Thank you for visiting the Maine Arts Opportunities blog
This information regularly feeds the Maine Arts Opportunities Facebook page
Please add your information to the FB group and please share these resources with artists you know

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Betterment Fund Grants

Betterment Fund community grants
Deadline 01-30-2016

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

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

Mr. Bingham’s medical interests historically were pursued largely through the Bingham Associates Fund, now known as the Bingham Program, which developed a program in Boston for the advancement of rural medicine in Maine. The Bingham Associates program served as a model worldwide for outreach programs designed to strengthen the quality of health services in smaller communities.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rudman Library Trust

Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust 
Deadline 01-15-2016

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust was established in 1986 to help libraries better serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000. Mr. Rudman frequently traveled throughout Maine, particularly Downeast, on business. He was struck by the commitment to learning and reading as evidenced by a library in the majority of towns he passed through, regardless of their size. He and Mrs. Rudman encourage libraries in smaller communities to continue and expand programming and outreach through the trust that bears their name.

The trust encourages creative solutions to the challenges faced by small libraries by supporting the following types of activities. Please remember that integration with the book collection is mandatory for programming and outreach activities; the intent of this grant is to encourage programming in conjunction with collection development. We understand that the function of the library is changing in reaction to community need; however, for the purpose of this fund, it really is all about the book.
•Lively programming, e.g., speakers, storytellers, book discussions, children's performers, or cultural events tied to your collection
•Collection development and programs tailored to meet unique local interests, e.g., history or "how-to"
•Sharing resources through collective purchasing and cooperatives
• Collaboration with community groups and agencies for programming and events tied to the library collection
•Digitizing special collections
•DVD classic collection development to enhance a print display of related or the same books
• Author programs in conjunction with a month-long exploration of that particular genre
• Concerts to celebrate  music in the children’s collection

Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. The Rudman Library Trust supports programs and activities that creatively and practically integrate with a library’s collection in meaningful ways for its patrons. You must explain how your proposal will enhance patrons’ knowledge of the wealth of information in your library.

The Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust invites applications from libraries serving communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000 located in the following counties:

The trust does not provide support for capital and operational expenses (including staff salaries) or for resources that are otherwise freely available in the state.  Requests for computer hardware or software will not be considered.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Horizon Foundation Grants

Horizon Foundation Grants
Deadline 01-13-2016 (LOI)

Horizon Foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant, and resilient communities by:

•Enabling children and adults to lead their communities in creative, healthy, and thoughtful ways;
•Educating citizens to be good stewards of the environment;
•Conserving land and water resources;
•Encouraging service to others;
•Promoting visual arts and music, and
•Teaching appreciation of and preserving historic assets.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation

Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation Grants
Deadline 12-31-2015

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation was created in 1986 to provide support for Maine communities. A family foundation, we are interested in projects that address the underlying causes of social and environmental problems, as well as those that address the consequences. We have a strong interest in literacy, community services and the arts. As community builders, we are particularly interested in organizations and projects that will affect or serve the most members of a community.

 We receive more requests than we could possibly fund, and therefore have had to restrict the kinds of requests we will consider. We can only provide grants for non-profit organization; we cannot give money to individuals for their personal use. We will not consider funding for:
•medical care, education or other direct support for individuals
•competitions or athletic sponsorships for individuals
•wheelchair vans or transportation for individuals
•scholarship foundations or programs that award grants or scholarships
•graduation parties or events
•travel, sponsorship or funding for student or athletic groups
•renovations to churches or other religious properties or institutions
•film or video productions, book or publishing projects
•business development, investments or loans
•conferences, meetings, training, workshops or exhibits
•organizations whose policies encourage discrimination
•academic research, fellowships or publication
•shelters,hospitals or rehabilitation centers for animals
•construction or improvement of playgrounds or skateparks
•hospice programs or facilities
•animal therapy programs

If you have questions or concerns about your organization’s eligibility, please contact the foundation office.  http://www.stkfoundation.org/Contact-Us.aspx

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Houston Center Craft Residency

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Artist Residency Program.
Deadline 03-01-2016

Five to ten residencies of three to twelve months each will be awarded to craft artists working in wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media. Each artist will receive a $500 monthly stipend and a $300 quarterly housing/materials allowance. The residency also provides twenty-four-hour access to two-hundred-square-foot artist studios equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access. In addition, fellows are provided with a wide variety of resources and opportunities, including teaching assignments through HCCC and opportunities for collaboration with other residents.

During the residency, artists’ creative work is represented by HCCC and is considered for display in the center’s Asher Sales Gallery. Additional opportunities include discussions with curators and gallery owners, exposure at HCCC events, and interactions with visiting art professionals; ongoing professional development; and a group exhibition at the end of the residency cycle.

A $30 application fee is required. Applicants also must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios twenty-four hours per week and at least two weekends per month during HCCC public hours. Residencies are available in lengths ranging from three to twelve months. International applicants must provide proof of ability to work in the United States.

For complete program guidelines, information about current and past residents, and application instructions, see the HCCC website.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Terra Foundation Fellowship, France

Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France
Deadline 01-15-2016

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States among national and international audiences.

To advance its mission, the foundation is accepting nominations for its Terra Summer Residency program. Founded in 2001, the residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residency program in the historic village of Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists aimed at fostering reflection and debate. In 2016, the residency runs from June 6 to August 5.

In addition to a $5,000 stipend and a travel contribution of up to $1,500, fellows receive on-site lodging, office/studio space, and lunches for the duration of their residency.

Nominees must be either a visual artist with a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application (preference is given to those who have completed their degree within the past five years) or a doctoral candidate researching American art and visual culture or its role in a context of international artistic exchange prior to 1980. Applicants must be nominated by their dissertation advisor or professor or previous art-school supervisor. Each professor may nominate a maximum of two candidates each year.

For complete program guidelines, information about past fellows, and nomination and application instructions, visit the Terra Foundation's website.

Friday, December 25, 2015

CIRD Rural Communities Call

Citizen's Institute on Rural Design invitation to communities to host design workshops that address specific local design challenges
Deadline 01-12-2016

CIRD's 2016-2017 Request for Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. The RFP is intended to help small towns and rural communities, with populations of 50,000 or less, build their capacity and acquire technical expertise to solve their design challenges.  As many as six communities will be selected, and receive a $10,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise from CIRD to host a two-and-a-half-day workshop.  CIRD will assemble a resource team of subject matter experts to guide your community in addressing the challenges that matter most to you.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

2 Degrees Portland Gathering

2 Degrees Portland at MECA's new Bob Crewe Gallery
Event Date 01-13-2016

Since January 2011, 2 Degrees has been welcoming people to the city who want to part of our creative, innovative community. We hear from 20-30 people every month who are interested in learning about Portland and have made over 1300 direct connections.

Thank you for helping us show how to connect and engage in the people, businesses and organizations that makes our city special. To celebrate, our 5th anniversary will be

January 13, 2016 at the Bob Crewe Gallery at the Maine College of Art

 Please come and share with your friends and family how they too can get connected (or be connectors) at 2 Degrees Portland.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Snow Pond Music School Job

Snow Pond Community Music School seeks an Assistant Teacher for Kennebec Music Together Program
Deadline Open until filled

We are seeking an enthusiastic, skilled and creative part-time Music Together teacher to assist in the delivery of our Kennebec Music Together Program. This teacher will be an important part of our instructional faculty, supporting the community music school in its ability to offer high-quality arts education to the Central Maine community.

SPCMS seeks candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
•Bachelor’s Degree
•Successful completion of the Music Together teacher certification program, or willingness to attend training in the near future
•Passion for music and high-level of proficiency in instrumental or vocal music
•Ability to effectively supervise both small and large groups of children
•An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner
•Passion for and commitment to progressive education and educational equity
•Excellent communication/interpersonal skills as well as a desire to collaborate with various different stakeholders to help develop a whole-school community in its early years. Helping to create new teaching opportunities will be part of the job.
•Demonstrates commitment to meet the needs of every child in a diverse population
•Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team
•Commitment to ongoing personal and professional development

Music Together Basic Philosophic Principles
1.All children are musical.
2.All children can achieve basic music competence—the ability to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
3.The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers—regardless of their musical ability—are essential to a child’s musical growth.
4.Young children’s musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting.

To learn more, visit Snow Pond Community Music School.  To apply, please send cover letter and resume to contact@snowpondcommunitymusic.org

or mail materials to:
Snow Pond Community Music School
8 Goldenrod Lane
Sidney, ME 04330
Tel: 207-465-3739


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Northeast Choreographers Festival Call

Fusionworks Dance Company call for the Northeast Choreographers Festival
Deadline 01-01-2016

Fusionworks Dance Company, a Rhode Island based modern dance repertory company founded in 1987 will be hosting the first Northeast Choreographers Festival in November of 2016 and are in the last month of accepting choreography submissions.

Fusionworks Dance Company invites choreographers from throughout the United States to submit their work to the 2016 Northeast Choreographers Festival to be presented in November of 2016 in Providence, RI.  This year’s festival will showcase the works of four emerging and established choreographers.  Three finalists will be paid a $1,000 stipend to do a week-long residency in either May, June, or August, during which they will set their work on Fusionworks Dance Company.

One runner-up choreographer, who must specifically be from Rhode Island or South Eastern Massachusetts, will be paid a $500 stipend to set his/her work on the youth company, Fusionworks II.

The runner-up must be able to work on Friday evenings at the Fusionworks studio in Lincoln, RI for a minimum of eight consecutive Fridays in September and October. All four chosen artists will also teach a master class open to the community. Housing, food, and rides to and from the bus/train station will be provided by Fusionworks Dance Company for finalists. The 2016 Northeast Choreographer's Festival is a Kickstarter project.  All invited choreographers are required to promote the project and to encourage community support.

To apply, please submit the following via e-mail to fusionwk@cox.net
or by mail to Fusionworks Dance Company, PO Box 402, Lincoln, RI 012865.

  • A video link or DVD of a finished work (must be between 8-15 minutes and not require more than 6 dancers). No edits with the dance clearly visible at all times. A studio filming may be submitted as long as the dance is clear throughout.
  • A brief written description of your work and where it has been presented.
  • A biography or resume
  • Links to all social media platforms where your work is represented, such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • A $25 submission fee. Can be paid by check (made out to Fusionworks Dance Company) or online.

For questions, please e-mail artistic director Deb Meunier at fusionwk@cox.net or call her at (401)334-3091.


Monday, December 21, 2015

2016 CAA Conference, DC

104th Annual College Art Association Conference
Deadline 12-21-2015
Event Date
Wednesday, February 3–Saturday, February 6, 2016
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Choose from more than 200 stimulating sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and meetings on a plethora of topics in art scholarship and practice.

 From February 3–6, 2016, the 104th Annual Conference of the College Art Association (CAA) comes to Washington, DC. Known for its world-class museums, and as an international destination for American history and culture, Washington, DC’s dynamic energy provides the backdrop for our annual gathering of more than 4,000 artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, arts administrators, scholars, and educators. Look forward to the best in new scholarship, innovative art, and in-depth discussion of issues in the arts today.

Conference Highlights

With several opportunities to connect with CAA’s international base of artists, scholars, and professionals in the visuals arts, here are just a few of the special events that you do not want to miss:
•Sessions led by distinguished artists and art historians
•Opening Night Reception at the Katzen Art Center at American University
•The Fourteenth Annual Distinguished Scholar session honoring Richard J. Powell
•The CAA Awards for Distinction, including the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award
•The Annual Distinguished Artists’ Interviews with Joyce Scott
•At the Book and Trade Fair, the latest books, catalogues, and art journals; paints, inks, and brushes; educational services and teaching tools—and more!
•Free Wi-Fi throughout most of the conference venue
•Check out the Session Picks by the CAA staff


Stamps Residency, MI

Stamps School of Art and Design Invites Applications for Residency
Deadline 01-15-2016

The Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan is accepting applications for its Roman J. Witt Residency Program.

The annual program supports the production of new artistic work by a visiting artist/designer through a one-year residency that allows the artists to work at the school and collaborate with students and faculty.

Witt Residents receive an honorarium of $20,000 for up to twelve weeks in residence served over an academic year. In addition, residents will be provided with housing, studio space, and up to $5,000 for project materials. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as a presentation that summarizes the process and work accomplished.

The residency is open to both established and emerging artists/designers. Ideal candidates will value collaboration, have good social and communication skills, and be interested in generating creative partnerships across disciplines.

A $10 application fee to offset the cost of media uploads and storage is required at the time of submission.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Chilkoot Trail Residency

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program for Canadian and American artists
Deadline 02-01-2016

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is an opportunity for Canadian and American artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and the human history of the Chilkoot Trail. In its sixth consecutive year, this program is a unique wilderness backpacking trip, across an international border, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). The program is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service.

The same 53 km that tested Chilkoot Tlingit traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders, is now a hikers' paradise. Average modern hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas the artists will spend two weeks on the Trail interacting with hikers, making art, and engaging with the site's natural and historic heritage. During and following their residencies, artists will present public outreach programs such as talks, workshops and demonstrations.

For further information, please contact:
Katie Newman, Marketing Director
Yukon Arts Centre

 Program information and applications are available at

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Monadnock Essay Prize

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize from Bauhan Publishing
Deadline 01-15-2016

We at Bauhan Publishing are pleased to announce the establishment of a new prize: The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.
• The prize will be awarded for a book-length collection (120-160 pages or 50,000-60,000 words) of nonfiction essays
• The essays can take any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account etc.
• The essays must NOT have been previously published as a collection
The cost to enter this competition is $30.00 per manuscript (entrants may submit multiple manuscripts) and the winner will receive:
• $1,000 prize money
• Publication of their collection
• 100 copies of the published book
• Distribution with our other 2016 fall titles through our partner UPNE (University Press of New England

More information at:

Friday, December 18, 2015

NEFA Webinar Series

New England Foundation for the Arts 2016 webinar series for CreativeGround 
Multiple event dates

Back by popular demand, NEFA will be resuming our monthly webinar series starting in January. All webinars will take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 1:45 PM. Register for the webinar of your choice below!

1.12.16: Introduction to CreativeGround

2.9.16: How to Use CreativeGround as a Teaching Artist

3.8.16: How to Use CreativeGround as a Cultural Nonprofit or Creative Business

4.12.16: Optimizing Your Profile's Chances of Coming Up in Search Results

5.10.16: Using CreativeGround as your Community's Cultural Directory


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Berlin Collective Residency

Berlin Collective Residency, International Studio Program call
Deadline 01-15-2016

Berlin Collective (BC) and The kulturspace Foundation (KSF) are pleased to announce our 'International Studio Program' in Berlin, Germany. Building on the success of the BC Artist Studio Residency Program in New York - our partnership & purpose is clear - the evolution of cross-cultural artistic exchange and the global advancement of the arts.

Art and expression is the lifeblood of Berlin. Not only will artists participating in the BC & KSF Program benefit from the veritable feast of eclectic and exciting artistic avenues available for exploration in Berlin, they will additionally have access to the BC & KSF extensive network. The artist residents will receive customized guidance for the duration of their stay in Berlin, and ongoing professional & artistic support in the form of open studio events and curatorial visits to increase their exposure in the art community with a focus on developing their practice both artistically and in business terms. Participants and their work will also have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure across social media platforms through video and text interviews.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Writers' Residency, AK

Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow call to artists for residency opportunities, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Deadline 12-31-2016

The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is a unique residency program for writers, artists, composers, architects, and chefs in the historic arts village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nestled on a beautiful bend in the road known as Dairy Hollow, the Colony hosts more than 50 established and emerging writers a year for residencies that vary in length from one week to three months.

The Colony is now open year-round, and winter is a very quiet, serene time to visit. For writers who join us to craft and compose their work, Colony time is magical. Residents apply and are juried into the Colony for either subsidized general residency or a Fellowship-funded stay. In the privacy of separate, individual writing suites fully equipped with bedroom, writing area, wifi, a/c, private bath, private entrance and mini-kitchens, and with all meals provided, our residents write, and write, and write!



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Barbara Deming Fund

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for feminists in the arts
Deadline 12-31-2015

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts, specifically writers and visual artists, in the United States and Canada. $25 application fee.

Grants of up $1,500 will be awarded to women poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and mixed-genre (illustration and text) artists whose work in some way focuses on women. Priority will be given to projects that have been initiated or are well under way and for which the artist has substantial work to show.

The fund does not support theater, playscripts, videos, or work that is or will be self-published. It also does not provide funds for editing services, business projects, or emergency situations for people in need.

Individuals working in fiction, mixed genres, and visual arts must apply by December 31, 2015. The deadline for nonfiction and poetry writers is June 30, 2016.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as examples of previously funded projects, visit the BDMF website.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Frost Place Chapbook Competition

2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press call for poets
Deadline 01-05-2016

The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, invites submissions to The Fourth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press. Submissions Fee: $28.00.

The winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press in Summer 2016.  The winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250 prize.  The winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, August 2016, including room and board (valued at approximately $1,500), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar.

Additionally, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2016 (peak fall foliage season in the White Mountains) at a time agreed upon by the fellow and the Frost Place.


Portland Symphony Orchestra Job

Portland Symphony Orchestra seeks Donor Relations and Database Manager (FT)
Deadline 01-07-2016

This position develops and implements procedures for the maintenance of donor and prospect records, processing of gifts, and acknowledgement of gifts in compliance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines and PSO policies. S/he develops and implements procedures for tracking and monitoring moves management within the Raiser’s Edge database, including the writing of queries, exports, and the creation of canned and custom reports. S/he performs routine wealth screening using ResearchPoint to continuously refill the PSO’s prospect pipeline. The Manager will work with members of the Development Office to achieve long-term development and fundraising goals.

A high degree of ownership and flexibility is required for this position, as it demands a highly motivated person who can multi-task efficiently in a fast-paced office; be responsive to meeting deadlines; be a team player on the staff; and can communicate effectively in-person, on the phone, or in email correspondence. S/He must be able to independently prioritize and complete work in a complex environment. This position requires absolute confidentiality and professionalism.

Strong computer skills are also required, including expert proficiency in Raiser’s Edge 7, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Access), Crystal Reports, and ResearchPoint. A Bachelor’s degree with three to five years of experience is required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fundraising
  • Donor Relationship Management – Raiser’s Edge 7
  • Prospect Research – ResearchPoint
  • Pledge Reminders
  • Analysis & Reporting
  • Cross-Function Support

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and salary history to Leah Robertson at lrobertson@portlandsymphony.org

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Kress Foundation Invites Applications for Scholarly European Art Projects
Deadline 01-15-2016

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to its History of Art grant program for scholarly projects designed to enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

Grants are awarded in support of projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

In previous years, grant amounts have ranged between $1,000 and $100,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization  as per the Internal Revenue Code, or a supporting foundation of a European institution.

See the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application guidelines.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Craft Emergency Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund Accepting Applications From Craftspeople in Need
Deadline Open 

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund is a national nonprofit organization that awards small grants and loans to professional craftspeople experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster.

Financial assistance ranges from $500 to $8,000. Other services include referrals to craft suppliers who have agreed to offer discounts on materials and equipment to craftspeople eligible for CERF funds and booth fee waivers from specific craft show producers.

CERF loan recipients are expected to repay the loan in full within five years, enabling CERF to have funds readily available for future craftspeople in need.

Applicants must be a professional artist working in a craft discipline (e.g., a potter, metalsmith, glass artist, woodworker, fiber artist, or furniture maker) who has had a recent career-threatening emergency and is a legal resident of the U.S.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Drury University Fellowships

Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University Visiting Artist Fellowship (Missouri)
Deadline 12-31-2015

Established in 2007, the Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University is dedicated to advanced research and practice in the field of contemporary visual arts. As part of its mission, the institute is seeking applications for its Summer 2016 Visiting Artist Fellowships program.

Each summer, SIVA offers four visiting artist fellowships alongside its Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory program. Fellowships are awarded to a diverse group of international artists representing a range of practices and disciplines. During their five-week residency, each visiting artist fellow is provided housing, a private studio space, access to the university’s resources and facilities, and a $4,500 stipend. In turn, visiting artist fellows serve as mentors in the MART program and are responsible for managing a five-week studio course. Visiting fellows also play an active role in SIVA through studio visits, workshops, reviews, and lectures.

Applicants should be an internationally exhibiting artist who has an established body of work and notable professional experience. An MFA or equivalent, teaching experience, and a record of exhibitions and/or other activities are required. Preference will be given to candidates possessing knowledge in historical and contemporary art issues across disciplines.

See the SIVA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

WERU Radio Job

WERU Community Radio seeks Communications Coordinator, (FT) 
Deadline 12-21-2015

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for coordinating three areas of the station including: outreach/promotion, volunteer coordination, and front end office management. Compensation for this full-time/40 hours per week position:

Salary: $32,000 (starting)
Benefits: Health Insurance, Vacation, Personal/Sick Leave, Holidays and Flexible Work Schedule
Start Date: January 25

In the area of outreach/promotion, the Communications Coordinator will produce an e-newsletter for listeners and the general public, will maintain a community calendar of events for the website and on-air, and will be a member of a team of other staff in managing website content and social media. This position will also manage station advertising and press releases.

In the area of volunteer coordination, this position will manage the recruitment, orientation, and placement of volunteers for pledge drives, outreach tabling at community events, station events, and other duties as needed by the station (including those included in this job description).  This position will also produce a volunteer e-newsletter.

In the area of front office management, this position will serve as receptionist and will manage the front office operations including receiving and assisting guests, and directing phone calls, emails and mail to other staff.

This position will collaborate with the Development Director and will serve on the Development Committee.

To apply, email Matt Murphy at manager@weru.org with resume, cover letter and contact information for two references. Please no calls.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Children's Museum of Maine Job

Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine seeks a Development & Communications Associate (FT)
Deadline Open until filled

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is seeking an experienced, organized, personable individual to serve as development & communications associate. Reporting to the director of development & communications, the development & communications associate will play an integral role in developing and implementing key strategies to support the Museum & Theatre’s annual fundraising, membership and earned income goals. The development & communications associate’s primary responsibilities include: planning and executing special events including the annual auction, administering the annual fund campaign, providing support for sponsorship, grants, capitol, endowment, and major gift campaigns, providing support for marketing and public relations efforts, maintaining the donor database, coordinating departmental volunteers and providing general administrative support as needed.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of non-profit development experience, be resourceful, detail-oriented, proactive, possess exemplary written and verbal communications skills, be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, have a sense of humor, and be passionate about the Museum & Theatre’s work.

Reports to: Director of Development & Communications
Status: Full Time salary, 40 hours per week with benefits


  • Manage all special events including the annual auction
  • Administer the annual fund campaign 
  • Provide support for sponsorships  
  • Provide support for capital, endowment, and major gifts campaigns as needed
  • Oversee the maintenance of the donor database and assist in generating reports/lists/data analysis 
  • Prepare revenue reports and analysis as needed
  • Assist with board, staff, donor and constituent communications. Responsibilities may include overseeing the production of select printed materials, email newsletters, invitations, etc. 
  • Provide general administrative support as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Position Requirements:

  • 3-5 years’ experience working for a non-profit organization, preferably in a development office
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills
  • Experience managing a donor database/CRM (GiftMaker Pro or similar preferred)
  • Experience planning and executing special events (auction experience a plus)
  • Understanding of non-profit finance procedures and reporting preferred
  • Strong computer skills, particularly MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Tech savvy
  • Team player
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Tact and discretion 
  • Experience soliciting donations
  • Public relations experience preferred 
  • Familiarity with the greater Portland philanthropic community a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to lift items up to 40 pounds
  • Bachelor’s degree required
To apply, please submit the following materials: Resume, Cover Letter, Completed Museum & Theatre Employment Application. References and writing samples will be required for applicants who are chosen for interviews. Mail To: Attn: Director of Development & Communications, Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, PO Box 4041, Portland, Maine 04101
Email To:


Minsky Fund For Arts Education

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education grant
Deadline 12-15-2015

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education supports artists in residence to work with teachers to bring arts into the classrooms of grades three through five in the public schools of Penobscot and Washington Counties.

Recognizing the important role the arts can play in a school’s curriculum, the donors established this fund to encourage teachers in grades three through five to work with professional artists to bring the arts into the classroom and, in addition, to integrate a variety of art forms into the standard curriculum. The Minsky Fund challenges classroom teachers to explore innovative approaches to meet the following basic guidelines:

•    The teaching artist(s) work(s) with all the students in the grade(s) participating in the project

•    The teaching artist(s) work(s) with all the participating teachers to explore the integration of the arts into the standard curriculum. If agreed upon by the artist and teachers, other interested faculty may also participate.

Each year the Minsky Fund will award as many as six grants, up to a maximum of $1,000 each. The application process involves a simple two-page project proposal, which addresses the following: anticipated benefits; timeline and milestones; possible barriers; and a use-of-funds budget. To further simplify the process, application submission and much of the communication will be completed by email.

Complete information at:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Maine Poet Laureate Call

The state of Maine is seeking a new Poet Laureate
Deadline 12-22-2015

The Maine Arts Commission  announced today that the State will be selecting a new Poet Laureate to succeed current laureate Wesley McNair, who has held the position since 2011. The State Poet Laureate is appointed for a five-year term and may be reappointed for a second consecutive term.

To be considered for this appointment, poets must be full-time Maine residents and have a distinguished body of poetic work. Please submit up to five poems, totaling no more than 10 pages, as well as a one-page statement outlining your vision for your public role as Poet Laureate and a copy of your resume no later than December 22 to Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission at Julie.richard@maine.gov

Maine’s Poet Laureate position is an appointment designed to promote poetry throughout the state while honoring an eminent Maine poet for his or her achievements.  The position was established by Maine statute in 1995. The specific duties of the Poet Laureate are minimal to ensure incumbents have maximum freedom to work on their own projects during their tenure, and include an annual lecture and reading of his or her poetry; participation in the Maine Arts Commission’s administration of the national Poetry Out Loud project; as well as appearances and events to broaden appreciation and understanding of, and participation in, poetry in Maine communities.


For more information call 287-2724

UMO Theatre and Music Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for U Maine Orono performing arts students
Deadline 12-15-2015

University of Maine Theatre Arts Scholarship
The University of Maine Theatre Arts scholarship is a merit scholarship created to provide financial support for the best and most talented theatre students to study theatre at the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts. Scholarships will be offered to incoming theatre students who are identified as having a talent and commitment for theatre. These scholarships are $3000 a year, for up to four years; totaling a potential for up to $12,000 in financial support. Awards may also be given to transfer students for up to three years.

UMaine’s theatre program is designed to encourage double majors making this initiative beneficial to students not intending to pursue theatre as a career. Students who are offered the scholarship will need to apply to the University of Maine by the early application deadline of December 15th 2015, and be accepted at the University.

University of Maine Music Performance Scholarship
 This scholarship opportunity is for incoming first-year student musicians in all majors and degree programs (not solely music). Students may be nominated for this scholarship to the Music Department by a music teacher or music director or be observed in performance by a Music Department faculty member. These scholarships are $3000 a year, for up to four years; totaling a potential for up to $12,000 in financial support. Awards may also be given to transfer students for up to three years.Scholarship students must participate each semester in an ensemble that is approved by the Chair of the Division of Music. Students who are offered the scholarship will need to apply to the University of Maine by the early application deadline of December 15th 2015, and be accepted at the University. Request your application today!

If you wish to complete your admission as a music major (Music, Music Education or Music Performance), auditions are arranged through the Music Division. To schedule a music audition, please contact Kerry Davis or call 207.581.4703.

Complete information at:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Accepting Applications From Artists With Financial Need
Deadline Open 

The mission of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is to aid those individuals who have worked as artists over a significant period of time. The foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need, whether professional, personal, or both.

The foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists (painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers) with genuine financial needs. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time, with the size of the grant to be determined by the artist’s individual circumstances and professional exhibition history. Artists applying for a grant must be actively exhibiting their current work in a professional artistic venue such as a gallery or museum space.

The foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, computer artists, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories. In addition, it does not make grants to students or to fund academic study or pay for past debts, legal fees, the purchase of real estate, moves to other cities, personal travel, or the costs of installations, commissions, or projects ordered by others.

For complete application guidelines and a list of previously supported artists, see the PKF website.

Elementary School Theatre Job

Elementary school performing art teacher job at ME - RSU 74/MSAD 74 - Anson Embden New Portland, Solon (FT)
Deadline 12-14-2015

Bachelor’s Degree; Maine state certification with proper classification/ endorsements

Master’s Degree

JOB DUTIES:                          
  1.)    Follows a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of students utilizing a course of study adopted by the Board of Directors and the Maine Learning Results.
  2.)    Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students.
 3.)     Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.  
  4.)    Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicates these objectives to students.
  5.)    Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media consistent with the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.
  6.)    Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records, prepares progress reports, assigns grades, and keeps students aware of this process on an ongoing basis.
   7.)   Recognizes the strengths and learning needs of students and seeks the assistance of District specialists as needed.
  8.)    Attends Pupil Evaluation Team meetings and participates in the formation of individualized educational plans for all students requiring special services.
  9.)    Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss students’ academic and behavioral progress and to interpret the school program.
 10.)  Strives to implement by instruction and action the District philosophy of education, mission, and instructional goals and objectives.
 11.)  Develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere.
 12.)   Attends staff meetings and serves on school and district committees as required.
 13.)   Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day.
 14.)   Cooperates with other members of the staff in planning instructional goals and objectives and analyzing student assessment data.
 15.)   Assists in the selection of text books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
 16.)   Administers district standardized testing, the Maine Educational Assessment, and other portions of the local assessment system.
 17.)   Undertakes continuing professional study to improve understanding, knowledge, and teaching methods related to meeting student needs.
 18.)   Integrates appropriate technology into the curriculum.
 19.)   Performs other job-related duties that may be assigned by the building administrator.

Complete information at:

Monday, December 7, 2015

American Music Abroad Grant

American Music Abroad Invites Applications for International Exchange Program
Deadline 01-24-2016 

American Music Abroad, a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’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 of three to five musicians working in traditional American genres are selected to conduct regional cultural exchange tours in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East for approximately a month. For the purpose of this program, traditional American genres are defined as including, but not limited to, Contemporary Urban, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Indie Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Broadway Musical Theater, and American roots music genres like Country, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, Tejano, Southwestern American Conjunto, Native-American, and Folk.

As part of the program activities, selected ensembles will 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. In addition, the program will create opportunities for bands to engage post-tour with  program alumni and feature their music and expertise through Skype chats as well as Internet radio broadcasts on AMA Radio.

Prior to the respective tours, 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 State Department. All events — national and international — 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 for expenses incurred while on the road will be 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.

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


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Panavision Filmmaker Program

Panavision New Filmmaker Program
Deadline Open

To submit your project for consideration for the New Filmmaker Program, submit a proposal that includes the following:

Cover letter describing the status of your production, desired format, and some background about yourself. (If you are working on a thesis project for school, you must also submit a letter of reference from your professor on school letterhead.)
Shooting schedule
Copy of the script
Copy of your budget
Resumes and bios of all key people involved
Contact information (e-mail/phone number) for all key people involved. If you are associated with a school, include a letter of good standing on the school’s letterhead. If you are not associated with a school, please include a copy of your state ID
Three line project synopsis

Any other material that you think will support your proposal package (location photos, storyboards, past work, etc.) We will review your proposal to determine if it meets Panavision’s standards and scheduling requirements. We will respond as quickly as possible, but please allow at least three weeks for an initial response.

You can submit your application via email or regular mail.

Mailing Address
New Filmmaker Program
ATTN: Mike Dallatorre

6101 Variel Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

If you have any questions regarding Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program, please call 818-316-1000.



Saturday, December 5, 2015

Maritime Film Festival Call

International Maritime Film Festival is accepting submissions
Deadline July 1, 2016
Event September 30-October 2, 2016

The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now accepting submissions for a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking.The entry fee is $45.

The IMFF is a joint venture between Northeast Historic Film (NHF) in Bucksport, Maine, and WoodenBoatPublications, Inc. (WBPI), in Brooklin, Maine. NHF is the technical partner, and brings a constellation of film experts to the organization, while WBPI, with its rich understanding of the topic, serves as the media and content partner. NHF’s state-of-the art theatre in Bucksport, the Alamo, will host a gala awards event on the weekend of September 30-October 2, 2016. In the months after the awards event, a compilation of winners will be offered to venues worldwide.
The awards ceremony will take place in Bucksport, Maine, and Brooklin, Maine. It will be a small, exclusive event centered at the Alamo and will include two days of screenings, short presentations, and parties—one of which will take place on the seaside campus of WoodenBoatPublications in Brooklin.

IMFF accepts documentary films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, and environment and science. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles.

Submissions may be made online at www.maritimefilmfestival.com


Friday, December 4, 2015

Residency in Kumarakom Kerela India

Carpe diem Artists Residency Monsoon Program at The Lily Pad, India 
Deadline 12-20-2016

Carpe diem Artists Residency is designed to provide the participating artists a clutter-free space (in mind and in geography), nurtured with both the silences of isolation and enriching conversations with fellow artists, inching you closer to your project every passing moment. Here, you are on a journey of looking inward, where you share your thoughts, ideas, and desires with fellow artists to experience a collective sense of freedom. We at Carpe diem strongly believe that the best of your creative instincts can be nurtured when you elevate your experiences in a holistic way.

We intend to take this journey forward with art residencies curated for artists from a plethora of disciplines. The more diverse your experiences are, the more interesting the residencies become. Our objective is to host new and emerging, as well as veteran artists to help them comprehend their creative corridors. Towards the closure of each program, the artists need to arrive upon a certain outcome, essential to their projects.

Though art can be pursued in solitude, we do believe that it solicits the constructive responses of fellow beings with an equal passion for art. Hence to accomplish the goal of creative pursuit we invite writers, film-makers, photographers, painters, musicians etc. across the world to join us at Carpe diem.

We encourage you to comprehend that the final takeaway might be individualistic but the process will be collective, leading each artist to fully explore their inner dimension of art. We would step in as facilitators (not to forget fellow artists) to engage you in intensive workshops, brainstorming sessions and free-flowing conversations helping you inch closer to your projects.In our endeavor to achieve an organic process of creating any kind of art, we have also incorporated outdoor activities like trekking, visit to local apple orchards and nearby villages, interaction with local school students etc. in the program. We believe that any artistic pursuit is an engaging process and an artist needs to constantly strive to remain connected with his/her own self as well as with nature which constitutes the very fertile ground for any creation.

Harvestworks Residency, NYC

Harvestworks New Works Residency for technology artists, NYC
Deadline 12-15-2015

Harvestworks New Works Residency is a national program that offers American artists (US-residents) commissions of up to $5000 to make a new work in our Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) lab. Each artist receives up to a $2000 artist fee with the balance of the award used for TEAM lab activities including research and development, sound and image production, programming and prototyping. The artist works with a team comprised of Harvestworks’ Project Manager and consultants, technicians or instructors. The proposed projects should explore new aesthetic premises and push the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. There is a $5 fee for the application.Residencies run from January 1, 2016 through December 30, 2016.

Special Initiatives: The Harvestworks Creative Residency Program in Emerging Technology will commission artists using emerging technology such as biosensors, immersive audio and video, camera and eye tracking systems, data sonification or visualization, mobile, new computer interfaces and controllers and new ways to engage with social media and communities.

Composers are encouraged to apply to explore new technology for space and spatialization of sound in contemporary music.

A limited number of scholarships and 24 hour Technology Lab Workspace Residencies will be recommended by the panel depending on our funding. The Technology Lab Workspace Residency includes 24hr access to the Harvestworks studios and collaborative working environment, access to classes, rehearsal and limited technical assistance.

The New Works program is designed to assist individual working artists. Collaborations, groups, ensembles and collectives have to designate a Lead Artist to apply to the program. Only new work proposals are accepted. Proposals that document an existing work are not eligible. Students who are currently enrolled in a university are not eligible. Program recipients from the past 2 years are not eligible to apply this year. Lead artists must reside in the U.S.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

WEX Oceania Exhibition, Call

WEX is accepting art submissions for the second exhibition at the corporate office.
Deadline 12-14-2015

WEX is now accepting art submissions for our second exhibition at the corporate office in South Portland, Maine! Do you have art that relates to Oceania in some way? We would love to see it!
As a global company, WEX is proud to have offices and operations in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. As part of the ongoing efforts to cross-collaborate with our global employees, we will be spotlighting this regions culture. Our call for art focuses on Oceania to encompass the shared strong geographical trait of water throughout this region.



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Maine Craft Apprentice Reminder

Maine Crafts Association Craft Apprentice Program 
Deadline 12-04-2015

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission (MAC), is implementing a state-wide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners. The program offers concentrated peer-to-peer learning experiences for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They will accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. 

The annual apprenticeship will last for approximately seven months. Both the master artist and the apprentice will receive an honorarium based on a minimum of one-hundred hours of interaction ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). Applicants will apply jointly, and discuss clear goals to be obtained during their time together; create a basic plan for how this will be executed, as well as a proposed budget for the apprentice's honorarium. Participation in the program will require evaluation surveys, reports and documentation of the pair's process. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of professionals for a first round elimination; then finalists are interviewed in person with awards/contracts given to two joint applicants.

Application Deadline: December 4, 2015
Selections Announced: January 31, 2015
Apprenticeship Dates: March 1, 2016 - September 15, 2016

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NEH Media Production Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities Media Production Grant
Deadline 01-13-2016

NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.

Media Projects grants support the following formats:

film and television projects; and
radio projects.
Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. But in either case they must be intended for national distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

Radio projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject in a supplementary manner: for example, book/film discussion programs, websites, mobile applications, museum exhibitions, or podcasts.

If you seek to produce a digital project that is independent of a film, television, or radio project, you should apply to the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants program. Please contact a Division of Public Programs program officer if you have questions about which grant program best fits your project.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from competition to competition, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from publicpgms@neh.gov


Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or publicpgms@neh.gov
Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Department of Education Call

Maine Department of Education – Call for arts-integration participants 
Deadline Open until filled

The Maine Department of Education is offering a professional development opportunity, The Maine Arts Education Resource Project – Integration (MAERP-I). MAERP-I is looking to bring together teams of teachers and artists to explore and create arts integration classroom units to be shared on the Maine Arts Education Resource Bank. Compensation: $500 per participant.

Teams will consist of one arts teachers, one non-arts teachers, and one or two other content area teacher(s). Under the expertise of Lisa Donovan, Ph.D, co-author of the series, Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas, teacher teams will be guided through the process of working as a team and creating integrated lesson plans and performance task assessments that are rigorous in all content areas involved.

On  Jan. 15th, 2016 participants will attend a day-long face-to-face meeting for professional development for creating integrated lesson plans and performance task assessments that are rigorous in all content areas involved. There will also be two online check-in meetings. Feb. 8 & May 12th and a day-long face-to-face meeting to give and receive feedback on April 8th, 2016. Submission of draft lesson plans on March 4th and April 4th and final lesson plans due on June 3rd.

Units will be posted to the Maine Arts Education Resource Bank and teacher teams can present their work at the MALI (Maine Arts Leadership Initiative) summer institute.

Contact Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert with any Questions beth.lambert@maine.gov

Application at

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Friends of Maine State Museum Job

The Friends of the Maine State Museum seeks a Development Director (PT)
Deadline 12-15-2015

The Friends of the Maine State Museum seeks a Development Director who will have the responsibility for strengthening the Friends organization, and will assist the Maine State Museum in fund raising and public activities. The successful candidate should be interested in museum work and public education and have the ability to connect with many different kinds of people.  BA required; MA preferred;  3 years of demonstrated success in business or non-profit employment, including experience in public communications, organizational advocacy, fundraising and activity planning. This is a 30 hour a week position.

Contact Friends.Museum@Maine.gov for a detailed job description.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Friends.Museum@Maine.gov

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ticket to Ride

Maine Arts Commission Ticket to Ride funding available
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.


Friday, November 27, 2015

On Screen/In Person Film Fellowship

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation call for its On Screen/In Person film program
Deadline 12-11-2015

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for its On Screen/In Person program, which provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

Six films and their creators are selected for the program annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.

Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with MAAF and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers. Organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia interested in serving as host sites for tours are selected by the foundation through an open, competitive application process.

All travel expenses are paid by MAAF. In addition, a $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) will be provided by the foundation to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs, as well as a $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.

The program is open to filmmakers from across the United States. Animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative works are eligible for consideration. Organizations accepted as host sites participate in the film selection process.


Terra Academic Grant

Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Program Grants
Deadline 12-10-2015 (LOI)

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

DeVos Institute Fellowship

DeVos Institute Fellowship in Arts Management Strategy
Deadline 12-15-2015

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management, which operates on the premise that while much is spent to train artists, too little is spent to support the people who keep those artists at work, provides training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards.

Founded at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2001, the institute transferred to the University of Maryland in 2014, where it continues to offer support to individuals, organizations, and — in collaboration with foundations and governments — communities of organizations around the world.

To help advance this mission, the institute is accepting applications for its annual fellowship program, which provides mid-career arts managers from anywhere in the world with four weeks of intensive training, over three consecutive summers, in arts and cultural management, artistic planning, marketing, fundraising, evaluation, and finance. Fellows also will benefit from ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.

Fellows receive air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C., and their country of residence; lodging during the fellowship; a per diem to cover living expenses; visa sponsorship (for international applicants); and all program materials.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization; currently serve as an executive or department head with decision-making authority; and have an excellent command of business English, orally and written. In addition, applicants must be able to commit to the full term of the fellowship (residency dates are June 27 to July 22, 2016; June 26 to July 21, 2017; and June 25 to July 20, 2018).)


Seal Cove Museums Job

The Association of Maine Archives & Museums seeks a Contract Director 
Deadline 11-30-2015

MAM fosters a network of citizens and institutions in Maine who identify, collect, interpret, and/or provide access to materials relating to history, living collections, and culture. The MAM Director assists in these activities by managing the organization’s membership program, communications, and finances, and by assisting Board and Committee Members with programs and initiatives such as the annual conference, workshop series, and advocacy. This position filled on a contract basis, renewed annually. The Director operates as a contractor, setting their own schedule and providing their own work space and equipment. Start Date: January 1, 2016

Services to be provided:

  • Website updates and social media support (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Supporting member recruitment and retention, managing the membership database (Wild Apricot)
  • Financial management, including bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable, and making deposits
  • Assisting the treasurer and finance committee with budgets and financial reports
  • Management of Board and committee meetings, including agenda distribution and taking of meeting minutes
  • Desktop publishing, writing and editing services (eg. board handbook, conference program, postcard mailers, fliers)
  • Answering and forwarding telephone, electronic and written requests for information about and services provided by MAM as appropriate
  • Work with the Advocacy Committee to advocate for issues of concern at the state level
  • Represent MAM in the National Association of State Museum Associations
  • Event/meeting planning, including hotel and conference room and catering reservations as needed, in cooperation with the Programs Committee
  • Conducting research and preparing statistical reports (e.g., conference feedback surveys, surveying the membership)
  • Filing appropriate organizational reports with state and federal agencies (eg. Annual Report/ IRS 990)
  • Maintaining MAM’s files and archives, including maintaining adequate back-ups of MAM related digital files in the Director’s care
  • Writing grants in conjunction with board committees and administering awards
  • In conjunction with the Board, identifying, cultivating and maintaining ties to community groups, associations, state agencies and other institutions to promote MAM’s programs, growth and members and/or secure cooperation, funding or assistance in programming.
  • Promoting MAM and establishing effective public relations through the preparation and presentation of public programs and workshops, working with the communications committee in drafting press releases, and representing MAM when speaking with media outlets
  • Administer the Maine Cultural Listserv (MCULTR)


  • Proven excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with word processing, database, and spreadsheet software, as well as social media platforms. Desktop publishing skills strongly preferred.
  • Strong time-management skills.
  • Experience in the museum, library, or archives field.
  • MAM does not have a bricks-and mortar office, so the successful applicant must be able to provide his or her own office set up.

This is an annual contract position that pays $800 month (based on an average of 40 hours a month at $20/hour).

Please save all documents as pdfs and send a letter of interest, c.v., contact information for three references to Raney Bench, MAM Board President, at director@sealcoveautomuseum.org

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NMCC Public Art Call

Northern Maine Community College call for public art, Presque Isle, Maine
Deadline 12-30-2015

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists who are residents of Maine to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle, Maine. The total project budget is approximately $6,200.

The Percent for Art law in Maine reserves one percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings and /or their exterior renovations and additions.

Built on the site of a former WW II Air Force Base, Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) began as Northeastern Maine Vocational Institute in 1961. In 2002, leaders of Maine’s (then) Technical Colleges proposed that the seven colleges - which had many of the features and attributes of community colleges - become true comprehensive community college. The proposal was presented across Maine and was endorsed by education, business, and policy leaders throughout the state.

Complete information at:

NEH Media Development Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities Media Development grant
Deadline 01-13-2016 

NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.

Media Projects grants support the following formats:

film and television projects; and
radio projects.
Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

In the last five competitions the Media Projects: Development Grants program received an average of 39 applications. The program made an average of three grants per competition, for a funding ratio of 8 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from competition to competition, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from publicpgms@neh.gov

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or publicpgms@neh.gov
 Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Maine Playwrights Festival

Acorn Productions is accepting scripts for Maine Playwrights Festival
Deadline 12-15-2015

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

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.


Greenway Public Art Call, Boston

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy call for 2016 Chinese Zodiac public art
Deadline 12-14-2015

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is seeking proposals from artists to create engaging public art around the 2016 Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Monkey, as part of an ongoing series in Chinatown Park in downtown Boston. The Greenway has partnered with the Radian Boston (www.radianboston.com) to create a series of rotational sculptural and mixed-media installations in front of Essex Street Gate, the new entrance to Chinatown Park. With the aim of paying tribute to both past and present, each year a new artwork will be temporarily erected in this space. Artists will submit work centered on each year’s Chinese Zodiac animal. The installation’s goal is to unite the history, culture and traditions of Chinese New Year and the Chinatown community with that of ideas and portrayals by contemporary artists.  Proposed works of art do not have to be directly connected to the concept of the Zodiac and may instead focus on the larger theme of “Monkeys.”

2016 will mark the beginning of the Chinese Zodiac year of the Monkey. In Zodiac mythology, the Monkey is tied to character traits of independence, enthusiasm, and an unscrupulous childlike personality. Additionally the year of the Monkey is connected to the element of metal which carries attributes of determination and intensity.

All professional artists or artists residing in the contiguous United States may apply. Artists will be asked to submit proposals for site-specific work to be temporarily installed and displayed in Chinatown Park. Work in any medium will be considered and must be durable and suitable for outdoors with the ability to withstand the elements of a New England climate as well as interaction with the general public . Proposals need not be related to any past larger thematic work but should be representative of the artists’ particular point of view and should be based around the theme of Monkeys.

Project budget for this installation is $18,000, and is inclusive of all costs of installation/de-installation, permits, site restoration, and transportation. The selected artist will receive a $4,000 stipend in addition to the $18,000 project budget. The Greenway will accept submissions starting November 9th and ending on December 14th. Work in any medium will be considered. Artists’ will be asked to develop a line itemized budget as part of proposal submission.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Scholastic Art Awards

Alliance for Young Artists & Writers call for Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Deadline 12-17-2015 (for art)

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has launched its call for entries for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Creative teens in grades 7-12 are invited to submit work in twenty-eight categories of art and writing, including film and animation, video game design, sculpture, photography, fashion design, poetry, journalism, humor, dramatic script, and science fiction.

Student submissions are judged on the regional level by the alliance's affiliates, with the highest-rated works then presented to national panels of creative leaders to determine which will receive top honors. Fifteen graduating high school seniors will be awarded Portfolio Gold Medals, which include a $10,000 scholarship. Additional scholarships are made available to Portfolio Silver Medalists and through sponsored awards and stipends to summer arts programs.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 7-12 in a public, private, parochial, home, or out-of-school program in the U.S. or Canada, or in an American school abroad.

For complete program information, entry guidelines, and regional deadlines, visit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website.


Bates Dance Festival Internships

Bates Dance Festival call for interns
Deadline 02-03-2016

The Festival’s internship program offers qualified individuals an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Festival’s professional staff. Interns receive on-the-job training in technical production, video/media, arts administration or dance education, while gaining valuable contacts and in-depth knowledge of contemporary dance.

Housing, meals and complimentary tickets to performances are provided. Dance education, administration and video interns may register for up to two classes a day. Technical Production interns may register for one class a day and will receive a $200 stipend (upon submission of receipts) to assist with travel.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

ArtsLink Grants for Artists and Managers

CEC ArtsLink Announces Grant Opportunities for Artists & Arts Managers
Deadline 12-03-2015

CEC Artslink is inviting applications from artists and arts managers from eligible countries for project grants that enable them 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 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.

There are no age limitations; however, students and non-professionals are ineligible. In addition, projects focused 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 this 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, 2016. Projects must be completed by April 30, 2017.

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.

Applicants must have a letter of invitation from a nonprofit organization or individual in the United States in order to apply. In addition, the application must be submitted by the international partner.

Eligible countries are Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, 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.