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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Telling Room Job

The Telling Room seeks a grant writer full time, 35 hour / week (portland) 
Deadline 10-24-2014

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success. We offer a wide variety of free creative writing programs to Maine youth at our Writing Center downtown and at schools and community-based organizations all over the state. Each summer, we offer multiple weeks of literary day camp.

We are seeking an organized, motivated grant writer to join our team immediately. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be able to work independently with minimal supervision, and have a demonstrated ability to juggle multiple tasks with deadlines.

This is a full time, 35 hour / week position. Experience with grant writing is strongly preferred, but we are willing to train someone with excellent writing and organizational skills. Responsibilities include researching and writing grant proposals and reports, maintaining a calendar of grant deadlines, funder communications, and more; fostering relationships with foundation, government, and corporate funders, working with our communications director on press releases and social media campaigns related to fundraising successes; assisting with funder site visits, and more. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Social Media and Google Apps is required; familiarity with Salesforce, Quickbooks, and the Adobe Creative Suite is preferred.

Start date:  November 3, 2014
This position works closely with and reports directly to the Executive Director.
Salary:  $26,500. Benefits:  Health Insurance, 4 weeks of paid leave + 9 paid holidays

Applicants should submit résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to jobs@tellingroom.org


Grant Coordinator/ Cultural Outreach Job

U Maine at Presque Isle seeks Grant Coordinator/ Cultural Outreach Liason
Deadline: Open Until Filled

Salary:  The salary range is $35,183 to $41,047.  The starting salary will be based upon the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

Position Summary:  Coordinates the pre-award planning, organization, preparation, and the post-award administration of various grants.  Interacts with investigators and administrative staff to ensure that grants are in compliance with regulatory, funding agency, and policy requirements. Provides guidance and support to investigators in the identification and development of grant opportunities.

Campus Grant and Contract Coordinator Responsibilities (75%):

Coordinates the planning and preparation of grant proposals for one or more departments; provides guidance and assistance to investigators in the interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements
Serves as a liaison between investigators, granting agencies, and the Vice President for Administration and Finance in the budgeting and preparation of grant proposals; researches agency and University of Maine System/University of Maine at Presque Isle requirements and compiles and prepares comprehensive budget justifications for investigators

Prepares and compiles all components of each grant submission, ensuring that the proposal is formatted, packaged, and submitted in accordance with granting agency requirements

Advises and/or assists as appropriate in the design, formatting and preparation of grant documentation, to include creation of computerized statistical summaries and/or graphics as necessary

Develops and maintains specialized databases and systems for recording and tracking grant proposals, awards, and related statistical information; creates and distributes standard and special reports, studies, summaries, and analyses, as required

Develops and maintains a library of reference documentation, including such information as funding agency requirements and forms, investigator profiles and curriculum vitae, abstracts and reference literature, and other pertinent material

Provides advice and guidance to researchers on the application of grant funding policies, regulations, and procedures; facilitates and supports the research and identification of funding opportunities on behalf of investigators, as appropriate

Monitors and coordinates the administration of post-award grants to ensure that budgeting and administrative policies, procedures, and agency requirements are being followed; manages administrative problems and/or budget changes occurring during the awarded granting period

Maintains currency of knowledge of grant funding policies, regulations, and procedures; disseminates and/or presents changes to departments and advises on the implementation of changes, and on the impact of changes on funded operations.

Cultural Outreach Liaison Responsibilities (25%):

Creative marketing of Northern Maine Center for Cultural Arts project- graphic design skills, branding experience, social media networking, website creation and maintenance plus maintaining the Arts Aroostook calendar and website

Assist Director of the University Art Collection and the Reed Art Gallery in forging relationships between Presque Isle arts organizations (Wintergreen Arts Center, Aroostook Partners in the Arts) and downtown entities, including City Hall, the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, and Chamber of Commerce. Future partnerships should be considered with The Northern Maine Fair, County Bluegrass Festival, Arootstakoostik Music Festival, Maple Meadow Festival, the Nordic Center, and Aroostook Band of MicMacs. Additionally, signature events should be developed that are centered at the Northern Maine Center for Cultural Arts

Grant research, preparation, and reporting to maintain both programmatic and employee salary funding
Strong organization, communication skills (both written and verbal) to coordinate between campus staff (Reed Gallery Director, Art Department Faculty, Media Relations Office, Distinguished Lecture Series  Committee, and Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Administration and Finance), project partners, and programmatic personalities (artists, artist management, foundations).
Create a 5 year marketing plan for Northern Maine Center for Cultural Arts and organize funding structure for the plan

Coordinate structure for resident artist jurying process, rental agreements, and workshop development (this could also assist in the establishment of the UMPI Art Institute - workshops for both students and community and would be in close collaboration with UMPI Art Faculty)

Required Qualifications:   A completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience administering of grants.  A Bachelor’s of Fine Arts would also be of significant interest.

Benefits:  Excellent health/dental/accident/life insurance, retirement and tuition waiver benefits.
 Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume, transcripts of the highest degree earned, and the names and contact information of three current references. Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate via e-mail utilizing Word and/or PDF attachments. Applications should be submitted to:  Barbara.lambert@umpi.edu

Applicants are also asked to fill out a professional application which can be downloaded at http://www.umpi.edu/files/employment/JobApplicationProfessional.pdf

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check. For more information please call the Human Resources Office at (207) 768-9549.

Barbara B. Lambert
Human Resources
University of Maine at Presque Isle
181 Main Street
Presque Isle, Maine 04769

Candidates may find more information about this new direction for the University at:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Clark Fellowship

Clark  Fellowship for scholars, critics, and curators working in the theory, history, and interpretation of the visual arts
Deadline 10-15-2014

The Clark offers between ten and sixteen Clark Fellowships each year, ranging in duration from one to ten months. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.

Stipends are dependent on salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Housing in the Institute's Scholars' Residence, located across the street from the Clark, is also provided.

Fellows are furnished with offices in the library, which contains a collection of 200,000 books and 700 periodicals. The Institute's collections, its library, visual resources collection, and the Fellows program are housed together with the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. The Clark is within walking distance of Williams College, its libraries, and its art museum. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is a ten-minute drive away.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. The Clark does not award pre-doctoral fellowships, and given the intense competition for fellowships, we do not normally make awards to those who have received their Ph.D. within the last four years

More information at:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Public Art & Placemaking

2015 Public Art & Placemaking Preconference Call for Session Ideas & Speakers
Deadline: October 20, 2014

Beyond the Now: the Future of Public Art and Placemaking | June 11-12, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Next year we will be in Chicago, Illinois one of the public art Meccas in the country. To help guide the development of the sessions for the Public Art & Placemaking Preconference, we are collecting idea and speaker proposals. There are suggested topics and themes that we will be considering for the Preconference. Submitted ideas and speakers may also be considered for the Main Convention.

Click here for more information and how to submit. http://tinyurl.com/o2xqcoz

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Presenter Consortium for Jazz

Chamber Music America Presenter Consortium for Jazz program
Deadline, 10-17-2014

Chamber Music America has announced a Request for Proposals for the Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a grant program designed to provide support to consortiums of U.S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter's venue.

A consortium consists of one lead presenter, two presenter partners, and up to three ensembles. The consortium presenters may be located within the same state but must be located in different cities or regional areas at least fifty miles apart. The ensembles may reside in the home state of a consortium partner, or be from elsewhere in the United States.

The consortium may work together to create a single program that travels to each venue, or each partner may curate its own separate program(s). A strong consortium is one in which each partner and the ensemble(s) work together to plan and develop the proposed performances. Consortia also ar encouraged to collaborate on creative efforts to market, manage, and present the project. If a consortium elects to work with up to three ensembles, each partner must present all three ensembles in performance at its venue.

To be eligible each of the three presenting organizations in a consortium must be based in the U.S. or one of its territories; be located in three separate locations at least fifty miles apart; be 501(c)(3) organizations or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions; be a CMA Organization-level member  and have no overdue reports or financial obligations to CMA. The jazz ensemble(s) selected by the consortium must be based in the U.S. or one of its territories; consist of two to ten professional musicians; and include improvisation as an integral part of its composition and performance.

The Presenter Consortium for Jazz program funds the following eligible expenses: ensemble(s’) concert fees, travel, housing, per diem, cartage, and the presenters’ marketing and production costs for the proposed concerts. The program will fund up to 75 percent of the eligible expenses above, up to a maximum of $10,000 per consortium partner ($30,000 per consortium). A $1,000 incentive per partner is available to a consortium that programs a CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensemble in performance of its entire CMA-commissioned work.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the CMA website.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tribeca All Access

Tribeca Film Institute, grant for filmmakers that are underrepresented in the film industry
Deadline, 11-5-2014

A program of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access supports working filmmakers in the United States and Puerto Rico from communities that are statistically underrepresented in the film industry with grants, year-round resources, and greater access to industry contacts.

The program seeks feature-length narrative and documentary submissions from established and emerging filmmakers whose team includes a U.S.-based director or screenwriter from a community that is statistically underrepresented in the film industry. Projects may be in any stage of development, from treatment/screenplay to post-production. Projects of any genre and/or budget range are eligible for a grant.

Five narrative filmmakers and five documentary filmmakers will each receive a grant of $15,000 to use toward the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their film project. In addition, grantees will participate in networking events at the film festival and will receive year-round customized support from TFI in order to advance their projects through completion.

Visit the TFI website for complete program information, an FAQ, and application instructions.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Teaching Artist Roster

Maine Arts Commission PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster is accepting applications
Deadline 09-29-2014

The Maine Arts Commission is presently accepting applications for the PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster. The roster will include artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting. The Teaching Artist Roster will be promoted to those in PK-12 school settings and organizations who work wtih this age population.

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

Mastery of an artistic discipline
Knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction
Good communication skills
Planning and organizational ability
Understanding of PK-12 learners

Application Calendar
September 8, 2014   PK-12 Teaching Artist Application available
September 29, 2014   Application deadline for PK-12 Teaching Artist
November 3, 2014   Teaching Artist roster available

Complete information at:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

U.S. Art in Architecture Registry

The GSA Art in Architecture Program oversees the commissioning of artworks for new federal buildings nationwide. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.

GSA reserves one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building to commission project artists. A panel composed of art professionals, civic and community representatives, the project’s lead design architect, and GSA staff meets to discuss opportunities for artists to participate in the building project. This panel reviews a diverse pool of artist candidates and nominates finalists for GSA to evaluate. Artists who receive federal commissions work with the project architects and others as members of a design team to ensure that the artworks are meaningfully integrated into the overall project.

All artist candidates for Art in Architecture commissions are drawn from GSA’s National Artist Registry, which is a database of artists who have submitted digital images of their past work for review by GSA panels. The registry is open to all American artists (citizens or permanent residents of the United States). Instructions for joining the National Artist Registry are included in the link below.

Art in Architecture Program
Office of the Chief Architect
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street NW, Suite 5400 PCAC
Washington, DC 20405



Historical Society Communications Job

Maine Historical Society seeks Communications Manager (PT)
Deadline 10-06-2014

Maine Historical Society seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced Communications Manager to help us share the unique and fascinating history of Maine with local residents and visitors from around the world. The Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a marketing and communications plan that supports the Society's mission by expanding awareness, engaging the public, and attracting new audiences. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Communications Manager works directly with staff in each department to create consistent and inspiring content across all forms of marketing including social media, the MHS websites, weekly email updates, newsletters and print and news media. The position is part-time, 21 hours/week.

Full job description: https://www.mainehistory.org/PDF/MHS_Communications_Manager.pdf

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Historical Society, Chief Curator Job

Maine Historical Society seeks a Chief Curator
Deadline 10-31-2014

Maine Historical Society seeks a Chief Curator who will be responsible for leadership and management of Maine Historical Society's curatorial program, including design and implementation of innovative exhibition strategies, care, management, and development of artifact collections, and oversight of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden.

Announcement is here: https://www.mainehistory.org/PDF/MHSCurator_announcement.pdf

Full Description is here: https://www.mainehistory.org/PDF/MHSCurator_description.pdf 


Artist Teacher Fellowship

National Artist Teacher Fellowship
Deadline 11-19-2014

The Center for Arts in Education invites arts teachers from public arts high schools and Title 1 middle and high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program. Formerly known as the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, the program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.

The purpose of this Fellowship is to expand and/or rejuvenate the applicant’s artistic range and abilities in their artistic practice. Teachers will be expected to design a fellowship program that provides opportunities to enhance their understanding of current techniques, activity, and thinking in their artistic domain(s). It may include: study in arts courses; attendance at advanced art-making workshops, festivals or institutes; residencies at artists’ colonies; formal mentor relationships with recognized professional artists; independent study towards the completion of an artistic project (which includes interaction with other professionals), or other artistic entities.  Please see our Meet a Fellow page for examples of previous fellowship projects. Feel free to explore and create other options.

Up to twenty awards of $5,500 each will be made, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the Fellow’s school to support post-fellowship activities. The fellowship award is for the Fellow to use towards the completion of their project experience. It may be used to defray the cost of tuition and other fees, room and board, travel, purchase of materials and/or equipment for personal art-making, childcare, mentor fees, and other relevant expenses. The post-fellowship funds are to be used at the discretion of the Fellow for the benefit of their students, school and classroom.

All arts disciplines are eligible: visual arts, photography, theatre, stage design (sound, lighting, set design), music, dance, film, video, multidiscipline, architecture and creative writing.  Proposals which will not be considered include: participation in educational conferences; art therapy; development of pedagogy; academic research or graduate study; curriculum building; learning of new skills solely towards the development of new courses; or accreditation.

Schools must:
  • Be a public arts high school, magnet school, or charter school with the primary mission of fostering the development of artistic talent; or a Title 1 middle or high school with a sequential arts program.
  • Offer sequential arts courses as a requirement for graduation
  • Employ artists as teachers

Arts Teachers must:
  • Be permanently assigned full or part-time faculty (teaching a minimum of 6 hrs/week in an arts discipline)
  • Be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts at the high school or middle school level (middle school educators must be from a Title 1 schools)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Honor for Museum and Library Service

National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Deadline 10-15-2014

For more than 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized museums and libraries that make extraordinary contributions to their communities. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by these institutions. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. 

All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, research, archives, school, special, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history), as well as historic houses, nature centers, zoos, and botanical gardens, are eligible.

Winners are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories, and receive positive press attention through a media campaign. Approximately thirty finalists are selected as part of the process and are featured by IMLS as part of a six-week social media and press campaign.

Anyone may nominate a museum or library for this honor, and institutions may self-nominate. For the nomination form and more information click here or reach out to one of the following contacts.

Program Contact for Museums: 
Katherine Maas, Museum Program Specialist
202-653-4798, kmaas@imls.gov

Program Contact for Libraries:
Katie Murray, Staff Assistant
202-653-4644, kmurray@imls.gov

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Maine Educational Theatre Conference

Maine Educational Theater Conference for high school theater groups
Registration deadline: September 28, 2014
Event date: October 10, 2014 (9:00 am to 5:15 pm)

The Maine Educational Theatre Conference will be a full-day event (9:00am to 5:15pm) on Friday, October 10th held on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. All high school theater groups in Maine are welcome to attend, and groups of all sizes can attend, whether you’re bringing 2 students or 25 students! It’s a day for high school students and high school theater directors to attend workshops led by professional theater-makers and meet and share ideas with groups from other schools. Workshops include sessions on playwriting, vocal technique in musicals, stage combat, makeup design, and much much more.

The fee is $30.00 per student, which includes lunch in the USM Cafeteria.
Student members of the International Thespian Society pay $25.00.
One adult director from each school may attend for free.
Additional adult chaperones pay $25.00.  Please bring one adult for every 15 students.

Russell Hall, University of Southern Maine
37 College Ave., Gorham, ME 0403

Information available at http://www.northeastedta.org/Maine.html

Dave Bown Projects

Dave Bown Projects to advance the field of visual arts
Deadline 12-06-2014

The initiatives of the privately held U.S. company focus on advancing the field of visual arts by conducting research, buying works of art for the Collection of Dave Bown Projects, and providing unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists.

$10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD).

In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

NEFA Idea Swap

New England Foundation for the Arts, Idea Swap conference for presenting organizations
Event date 11-13-2014

November 13, 2014 | 9:30AM-3:00PM
Mechanics Hall | Worcester, MA

Calling all nonprofit arts presenting organizations in New England:
Attend this year's Idea Swap to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA's Expeditions grant program.

$40 through 9.30 | $50 after

Participants may get involved by browsing, posting, and submitting projects to NEFA's Idea Swap Project Ideas page. Project ideas must be submitted by October 20, 2014. Learn more.

Complete information at: http://www.nefa.org/events/idea_swap_2

Friday, September 19, 2014

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust for Maine Organizations 
Deadline 10-01-2014

The directors of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust have expressed an interest in making grants related to the following activities in the State of Maine:
a. Educational programs;
b. Cultural projects;
c. Historic preservation
d. Environmental initiatives.

The Trust encourages collaborative and cooperative ventures among nonprofit organizations.
The Trust encourages grant requests from alternative education providers.
The Trust does not make grants to individuals.
The following organizations will generally not be encouraged to submit grant requests:
National or regional organizations with headquarters outside of Maine
Medical organizations
Universities and colleges
Organizations seeking funding for annual or endowment campaigns.

All grant applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipality or other exempt governmental entity. Grant requests will be accepted after July 1 but no later than October 1 each year, for consideration in November of that year, with grant awards and distributions being made by December 31 of that year.

There is no grant application form.  Grant requests should include the following:

a. Brief background information concerning requesting organization;
b. Amount of the grant requested;
c. Purpose for which the grant funds will be used;
d. List of requesting organization’s directors or trustees;
e. Financial statement or budget related to the grant request; and
f. Photocopy of requesting organization's IRS 501(c)(3) exemption letter.

Two copies of each grant request are to be sent to the following address:

Mailing address:
Michael J. Quinlan, Secretary
Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
P.O. Box 4510
Portland, ME  04112

Physical address:
Ten Free Street
Portland, ME  04101

The Trust does not accept e-mailed grant applications.

Grant recipients are required to submit a written report on the use and/or status of grant funds received from the Trust by October 1 of the year following the date of the grant award.

For further information regarding the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, please contact the following:

Michael J. Quinlan, Secretary
Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
P.O. Box 4510
Portland, ME  04112
Tel.:  207-775-7271
e-mail:  mquinlan@jbgh.com

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


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Radcliffe Creative Arts Fellowships

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard Creative Arts Fellowships
Deadline: October 1, 2014

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard is now accepting applications for Creative Arts Fellowships. Stipends up to $75,000 are provided for one year with additional funds for project expenses.

Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2015 through May 31, 2016. Visual artists and film, video, sound, and new media artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $37,500. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, we expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.


Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship for young people
Deadline 09-22-2014

The State Department is currently accepting applications to help fund innovative travel around the world by young people who use education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college students who have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. Through 4 to 6 weeks of travel anywhere in the world, you can have the opportunity to interact with individuals from other nations while promoting the goals of UNESCO. The average fellowship award amount is $2,500.

In order to apply for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, applicants:

Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States

More at: http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/143138.htm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clark Hulings Fund

Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists
Deadline 09-30-2014

he Clark Hulings Fund helps professional visual artists seize opportunities to drive their careers forward. By providing targeted support at pivotal moments, The Fund strives to improve their prospects, and enable many more people to encounter and be enriched by their work.

The Clark Hulings Fund supports people like Clark Hulings, who embarked on his easel-painting career when he was forty years old, abandoning a thriving profession as a commercial illustrator to “teach himself how to be a gallery painter,” as he himself put it. Hulings was fortunate to finance this transition himself with savings from his illustration work. Most do not have this option.

Perhaps a gallery has offered to mount a one-man show, but the artist cannot afford the plane ticket, or to ship the art, or to take unpaid time off from a “day-job.” The Fund offers targeted, direct financial assistance in the form of grants of up to $5,000 that make it possible for artists to say yes to opportunities like these that they would otherwise have to forego. Examples of activities for which the Fund will consider awarding a grant include: mounting an exhibition, casting, shipping, targeted promotion and marketing, collateral creation, etc. Generally, the recipient will be able to point to a specific project to be undertaken, improved or expanded with the award money.

Grants are distributed once per year, in November, following an open application process that runs from August through September.


Opera House Arts Job

Opera House Arts is seeking a Development & Communications Director, 
Deadline 10-5-2014

Thriving small professional nonprofit theater in Maine's largest fishing village seeks individual with excellent writing and interpersonal skills to take its Development and Communications programs to the next level.

Founded in 1999, Opera House Arts runs a year round program of live theater and vaudeville; concerts; dance; first run, alternative, and foreign films; and community events at both the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, and the 1870 Burnt Cove Church. Located on Deer Isle, the second largest island (bridged) on the coast of Maine. Full-time, salaried position including benefits. Previous nonprofit experience and interest in and enthusiasm for the performing arts required.
Start Date: November 1, 2014

Please send Letter of Interest and CV/resume to jobs@operahousearts.org


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kindling Fund Grant

SPACE Gallery to award Kindling Fund support to public art projects in Maine
Deadline 11-15-2014

Information session will be at SPACE Gallery on September 24 at 6:00 PM. 

SPACE Gallery created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The fund will grant Maine artists up to $5,000 to create innovative public projects.

Part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ regional re-granting program, the new, statewide initiative opens the door for fresh ideas from artists. It will award a total of $50,000 in grants to eligible visual artists this year.

The Kindling Fund values risk and experimentation, unconventional engagement, and critical dialogue, and encourages collaborative efforts to reach new audiences, increase public interaction, and create new models for presenting artists’ work.

The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): public art projects, intervention or site specific installations, one time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects, or unconventional exhibitions.

Applications will be online at www.kindlingfund.org

National Council of Arts Administrators

National Council of Arts Administrators Conference 
Event Date: September 24–26, 2014

The forty-second annual meeting of the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) convenes September 24–26, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The event will be hosted by Vanderbilt University. The world is the new studio. Artists are involved in ever-expanding production involving constituents beyond the art world and marketplace. As educational institutions, how do we respond to this massive shift in artistic attitude? Is there a balance between standard nineteenth- and twentieth-century production and new twenty-first-century practice centered on global and social interconnectedness?

This conference investigates art’s expanding field by exploring influences of globalization, art education and integrated practice. Participants will consider their role as educators of creativity, how they influence their institutions, and their effect upon local and world communities. Speakers include: Pablo Helguera, author and director of adult and academic programs in the Education Department of the Museum of Modern Art; Richard Lloyd, author of Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Post Industrial City; David Owens, author of Creative People Must Be Stopped! Six Ways We Stop Innovation (without Even Trying); and Steven Tepper, author of Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest over Art and Culture in America.

For more information visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/arts/ncaa/ 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Karen Schmeer Film Fellowship

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship 
Deadline 09-30-2014


Now in its fifth year, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship assists emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In conjunction with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW and other partners, the Fellowship offers a wide array of opportunities.

We're looking for emerging documentary editors who have cut at least one feature documentary (longer than 60 minutes) but no more than three and are based in the U.S.

The 2015 Fellowship includes:

  • Mentorship with a veteran editor or editors (2014 mentors: Jonathan Oppenheim, David Teague, Jean Tsien, A.C.E.)
  • Admission to ACE EditFest in Los Angeles
  • Admission to Manhattan Edit Workshop's Sight, Sound & Story editing summit
  • Class at the Manhattan Edit Workshop – an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized Training Center
  • Film Badge for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas
  • Chrome Pass with full festival access to the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB)
  • Festival pass to DOC NYC documentary film festival
  • Travel expenses to two of the aforementioned festivals/classes (airfare, 3 nights of accommodations, per diem)
  • Summer Series Triple Membership for Rooftop Films, NYC, plus a $1000 equipment rental credit
  • Season Pass to Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center in NYC
  • $1000 cash award
  • $250 online gift certificate to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon (Karen’s favorite)
  • "Special" membership in ACE (American Cinema Editors society) (benefits include subscription to Cinema
  • Editor magazine)
  • Portrait sesion with Tanya Braganti Photography
  • Complete DVD collection of all 13 of Karen's feature films

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tom’s of Maine Competition

Tom’s of Maine Invites Nominations for 2014 '50 States for Good' competition

Tom’s of Maine is inviting nominations from nonprofit organizations for an opportunity to share in $510,000 in funding for local community projects. Now in its sixth year, the 50 States for Good competition recognizes organizations and projects committed to meaningful change and work that addresses pressing local needs.

Fifty-one organizations — one from each state and the District of Columbia — will be chosen by public vote to receive $10,000 each in support of a current or future community project or event. In past years, the program has funded community playgrounds, sustainable nature trails, shelter and food for the homeless, and animal care. Any person with a valid email address can register as a member of the Tom's of Maine online community and cast a vote.

To nominate a project, an official representative of a nonprofit organization must submit a brief essay that describes the organization’s work and the scope of the proposed project. To be eligible, organizations must be a nonprofit operating in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia and submit proof of their 501(c)(3) status.

Visit the Tom’s of Maine website for eligibility and application guidelines.


Arts & Health Military Directory

The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military National Network
Deadline Open

In the Spring of 2010, a group of arts, health, and military leaders began a conversation about the role of the arts in addressing the challenges confronting our military—from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming. In October 2011, the first National Summit: Arts in Healing for Warriors was held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) to explore the possibilities.  Based on the Summit’s success, the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military was established in January 2012 as a collaborative effort to advance the arts in health, healing and healthcare for military servicemembers, veterans, their families and caregivers.

Grassroots engagement is critical to long-term success. The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military established the National Network to connect organizations and individuals who are actively working to ensure that quality arts practices are available and accessible throughout the military lifecycle. Individuals and organizations may participate in the Network in several ways: by providing direct programs and services or information and resources for military service members, veterans and their families, and by disseminating information from the National Initiative to their constituents. Benefits include:

  • Listing in the National Directory on www.ArtsAcrosstheMilitary.org (does not imply endorsement by the National Initiative, Americans for the Arts, or its partners)
  • Opportunity to use National Initiative logo and/or tagline on website. 
  • National Initiative updates, opportunities to participate in special convenings, and first consideration for “by-invitation-only” Summit events. 

There is no fee charged for participation.

More information at: http://research.zarca.com/survey.aspx?k=SsVWVWsQVWsPsPsP&lang=0&data=

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Blade of Grass Fellowship

A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
Deadline 11-24-2014 (LOI)

A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. To that end, ABOG is inviting Letters of Interest for its Fellowship for Engaged Art.

The ABOG fellowship supports socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change; projects that feature artists in leadership roles; dialogue-based projects that emphasize active and sustainable partnerships with communities; and projects in which artists engage community members as equal partners on locally relevant issues, or globally relevant issues as they apply to the local context. Projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process are highly encouraged.

Fellows will participate in a program that features a range of services, including a two-day orientation that explores ABOG's documentation and assessment models and includes workshops on strategies for community engagement; quarterly co-assessment meetings with other fellows to share progress and offer feedback to one another; support and feedback for ongoing self-assessment in the form of collaborative action research; and assessment by an outside evaluator.

Eligible applicants include individual artists as well as artists’ collectives with projects that engage directly with a specific community or communities. Artists may not currently be enrolled as students and must be legal United States residents or U.S. citizens who are at least 25 years of age. In addition, applicants must have a website with contextualized examples of past work that a selection panel can review.

Applicants are strongly recommended to attend an informational workshop on October 1, 2014, and November 4, 2014, before submitting application materials. RSVP is required.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application procedures, visit the ABOG website.


Philadelphia Public Art Call

City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport call to public artists. 
Deadline 10-01-2014

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) announce a competition to commission three site-specific artworks by three different artists or artist teams at PHL Terminals D, E, and F. The commissions will take place as part of PHL’s continued restroom renovation project, with each of the projects occupying a pre-designated wall space its respective concourse outside of the restrooms. Project budgets range from $25,000-$44,000 per project.

In order to best meet the needs and expectations of the Airport’s 30 million annual passengers, PHL is continuing its restroom renovation project that will greatly enhance its ability to efficiently connect travelers to their destinations as well as provide innovative and world-class amenities. A major feature of this project is the overall sense of aesthetic including the architecture, interior design, and fine art—all components that will enrich the public’s Airport experience and continue to make PHL a choice destination for travelers. PHL and the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program encourage artists to propose works that respond directly to the characteristics of the specified site and will enrich the public’s experience at the Airport.

This competition is open to artists and teams who reside in the United States.The City of Philadelphia reserves the right to determine additional artist eligibility requirements.

Click here for complete application details.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Surdna Foundation Grant

Surdna Foundation Grant to support thriving cultures
Deadline - Open

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States - communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.

The Surdna Foundation  has programs for Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement, Community Engaged Design, Artists and Economic Development,  and Artist engaging in Social Change.
Overall, we seek organizations that have a proven and longstanding commitment to serving teens and that emphasize skill building. We seek funding opportunities that:

Provide high quality arts training that integrate life skills.  These skills include:

  • written and oral communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership development;
  • Encourage teens to connect to their cultural identity through art-making;
  • Provide young people with a well-developed, sequential curriculum that meets the increasing skills of participants;
  • Foster strong mentoring opportunities for artists with teens;
  • Employ accomplished faculty and guest artists who engage teens in art forms that reflect their cultural interests and community;
  • Use research and evaluation tools to track the progress of teens’ success over time;
  • Share best practices in regards to training and evaluation in order to strengthen the field of youth arts training.


USArtists International Grants

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grants
Deadline 12-5-2014

Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the USArtists International program is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities abroad.

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

To be eligible, festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S.-based organization; be international in scope, with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival.

Complete program guidelines and the application form are available at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Life Lessons Essay Contest

Real Simple Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest
Deadline 09-18-2014

Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us.

Enter Real Simple’s seventh annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)

Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to lifelessons@realsimple.com. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)



Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Deadline: 09-15-2014

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 apply in 28 categories of art and writing. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Last year, students submitted 255,000 works of art and writing to the Awards; more than 68,000 were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top 2,000 works in the country earned National Medals and were celebrated at National.

More than $250,000 is given annually through the Scholastic Awards program in awards and scholarships to top winners and their educators. In addition, more than $8 million in scholarships is set aside each year by our partners for recipients of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

International Affairs Fellowship

International Affairs Fellowship by the Council on Foreign Relations to assist mid-career scholars
Deadline, 10-31-2014

Launched in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is a distinguished program offered by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) to assist mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The program aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional and scholarly achievements. The distinctive character of the IAF Program lies in the contrasting professional experiences fellows obtain through their twelve-month appointment. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure.

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September.

The IAF Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-five who are eligible to work in the United States.

Selection as an IAF is based on a combination of the following criteria: scholarly qualifications, achievements and promise, depth and breadth of professional experience, firm grounding in foreign policy and international relations, and an application proposal that focuses on solutions to identified problems in U.S. foreign policy.

More information at: http://www.cfr.org/thinktank/fellowships/iaf.html

Contact: fellowships@cfr.org

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

YoungArts Foundation Call

YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Young Artists Prize
Deadline: 10-17-2014

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. YoungArts is accepting applications in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with distinguished artists/master teachers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, and Martin Scorsese. In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists.

Each year up to seven hundred students are selected from across the country as national winners. Winners will receive grants of up to $10,000 each and have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs and partake in master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions.

Citizens or legal residents of the United States or U.S. territories who are between the ages of 15 and 18 on December 1, 2013, or in grades 10-12, may apply. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa also are eligible to apply. YoungArts reserves the right to extend eligibility on a case-by-case basis provided the applicant's birth date falls within ninety days before or after the designated guidelines.

Contact: http://www.youngarts.org/apply


Monday, September 8, 2014

Multi-Arts Production Fund

MAP Fund for Performance Work Embodying Spirit of Exploration

Administered by Creative Capital, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Multi-Arts Production Fund was founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine.

Starting on September 8, MAP  will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry from artists, ensembles, producers, and arts presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and inquiry. The fund is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other," whether based in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or another aspect of diversity. Only projects that contain a live performance will be considered.

Grants pf up to $45,000 will be awarded in 2014 to nonprofit arts organizations. Unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to the fund through a fiscal sponsor. Organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience.


Fellowships at Studio Center, VT

Fellowship opportunities for Artists/Writers in New England, IN, WA, OH at Vermont Studio Center.
Deadline 10-01-2014

Clowes Fund Fellowship Four fellowships, one each for visual artists currently living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana and Washington. Each award includes a $400 travel stipend.

Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fellowships A special fellowship opportunity for New England visual artists over the age of 35 with demonstrable financial need. Please apply to VSC at this deadline for consideration by A.R.T.

Ohio Arts Council Fellowships Two awards, one each for a visual artist and writer, who are recent recipients of OAC Individual Excellence Awards.

These are just a few of the 31 fellowships available at our October 1st deadline--other awards include 16 open merit-based fellowships, 3 awards for visual artists affected by cancer, and more.

Learn about current fellowship opportunities at www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.

Applications are due by October 1st, Apply at www.vermontstudiocenter.org/apply
 or vsc.slideroom.com.

Contact David Grozinsky with questions: david@vermontstudiocenter.org 
or 802-635-2727

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Target k-12 Trip Grants

Target accepting applications for K-12 Field Trip Grants Program.
Deadline 09-30-2014

Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program to bring K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations.

Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Over 3,600 grants of up to $700 will be awarded. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Visit the Target Web site for complete program guidelines and access to the application form at:

Wyeth Foundation Publication Grant

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant
Deadline 09-15-2014

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art supports the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by CAA. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Application is by the publisher, not the author. Applications are considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art that are under contract for publication. Awards are open to publishers of all nations; authors need not live or work in the United States. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA members, although on a case-by-case basis CAA may waive that requirement upon request for non-US-based independent presses.

Excluded from consideration are excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), and congress proceedings. Museum exhibition or collection catalogues containing substantial scholarship are eligible. High scholarly and intellectual merit is the sine qua non for an award; however, the jury is also attentive to the following criteria:
  • Topics with a naturally small market or unusually high expenses
  • Works by disadvantaged scholars, including those at the earlier stages of a career, or by younger scholars or curators; or issued by smaller museums; or by or about underserved constituencies
  • Books that break new ground, contribute new scholarship, or publish important primary-source material
  • Beautiful books that increase the audience for American art
A project that has been rejected for grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant, except in a rare case where substantial revision has been made to the material, and the publisher has so noted in the application. At its discretion, the jury may decline to review the resubmitted application.

Awards will be made in November, and publishers are notified by the end of the year. Please review the Application Process, Materials, and Checklist for grant applications.Award is usually disbursed to the publisher when the book is in a late stage of production, upon submission of final galley proofs or the equivalent.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Portland Symphony Orchestra Job

Portland Symphony Orchestra seeks Full-Charge Bookkeeper (PT)
Deadline 09-14-2014

The Full-charge bookkeeper at the PSO maintains the records of financial transactions on a daily basis and prepares payroll. The PSO uses QuickBooks accounting software and Evolution payroll software from Bangor Savings Payroll.

This position reports to the Director of Finance and is for 25-30 hours per week.

Job Duties:

  • Prepare daily bank deposit; enter in accounting records
  • Enter Accounts Payable transactions
  • Prepare Accounts Receivable invoices, including Education Invoices
  • Prepare Accounts Payable checks and distribute
  • Prepare and enter payroll transactions bi-weekly, or as required by musician contract
  • Reconcile financial records to Development database on a monthly basis
  • Maintain historical financial records
  • Work with Director of Finance to prepare for annual audit
  • Work with Director of Finance to prepare for Form 990
  • Work with Director of Finance on special projects, as needed
  • Contribute to the overall mission of the PSO by accomplishing related results as needed

Minimum of Associate Degree in Accounting; excellent working knowledge of QuickBooks software; good working knowledge of Excel; experience preparing large, detailed payrolls.

Please email resumes and contact information to Beth Ansheles, Director of Finance. bansheles@portlandsymphony.org

W.K. Kellogg Family Grant

W.K. Kellogg Foundation family engagement for childhood educational success
Deadline 09-23-2014

W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces investment to identify and expand promising family engagement efforts that support early childhood educational success.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) today announced a $5 million investment to identify and cultivate innovations in the growing field of family engagement that support children’s educational success from birth to 8 years old. Organizations that have developed effective family engagement models that address obstacles faced by low-income families are encouraged to send initial submissions for possible funding of up to $500,000 for one to three years.

WKKF defines family engagement as a shared responsibility of families, schools and communities for student learning and achievement. It is a continuous process from birth to third grade and beyond that occurs across multiple settings where children learn. The foundation seeks to support and expand on-the-ground family engagement efforts that include program design and implementation, service delivery and/or policy development and implementation.

Qualified organizations may submit one initial submission on which they are the lead applicant. Proposals that outline effective teaching strategies, work to align early childhood systems in their communities and focus on building family economic security as they connect to strong family engagement in education are strongly encouraged.

“Our goal is to shift the paradigm for people to see that families – particularly those that have been marginalized by racial inequities – possess numerous skills that must be recognized and supported to help children succeed,” said Carla D. Thompson, vice president – program strategy for WKKF. “We believe that supporting family leadership development and organizational capacity to act as partners between school and family can transform the early childhood education system.”

Public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and can demonstrate the fiscal capacity to manage the funds should apply online.

If selected, applicants will be asked to provide a full proposaland will receive guidelines upon selection.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the WKKF Web site.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Sam and Adele Golden Residency

Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, visual arts residency program, NY

Deadline 09-23-2014

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

The Golden Foundation Residency Program is specifically designed to assist the professional artist in discovering and exploring the many materials and technologies available today. Through the Golden Foundation, residents will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with dozens of unique materials and technologies.

Our residencies are based on the exploration of innovative uses in waterborne materials and oil paint technology.  Residents will discover materials that will challenge the way they think about paint. They will be introduced to materials that will open up new methods and new channels for expression and the creative process.

In 2013, The Golden Foundation will be offering six Exploratory Residency Program sessions. Each session will last four weeks, with up to three artists per session.

Various levels of financial support are available for studio and living expenses. The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status. This includes:

An artist may receive a reduced-cost residency and living expenses
An artist may receive a fully funded residency

Complete information at: http://www.goldenfoundation.org/index.php/2011-09-02-11-09-21/about-the-residency


Guggenheim Fellowship

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting 2014 Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars in the United States and Canada
Deadline 09-19-2014

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts — except the performing arts.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

For this year's program, the foundation is only offering fellowships to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada. The annual competition for citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean has been suspended for 2014 while the foundation reviews the workings and efficacy of the program.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a time period between six and twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of Web sites or blogs.

The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

See the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and applications instructions at: http://www.gf.org/about-the-foundation/the-fellowship/

Thursday, September 4, 2014

MacDowell Colony Residency

MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for its 2015 Winter/Spring Residency Program
Deadline 09-15-2014

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are in a degree program as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.

Artists may apply only once every 24 months. MacDowell will only accept applications for the next deadline. Please refer to the applications dates in the column on the left for open application time periods.

Complete information at:

Northeast Historic Film Job

Northeast Historic Film seeks an Executive Director
Deadline 09-31-2014

The Board of Directors of Northeast Historic Film (NHF) announces an extraordinary opportunity for a dynamic, visionary and accomplished leader who can share our passion for collecting, preserving and sharing significant archival moving images and who is ready to lead the organization into the future.  The new Executive Director will build on a 28-year history that has seen NHF become recognized as the premier archive of New England’s moving image heritage.

NHF is an independent moving image archives and study center.  With the support of many donors, we built a three-story cold storage facility, developed distribution strategies, engaged scholars with an annual symposium now in its fifteenth year, and took responsibility for the history and art of over a thousand families and organizations, opening content to hundreds of thousands of users.

Explore NHF’s moving image collections at http://oldfilm.org/collection

NHF has an operating budget of $524,000 for the current year and a staff of 5.5 FTEs, augmented by interns and volunteers.  NHF has over 250 members and a solid and growing base of support that includes an annual fund of $40,000 (for 2013) and an endowment recently valued at just over $300,000. We have an engaged 10-member Board of Directors with a breadth of experience and national perspective. NHF is a founding member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and a member of New England Archivists.

A more complete description of Northeast Historic Film can be found at www.oldfilm.org

As NHF approaches our thirtieth anniversary, we are proud of what we have accomplished and are committed to hiring an Executive Director who is ready to lead NHF to the next level.

The NHF Board of Directors has identified the following priorities for the next Executive Director:
  • Develop financial support by building on existing relationships and expanding the sources of funds.
  • Work with the Board and staff to develop a vision for audiovisual preservation and access in the 21st century. 
  • Deepen understanding of existing and potential audiences. Increase public access to our collections and appreciation for their content.
  • Create a sustainable business model that appropriately monetizes assets. These assets include knowledge, skills, facilities, and collections.
  • Lead a staff capable of implementing a preservation program that serves the longtime security of the collections.
  • Cultivate personal relationships and partnerships with leaders of New England’s educational and cultural community.
  • Develop individual and institutional alliances that result in broader understanding of NHF and commitment to the organization’s sustainability. 
  • Explore the future of the Alamo Theatre in relation to our mission.
  • Position NHF as a clearly-defined brand: we are a unique organization and an essential cultural resource.
To lead NHF requires a comprehensive set of skills and abilities. As the Board considers candidates, the following have been identified as priorities for the successful candidate:
  • Proven fundraising ability and prior success in building fruitful relationships with donors
  • Energy for articulating the organization’s case to inspire staff, donors and partners
  • Appreciation for the key issues of media preservation and the ability to prioritize appropriately
  • Ability to lead a major analog repository to a new position as an archival resource with digital access
  • Experience developing and nurturing partnerships
  • Enthusiasm for New England and for the preservation of regional culture
Minimum requirements include the following:
  • BA or BS
  • 5 or more years of relevant management experience
  • Proven fundraising skills and experience
  • Experience with arts, education and cultural engagement
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and persuasively and connect with diverse audiences
  • Highest level of recommendations from references and peers
NHF’s archives, cinema, and administrative offices are located at the mouth of Penobscot Bay in Bucksport, Maine, with access to Acadia National Park, waterfront and inland recreation, and vibrant coastal communities. We are 30 minutes from Bangor International Airport and 2 hours from Portland.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and the names of 3 references (indicating relation to the candidate, phone number, and e-mail address) to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address: search1@starboardleadership.com. Paper copies may be sent to: Mary Pettegrow, Starboard Leadership Consulting, 84 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine 04401, but electronic submissions of material are preferred. No phone inquiries, please. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014.