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Monday, March 31, 2014

NEA Fast-Track Webinar

National Endowment for the Arts Webinar for  Challenge America Fast-Track Grant
Event 04-02-2014 (3:00 pm)

Challenge America Fast-Track application deadline is May 8, 2014

NEA's Challenge America Fast-Track Director, Michael Killoren, will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET to help potential applicants navigate the application materials and process. There will be an overview presentation of CAFT guidelines, followed by a Q & A.

Challenge America Fast-Track grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. 
  • Are limited to 4 specific types of projects: arts event featuring a guest artist(s), public art, unified promotion, and design. 
  •  Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. 
  • Receive an expedited application review.

For more information and to register for the webinar, go to the NEA newsroom

Crossroads Celtic Festival Poster

Crossroads Celtic Festival, call for artists for 2014 poster design contest
Deadline 05-01-2014

Crossroads Celtic Festival (CCF) is looking for artists to design our 2014 poster artwork. The image may be used for posters, programs, tee shirts and other marketing and promotional material both in print and electronic formats. The selected artist will receive $500.00 compensation for the original artwork, recognition and an artists spotlight in the Crossroads 2014 Festival program and on the Crossroads website.
CCF will own and retain exclusive use of the art work for any marketing/promotional material.

For five days in September, the charming towns and villages of western Maine will become home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the second Crossroads International Celtic Festival presents dozens of concerts, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly after-hours Festival Club at Sunday River in Newry. Artists will travel from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Scotland and Ireland, as well as from across the United States, to join the finest of Maine's musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers for this lively fall celebration.

- Image should represent Celtic Music and Western Maine.
- Only artwork from Maine artists will be accepted.
- Image should be created in a medium that can be printed and reproduced without loosing the beauty of the design. (For example small blocks of solid color will able to be transferred in a screen printing process more so than the gradation of watercolors.)
- Image should be 2-D and the dimensions should be approximately square.
- Image should not contain large amounts of white.
- Image needs to be an original work of art and should not be a photograph.
- Please use your creativity and stay away from cliched images like leprechauns and shamrocks.

Artists are able to submit up to two pieces of art work. A separate entry form must be completed on each art piece. Entry forms are available at: http://crossroadscelticfestival.com/poster-artwork 

Submissions should be mailed to: 
Crossroads Celtic Festival 
attn: Anne 2 Highland Drive 
South Carthage, ME 04224

Art work should include self addressed/ postage paid return packaging. This will allow us to safely return all unchosen artwork back to the owner. Art work can be dropped off with prior arrangements.

Please contact Anne at: anne@crossroadscelticfestival.com to make arrangements.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Media Workshop Scholarships

Maine Media Workshop scholarships available 
Deadline April/ Various 

Scholarships are available for Maine Media Workshop Summer/Fall Adult Workshops, Certificate and Degree Programs, and Young Artists Programs.

Information on how to apply and other scholarship opportunities can be found at: http://www.mainemedia.edu/scholarships


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Student Art Contest

Liberty Graphics 17th annual $1,000 art scholarship for high school seniors residing in Maine
Deadline 04-07-2014

Liberty Graphics, environmentally conscious T-shirt printers, is accepting submissions for its 17th annual $1,000 art scholarship. All high school seniors residing in Maine are invited to submit original works that reflect the theme of “Art and our Natural Environment.” Entries must be traditional two dimensional media and must be postmarked by Monday, April 7. Photography, sculpture and computer-generated works cannot be considered.

Entry forms are available by visiting

The winner will be announced by late April. Art will be returned in mid May.

Each student may submit more than one piece of work. The award is intended to aid and encourage students in the pursuit of their artistic experiences and learning. For more information email jay@lgtees.com


Maine Crafts Association Workshop

Maine Crafts Association Spring Workshop: Center 101    
Deadline 04-24-2014, Event date 04-27-2014

Interested in learning more about the Center for Maine Craft, meeting the staff, getting tips for preparing your work for the retail market? Come to our retail 101 workshop and meet the Center Management team, Nire Cook and Marie Giguere  will discuss the Center for Maine Craft's jury process, policies and procedures. Tips, suggestions and insight into general retail info will also be discussed to help with your retail ventures. This will be a relaxed informal information session.

FREE for Members! Non-members: Only $5! Non-member workshop fee can be applied to future membership or jury fee in 2014. The event will be at the Maine center for Craft April 27th, 1pm - 2:30 pm

Please register by 4/24/13: Contact Nire Cook: nire@mainecrafts.org  or 588-0021

Friday, March 28, 2014

Portland Framed

Portland Framed, a fundraising event for Creative Portland, is seeking artists.
Deadline 04-07-2014

Portland Framed is the first annual premier fundraising event for Creative Portland. Held in the ballroom of the newly-renovated Westin Portland Harborview Hotel (formerly Eastland Park), Portland Framed will celebrate Portland's arts and design community, with particular inspiration from the Roaring 20s, during which the hotel was originally built.

An estimated 250 guests will enjoy live music and burlesque from Maine's most dynamic performers, and be surrounded by art and the artists who created it. Dozens of paintings, sketches, photographs and other works of art will be available for sale, in support of Creative Portland's programs and services to grow and support Portland's creative economy. All sale proceeds will be shared equally with the contributing artists.

We are looking for artists interested in submitting for our inaugural event.

Our criteria for submission is as follows:
Send 5 to 7 images via e-mail as .jpeg files to: jesslauren@creativeportland.com with "Portland Framed" in the subject line.

Please be sure to include your name, address, contact phone number and e-mail address with your submission.

The curatorial committee will review all art submissions between February 18th and 20th and reserves the right to make final selections for those pieces of art that will be in the inaugural Portland Framed art sale. You should hear back from the Curatorial Committee by February 24.

Should you be selected to exhibit, the following criteria must be met:

Deadline for receiving your work at Casco Bay Frames and Gallery is April 7th.
* Artists may submit between three (3) and five (5) pieces.
* Size of work must be square and fall within a 12x12" inch format. Canvas will be accepted only as 12 x 12 and up to 3/4" deep.
* All work must be stabilized (pencil, pastel, etc) or dry (oil, encaustic, etc) before delivery to Casco Bay Frames and Gallery.
* Work will be over-matted in white, single-beveled mats and framed in a 12x12" black wooden frame.
* Each piece will be priced at $250 with 50% to the artist, 50% to Creative Portland.


USArtists International Grant

USArtists International Grant for performing arts groups
Deadline 04-18-2014

Performances at festivals abroad provide American artists with opportunities to exchange ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries, as well as to engage with new and larger audiences. It the hope of USArtists International that participation of exemplary artists from the United States in international festivals will foster greater appreciation of the excellence, diversity and vitality of the American performing arts.

USAI grants are available to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world (outside of the United States). USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applications should be submitted to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

More information can be found at: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/us_artists/guidelines.html


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Harpo Artist Grant

Harpo Foundation grant for visual artists
Deadline- 05-06-2014

The Harpo Foundation is accepting applications from visual artists and nonprofit organizations that support visual artists whose work advances and crosses the boundaries of visual media and artistic disciplines. The foundation awards between ten and fifteen grants annually. In general, grant requests should not exceed $10,000 per year.

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist's work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the strength of its relationship to the foundation's priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized.

Grants made to nonprofit organizations must be used for direct project costs related to artist honoraria, commissioning fees, production costs, and travel. All projects funded during the 2013 grant cycle should be completed by September 2014. Projects scheduled for 2013 but that happen prior to the foundation's November notification date may be eligible for funding on a retroactive basis. In rare cases, the foundation will fund multiyear projects of up to three years to provide support to artists whose projects rely on the passage of time as an essential component of their concept and structure. The foundation is interested in supporting projects that will allow time and its properties of change to become a part of the project's cumulative process. Single-year projects that have durational qualities will be considered as well.

Letters of Inquiry may be submitted by individual artists who are citizens of the United States and by U.S.-based nonprofit organizations recognized as "tax exempt" under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the Harpo Foundation web site for eligibility and application guidelines at: http://www.harpofoundation.org/grants-for-visual-artists/


Historic New England Exhibit

Historic New England call to visual artists for Art of the Piscataqua exhibit
Deadline 04-01-2014

Historic New England is planning a juried contemporary art exhibition to open on June 1 at the new visitor center of the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, Maine. Here By The Sea: Contemporary Art of the Piscataqua will be the inaugural exhibition at the site, featuring the work of artists who are inspired by life in the Piscataqua Region. This new gallery space will feature rotating exhibitions for museum visitors to enjoy year round.

Historic New England owns six historic sites and protects approximately 35 acres of open space and restored gardens for public enjoyment in the Piscataqua region. Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We operate thirty-six historic properties spanning five states and share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, archives, and stories.

Historic New England encourages any artist living or working in the Piscataqua Region to submit up to two works for consideration. Artwork can be two- or three-dimensional, the work must be able to hang on a wall and cannot exceed 4” depth. The jury includes Richard Nylander, curator emeritus, Historic New England; Brian Chu, professor of fine art, University of New Hampshire; and Justin Bloom, president, Berwick Art Association.

For more information contact site manager, Brooke Steinhauser at 207/384-2454.

Application and further details can be found online at: www.HistoricNewEngland.org/HereByTheSea


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ESA Video Game Education Grant

Entertainment Software Association Foundation seeks projects that use computer games to positively shape the lives of youth.
Deadline: 05-15-2014

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Entertainment Software Association,  is seeking proposals for projects that use innovative technology and/or computer and video games to positively shape the lives of youth in the United States.

The foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit boys and girls of all races and religions. Eligible projects must be implemented or available in a minimum of two states (preferably nationwide) and serve American youth between the ages 7 and 18. In addition, projects must provide programs and services that utilize technology and/or computer and video games for education purposes.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to first-time recipients.

All organizations requesting funding must be recognized as a tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental entity exempt under Section 115 and described in Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the ESA Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions


Goose River Anthology

The Twelfth Annual Goose River Anthology seeks poetry, essays, and short stories.
Deadline 03-31-2014

Author will receive a 10% royalty on the amount received by the publisher for all sales that he/she generates.
We seek selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less--double-spaced). Book will be beautifully produced in paperback with full color cover and hard cover with full color dust jacket.

There is no purchase required and nothing is required of the author for publication. We retain one-time publishing rights only.

MUST submit clean typed copy.
Reading Fee: $1.00 per page (Do not put two poems on the same page. Short stories and essays should be double-spaced.
.49 cent SASE for notification. For return of rejected materials, please add additional postage.
Author's name and address at top of each page.
Please provide email address if you have one.
If possible, email a Word document file after submitting your hard copy by mail.

Inquiries can be directed to gooseriverpress@roadrunner.com
Phone: 207/832-6665

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

College Board Awards

College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts for model programs in three categories
Deadline 04-04-2014

The College Board is pleased to announce the College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that serve students in grades 6–12 and that promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Arts Integration
The arts integration award will recognize a middle or high school program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects, including English language arts, science, social studies, math, and/or other areas of the 6–12 curriculum. Model programs/projects may integrate arts-based methods of investigation into non-arts classrooms, incorporate non-arts content and ideas into arts curricula, or employ a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more content areas.

Equity Through Arts
This award will be given to a successful middle or high school arts program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students. Model arts programs may have a track record of raising student attendance and graduation rates, use arts opportunities and course work to increase college access and attendance among students, or successfully build student awareness of and preparation for professional opportunities in the arts.

Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships
This award will recognize a middle or high school arts program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for community engagement. Programs eligible for the civic engagement award may foster collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofit organizations, engage students in developing original arts-focused projects or fundraisers in partnership with local or national nonprofits, or employ other methods of using the arts to increase community involvement among young people.
Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

Email acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.

Complete information at https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/


Sculpture Conference, LA

24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community seeks panelists 
Deadline 04-11-2014

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community, in New Orleans, LA from October 1-4, 2014. The ISC is seeking a diverse and comprehensive program, covering topics relevant to sculpture today. The year’s bi-annual conference will focus on contemporary sculpture’s influence on culture and community, and topics submitted should fall into the following categories:

Artistic Vision and Community Engagement
Building and Rebuilding
“Art is Long; Life is Short”
Thinking Outside the Box
Inhabit: The Innovation of Livable Art
Does it have to Last: Temporal Sculpture
Artistic Process in a Current Landscape
Other panels relevant to the working artist

All panel proposals must be submitted electronically. No faxed or mailed abstracts will be accepted. The deadline for submission is April 11, 2014. All late proposals will be automatically placed on a waiting list.

To submit a panel proposal or for more information on the 24th International Sculpture Conference, please visit the conference website: www.sculpture.org/NOLA2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

PSO Personnel Manager

Portland Symphony Orchestra seeking a part time Personnel Manager  
Deadline 04-10-2014

Primary contractor for Musicians to fill openings in the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Supports the administration of the PSO’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Serves as a liaison between the Music Director and the Musicians, and serves as a resources and counsel for the Musicians.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that each orchestra service has a full complement of Musicians (Contract Musicians, Substitute Musicians, Extra Musicians)
  • Maintains select list and order of Musicians suitable for hire as extras or substitutes, in consultation with Music Director and section principals
  • Coordinates changes in seating and engagement of last-minute substitutes due to unscheduled absence or tardiness
Preparation and Organization:
  • Learns the newly installed OPAS software for orchestra personnel management
  • Prepares individual contracts for each Contract Musician
  • Monitors that Musicians have been offered the proper number of services per season and have fulfilled their contractual obligations to the PSO
  • Executes string rotation
  • Responds to Musician service release requests
  • Receives, organizes, and responds to Musician requests for housing, and coordinates scheduling details with hotels
  • Updates, maintains, and distributes documents such as call sheets and attendance rosters
  • Consults with Music Director, Concert Manager, and Librarian to determine orchestra set up, section sizes, and proper dispersal of parts
  • Provides attendance sheets for Merrill Auditorium security staff
  • Provides stage calls for services including intermission and breaks, and notifies conductor of the start and close of rehearsals
  • Logs significant events associated with services such as complaints, tardiness, and failure to wear appropriate dress
  • Prepares payroll information
  • Actively seeks to improve upon process and makes suggestions for policy changes to the General Manager
Audition Coordination:
  • Coordinates the audition process per the policies set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Secures candidate requirements, audition schedules, and music selections from Music Director and Audition Committee
  • Initiates appropriate recruiting strategy (such as placing ads, maintaining and updating candidate lists, and providing solicitation letters to orchestras and schools)
  • Forwards audition information to candidates and serves as candidate liaison
  • Schedules auditions based on space availability and availability of Music Director and Audition Committee
  • Assists General Manager in conducting actual auditions
Qualifications include: Must have a minimum of two years as a performer in a professional orchestra and/or experience in orchestra personnel administration; knowledge of/sensitivity to personnel policies and practices; highly motivated individual with strong organizational and communication skills; willing to work as part of a team in an intimate office setting; ability to anticipate and resolve issues creatively; ability to establish and maintain trust and confidentiality; patience and the ability to independently prioritize and complete work in a complex environment; ability to maintain a flexible work schedule including nights and weekends; excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to work positively with a variety of people under pressure; strong computer skills required (Word processing, Spreadsheets, E-mail, Internet).

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Carolyn Nishon, General Manager, Portland Symphony Orchestra at cnishon@portlandsymphony.org All applications must be electronic, submitted as either a PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx). No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: 4/10/2014


Nordic Artist Residency

Nordic Artists' Centre Dale, artist in residence opportunity 
Deadline 04-11-2014

The A-I-R program encourages international contacts for artists and focuses on visual arts including design, architecture and locally rooted practice. Nordic Artists' Centre Dale is situated in the village of Dale, the administrative center of the Fjaler municipality on the West Coast of Norway.

 There is currently an open call for applications to the 2015 residence programme. Professional artists, designers, architects and independent curators are eligible to apply.

Download application form to apply

More information at:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Samuel H. Kress Grant

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grant for European Art and Architecture
Deadline- 04-01-2014 and 10-01-2014

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era. Grants are awarded to support projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, presentation of research, and other professional events.

In previous years, grant amounts have ranged from $1,000 to $93,000.
To be eligible, nonprofit organizations, including supporting foundations of European institutions, must be recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The foundation has two deadline applications a year: April 1 and October 1.

Eligibility and application guidelines can be found at: http://www.kressfoundation.org/uploadedFiles/grants/Grants_History_Art.pdf


Senior College Art Festival

Senior College at Belfast invites Maine artists, 50 years and older, to 12th annual art festival 
Deadline 03-31-2014

Senior College At Belfast invites all Maine artists, 50 years of age and older, amateur and professional, to participate in this year’s Festival of Art event.

For the past eleven years, this four-day exhibit has included work from new artists who have never shown before, well-known accomplished artists whose work continues to astound, those artists who are striving to build their reputations, as well as those who only wish to share their work with an appreciative audience. At times, there have been up to 170 artists participating in this event, and over one thousand visitors to the exhibit. Artists will also have an opportunity to sell their work if they wish.

The types of art submitted vary extensively and have included paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, and photography as a few examples.

registration materials and information may be requested from: seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com
or by calling Juliane Dow at: 1-857-719-6733

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WCSH 6 Art Festival

Applications for the WCSH 6, 49th annual Sidewalk Art Festival are being accepted. Portland
Deadline: until all spaces are filled

Applications for the WCSH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival are being accepted. You need to be approved if you wish to participate and exhibit in the August 23th festival. Fee is $135

Awards include:
WCSH 6 Best in Show First Place Award $1,000
WCSH 6 Second Place Festival Award $ 800
WCSH 6 Third Place Festival Award $ 700
These are cash awards and the artist will retain ownership of the art.

WCSH 6 Festival Purchase Prize $ 800
This is a cash award and WCSH 6 will retain ownership of the art

Complete information and application form at:

Paint for Preservation, Cape Elizabeth

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2014
Deadline 03-28-2014

Interested artists are invited to submit two images of original plein-air paintings in any medium for juried consideration to participate in Paint for Preservation 2014, which is a no-reserve auction. There is an entry fee of $20. All entries must arrive by the deadline of Friday, March 28th.

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) announces that it is accepting artist submissions for Paint for Preservation 2014, the organization's seventh annual juried Wet Paint Auction to be held on July 13, 2014. On the day of the event, juried artists will paint onsite at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth's natural beauty. The public is invited to watch participating artists work on location. That evening, the newly painted art work will be auctioned at a cocktail reception at Breakwater Farm in Cape Elizabeth. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust's Saving Cape's Great Places initiative.

Benefit: Participating artists donate 50%, 75% or 100% of the selling price of the art to the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. Proceeds benefit CELT's Saving Cape's Great Places initiative.

Tickets: Participating artists receive a complimentary ticket to the evening event and may purchase one additional ticket for $25. Additional tickets to the evening event are $60 per person in advance and $70 on the day of the event. Each ticket includes admittance to the reception and allows the ticket holder to obtain a bid number for the Auction.

Artists may mail a CD submission along with the artist entry form and entry fee (with checks made payable to CELT) to CELT Paint for Preservation 2014,
 Cape Elizabeth Land Trust,
330 Ocean House Road,
Cape Elizabeth,
ME 04107.

Alternatively, email submissions may be sent with the accompanying artist entry form to info@capelandtrust.org with the entry fee submitted via PayPal®.

Complete information at: http://www.capelandtrust.org/paintforpreservation/2014/

Friday, March 21, 2014

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship award
Deadline 05-23-2014

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for its Individual Photographer's Fellowship program.

The annual program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media. A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art.

Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography in or created by any subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Examples of ineligible work include film, video, and interactive multimedia.

Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Previous fellowship recipients are not currently eligible for a new award, and artists in the United States on a temporary visa are ineligible as well.

Applicants must apply through the CaFE online application system at www.CallForEntry.org. Internet access and a working email address are required in order to apply. The $10 entry fee.

More information at: http://aaronsiskind.org/grant.html


MDF Next Step Scholarship

Maine Development Foundation scholarship program for adult and non-traditional aged students
Deadline 04-14-2014

Maine Development Foundation (MDF) and  the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), are pleased to announce the second year of our scholarship program for adult and non-traditional aged students, the Next Step Maine Scholarship Fund. We will be accepting applications for up to 20 available scholarships in 2014, with awards of $1,000 to $2,500.

As you know, MDF strongly believes in the importance of building the skills of our incumbent workforce. We need to do all that we can to encourage non-traditional students and working adults to 'take their next step,’ but also provide real support to help them succeed. The Next Step Scholarship Fund is one way that we can do more.

These scholarships are designed for employees who are engaged in taking the next step in their education, who are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or industry certification, and who are considered promising contributors to the companies or organizations for whom they work. Scholarship applications must be submitted by employers, who can ‘nominate’ eligible employees, and this year, we will also require a short personal statement from the employee as well.

All applications will be made online this year. Go to Employer Nomination Form to nominate one of your promising employees today using our simple online form. Scholarship guidelines and other details are also available on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Drummond-Bahl, who manages the scholarship program, at mdrummond@mdf.org.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

MOFGA Poster Design

Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association poster design contest 
Deadline 04-08-2013

The purpose of the Poster Design Contest is to select the design for the Fair poster, T-shirts, and other products, as well as CGCF marketing and promotions materials. The theme of the design must be in line with MOFGA’s mission and the general guidelines for participating in the Fair.

Artists must be from Maine. The winning artist will receive: $1,000.00 to be paid after January 1 of the coming year; a press release about selected design/artist; a write-up in MOFGA’s newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener; and a one-year subscription to the MOFGA newspaper.

Camden International Film Festival, Call

Camden International Film Festival, call for documentary films
Deadline- multiple

Camden International Film Festival is now accepting Submissions.

The Camden International Film Festival is open to documentary films of all shapes, sizes, styles and lengths. They are looking for films that show a dedication to craft, film that push the boundaries of the nonfiction form, and utilize unique approaches to telling a darn good story.

Please submit via Withoutabox.com

If you must apply outside of Withoutabox you can fill out an online form at: http://camdenfilmfest.org/submit/filmdetails

You can pay the entry fee via PayPal or send a check along with your DVD in the mail.

Deadlines and Fees:
Early Deadline: February 21, 2014 Feature: $35 Short: $25
Regular Deadline: April, 18 2014 Feature: $40 Short: $30
Late Deadline: May 23, 2014 Feature: $45 Short: $35
Extended Deadline: June 20, 2014 Feature: $60 Short: $50

Formats Exhibition: HDCam / DigiBeta / Blu-ray Pre-screening: DVD (NTSC, region 1 or region-free) or secure link (Vimeo, etc)

More information at: http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/submit


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Funding Workshop

MTI, Bangor Savings Bank and Maine Stream Finance offer a Funding Workshop - Rockland 
Event date 03-20-2014

Do you have questions on how to finance and grow a business? Whether you have a new startup or a rapidly growing established business, this free workshop presented by MTI with assistance from Bangor Savings Bank, MaineStream Finance and SCORE will answer your questions. Representatives from these organizations will discuss:

Maine Technology Institute:
Funding programs and the resources available to startup and growing technology businesses in Maine.

MaineStream Finance:
Service programs and financing for small businesses of all types.

Bangor Savings Bank:
Commercial banking services and small business financing programs.

No fee to attend, but registration is required.


Hemera Foundation Fellowship

Hemera Foundation Tending Space  Fellowship for visual and performing artists and writers
Deadline 04-01-2014 

The Hemera Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to introducing secular contemplative views and practices into mainstream society, focusing on education, women and children, and the arts.

Tending Space Fellowships are open to visual and performing artists and writers. Fellows will receive financial support for both contemplation and creation. Application is open to those who are deeply engaged with, and have a demonstrable commitment to, an art form and who also have an interest in beginning or deepening a spiritual practice. Compensation will be provided to 10 fellows for a residential meditation retreat, an art retreat or workshop, a meditation mentor, an art mentor and a stipend for a two-week work period where fellows can focus wholly on their art.

Funding: Tending Space Fellows will be supported by fellowships starting at $4,500 (the exact amount will be determined by the cost of each project not to exceed $8,300). Awards will be announced in May 2014. The Fellowship period will be June-December 2014.

More information at www.hemerafoundation.org or http://hemerafoundation.fluidreview.com.

Email tsf_info@hemerafoundation.org.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pare Lorentz Grant

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund for film
Deadline 03-31-2014

The International Documentary Association is now accepting proposals for the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, which provides production support for full-length documentary films. Named in honor of the landmark documentary filmmaker, the Fund provides annual grants totaling $95,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.
  • The applicant (Project Director) must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • The applicant is not required to be a member of IDA to be eligible to apply. 
  • The applicant does not need to be a US citizen or US resident but must have, or be eligible to obtain, a US Taxpayer ID number (ITIN) or Employer Identification number (EIN) if any grant funds are to be expended in the United States. 
  • The applicant must be an independent filmmaker working on an original full length (minimum 40 minutes) documentary which addresses a critical issue in the United States and that focuses on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns
  • For the purposes of this grant, IDA defines an independent filmmaker as a content creator who both owns the copyright of his or her work and has full artistic, budgetary, and editorial control of the documentary project. 
  • The applicant must be a producer and/or director of the submitted work. 
  • The applicant must be an experienced filmmaker with at least one key above-the-line (producer, director, co-director, co-producer) or other principal creative (director of photography, editor) credit on a previously completed documentary. 
Applicants with limited experience or who lack a previous credit as either a producer or director of a completed documentary should have a production team that includes other highly experienced key production personnel and advisors. Key team members and advisors may be contacted during the review process to assess their level of involvement and commitment to the project. The project must be in the early to mid stages of production, having completed the bulk of research and development but still having substantial production and post-production related work and expenses remaining.

Completed films are ineligible. The applicant is not required to have nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship. Currently enrolled students and student films are ineligible. Short documentaries (under 40 minutes finished run time) are ineligible.

More information at: http://www.documentary.org/parelorentz

Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation grant for painters
Deadline  04-01-2014

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) announces the annual Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant, which provides financial backing for mature American painters. American painters aged 45 or older who demonstrate financial need are encouraged to apply for a grant. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

In the past, applicants have hailed from nearly all 50 states and multiple foreign countries. Applicants ranged in age from 45 to 84. The application for the grant is now available online.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. Through a comprehensive schedule of exhibitions of local and national significance and educational outreach.

For more information, please call 508.487.1750 or visit www.paam.org

Application available online at: http://www.paam.org/lowf_foundation_grant.html

Monday, March 17, 2014

Maine Jewish Film Festival

Maine Jewish Film Festival 
Event 03- 22 to 29- 2014

Maine Jewish Film Festival March 22nd through March 29th

The festival organizers curate a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through features, documentaries,shorts, discussions, and artist talks. MJFF has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State.This year, films will be shown at numerous venues in Portland and additionally in locations in Waterville, Brunswick, Rockland, Bangor, and Augusta. See the entire schedule at http://www.mjff.org

Carnegie Library Residency

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh seeks applicants to an artist residency in the public realm
Deadline 03-24-2014

The Office of Public Art is working with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood (CLP – Hazelwood) to host an artist residency in the public realm.  We are seeking an artist of any discipline who will collaborate with members of the community and the Library to develop a project that will engage Hazelwood residents and visitors to the neighborhood. Budget: $20,000.

The timing of this project is significant, as CLP – Hazelwood is moving to a new home in the spring of 2014.  In addition to being a great new facility, this time of transition is an opportunity for the Library staff to host a residency with the purpose of engaging an artist to work with the community, and for Library staff to develop a project, or series of projects, that can potentially be presented in the new facility or in the community in partnership with the Library.  The final result of the residency is open ended.  We are not looking for artists to place an existing work of art or idea in Hazelwood, but to collaborate with the community to develop a project with Hazelwood residents, including library users.  The project can be a physical work of art, performance, publication, event, or any other type of creative project developed by the artist in collaboration with the community they engage during their residency.

There is no geographical restriction on artist eligilbility, but artists from Western Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Maine Media Job Fair

Maine Media Workshops is having a job fair
Event Date 03- 28 and 29- 2014

Working at Maine Media for the summer is an experience that will alter the course of your professional and creative life.

Come to our job fair on March 28 - 29 and meet our core staff, check out the campus, and knock our socks off with your mad skills. We hire dozens of talented people every summer who spend their time working intensely with highly motivated students and world-renowned instructors.

Summer staff who make the most of their time with us go home having made connections with professionals and peers that will last a lifetime. For many, one summer with us was enough to launch fantastic careers in film, television, and photography.

Be sure to  submit your application online, and bring your resume and portfolio with you. http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/about/employment

Have more questions? Drop us a line at jobs@mainemedia.edu.

SmartPhone Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery call for 'SmartPhone' art
Deadline 03-27-2014

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries for the gallery's 1st Annual "SmartPhone" Juried Art Competition for the month of March 2014. The gallery invites all 2D artists to make online submissions (with mobile based media only) for possible inclusion into the Gallery's April 2014 online group exhibition.

The deadline to apply to this art competition is March 27, 2014. Winners of the "SmartPhone" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 70+ press release announcements, 75+ event announcement posts, extensive social media marketing and distribution, in order to make the art world aware of the art exhibition and in particular, the artist's accomplishments. There will also be links back to the artist's website included as part of this award package.

Interested artists should provide to us with your best "SmartPhone" art now or before the deadline.

Apply Online at: http://www.lightspacetime.com

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Three Auditions, Bangor

Bangor Unified Auditions
Event Date 03-29-2014

Penobscot Theatre Company, Acadia Repertory Theatre, and ImprovAcadia will jointly hold a general open call for union and non-union actors aged 18+ who wish to be considered for upcoming productions. Bangor Unified Auditions will be Saturday, March 29, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Penobscot Theatre Company’s home at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main Street, Bangor.

Penobscot Theatre Company is casting adults for its upcoming production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (performances June 12 –22) as well as musical and non-musical roles for the 2014-2015 season. AEA and non-AEA actors, new and returning to Penobscot Theatre Company, are encouraged to attend. For ROCKY HORROR, the company is seeking to cast the following roles: Riff-Raff, Eddie/Dr. Scott and three Phantoms. Actors interested in these parts should prepare their favorite classic rock song or a song from the show. Penobscot Theatre Company will hold youth auditions for the upcoming season, May 3-4

Acadia Repertory Theatre produces a mix of comedies, dramas, mysteries and children's theatre throughout its summer season on Mount Desert Island. Acadia Rep is seeking male and female actors, including those willing to play a dual role as box office assistant/actor, and technical and performing interns. Those interested should prepare two contrasting monologues of their choice and be prepared to act out (not recite) a short children’s story (e.g., The Three Little Pigs).

ImprovAcadia is a seasonal short-form improvisational theater that brings the best of Chicago to Bar Harbor, open seven nights a week during the height of the summer season. ImprovAcadia is looking for performers with at least one year of improvisational training and two years of performance experience. Its audition will consist of short-form improvisation and singing, and last 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the group.

To schedule an audition time, actors should email art@acadiarep.com and write “UNIFIEDS” in the subject line.

Also, those wishing to be considered by ImprovAcadia should specifically indicate their interest in the body of the email. Actors should bring three copies of their headshots and resumes to the audition and sheet music if they plan to sing. An accompanist will be provided.

Target, Arts in K-12 Classrooms

Target, art in K-12 classrooms, grant support
Deadline- 04-30-2014

Arts, Culture & Design in Schools, a charitable initiative of national retailer Target, is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for programs that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students.

 The company awards grants of $2,000 for programs that enhance the classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools via in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, workshops, and so on. Grants are restricted to K-12 educational institutions and organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant awards announced in September.

See the Target Web site for eligibility and application guidelines at: https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/arts-culture-design-in-schools-grants


Friday, March 14, 2014

CMA Commissions of Chamber Music

Chamber Music of America Classical Commissioning Program to support new chamber works.
 Deadline 03-21-2014

Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, generally without a conductor, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.

The new composition must be performed a minimum of three times in the U.S.

Complete information at: http://www.chamber-music.org/programs/classical/grants#l408


NEFA Fund for the Arts

NEFA Fund for the Arts grant to support public art projects and artists in Massachusetts
Deadline 03-31-2014

New England Foundation for the Arts wishes to support public art projects where professional artists create new, site-specific, contemporary artwork in collaboration with community-based nonprofit organizations within Route 495 in Massachusetts.

Fund for the Arts supports comprehensive planning and development that will lead to successful artist-led community partnerships and implementation projects. Grant supported activities include but are not limited to: artist selection, artist fees, community engagement activities, site-specific planning, and acquisition of permits and approvals. Awards for the planning and development phase of public art projects generally range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Fund for the Arts invites proposals from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations within Route 495 in Massachusetts. Organizations outside this geography should contact program staff before beginning an application. Organizations outside of Massachusetts will not be considered. If the organization has selected an artist for the proposed project, the artist must reside within Route 495.

More information at:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Farnsworth Seeks Bookkeeper

The Farnsworth Art Museum is seeking a part-time 25 hrs/wk bookkeeper
Deadline open until filled 

The Farnsworth Art Museum is seeking a part-time 25 hrs/wk bookkeeper to assist the Chief Financial Officer. Duties include accounts payable, payroll, and daily receipts. Associates degree or five years of accounting experience, proficiency in Excel and knowledge of accounting software programs required.

To apply: Submit cover letter, salary expectation, and resume to: employment@farnsworthmuseum.org 
or mail to 16 Museum St. Rockland, ME 04841, Attn: Bookkeeper

 Full job description may be viewed at www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Windsor Fair Poster

Windsor Fair poster design contest
Deadline 04-01-2014

The trustees of the Windsor Fair are interested in obtaining a design suitable for reproduction on posters and t- shirts to be sold at the Windsor Fair. Artwork should reflect some aspect of this traditional agricultural

The selected entry will receive a prize of $1,000.00. The Windsor Fair will retain all rights to the design. Additional information may be obtained by calling Karen Foster at 207-622-2930.

Submissions, with application, should be sent or delivered to:

Windsor Fair Trustees
C/O Karen Foster
659 Church Hill Rd
Augusta, ME 04330

Complete instructions at: http://www.windsorfair.com/Art%20Other%20Instr.htm


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PAN Year in Review

2014 Public Art Network Year in Review is looking for nominations
Deadline 04-18-2014

Americans for the Arts highlights the best American public art projects through it's Year in Review program.
The 2014 PAN Year in Review will  Call for Entries begins on March 3, 2014, and will close submissions on April 18, 2014.

To find out more, go to: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/networks-and-councils/public-art-network

If you have any questions about the PAN Year in Review, please email Clay Lord, VP of Local Arts Advancement, at clord@artsusa.org.



Mid-Atlantic Arts ArtsCONNECT provides support for touring performing arts project
Deadline 03-14-2014

ArtsCONNECT provides support for projects in which at least three performing arts presenters from two different states work collaboratively to present a touring solo artist or ensemble. Through this program the Foundation generally supports 10-to-15 tours per season that reach up to 50 communities in the mid-Atlantic region. The tours include performances as well as activities, such as artist discussions, lecture demonstrations, master classes, and workshops designed to build greater appreciation for the work of the touring artist or ensemble. The program is also designed to develop and deepen relationships among the region’s presenters in order to build a more sustainable touring environment for professional performing artists.

More information at: http://midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/arts_connect/index.html

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

South Arts Showcase

South Arts call to performing arts looking to showcase at their annual conference
Deadline 03-21-2014

South Arts is seeking artists of high artistic merit to apply for the Juried Showcase for this year’s Performing Arts Exchange. If you know of artists/companies, or have artists on your roster, who are looking to expand into regional and/or national touring, we encourage them to apply to a PAE Juried Showcase.

Last year’s Juried Showcase in Miami Beach was a great success, with an unprecedented average attendance of 142 persons per showcase. For talented, ready-to-tour artists and companies, a showcase at the Performing Arts Exchange can be the next best step for a career.
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• PAE is committed to serving the performing arts field for the entire East and Gulf Coasts
• Juried Showcases are given top billing; no other activities are cross scheduled
• Artists are selected by a highly qualified panel of experts in the field
• The adjudication process focuses solely on artistic excellence and readiness to tour
• To apply, an artist submits a video sample along with a bio, press photo, and technical rider
• Through our brand new joint application website, an artist/company may choose to apply to showcase in multiple regional conferences

Check out the Juried Showcase page for more information at: http://pae.southarts.org/site/c.kfIQKZOwFkG/b.4693165/k.BE63/Home.htm

 If you have any questions feel free to contact:
Ethan Messere
Program Assistant, PAE
404.874.7244 ext. 11


Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day, DC
Event Date 03- 24 to 25 -2014

Hosted by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

What's At Stake In 2014? Between tax reform, budget battles, and education reauthorization, support for arts and arts education is facing many challenges on Capitol Hill this year. As Congress and the administration grapple with ever-changing policy proposals, it is imperative that arts advocates come to Washington, DC to make sure the arts to make their voices heard!

  • Strategize with experienced advocates during an interactive role play session on how to make the case for the arts and arts education to your members of Congress.
  • Network with your fellow arts advocates from across the country and go on congressional visits led by State Captains.
  • Learn the latest research facts and figures on the arts to help make your case.
This year, we're excited to announce some program changes that will improve training opportunities to help advocates be more successful at Arts Advocacy Day. These skills will make you a more effective advocate for the arts on the local level:
  • Specialized policy briefings for beginner and advanced advocates
  • A new breakout session for student advocates to learn how to take action back on their campuses
  • Increased time for advocates to network and plan their visits to Capitol Hill
  • One-on-one professional development consultations with an advocacy expert to practice making the case for the arts
  • Hear Google staff present their latest nonprofit tools and learn about their Cultural Institute project

Monday, March 10, 2014

Arts Are Elementary, Residency

Arts Are Elementary in Brunswick, Maine, is accepting applications for artist residencies
Deadline 03-15-2014

Arts Are Elementary in Brunswick, Maine, is accepting Applications for our Artist Residencies for the 2014/15 academic year. We will select at least one artist per grade for kindergarten through grade five.

For more information and to obtain our application, please visit www.artsareelementary.org.

Please feel free to contact Kristi Hatrick, AAE ED, at aaedirector@gmail.com or 207-725-1232 with any questions.


NEA Writing Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships
Deadline 03-12-2014

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.You may apply only once each year.

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov

More information at: http://arts.gov/video/creative-writing-fellowships-poetry-guidelines-webinar


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Visual Literacy Conference, OH

International Visual Literacy Association 47th Annual Conference
Deadline 04-01-2014

From November 5 to 8, 2014, the Toledo Museum of Art will host the 47th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA). This year's theme is The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary.

The International Visual Literacy Association is the oldest international, not-for-profit association of researchers, university and K12 educators, designers, media specialists, and artists dedicated to the study and practice of visual literacy. We look forward to having you participate with us in a series of special events dedicated to celebrating the legacy of IVLA and its welcoming circle of friends and community of exceptional professionals.

Authors should send their proposals electronically as an attachment file (doc. .docx, or .rtf format) to ivla2014@toledomuseum.org


Bearnstow Young Artist Residency

Young Artist Residency Program at Bearnstow is accepting applicants
Deadline Open until filled

Bearnstow is a unique summer retreat dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of our natural environment, Bearnstow lies on sixty-five acres of pristine woodland, with twelve rustic buildings, most nearly a century old, nestled along the 2,400 feet of rocky shoreline on Parker Pond. Weeklong workshops are offered for youth and adults that explore the natural world through the lens of creative arts and sciences. Taught by an international faculty, the summer 2014 season includes workshops in movement and performance and a week devoted to natural sciences. Day camp sessions for children of school age are offered for two weeks in July.

Bearnstow’s Young Artist Residency Program is a summer intensive of total contact with good dance. This includes full participation in all workshop classes (8 weeklong workshops, 25 hours weekly), instruction and mentoring by an international staff of professional dancers and choreographers, and participation in weekly informal showings and a presentation of their own work in a formally mounted concert. In return, the residents assist in food preparation and camp facility maintenance throughout the summer. This gives Bearnstow a cadre of capable assistants who can “put their hand to anything.” While the basic job is housing maintenance and KP, our young artist residents have had the freedom to design programs and promotional material, conduct research, compose sound scores, choreograph their own works, and create dance videos.

Our young artist residents have varied from college freshmen to nature lovers to professional dancers seeking renewal. The best qualification is the desire to dance, the openness to think creatively, and the willingness to work cooperatively with colleagues.

Schedule: June 26 to August 31, 2014
Benefits: Credit, stipend, and performance opportunity

To apply, send résumé, portrait photo, and letter of recommendation to admin@bearnstow.org

Public Art, Happy Valley, Or.

Request for Qualifications for Public Artists: Scouters Mountain Nature Park, Happy Valley Oregon 
Deadline 03-20-2014

The City of Happy Valley in partnership with Metro, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and Clackamas County Arts Alliance seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commissioned project at Scouters Mountain Nature Park.  Budget is $19,500

This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams working in the United States. Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget.

Artists interested in this project are invited to a tour of the site on March 12, 2014 from 4-5pm.  Because the site is currently undergoing construction, this is the only organized site visit offered at this time.  To attend the tour please email elizabeth@clackamasartsalliance.org and indicate your interest.

Participating in the site visit is not required to submit an application.  Images and site documentation can be found online if unable to attend the tour.

Scouters Mountain Nature Park is a day-use park open from dawn to dusk and located north of Sunnyside Road off 147th Avenue in Happy Valley, Oregon.  This 80 acre caldera site is part of the Boring Lava Field and rises more than 700 feet above the valley floor offering beautiful views of the surrounding area and Mt. Hood.  The park includes nature trails, a new picnic shelter with terrace and parking areas which are currently under construction.  The park is anticipated to open in August, 2014.

Complete information about this project can be found at:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ogunquit Playhouse, 2 jobs

Ogunquit Playhouse seeks Development Director and  Membership Coordinator
Deadline open until filled 

The Ogunquit Playhouse seeks an exceptional person to fill a full-time, year round, opening for a Director of Development.  We seek a dynamic, self-starter to design, implement, and manage a comprehensive development plan.  The duties entail providing direction and leadership for all aspects of the Development Department including:  fundraising; increasing membership; grant writing and prospect research; overseeing and coordinating special events; donor cultivation and stewardship; instituting a planned giving program and the launching and managing of a Capital Campaign.

A minimum of 5 years development management experience and a B.S. in Business, or related discipline, is mandatory.  The successful candidate must be a team player possessing excellent written and oral communications skills, strong interpersonal abilities, a knack for attention to detail, and an aptitude for problem solving.   Additionally, he/she must be able to work independently, while functioning quickly and efficiently, in our fast paced, tight deadline, environment.   Not-for-profit development experience is desirable and theatre background is a real plus.


The Ogunquit Playhouse seeks a Membership and Fundraising Event Coordinator with experience to fill a part-time, year-round position.  Responsible for achieving membership goals, annual review of membership material and benefits, prompt acknowledgement of donations and memberships, data input and maintenance of the donor software, and coordination of fundraising and outreach events.

Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills required. Candidates must be self-motivated, highly organized and able to work with speed and proficiency in a fast paced environment.  Successful applicants must possess the ability to multitask, handle quick deadlines and display excellent written and verbal skills, along with a strong attention to detail. The ability to work as a team member is a must.

The Ogunquit Playhouse is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and has an average annual budget of $5million.  In its 82-year history of producing the highest quality theatre, it has earned the title of “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre.”

Resumes and cover letters will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is determined.

Please send cover letter and resume to Leslie Randazzo, Director of Finance and Administration, Ogunquit Playhouse, P.O. Box 915, Ogunquit, ME 03907 or via email at leslierandazzo@ogunquitplayhouse.org.


Amphion Music Grant

Amphion Foundation Grant for the performance of contemporary concert music
Deadline 04-01-2014

The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.

To that end, the foundation accepts applications from nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating support or support for special projects.

Typically, the program awards grants of up to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project.

To be eligible, applicants must be nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and/or music service organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence; and have been in existence for at least two years. Performing ensembles, presenters, or organizations that are applying for support for performances must have presented two full seasons prior to the season for which support is requested, except for special projects of extraordinary significance. In general, the grant program does not support jazz music.

Visit the Amphion Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Children’s Museum Theatre Positions

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking to fill  theatre positions
Deadline, until filled

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking to fill the following theatre positions as soon as possible. These positions offer stipends for contracted work.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and examples of previous work as soon as possible.

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking an Assistant Stage Manager for our upcoming children’s theatre production of Cinderella: the World’s Favorite Fairy Tale. Stage Management’s primary responsibilities are supervision of young actors and assisting the director. The role of the Assistant Stage Manager is a stipend position beginning with auditions and ending with the final performance. Included in this position will be local area touring.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking a Costume Designer for our upcoming children’s theatre production of Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale. The costume designers will need to work with Theatre Artistic Director and cultural consultants to find and create authentic costumes to tell the Chinese, Russian and Micmac versions of the Cinderella story. The costumes need to be safe and comfortable for young actors and be durable in order to last the three week performance run.

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking a Set Designer for our upcoming children’s theatre production of Cinderella: The World’s Favorite Fairy Tale. The set designers will need to work with Theatre Artistic Director and cultural consultants to find and create the feeling of theatre from each of the cultures represented in the production: Chinese, Russian and Micmac. The set needs to be safe and comfortable for young actors and young visitors that play in the dress up theatre exhibit during the day. The set will need to tour to different locations.

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking a House Manager for our upcoming children’s theatre production of Cinderella: the World’s Favorite Fairy Tale. The house manager acts as a “front of house supervisor”, and is responsible for ripping tickets, passing out programs, greeting the audience. They will be supervising actors who need to make entrances from the aisle, and they will be answering visitor’s questions as they come down the stairs.


Lakewood Thearte Auditions

114th Season of Lakewood Theater auditions for 1 drama, 3 farces, 2 comedies, and 3 musicals.
Deadline 03-15-2014

Season includes nine outstanding main stage productions with parts for 44 men, 42 women and 20 teens/youth. It’s a year of old favorites and brand new shows to Lakewood.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love May 22 – May 31
One Slight Hitch June 5 – June 14
Noises Off June 19 – June 28
Bye, Bye Birdie July 3 – July 12
Skin Flick July 17 – July 26
Big, The Musical July 31 – August 9
Figaro August 14 – August 23
The Fall of the House of Usher August 28 – September 6
Don’t Dress for Dinner September 11 – September 20

Auditions, Call Backs and First Call will all be held at the Margaret Chase Smith School on Heselton Street in Skowhegan.

Musical auditions for Why Do Fools, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Big, The Musical will be held:
Saturday March 15 from 11:00 to 3:00 pm

Big audition time is 11 - 12:30, Why Do Fools audition time is 12:30 - 1:30 and Bye, Bye Birdie audition is 1:30- 3pm.Sunday March 16 from Noon to 3:00pm.

Big audition time is Noon - 1:30, Why Do Fools audition time is 1:30 - 2:30 and Bye, Bye Birdie audition is 2:30 - 4 pm.

Actors auditioning for singing roles in the musicals who have not auditioned for Lakewood Theater before should bring a prepared song and sheet music. A ballad or an upbeat number are preferred. If music is not available, we will teach you a song. People interested in lead musical roles and have not been in a lead role at Lakewood previously should be prepared to sing a solo. We provide an accompanist or you may bring your own.

Auditions for all straight plays will be held:
Saturday March 22 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday March 23 from noon to 4:00 pm
Actors will meet individually with each director on a “first come” basis for cold readings from the script. If you have appeared at Lakewood and would be satisfied with any role offered, just let us know and you do not have to attend auditions. We’ll pick the part for you.

CALL BACKS will be Saturday March 29. FIRST CALL will be Saturday April 5.

If you are unable to make any of the audition dates but still wish to be considered for a part please e-mail us generalinfo@lakewoodtheater.org.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 Playwrights Festival Audition

Auditions for the 2014 Maine Playwrights Festival are open
Deadline 03-09-2014

Acorn Productions is seeking a large and diverse ensemble cast to fill the 19 plays that make up this year's Festival. Everyone is welcome to audition regardless of previous experience.

We currently have two audition dates scheduled:

Sunday, March 9th from 10 am to 12 noon
Thursday, Marth 13th from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue, speech, song, or other performance that you think showcases your talent. You will be asked to fill in a brief contact form and provide a headshot or have your picture taken on site with a digital camera.

Reserve a date & time to audition here: http://www.meetme.so/MPF14
Auditions will be held at Mayo St. Arts, #10 Mayo St. Portland, Maine 04101.

Questions: info@maineplaywrightsfestival.org


Graham Foundation

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Awards for architecture and its role in the arts
Deadline 03-15-2014

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 designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Since its establishment in 1996, the foundation's Carter Manny Award program has awarded more than $600,000 in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most innovative and advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The program supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and focus and have the potential to shape and impact contemporary discourse about architecture.

Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the foundation, including architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields.

The foundation offers Carter Manny awards in two categories:  a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled at schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.

For complete program guidelines and application/nomination instructions, visit the Graham Foundation Web site. http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs/?mode=award


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Job

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Inc. seek an administrative assistant, part time
Deadline 03-07-2014

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ supports, promotes and cares for Portland’s municipal pipe organ at Merrill Auditorium. We are currently accepting applications for a part-time Administrative Assistant.

We are seeking an energetic, organized, detail-oriented, administrative assistant to work 20 hours per week in areas of development, marketing and general office work. Responsibilities include maintaining donor and mailing databases, compiling and entering data, generating reports and letters, coordinating mailings and assisting with a variety of office tasks; photocopying, answering the phone, working with volunteers. Some evenings required. The assistant will work directly with the Executive Director.

Candidate should possess good oral and written communications skills,   thorough working knowledge and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), development software (Donor Perfect) and skills and some knowledge of music. Two years plus office experience, College degree preferred, solid references, valid Maine driver’s license and satisfactory background checks required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and updated resume via e-mail to info@foko.org

Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Scholarship

 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Scholarships
Deadline 03-10-2014

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay by awarding scholarships in their names to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television. The $10,000 awards are granted to outstanding high school seniors who intend to follow communications-related baccalaureate degrees in pursuit of a career in any aspect of the television industry.

The application will require:
  • Your contact information
  • Your current GPA and College Board scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Examples of recent creative works, including links to videos (if available) hosted on a third-party service such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • Examples of recent field or work experience and school activities participated in
Two written essays:
1. Career Aspirations Essay — A single-page essay that describes what you would like to do upon graduation from high school. Indicate which colleges or universities you would like to attend and your reason for their selection. Also indicate the kinds of employment you hope to obtain once you complete your college education.
2. Creative Essay — An additional essay of no more than two pages that deals with the following topic: Which continuing television program, past or present, has most influenced your life and why? (Be sure to select a multiple-episode program, not a single program or mini-series. Also, do not select a newscast or news-oriented program such as 60 Minutes or Frontline.)

Complete information at: http://emmyonline.org/scholarship

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Grants at Maine Arts Commission

New grant opportunities from the Maine Arts Commission 
Deadline 05-15-2014

The Maine arts Commission has restructured the grants opportunities. If you have not recently checked out the Maine Arts Commission grants page you should take a fresh look.

One significant change is that several grants have been consolidated.

The Project Grant for Artists is now the primary grant for individual artists.

The Project Grant for Organizations is now the primary grant for organizations seeking project funding.

The Partnership Grant is a new opportunity  that provides tiers of unrestricted funding for arts nonprofits wishing to collaborate with the Maine Arts Commission.

The Arts Learning grant has replaced the SMART grant to support schools and arts organizations looking to deliver high quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students.

The Artist Fellowship has added the categories of Craft and Media/Film to the preexisting Literary, Performing, Visual, and Traditional disciplines.

The Creative Communities = Economic Development grant for creative economy partnerships, The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship to preserve artistic traditions,
The Jane Morrison Film Scholarship that supports educational opportunities for filmmakers,
The Ticket to Ride fund for student busing to arts events,  and
The Arts and Humanities grant for organizations,

continue to be offered with some minor alterations.

There are changes in award amounts and application deadlines, so please make sure you are familiar with the latest information.


Spark, Mini Grant

The Maine Crafts Association and Harlow Gallery present a brainstorming and networking meetup. 
Deadline 03-10-2013. Event Date 03-23-2014

The Spark meetup is for artists of all types in which one creative individual will leave with a $500 mini grant!

Maine creatives - from artisans to actors, artists to architects  (limited to 12 participants) should attend the session Sunday March 23rd from 2-4pm at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347.
Cost is free for attendees and $60 for those who submit proposals for the $500 grant. Refreshments included.

Pay the $60 application fee online at: http://harlowgallery.org/spark/
(or send a check to: Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347)
(or call the Harlow at 207-622-3813 with your credit card number)

Submit your one page idea via email to marie@mainecrafts.org before March 10th. Include the following in the body of your email and attach up to 6 images.


On the date of the event, you will share your idea with your peers, be inspired by 11 other great ideas and vote on which ones you'd like to see funded.  Your presentation is limited to 5 minutes. The winning creative individual leaves with a check for $500.

The winner follows up with an email report to be shared with the group.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Contact East Call

Atlantic Presenters Association is accepting submissions to showcase at Contact East 2014 
Deadline 03-31-2014

Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is pleased to announce that submissions are NOW OPEN for Contact East 2014 which takes place from September 25 to 28 in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Since 1975, Contact East, Atlantic Canada’s premier performing arts booking conference, has brought together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour ready artists to showcase popular and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming. Past showcasing artists include Matt Andersen, Barney Bentall, Dufflebag Theatre, Maria Osende Flamenco and David Myles just to name a few.

Contact East provides an essential and inspiring experience for delegates who encompass Canadian and international showcasing artists, performing arts presenters, managers, agents and buyers from regional, national and international levels.

Full details on Contact East including how to submit and a list of FAQ’s can be found at:

To apply to showcase, go to: https://www.iwanttoshowcase.ca/

For more information about Contact East, go to: http://www.contacteast.ca/

For any questions on Contact East, including submissions, please contact Kate at kate@atlanticpresenters.ca or (902) 892-6269.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Toledo Gateway Project, OH

Toledo Gateway Project: public art request for qualifications, OH
Deadline 03-28-2014

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is working with the City of Toledo Department of Engineering Services and engineering firm URS to integrate public art and other infrastructure enhancements into the redesign to the major entry gateway to downtown Toledo, OH located at the intersection of Erie St., The Anthony Wayne Trail and Lafayette St.

We are looking for artists experienced in environmental, iconographic and conceptual solutions for public art. A wide variety of artworks will be considered, including functional elements, the appearance of integration into the existing architecture, design integration into infrastructure, freestanding and overhead sculpture and artwork sited at multiple locations within the site.

Submitted qualifications will be judged on a competitive basis. Three to five finalists will be interviewed from which a winner will be selected and paid to become part of the design team.

Finalists will be paid $2,000 for travel to interviews and all related expenses. The budget for the artwork component is up to $500,000, including but not limited to all expenses related to project completion.

March 28, 2014 Postmark deadline for applications and choose finalists
April 14, 2014 Design Review Board
May 19, 2014 Finalists Notified

Download the RFQ at:

Nathan Mattimoe
Art in Public Places
The Arts Commission
P: 419.254.2787
F: 419-254-2790