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Friday, January 31, 2014

Lighting Installation, DC

Request for Qualifications – Lighting Murrow and Monroe Parks, Washington, DC
Deadline 02-14-2014

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (GTBID) is seeking qualifications from artists/architects/lighting designers or teams for two (2) programmable permanent light art projects for Edward R. Murrow Park and James Monroe Park - two U.S. National Parks along Pennsylvania Avenue in close proximity to the White House, The World Bank/International Monetary Fund, The George Washington University and other major businesses and organizations. For Murrow Park, eight historic light fixtures within the park will be transformed with programmable color changing LED lighting. In Monroe Park, a fountain will be transformed with water jets and transitioning LED lighting. The artistic light installations will seek to illuminate an area of high visibility and pedestrian traffic, provide a visual connection between the two parks located within a block of each other and contribute to the utilization of the parks by those who work, live and play in the area. This RFQ is open to all professional artists, architects, lighting designers and teams located in the United States.

The total budget for design and installation for lighting projects for Murrow and Monroe Parks is $245,000 (artist design fee and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel and transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, contingency fund and documentation of artwork)

For complete guidelines and application, please visit http://dcarts.dc.gov/

For questions, please contact
Elizabeth Carriger, Public Art Coordinator, elizabeth.carriger@dc.gov, 202-724-5613
Tonya Jordan, Public Art Manager, tonya.jordan@dc.gov, 202-724-5613

Thursday, January 30, 2014

One Longfellow Seeks Talent Buyer

One Longfellow Square in Portland seeks a talent buyer (part time) 
Deadline open until filled

The Talent Buyer at One Longfellow Square is a key staff position at this nonprofit, 200-seat performance venue and arts center in the Arts District of Portland, Maine. The ideal candidate is a highly organized, strong communicator with a passion for music and performance in a broad variety of genres. This position is open until filled. Target date for a new hire is February 2014.

This candidate is creative, highly self-motivated, confident, enjoys a fast-paced and demanding work environment, and will successfully negotiate with performers and agents on behalf of One Longfellow Square with persistence and diplomacy. This individual will be committed to maximizing the core audience at One Longfellow Square while attracting new audiences to the venue with innovative programming. A team player with good ears and the ability to thrive in the sometimes unpredictable backstage environment is a must.


  • Research, negotiate, and book a robust calendar of music and other events.
  • Guide and develop the roster of artists presented to reflect the values and mission of One Longfellow Square with a masterful blend of proven national artists, up-and-coming talent, and local musicians and bands.
  • Process all artist contracts. Distribute hospitality and technical riders to appropriate staff people.
  • Create Reconciliation Form for each show.
  • Advance show with artist representatives and arrange for backline needs.
  • Make hotel reservations when needed. Negotiate annual hotel rates for venue.
  • Create ADD forms for all new shows and distribute to key staff.
  • Add bio, photo, and ticket information for each confirmed date to One Longfellow Square web site.
  • Ensure that all contracted items are carried out to artist’s and venue’s satisfaction.
  • Maintain up-to-date calendar of all event holds and confirmed dates for internal use.
  • Consult with Rental Coordinator on available dates for rentals.
  • Evaluate ticket sales on a daily/weekly basis, and identify and communicate trouble spots.
  • Act as a positive figurehead/spokesperson for the venue at all times.
  • Collaborate and communicate with One Longfellow Square Board of Directors.


  • A strong knowledge of and experience in presenting live music and performance.
  • A strong knowledge of common contract structures for artist agreements and the ability to negotiate a profitable contract.
  • A proven track record in dealing with major national talent agencies.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • A broad musical knowledge of many diverse musical genres and a desire to explore and learn about new musical styles.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Word Press (or other CMS platform), Facebook and other social media outlets, Excel and spreadsheets. Also helpful but not mandatory: Basic computer graphic design skills, PhotoShop, HTML, QuickBooks.
  • A team-based approach to developing innovative new ideas that support the One Longfellow Square mission and/or provide new revenue streams.
  • Experience in a nonprofit environment is desired, but not required.

Pay and benefits will be commensurate with experience. This is a part-time, 25-hour per week position to be worked on a set schedule during regular business hours primarily, although non-regular hours may be necessary in connection with communicating with talent and agents in different time zones.  The majority of the hours will be worked in-house. Depending on performance and financial growth of the organization, the position may be expanded in the future to include additional responsibility and hours.

Submit cover letter, resume, and references to resumes@onelongfellowsquare.com

One Longfellow Square
181 State Street, Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101 | 207.761.1757


Hatch Fund

Hatchfund offers Kick starter type support to artists 
Deadline Open 

Everything you need to fund your next project is right here. This thriving creative community connects accomplished artists working in America with eager supporters, premier arts organizations, and arts lovers.

Our Partners are the premier arts organizations throughout the nation whose missions are to recognize, support and award outstanding artistic achievements. We invite you to partner with Hatchfund, and to leverage this collaborative community as your own.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Arts Educators Gathering

Educators Initiative meeting at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell
Event time: 4:00pm on Jan. 29th

This group was started through the Harlow Gallery to support area arts educators. It is a unique partnership with a community art gallery – A great opportunity to connect with your colleagues. Consider inviting an educator from another discipline. Collaborative connections encouraged. Contact hours available and light refreshments will be served.

Highlights for the meeting include:

* Arts Educator Initiative (AEI) related exhibition opportunities (Nancy Barron)
* Statewide HS pottery show – UMA Gannett Gallery, Augusta (Mussel Kahn)
* Kennebec Area Young at Art – Harlow (Nancy)
* Higher Forms of Art – UMA Gannett (Nancy)
* State of the Arts check in – State associations, Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (Suzanne Goulet)
* Unit/Lesson/Idea sharing (please bring copies) – Volunteer at your comfort
* Feature – Maine Arts Assessment Teacher Leader, Jeff Orth “Controlling the Chaos: The World of Student-Centered Education

If you would like more information, please contact either Nancy Barron at the gallery: kvaa@harlowgallery.org  or Suzanne Goulet at: sgoulet@aos92.org.

Catapult Film Grant

Catapult Film Fund support for documentary film
Deadline 01-31-2014

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary 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 stage where funding is hard to find. We don’t require that films fit within specific issue categories. We support powerful stories and moving storytelling across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. As a result, we support of a range of films, from individual portraits to stories with global implications.

The Catapult application consists of on online form with a written application as an attachment.  You can download the written application document here:

In order to apply, fill out the online form, including the links to work samples and attached written application where requested, and when you are ready submit your application online.  Click here to access online form and to submit your application online.

Applicants must be 18-years of age or older.
Catapult does not fund student films.
Documentaries must be 28 minutes or longer in length.
Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Development funds must specifically be used for the process of completing a fundraising piece, which may include writing, shooting and editing once story and characters are in place.
Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.

Applicants should preferably have previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting previously completed work sample. Applicants who have not yet produced or directed their own feature length documentary should demonstrate that they will be working with an experienced filmmaker in a principal role.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they, or one of their key team members, have successfully fundraised for an independent documentary film.

Creative, artful, compelling and innovative storytelling techniques
Strong story narrative at the core of the film
A unique perspective or approach; use of humor a plus
Contemporary relevance
Feasibility of the project with respect to its budget, financing, schedule and scope
Demonstrated ability of the creative team to have implemented previous projects
Grant amount should have significant impact on development stage of the project
Emphasis on the story not the lesson or agenda of the filmmaker
Filmmaker must demonstrate credible access and rapport with the proposed subject(s) of the story.
Originality of form, approach or content
Potential of the project to generate public discourse and social engagement

Catapult Film Fund development grants range from $5000 to $20,000.
Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A film production company or individual may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Once a project is chosen to receive a Catapult grant, the applicant will need to submit documentation from a fiscal sponsor before the grant can be processed.
Catapult accepts applicants who can arrange to have a US 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
Applicants may submit only one project per funding cycle.
Previous grant awardees must wait two cycles before applying for new development funds.
Catapult may contact the applicant with questions about the proposal.
Grantees must submit two financial reports during the course of the grant period: an interim report, which will accompany a narrative report; and a final financial report to be submitted once the grant is complete.
Grantees must submit at the end of the grant period an edited piece that can be used for production fundraising.
Catapult Film Fund support must be acknowledged with a tag line and logo–of similar size and stature to other logos in the credits–at the end credits of the film as well as on all publicity and promotional materials relating to the production.
Catapult will not return DVDs to applicants.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Full Frame, Garrett Scott Grant

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds for first time documentary makers
Deadline 01-31-2014

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds for first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 3-6, 2014. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its eighth year.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By “first time filmmaker,” we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2015. You still qualify as a “first time filmmaker” if you've made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people’s films, or if you’ve recently completed a documentary that hasn’t been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

Applications must be RECEIVED BY Friday, January 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified by email in early March.

Applicants should send a 2 page letter addressing the Project summary with a Director’s statement

Applicants must send a 5-10 minute DVD sample of a work-in-progress or a past work. You may send a longer work sample, but judges may only review the opening minutes.

Submit TWO COPIES of both the letter and DVD along with your:

Send to:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ATTN: Garrett Scott Documentary Grant
320 Blackwell Street, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27701

Question or comment? E-mail us at submissions@fullframefest.org

Complete information at:

NEA Art Works Grant

 "Art Works" grants to support: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals.
Deadline 02-20-2014

Through the projects that we support in the Art Works category, we want to achieve the following four outcomes:

Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.


Please note:
Partnerships can be valuable to the success of projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project. American arts and design organizations must be inclusive of the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Toward that end, we encourage projects for which NEA support is sought to strive for the highest level of inclusiveness in their audiences, programming, artists, governance, and staffing. We also welcome projects that will explicitly address the issue of inclusion.

We are interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This is achieved in part through the use of Challenge America funds.

The Art Workscategory does not fund direct grants to individuals. Direct grants to individuals are offered only in the category of Literature Fellowships.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.

See more at: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works

Monday, January 27, 2014

CMCA 2014 Biennial, Call

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport Maine is accepting applications for the Biennial
Deadline 03-16-2014

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is now accepting applications for the 2014 CMCA Biennial, which will be on view at CMCA from Sept. 27 through Dec. 7. The Biennial exhibition is open to all artists with a strong connection to Maine, and work in all mediums created within the past two years will be considered.

Jurors for the 2014 CMCA Biennial are Jennifer Gross, chief curator of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; and art writer Deborah Weisgall. CMCA, formerly Maine Coast Artists, has held Biennial exhibitions since 1978.

Applications for the 2014 CMCA Biennial will be accepted through March 16, 2014. To apply online, go to cmca.submittable.com/submit

For complete information about application requirements, visit cmcanow.org 

Working Artist Grant

Working Artist Org. $1000 purchase award (grant)
Deadline 01-31-2014

Working Artist Org. is a privately run charitable organization, interested exclusively in the support and promotion of great art and artists. We offer a small monthly art purchase award to help serious artists keep working. Open to all visual artists including sculptors, installation, digital, design, mixed media, new media, film/video from all countries.

Deadline for the $1000.00 Working Art Grant / Purchase Award is January 31, 2014
For application guidelines please see: http://www.workingartist.org/art-grant-guidelines.html

Phone: 253/973-4480

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Snowlion Audition

Snowlion Repertory Company announces auditions for their upcoming absurdist musical fable The Elephant Piece

Directed by Al D'Andrea, produced by Margit Ahlin. Book, music and lyrics by Darryl Curry
from the workshop conceived and directed by Al D'Andrea.

The Elephant Piece is an absurdist musical fable in which a travelling band of "Hackers" puts on a lively and wickedly humorous vaudevillian song-and-dance revue as they pursue the last elephant on earth. Their violence is tempered by the unconditional love of a widower's young son and the innate wisdom of Elephant. The show culminates in a transformative experience as the Hackers achieve their heart's desire and the mirror of nature is held up to them.

Rehearsals begin March 15, Opening April 11 at Portland Stage Studio.

Cast Breakdown:

PAUL: recent widower; father of young son Zach, who is invisible to the audience; Paul is an Everyman who finds it easier to deny the harsh realities of the world rather than confront them. Timid yet loving, fearful yet fatherly, hesitant yet concerned. STRONG LEAD MALE VOICE REQUIRED FOR THIS ROLE.

BONES: leader of the Hackers; ambitious, duplicitous, at times uncertain; determined to keep his status and power; he is the quintessential self-serving, soulless politician who constantly panders to a needy public. Always has the answer. THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST.

THE HACKERS: 5 Men and 5 Women (see details below)
The Hackers are a gang of vaudevillian barbarians putting on a travelling musical song and dance show for their own self-aggrandizement. Beneath their showbiz exterior, they are disconnected, fearful, and full of hubris, always ravenous for violence, destruction, and power. Each hacker has his/her individual humorous trait, described below.

BUTCH: macho, merciless, constantly challenges Bones
PUG: enthusiastic, human bloodhound; large nose
BUZZ: docile, put upon, sensitive to sound; large ears
PACHY DERMAN: old male clown; repentant Hacker; enslaved by the pack
DARLENE: young male clown; repentant Hacker; enslaved by the pack

PERNICIA: arrogant, angry, sore feet; carries a supply of shoes
CHAFEY: fears being touched, sensitive skin; wears many scarves
IRIS: distrustful; sensitive eyes; wears dark glasses
FAWN: servile, religious zealot; wears many crucifixes
BONITA: flaunts her sexuality; collects bones


For consideration, actors should electronically submit photo-resumes to info@snowlionrep.org. If you are right for a role, you will be contacted for an audition.

Bates College Music Scholar

The Music Department of Bates College announces a one-year position for a scholar of African American music, to begin on August 1st, 2014.
Deadline 02-24-2014

Teaching responsibilities include courses in African American popular music cross-listed in the African American Studies program, cultural politics in the American Cultural Studies Program, and first-year music theory. The teaching load for this position consists of five courses within the academic year. A completed or nearly completed doctorate in musicology, ethnomusicology, jazz studies, or another relevant field is expected. Rank: Visiting Assistant Professor.

The search will begin on February 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, a letter of application, and curriculum vitae to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at academicservices@bates.edu. Please arrange with three recommenders to send letters of recommendation (one of whom can speak to your teaching experience or capabilities) to the same email address, preferably in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Supplementary materials (graduate school transcript and a sample of scholarly writing), if requested by the department, will be reviewed beginning February 24, 2014. Please include your last name and R2076 in the subject line of all submissions.

The college and the Music Department are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply; the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Complete information at:

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Portland Stage Internships

The Portland Stage Theater Internship Program is seeking applicants 
Deadline:  03-01- 2014, Stage Management Interns
                 03-15-2014, All other '14-'15 Internships

The Portland Stage Theater Internship Program is committed to training future generations of theater professionals. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals who have acquired basic training in the theater arts and are looking to explore their field further through meaningful hands-on experience. Portland Stage Company interns are integral members of the staff and can expect to be challenged by a creative process that relies on both ingenuity and collaboration.

Interns at Portland Stage work with leading designers, directors, administrators, and our professional production team throughout the season. They leave with a greater knowledge of the theatrical process and the satisfaction of being part of a dedicated theater company where exceptional quality is the end goal.

Full information at:

Academy of Motion Pictures Educational Grants

Academy of Motion Pictures Educational Grants
Deadline 01-31-2014

The Educational Grants Program provides support to institutions and other nonprofit organizations that help aspiring filmmakers gain the skills and knowledge they need to make theatrical motion pictures.

Grants are only awarded to programs that are focused on filmmaker education and that meet the Academy's funding criteria. Please see the Eligibility tab for further details on qualifying filmmaker education formats.

Only nonprofit organizations/institutions will be considered.
Grants are not awarded to individuals or to for-profit companies or organizations.

Grants are also not awarded:

  • to cover the expenses of developing or producing a film or films. Production work done as part of classroom exercises is allowed.
  • to programs focusing on any aspect of television or online media.
  • to programs targeting children age 10 and younger.
  • to support activities related to the completion of a doctoral dissertation or other academic advancement.
  • to finance administrative, overhead or permanent staffing expenses.
  • for capital expenses.
  • to film festivals. The Academy has a separate Festival Grants Program.
  • for internship programs. The Academy has a separate Internship Grants Program.
  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000. While there is no maximum grant amount, in previous years, most awards have been in the $5,000–$15,000 range.
  • All grants are awarded with the understanding that the Academy has discretion over the type and degree of recognition it receives from the grant recipient.
  • Institutions or organizations may not receive a grant for more than three consecutive years.
  • The Academy reserves the right to amend the above guidelines to accommodate extenuating circumstances or other unusual situations.

Full information at

Friday, January 24, 2014

Training in Arts and Aging

National Center for Creative Aging online artist training in arts and aging 
Deadline Open 

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

The training covers topics such as the aging process, the creative potential of older adults, and how to identify community partners in aging, arts, and health-related services. It also provides information on how to adapt instructional techniques for different populations of older adults, from those who live independently to those who are in long term care and those with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders. Lastly, it provides guidance on how to plan, implement, and evaluate arts programming for older populations. This training is free and designed for each person to complete it at their own pace. We anticipate it will take 12-15 hours to complete. Visit the training now.http://www.creativeaging.org/artisttraining/

For more resources pertaining to teaching artist training please email kfitzgerald@creativeaging.org


Doris Duke Theatre Project Grant

Doris Duke Fund for national performing arts projects 
Deadline 02-14-2014

Doris Duke  Fund for National Projects  that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.

From 2009 through 2014, the Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost.

National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theatre, such as:

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);
Special 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 Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

- See more at: http://www.ddcf.org/Programs/Arts/Initiatives--Strategies/National-Sector-Building/Fund-for-National-Projects/#sthash.YGiuTSWl.dpuf

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Artist Residency in Michigan

The Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency Program in Petosky Michigan 
Deadline 01-31-2014

The Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Artist Residency Program is designed to support an emerging artist by providing working and living space, an opportunity to build their portfolio and a chance to exhibit their work. The program provides a creative artist (skilled in painting, drawing, illustrating, pastels, 2-dimensional multimedia, etc.) the chance to spend two weeks in a place away from their usual environment, to meet new people from a different community, to experience a different location and to concentrate on their artistic work. The program will allow the artist to connect with members of the local arts community through the Arts Center, to engage in an educational experience in the arts community, and to exhibit their work at CTAC. $25 submission fee.

Full details at:

Idrawalot Residency in Germany

Idrawalot Collective international residency in Berlin, Germany
Deadline 01-31-2014

Idrawalot Collective Berlin Germany Residency Program is a free one month studio and residency for working artist in one of the most important art capitols of the world. Providing valuable resources and support for working professional and emerging artist. Specializing in Drawing, Screen Printing, Painting, Murals, Urban & Contemporary Art. Residency is open for artist of all mediums and disciplines. Fee: $40.00

Full details at:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Haystack Summer Assistant

Summer assistant opening at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deadline 01-31-2013

May-August 2014. Applicants must have attended a Haystack workshop, preferably as a work-study student or technical assistant. Compensation, meals, and housing on campus are provided.

Fro more information contact:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Phone: 207/348-2306

VSA, Young Soloists Award

VSA International Young Soloists Award Program - Call for Entries
Deadline 01-27-2014

Now Open! We are now accepting applications for the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition.  Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and the international arena, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.



To request the application in an alternate format, please contact us at at 202/416-8898 (voice) or via e-mail.

VSA International Young Soloists Program
Phone: 202/416-8898 vsainfo@kennedy-center.org

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New England Sculptors Call

Call for Artists: New England Sculptors on Review, NH
Deadline 03-01-2014

On Sunday, May 4, 2014, from noon until 5 PM, sculptors from the New England states will gather at the 30 Temple Street Plaza in Nashua, New Hampshire to meet the public and show and sell their work at the first New England gathering of sculptors in the state.  In case of inclement weather the exhibition will be moved inside.

The 2014 New England Sculptors on Review Exhibition and Sale will focus on medium and large sculptures suitable for the home, office and garden.  At the same time, the focus will be on the sculptors themselves, with the opportunity to interact with the public attending the exhibition and gain expanded recognition through the publicity leading up to the event.

Sculptors on Review is open to both emerging and established sculptors in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  All entries will be juried by John M. Weidman, sculptor and co-founder of the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH.

 The deadline for registration is March 1, 2014.  The registration form with instructions is available below.  Registration fee payment must be mailed via check with the completed form, or by credit card at the link below. Registration and sales commission fees are extremely reasonable.  All commission fees are tax deductible and will support the work of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium. Nashua is the first city in New Hampshire to hold a symposium where artists come from all over the world to create great works of public art for the enrichment, enjoyment, and enhancement of the community.

Sculptors on Review is organized by MG& Associates, City Arts Nashua, the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, and is hosted by RJ Finlay & Company at their 30 Temple Street headquarters in Downtown Nashua.


Monday, January 20, 2014

USDA Community Funding

USDA Funding for community projects and fFacilities 
Deadline ??

Business Loans and Grants
The Business Program(BP) works in partnership with the private sector and the community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. BP helps fund projects that create or preserve quality jobs and/or promote a clean rural environment. The financial resources of BP are often leveraged with those of other public and private credit source lenders to meet business and credit needs in under-served areas. Recipients of these programs may include individuals, corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, and private companies.

Community Facilities Loans and Grants
Community Programs provide loans and grants and loan guarantees for water and environmental projects, as well as community facilities projects. Water and environmental projects include water systems, waste systems, solid waste, and storm drainage facilities. Community facilities projects develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives.

Community and Economic Development Programs
The CEDP administers programs and initiative that promote self-sustaining, long-term economic and regional development in rural areas. The programs demonstrate how every rural community can achieve self-sufficiency through innovative and comprehensive strategic plans developed and implemented at a grassroots level. The programs stress continued local involvement and decision making which is supported by partnerships among private, public and nonprofit entities.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Betterment Fund

The Betterment Fund for Maine Communities is open to applicants 
Deadline 01-31-2014

The Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.

During Mr. Bingham’s lifetime, Gould Academy in Bethel was a major recipient of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions. Mr. Bingham also made grants to many individuals from within and beyond the Gould and Bethel communities to enable them to further their education. Since Mr. Bingham’s death, the Betterment Fund has established scholarship funds in his memory at several Maine colleges, with scholarship award preference to be given to residents of Bethel, Oxford County and the State of Maine in that order of priority.

 The Fund also makes grants in other rural areas of the state around the top rim of the state of Maine down to the Downeast area, and priority generally will be given to proposals seeking to impact the more rural parts of Maine.  The Fund does relatively little funding in Southern Maine, Portland or the Mid-Coast Area of Maine.

Complete information at:

Palo Alto Public Art Call

New Media public art sought for Palo Alto city hall
Deadline 02-10-2014

The Palo Alto Public Art Program is excited to share a new opportunity for public art in the lobby of City Hall. Artists working in interactive new media will be considered for the project.  The artwork(s) should be engaging to the public and have a highly interactive element. The funding for the City Hall project has yet to be secured.  It is estimated that the budget will be between $200,000 and $250,000.
Application Deadline: 3:00 pm February 10, 2014

Click here to view RFQ.

Please contact Nadya Chuprina with any questions. nadya.chuprina@cityofpaloalto.org

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Eastport Artist Residency

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art offers month-long residency opportunities for 
visual artists at StudioWorks
Deadline 02-15-2014

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art offers month-long residency opportunities for
visual artists at StudioWorks, a studio building located in the historic downtown of the
waterfront community of Eastport, Maine. Artists come to StudioWorks to deepen and
develop their practice within this unique community setting. The facilities at
StudioWorks include an accessible ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio and
separate private studio spaces.

The StudioWorks residency provides a unique experience for an artist to create within
a public context and play an active role in our creative community. Eastport, Maine is
located within an ‘artsipelago’ of communities along the international border between
the province of New Brunswick, Canada and the state of Maine, USA. The StudioWorks
program mission, supported by a national award from ARTPLACE, is to place the arts in
the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a
vital and vibrant downtown.

Residency Length:
• Month-long residencies, between May – November, 2014
• Average number of artists in residence at a time:
• Stipend:  $2,000 per month

Application procedure and requirements:
Apply for a 2014 StudioWorks residency by using Submittable, an online submission program. (http://studioworks.submittable.com/submit).

Application requirements include a one-page written proposal; a current CV or resume; 3 references,
up to 10 images of recent artwork with title, size, media information listed; and survey
about availability.

Successful proposals will involve a detailed description of the proposed work to be
completed during the residency. StudioWorks artists-in-residence are challenged to
engage the community in some way during their stay. For an introduction to the museum’s collections, follow these links:

Please contact the StudioWorks Residency Coordinator, Kristin McKinlay, with any questions

Complete information:

Residency for MECA Alumna

Baie Sainte-Marie Artist and Family Residency at Jenny Family Compound, New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia 
Deadline 02-19-2014

In 2008, MECA alumna Barbara Rita Jenny MFA '02 and her family donated the use of her family's summer home in New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia with the intention of creating a unique artist residency program that is inclusive of artist's partners and families. The house is situated directly across the road from Baie Sainte-Marie and the property includes 200 feet of water frontage and several outbuildings.



San Jose Public Art, CA

City of San Jose Public Art Program seeks artwork for the new Berryessa BART station
Deadline 01-23-2014

The City of San Jose Public Art Program (SJPA) has been engaged by VTA BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to contract with an artist for the design, fabrication, delivery and installation oversight of a signature artwork for the new Berryessa BART station located in San Jose, California.

This opportunity is open to individual artists, or artist-led teams, working or living in the United States
 Budget: $380,000 for design, fabrication, delivery and installation oversight. Submission Deadline: January 23, 2014, 10 P.M.

For more information please download the full RFQ:

FOR QUESTIONS ON THE RFQ: Please contact Jennifer Easton via email at Jennifer.Easton@sanjoseca.gov 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Schoodic Arts for All Bookkeeper

Schoodic Arts for All seeks Bookkeeper Development Manager (part time) 
Deadline open until filled

Schoodic Arts for All is a non-profit organization presenting high-level performances, cultural programming and workshops in the genres of music, theater, craft, dance, fiber arts, sculpture, visual arts and writing.  Our programs are year-round, and our 2-week festival in August with 80+ workshops and 26 performances is the highlight of our season.

Schoodic Arts for All will enter into an agreement with successful candidate to do bookkeeping, manage our donor systems, perform office duties and support the board.

Bookkeeper Job Duties:
  • Produce and distribute annual income and expense reports covering all SAFA operations and programs.
  • Produce, file, and distribute appropriate end-of-the-year tax forms.
  • Produce, file, and distribute year-end contribution reports by January 31.
  • Research data for budget matters.
  • Store all permanent records from the previous year in a clearly identified, easily retrievable manner.
  • Maintain all financial records appropriately
  • Reconcile checkbook balances with bank statements.
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for board meetings
  • Count, record, and deposit gift and program income received into the bank. Record all individual contributions.
  • Process accounts payable invoices; issue and mail checks as funds permit.
  • Reconcile petty cash receipts with cash on hand.
Must represent Schoodic Arts for All in a way that is consistent with our mission to serve the community. Compensation: $15 per hour; approximately 20 hours per week, though this may vary seasonally.

Please email resume and 3 references to
Email letter of interest and resume with references to

Bates Dance Festival Training Program

Bates Dance Festival 2014 Training Program Application  now available online  
Deadline Open until filled

Young Dancers Workshop - June 27-July 18  
A rigorous, three-week intensive designed for serious pre-professional dancers, ages 14 to 18. The workshop enrolls up to 100 students in a diverse program of four daily classes taught by a team of accomplished and generous educators. Students experience a supportive, non-competitive learning environment in which to build their technical and creative skills while also deepening their knowledge of the larger field of dance.
Professional Training Program - July 19-August 10
Designed for dancers age 18 and older, seeking to immerse them selves in an intensive training experience. The three-week program enrolls 190 intermediate and advanced
dancers who may choose from 30 diverse classes taught by an outstanding roster of dance artists/educators.

View/download brochure: http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101605676596-178/14_School_Broch.pdf

Online application at: http://www.batesdancefestival.org/?utm_source=14+Application+Online&utm_campaign=Application+Online+Now&utm_medium=email

Thursday, January 16, 2014

KBIA Seeks Art Teacher

Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association seeks an art teacher in York county (seasonal)
Deadline open until filled
Start Date: June 21, 2014

Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association (www.kbia.net) is a 100+ year old summer enrichment program for children located on Mother’s Beach in Kennebunk, Maine. We are seeking an Art Teacher to join our vibrant team for the Summer of 2014.  Our program runs eight weeks, Monday to Friday, starting June 23rd and ends on August 15th.  It is expected that teachers set up their room prior to the start of the program and are available for orientation the weekend of June 21st and 22nd.  The ideal candidate will have experience teaching art to children of a variety of ages and a degree in either art or education.  Current K-12 Art teaching certification is a plus.

The schedule is five hours of teaching on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and up to four hours of teaching on Tuesday and Thursday.  M/W/F teaching is a class titled Creative Arts which exposes children to a variety of mediums, and it is taught to children ages 4 to 10 – in age grouped sections that each meet one hour per day (three hours total per section each week).  There are five sections of Creative Arts (one each for children ranging from 4 to 5, 5 to 6, 6 to 8, 7 to 8, and 9 to 10).  Children sign up for this class one week at a time – and thus, individual projects are expected to be completed each week.  Tu/Th classes are taught to students ages 9 and up and are more designed to be in depth.  Topics are negotiable.  Past topics have included: painting, pastels, drawing, polymer Clay, and others.

It is possible that the position could be split with one candidate teaching M/W/F and another teaching Tu/Th.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, list of references, and compensation expectations to employment@kbia.net.

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Community Grants
Deadline 02-20-2014 (for Special Initiatives inquiry) (General Grant inquiry by 03-31-2013)

The Foundation supports United States-based organizations with a current 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, small businesses, or organizations that aren’t incorporated in the U.S.

Most grants are to organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania (primarily in Pittsburgh) and New England (mainly the Boston region, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine), although individual Trustees may show an interest in organizations across the country.

Most of the grants are for general operating support, direct service programs, or modest participation in capital campaigns. The majority of the grants the Foundation awards each year are General Grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000.

The Trustees work in committees to invite and review proposals for larger grants focused on specific results in Community Development, the Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention. Special Initiative grants are typically in the range of $25,000-$50,000. Please see the Initiatives’ individual pages for their guidelines.

Complete information at:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bowdoin Seeks Visual Artist

Bowdoin College Department of Art invites applications for Visual Art - Drawing and Painting
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.

For further information about the college please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu

Call details at http://www.bowdoin.edu/academic-affairs/curriculum-teaching/recruit/Art-Drawing-Painting-visiting.shtml

360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist Residency

Artist residency in central Mexico
Deadline- 01-18-2014

The new 360 XOCHI QUETZAL artist residency is located in Chapala, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in Mexico where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Visual artists, musicians and writers will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from an international airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay. Jury Fee: $36.00

More information at: http://www.deborahkruger.com/1/art-residency.html

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Courthouse Public Art Call, Maine

Public art call for the Kennebec County Judicial Center, Augusta Maine
Deadline 02-17-2014

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists residing in Maine, to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at Kennebec County Judicial Center, Augusta. Maine. All professional artists who reside in Maine may apply for consideration to this project.

The location and design of the Kennebec County Judicial Center were chosen to ensure that the people of the State of Maine have equal access to justice, and have the opportunity to have their legal conflicts addressed in a calm, welcoming space. Given the adversarial nature of the events that transpire within a courthouse, it is important to assure all who enter that their disputes will be thoughtfully and fairly considered. A courthouse must reflect both the serious nature of the events that transpire within it, and the grandeur of the law. For that reason, the art found within a courthouse must not be humorous, whimsical, religious in nature, or reflect any bias or prejudice. Rather, it should suggest opportunities for quiet and positive thought.

Art that celebrates Kennebec County, the Kennebec River, and/or the City of Augusta would further the goals set by the Judicial Branch, and would enhance the natural beauty that will be on view from inside the courthouse and possibly outside the courthouse windows.

There is approximately $150,000 in Percent for Art funds available for artwork for this project. These funds will be used to commission work(s) from a single artist, more than one artist or an artist team. An artist budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation, and installation expenses, including any building or site modifications associated with the artwork.

A Percent for Art selection committee of five members will jury submissions for the project. The committee will review the materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $750.00 design fee for refining their proposals. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal. All finalists will present their final proposals to the committee in person. Please do not submit detailed models, drawings, samples, or final proposals for the first round of the selection process.

To apply you will need

1. A current concise resume for participating artist(s) (2 pages maximum).
2. A brief one-page written proposal describing your past work and how you plan to address the potential art area(s).
3. A budget estimate.
4. A brief statement of anticipated maintenance required for the artwork.
5. Five digital images of recent work.

E-mailed materials should be sent to julie.horn@maine.gov.

If mailing a CD of required materials, please send them to:

Maine Arts Commission
Percent for Art: Kennebec County Courthouse
c/o Julie Horn
193 State Street, 25 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0025

Full information at: http://mainearts.maine.gov/classic/oppdetail.aspx?Id=9103

Monday, January 13, 2014

Arts Commission Community Grant

Maine Arts Commission grant for community development 
Deadline 02-14-2014

The Maine Arts Commission has spent the last year and a half conducting a thorough evaluation of its grant programs. As a result the agency is now preparing to unveil new grant programs that match the needs of the field more closely.

Creative Communities = Economic Development
Application Deadline: February 21, 2014 (Letter of Interest)
This grant supports partnerships between cultural, economic and governmental sectors effect community revitalization. Applications will be considered from communities/regions with a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration that seeks to strengthen the cultural assets of their community.
Maximum grant award: $75,000 ($40,000 for year I, $25,000 in year 2, $10,000 in year 3)  (with a required 1:1 match)


Less is More exhibit, MD

Less is More is a national juried exhibition seeks applications (Maryland)
Deadline 01- 31-2014

The Mitchell Gallery brings world-renowned art to the mid-Atlantic region and serves as a center of learning for the visual arts in Anne Arundel County. Accreditation in 2011 by AAM (American Alliance of Museums) places The Mitchell Gallery among the top 4.5% of art museums in the United States. The Mitchell Gallery is the only state-of-the-art, secure and climate-controlled exhibition and art education space in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The Mitchell Gallery attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year and is staffed by a gallery director, an art educator, an exhibit preparator, dedicated volunteers and students.

Less is More is a national juried exhibition, inaugurated in 2013, and now a signature exhibition for The Mitchell Gallery. It is open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in the United States and Puerto Rico. All media are eligible, including fine jewelry and textiles. Features of the exhibition include:

Distinguished juror
Cash prizes of $1000, $500 and $500
Meet the Artist reception for artists, Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, gallery owners and press
Gala Premiere reception for sponsors and art patrons; a fundraiser for The Mitchell Gallery education program. Online and on-site sales gallery for the duration of the exhibit


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Social Impact Media Awards

2014 Social Impact Media Awards is now accepting submissions
Deadline 01-21-2014 

We are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that will increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices, to the resilience of humans facing depravation, to the politics of international development, and to efforts and agents of change worldwide. We seek productions that raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, and inspire people to reflect on the meaning and potential of activism, social justice and social transformation.
We are especially interested in:

1. Issues relating to UN Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2. Transparency and Sustainability in the humanitarian/ human rights/ global development sector
3. Everyday stories of individuals or groups living in developing countries
4. Campaigning films geared to raising awareness and calls to action

5. Examples of help brought by individuals, local heroes, donors, international organizations,
governmental agencies and NGOs

Films must be completed between Jan 2011 and October 2013 to be eligible for entry. Each title is permitted to enter once to SIMA. Titles that have entered in the past are not permitted to enter into the competition in subsequent years. Each entry may be submitted by only one individual or organization. If the film is a co-production, the entrant assumes full responsibility for notifying the other co-production partners of the entry. In the event of multiple entries for the same film, copyright ownership will determine which entry is accepted. The entrant is responsible for securing and clearing all rights.

Complete information at: http://simaawards.org/submit/

Harpo Native American Fellowships

Harpo Foundation Accepting Applications for Native American Artists Fellowships
Deadline 02-15-2014

Established in 2006, the Chicago-based Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation is accepting applications for its Native American Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center program, which supports the development of artists with the potential for intercultural dialogue. Each year, the program awards two residency fellowships to Native American artists at the Vermont Studio Center, an historic artist colony located along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Each fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.

To be eligible, Native American artists must demonstrate strong artistic ability, an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development, and a practice that engages dialogue between the artist’s indigenous world and the surrounding culture.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation Web site.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

CAA Conference

College Art Association annual conference in Chicago 
Event Dates 02- 12 to 15- 2014. 

CAA returns to Chicago in 2014 for its 102nd Annual Conference. The conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago from Wednesday, February 12 to Saturday, February 15. This city of great architecture, museums, galleries, and public monuments has it all, and is an important base from which to explore the many exciting sites in the region. Sessions will begin on Wednesday morning and continue through Saturday afternoon. Special events will enable you to sample the city’s museums, campuses, and cultural institutions. As the world’s best-attended international art conference, CAA’s meeting will facilitate networking opportunities and enable you to exchange ideas and information with colleagues from across the globe.

Complete Information at:

Bangor Savings

Bangor Savings Community Support Funds
Deadline 01-15-2014

Bangor Savings Bank is committed to investing in Maine. In its people and in the communities they serve. Making a real contribution takes innovation and action. It takes giving in ways that go beyond writing checks to non-profit organizations. It’s why our employees collectively donate thousands of service-hours a year to their communities. It’s why we support hundreds of causes throughout the state and continue to help local organizations energize and enhance the quality of life for Maine citizens.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Portland Library, Childhood Literacy Specialist

Portland Public Library seeks an Early Childhood Literacy Specialist
Deadline 01-16-2014

The Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine is seeking an Early Childhood Literacy Specialist whose key role is to promote and implement aspects of the Library’s early childhood literacy services. Working collaboratively, the person in this role develops and provides early childhood literacy services within library locations and within the community. This 37.5 hour position is tracked as a Librarian I. Excellent benefits; competitive salary.  Environment is dynamic and challenging, with opportunities for growth and many ways to contribute.

This position :
  • Provides reference and reader’s advisory services to a wide range of clientele from the Children’s service desk;
  • Supervises and trains desk staff;
  • Provides programs for children; assists in planning, coordinating and supervising programs;
  • Assists in developing, with the Children’s Team and Department Head, cooperative partnerships with community-based organizations, including the schools (public, private and home), parents and the public;
  • Exhibits a knowledge of digital content including databases, e-books, e-audio, and especially apps (primarily for the iPad)
  • Serves as an internal resource on children’s literature, children’s services and child development for the Library system
Bachelor’s degree is required. Degree or significant coursework in child development strongly preferred. A Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited school is strongly preferred or equivalent experience.  At least two years of relevant experience in libraries; early childhood services’ experience essential.  Supervision experience required. A rock-solid background in children's literature from birth to age 12 is imperative.  Proven experience working with diverse audiences is crucial.

  • Exceptional customer service, experience and vision; able to model and lead
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; program presentation skills
  • Past experience in diverse environments necessary
  • Enthusiasm for early childhood learning
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and collaborative style necessary
  • Demonstrated advanced technology skills
How To Apply: Cover letter and resumes to Human Resources, Portland Public Library,5 Monument Square, Portland Maine, 04101 or hr@portland.lib.me.us.

Arts Commission Project Grant

Maine Arts Commission grant for individual artist projects 
Deadline 02-14-2014

The Maine Arts Commission has spent the last year and a half conducting a thorough evaluation of its grant programs. As a result the agency is now preparing to unveil new grant programs that match the needs of the field more closely.

Good Idea Grant
Application Deadline: February 21, 2014 (Application)
This grant supports the creation of new work or professional development. Any "good idea" that furthers an individual artist's creative growth is eligible for the grant.
Maximum grant award: $1,500


Thursday, January 9, 2014

ArtVan Development Director

The ArtVan project seeks a part time Development Director 
Deadline Open until filled

The ArtVan Development Director needs to be a passionate individual who takes lead in interested in philanthropy and in the nonprofit sector.  This candidate is creative, flexible, confident, self-directed, has strong fundraising and development skills, able to multi-task in a small grassroots organization and is invested in youth and the arts. Pay is commensurate with experience. Paid vacation provided. This is a part time twenty hour per week position with potential for increased hours. A thirty day paid work trial may be initiated.

The ArtVan Development Director key responsibilities include:

  • Work alongside the Executive Director to plan and implement annual development plan and strategy
  • Lead and manage overall fundraising efforts, annual appeals, develop and grow our individual donor base new and existing donor cultivation and cultivate corporate giving, direct solicitations of major gifts, as well as overseeing events.
  • Oversee Advisory Committees, develop and nurture a strong volunteer base
  • Amplify the work and voice of ArtVan staff, committees, and volunteers to the community including donors
  • Act as a voice for donors within the ArtVan organization
  • Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy, writing and submitting press releases and attending events
  • Keep up to date information on progress, data base management and weekly reports
  • Work closely with the Board to develop goals, predict outcomes, and present progress
  • Some nights and weekends required

Required skills and education:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent prior experience, non-profit, direct sales or business Education management; emphasis on corporate sponsorships a plus
  • Proven track record of reaching revenue targets
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and leadership abilities which are team oriented and focused on the mission of ArtVan (www.artvanprogram.org)
  • High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, attention to detail and a high degree of initiative.
  • Being able to interpret and implement goals related to non-profit financial reports
  • Knowledge or eagerness to learn of the importance of Art and non-directive Art Therapy
  • Ability to work as part of a team that is fast paced and evolving and always on the go
  • Proven management and leadership abilities to work independently and communicate daily
  • Must be familiar with basic office applications including: Excel, Word, Email platforms, Google Docs and Calendar, Adobe Photoshop. Prefer candidates with database experience.

Please Send a resume to: Jamie Silvestri, Executive Director, at jamie@artvanprogram.org

US/ Canada Park Residency

Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are seeking three visual artists – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaska) – to participate in a cross-border creative journey. 
Deadline 02-01-2014

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program invites artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). Entering its fourth consecutive year, this one-of-a-kind program is a unique opportunity for artists to practice and promote their work in a spectacular setting!

Some details about the program:
each artist will individually spend a two week period (between late June and early August) hiking the historic trail once traversed by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush Stampeders, spending one to three days at each campsite

selected artists are expected to interact with hikers, make art and engage with site’s natural and historic heritage

each artist must provide and carry all of their backpacking gear, food and art supplies for the journey; artists should be accompanied by a friend or family member as support during their trek

during and following the residencies, artists will present public outreach programs through artist talks, workshops and/or demonstrations

a $1000 CAD honorarium will be provided by the Yukon Arts Centre, as well as up to $400 USD for travel expenses from Alaska Geographic and $100 USD for art supplies from Skagway Arts Council

Program information and application forms are available at http://yukonartscentre.com/programs/chilkoot_trail_artist_residency_program. For more information, please email chilkoot@yac.ca.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Creative Grounds, NEFA

CreativeGround database for creative people and places in the six New England states
Deadline Open

Update/ create a new user account today!

A project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is brought to you through ongoing partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts,  the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.

CreativeGround spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states. This online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

You can:
  • Get Listed by creating a new user account and profile, or updating an existing profile
  • Use the Search and Explore features to browse the many profiles already on the site
  • Find out more ways to support CreativeGround on and offline by clicking Get Involve
Among the over 30,000 profiles on CreativeGround you can find Native American artists, teaching artists, performance and exhibition venues, cultural organizations, creative economy leaders, and much more. We're so glad you're here, and we hope you return often - to find colleagues from around the corner or across state lines, update your profile, or tell us how you're doing.

Maine Arts Camp Seeks Staff

Maine Arts Camp Seeks Pottery Instructor / Art Teacher (Unity Maine)
Deadline Open until filled

Are you looking to be part of a small, dedicated group of creative staff? At Maine Arts Camp, we have a mix of seasoned teachers, professionals, young teachers and college students, all interested in working with children and teens. Since we are a small camp community of about 115 campers and 35 staff, with a good number of returning staff each summer, we can be selective in the hiring process. Younger staff get to learn from more experienced teachers, while everyone benefits from working from with our interesting and creative camper population.


Shakespeare in American Communities

Arts Midwest Invites Proposals for 2014-2015 Shakespeare in American Communities Program
Deadline Letter of Intent = 02-20-2014, Application = 03-12-2014

Shakespeare in American Communities, a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. The program reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare's plays.

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. Grants will be awarded to up to forty theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of ten schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit. The standard grant award is $25,000. Grants must be matched one to one.

Applicants must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or unit of state or local government; be a U.S.-based theater company that compensates all professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation; have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years; and have a minimum of three years' experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high schools.

An optional, non-binding intent to apply email is due February 20, 2014. Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available at the Shakespeare in American Communities Web site


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Outdoor Sculpture Competition, SC

North Charleston Outdoor Sculpture Competition
Deadline 02-25-2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 9th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which will be installed at the stunning North Charleston Riverfront Park from May 2014-March 2015. ($35 submission fee)

Click here to learn more about the competition and to see this year’s exhibit:

Click here to apply using Slideroom:

AnneTrabue W. Nelson - Arts Coordinator
City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department
P.O. Box 190016, N. Charleston, SC 29419-9016
843.740.5852 direct line; 843.740.5854 main line
email: anelson@northcharleston.org

Monday, January 6, 2014

Maine Conference on Tourism

The 2014 Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism - Registration open.
Event Date 03-18 and 19, 2014

The 2014 Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism will provide professional development sessions, valuable networking, and the opportunity to meet with tourism professionals. It is the only statewide event of its kind and attendees are from all segments of the tourism industry, including cultural organization.

The conference offers the exchange of ideas and best practices that benefit our state’s most vital and valuable industry. The success and growth of this conference is indicative of a cohesive industry that strives for excellence. The conference will be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, March 18, 19, 2014. Early registration is $60.00

For more information:
Jodi Connors

Sunday, January 5, 2014

MCCA Contest Extended

Maine County Commissioners Association Logo Contest! ($500)
Deadline 01-31-2014

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.
* 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

Saturday, January 4, 2014

IMRC (Immerse) Maine Conference

IMRC (Immerse) Maine Conference 
Event on 01-09-2014, 12 - 4:30pm, Opening Ceremony: 5 - 7pm

On January 9, 2014, Juice Conference goes "on the road" for the first time outside the Midcoast. We're bringing the themes and exciting spirit of the Juice Conference to University of Maine, Orono to celebrate the opening of the new IMRC facility. The IMRC facility offers more than 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fabrication and prototyping labs, audio and video recording/editing studios, and much more - for use by all Maine creatives and entrepreneurs.  The afternoon will include:

Live Performance:  Estranged by N.B. Aldrich and David Kaye
Keynote Speaker: John Bielenberg
Speakers:  The Creative Team of Abby Stiers and Alexander Gross
plus: Seminars and Tours

Presented in partnership with University of Maine, Juice Conference, Midcoast Magnet, Belfast Creative Coalition, and Realize!Maine.

The event will be followed by a Dedication and Opening Ceremony with University of Maine President and Mrs. Ferguson and others pivotal in the development of this facility.  

Questions:  Contact Amanda at info@midcoastmagnet.com

Register at:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Crayola Creative Leadership Grant

Crayola, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, is accepting applications for its 2014 Creative Leadership grant program.
Deadline 06-23-2014

The program will award up to twenty grants of $2,500 each in support of innovative creative leadership team-building programs at the elementary school level. In addition, each program will receive an in-kind grant of Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Examples of creative leadership projects include building a creativity professional development plan that includes a series of workshops delivered by teachers, for teachers; bringing in an arts organization that has expertise in integrating art across the curriculum and having a series of training workshops followed up by co-teaching sessions so the information gets embedded into classroom teachers' practices; and organizing grade-level creativity teams who have monthly collaboration meetings where they design lessons and coach each other to implement art-infused cross-curricular lessons.

To be eligible, school principals must be a member of NAESP. Principals whose schools received a Creative Leadership grant in 2013 will not be eligible to apply for a 2014-15 grant. Those who received grants in 2013 may apply again in 2015.

Finalists will be contacted in early October 2014, with grants to be distributed in November.

For eligibility and application guidelines, see the Crayola Web site.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Graham Foundation Seeks LOI's

Graham Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry from Organizations for Architectural Production and Presentation Grants
Deadline 02-25-2014

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues.

The foundation has announced that it will be accepting Letters of Inquiry beginning  January 6, 2014, from organizations through its Production and Presentation grant program for projects that investigate the contemporary condition, broaden historical perspectives, and/or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.

Production and Presentation grants are designed to assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences; support organizations  to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation; recognize the vital role organizations play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work; and/or help organizations to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without the foundation’s support.

Grant amounts are determined by the scope of the project. In 2013, the foundation awarded grants totaling $400,000 to forty projects.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under some circumstances the foundation will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served — for example, in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax-exempt status.

Letters of Inquiry will be except between January 6, 2014, and February 25, 2014. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

See the Graham Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and descriptions of 2013 grant recipients.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to Raise Money Workshop

How to Raise Money: A free Workshop for Arts Organizations Presented by Larry Rubenstein 
February 6, 2014 10:00pm to 4:15pm, 

Larry Rubenstein will present a free, day-long workshop for board chairs and executive directors of arts organizations at the Wishcamper Center at University of Southern Maine, Bedford Street, Portland, ME on February 6, 2014. This workshop, which will provide fundraising guidance, is designed for teams of two people per arts organization: the Executive Director and the Board Chair, or Development Committee Chair. The Executive Director and Board Chair, or Development Committee Chair, must register together. There is a limit for the workshop for 10 organizations, and complete applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Click to register:

The workshop will provide participants with the necessary tools to approach potential donors and take the fear out of the “ask.” Specifically, participants will learn the following:

How to make the phone call to get an appointment;
Where to have the appointment;
Who should participate;
How do you ask;
Follow up and stewardship.
The workshop will be interactive and run from 10:00 am until 4:15 pm, with a break for lunch.

Larry currently serves as President of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine; is on the board of trustees of the Bowdoin International Music Festival (chair of the development committee); is President of the Board of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ which is currently finishing a campaign to pay for renovation of this 100 year old landmark instrument and which he is chairing; and as a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art where he is chair of the development committee and led the $11 Million effort for the renovation of the Winslow Homer Studio. Larry has published many articles on fund raising over the years and has received numerous awards including the University Medal and 3 Dean’s awards from Columbia, and the David Ben Gurion Award from Israel Bonds. He also served on the faculty of Rosemont College and the University of Pennsylvania while living in Philadelphia.
Click here to read Larry's full bio