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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Maine Botanical Gardens Job

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Seeks Interpretation and Exhibits Coordinator
Deadline 01-09-2015

The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to protect, preserve and enhance the botanical heritage and natural landscapes of coastal Maine for people of all ages through horticulture, education and research.

Position Summary: The Interpretation and Exhibits Coordinator will plan, research, develop, and produce interpretation and exhibits to engage visitors with the mission of CMBG. They will also plan and produce way finding materials such as directional signage and maps. The Coordinator will organize and provide staff and volunteer training in interpretive techniques. The successful candidate will interface with and coordinate between many CMBG departments and subject-matter specialists. This position reports to the Director of Education.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • With key leadership, update our master interpretive plan
  • Plan and produce interpretive signage, educational exhibits, apps, podcasts and/or mobile phone guides
  • Coordinate all aspects of interpretive project development, including conception, budgeting, researching, writing, collecting and attributing images, production, and installation
  • Manage the planning, implementation, training, and long-term strategy of live interpretation and informal drop-in programming, including tours, stations, and other programs for adult audiences
  • Organize and provide staff and volunteer training in interpretive themes, techniques, and content
  • Supervise and coordinate volunteer docents 
  • Act as curator of art exhibits by selecting and corresponding with artists, scheduling exhibits, and managing contracts and art sales
  • Coordinate with staff on gallery maintenance and planning of printed matter such as postcards, labels, biographical and related interpretive materials
  • Work with artists to install and de-install gallery shows
  • Plan and supervise gallery receptions
  • Plan and produce directional and way finding signage
  • Coordinate production of visitor maps


  • Degree in exhibition development, museum studies, interpretation, or a similar field; advanced degree preferred
  • Knowledge of horticulture, botany, or natural history
  • Two years’ experience in interpretive planning and implementation and/or exhibition planning and implementation preferably in a museum, public garden or educational environment 
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks with attention to detail and timeliness
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent research abilities
  • Ability to coordinate teams, develop effective relationships with staff 
  • Professional demeanor and articulate verbal presentation with a strong command of the English language required.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud Applications; knowledge of print, graphic, and other media production processes 
  • Proficiency with current mobile communication technologies uses with museum audiences, including web apps, mobile websites and interface with social media 
  • Creativity and passion regarding interpretation and audience engagement
  • Familiarity with outdoor interpretation and collection-based institutions 
  • Ability to relate effectively with people of various backgrounds and ages
  • Ability to work some weekends as required 
  • Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds for the purposes of sign placement, installation, removal, exhibit repair, etc.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a resume, and a list of three references to Melissa Cullina, Director of Education and Staff Botanist at mcullina@mainegardens.org


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Alexia Foundation Grant

Alexia Foundation Invites Applications for Professional Photography Projects
Deadline 01-29-2015

The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications from individual photographers to its Professional Alexia Grant Program.

Through the program, one professional photographer or visual journalist will receive a $20,000 grant to produce a substantial body of work that shares the foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. The foundation welcomes proposals for still photography and multimedia projects.

Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this grant. Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible.

The program requires a $50 application fee. For complete guidelines and application instructions, see the Alexia Foundation website.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Aaron Copland Fund

Aaron Copland Fund  for Contemporary American Music Recording Projects
Deadline: 01-15-2015

In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, American composer Aaron Copland created the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. Officially launched in 1992, the fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

To advance its mission, the fund's Recording Program is designed to support projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers, and/or develop audiences for contemporary American music through distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media, as well as the production of new recordings of contemporary American music and the reissue of significant recordings that are no longer available. Preference will be given to first recordings. Reissues of significant recordings are eligible only if the music is not available from any other sources(e.g., ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other Internet services)at the time of application. The fund favors works that were composed more recently and is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those  recently deceased.

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000.

Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals and students are not eligible. Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible.

Visit the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ovations Offstage Seeks Administrator

Portland Ovations seeks someone to lead Ovations Offstage aneducation and outreach program
Deadline 01-30-2015

Portland Ovations seeks a creative arts administrator to lead its dynamic community- and school-based education and outreach program, Ovations Offstage. The director leads a two-person team in the development and supervision of all Ovations Offstage activities, including K-12 programs and School-Time Performance Series, as well as outreach activities in collaboration with other nonprofits and social service agencies, and management of program budgets. In addition to knowledge of and a passion for the performing arts, the ideal candidate must have a background in arts integration, community outreach/engagement, administrative oversight and be a skilled communicator. Experience as a teaching artist and grant writer both a plus. Must be available evenings and weekends and hold a valid driver's license. This is a half-time position with limited benefits.

- B.A., MA, or equivalent experience in Arts Education, Education, Community Development or related field
- An abiding love of the performing arts and passion for community service
- Cultural arts or community development/service administrative experience
- Optimistic, visionary self-starter with excellent organization and communication skills
- Excellent public speaking/teaching skills
- Strong writing skills
- Experience as an educator, teacher, coach, or community organizer
- Ability to evaluate content and quality of education programs
- Non-profit grant project development experience
- User-knowledge of: Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, photo/video documentation tools
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Valid driver's license

To apply send a cover letter and resume to offstage@portlandovations.org

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Anthony Quinn Scholarship

Anthony Quinn Foundation Accepting Applications for 2015 Arts Scholarship Program
Deadline 01-05-2014

The Anthony Quinn Foundation is accepting applications for its 2015 Scholarship Program, an annual program that aims to perpetuate the legendary actor/artist’s vision for an art-conscious society.

Through the program, the foundation supports high school students’ extracurricular study of the visual arts and design, performing arts, media arts, and literary arts. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer, or afterschool arts education program, but may not be used for either secondary school or college tuition.

To be eligible, applicants must be young adults in high school who demonstrate exceptional talent, dedication, and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth, and who will benefit from financial support.

Visit the Anthony Quinn Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a promotional video, information about previous scholarship recipients, and application instructions.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Teaching Artist Registry

Maine Teaching Artist Registry 
Deadline Open

It has been a number of years since the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) has had a Teaching Artist Roster. The last one was a (paper) booklet that was very useful to school districts who were seeking additional arts education instruction, specifically from artists. The Maine Arts Commission is excited to announce that the new PK-12 Teaching Artist roster has been created and has gone live today!! The roster has 27 teaching artist profiles and is located at this link https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster

In addition, MAC has a roster for artists interested in working with older adults. The Creative Aging program at MAC is directed by Kathleen Mundell. The roster is located at this link https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Traditional/Teaching-Artist-Directory.

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

The artists included in the roster were selected after reviewing their applications which reflected their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting. We expect that the roster will be used by PK-12 schools as well as community organizations that provide learning opportunities for young people.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Chamber Music Composer Competition

Portland Chamber Music Festival seeks entries for composers competition
Deadline  Feb-13-2015

The Portland Chamber Music Festival invites composers of all ages and nationalities to enter its 2015 International Composers Competition. The winning composition will be performed during PCMF’s 22nd summer season (Aug. 13-15, 2015) and the winning composer will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The International Composers Competition was established in 2006 in support of PCMF’s strong commitment to the creation and performance of contemporary chamber music. The instrumentation for 2015 submissions is Piano Trio (piano, violin and cello) and works must be no longer than 15 minutes. The submission deadline is Feb. 13, 2015; the winner will be announced no later than April 3, 2015.

Detailed guidelines and submission instructions are available at www.pcmf.org

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ticket to Ride

Maine Arts Commission Ticket to Ride funding available for 2014-2015
Deadline open

The Ticket to Ride program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit arts-based venues and events in the State as part of a well-rounded curriculum. The goals of the trip should support student learning and be aligned with the visual and/or performing arts standards.

Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year. PK-12 schools in Maine with a documented, free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

The Ticket to Ride program began in 2010 with start-up funding provided by the Jane B. Cook 1992 Charitable Trust and matched by the Maine Arts Commission.

For more information or to access the application, please click here.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Museum of Women in the Arts, Call

National Museum of Women in the Arts Seeks Proposals for Scholarly Books
Deadline 01-01-2015

Founded in 1987, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing the creative contributions of women. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.

To help advance its mission, NMWA has issued a Request for Proposals for the 2014 Suzanne and James Mellor Prize.

The annual  $50,000 prize is awarded to the author of the best proposal for a scholarly book on an individual woman artist or subject related to the mission of NMWA. The purpose of the award is to encourage the highest quality scholarship on women artists from any time period or nationality and to enhance the role of the museum in shaping scholarly dialogue on women in the arts.

Mellor Prize funds may be used to cover the costs of travel for research, translate materials not available to an English-language audience, and other costs related to creating the final manuscript. While the proposed book must be able to stand on its own, it can include other media (i.e., CD, DVD, online) as an additional component.

See the NMWA website for complete award guidelines, information about previous winners, and proposal submission instructions.



Monday, December 22, 2014

Terra Residency

Terra Foundation summer residency for emerging artists and doctoral scholars
Deadline 01-15-2015

Each summer the Terra Foundation offers ten residential fellowships for emerging artists and doctoral scholars in the history of American art and visual culture at its properties in Giverny, France. The Terra Summer Residency (TSR) offers opportunities to pursue individual work within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. During this 9-week period, fellows interact regularly with invited senior advisors and guest lecturers, who direct weekly seminars and hold individual meetings. Private visits to exhibitions and attendance of special conferences are also proposed. In addition to the fellowship stipend, fellows are provided with on-site lodging, working facilities and lunches for the duration of the residency. At the end of the program, fellows share the work that was accomplished during the residency and the artists present their work in the open studios. The program encourages fellows to make lifelong connections and become part of the international alumni community of Terra fellows.

The 2015 Terra Summer Residency will take place June 8–August 7, 2015. For more information about these fellowships, as well as invited senior advisor and guest lecturer positions, please email tsr@terraamericanart.eu.

Candidates worldwide can apply. Applicants must be either:

A visual artist with a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their degree within the past five years. Download the artist fellowship application form.

A doctoral candidate researching American art and visual culture prior to 1980 within the United States or in the context of international artistic exchange. Candidates should be at an advanced stage of their doctoral research and writing. Download the predoctoral scholar fellowship application form.
Applicants must be nominated by their dissertation advisor or professor or previous art-school supervisor. Each professor may nominate a maximum of two students each year. (See the application form for full nomination and application procedures.)

Applications for the Terra Summer Residency will be evaluated on the basis of the candidate’s intellectual and creative excellence, scholarly accomplishments, and ability to contribute in a collegial and interdisciplinary community. All applicants are expected to be fluent in English; knowledge of French is desirable but not required.

Terra Summer Residency fellows receive:

A $5,000 stipend (artists receive an additional $300 for the purchase of materials);
A travel contribution (up to $250 for individuals traveling from Europe; up to $1,000 for individuals traveling from outside Europe); and
Lodging in the Terra Foundation residences and daily lunches.

More information at

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Public Art Workshop

NEFA  free grants workshop on public art.
Event Date January 21, 2015

earn about Fund for the Arts, other grant opportunities and CreativeGround, gather grant writing tips, and more. Discuss project idea development.

Public Art Grants Workshop
January 21, 2015 | Boston, MA
featuring guest presenters
Kelly Brilliant & Teil Silverstein

The event space is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs. Please contact Daniela Jacobson (617.951.0010 x528) by December 31 if other accommodations are required.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Renwick Gallery Fellowships

Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery invites applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States 
Deadline 01-15-15

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. A variety of predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowships are available. Fellowships are residential and support independent and dissertation research. The stipend for a one-year fellowship is $30,000 for predoctoral fellows or $45,000 for senior and postdoctoral fellows, plus generous research and travel allowances. The standard term of residency is twelve months, but terms as short as three months will be considered; stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months.

Applicants should propose a primary advisor at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Contact: Fellowship Office, American Art Museum, (202) 633-8353, AmericanArtFellowships@si.edu.

For more information and a link to the online application for the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, please visit our website at www.AmericanArt.si.edu/fellowships

Friday, December 19, 2014

Portland Stage Seeks Business Manager

Portland Stage Company seeks Business Manager, Portland Full Time
Deadline: Open until filled

Portland Stage is looking for a Business Manager for a benefits eligible 30 to 35 hr a week position.  Responsible for all bookkeeping, including A/P and A/R, and administrating payroll trough a payroll service.  Must have bookkeeping experience, non-profit experience a plus.  Experience with Quickbooks and Microsoft Office and have a high level of attention to detail.  For more information, please see the full job description at www.portlandstage.org/job.  Portland Stage is an equal opportunity employer.

Send an email with your resume and cover letter to search@portlandstage.org


Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOKO seeks Administrative Assistant

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ is seeking an administrative assistant, FT
Deadline: 12-23-2014

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) is seeking an individual who is passionate about the arts and is willing to make a commitment to the organization to help it grow and sustain the maintenance, programming, education outreach, visibility and awareness of the Kotzschmar Organ.


  • Manage the day to day operations of the office
  • Manage the use of fundraising software (Donor Perfect), data entry, gift processing, report generation and all record keeping related to the Development function
  • Keep mailing lists, email lists and other education lists up to date
  • Coordinate and schedule first class and bulk mailings for all organizational activities
  • Assist in the  organization of special events
  • Assist in the development and implementation of FOKO’s marketing plan including website maintenance, Constant Contact, Social media postings
  • Oversee the reporting of  FOKO’s volunteer program in collaboration with committee chairs


  • BA 
  • Experience in development, marketing or management
  • Nonprofit experience 
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of and experience in Microsoft Office, Quick Books and database software (Donor Perfect preferable)

Desired Attributes

  • Ability and desire to work as a member of a team and independentlySelf-starter
  • Understanding of and appreciation for music and history
  • Appreciation of the pipe organ and music of many genres
  • Out-going personality and ease with dealing with board, donors and audience members
  • Sense of humor 

submit resume, cover letter, references, and salary history to kgrammer@foko.org The e-mail subject line should be titled FOKO Administrative Assistant and all attachments should be PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

IMRC Seeks Project Manager

University of Maine seeks Innovative Media, Research, and Commercialization Center Project Manager and FAB Technician L
Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Maine Innovative Media, Research, and Commercialization Center (IMRC) invites applications for a full-time, soft-money funded, fiscal-year IMRC Project Manager and FAB Technician, effective January 15, 2015. This position will manage and run the operations of the FAB and Prototyping facilities in the new IMRC Center including running and maintaining the equipment and working with students, faculty, and community members on creative and commercialization projects. The selected candidate will be an important member of the IMRC staff with responsibility for assisting the IMRC Director in achieving the mission and goals of the Center. The IMRC Project Manager creates and manages a comprehensive and engaging campus experience for students in Intermedia, New Media, Art and other programs, faculty and staff, as well as associated community members. Additionally, the IMRC Project Manager fosters an environment that supports the academic and personal development of all students in a diverse community. The selected candidate is expected to exercise creativity, to be highly visible, and to be substantially involved in all campus life as it pertains to the functions of the Center. The IMRC Project Manager will be an ambassador for the IMRC Labs, the Intermedia Program, the New Media Department and the University. Typical hiring range for the position is $40,461 - $47,205 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Project lead on external contracts and work for hire.
Directly supervise IMRC Laboratory students composed primarily of graduate assistants.
Manage the day-to-day operations of physical facilities including machines and spaces.
Oversee the processes and implementation of work flows within the labs.
Ordering and upkeep of laboratory inventories, equipment and resources.
Oversee and manage all operations of the IMRC Fab and Prototyping facilities, including doing all purchasing for the labs. Manage administrative tasks, including email communication, project oversight, completion of necessary paperwork, etc.
Work with Director and Fiscal Agent of IMRC to keep operational budget in order to maintain budgetary accountability.
Maintain an ongoing inventory of equipment, supplies, and resources.
Recruit and oversee hourly and work-study work for hire at the facilities.
Conduct business relations and work with business fulfilling contractual obligations.
Conduct individual research in areas of expertise related to the labs as well as support research of faculty users.
Collaborate with students, staff members, and faculty to foster an academic community that supports student learning, design thinking, collaborative efforts, or other academic initiatives.
Provide supervision, leadership and mentoring for graduate students. Hold weekly staff meetings and supervision meetings. Train student staff members, provide ongoing feedback about job performance, provide formal evaluations at least once per year, and support and hold staff members accountable for meeting the expectations of their positions.
Foster safe and secure working environments for students. Implement and enforce policies that: protect the University from liability, support student safety, and follow University and OSHA standards. Educate students on university policies, safety concerns, and procedures.
Represent IMRC on all needed professional or university committees related to operation of IMRC.
Develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
Build productive working relationships with both internal and external co-workers/colleagues and external contacts/clients to achieve work goals.
Perform special assignments based on IMRC Project Manager's own interests and departmental initiatives.
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
A minimum of a BA in an arts, design, or engineering production field and relevant professional experience are required.
Experience running or overseeing a working professional shop.
Experience working with clients and contracted projects.
Experience in working in an educational environment and with students.
Familiarity with OSHA safety requirements and their application in a shop environment.
Basic familiarity with CAD/CAM software (AutoDesk, SolidEdge or SolidWorks, Vectric CAM, Sprut CAM), CNC processes, Laser cutting/engraving, 3D printing, and a broad knowledge of shop tools and their use.
Some knowledge of electronics and/or textiles and their use in prototyping design and product development preferred.
Ability to occasionally lift 30-50 pounds.
Ability to travel, normally requiring a valid driver's license.

Located on the northern border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine, Orono, is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System and is the principal graduate institution in the state. It is the state's land grant and sea grant university, enrolling nearly 12,000 students. Further information about Intermedia, New Media, and the IMRC can be found at http://www.imrccenter.com. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the beautiful Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and a thriving restaurant scene.

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.

To apply, materials must be submitted via HireTouch (http://umaine.hiretouch.com) "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

To apply go the following web page: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/applicant-login?jobID=23616

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PORTopera Seeks Director

PORTopera seeks an executive director, Portland Maine
Deadline: January 15, 2015

PORTopera’s mainstage production is presented in two or three performances in late July in Merrill Auditorium, a magnificent 1,900-seat hall owned by the city of Portland.

PORTopera operates on an annual budget of approximately $360,000.  Besides the part-time Artistic Director, the Company employs a part-time Manager.  There are currently eighteen members of the Board of Directors and twenty-two members of the Advisory Board.

               PORTopera is seeking to hire an experienced, visionary Executive Director with leadership skills, the business sense and proven ability to manage all aspects of a non-profit performing arts organization, and a passion for opera. The Executive Director will be charged with leading PORTopera into the next phase of its organizational development.  Among the Company’s goals are to plan summer opera productions at least two years in advance; expand the summer season beyond one opera production; and, through creative programming, raise its visibility in the off-season. In order to achieve and sustain these goals, it is essential that PORTopera significantly broaden and secure its financial foundation and further develop its operational infrastructure. The Executive Director will take the lead in these endeavors.

                The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors and supervises the operations of the Company.  Responsibilities include financial management, fundraising, long-range planning, marketing, audience development, and community relations.  Under the direction of the Artistic Director, s/he develops and implements the annual production plan and budget and oversees all activities required to support the mainstage and Young Artist productions. The successful candidate will have the professional experience and interpersonal skills to work effectively and harmoniously with the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director, and other staff or volunteers in accomplishing the organization’s mission and achieving its goals.  The Executive Director will be the chief spokesperson of the company and present an engaging, professional “face of PORTopera” to constituencies within Maine and beyond. S/he will be energetic and inspire enthusiasm, expanding our ranks of supporters and volunteers.

                The successful candidate must have proven business management and fundraising experience at a professional nonprofit performing arts organization.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required, as is proficiency with the necessary software programs.   S/he must have a bachelor’s degree; a graduate degree is preferred, or equivalent experience. This is a part-time, year-round, exempt position.

Please send cover letter and resume to Ann Elderkin, President of the Board, annelderkin@gmail.com          
For more information about PORTopera:  http://www.portopera.org

Monday, December 15, 2014

Art Space Membership

Art Space Gallery in Rockland Seeking New Juried Members 
Deadline is January 18th, 
Jury Date is January 25th.

Do you want to show your artwork in a gallery on Main Street in Rockland? And be a part of an active community of Maine artists? ART SPACE GALLERY an artist-run, cooperative gallery, is currently seeking new members for the 2015 season.

Art Space Gallery is located on Main Street in the heart of Rockland, Maine, just steps from the Farnsworth Museum and across the street from the Strand Theatre. Gallery members are Maine artists who actively participate in running the gallery. Membership is juried by current artist members. Opened in 2005, the gallery participates in AIR (Arts In Rockland) monthly first Friday Artwalks, and has been a successful venue for bringing original art to the attention of the discerning collector. For our application and more membership information, visit our website www.artspacemaine.com or contact Roger Barry atrogerbarry.net@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Artist Residency Call

Artists can apply for the 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park.
Deadline 01-31-2015

The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape. The program seeks professional artists whose work is related to the park's interpretative themes and supports the mission of the National Park Service.
The program provides an artist with uninterrupted time to pursue their work and the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs. Park housing is provided for a four-week session during the summer or fall season.

The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency. The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at www.callforentry.org. For more information contact the artist-in-residence coordinator at jessica_kusky@nps.gov.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Maine Medical Center Call

Maine Medical Center Spring 2015 Call for Proposals for  rotating art exhibit at the hospital 
Deadline 01-02-2015

Maine Medical Center, the largest hospital in Northern New England, announces the Spring 2015 Call for Proposals for our rotating art exhibit at the hospital conference center at our primary campus in Portland.

The Rotating Art Exhibits are a great opportunity for Maine artists to gain more exposure as well as offering enrichment and enjoyment to patients, visitors and staff. Given that Portland is often recognized as one the most culturally fascinating cities in the country, the visual arts are an important part of our community. The exhibits will be highlighted on the Maine Medical Center website and intranet pages for all employees. Those interested in purchasing artworks on display will be directed to the artist to complete that sale with an agreement that the artist will send 20% of the proceeds from these sales to benefit the hospital art program.

Maine professional artists and artist organizations are invited to submit an application for this program. The exhibit shall hang for approximately four months beginning February 23, 2015. The selection of the exhibits will be juried by the MMC Art Committee based on the Criteria for Exhibitions, the quality of the art and the suitability for hospital patients, visitors and staff.

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

The Exhibit Application Form and the Guidelines for Exhibitions can be found at our website: www.mmc.org/thearts. You may also contact The Arts at Maine Medical Center, c/o Maine Medical Center Development Office, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, Maine 04102, or call 207-662-2669.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shakespeare in Communities

Arts Midwest Invites Proposals for Shakespeare in American Communities Program
Deadline 02, 25, 2015

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

Arts Midwest is inviting proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016. Grants will be awarded to up to forty theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of ten schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit. The standard grant award is $25,000. Grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

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

Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available at the Shakespeare in American Communities website.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

American Music Abroad, Call

American Music Abroad Invites Applications for International Exchange Program
Deadline 01-09-2015

American Music Abroad, a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to audiences around the world.

Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to participate in regional cultural exchange tours in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, or the Middle East for a period lasting approximately a month. As part of their program activities, selected ensembles are expected to perform high-profile public concerts, engage in intensive collaborations with local musicians, lead jam sessions, appear in the media, and offer educational activities such as workshops, music business training for aspiring musicians, and motivational and education programs for underserved youth.

The program also creates opportunities for bands to engage post-tour with participating alumni through the creation of online tutorials for music, music business, and English-language learning. In addition, musicians will be asked to feature their music and share their expertise through Skype chats and Internet radio broadcasts on AMA Radio. Post-tour creation of video and recordings highlighting their tour is encouraged.

Prior to its respective tour, each ensemble will participate in the American Music Abroad@Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes a concert or education program in a local school or community center and an orientation at the U.S. Department of State. All events nationally and internationally may be recorded, posted on social media, and broadcast non-commercially.

AMA tours operate under the official auspices of the U.S. government. The State Department funds international travel, hotels, and an allowance for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, a tour honorarium of $200 per day spent on the road is awarded to each musician in an ensemble. American Voices organizes the tours with the input of ECA/State Department and  participating U.S. embassies and consulates.

Participating musicians must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the U.S. or one of its territories, and either hold or be able to obtain a valid U.S. passport.

For complete program guidelines, information about last year's participants, and application instructions, visit the AMA website.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ogunquit Playhouse Associate Producer

Ogunquit Playhouse seeks an Associate Producer (FT)
Deadline 01-31-2015

The famed Ogunquit Playhouse, celebrating its 83rd season, seeks a dynamic leader to head its Theatrical Production Department and to assist the Executive Artistic Director in producing the season of main stage musicals and outside projects.

The position requires a solid background in all areas of first-class musical theatre operations for non-profit and/or commercial producing.  Exceptional organizational management, follow up, communication and human resource skills are needed.

A top strategic planning position, this person will oversee the entire production division of the company.  Responsibilities include oversight of all theatrical operations including over 200 technical staff and actors, company problem solving and prioritization, production management, scheduling, casting, budgeting, expense, tracking and reconciliation, interface with other theatrical companies and commercial producers.  Experience with not-for-profit organizations and commercial theatrical operations are necessary.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and references to Jean Benda at jbenda@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Artdogs Studio Available

Artdogs Studios in Gardiner Maine has an available artist studio
Deadline, January 01, 2014

The Artdogs is organized on the belief that the arts are vital to the cultural and economic health of a community. Artdogs is devoted to developing a core community of artists in downtown Gardiner Maine. The Artdogs Studios is an historic building in the middle of downtown Gardiner. It is located across from Johnson Park, close to restaurants and shops. There are 6 rentable artist day-studios. Two on the first floor and 4 on the second floor. There is also a rentable studio/residence on the 3rd floor.

Each studio is unique, but every studio comes with heat, electricity, and phone / cable hook ups. Some studios have their own restroom, while shared restrooms and sinks are conveniently close to others. The facility provides exhibition areas with track lighting.

One studio will be available starting January 1, 2015. 

Direct inquiries to karenadrien@yahoo.com


Monday, December 8, 2014

Opera House Arts seeks Director

Opera House Arts seeks a producing artistic director (FT)
Deadline 01-15-2015

Located across the bridge from the mainland on Deer Isle, the second largest island on Maine’s legendary coast, Stonington’s Opera House Arts (OHA) is a shining light in Maine’s theatrical landscape. OHA, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, is celebrating more than 15 years of service to its Down East coastal communities. This history includes the development and world premieres of performances in a range of media, and a recent capital campaign of $1 million dollars to construct a new scene shop and lobby. One of only four year-round professional theaters in Maine, Opera House Arts has a proud track record of restoring two historic performances spaces and presenting high quality, original productions in the intimacy of the 250-seat 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, and the 100-seat 1870 Burnt Cove Church. It has become a cornerstone for the economic and social revival and vitality of Stonington’s Main Street, Maine’s most productive working waterfront, leading the state in lobster landings and value of catch.

Opera House Arts operates on an annual budget of approximately $750,000, with five full-time and four part-time staff members, a 16-member Board of Trustees, a 15-member Artistic Advisory Board, a 20-member Community Advisory Board, and more than 100 dedicated volunteers.

Reporting to a supportive Board of Trustees, the Producing Artistic Director of Opera House Arts oversees and directs every aspect of the institution, including its artistic, production, and administrative projects and goals. The Producing Artistic Director will be charged with leading Opera House Arts into the next phase of its organizational development, with its mission, vision and values as a guide. The Producing Artistic Director is the organization’s chief spokesperson, representing Opera House Arts to many constituencies, both internal and external. The scope of responsibility will include oversight of the artistic vision, fund development, marketing, external and community relations, audience participation, strategic planning, and the overall operational, financial and administrative operations. The Producing Artistic Director will maintain an institutional culture that balances the richness of the island and surrounding communities and Opera House Arts’ innovative artistic programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.

Cover letter, résumé, salary requirements, and up to three letters of reference with contact information to: jobs@operahousearts.org by January 15, 2015. No phone inquiries but questions may be addressed to the same e-mail.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Maine Craft Workshops

Maine Craft Association Weekend Workshop at Haystack May 14-17, 2015  

MCA is currently registering students for our annual Weekend Workshop at
Haystack Mt School of Crafts! Both MCA members and non members are invited to join us at Haystack for the long weekend. Instruction, room and board are included in the fee. Join us to spend dedicated time in the Haystack Studios with exceptional instructors and fellow students (and to enjoy good food + views!)

Fee: $400 members, $500 non. [private bath + $35]
Early Bird Deal: $50 off fee if paid by 5pm 12/31/14

For more information, or to register for a workshop please email Emily: info@mainecrafts.org

2015 Instructors and Workshops:
•  Photography: Basic Photography for Making Better Photographs  

•  Printmaking: Printmaking for Artists who Draw  

•  Fiber: Felt with a Flourish: Seamless felted wool and silk top  

•  Woodworking: Design and Build a Stool, Bench or Table  

•  Ceramics: Raku Workshop: Think Big Work Small  

•  Blacksmithing: Striking the Right Blow  

•  Jewelry: Three Dimensional Cocktail Rings 

Engine Development Series

Professional  Development Series: December Workshops at Engine
Located on 265 Main Street in Biddeford, Maine

Register at http://engineinc21.wildapricot.org/Adult-Classes

Managing Your Creative Practice: Your Practice Beyond the Studio II
DATE(S): Monday December 3, 2014  
Is your studio a mess? What about your studio records? Is your résumé up to date? Being Your OWN Studio Manager is designed to help 1) Get organize 2) Make the most of your contacts 3) Prepare you to seize every opportunity that may present itself. In short, this workshop is basic training for emerging creative.

Refresh Your Artist's PR packet (Gallery kit, Artist Résumés + Statement) II
DATE(S): Monday December 8, 2014
What does your CV say about you? Are you a hobbyist? A Pro? Does your CV reflect your current practice? This workshop is designed to learn how to get your résumé to tell the story for you.

Blogging + Social Media Basics for Organizations
DATE(S): Wednesday December 10, 2014
Who is your organization online? What does your online reputation reflect? This workshop is designed for organizations and groups. First session will broken up into a lecture and how-to and second will be focused on developing a plan of action. Topics to be covered include but not limited to blogging + social media platforms, hashtags, SEO, alt text and utilizing Google Analytics.

Digital Portfolio + Artist Sites II
DATE(S): Wednesday December 15, 2014
This workshop is designed to help artists choose the best online portfolio or artist site for their needs. During this workshop, participants will learn how to get their work online, from domain names, content basics, to track their progress.

How to Building an online a Follow-ing II
DATE(S): Monday December 17, 2014  
Whether online or off-site artists and creatives need a strong base of collectors and supporters. This workshop is meant to help develop strategies to gain and sustain their following both online and in the real world.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Americans for the Arts Nominations

Americans for the Arts is currently seeking nominations for best businesses & arts partnerships
Deadline 12-19-2014

Americans for the Arts is currently seeking nominations for the Business Committee for the Arts 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America.

The BCA 10 recognizes 10 businesses each year that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the arts. These companies are leaders in creating strategic arts and business partnerships that strengthen both the workplace and the community. Nominations for the 2015 awards will close December 19, 2014.

More information on eligibility requirements or to make a nomination at:

Scholastics Art and Writing Awards

Maine College of Art will host the Maine Scholastic Art and Writing Award Competition.
Deadline Various

Students who participate in this competition are required to pay an entry fee for each submission. The fees are $5 per individual entry and $20 per portfolio entry. Fee waivers are available those who meet the need-based criteria. Portfolio entries are only available to high school seniors. Individual entries are available for students in grades 7 to 12. We are asking that students who submit individual entries after November 15th, to keep the maximum number of entries to 2 individual entries per student. The competition allows seniors to submit up to 2 portfolio submissions.

Tentative Timeline: Schedule for the Maine Affiliate Scholastics Art Awards

December 17, 2014                                    Digital Entries Due
January 05, 2015                                        Judging
January 10, 2015                                        Notification of Results
17 & 18, 2015                                           Delivery of winning entries for the exhibition
January 19, February 7, 2015                     Exhibition Dates
Saturday February 7, 2015                         Closing Ceremony

MECA has generously donated the in-kind use of its facilities, gallery space and event resources to host the Art portion of the Competition. The “people time” is generously volunteered by passionate and creative individuals. Those include, art educators, staff and faculty of MECA, Maine Art Education Association, and other non-profit organizations within the state.

The Scholastic Art Awards registration and artwork submission is now completely digital through an online process. Students and Art Educators must register through the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards website: http://www.artandwriting.org.

Please contact Liam Sullivan at artandwriting@meca.edu if you have any questions about the competition.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Laura Bush School Grant

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries: School Library Grant
Deadline: 12-15-2014

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries seeks to provide books and reading materials to school libraries and students that most need them. The foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to individual schools to help school libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections. The foundation gives preference to schools in which 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches and are likely to have the fewest books and reading materials at home.

Schools serving any combination of pre-kindergarten through high school students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, all American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries are eligible to apply. Funds are only available for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions.



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ross Merrill Preservation Award

Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections
Deadline 12-15-2014

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and Heritage Preservation annually present the Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections to an organization in North America that has been exemplary in the importance and priority it has given to conservation concerns and in the commitment it has shown to the preservation and care of its cultural property.

AIC and Heritage Preservation currently seek nominations for the 2015 award. Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominees should be organizations of any size responsible for cultural property that may include collections, historic sites and structures. Cultural property is defined as material that may be artistic, historic, scientific, religious or social and is an invaluable and irreplaceable legacy that must be preserved for future generations. Collections can include fine arts, library and archival materials, natural history, natural science, musical instruments, textiles, technology, archaeology, ethnography and photography.

For more information, please contact Ruth Seyler at AIC at rseyler@conservation-us.org or 202-661-8062.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NEA Our Town Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Our Town community grant 
Deadline 12-15-2014

Art works to support creative, economically-competitive, healthy, resilient, and opportunity-rich communities. Excellent art is an essential part of building a strong community, as important as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety.  Artists and community development practitioners across our nation --sometimes one and the same, sometimes working together -- are striving to make places more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. The NEA defines these efforts as Creative Placemaking.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Artswill provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town prioritizes partnerships between arts organizations and government, private, and nonprofit organizations to achieve livability goals for communities.

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

Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking

Through Our Town projects, the NEA intends to achieve the following outcome: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts. See "Intended NEA Outcome" for more details.


Terra Academic Grant

Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Program Grants
Deadline 12-15-2014 LOI (also 03-15-2015)

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that explore American art in an international context.

Please note that Academic Program grants for conferences and symposia do not exceed $25,000 unless there are unusual circumstances. Additionally, the Terra Foundation prefers not to be the sole contributor to an event.

Academic funding is available for symposia, colloquia, and scholarly convenings on American art (pre-1980) that take place:

In Chicago or outside the United States, or

In the United States that examine American art within an international context and/or include a significant number of international participants.

The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Grants are not made to individuals.

Complete information at http://www.terraamericanart.org/grants/academic-program-grants/?utm_source=Terra+Foundation+for+American+Art++e-subscriber&utm_campaign=8598bc0c8b-2015_academic_awards_fellowships_eblast&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_38ab270201-8598bc0c8b-82276701

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Moxie Festival Call

2015 Moxie Festival call for a theme
Deadline 01-01-2015

Lisbon's Moxie Store owner Frank Anicetti, a third-generation Anicetti, and Greta Evans, fifth-generation Anicetti, encourage all to enter the 2015 Moxie Festival theme contest. The theme entry must include a reference to Moxie and Maine and be submitted by Jan. 1, 2015.

Theme entries become the property of the Moxie Festival Committee. The winner, chosen at the Moxie Festival Committee meeting in January, will win a deluxe Moxie-filled basket and will be invited to serve as a parade judge.The 2015 Moxie Festival theme is used to create floats for the famous Moxie Festival Parade on July 11 (floats that best exemplify the theme win prizes) and as inspiration for Lisbon High School art students as they compete in the 2015 Moxie Festival logo contest .

Entries can be emailed to debwagner@gwi.net
or mailed to
Debra Wagner
Moxie Festival Committee
23 Center Street
Lisbon Falls, ME 04252.

Past Moxie Festival themes include: It’s Always Moxie Season in Maine; Moxie, a Maine tradition; Moxie, It’s Maine in a Bottle; Moxie – Maine-ia; and Moxie & ME.

The 33rd Moxie Festival will be held in Lisbon Falls on July 10-12, 2015.


USM/LAC exhibit Call

Call-for-Artists for USM/LAC exhibit
Delivery Date 12-05-2014

The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn Campus will be sponsoring Area Artists 2015, the art gallery's long-running biennial open juried exhibition open to artists who live or work in Androscoggin, Franklin, or Oxford counties.  Artists may submit up to two works to be juried; there is no entry fee.

The Atrium Art Gallery is located in the hub of the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College, offering interdisciplinary bachelor and graduate degree programs with both on-site and online classes.  USM LAC is located at 51 Westminster St. in Lewiston. The exhibition opens Jan. 18 and continues through April 4.  The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 18, 6-8 p.m.

Delivery dates are Fri., Dec. 5, 10-4, and Sat., Dec. 6, 10-2, at USM's Lewiston-Auburn Campus Function Room 170, 51 Westminster St., in Lewiston.  The biennial exhibition, which began in 1994, is sponsored by Spiller's located on Memorial St. in Lisbon, offering a full line of art supplies and services for artists.

All media will be considered from paintings, drawings, prints, and photography to work in metal, clay, fiber, wood, and other 3-dimensional media.  The juror for the exhibition is Robyn Holman, curator for the Atrium Art Gallery since 1992, with over 35 years' experience in curating, jurying, and installing art exhibits.

Brochures and entry forms with guidelines for submitting work are available in the Atrium Art Gallery or by calling Dan Philbrick, director of communications, 753-6575, email philbric@usm.maine.edu.  Information on the exhibition, including framing requirements, is also available on the college's website, www.usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cambridge Public Art Registry

Cambridge Arts Council’s Digital Public Art Registry  - Request for Qualifications
Deadline Ongoing (Recommended: December 15, 2014) 

The Public Art Program of the Cambridge Arts Council is calling all artists interested in working in the public realm to enter their digital artist registry.

Registration is free and easy – upload digital files of work samples and complete a form of biographic information and you will be considered for all future public art commissions.

For the December 15 deadline, they are particularly seeking qualifications from artists interested in designing and building structures suitable for integration into new designs for parks and to serve the City’s current goal of integrating open, intergenerational play.

Since 1979, they have commissioned artists for percent-for-art projects large and small throughout the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  They continuously seek greater diversity in our programs and urge artists of all backgrounds, locales, and working in any medium to become part of our registry.

Submit images of past work and biographical information at http://cac.slideroom.com.  Once entered in the Cambridge Arts Council artist registry you will remain eligible for all future public art commissions with the City of Cambridge.

For more information about the Cambridge Arts Council please visit www.cambridgeartscouncil.org.

For technical support using Slideroom, please email support@slideroom.com.  For other questions please contact Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher, at jgaucher@cambridgema.gov.