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Friday, October 31, 2014

Portland Ballet Office Manager

Portland Ballet seeks an Office Manager
Open until Filled

Responsible for overall office activities, including finance, administration, facilities, and volunteer coordination. Portland Ballet’s operations include a school, a professional dance company, and a theater. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced environment, and will appreciate the creative atmosphere of this performing arts organization. This position reports to the Executive Director.

 Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Day to day bookkeeping, including billing, tuition, accounts payable, reconciliation
Manage payroll service, W2, 1099, and recording in internal systems
Responsible for bank and credit card services
Generate financial reports as requested by the ED
Work with accountant to prepare 990

Ensure effective telephone and email communications both internally and externally
Update database regularly and create all requested reports
Maintain HR paperwork
Maintain email contact lists for school
Assist with front of house (lobby displays, box office, etc) for all performances
Manage the maintenance of office facilities, including supplies, cleaning services.etc
Manage the maintenance of office equipment, including computers, copier, etc.
Manage technology, email, web hosting, troubleshooting

Volunteer Coordination
Work with lead volunteers for logo wear, gift shop, and outreach
Recruit volunteers for events and shows
Maintain list of all volunteers and manage volunteer recognition

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
Bookkeeping and QuickBooks experience required
Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work in a fast paced environment
High computer literacy, specifically MS Word and MS Excel, mail merges, and databases
Must have a love and enthusiasm for the performing arts

Send resume to: Eugenia O'Brien, Artistic/Executive Director ~ eobrien@portlandballet.org
Portland Ballet 517 Forest Ave. #2 Portland, ME 04101


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Farnsworth Development Assistant

Farnsworth Art Museum seeks a Development Assistant
Deadline: open until filled

The Development Assistant updates donor files and maintains the integrity of the database. Processes daily gift entries and acknowledgements; creates reports and completes data analysis for fundraising and membership programs. Assures accuracy and timeliness of donor information and correspondence. Other duties include answering phones, greeting the public, distributing daily mail, maintaining organization’s calendar, and representing the development department at events as requested.

How To Apply: Please forward cover letter and resume to employment@farnsworthmuseum.org 
or mail to
16 Museum St. Rockland, ME 04841


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Arquetopia Residency

Arquetopia artist residency is now welcoming applications (southern Mexico)
Deadline November 2, 2014

Arquetopia is now welcoming applications for all self-directed and instructional artist residencies for 2015.

Founded 2009, Arquetopia is the premier residency program in Latin America with spaces and collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca. We offer competitive professional opp'ties for emerging and mid-career,
international artists, designers, researchers, and art educators. $35 Entry fee.

Details at: http://www.arquetopia.org

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reflected: Call for Work

Reflected: call for work open to New England artists 18+ years working in any 2D medium
Deadline, October 31, 2014

Open to New England artists 18+ years working in any 2D medium with regard to the theme of REFLECTION. Work must be original. Guest Juror: Kristina Durocher, Director and Curator of the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire. "Best in Show" and 2 Honorable Mentions will be
chosen. There is a non-refundable fee of $35 for up to 3 entries and $5 for each additional entry.

Exhibition Dates: February 24 - April 4, 2015.

Contact: 978-897-9777

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christopher Doheny Award

Christopher Doheny Award for excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness. 
Deadline 10-31-2014

Christopher Doheny Award recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness. The award includes a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions. The award will be presented annually for a manuscript that is in process or completed but not yet published. No entry fee.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Public Art Casco

Casco Art Cooperative is a public arts initiative looking to bring contemporary art into public venues. 
Deadline 12-13-2014

By connecting businesses which have display space with artists who are looking for exposure and sales, Casco Art Cooperative offers an alternative to gallery exhibitions and self-representation. We are looking for artists who would like the exposure of group exhibitions and small solo shows around the Midcoast Maine area. All work must be original.

Artists are invited to submit up to 10 pieces of original art which will be kept within a database until December 31, 2014. Works selected for display will be insured and brokered by Casco Art Cooperative with a 40% commission to be split by Casco Art Cooperative and the hosting exhibitor. Works can be temporarily withdrawn from the database if they are scheduled to be exhibited elsewhere, and resubmitted when available with no additional application fee. Selected work can be dropped off or sent via U.S.P.S., UPS, or FedEx’ed to our office in Brunswick, Maine.

Every Exhibition space undergoes a site evaluation to ensure stable environmental conditions and security. Exhibitions are predominantly curated by the host exhibitors so there are many opportunities for all styles, sizes, and mediums.

The application fee is $50 for the first 5 pieces, and $10 for each additional piece for a total of 10 submissions. All work submitted will be available for selection by participating Hosting Exhibitors until December 31, 2014. Application fees are non-refundable and are used to administer the program. Artists are encouraged to price their work with the intention of inspiring the public to begin investing and collection original art. Please encourage your friends to join this cooperative at their earliest convenience, we have three Host Exhibitors looking for shows in July!

Please email Kathryn@cascoart.org with questions and make sure to leave a phone number for a call back. Thanks!

Apply through our website= cascoart.org

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CEC ArtsLink Grant

CEC ArtsLink Announces Grant Opportunities for Artists, Arts Managers
DEADLINE: December 3, 2014

CEC Artslink is inviting applications from artists and arts managers in eligible countries for project grants to carry out self-directed projects in the United States.

The ArtsLink Award program accepts applications from contemporary and traditional creative artists working in the performing, design, media, literary, and visual arts, as well as from arts managers at independent, nonprofit, and government organizations working in these artistic disciplines. Arts managers must be affiliated with an organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking to work with commercial firms are ineligible. Applicants must be citizens of and currently reside in an eligible country.

Applicants can be of any age, although students and non-professionals are ineligible to apply. In addition, projects focusing solely on research, post production, or the production of an audio recording are not eligible. Projects involving performances, touring, or participation in performing arts festivals can be supported by ArtsLink only if the activity is a component of a more comprehensive proposed project. Panelists will evaluate the quality of the project by assessing the potential for interactive dialogue.

The earliest eligible project start date is May 1, 2015.
Projects must be completed by April 30, 2016.

The award amount requested must not exceed $5,000, regardless of the number of people planning to travel to the United States for the project.

U.S. artists and arts managers seeking to collaborate with international colleagues are encouraged to apply.

To apply, applicants must have a letter of invitation from a nonprofit organization or individual in the U.S., but the application itself must be submitted by the international partner.

Eligible countries are Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as examples of projects funded through the project in the past, see the CEC ArtsLink Web site.

Complete call information is at: http://www.cecartslink.org/grants/independent_projects/

Friday, October 24, 2014

Frameline Fund

The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. 
Deadline: October 31, 2014

This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities.

Grants up to $5,000 are available for films that represent and reflect LGBTQ life in all its complexity and richness.

More information at

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lonely Soldier Auditions

Casting seven women, ages 19-47, for professional non-Equity production of The Lonely Soldier
 Audition Date TBD

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, with support from the University of Maine at Augusta’s Veteran Achievement Project, the Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine Arts Commission is producing The Lonely Soldier: Women at War in Iraq, a documentary play by award-winning journalist and playwright, Helen Benedict.  The Lonely Soldier features seven women, ranging in age from 19 to 47, who vividly tell the real life stories of military women who served in Iraq. Their stories focus on the challenges they faced from warfare, discrimination, to their own consciences.

The production will be directed by Jeri Pitcher, UMA Adjunct Drama Faculty, and will perform at the following locations:

  • March 12th through the 15th at Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta.
  • March 20th through the 22nd at Portland Ballet Studio Theater, 517 Forest Avenue in Portland.
  • March 27th through 29th at the Gracie Black Box Theater at Husson University, Bangor.

We are currently casting all seven roles.  Minority actors are strongly encouraged to apply.  The complete non-Equity paid contract runs from February 1- March 29 with most rehearsals and performances falling on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Description of roles can be found at http://hhrcmaine.org/lonely-soldier/

Stage management, Technical Director, and tech positions also available.

For further information and to set up an audition, please e-mail current headshot and resume to: jeri.pitcher@maine.edu or send by mail to:  Jeri Pitcher, PO Box 634, Readfield, ME 04355.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creative Communities Exchange

Creative Communities Exchange 2015 seeks session leaders
Deadline December 19, 2014

The Creative Communities Exchange 2015 (CCX) will take place in Keene, New Hampshire, a community that demonstrates strong cross-sector partnerships between the arts and local business, local government, the local colleges, the Monadnock region, and Arts Alive, this year's local host.

The Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) is a peer-to-peer exchange of the strategies used in successful creative economy initiatives around New England. This professional development event is for New England leaders who are engaged in creative economy and creative placemaking projects that leverage their local creative sector for the revitalization and growth of their broader community.

Promote your community and share your creative economy strategies with your peers at the next CCX.
Workshop leaders receive discounted registration for the event, and are eligible for NEFA's Creative Economy Award.

Workshops generally fall under the following themes:
Leadership & Partnerships
Heading Downtown
Policy & Planning
Sector Connector

CCX workshops are shaped by participant's experiences. Workshop leaders are creative economy practitioners - or catalysts - from various sectors and types of organizations:
cultural nonprofits & creative businesses
economic development
city planning & government
research & more

Complete information at: http://www.nefa.org/events/creative-communities-exchange


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEA: Our Town Grant

National Endowment for the Art: Our Town grant is now accepting applications
Deadline: December 15, 2014

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.
Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

 See more at: http://arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations#sthash.wjoW9qqQ.dpuf

Monday, October 20, 2014


New England Foundation for the Arts: New England States Touring grant
Deadline 12-01-2014

NEFA's New England States Touring (NEST) grant program provides support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists. CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists (search for profiles that are NEST eligible) who may be chosen by applicants for funding.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Integrated Arts Conference

20th Annual Integrated Arts Conference at Plymouth State University, NH
Event date: January 23, 2015

Presented by Plymouth State University and  the New Hampshire Department of Education with support from New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Arts  Learning Network

For an additional fee, earn credit for attending this exciting event. Explore an MEd in Integrated Arts or a CAGS in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Arts, Leadership, and Learning at Plymouth State University.

For more information contact Professor Trish Lindberg at plindber@plymouth.edu

To register, contact Deb Stalnaker at dlstalnaker@plymouth.edu


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bloomberg Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge
Deadline is December 15, 2014

The Public Art Challenge will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each to support temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity and enrich the vibrancy of the host city. We want to be sure you know about this initiative - and we hope that you'll help us spread the word to civic leaders, artists and other funders who may find this initiative exciting.

Applying cities must have 30,000 residents or more.

Your application must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city.

The application must be on behalf of a collaboration between the host city and an artist and/or arts organization.

Excellent, innovative public art project
Potential for positive impact on the host city
Proof of clear, specific partnership between local government and artists and/or arts organizations
Evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation (i.e. staff, consultants, fabricators, engineers, strategy for regulatory approvals, etc.)
Appropriate budget and capacity to leverage other sources of support
Strong marketing and audience engagement strategy
Commitment to evaluating outcomes

Learn more at: http://publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org/

Friday, October 17, 2014

Museums For America

Museums For America grant for organizations 
Deadline: December 01, 2014

Grant Amount: $5,000–$150,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: For applications requesting Museums for America funding of more than $25,000, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request. No cost sharing is permitted for applications requesting amounts of $5,000-$25,000.

The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. MFA has three project categories:

Learning Experiences
IMLS supports the unique ability of museums to empower people of all ages through experiential learning and discovery. Successful projects provide high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities that address particular audience needs.

Community Anchors
IMLS promotes the role of museums as essential partners in addressing the needs of their communities by leveraging their expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, and other resources. These projects strive to create a better quality of life within communities.

Collections Stewardship
IMLS supports the exemplary management, care, and conservation of museum collections. Projects address a clearly articulated and well-documented need and contribute to the long-term preservation of materials entrusted to the museum’s care.

To be eligible as a museum, you must:
Be either a unit of State or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code,  be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America,

And qualify as A museum that Either:
1 - Uses a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes,owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects, and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates.
2. Is a public or private nonprofit agency which is responsible for the operation of a museum may apply on behalf of the museum.

Complete information at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=11


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Clauder Playwrights Competition

Opening of the 2014-2015 Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights
Deadline, March 2, 2015

The Clauder Competition was created in 1981 to support New England playwrights and bring their work to the attention of the greater theatrical community.  The goal of the Clauder Competition is to provide exposure, encouragement, and critical feedback to promising regional playwrights and ensure the successful launch of their work through professional readings and productions.  Every submission to the Clauder Competition is read by at least two readers, and every playwright will receive an individualized letter of response, including readers’ comments.

Other than the Grand Prize winner, the competition does not claim any world premiere right to the works selected– it’s an opportunity to recognize great writers in New England. Word of mouth is truly the best way to let writers know about this opportunity, and you’re one of the best resources out there for connecting with writers.

Complete information on submissions and eligibility can be found at

Questions regarding the competition can be directed to: clauder@portlandstage.org

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Black Rock Arts Grant

Black Rock Arts Foundation grant of  $10,000 for interactive, community-driven, collaborative projects
Deadline 12-01-2014 (letters of Inquiry)

The Black Rock Arts Foundation was established by several of the partners who founded and produce Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the Nevada desert. Through its Grants to Artists and Civic Arts programs, BRAF works with communities in the Bay Area and around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant, and pioneering works of public art that build community and empower individuals.

In pursuit of that objective, BRAF awards grants of up to $10,000 for highly interactive, community-driven, collaborative works of art that are accessible to the public and civic in scope. Grants can be applied toward the creation of the work or to the development of community programs or organizations that support the creation of interactive artworks.

Individuals, groups, and established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are all eligible to apply. There are no geographical restrictions; the foundation supports projects worldwide.

The program does not fund any art destined for the annual Burning Man event. (There is a separate process for providing honoraria for artworks destined for the event in Black Rock City.)

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than December 1, 2014. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit complete applications in January 2015.

Visit the BRAF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions


Full Frame Film Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2015 Call for Entries
Regular Deadline / August 15 – October 15 / $40
Late Deadline / October 16 – December 15 / $60

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival exhibits nearly 100 documentary films in a variety of programs. By submitting an application, your film will be considered for both the NEW DOCS and Invited Program categories. Filmmakers whose films are selected for Full Frame will be notified at the time of acceptance whether their films will be screening in the NEW DOCS or Invited Program categories. Films screening in our Invited Program are not eligible for awards.

ELIGIBLITY:  Short and Feature documentary films completed after January 1, 2013, are eligible for Full Frame 2015.

TO APPLY:  Full Frame must receive an online application via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox, along with three (3) DVD preview screeners. The festival does NOT accept online viewing links.

ROUGH & REPLACEMENT CUTS:  Filmmakers are encouraged to submit the most complete version of their films possible. Full Frame cannot guarantee that updated cuts will be viewed. Email submissions@fullframefest.org before submitting a rough cut.

PREMIERES:  Though Full Frame does not have a premiere requirement, programmers do take previous screenings into consideration when making final decisions, especially when films have already screened in North Carolina.

RESUBMITTING:  Full Frame does not have a rule against resubmitting, but only encourages filmmakers to resubmit if substantial changes have been made.

NOTIFICATION & FESTIVAL EXHIBITION:  Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent no later than March 7, 2015. Accepted films must be able to screen at the festival in one of the following formats: 35mm, BetaSP, Digibeta, or HDCAM. Full Frame provides filmmakers with lodging and pass credentials. Airfare is not included.

Complete information at: http://www.fullframefest.org/festival/submit-2/


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Surdna Social Change Grant

Surdna Foundation, Artists Engaging in Social Change funding is open
Deadline 11-12-2014

The Surdna Foundation is accepting proposals through its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area for one- or two-year support for extraordinary artist-driven projects.

Grants of up to $150,000 over two years will be awarded in support of compelling artists projects developed in response to specific challenges in their communities, as well as projects by artists whose work over the long term has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist."  All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. The funds are designated for one-time project support and cannot support organizations' ongoing programs, operations, capital, or endowments, although up to 15 percent administrative overhead is allowed.

To be eligible, projects must be artist-led and demonstrate a deep commitment to a community, as demonstrated by the process through which the work is developed and the theme or themes on which it is focused. Applicants can be at any stage of their careers but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and to manage the level of funds requested. Both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists are eligible to apply, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor.

Visit the Surdna Foundation for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Contemporary Artists Center Residency

Contemporary Artists Center artist residencies, Woodside NY. 
Deadline: 11/02/14

The Contemporary Artists Center provides 2-wk to 3-month long artist residencies in Troy, NY. Emerging artists of all disciplines and from all over the world live and work in a historic Neo-Gothic chapel, featuring 20-ft. high ceilings, adaptable 24-hour studios, lofted bedrooms, kitchen facility and a growing body of specialized tools. Situated just 2.5 hours north of NYC, CAC is conveniently accessible by car or public transportation. We encourage creativity, dialogue, experimentation, and a diversity of styles, concepts, and practices (2D, 3D, 4D). All artists receive some form of financial assistance.

For details on applying, visit: http://www.cactroy.org/residencies.php


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Farmington Craft Show

University of Maine at Farmington’s annual Arts and Crafts Show seeks artists and crafters
Event Date 11-01-2014

The University of Maine at Farmington’s annual Arts and Crafts Show seeks artists and crafters from across Maine interested in exhibiting their original and creative work at this open-to-the-public show. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street.

The UMF Arts and Crafts Show serves as a rich opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind art and gift items, clothing, hand-sewn crafts, holiday items and much more.

 For more information, or to book a space for the upcoming event, call the UMF Conference & Events Office at 778-7344 or email Doris Tutlis at doris.tutlis@maine.edu

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Why Darwin Matters

Art, Science and the Humanities conference: Why Darwin Matters. At the Dorthy Schwartz Forum 
Event Date 11-15-2014

Join the Maine Humanities Council to explore Charles Darwin’s theories of evolutionary biology and how they continue to shape the ways in which we see, hear, and think about the world. This day-long inaugural program will presentations by scientists and humanities scholars that examine Darwin’s life and theories, illuminate his historical impact, and consider his present-day relevance. The program features a musical performance of Elliott Schwartz’s “Darwin’s Dream” and an exhibit of Dorothy Schwartz’s artwork at the UNE Art Gallery.

The program will be held at the University of New England's Westbrook College Campus at 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland.

The $40 program fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and admission to the cocktail reception.

Free admission to 15 students (K-12 and/or college students) and a discounted rate of $15 for up to 20 K-12 educators on a first come, first served basis. CEUs are available to participating teachers.
To apply, contact Karen at 207-773-5051, info@mainehumanities.org

Dorothy Schwartz, Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council from 1985 through 2006, would encourage us to do just that. In her memory, the Maine Humanities Council will offer the annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science & the Humanities, a program rooted at the crossroads of humanities, science, and the visual and performing arts.The inaugural Forum will be devoted to Charles Darwin, a particularly apt tribute to Dorothy—or Deedee as she was known to most of us—given her Darwin-related printmaking projects and her final work for the Ant Girls art installation.

This year’s Dorothy Schwartz Forum promises a unique opportunity to trace links, actual and potential, between the traditional arts and humanities and the field of evolutionary biology. Combining text-based humanities with the visual arts, the performing arts, science, technology, and popular culture, we’ll take a deep and varied look at the life and work of one of the most influential thinkers in human history.

To register, please enter your information in the form below and pay through PayPal (and you don't have to have a PayPal account). If there are questions, please call us, 773-5051.

More at http://www.mainehumanities.org/darwin/

Friday, October 10, 2014

Maine Playwrights Festival

Acorn Productions is accepting scripts for Maine Playwrights Festival
Deadline 12-15-2014

Acorn Productions, producers of the annual Maine Playwrights Festival (MPF), announces that they have begun accepting scripts for this year's fourteenth edition of the state's most vibrant incubator for new plays by local playwrights.

Acorn has updated the script submission process, and any playwright whose primary residence is in the state of Maine is encouraged to submit a short play (between 8 and 30 minutes in length) for consideration by the reading committee. Acorn anticipates selecting between 6 and 12 plays for production, all of which will receive extensive support revising their piece during a workshop phase before the pieces go into rehearsals. The final festival production will take place at the St. Lawrence Arts Center.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Idea Swap

13th Annual Idea Swap Presenters Conference 
Event Date:  November 13 in Worcester, MA.

The 13th Annual Idea Swap will take place November 13 in Worcester, MA. The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based non-profit presenting organizations to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA's Expeditions grant program. Together with Expeditions grant funding, Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting.

More information at http://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/expeditions_0#ideaswap

To register for the event, click here.

Picnic Holiday Sale

Picnic Portland holiday sale, call for exhibitors
Deadline 10-15-2014

The 6th annual Picnic Holiday Sale is set for Sunday, December 14, 2014! It will be held indoors at the Portland Company at 58 Fore St from 11am to 6pm. Please save the date and tell everyone you know.

Picnic Holiday Sale is now accepting vendor applications. We want vendors who make unique handmade crafts, art, and photography, as well as vendors who sell vintage goods such as books, clothing, records and household items. You can apply online until October 15 at picnicportland.com

Also, any food vendors interested in vending at this indoor event, please email us directly at picnicportland@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Juice 4.0

Juice 4, Creative Economy Conference
Event Date November 13 to 15, 2014

Juice 4.0, Maine's Creative Economy Conference, will be held November 13-15, 2014 in Rockland, Maine.
The conference will draw industry leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, and policy makers from throughout the state of Maine, and New England. The theme for this year's Conference is Imagining Trust--creative, financial, career, technological, organizational and political trust--we need to build and enable trust in order to face the challenges of our time.

Register at www.juiceconference.org

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Surdna Foundation Individual Artists Grants

Surdna Foundation Grants for Individual Artists, Culture Bearers, and Non Profits 
Deadline 11-12-2014

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations. These funds are designed to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly “activist.” The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work.

Successful applicants will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000.  The Request for Proposals is on the Surdna Foundation website: www.surdna.org/rfp 

Grants will be announced in April 2015.

Surdna’s Artists Engaging in Social Change program works to promote the potential of artists to be catalysts for social change and to promote the cultural traditions of their communities. The foundation values artists and culture bearers who nurture, sustain, and grow our communities’ cultural traditions. We therefore support projects that help artists and culture bearers deepen our cultural understanding or help communities achieve social change.

Proposals will be judged on the quality of the project concept in relation to social change; on each project’s aesthetic rigor and artistic excellence; the artist’s (or organization’s) commitment to a particular community and; and the artist’s (or organization’s) ability to complete the project and use the financial support effectively.

The Surdna Foundation will offer two webinars to answer questions. The first of these calls will take place on Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). The second will take place on October 21 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information go to: www.surdna.org/rfp


Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Craft Weekend 
October 11 + 12, 2014

Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!

Maine Craft Weekend is produced by The Maine Crafts Association with Event Partner, the Maine Brewer’s Guild, and Organizational Partner, The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. These statewide organizations have successfully branded and promoted quality Maine Craft, Maine products, and craft beer, respectively; Maine Craft Weekend invites the public into these dynamic studios and businesses to see the magic behind the products they produce.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Tribeca Film Institute

Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund
deadline 11-05-2014

Through its Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute provides grants and guidance to exceptional filmmakers with a character-driven nonfiction work in progress that sit outside the social issue landscape. By supporting work that engages in unexplored perspectives, the fund aims to help take audiences into someone else's environment and spotlight the journey of the individual.

Grants of at least $10, 000 will be awarded in 2015.

In addition, the TFI/ESPN Prize, with a cash award of $30,000, will be awarded to a feature-length documentary work in progress (in the development or production stage) that captures the human element of the sports world -- and brings the dramatic stakes of competition to vivid life.

All submissions must be feature-length documentaries with an intended length of at least seventy minutes and should creatively document one or more unique characters. Submissions can be in the advanced stages of development, production, or post-production but must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly, or have been distributed in theaters or online prior to February 2014. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight character, unique access, and storytelling ability.

Foreign language documentaries are eligible but must be subtitled and suitable for an American audience.

The program is open to filmmakers anywhere in the world. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Student films and documentary short films are not eligible.

Visit the TFI website for complete program guidelines and submission requirements.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shubert Foundation

Shubert Foundation unrestricted grants for general operating support for theatre organizations
Deadline 12-01-2014

The Shubert Foundation in New York City is dedicated to sustaining and advancing live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that help support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a pattern of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).

Applicants may not request a specific grant amount; if the foundation decides to fund an organization, it will also determine the amount of the grant.

The foundation has two grant application timetables. Applications for the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted by October 15, 2014. Theater applications must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

Visit the Shubert Foundation website for complete program guidelines.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Kurt Weill Foundation

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music grant for the presentation and study of Kurt Weill's compositions
Deadline 11-01-2014

Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and to preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).

Since 1984, the foundation has awarded more than five hundred grants totaling $3 million to organizations and scholars worldwide in support of excellence in the presentation and study of Kurt Weill's compositions. In 2013, the Blitzstein catalogue joined the list of works eligible for support.

The foundation awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Weill and Blitzstein; for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein; and for relevant educational initiatives.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Kurt Weill Foundation website.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Asian Cultural Council Grants

The Asian Cultural Council is inviting proposals for cultural exchange between the United States and Asia.
deadline 11-01-2014

The Asian Cultural Council is inviting proposals from individuals who exhibit an abiding passion and interest in cultural exchange between the United States and the countries of Asia, as well as among countries in Asia.

Each year ACC funds about a hundred of today’s established masters  as well as  rising stars in disciplines as diverse as archeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, arts administration, arts criticism, choreography, composition, conceptual art, conservation, crafts, dance, design (non-commercial), filmmaking,  literature, museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, video art, video conservation, and work that defies categorization.

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply for a grant that supports their research, study, and/or creative work. In Asia, ACC grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of countries from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia and south from Mongolia. Citizens and residents of Oceania are not eligible for this call for proposals.

Organizations requesting  support must have  501(c)(3) or similar nonprofit status, such as registration as a nongovernmental organization. If an organization does not have nonprofit status, a fiscal sponsor is required.

Grant  amounts will vary, based on project duration (from one month to a year).

Applicants from Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, or the Philippines should apply directly to ACC’s Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila field offices, respectively.

Visit the ACC website for program guidelines, information about previous recipients, and application procedures. http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/apply/general-guidelines

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America is Accepting Applications for its National Grants Program
Deadline 11-03-2014 (for LOI) 

ArtPlace America is pleased to open the application process for the fifth round of its National Grants Program. This round marks an important moment in the trajectory of both the National Grants Program and ArtPlace as an organization. We’ve refined our criteria, honed our mission, and clarified our priorities to better support the broad spectrum of people and practices within the field of creative placemaking.

To learn more about the program please visit www.ArtPlaceAmerica.org/LOI

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ArtPlace Grant

ArtPlace America's National Grants Program is offering informational webinars. 
Event dates: October 2, 7, 20.

Join a webinar to learn more about how the arts contribute to community planning and development and how to craft a successful proposal to ArtPlace America's National Grants Program

ArtPlace is currently accepting applications for the next round of its National Grants Program (www.artplaceamerica.org/LOI).  The National Grants Program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to improving the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities through arts-based strategies.

Webinars will take place on:
October 2nd at 2:30pm EDT
October 7th at 4:30pm EDT
October 20th at 5:30pm EDT

Each session will include an overview of how ArtPlace understands creative placemaking and the criteria for receiving a grant, inspiration from former grantee projects, tips/suggestions for crafting a strong application, and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1242135139963482882

ArtPlace America is a ten-year collaboration among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions who are dedicated to positioning art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place.  ArtPlace does this through a national grants program and five community-wide investments; it seeks to understand and disseminate successful practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations, and communities with one another.

Abbe Museum Advancement Job

Abbe Museum seeks director of advancement
Deadline: Open until filled

This is a senior level position that is responsible for providing leadership and management of the direction, planning, and execution of fundraising, marketing, and membership. Leads development and marketing activities by members of the Board of Trustees, volunteers, the President/CEO and staff; contributes to the development of partnerships with other organizations and reporting the results of development activities. Works with the Board of Trustees and professional staff to secure approximately $400,000 - $500,000 in public and private dollars annually to support the Abbe’s mission and annual operating budget of $1.2 million.

The Director of Advancement is responsible for all aspects of fundraising, including: membership, the annual fund, private major gifts, capital campaigns, exhibition underwriting, corporate support, grants, planned giving, and all programs designed to broaden the Museum's funding base. The Director of Advancement is the principal liaison to the volunteer committee producing the Gathering Gala, the Abbe’s premier fundraising event, and coordinates and often participates in its production.

The Director of Advancement communicates the Museum's vision and mission and spearheads all levels of fundraising in the institution; works closely with the President/CEO and carries out policies established by the President/CEO and the Trustees; ensures that all donations and pledges are recorded and acknowledged; communicates transparently and impeccably with all financial operations and procedures. The Director of Advancement may be assigned to other duties as required by the small museum environment.

Organizational Relationships: This is a full-time, salaried position reporting to the President/CEO. In addition, the Director of Advancement serves as chair of the Development Staff Team, leads and coordinates the Gala Committee, and serves on other teams, task forces, and work groups as assigned. Additional staff may report to this position as projects and strategies develop.

Personal Characteristics: The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial and creative approach and demonstrated success in obtaining major funding from individuals, corporations, foundations, and/or government entities. He/she will have the proven ability to identify prospective donors and will be energized by the challenge of developing those individuals into leadership donors. The successful candidate will also be an energetic, mature, and experienced manager who can work effectively among a small, professional team.

Personal Attributes:

Diplomacy and tact
Outstanding leadership skills
Keen listening skills and well-spoken
Highly motivated self-starter
Ability to enthuse and motivate others
A team player and collaborative personality
Cultural sensitivity
Resiliency and determination
Enjoys working with people
Creativity and strong attention to detail
Ability to grasp complex issues
Strategic vision for the future of his/her department
Confidence to advise the President/CEO and Trustees
Willingness to work occasional long hours and weekends
Ability to meet tight deadlines
Grace under pressure
Sense of humor
Strong interpersonal and managerial skills to interact with all levels of internal and external audiences

Institutional Expectations:

Every employee participates as a team member.
Every employee is cognizant of our fundraising needs and is involved in the process.
Requirements: College graduate, preferably with graduate-level training in philanthropy and at least five years of experience in development with a non-profit institution. Computer fluency in MS Office, Donor Perfect or other donor database software, web applications and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising. Museum and endowment campaign experience is highly desirable.

Interested candidates should mail a resume or CV, a cover letter describing why you are a fit for this position, and salary requirements to:

 Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko
Abbe Museum
PO Box 286
Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

Or, email the package in pdf format to cinnamon@abbemuseum.org