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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Theatre Travel Grant

Grants provide monetary assistance to arts presenters and curatorial staff so that they may travel to view NTP projects for which they are considering presenting.
Deadline - Open

Applicant must be able to fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients if awarded.
Arts presenters and curatorial staff considering NTP projects are eligible to apply for travel support to see the project. Grants reimburse up to 50% of total expenses, including mileage, economy class transportation, meals, lodging, admission, and, where applicable, conference or showcase registration fees. In general, grants range from $500-$700. Funded presenters are expected to complete an evaluation within one month of viewing the project.

If you are a U.S.-based presenter considering presentation of an NTP project, contact Program Manager Quita Sullivan (qsullivan@nefa.org or 617.951.0010 x531).

All organizations are required to provide an IRS W-9 Form (see www.irs.gov for current version) and a DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) Number in the application.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Maine Tourism Partnership Program

Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program
Deadline Open

The Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) was developed to provide marketing funding to the eight designated tourism regions, two special events and targeted tourism marketing efforts within the state of Maine.

The MTMPP Regional Grant distributes awards to permanent non-profit incorporated organizations whose primary purpose is to promote and expand tourism in each of the eight (8) designated regions.

The intent of the MTMPP Special Event Grant program is to fund major events that have an impact on travel to at least two or more regions, and/or generate national and/or international press coverage for the State. The Events need to demonstrate multi-regional and/or statewide economic impact by drawing tourism related activities to the state from beyond our borders as well as internally.

The intent of the MTMPP Tourism Enterprise Grant is to distribute awards for smaller or focused tourism marketing projects to permanent non-profit 501C3 or 501C6 incorporated organizations whose primary purpose is to promote and expand tourism in Maine.

To apply contact Phil Savignano at phil.savignano@maine.gov

If you have any questions about the MTMPP please contact Phil Savignano, Maine Office of Tourism, (207) 624-9809 or phil.savignano@maine.gov

More information at www.mtmpp.com


Maine Theatre Collective

Maine Theatre Collective is accepting new members 
Deadline: Open

Maine Theatre Collective is a place for Theaters and Theater Artists to discuss and share their interests and materials. http://www.mainetheater.org/

HOME PAGE - If you would like an image to be added to this home page, please send an email to
MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com with the jpeg image, a caption (optional, it will cover the image if
you have one), and any related link that you wish to be connected to the image. Updates will be done
based on urgency and date received.

CALENDAR - If you would like your theater's calendar added to this page, please create a Google
Calendar specific to your theater, make sure to create events with the specific show dates, times,
locations, and then share the calendar with MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com. Events should be
performances only (not auditions, discussions, workshops, readings, etc), please
email MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com with any questions. Your calendar will be reviewed and we
may ask for changes to be made before we add it to this page. Please use the Portland Stage calendar as
an example.

THEATER LIST - If you wish for your theater company to be added to this list, please email the name you
wish displayed, the url for the website you would like it to link to as well as any facebook or twitter links,
and a description of no more than 100 words to MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com

CASTING – Send an email to MaineTheaterCollective@gmail.com with a jpeg of your headshot and a pdf
of your resume. Please indicate where you are currently located in the state (i.e. Portland, Bangor, etc).


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Traditional Performing Artist Workshop

Workshop for folk and traditional performing artists in New England
Event 02-04-2015

Folk and traditional performing artists in New England are invited to learn more about NEFA’s grant programs and services. Whether you perform traditional Cambodian music, Sudanese dance, or are a part of a Native American drum group, join NEFA staff and  regional State Arts Agency folk arts staff at this event.

NEFA’s New England States Touring (NEST) grant program, which supports performances and community engagement activities by performing artists touring outside their home state.

A demonstration of NEFA’s newest tool, CreativeGround, New England’s regional directory that spotlights artists and creative enterprises. Participants will learn how CreativeGround can help increase visibility and connections with other artists and organizations. One-on-one technical assistance for any participants who want help updating or creating their profile will follow the demo – don’t forget to bring your laptop!

February 4, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm. The event will be at NEFA (145 Tremont Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02111). Cost: Free

1:00PM  Intro to NEFA and overview of NEST program
2:00PM  Demo of CreativeGround
3:00PM  (Optional): One-on-one assistance for participants who want help updating their profile. Laptops will be available, but we recommend bringing your own if possible.

Complete information at:

Hatch Fund

Hatchfund offers Kick starter type support to artists 
Deadline Open 

Everything you need to fund your next project is right here. This thriving creative community connects accomplished artists working in America with eager supporters, premier arts organizations, and arts lovers.

Our Partners are the premier arts organizations throughout the nation whose missions are to recognize, support and award outstanding artistic achievements. We invite you to partner with Hatchfund, and to leverage this collaborative community as your own.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Public Library Needs Teaching Artist

Portland Public Library seeks a teaching artists in vocal or choral arts
Deadline Open until filled

Portland Public Library is seeking experienced teaching artists, specifically in Vocal or Choral arts, to conduct sequential instruction workshops (minimum 8 sessions) for older adults in our library. The workshops should stress arts learning and foster meaningful social engagement. The workshop will conclude with a public culminating event. Program will be planned in cooperation with an assigned librarian. The selected teaching artist will receive an instructional fee in addition to being paid for prep and planning. This is a pilot project which has the potential to expand.

Please send an e-mail to creativeaging@portlandpubliclibrary.org with “Portland Public Library Teaching Artist” as the subject line. Attach a resume with teaching experience, an artist CV, references, and an artist statement which talks about your interest and/or experience in working with older adults.

Expeditions Touring Grant

Expeditions Touring grants provide funding for presenting in New England.
Deadline 02-18-2015

New England Foundation for the Arts touring grants provide funding for presenting high quality artists with innovative projects that exhibit strong collaboration between artists, presenters, and nonprofit organizations, and that creatively bring the arts to communities and under-served populations in New England.

To be eligible for Expeditions Touring Grant funding, applicants must:

  • Be a nonprofit organization, school, or government entity. (Nonprofit organizations do not have to be arts organizations. Organizations that do not have a federal tax identification number may apply if part of an official government agency.)
  • Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
  • The federal government now requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS numbers. More specifics on the requirement will be included in all NEFA grant applications.
  •  Applicants must be able to provide, if requested, documentation of their compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Please visit our Increasing Access to the Arts page for details.
  • Expeditions Touring applicants may act as a lead partner or presenting partner in a maximum of five (5) tours. Each tour partner submits an individual application. 

Expeditions will not fund:

  • Fundraising events or activities.
  • Organizations or activities occurring outside of the six-state New England region.
  • Events designed exclusively for students in school during class time.
  • Performances that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
  • If a project changes after funding has been awarded, the applicant must notify NEFA as soon as possible. NEFA does not guarantee funding if the project differs substantially from the original application. Requests for changes to a tour or tour planning grant will be considered on a case by case basis and may change the amount of the grant award.
More information at 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tides StudioWorks Residency

Residency Opportunity at the Tides Institute in Eastport Maine
Deadline 02-01-2015

Materials for the 2015 StudioWorks artist-in-residence program are now available,  $25 residency application fee.

StudioWorks at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art offers residency opportunities to visual artists to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Studio space is provided in a ground floor print shop located within Eastport’s historic downtown and working waterfront community. The residency provides a unique experience for each artist to create work within a public context and play an active role in the creative community. Eastport, Maine, is located within a coastal ‘artsipelago’ of island and peninsula communities along the international border between the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and the State of Maine, USA.

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by a national award from ARTPLACE, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown.

2013 Artists in Residence @ StudioWorks: June: Christine Wong Yap (New York, New York); July: Alexis Callender (New York, New York); August: Joe Kievitt (Portland, Maine); October: Edwige Charlot (Portland, Maine).

2014 Artists in Residence @ StudioWorks: Mid-May to mid-June: Maria Dimanshtein (Brooklyn, New York); July: Megan Singleton (St. Louis, Missouri); August: guest artist, Martha Lewis (New Haven, Connecticut); September: Joanne Kaliontzis (Boston, Massachusetts); October: Alice Case (Los Angeles, California).

Program Information PDF:

Apply at:

Banff Film Festival Maine Tour

The Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour 
Event date January 30 to February 9, 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festiva is a show of new, award-winning short films on outdoor adventure, extreme sports, nature and mountain culture. Each fall, the world’s premiere mountain films, books and speakers come together for nine days in Banff, Alberta. Thousands of people attend the festival to be inspired by stories of remote cultures, ambitious adventurers and amazing outdoor athletes.

The annual festival began more than 35 years ago and is now one of the flagship programs of The Banff Centre, “the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet.” More than 8,000 artists, leaders and researchers participate in multidisciplinary programs at the center each year. Immediately after the festival ends in November, a selection of the best films go on tour around the globe, traveling to 40 countries and reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. Maine has long been a destination for the tour, thanks to local outfitters and businesses that support the event each year.

The 2014/2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour schedule in Maine is as follows:

ELLSWORTH — Banff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 30-31, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 1 at The Grand at 165 Main Street. The event is sponsored by Cadillac Mountain Sports. Different films will be shown each night. On Jan. 30, the films will focus on mountain culture; on Jan. 31, the films will focus on sports; and on Feb. 1, the films will be the “Best of Banff.” Tickets — which are available at Cadillac Mountain Sports at 32 High Street in Ellsworth — are $14 for each night. For information, call Cadillac Mountain Sports at 667-7819 or the Grand Auditorium at 667-9500.

BANGOR — Banff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 3-4 at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. The event is sponsored by Epic Sports. Different films will be shown each night. Tickets — which are available at Epic Sports at 6 Central Street in Bangor — are $15 each night. Purchase tickets for both nights and save $5. For information, call Epic Sports at 941-5670.

ROCKPORT — Banff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7 at the Camden Hills High School Strom Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Maine Sport Outfitters. Different films will be shown each night. For information, call 236-7120. Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 in advance at Maine Sport Outfitters) and 45 for students. Tickets are good for one show.

PORTLAND — Banff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb 8-9 at State Theatre at 609 Congress Street. The event is sponsored by Chestnut Mountain Productions. Tickets for each night are $17 in advance (students $14 with school ID) or $20 at the door (students $17). Purchase tickets in advance at Allspeed Cyclery & Snow at 72 Auburn Street in Portland; Nomads at 100 Commercial Street; or The Cross Insurance Arena by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.statetheatreportland.com. For information, call 215-932-9161.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Maine Arts Commission workshops

Maine Arts Commission workshops about new grant opportunities 
Event dates, various 

Learn more about new opportunities from the Maine Arts Commission. Join staff for the second annual Arts Iditarod. Agency members will go over the new grants, review the agency's ongoing grant programs, share the simplified guidelines, and demonstrate the new electronic grants application and review system.

Thomas College, Waterville
2 - 4 p.m.

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor*
1 - 3 p.m.

Houlton Higher Education Center, Houlton
Noon - 2 p.m.

Osher Lecture Hall, Maine College of Art, Portland
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Schoodic Arts for All, Winter Harbor
7 - 9 p.m.

For more information on any of the Maine Arts Commission's grant programs please contact
Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility at 207-287-2750 or kathy.shaw@maine.gov


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Creative Aging Conference

Creative Aging Conference at  University Settlement Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Creative Aging. NYC
Event Date  Sunday March 15 - Friday, March 20, 2015.

For the fourth year in a row, this Institute will focus on the growing field of creative aging and will provide artists, as well as arts, senior center and nursing home administrators both a theoretical and didactic approach to implementing, sustaining and evaluating high quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving older adults, from senior centers to long term residential settings for the frail elderly. Presentations and workshops by national and local leaders in the field, combined with site visits to museums, galleries and "best practice" programs, will enable accepted trainees to raise the bar on arts engagement across the aging spectrum.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ticket to Ride Travel Funds

Ticket to Ride funding for school travel to arts events

Deadline, Open

The Ticket to Ride program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum.

Any K-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any K-12 school 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.

Ticket to Ride is designed for ease of administration; school personnel need only download and complete a two-page document to be eligible for funding. The only other requirement is the provision of a 250 word or less narrative, preferably with student input, of the experience within two weeks of the trip taking place. This final report helps the Maine Arts Commission secure funding to continue the Ticket to Ride program. The Maine Arts Commission respectfully requests that Ticket to Ride funds not be used to replace existing transportation funds in school budgets but rather to supplement them when necessary. Schools are welcome to use Ticket to Ride funds in combination with transportation funds that may be available from individual Maine arts based venues and events.

Schools contracting with Cyr Bus Lines are asked to contact General Manager Rick Soules and to mention the Ticket to Ride program.

 Click here for instructions on how to receive Ticket to Ride funding for your school: http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Ticket-To-Ride-Signup


Friday, January 23, 2015

Doris Duke National Projects Grant

Doris Duke Fund for National Projects to support projects that improve the national infrastructure for the performing arts.
Deadline 02-27-2015

The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost.  In general, grant periods will be limited to a maximum of two years, although applicants may request longer support in extraordinary circumstances.  Additional funds will be given to previous Fund for National Projects grantees in the  Fund for National Projects Phase II Program.

National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theatre, such as:

  • Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
  • Special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
  • Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
  • Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

Areas Not Funded

In general, the Arts Program does not fund visual arts, museums or galleries; film or media projects; literary arts; symphonies, opera companies, classical chamber music or musical forms beyond jazz; classical ballet companies; avocational arts activities; arts programs for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes; training and conservatory programs; capital projects; research or publications.

The Fund expressly does not support the following types of activities:

  • Projects by single performing arts entities (e.g., national tours of a particular dance or theatre work, even if they aspire to be a national model for others);
  • Ongoing annual conferences;
  • Individually produced conferences, performances or symposia (e.g., a festival produced by a single organization or by a consortia of local groups in a specific city or locale);
  • Re-granting programs;
  • Translations or commissions of new works (even if expected to have national impact);
  • Production start-up activities/production costs;
  • Arts education;
  • Avocational arts activities;
  • Capital projects;
  • Endowments.

Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.

Application process and complete information at:

Vans Custom Culture

Americans for the Arts and Vans seek applicants to the Custom Culture Contest 2015
Deadline 02-13-2015

Custom Culture is a national high school art competition during which students use four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor. The Top 5 Finalists will be flown to the Final Event in NYC, where a Grand Prize winner will be determined.

The winner of the Grand Prize will receive $50,000 for their high school art program and a chance for their designs to be sold in Vans’ retail stores. Runners up receive $4,000 towards their schools' art programs.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

NEA Artworks Grant

National Endowment: Artworks grant 
Deadline 02- 19-2015

The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, we want to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Items of interest:
Partnerships can be valuable to the success of projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.
American arts and design organizations must be inclusive of the full range of demographics of their communities, as well as individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. Toward that end, we encourage projects for which NEA support is sought to strive for the highest level of inclusiveness in their audiences, programming, artists, governance, and staffing. We also welcome projects that will explicitly address the issue of inclusion.

We are interested in projects that extend the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This is achieved in part through the use of Challenge America funds.

We are interested in projects, regardless of the size or type of applicant organization, that are of national, regional, or field-wide significance; that tour in several states; or that provide an unusual or especially valuable contribution because of geographic location. This includes local projects that can have significant effects within communities or that are likely to serve as models for a field.

We urge organizations that apply under these guidelines to involve artists in their projects and to provide specific information on the participating artists in their applications.

We are committed to supporting equitable opportunities for all applicants and to investing in diversity in the arts including works of all cultures and periods.

We recognize that the significance of a project can be measured by excellence and invention, not solely by budget size, institutional stature, or the numbers of people or areas that are reached.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Working Artist Grant

Working Artist Org. $1000 purchase award (grant)
Deadline 01-31-2015

Working Artist Org. is a privately run charitable organization, interested exclusively in the support and promotion of great art and artists. We offer a small monthly art purchase award to help serious artists keep working. Open to all visual artists including sculptors, installation, digital, design, mixed media, new media, film/video from all countries.

For application guidelines please see: http://www.workingartist.org/art-grant-guidelines.html

Phone: 253/973-4480

Portland Ballet Job

Portland Ballet seeks office manager (PT)
Deadline 01-31-2015

Responsible for overall office activities, including finance, administration, facilities, and volunteer coordination. Portland Ballet’s operations include a school, a professional dance company, and a theater.  The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced environment, and will appreciate the creative atmosphere of this performing arts organization. This position reports to the Executive Director and is estimated to be 20-30 hours per week.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Volunteer Coordination


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • Bookkeeping and QuickBooks experience required
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to identify and solve small problems proactively
  • High computer literacy, specifically MS Word and MS Excel, mail merges, and databases
  • Must have a love and enthusiasm for the performing arts
Send resume to: Melissa Lin, Board President ~ boardofdirectors@portlandballet.org or Portland Ballet 517 Forest Ave. #2 Portland, ME 04101

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Surdna Foundation Grant

Surdna Foundation Grant to support thriving cultures
Deadline - Open

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

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

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

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


Monday, January 19, 2015

Arts and National Parks Grant

National Endowment for the Arts and National Park Service Hallmark Anniversaries Grant
Webinar: January 21, (4:30pm)
Deadline: February 19, 2015
$1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category for projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. The National Park System includes not only national parks, but also national historic sites, trails, rivers, seashores, landmarks and national monuments, heritage areas, preserves, battlefields, recreation areas, and more. Projects in all art disciplines are eligible for funding consideration.

The grants will support art  projects that encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art about the National Park System. Funding will encourage partnerships with park areas or programs.

For a project being proposed within a unit of the national park system, applicants first must consult with the NPS official designated for this funding opportunity. Please contact ImagineYourParks@nps.gov

Guidelines are available at:

Prospective grantees can take part in a webinar on January 21 to learn more about this grant opportunity.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Do Something Grant

Youth Community Grant, Do Something Seed Grant
Deadline- Open

Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something every week to help young people! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.

Steps to Apply:
Create a Project Posting for your existing project.
Check out our Judging Criteria for help with your application.
Fill out an Online Application.
Check out the FAQ if you have more questions

More information at: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/seed-grants

Apply at: http://www.dosomething.org/user/registration?destination=node/718444


Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Community Grants
Deadline 01-30-2015 (for Special Initiatives inquiry) 

The Foundation supports United States-based organizations with a current 501(c)(3) status. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, small businesses, or organizations that aren’t incorporated in the U.S.

Most grants are to organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania (primarily in Pittsburgh) and New England (mainly the Boston region, New Hampshire, and Southern Maine), although individual Trustees may show an interest in organizations across the country.

Most of the grants are for general operating support, direct service programs, or modest participation in capital campaigns. The majority of the grants the Foundation awards each year are General Grants in the range of $5,000-$10,000.

The Trustees work in committees to invite and review proposals for larger grants focused on specific results in Community Development, the Environment, and Youth Violence Prevention. Special Initiative grants are typically in the range of $25,000-$50,000. Please see the Initiatives’ individual pages for their guidelines.

Complete information at:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

CreativeGround Directory

CreativeGround online directory fro creative people and places in the six New England states
Deadline Open

CreativeGround spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states. This online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

A project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is brought to you through ongoing partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.

But the best way to get to know CreativeGround is to use it! Get listed now!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Maine Gets 2 New Grants

Maine Arts Commission  offers two new grants for arts organizations
Deadline 03-25-2015

The CC=ED program encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development. Phase 1 of the CC=ED program now requires applicants to have cultural plan before Phase 2 funds can be sought.

A grant for up to $10,000 is available to support organizations engaging in cultural planning.
Application Deadline:  March 25, 2015

A new category of the Projects for Organizations, Organizational Development, will be offered to help applicants with marketing, staff development and other critical ongoing needs that are difficult to fund otherwise. Information will be given soon.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEA Art Works Grant

National Endowment for the Arts grant for projects that make a difference in their community or field.
Deadline 02-19-2015

The NEA's largest funding category, Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. 

Deadline: February 19, 2015
Notification: November 2015
Earliest Start Date: January 1, 2016

Deadline: July 23, 2015
Notification: April 2016
Earliest Start Date: June 1, 2016

An online workshop for potential Art Works applicants will be held January 21, and an archive will be available a few days after the webinar.

Integrated Arts Conference

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Maine Maritime Museum Job

Maine Maritime Museum seeks an Education Coordinator, Bath Maine (FT)
Deadline 01-30-2015

Under direct supervision of the Director of Programs & Operations and working in close collaboration with public programs, curatorial, and other museum staff and volunteers, this position is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the museums interpretive and educational programs. The goal of public programs is to educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities by offering relevant, compelling, and engaging educational programs that connect the past to contemporary and future issues while increasing attendance and building community and financial support for the Museum.

Required Skills:

  • The ideal candidate has a strong work ethic, is well organized, has a good sense of humor, and desires to work and learn with others in an energetic professional office.
  • Basic knowledge of maritime history and Maine’s role in the global Maritime world.
  • Ability to plan and implement museum-school and public programs from concept, curriculum development, budgeting, teaching, and evaluation.
  • Understanding of learning and human development theories that influence museum education practice.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and public communication abilities, including excellent customer service and management ability with a diverse workforce.
  • Understanding of museum issues in the 21st century, and familiarity with all aspects of museum operations and how they support audiences and collections.
  •  Ability to assess the various needs, preferences, and learning levels of multiple museum audiences.
  • Ability to interpret primary and secondary sources, including visual and material culture, quickly and critically and to reshape it, through public programs, school programs, new media, and written materials, for a variety of audiences.
  • Strong organizational abilities, time management skills and ability to effectively plan ahead across the program season, and to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills including public speaking.
  • Proficient in Microsoft office.
  • Three to Five years progressive leadership and management in a classroom or in an experiential education setting.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to John Settelen, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530. Electronic submissions accepted at jsettelen@maritimeme.org.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Core Arts Standards Workshop

National coalition for core arts standards is offering a workshop for theatre
Event date Wednesday January 14, 2015 Noon to 1:15 CST

This session will present an introduction of the purpose, structure, web-based environment, and state adoption strategies of the new Core Theatre Standards. The presenter will offer an overview of the creation of the standards, the philosophy and framework elements behind it, a tour of the website, and future plans around standards-based professional development, instructional resources, and advocacy. The session will also include periodic and concluding Q&A opportunities.

By attending this workshop, participants will be able to….

1. Understand the structure and purpose of the new core standards and their applicability to in and after school theatre education programs taught by certified educators and/or teaching artists
2. Gain literacy around the web-based environment of the standards
3. Learn how the Model Cornerstone Assessments embedded in the standards can be used to create reliable standards-based measures of student learning in theatre
4. Discover what role they can play to support adoption in their state

Click: TYA/USA MEMBERS – $5.75
Click: NON TYA/USA MEMBERS – $15.75

After payment, you will be redirected to the event registration page. If you are not redirected, email us, and we will send you the registration link.

Click here for further information on our Professional Development Webinars and to suggest topics and guests for future events.



Partnership; and the National Guild for Community Arts Education, among others. He tweets regularly at @edtadvocacy and blogs occasionally at http://schooltheatre.org/advocacy.

Circus Conservatory Classes

Circus Conservatory of America upcoming workshops
Event Dates January 17,18,24, 25 2015

Circus Conservatory of America is pleased to offer the following upcoming workshops with talented aerialist and Cirque du Soleil alumna, Tanya Burka! Cost is $40 per workshop.

Aerial Silks Intermediate Level: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Aerial Silks Advanced Level:  Sunday, January 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Hip and Back Flexibility: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Pre-Contortion: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Private Instruction with Tanya is also available in the following skills: Aerial Hoop, Aerial Choreography, Flexibility for Aerialists, Professional Development for Aspiring Circus Performers, Handstands for Aerialists, Stage Makeup, and Performance Marketing.

Tanya Burka is a 2006 graduate of Montreal’s renowned National Circus School with a specialty in aerial disciplines. Tanya has performed across Europe, Asia, and North America with grand-scale touring productions like Cirque du Soleil, as well as in more intimate cabarets, regional tours, corporate events and festivals. Inspired by her connection with her first instructors, Tanya has embraced teaching as part of her professional career, offering instruction from beginner to professional levels.



Monday, January 12, 2015

Ninja Writing Contest

NinjaEssays Writing Contest
Deadline 01-15-2015

Take advantage of this unique chance to get rewarded for your work by the best essay writing service! NinjaEssays is all about supporting writers and helping them to get the motivation they need. The purpose of this essay writing contest is to inspire writers from all around the world to showcase their creative and critical thinking skills.

By entering our annual writing contest, your work will be published on the NinjaEssays blog and shared on our social media profiles. Wait, there is more:

You’ll get a prize! If you rank first, second or third in the final results, you will receive a cash prize.
You will get recognition from exceptional academic writers.
You can freely express your opinions and get fair treatment by the judges. No candidate will be discriminated on the basis of national origin, race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or marital status.
You will help thousands of students to realize how a great essay should look like. Your entry will serve as an inspiration for them to start creating their own work.

There is NO ENTRY FEE!


  • Your entry should be 800-1000 words long!
  • Your contact information should be provided on a separate page.
  • Please submit the essay in one of the following file types: Word (.doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx). You can feel free to use images if you hold the rights for their distribution.
  • All entries must be free of plagiarism! You are not allowed to submit content that has been published before. The content will be checked with an advanced plagiarism checker and the candidates who don’t submit 100% unique work will be disqualified.
  • The essays must be written in English.
  • By submitting an entry to this essay contest, you agree to the terms and conditions and accept the decision of the judges as final.


  • "Urban Literacy as a Goal of Contemporary Education"
  • "Do Students Form or Lose Their Voice in Today’s Educational System?"
  • "Students' Development in the Digital Age: Intellectual Freedom or Frivolity?"
  • "Importance of Fine Arts Education in Public Schools"
  • "Old-School Teachers in the EdTech Age"
  • "Education as an Influential Factor in Developing Countries"
  • "Colleges as Training Grounds for Employment"
  • "Can Foreign Students Reach Their Academic Potential?"


  • Winner - $500
  • 2nd place - $300
  • 3rd place - $150

Choose one of the provided topics and submit your entry by sending an e-mail message to contact@ninjaessays.com, entitled “Essay Writing Contest”. Pay attention to the deadline!

Stay creative, unique and open-minded!


Public Art Workshop

New England Foundation for the Arts public art workshop
Event Date 01-21-2015

New England Foundation for the Arts public art workshop, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at  NEFA (145 Tremont Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02111)

Cost = Free

This session is open to artists and art organizations and will provide information about the Fund for the Arts grant, other grant opportunities and resources, and will include discussions on project idea development and grantwriting tips.

Speakers include:
Kelly Brilliant
Executive Director
Fenway Alliance

Teil Silverstein
Consults as a strategic communications affiliate, Marts & Lundy
Project management for public art residencies sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard

This session will also feature CreativeGround, NEFA's directory of New England's artists and creative enterprises. Participants will learn how CreativeGround can help increase visibility and connections with other artists and organizations. Bring your laptop and create or update a profile during the session!

As with every PADS, there will be time for networking. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor

The Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor is an annual award for excellence in literature.  
Deadline 01-31-2015

This is the first annual award.  It is so named in honor of someone whose years were short, but his inspiration was infinite.  Jackson Daughtry passed away from heart complications, after suffering from a debilitating syndrome, nearly ten years ago. Although nothing can replace his compelling presence, this award is a memorial to him, a legacy for those who strive to achieve their literary dreams.

The Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor award was established to help make the ultimate goal of one exceptional writer come true: to become a published author. The winner of the Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor receives a one thousand dollar ($1,000) cash prize and, best of all, a publication deal for your book, which includes professional editing, full distribution and marketing - all the components necessary to get your book published and the acclaim it deserves.  Not to mention the sole title of 2015 Jackson Daughtry Literary Honor Winner.

To enter the competition you will submit the first twenty pages of your work, along with a three to five page synopsis of your story.  We are looking for a novel of Fiction or Creative Nonfiction in any genre, except Poetry and picture books. The panel of Judges will read all of the entries as they are submitted


River Arts Call

River Arts call for submissions in any media, sculpture and fine crafts for “Black, White & Tones of Grey” exhibition.
Deadline 01-17-2015

River Arts invites artists to submit work for its upcoming “Black, White & Tones of Grey” exhibition. Organizers seek submissions of in any media, sculpture and fine crafts, according to a news release from the gallery.

Submitted works of art should be created from “Black, White and Tones of Grey”. Work can be submitted during gallery hours anytime before 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. The opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23.

The juror for the exhibition will be Tina Ingraham. Ingraham has a broad history in a variety of teaching experiences, done independently and within educational institutions including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College where she received a Charles G. Shaw Award for excellence and teaching Fellowship. She is currently writing a text on teaching painting developed from her approach to teaching color theory directly on the palette and inspired by her study of master paintings relevant to her work.

Artists can enter up to three works for jurying. The entry fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. All work entered must be for sale. Wall-hung work size maximum: 60 inches in height, 42 inches in width — and for safety reasons plexiglass or other non-glass option should be used for larger than 34 inches, excluding pastels.

River Arts is located at 241 U.S. Route 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, email info@riverartsme.org, call 563-1507 or visit www.riverartsme.org

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Maine Photo Project

Maine Photo Project - More than thirty museums, galleries, and historical societies will present 
photography-themed exhibitions and programs throughout the year. 
Event starts January 9, 2015

The exhibitions opening in January are only the beginning of what will be a year-long celebration of photography in Maine throughout 2015. More than thirty participating museums, galleries, historical societies, and other non-profit cultural organizations will offer public exhibitions, a major publication, and a variety of programs exploring the state’s role as a magnet for photographers, both as a subject and as a unique place for introspection, discourse, and innovation. In addition to the exhibitions and public programs, a new history of photography in Maine will be published in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project (forthcoming). Additionally, special “project-wide” programs are in the works to serve a broad statewide community as well as Maine’s millions of visitors: professional development workshops for photographers and museum professionals, open portfolio days, a distinguished lecture scheduled for the fall, and a public photography symposium scheduled for October 16 at the University of Southern Maine.

The Maine Photo Project is the third collaboration planned and organized by the Maine Curators’ Forum, a consortium of curators representing Maine’s leading nonprofit arts and cultural institutions. This initiative has also seen  the Maine Print Project (2006) and the Maine Drawing Project (2011), both of which were also organized by the Maine Curators’ Forum.

UMA Faces: 50 Years / 50 Portraits opens to the public at the Danforth Gallery on January 19, with an opening reception January 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Alumni photographers Jen Burton, Danielle Dewald Pease, and Roderick Small have created portraits of notable alumni who value the impact of education in their lives, including Jon Finnegan, Mary Herman, and Roger Pomerleau.

At the University of New England Art Gallery, A Gateless Garden:  With Quotes by Maine Women Writers opens on January 20, with an opening reception that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. This exhibition links photographs by Kerry Michaels with the words from authors represented in UNE’s Maine Women Writers’ Collection and  is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue available at UNE or from the Seattle Book Company.

Organized by the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Diary of a River: Solargraphs of the Kennebec River will be on view on the fifth floor of the Glickman Library at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. This exhibition of long-exposure pinhole-camera images by Johanna Moore will open with a special reception on January 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

On January 27, the Colby College Museum of Art will continue its “currents” series of exhibitions featuring emerging artists with currents7: Elizabeth Atterbury. Atterbury will create an environmental installation that incorporates both photography and sculpture. The Colby College Museum of Art is a sponsor of the Maine Photo Project and has taken a leadership role in its organization.

Several special programs have also been scheduled to coincide with these exhibitions.  All of the following are free and open to the public. For more event listings, visit mainephotoproject.org/happenings.

A Gateless Garden artist talk and book-signing
Thursday, February 26, 5-6 p.m.
University of New England Art Gallery
716 Stevens Ave., Portland
Meet photographer Kerry Michaels and curator/author Liza Bakewell and pick up a signed copy of the A Gateless Garden book.

A Gateless Garden lecture
Thursday, March 12, 5-6 p.m.
University of New England Art Gallery
716 Stevens Ave., Portland
Lecture by Jennifer Tuttle, Ph.D., Dorothy M. Healy Chair of Literature and Health, University of New England, in connection with UNE’s Maine Women Writers Collection.

Artist Talk with Johanna E. Moore
Thursday, April 9, 6-8 p.m.
Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine
314 Forest Ave., Portland
Meet the artist behind the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts’ exhibition Diary of a River.

For a full list of organizations participating in the Maine Photo Project, for more information, and for press resources, please visit mainephotoproject.org/press.
Email mainephotoproject@gmail.com

Chamber Music America's Conference

Chamber Music America's National Conference
Event Date January 15-18, 2015

CMA’s 2015 National Conference will be held January 15-18, 2015 at the Westin New York at Times Square. Online registration has closed, but attendees may register in-person at the conference.

More information at:

Friday, January 9, 2015

J.M. Kaplan Publisher Grants

J.M. Kaplan Fund Offers Grants to Nonprofit Publishers
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction books about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues.

The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer."

Individual grants range from $500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Trade publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an eligible nonprofit sponsor.

See the Furthermore website for complete application guidelines and program information.

Six Word Story Contest

Six Word Short Story Contest

Deadline, Open

History of the Six Word Short Story: Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete story in six words. Here is what he wrote: “For sale: baby shoes, never used.” Some people say it was written to settle a bar bet. Others say it was a personal challenge directed at other famous authors. But it proves that it is possible to create a short story with just six words.

Those that take up the challenge often say it is habit forming. Start with one six word story and soon you’ll be waking up at 2 am, grabbing a pencil to jot down another one. Take a look at our past winners for inspiration and then get started. Your $10.00 entry fee lets you enter up to three short stories. $100 grand prize.

The decision of the judges is final. The judges may choose no winner if they find no entry that, in their estimation, merits publication and the award. Each entry must be submitted in accordance with the eligibility requirements, format, guidelines, and entry requirements, or it will be disqualified. No entry fees will be returned.

Winners will be announced on our website no later than 60 days after the competition deadline.
The current contest will run until 9/30/2013

No paper entries will be accepted, all entries must be submitted at www.shortwritingcontest.com


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Grants to Green Maine

Grants to Green Maine funding for energy improvements for nonprofits 
Deadline 01-16-2015

Grants to Green Maine, a partnership of the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine, is accepting assessment applications to help fund energy audits in preparation for larger energy projects.

The three-year program provides Maine nonprofit organizations funding and technical assistance for energy audits and efficiency investments in historic downtown buildings used for cultural, civic, educational, or residential activities.

Assessment grants provide up to $2,000 with a one-to-one match. Deadlines are January 16, 2015; June 12, 2015; and December 11, 2015.

Implementation grants also are being accepted for grants of $10,000 to $100,000 with a one-to-one match. Deadlines are March 13, 2015; September 11, 2015; and March 4, 2016.

For eligibility and application information, visit Grants to Green Maine or contact Anne Ball at the Maine Development Foundation, (207) 512-4906.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Haystack Executive Director

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts seeks Executive Director
Deadline 02-15-2015

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was founded in 1950 as a research and studio program in the arts. A pioneer among summer craft programs, Haystack offers intensive workshops from May to August in book arts, ceramics, drawing/painting, glassblowing, metals, papermaking, printmaking, textiles, wood, and a variety of mixed media. Our students, who range in age from 18 to over 90, and in experience from beginners to advanced professionals, come from throughout the United States and the world. Our Open Studio Residency, begun in 2013, is a free, two-week summer residency for emerging and established artists.

Haystack has an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million and an $8 million endowment (for scholarships, programs, and general purposes).  There are 25 full- and part-time employees from May through October, and a year-round staff of 5 (registrar, development director, business manager, administrative assistant, and community programs coordinator).

This position is year-round and full-time.  Working with board and staff, the director conceives of and plans the school’s programs and initiatives in keeping with Haystack’s mission. The director supervises the maintenance of the physical plant and studio facilities, manages the finances of the institution, and, most important, fosters the development of an intensive creative community at the school.

Specifically, the director:
-Establishes and evaluates programs.
-Hires faculty and manages workshop sessions and conferences.
-Supervises applications and admission procedures and policies.
-Monitors the school’s finances and prepares budgets for the annual operating fund and projects.
-Oversees fundraising, including soliciting donors, writing grants, and engaging supporters and potential supporters.
-Fosters relationships with alumni and other cultural institutions.
-Promotes and publicizes the school.
-Oversees community relations.
-Ensures compliance with regulations and laws that pertain to the school.
-Hires staff as necessary to assist with all phases of the program and operations.
-Reports to Board on a regular basis.
-Serves as ex officio member of standing committees of the Board.

Candidates should have experience in managing people, fundraising and working with a board.  They should have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to craft and share a compelling story to inspire individuals and diverse audiences.  They must have a passion for and broad appreciation of contemporary crafts and have the ability to connect easily with others, including students, staff, faculty, donors and members of the local community.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Housing and meals on the Haystack campus are provided to the director and his/her family when the school is in session. Benefits include health insurance, pension plan, vacation and sick days.  Haystack is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Applicants should submit a CV/resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three professional references. Send to: search@haystack-mtn.org


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Harlow Gallery Classes

Harlow Gallery studio education series
Event date: various

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee will present Second Sundays, a monthly series of community events held at the Gallery at 160 Water St., according to a news release from the gallery. January’s Second Sunday is set for 2-4 p.m. Jan. 11. Topis will be one piece of paper makes a book: take one piece of paper, fold and cut it and you have a multi-page book to use for drawings, doodles, collages or stories.

These sessions take place from 2 to 4 p.m. every second Sunday at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Materials are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their. Donations to support the gallery are welcome.

Bookmaking will be presented Jan. 11 at The Harlow Gallery.
Other scheduled workshops:

Sunday, Feb. 8, Ross Grams Digital Art Speed Painting. Demonstration: Ross Grams, a digital illustrator, concept artist and painter from Vienna.

Sunday, March 8, Artist Trading Cards: vVery small artworks to make and trade. Little treasures created from all kinds of media.

Sunday, April 12, Astrological Chart Mandalas: explore and create a mandala from your astrology chart. Chart included — mixed media.

Sunday, May 10, Art Critique: Bring one or two pieces you are working on or have completed to a group critique.

For more information call 622-3813
or visit www.harlowgallery.org

Monday, January 5, 2015

MCA Membership

Maine Craft Association is accepting 2015 membership applications
Deadline 01-15-2015

Memberships due annually by January 15th (excluding the Center Customer Level). Memberships purchased in the 4th quarter of the calendar year qualify for the remaining months of the current year and the following year.

Professional Membership  - $ 100.00
Professional Level membership offers the most benefits for artists who make their living from their craft and participate regularly in educational, marketing, and networking events and activities. * required for Center for Maine Craft vendors  

Couples / Partners Professional Membership  - $ 150.00
Same Professional benefits for both partners (business or pleasure!)  

Emerging Craft Artist Professional Membership  - $ 50.00
Same Professional benefits for artists who are beginning their career in craft. For one-year only.  

Basic Membership  - $ 50.00
MCA’s Basic Membership offers opportunities for craft artists who work part-time at their craft or participate only occasionally in exhibitions or market their work on a limited basis.  

Retail Membership  - $ 25.00
This membership is required from, and only available to, Center for Maine Craft vendors of audio, video, cards, books, food, pet and personal care products.  

CMC Customer Membership  - $ 45.00
This membership level is for Center for Maine Craft customers and is active for one year from purchase date.  

Patron Institution  - $ 250.00
Patron Level Institutional membership is designated for organizations with operating budgets of over $500,000  

Supporting Institution  - $ 150.00
Supporting Level Institutional membership is available for organizations with operating budgets $200,0001 - $500,000  

Member Institution  - $ 100.00
Member Level Institutional membership is available for organizations with operating budgets under $200,000
Complete information at:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Maine Literary Awards

The 2015 Maine Literary Awards are now open for nominations. 
Deadline 02-13-2015

This statewide competition is for books published in 2014, drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing, and is open to all Maine residents, including seasonal residents.

Maine Literary Awards ceremony: Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7 p.m.

MORE INFO 2015 Maine Literary Awards http://mainewriters.org/programs/maine-literary-awards/

DOWNLOAD Submission Form (printable pdf)

NEW IN 2015!

We are very excited to announce several new partnerships for the 2015 Maine Literary Awards that will result in the publication of the winning manuscripts in the Short Works and Youth Awards. The MWPA is grateful to the editors and publishers for their belief in and support of Maine writers!

+ Winners of the Youth Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will all be published in Dig Portland.

+ Winner of the Short Works Award for Fiction will be published in the Maine Review.

+ Winner of the Short Works Award for Poetry will be published in Off the Coast.

Finally, all winners of 2015 Maine Literary Awards in the Book Awards categories will be invited to participate in a special “winner’s table” at the 11th Annual Books in Boothbay book festival on July 11, 2015.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Humanities Youth Program Awards

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Deadline 02-02-2015

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/

Friday, January 2, 2015

MacDowell Colony Residency

The MacDowell Colony is now accepting applications for its Summer 2015 residency program. 
Deadline: January 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund is accepting  applications
Deadline: February 5, 2015

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. For films, based anywhere, that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of world affairs, domestic issues and social conflicts, the documentary has become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to the serious issues facing our world today. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points-of-view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the internet.

In 2014, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund offered grants totaling $150,000. Nine projects from 560 submissions from 50 countries were selected by a jury consisting of Claire Aguilar (Executive Content Advisor for Independent Television Service - ITVS); actor and producer Alec Baldwin; producer & director Ross Kauffman (E-TEAM, Born Into Brothels); multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and partner in Get Lifted Film Co. John Legend and Alyse Nelson (President and CEO of Vital Voices). The committee chose the recipients from finalists selected by TFI. In addition to funding, grantees will each receive year-round support from TFI, including one-on-one guidance and consultation, helping each film to reach completion and enter the marketplace in the best possible position.

The Kering Foundation has joined the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund for the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award, which annually provides grants to 2-5 film projects that illuminate the courage, compassion, extraordinary strength of character, and contributions of women from around the world have been chosen for the award.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2015 or 2016. Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today told in a humanizing, illuminating way. We are looking for films which challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter but also in form. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and should resonate with a wide audience.