638 F: 415-252-2595


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Public Art, Allen Texas

The City of Allen, TX Call to Artists for Cottonwood Creek Trail Bridge Enhancement
Deadline 12-23-2014

Budget:  Up to $100,000
Deadline:  Monday, December 23, 5:00 p.m. CST

Open to all artists who are authorized to work in the United States.  Texas based artists and artists with experience working on bridge related projects are particularly encouraged to apply. All responses must be submitted electronically to: PublicArt@cityofallen.org

The Call to Artists with full project details and submission requirements can also be found at:

Lori Smeby, CPRP
Assistant Director
Allen Parks and Recreation

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Omni Music Residency

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Omni international music residency, NY
Deadline 02-01-2013

Every summer, Music Omi invites approximately a dozen musicians — composers and performers from around the globe — to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency program.

Music Omi encourages its participants to share ideas; perform each other's works and write music for one another while exploring their own musical vision; and broaden their artistic and cultural horizons.

A singular feature of the Music Omi experience is the presentation of public performances during and at the conclusion of the residency, sharing some of their collaborative work with the public.

Everyone accepted to Music Omi receives lodging, including a private room, and delicious meals during his or her stay, but accepted fellows must secure their own travel funds. All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency.

Complete information at: http://omiartscenter.org/program.php?Music-OMI-6

Friday, December 13, 2013

Chamber Music America Conference

36th Annual Chamber Music America Conference January 16-19, NYC
Deadline 01-05-2014

Chamber Music America 36th Annual Conference offers development sessions, keynotes, showcases and career advicement.

Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
United States
Sherry Robinson, Conference & Events Manager



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Yarmouth Historical Society Job

Yarmouth Historical Society Seeks Fundraising Assistant
Deadline 12-20-2013

Part-time administrative support for fundraising including membership, annual fund, sponsored programs and fundraising events.  Knowledge of DonorPerfect fundraising software a plus. 18 hours per week.

No phone calls please. Send an email requesting full job description to info@yarmouthmehistory.org or go to www.yarmouthmehistory.org, click About Us, and see job description.

River Arts Call to Artists

River Arts call to artists for 'Abstract' exhibit. 
Submission drop off Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, for jurying on Sunday, Dec. 15.

River Arts, a nonprofit art center on Route 1, invites Maine artists to submit work for its upcoming “Abstract” juried exhibition. The exhibition dates are Dec. 20 through Jan. 16, with an opening-day reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Submissions should be dropped off Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, for jurying on Sunday, Dec. 15.

All media, styles and subjects are welcome to be submitted. All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work maximum size is 60 inches in height and 42 inches in width; for safety reasons, Plexiglas 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 $20, $15 for members. Artists will be notified by email or phone of the juror’s decision. Submissions may not have been shown at River Arts previously.

Entry forms are available online at riverartsme.org 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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fiddlehead Seeking Operations Manager

Fiddlehead Art & Science Center in Grey Maine seeks an Operations Manager
Deadline 12-31-2013

Through creativity, discovery and pure fun, Fiddlehead provides access to quality enrichment programs, helping us each grow in art, science and cultural exploration.The Operational Manager will plan, direct and coordinate the operations of Fiddlehead Art & Science Center and be part of the Management Team. The general operations manager will be responsible for ensuring and improving the performance, productivity, efficiency and profitability of the Center’s organizational operations through the provision of effective methods and strategies. Join our team and know that what you do will make a difference in the life of a child. Salary: $35,000 – This position begins as soon as qualified candidate is found.

  • Coordination and Supervision - Coordinate, manage and monitor the workings of various programs in the organization.
  • Financial - Review financial statements and data. Utilize financial data to improve profitability. Prepare and control operational budgets. Plan effective strategies for the financial wellbeing of the company.
  • Best Practices - Improve processes and policies in support of organizational goals. Formulate and implement departmental and organizational policies and procedures to maximize output.
  • Human Resources - Plan the use of human resources. Organize recruitment and placement of required staff. Establish organizational structures. Delegate tasks and accountabilities. Establish work schedules. Supervise staff. Monitor and evaluate performance.
  • Communication - Monitor, manage and improve the efficiency of support services such as IT, HR, Accounts and Finance. Facilitate coordination and communication between support functions.
  • Strategic Input - Liaison with top management. Assist in the development of strategic plans for operational activity. Implement and manage operational plans.
Education and Experience:
College degree in business administration.
Knowledge and experience in organizational effectiveness and operations management.
Knowledge of business and non-profit management principles and practices.
Knowledge of financial and accounting principles and practices.
Knowledge of human resource principles and practices.
Knowledge of project management principles and practices.
Information technology skills.
Enrichment and/or after school experience.

Key Competencies:

  • Planning and organiziation
  • Decision-making
  • Communication skills
  • Delegation
  • Team work
  • Conflict management

If you are interested in this position, please respond directly to Jacinda Cotton-Castro with a narrative about yourself, your experience, your leadership capabilities, and how you fit for this role in the context of this unique opportunity to support our non-profit organization.  We invite your detailed and personalized response.  Please also include a résumé and 3 references.

Send cover letter, resume and a list of three references and mail or email to:
Fiddlehead Art & Science Center
Attn: Jacinda J. Cotton-Castro 25 Shaker Road Gray, Maine 04039
Email: jacindajoy@fiddleheadcenter.org

Cohen Foundation Assistant

Sam L. Cohen Foundation seeks a Grants and Administrative Associate (pt)
Deadline 12-27-2013

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation is a private grant-making foundation which strives to ensure that all people have the opportunity to develop their potential, in order to realize healthy, productive futures for themselves, their families and their communities. With a focus on southern Maine, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is consistent with this vision. This position is a part-time position working 20 hours per week.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Grants and Administrative Associate will provide administrative support to the Foundation including general office operations, database management and grants management.

In consultation with Executive Director and Program Officer, assist in grant-making program including:

  • Advise nonprofit organizations regarding the application process
  • Review and respond to initial inquiries
  • Evaluate and summarize grant applications including follow-up with applicants
  • Review and respond to grant reports    
  • Prepare materials for board meetings including board books
  • Manage grants files and folders, track grants and grant reports
  • Office management
  • Maintain official records of minutes and governing documents
  • Maintain the board manual and the decision/resolution log
  • Manage preparation and distribution of board meeting materials
  • Implement the document retention policy
  • Maintain office equipment and order supplies
  • Have primary responsibility for office tasks, e.g. answering and routing phone calls, sorting and distributing mail
  • Provide logistical support for meetings
  •  Grant database management



  • BA degree or a minimum 3 years relevant experience in office management and database management
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a small office setting
  • Interest and or experience in philanthropy, non-profit grant-making, program review
  • Excellent computer skills are required, including proficiency with Microsoft Office; experience with MicroEdge Gifts and QuickBooks a plus
  • Excellent communication and written skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal and analytic skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and make independent decisions and judgments
  • Discretion and commitment to organizational confidentiality
  • Ability to be detail-oriented, manage multiple tasks and set priorities
  •  Compensation

Interested parties should send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements in Word or PDF file format to John Shoos, Executive Director at info@samlcohenfoundation.org

American Music Abroad

American Music Abroad program to tour American music internationally 
Deadline 01-06-2014

American Music Abroad (AMA) is a program that the Association of American Voices is proud to administer on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences. Any characteristically American musical genres are welcome to apply in genres including but not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices will arrange a series of month-long, multi-country cultural exchange programs including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances.  These tours will focus on younger and underserved audiences in over 40 countries around the world with little or no access to live American musical performances.  American Music Abroad ensembles are currently expected to travel in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Eastern Europe.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poetry Society of America

Poetry Society of America seeks entries for 10 awards
Deadline 12-23-2013

The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.

The PSA's Annual Awards are among the most prestigious honors available to poets. They offer emerging and established poets recognition at all stages of their careers. The awards recognize everything from a single poem to our highest honor, the Frost Medal, which celebrates lifetime achievement in poetry.

The PSA will only accept submissions postmarked between October 1 –December 23, 2013.

You can submit to all contests for which you are eligible.
You can only submit one entry per contest.
However, you can't submit the same poem to more than one contest:
THE EXCEPTION: Individual poems submitted as part of a group to either the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award or Robert H. Winner Award may be submitted to another PSA contest.
No previously published work can be submitted:
THE EXCEPTION: The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and the Robert Winner Award. Please include publication acknowledgments on coversheet.

All contests are free to PSA Members, with the exception of the Norma Farber First Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award, which must be entered and paid for by the publisher.

The entry fee for Non-Members is $15
High school students may send single entries to the Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award for the fee of $5.

Full information at: http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/

Monday, December 9, 2013

UMBC Public Art, MD

University of Maryland, Baltimore County - Performing Arts and Humanities Building Public Art RFQ Call.
Deadline: 12-19-2013

Project budget is $397,000. Finalists will receive $1,000 honoraria for proposal development.
Call is open to Artists currently living in the contiguous United States of America. Previous public art experience required.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), with the assistance of the Maryland State Arts Council Commission on Public Art, is issuing this solicitation document to engage individual artists and artistic teams to respond with professional qualifications in regards to a proposal of site-specific artwork for the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Performing Arts & Humanities Building (PAHB).  If chosen, the Artist shall develop a new original permanent work of art made specifically for the site that enhances and compliments the newly constructed Performing Arts & Humanities Building.

RFQ: http://www.umbc.edu/adminaffairs/procurement/Bids/RFQBC20902Q

Contact: Lucas Cowan

Lucas Antony Cowan, Public Art Program Director
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development
175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E | Baltimore, MD 21230
O 410.767.6544| E lcowan@msac.org

Margaret Alexander Edwards Grant

Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Teen Grants for literacy 
Deadline: Open deadline

The Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust awards small grants (under $5,000) for school and public libraries seeking to offer innovative programs that promote reading for pleasure for teenagers.

Applications that feature new or creative programs will receive special consideration over those simply seeking funds for collection development or for a book discussion group.

Application information is available on the website: http://www.carr.org/mae/trust.html

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Vans Culture Contest

Vans Custom Culture Contest, 2014, seeks entries 
Deadline, 02-14-2014 (or at 2000 registrations, so register on Jan 6th)

Registration Opens: January 6, 2014.

Americans for the Arts will be partnering again with VANS on its 2014 Custom Culture Contest! This national contest offers high schools from all across the United States the chance to compete for a $50,000 grand prize to support their art programs. Mark January 6, 2014 on your calendar and make sure your local high school is among the first to register to compete.

A total of 2,000 registrations from U.S.-based public or private high schools will be accepted; registration closes on February 14, 2014.

Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank sneakers to be customized in four themes—Art, Music, Action Sports, and Local Flavor—and submitted to Vans by April 7, 2014. Vans staff will select a group of 50 semifinalists (10 schools per region, five total regions), and public voting online will narrow this group of 50 down to the final five who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City in June 2014 where the grand prize winner will be announced.

For more information about how to register, check out this step-by-step video guide on YouTube!Vans Culture Contest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMt1BO9bE3o


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Southern Exposure Webinars

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation webinars about Southern Exposure performing arts program
Event date December 11 and January 21

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is offering informational webinars for organizations interested in applying to its Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program, which brings exemplary contemporary and traditional dance, music and theater artists from Latin America to communities throughout the United States.  The program supports tours developed collaboratively by presenter consortia that include public performances and opportunities for significant engagement with the visiting artists.

The webinars will cover program eligibility criteria, project requirements, and the online application, as well as provide an opportunity to answer your questions.

Register now for a session by clicking a date below:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:00pm EDT 

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Save America’s Treasures Program

Save America’s Treasures grant programs for our nation’s irreplaceable cultural heritage
Deadline, Open

The Federal Save America’s Treasures program is one of the largest and most successful grant programs for the protection of our nation’s endangered and irreplaceable cultural heritage. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. Intellectual and cultural artifacts include artifacts, collections, documents, sculpture, and works of art. Historic structures and sites include historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects.

Grants are awarded to Federal, state, local, and tribal government entities, and non-profit organizations through a competitive matching-grant program, administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Full information at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/treasures/ProgramDetails.htm

Friday, December 6, 2013

Anthony Quinn Scholarship

The Anthony Quinn Foundation: 2014 Scholarship Program for high school students
Deadline 01-01-2014

The Anthony Quinn Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose funding comes from the support of private donations and grants. The core of our mission is to advance the idea that art, in all its forms, is essential to learning and the enrichment of the mind.

Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, summer, or after-school arts education program. Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

Winners are selected based on a list of criteria, carefully researched and developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity. The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need. Winners will be notified by April 1st.

Teachers, Advisors, and Supporters of the Arts, this is an amazing scholarship opportunity for talented students who wish to pursue their creative dreams!

To learn more about the program and our past scholarship winners, please visit our website www.anthonyquinnfoundation.org 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

MECA Art Sale

MECA Holiday Art Sale 
Friday, December 6, 5pm–9pm
Saturday, December 7, 10am–5pm

Mark your calendars for this free, all ages event and give the gift of original art! The sale is produced by the Artist at Work team to benefit MECA’s education, outreach, and student programs while providing an opportunity for MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff to sell unique, handmade arts, crafts and gifts for the holiday season.

Find the perfect gift, crafts, and fine arts by MECA students, alumni, faculty and staff. We invite you to share an experience beyond shopping–connecting with the arts community, celebrating with your family, and buying local. Give the gift of art!

FREE Admission – All Ages!
For more information, email holidaysale@meca.edu or visit meca.edu/holiday-sale

Porteous Building, 
Maine College of Art, 
522 Congress Street, Portland

ARSC Preservation Grants

Association for Recorded Sound Collections Preservation Grants for music and speech
Deadline: 12-15-2013

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings supports the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations, and will also consider funding:

Projects involving preservation, in any valid and reasonable fashion, such as providing a collection with proper climate control, moving a collection to facilities with proper storage conditions, re-sleeving a collection of discs, setting up a volunteer project to organize and inventory a stored collection, rescuing recordings from danger, copying recordings on endangered or unstable media, etc.;

Projects promoting public access to recordings;
Projects involving commercial as well as private, instantaneous recordings;
Projects involving collections anywhere in the world (non-U.S. applicants are encouraged to apply).

Grant amounts generally range from $2000 to $10,000. More information and proposal guidelines are on the website: http://www.arsc-audio.org/committees/preservationgrants.html#guidelines

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Abbe Seeks Curator of Education

Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor Maine seeks a Curator of Education 
Deadline open until filled

Full Time, Experienced 
Required Degree: MA/MS 
Salary: Competitive with benefits and is commensurate with current salary structure 
The Curator of Education is a highly visible position at the Abbe Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating programs and educational services for all museum audiences – children, adults, school groups, teachers, and regular museum goers (seasonal and local). This individual is also a key member of the exhibits team to plan, organize, and implement exhibits and frequently serves as lead exhibit curator. The Curator of Education communicates the Museum's vision and mission and spearheads all educational initiatives in the institution; works closely with the President/CEO and carries out policies established by the President/CEO and the Trustees; serves as a primary content provider and liaison for museum tribal partnerships and collaborations. The Curator may be assigned to other duties as required by the small museum environment, including Gala support, guest services support, etc. 

Postcards from the Edge

Visual AIDS invites you to participate in the 16th Annual Postcards from the Edge benefit. 
Deadline 12-09-2013

Postcards from the Edge is a unique benefit show and sale of original, postcard-size artworks on paper by established and emerging artists. All artwork is exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. Proceeds benefit Visual AIDS.

Host Gallery: Luhring Augustine
Preview Party: Friday, January 24, 2014, 6-8 PM
Benefit Sale: January 25-26, 2014

To participate:
1. Create or attach an original artwork on the enclosed postcard or any 4x6” heavy weight paper.
Drawings, photographs, paintings, printmaking, and mixed media are welcome. ONE ENTRY per artist.
2. Sign and Print Name on BACK ONLY. Also, indicate the top with an arrow.
3. Complete Submission Forms for Collector and Visual AIDS.
4. Carefully package artwork. Recommended: wrap artwork in wax paper and place between cardboard.
Do not submit charcoal or pastel pieces without fixing them. Do not wrap wet or sticky artwork.
5. If you need confirmation that we received your artwork, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard.
6. If you would like your unsold work returned, please include a 6”x 9” self-addressed, stamped envelope
with proper postage. Unsold artwork will NOT be returned unless an SASE is enclosed. Visual AIDS is
not responsible for artwork lost or damaged in the mail.
7. Mail your artwork and forms by POSTMARK DEADLINE Monday, December 9, 2013 to:
Visual AIDS, 526 West 26th Street, #510, New York, NY 10001

Full information at: http://www.visualaids.org/assets/projects/PFTE_Submission_Form.pdf

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Do Something Grant

Do Something grant for young entrepreneurs
Deadline: Open

Do Something has partnered with GameStop and together are offering two $500 grants to young social entrepreneurs (under the age of 25) weekly.  The GameStop Grant is seed money to begin a project and the Plum Grant is awarded for programs already underway.  Both are given out weekly.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Barnes & Noble Support

Barnes and Noble Corporate Contributions Program for literature
Deadline: Open
As part of our commitment to good corporate citizenship, Barnes & Noble considers local and national support requests from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K-12).  We also consider sponsorship opportunities where we can partner with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts.

Please note: Barnes & Noble does NOT have a grant program nor do we offer scholarships.

If you are a local literary, arts or educational organization seeking a sponsorship or donation from one of our stores, click here for our local criteria and policy. http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our_company/sponsorship/sponsorship_local/donations_local.html

If you are a national literary, arts or educational organization seeking a charitable donation or sponsorship opportunity from our corporate office, click here for our national criteria and policy.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Scholastic Art Awards for Teens

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Invites Entries From Creative Teens
Deadline from December 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has launched a call for entries for the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in one of twenty-eight categories, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the top winning works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive the highest honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded with Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home-school, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

Deadlines for submitting work vary by region and generally range from December 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014.

For complete program information, entry guidelines, and regional deadlines, visit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Web site. http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/