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Saturday, February 28, 2015

MANP Workshops And Training

Maine Association of Nonprofits calendar for nonprofit workshops throughout Maine 
Deadline, Open

Whether you are looking to attend some professional development workshops, or are looking to host a workshop and re looking for a partner. Check out the Maine Association of Nonprofits calendar for nonprofit workshops


Veterans National Arts Festival

Call for entries to the Nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs Creative Arts Festival
Deadline 03-27-2015

Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. Through a national judging process, first, second and third place entries in each category are determined.

Most VA facilities hold their local competitions in February. Be sure to check with your VA facility as early as possible after January 1st. Veterans interested in participating in the competition should contact the local recreation therapy/creative arts therapy departments at the VA facility where they are enrolled, as early as possible to assure that deadline dates for submission of entries are met. Veterans must work with a staff person from the VA facility where they are enrolled. If you need assistance in identifying a VA staff person from your facility, please contact Amy Kimbler (320) 255-6486 or Elizabeth Mackey, National Director (320) 255-6351.

Competition Eligibility Criteria
This competition is open to Veterans who are enrolled at a VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic BEFORE entering the local competition. An eligible Veteran can enter local competition at only one VA facility per year. He/she can submit an entry in creative writing, dance, drama or music categories with a Veteran or group from another VA facility, but still represents and must go through his/her originating VA facility to enter the competition. This facility should be the site where he/she receives their primary treatment. All required forms must be completed and postmarked to the National Chairpersons no later than March 27, 2015 in order to compete at the national level.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Saint Botolph Emerging Artists Awards

Saint Botolph Club Foundation is seeking recommendations for the 2015 Emerging Artists Awards
Deadline 03-16-2015

Now in its 51st year, the program has provided more than 398 grants to artists in New England. Grants are awarded in three disciplines: literature, music, and the visual arts.

Each year the SBCF gives out $3,000 grants to Emerging Artists who live and work in New England. Grants may be used for a variety of purposes. (Previously funded proposals have included requests to support travel; research; participation in performance institutes; purchases of instruments, tools or supplies; time off to finish a project or a commission, etc.)

Candidates should be emerging artists who have completed their undergraduate education but have yet to achieve recognized public success; there is no age limit.  They must live and work in New England.  Please note that an artist who has had multiple SOLO exhibitions in established galleries, institutions and museums will be considered too accomplished to receive a St. Botolph Club Emerging Artists Grant.

Recommendation procedure. You are invited to recommend one candidate with a letter  employing the following criteria:
1) the candidate should show significant promise and
2) the award will make a substantial difference in the artist’s professional life. Recommendation letters should also provide the Committee with your own credentials (e.g. teacher, mentor, curator) for judging the candidate’s qualifications.
(Note: You may elect to make your nomination anonymous to the candidate; if so, please inform us.)

Use this link http://stbotolphclubfoundation.submittable.com/submit/38580 to submit your recommendation.

Upon receipt we will contact your candidate via email with the necessary information they will need to apply.

Dates. The deadline for receipt of your recommendation is March 16, 2015 and the candidate’s application is due on April 15th.


Maine Poetry Express

3rd annual Maine Poetry Express seeks k-12 poets, Waterville, 
Deadline 03-02-2015

Mid-Maine poets of all ages still have a few more days to submit their original poems to Maine Poetry Express Waterville 2015. The division categories are grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, college, and adult.

Three poets from each division will have poems selected by a blind review of independent judges to ensure fair and consistent selection. Submit your poem(s): http://www.jotform.us/mainepoetryexpresswaterville/2015submitpoem

The authors of chosen poems will be invited to read their original work to the community at the Maine Poetry Express Waterville stop on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6-7:30pm. The 3rd annual Maine Poetry Express Waterville event will take place at the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street, Waterville, ME 04901. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEFA Presenter Travel Fund

New England Foundation for the Arts Travel Funds for New England Arts Presenters
Deadline, Open

Travel Funds available for any nonprofit, school, or government entity based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

The nonprofit organization does not need to be an arts organization. An organization that does not have a federal tax identification number (such as a national historic park) may apply as long as it is part of an official government agency (such as the National Park Service). Applicants may apply for funding to help cover the expense of attending festivals, showcases, conferences, or other cultural events where they can see artistic work that they may present in their own community. NEFA encourages applicants to seek out opportunities where multiple cultural events are taking place, so that they may experience as many performances and genres as possible.

More information at:


Watershed Development Assistant

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts seeks a Development Assistant (PT)
Deadline Open until filled

The Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, established in 1986, is located in mid-coast Maine on a beautiful 32-acre campus nestled in a valley surrounded by farms and forests.  We offer residency programs and workshops for artists who work in clay during the summer and fall months; opportunities for local artists to use our studio and kiln facilities; ceramics education programming for K-16 educators and students; public events on campus that celebrate ceramics and local food; and national events and exhibitions that showcase the work of our artists.

We are seeking a Development Assistant to collaborate with the Executive Director, Marketing Coordinator, and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to support the organization in the areas of:

  • donor cultivation and stewardship;
  • annual appeals;
  • on-line auctions and crowd funding; and
  • special events coordination, including Watershed’s annual signature fundraiser, Salad Days.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area preferred
  • Development experience, including personal interactions with donors
  • Strong computer technology skills, preferably with a development management database such as Raiser’s Edge or e-Tapestry.
  • Detail-oriented and committed to accuracy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Creative problem solver
  • Ability and desire to work as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in organizing and managing projects
  • Good judgment and ethical behavior
  • Experience with event planning, crowd funding, and/or on-line auctions desirable
  • This is a part-time position, with the opportunity for a flexible work schedule.  Approximately 20 hours/week with potential for growth.  Some weekend and evening work required.  Salary commensurate with experience and skill level.

Please send a cover letter and resume to watershedemployment@gmail.com


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Portland Museum of Art Job(s)

Portland Museum of Art is looking to fill four positions 
Deadline: Open until filled 

The PMA is growing, and wants you to be a part of it. The Development division is actively looking to add four new people in the coming weeks, and invites you to learn more about the positions and apply.

  • Director of Leadership and Planned Giving
  • Development Operations Officer
  • Stewardship and Research Coordinator
  • Development Assistant

Director of Leadership and Planned Giving
Please email cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available at website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml , to Business Manager at: dlpg.pma.022015@portlandmuseum.org. Job applications will be accepted electronically only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development Operations Officer
Please send cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available to download at portlandmuseum.org/employment) to: doo.pma.112014@portlandmuseum.org or mail to: Business Manager, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Stewardship and Research Coordinator
Please email cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available at website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml, to Business Manager at: src.pma.022015@portlandmuseum.org. Job applications will be accepted electronically only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development Assistant
Please email cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available at website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml, to Business Manager at: da.pma.022015@portlandmuseum.org. Job applications will be accepted electronically only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


National Art in Architecture Program

U.S. General Services Administration , Art in Architecture Program

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CMA New Jazz Grant

Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant 
Application Deadline: 03/06/15

CMA supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings. The New Jazz Works program has provided support for more than 170 works that reflect the multiple styles of contemporary jazz.


Bangor Savings Community Grant

Community Matters More Grant for Maine communities.
Deadline 02-28-2015

A total of 68 grants will be awarded, including the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 20 write-in vote recipients (at least two write-ins per region). The top vote-getting organizations in each region, including write-ins, will each receive $5,000. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000.
You may submit one (1) ballot - paper or online - with up to three (3) votes. Votes may be for organizations on the ballot, write-ins, or a combination of both, but cannot total more than three. Duplicate ballots will be removed.

Voters must be Maine residents.

To be eligible, write-in nominations must be for registered 501(c)(3) organizations and be open to all (nonsectarian).  Please see our write-in guidelines.

Some arts groups are on the list include,

Kennebec Performing Arts Company
Pittsfield Community Theatre
Bangor Ballet
Biddeford City Theater
Saco River Festival Association
Friends of The Millinocket Memorial Library
Tree Street Youth Center

You can also write in arts organizations from your community  you would like to recommend.

Vote at

Monday, February 23, 2015

Maine Conference on Tourism

The Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism - Registration open.
Registration Closes 03-10-2015
Event Date March 17 and 18, 2015

The 2014 Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism will provide professional development sessions, valuable networking, and the opportunity to meet with tourism professionals. It is the only statewide event of its kind and attendees are from all segments of the tourism industry, including cultural organization.

The conference offers the exchange of ideas and best practices that benefit our state’s most vital and valuable industry. The success and growth of this conference is indicative of a cohesive industry that strives for excellence.

For more information:

IMRC Spring Visiting Artists

Maine's Intermedia MFA Program is pleased to announce our Spring Visiting Artist, Orono
Various dates

The University of Maine's Intermedia MFA Program is pleased to announce our Spring Visiting Artist Lecture Series. We have a wide array of multi-/interdisciplinary artist researchers joining us for artist talks, workshops, studio visits and performances. Unless otherwise noted all of the events will be held at 7:00 pm in Room 104 (the black box theater/APPE space) of the IMRC at the University of Maine in Orono. Please stay tuned for more details on each event in the coming weeks.

Dawn Stoppiello is our first visiting artist scheduled to present on her work Wednesday, February 25th in Lord Hall at the University of Maine in Orono. Stoppiello is a choreographer and conceptual artist whose primary material is the human body in action. Stoppiello's current work intentionally straddles the two simultaneous realities that occur in performance: the real people on "stage" and in the audience, and the fantasy being created by the event. Her performances become an examination of how meaning is created in the encounter between performers and viewers. Most recently her works have been seen via her Salon du Garage series: after years of performing in the grand spaces of German opera houses, festivals in Monaco, and New York City theaters, Dawn Stoppiello now also presents intimate performance installations in her home and garage in Portland, OR, in which performance is construed as an "everyday" act as valuable as working in the garden or making dinner. With composer Mark Coniglio, Stoppiello began innovating and experimenting with computer technology in live performance in the late 1980s, co-founding the critically acclaimed performance ensemble Troika Ranch with Coniglio in 1994 and co-conceiving and choreographing over twelve major works for the company since then.

For more information about Dawn Stoppiello and Troika Ranch visit:

Gordon Hall will present on their work Tuesday, March 17th at the IMRC. Hall is a New-York based artist, writer, instructor and organizer of exhibitions who creates performances and sculptures that question aesthetics, world building, bodies and knowledge. Hall is founder and director of The Center for Experimental Lectures, an ongoing series of performance lectures which has been hosted by MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, Alderman Exhibitions, and by the Whitney Museum of American Art. These events investigate the ways in which spatial and institutional contexts inform and/or limit one's speech, thought and imagination, and experiment with, "how to talk above, around, next to, and with art, rather than about it" (from an interview with Hall in BOMB magazine). Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Kitchen, Movement Research, EMPAC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others. Their most recent work has been exhibited at Night Club in Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, Kent Fine Art, Foxy Production, and at Chapter, New York.

For more information about Gordon Hall and The Center for Experimental Lectures visit:

Janice Lancaster Larsen and Adam Larsen will perform Caryatid and present on their collaborative work Tuesday, April 14th. Adam Larsen will discuss the creative, technical, and practical challenges involved in designing video projections for live performance. In collaboration they will present Caryatid, a short dance performance in which simple mapping techniques on 12 PVC columns creates a forest and its psyche. Janice Lancaster Larsen is a freelance dance artist who tours with Shen Wei Dance Arts. Adam Larsen is a freelance projection designer and filmmaker. His documentary about autism entitled "Neurotypical" aired on the PBS series P.O.V. last year. Sometimes their projects align and they make immersive performance environments and dance films. Their performed collaborations have been presented by the Bessie Schönberg Choreographic Residency (Chilmark, MA), Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center (Asheville, NC), and VIA Dance Collaborative (New York, NY). Their films have been presented by Dance Space's TV Dinners Festival (London), Galapagos Art Space's Frameworks Film Series (NYC), The Flea Theater (NYC), Performática (Cholula, Mexico), and The Casa Hoffman (Curitiba, Brazil). They have worked together on productions with the San Francisco Symphony (CA), Bard Music Festival (Hudson, NY), The Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HI), and Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA).

For more about Adam Larsen and Janice Lancaster Larsen visit:

Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. Woolfalk will be presenting an artist talk Wednesday, April 29th. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Asian Art Museum, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; and has been written about in the New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21's blog.  Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012.  Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products is now on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art (fall 2014).  She is currently working on a new commission for the Seattle Art Museum (Summer 2015), a solo show for Leslie Tonkonow Gallery (Spring 2015), and is a 2014 recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts.

For more about Saya Woolfalk visit:

The Masters of Fine Arts in Intermedia at the University of Maine provides substantial advanced study for individuals interested in interdisciplinary study in the arts. The program emphasizes intensive development of students' creative and innovative abilities through a diverse engagement with multiple research processes, critical thinking skills and creative production tools and technologies. The visiting artist series supports and reflects the wide variety of disciplines represented by the program including but not limited to: Art, New Media, Theater, Dance, Philosophy, Art History, Engineering, Communications, Media Studies, Music, Psychology, Natural Sciences, and others.

For more information regarding these events please contact sarah_hollows@umit.maine.edu

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Maine Fare Call to Artists

Maine Fare Market, Call to Artists
Event  takes place Saturday, June 27, 10 am - 4:30 pm (Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast, Maine)

Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center are excited to produce Maine Fare 2015! Maine Fare is a two-day festival of good food and food for thought. While celebrating Maine's bounty we dig deeper into the key challenges of our time. The Saturday Market features locally grown foods, crafts, and music. Please join us!  For more information, please contact Alex Fouliard at  alex@mainefarmlandtrust.org or (207) 338-6575.

Maine-Made Guidelines:
Vendors participating in the Market must exclusively sell products that fit into the following categories:
1. Maine-grown products
2. Value-added products using at least 50% Maine-grown ingredients and/or materials
3. Maine-raised fiber and products made from 100% Maine-raised fiber
4. Arts, crafts, and other products made by the vendor in Maine and related to Maine food, farming, and/or fishing (including but not limited to products used during food related activities, products made from recycled or waste materials from food related industries, and products that celebrate the people, lifestyle, and culture of food related activities and industries). We respectfully ask producers of these products to do your best sourcing your materials in ways that support the local economy.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

New Maine Arts Commission Grants

The Maine Arts Commission has added 2 new grants that will help arts organizations. 

March 23, 2015
April 13, 2015
May 06, 2015

Arts and Humanities

Arts Learning
CCED 1, Cultural Planning (NEW)
CCED 2, Cultural Development*
Organizational Development (NEW)
Partnership (operational support)
Project Grant, Artists
Project Grant, Organizations

Maine Artist Fellowships
Jane Morrison Film
Traditional Apprentice

Ticket to Ride is an open application that can be submitted anytime.

* CCED 2 deadline is for a letter of inquiry. Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full application by October 2, 2015.

The two new Maine Arts Commission grants added to the 2015/2016 award cycle are:

Cultural Planning Grant (CCED Phase 1)
Maximum award: $10,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
This grant will support communities interested in developing a cultural plan as part of their development strategy. You do NOT need to participate in CCED Phase 2 if you are given this award.

Organizational Development
Maximum award: $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
The Organizational Development grant supports capacity-building projects within organizations. Funds can be used for things such as board and staff development, strategic planning, financial management, and marketing/ promotion.

These two new offerings follow last year’s addition of the Partnership Grant

Partnership Grant
Maximum award $2000 to $25,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
The Partnership grant provides operational funding for Maine arts organizations and award amount is based on organization budget.

Depending on the programming and mission of your arts organization, you should also investigate the following Maine Arts Commission Grants:

Project Grant for Organizations
Maximum award $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
The Project Grant for Organizations supports Maine organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs.

Arts and Humanities
Maximum award $1,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
This grant funds organizations doing projects that include elements of both the arts and humanities.

Arts Learning
Maximum award: $5,000 (with a required 50% match)
This grant supports organizations (schools, arts organizations, Learning institutions) in the design and delivery of high quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students.

Creative Communities = Economic Development
Maximum award: $75,000 ($40,000 for year I, $25,000 in year 2, $10,000 in year 3)  (with a required working cultural plan in place and 1:1 match)
This grant funds partnerships between cultural, economic and governmental sectors to support community revitalization.

There is also the Ticket to Ride program

Ticket to Ride
Maximum award $500
The Ticket To Ride program provides funding to Maine schools wishing to visit arts based venues and events. Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any PK-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.

Individual artists looking for support can apply to:

Project Grant for Artists
Maximum award $2,500
The Project Grant for Artists supports Maine artists in the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts projects. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Jane Morrison Film Scholarship
Maximum award: $2,000
The Jane Morrison Film Fund helps filmmakers take advantage of workshops, classes, conferences and other opportunities to develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Maximum award: $4,000
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship provides fiscal support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with a qualified apprentice.

Also, for individual artists, there is the Maine Arts Fellowship, which is not a grant, but a merit award. All Maine artists should check this out.

Maine Artist Fellowship
Disciplines include: craft, literary, performing, multi-media, traditional, and visual arts.
Award: $5,000
The Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s prior work.

Complete information at

U.S. Department of State Support

The U.S. Department of State offers exchange programs that cover a wide range of interests, including arts and culture, technology and youth focused programs.

Arts programs include:

American Arts Incubator
This program uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia.

American Film Showcase
This program brings award-winning American documentaries, feature films, and animated shorts to audiences around the world.

American Music Abroad
These musical ambassadors reach beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and citizens around the globe.

Arts Envoy
The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations.

Cairo International Art Exhibition
The program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Community Engagement through the Arts
This program uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in South and Central America and Africa.

DanceMotion USA
DanceMotion USA sends American dance companies overseas to connect with audiences and communities through dance workshops, lecture demonstrations, public performances and other arts education activities.

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship
A component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.

Fulbright Travel-Only Grants
Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year.

Venice Architectural Biennale
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Museums Connect
This program is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.

Venice Art Biennale
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Explore all of this at:


Friday, February 20, 2015

Haystack Scholarships and Residency

Haystack scholarships for the 2015 summer workshops and studio residency 
Deadline 03-01-2015

Haystack offers full Technical Assistant and Work Study Scholarships for our summer workshops. There are three scholarship categories; technical assistant, work study, and minority. We award nearly 125 scholarships annually, which are available through competitive application to those who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants may seek scholarship support in more than one category.

Haystack's Open Studio Residency will be held May 31-June 12, 2015. The program is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected will attend for free.

Residents include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media. Competitive application process, open to those who are 18 years of age or older. Criteria include quality of work, the appropriateness of planned projects for Haystack's studios, and ability to work in an intensive community.

Please visit our website for more information about our scholarships and the online application process.


Monhegan Artists’ Residency

Monhegan Artists’ Residency open to Maine artists
Deadline 03-15-2015

Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for emerging Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists.

 For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org

Applicants will be notified by April 1 of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend. The 2014 residencies for emerging artists run May 3-July 4 and September 6-October 10. Only Maine residents are eligible to apply.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. A jury of art professionals, to be announced on the website.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hamiltonian Fellowship

Hamiltonian Fellowship Program for emerging visual artists 
Deadline 03-02-2015

The Hamiltonian Fellowship Program serves as a steppingstone for emerging visual artists who have finished their academic training and are looking to transition into a professional art career. The fellowship program seeks to create a stimulating environment for continued artistic and professional growth. Through professional exhibition opportunities and hands-on, skill-building trainings, all Hamiltonian Fellows gain valuable insight into the contemporary art market, while learning how to manage and promote their career. Through gallery exhibitions and art fairs, they enjoy heightened visibility and actively grow their professional networks over the course of the two-year program.

Pofessional exhibition and development opportunities to all artists for the entire duration of their fellowship. In return, fellows are expected to participate in a core set of activities and are asked to take full advantage of the various resources provided to via the fellowship and Hamiltonian Gallery.

For the duration of their tenure, all fellows will receive gallery representation from Hamiltonian Gallery. Should a fellow decide to move on to other artistic opportunities or receives representation with another commercial gallery during his or her term, Hamiltonian Artists reserves the right to offer the fellowship position to an alternate candidate.


MAMM Slam for Young Bands

The Maine Academy of Modern Music is calling young musicians for the 2015 MAMM Slam 
Deadline 02-28-2015

The Maine Academy of Modern Music, in partnership with the Portland Music Foundation, are proud to announce Maine's high school rock off, the 2015 MAMM SLAM!

The MAMM SLAM is designed to provide young, career-minded musicians with an educational platform through which to gain performance and business experience, professional acumen, industry exposure, and promotional and career networking opportunities.

Winners have a crack at $1000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Foundation, along with coveted recording time, radio appearances, plum gigs, a tour of Gateway Mastering, and professional marketing direction.

The preliminary round will be held on April 11 at Bayside Bowl in Portland and the finals are May 9 at Asylum in Portland.

1. Download the 2015 MAMM SLAM registration form

2. Complete the form and return to Maine Academy of Modern Music
Be sure to include completed registration form, $25 registration fee, two demo songs (mp3s) and a hi-resolution band photo, all labeled/named with your band name.
Submit via email: info@maineacademyofmodernmusic.org

Submit via mail:
Maine Academy of Modern Music
PO Box 6606
Portland, ME 04103

For information call 207-899-3433 or email info@maineacademyofmodernmusic.org. Check out Facebook: MAMMrocks and Twitter: @mammrocks for updates.

MAMM is dedicated to creating positive life experiences through innovative and inclusive music programs that promote resiliency, self-expression, creativity, and determination. The Maine Academy of Modern Music offers Rock Camps, Music Lessons, Rock Bands, Gigs and the annual high school rock off called The MAMM SLAM. www.maineacademyofmodernmusic.org

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waterville Creates! Job

Waterville Creates! seeks an executive assistant, Full-time (40 hours), exempt, plus benefits
Deadline 03-07-2015

Waterville Creates! seeks an energetic, positive person who will be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in achieving the Waterville Creates! mission. Start date ASAP.

Waterville Creates! is a collaborative consortium established to work directly with community arts, creative, and cultural institutions to enhance and strengthen the economic vitality of the Waterville area. At the heart of this initiative is the promotion of Waterville as an arts and culture destination for Maine residents and visitors to the state. Through increased collaboration and with its primary arts and cultural entities, Maine Film Center, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, Colby College Museum of Art and Waterville Main Street, serving as anchoring institutions, Waterville Creates! will be the primary and coordinating entity for arts and cultural programmatic collaborations within the community. The current program is Common Street Arts -  a gallery/studio located on Castonguay Square. Waterville Creates! will also serve as a vibrant “face” of Waterville as the city builds greater public awareness of and support for a robust creative economy.

This person is the first encounter many people will have with Waterville Creates!  As such, s/he needs to be personable, helpful and flexible.  While this person will work with the Executive Director to develop a work plan, s/he will have the responsibility to make decisions and act effectively.

Waterville Creates! understands that the opportunity for professional and personal growth is important for employees as well as the organization. As such, this position will have some flexibility in terms of hours spent in the office, educational opportunities and special projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • General operations and administrative functions consistent with the day-to-day operations of Waterville Creates!
  • Answer the phone and greet guests
  • Records management (A/P, legal, board and committee minutes, corporate, grant stewardship)
  • Assist the Executive Director with schedule and calendar management
  • Assist Executive Director and bookkeeper
  • Maintain databases of tenants, donors, volunteers, vendors
  • Assist in creating and distributing monthly board and committee materials
  • Assist with donor and volunteer management
  • Participate in events and activities as necessary, as a representative of Waterville Creates!
  • Update and maintain website and social media
  • Programmatic assistance (in concert with the Program Manager)
  • Collaborative calendar management
  • Event and education registration and enrollment; update education metrics
  • Membership support and record management

 Required Skills and Experience:

  • Friendly, positive with an open and accessible demeanor
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a volunteer team
  • Three to five years of administrative management, nonprofit experience preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint; Quickbooks
  • Marketing experience and enthusiasm for the arts a plus.

Please send cover letter, résumé and three professional references by March 7, 2015 to the Executive Director via email to nate@watervillecreates.org No phone calls please.

Gardiner Call to Artists

The Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall invite Maine artists to submit work for an art exhibition
Deadline 03-01-2015
Exhibition dates: April 10 –  May 22, 2015

The art exhibition will be on view at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner from April 10 through May 22, 2015, and any sales proceeds will support two cornerstones of the arts in central Maine: Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery!

Deadline for email submissions is 11pm on March 1, 2015.

Eligibility – Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from Johnson Hall should their work be selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time.

Media — All media welcome, including all 2D media, sculpture, photography & fine crafts.  Diptychs and triptychs will be considered and judged as one entry.

Original Work Only Please – Only original or originally printed works will be admitted; photocopies, color, or computer generated copies are not acceptable for entry. Giclee reproductions are not eligible. Works submitted should preferably have been created within the last five years.

Framing — All 2 dimensional entries, with the exception of oils and acrylics, must be framed with either glass or plexiglass. Unframed canvases are fine, as long as they are gallery wrapped (no staples visible). Frames and canvases must be wired and ready to hang (ie. with two eye screws and steel wire). Saw-tooth hangers , “clip” frames or unstable frames cannot be accepted.

Email Entry Guidelines:

1. Enter by sending an email to HarlowArtSubmission@gmail.com with ”for “Johnson Hall” from [artist’s name]” in the subject line.  

2. Attach your JPEG images to the email. Each artist may submit up to four works of art. (You may submit more than one image for each 3D work if you feel it will help the jurors understand the work. For 2D work please submit one image only. Please name your jpg image files using the following format before attaching them:

“Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg”

3. Include the following information in the body of your email:

Artist name:

Mailing address:

Phone number:

Email address:

Tell us if you a member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association.*

For EACH of  your  four entries list the following information:

Title, Medium, Size (h x w, add depth if 3D), Year Created, Price** or Value if NFS (not for sale)

4. Pay the non-refundable entry fee of $20 for non-members and $10 for current members of the Harlow Gallery.  The fee is per artist (not per work of art entered) and entitles you to submit up to 4 works of art.  To pay online select the appropriate fee in the window below and click the “pay now” button.

*You can join the KVAA when you submit your entry to take advantage of the lower entry fee. **The Harlow takes a 35% commission for pieces sold on behalf of current KVAA members, or 50% commission for non-members. Please price your work accordingly.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Creative Capital Letters of Inquiry

Creative Capital is accepting online Letters of Inquiry for awards in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. 
Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015, 4:00pm EST.

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all creative disciplines. Since 1999, our awards program has committed $35 million in funding and advisory services to 465 projects representing 579 artists.

Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, we support artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft; who are boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; and who create work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Awardees receive up to $50,000 in direct support for their project and advisory services valued at more than $45,000.

Creative Capital is one of the only national organizations that offers awards to individual artists through an open application process. To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:
A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
At least 25 years old
A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
Not a full-time student

Emerging Fields may include architecture/design, digital arts, gaming, interdisciplinary, new genres and sound art.

Literature may include fiction, genre-defying literary work, nonfiction and poetry.

Performing Arts may include dance, dance-theater, experimental music performance, interdisciplinary, multimedia performance, music-theater, non-traditional opera, performance art, puppetry, spoken word and theater. The focus is on the live performing arts.

Visit creative-capital.org/apply or email awards@creative-capital.org

Clauder Competition for Playwriting

Call to all New England playwrights: The Clauder Competition hosted by Portland Stage
Deadline 03-02-2015

For over three decades, the Clauder Competition has been New England’s most prestigious playwriting award. It was created in 1981 to celebrate the distinctive voices of our region’s playwrights and to bring their work to the attention of the greater theatrical community. The Clauder Competition identifies exciting new works by New England playwrights and ensures their successful launch through readings and productions at Portland Stage, which adjudicates the competition and provides a creative home for the winning playwright.

Clauder Grand Prize: a $2,500 cash award, and a workshop production followed by a full production at Portland Stage during the 2016-17 season.
Gold Prizes: $600 cash awards each, plus a workshop production at Portland Stage.
Additional prizes will also be awarded to the best play from each of the six New England states.

Playwrights must currently live or attend school in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. This residency requirement may be waived in cases where the material has significant relevance to New England AND where the playwright has previously lived in New England for a considerable period of time. For questions of eligibility, please email Clauder@portlandstage.org
Plays must be full-length, with a running time between one and three hours.
Plays must require no more than 8 actors to perform. Playwrights must provide a precise casting plot for larger casts that require doubling.
Plays must be original works, not an adaptation or translation.
Plays must not be primarily for younger audiences.
Plays must not have received a professional production, or publication, or a pledge/commitment for the same prior to the announcement of the Clauder Winner (December, 2015). This includes Actors Equity showcase and waiver productions. Plays that have had readings or non-AEA productions are still eligible.
The winning play must meet all eligibility requirements for a full production. In consideration of Portland Stage’s mounting of the world premiere production, the grand prize winning playwright must provide  a small percentage of their royalties from the work for five years following the premiere production.

One script per playwright.
Submissions must be sent by U.S. Mail only – no emails, faxes, etc.
Submissions must include the complete script with a cast breakdown and up-to-date playwright contact information to establish residency.
No scripts that are handwritten or scripts that are otherwise illegible will be considered. We also request that submissions not be bound in binding combs or other permanent bindings that will make them difficult to photocopy.
Submitted scripts will NOT be returned.
All submissions meeting the eligibility criteria will be reviewed by at least 2 readers, and will receive an individualized letter of response including readers’ comments following the announcement of the winner.

Please submit scripts to:
Attn: Literary Manager
Portland Stage Company
P.O. box 1458
Portland, ME 04104

We encourage you to submit early. Scripts submitted before December 31st, 2014 will be considered for The Little Festival of the Unexpected, our annual new play festival in May.
If you are an eligible playwright interested in joining the list for Clauder Competition notification, please send an e-mail with your name, state of residence, and home mailing address to our Literary Manager by clicking here. Clauder@portlandstage.org

Monday, February 16, 2015

Johnson Hall Call for Artists

Call for visual artists at Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center in Gardiner
Deadline 03-01-2015

The Harlow Gallery and Johnson Hall invite Maine artists to submit work for an art exhibition opening Friday, April 10, 2015 at Johnson Hall. The art exhibition will be on view at Johnson Hall at 280 Water Street in Gardiner from April 10 through May 22, 2015, and sales proceeds will support two cornerstones of the arts in central Maine: Johnson Hall and the Harlow Gallery.

Email submissions are being accepted through March 1st and will be reviewed by curatorial committee comprised of staff and volunteers from both organizations.

Artists interested in submitting work should visit the Harlow Gallery online for complete instructions at harlowgallery.org/open-call-for-johnson-hall


Grant Writing 101 Workshop

Maine Association of Nonprofits and Maine Philanthropy Center, grant workshop in Portland
Event Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Would you like to acquire basic tools for researching and writing grants? This full day introductory workshop, offered in partnership with the Maine Philanthropy Center, guides participants through the most common components of a formal grant proposal and is recommended for individuals with little or no grant writing experience. The day will include a facilitated discussion with a panel of funders and a grant writing exercise.

This Event will include:

  • Grant research tips that will provide you with a return on your investment 
  • Tips for interacting with foundations of all sizes 
  • Proposal-writing and research materials to assist you beyond the workshop
  • Who should attend:

Beginner-level grant writers.

Stephanie Eglinton joined the Sam L. Cohen Foundation as program officer in 2007, where she manages the responsive grant program. Previously she worked for nonprofits in Maine and Washington DC in the areas of government relations, planning, and development. Her board service includes the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the Maine Women’s Policy Center, and Youth and Family Outreach. She has a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and served as a legislative fellow in the US Senate.

Dr. Lelia L. DeAndrade is the Director of Grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation. In this position, she staffs a number of foundation grant programs, including the statewide Community Building Program, and the People of Color Fund. Prior to joining the staff of MaineCF, she was the primary grant writer and manager of a successful Maine based nonprofit. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Lelia was also an academic for twelve years, and was the recipient of several prestigious grants and fellowships in support of her research and teaching.

MANP Members: $95
NonMembers: $190

Location: Cancer Community Center
778 Main St. South Portland, ME 04106


Sunday, February 15, 2015

TCG International Grants

Theatre Communications Group Accepting Proposals for International Collaboration Grants
Deadline 03-11-2015

The New York City-based Theatre Communications Group is accepting proposals from theater organizations and individual artists in support of collaborations between artists based in the United States and their colleagues around the world.

Through its Global Connections program, TCG will award up to twelve On the Road grants of up to $5,000 each to individual artists looking to foster new relationships with international colleagues that inspire their work and create opportunities for cultural exchange; and up to six In the Lab grants of $10,000 each to further preexisting collaborations through support for residencies that either advance the development of a piece or explore elements leading up to a full production.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; have a history over the last three years of developing and/or producing its own theater works; and employ at least one full-time salaried staff person at the time of application. In addition, all artists within the organization must be compensated fairly for their work (although it is not necessary for the theater to use an Equity contract).

Individual artists must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States; have a minimum of five years' experience working in nonprofit theater; and have mounted a professional production within the last year.

See the TCG website for complete program guidelines, information about previous recipients, and application instructions.


Laudholm Crafts Festival, Call

Call for Artists: Annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 
Deadline: 03-10-2015

Applications for the 28th annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, to be held September 12 and 13 in Wells, Maine are now available at wellsreserve.org/crafts.

The juried show will host more than 100 of New England's finest artisans and craftspeople in a spectacular seaside setting. Festival proceeds benefit education, science, and conservation programs at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Resident Artists At Arts Are Elementary

Arts Are Elementary in Brunswick Seeks Resident Artists 
Deadline 03-01-2015  for 2015/2016 Academic Year 

All residencies will take place during the school day in Brunswick's public elementary schools and in St. John's Catholic School.  Proposed residencies must tie into the Brunswick School Department curriculum.  This information can be found on the BSD website at www.brunswick.k12.me.us/curriculum. Applicants are encouraged to include a literacy component to their proposals. Arts are Elementary strives to give students a varied experience of artist residencies throughout their tenure in elementary school - e.g., if their resident artist for kindergarten focused on singing and songwriting, their artist residency for first grade would focus on a different artistic medium.  Details about recent artist residences may be found on the Arts Are Elementary website.

PDF Application

Kristi Hatrick, Arts are Elementary (207) 725-1232

Doris Duke Fund for National Projects

Doris Duke Fund for National Projects
Deadline 02-27-2015

The Doris Duke Fund for National Projects supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre. Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.

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.

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.

Interested organizations should submit a letter of inquiry to the Arts Program using the online submission form.

Competitive proposals that demonstrate the potential for direct and significant impact on the national professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields are reviewed by an advisory panel, which recommends the strongest applicants for funding based on the criteria for support outlined below.



Friday, February 13, 2015

White River Indie Festival Call

The White River Indie Festival (WRIF) and Google invite filmmakers to the Tell-it-in 
#Transmedia contest.
Deadline 02-15-2015

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2500 and a tour of any YouTube Space along with a special consultation and access to YouTube Space workshops and training. Two runners up will receive $1000 cash prizes

Any story that pushes the boundaries of narrative and utilizes at least two independent digital media (for example: text, photographs, video, graphics, animation, video games, music, social networks, or other modes of digital interactivity) is eligible for this competition. Projects will be judged on how well they create a compelling, coherent, and imaginative transmedia narrative.

Some guidelines

  • It is suggested that the story have a beginning, middle, and end (though perhaps not in that order), but length is not an issue
  • Part of the story must be freely accessible on YouTube or any other website, and utilize at least one digital platform. (Platform options include, but are not limited to: YouTube, Google+, Creatavist, Aerbook, Wattpad, Cowbird, Medium, Pinterest, Twitter, Scrollkit, Racontr, Tumblr, Zeega, Thinglink, Soundcloud, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook)
  • The project must be in English
  • No corporate media such as advertisements will be accepted
  • Entries must be in the form of a completed work, not a work-in-progress

There is no entry fee. WRIF staff will reduce the fields to the top 15 stories, and an expert panel of four judges, will then choose the winning entry and two runners-up. The winner will receive $2,500, the runners-up $1,000 each, and these three finalists will be shown at the 2015 WRIF festival. The winning entry will receive a cash prize and a tour of any YouTube Space.


Graham Foundation Grant

Graham Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry from Organizations for Architectural Production and Presentation Grants
Deadline 02-25-2015

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues.

Production and Presentation grants are designed to assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences; support organizations  to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation; recognize the vital role organizations play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work; and/or help organizations to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without the foundation’s support.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under some circumstances the foundation will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served — for example, in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax-exempt status.

See the Graham Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and descriptions of  previous grant recipients.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

NBF Innovations in Reading Prize

National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading Prize
Deadline 02-28-2015

Each year, the National Book Foundation recognizes individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America.

Through the Innovations in Reading Prizes, those individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

The foundation is seeking applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a new approach to presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applications from individuals and institutions that have developed interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate innovative thinking in design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship, and other fields. Potential candidates can enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by others.

The winner will receive $10,000 and be featured prominently on the foundation's website and in other digital publicity.

See the National Book Foundation's website for complete program guidelines, nomination instructions, and information about winners from previous years.



New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 03-02-2015

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has a mission to cultivate and promote the arts in New England and beyond. Their programs support artists across many forms of expression and many geographies, connecting them with collaborators and communities, fueling creative exchange and public discourse, and strengthening the creative economy.

The New England State Touring (NEST) grant funds presentations of New England-based artists from outside of a presenter’s state (eg. A Maine venue can bring in a Vermont artist). Nonprofit organizations, schools, or government entities based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are eligible to apply.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sustainable Arts Foundation Award

Sustainable arts foundation offers awards for artists and writers with children. 
Deadline 02-27-2015

Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco bay area.

The foundation will award the following:
Sustainable Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000
There will be multiple winners for each award.

Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.

The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, play writing, and poetry to apply.Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, film/video, and photography are encouraged to apply.

We seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting. We're also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.

Complete information at: http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/awards


Portland Symphony Orchestra Job

Portland Symphony Orchestra seeks a Director of Education & Community Engagement (FT)
Deadline 03-02-2015

The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO)’s mission is to “serve our community by enriching lives through music.” In its 88th season, the PSO is regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. A musical hub for 82 professional musicians, the PSO strives to achieve the highest level of artistic quality, develop and nurture meaningful community relationships, and inspire children and adults through lifelong learning programs. Programming includes: 11 Classical, 8 Pops, 3 family “Discovery” and 12 “Magic of Christmas” concerts; 4 Youth Concerts (ages 8-12), and 65+ KinderKonzerts (ages 3-7, performed in 12 Maine communities). Engagement activities are coordinated around concerts including (but not limited to): open dress rehearsals, lectures, and events to directly connect people to PSO musicians. As the largest performing arts organization in Maine, the PSO is proud to serve the entire state.

The Director of Education, in partnership with the Music Director and Assistant Conductor, is charged with creating and overseeing programs that encourage three generations of Maine learners to engage with and participate in symphonic music. These programs will include in-school programs, concerts, and workshops; family and Discovery programming; community engagement initiatives; and adult education programs.

This individual must be a big-picture strategic thinker; be a self-starter who tackles challenges head-on; be able to develop and monitor new initiatives with confidence; and an organized worker who efficiently and skillfully manages details. Skilled in consensus building and driving organizational initiatives forward, this individual must be an excellent relationship/partnership builder, communicator, and proponent of the PSO’s mission to enrich lives through music.


I. Strategic Leadership and Change Management

II. Programs (Organized by Three Generations)
A. Youth
B. Family/Community
C. Lifelong Learning

III. Communications

IV. Relationship Building

V. Budget

Please submit one-page resume, one-page cover letter, references, and salary history to ldixon@portlandsymphony.org. The e-mail subject line should be titled PSO Education and Community Engagement Application, and all attachments should be PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Application

Complete information at: http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/about/employment/


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fiber Artist Teachers Sought

The Maine Fiber College is looking for fiber artist teachers
Deadline 03-01-2015

The Maine Fiber College is looking for fiber artist teachers who can offer a class (or Classes) for the September 2015 Fiber College.   The classes offered at Fiber College 2015 will be chosen by a jury based on the project description, photograph with the focused intent to keep the offerings fresh, expansive and interesting for a wide variety of students and ability levels. The last day for applications will be March 1st and teachers will be notified by March 15th.


Gardiner Art in the Park

The City of Gardiner is seeking public artwork for the Art in the Park program 
Deadline 03-10-2015

The City of Gardiner Art in the Park program was established to highlight Maine artists and to bring temporary sculpture to the park(s) in the Gardiner downtown. The program brings artist’s sculptures to the Johnson Hall Park for a temporary annual exhibition between April and October.

Artists selected will receive $1,500. They will be responsible for:

Providing a piece of artwork
Transportation of the work to Johnson Park
Transportation of the work from Johnson Park
Giving an artist talk at a community reception

For more information or to apply, contact Patrick Wright, Executive Director, Gardiner Main
Street – 582-3100. director@gardinermainstreet.org

Monday, February 9, 2015

Princess Grace Theatre Grants

Princess Grace Foundation Awards in Playwriting and Theatre
Deadline 03-31-2015

NEW PROCESS: As of 2015, grant applications will be accepted via the Princess Grace Foundation-USA’s online application module.

The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development.

  • All nominees must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
  • All nominees (except playwrights, who may apply individually through www.newdramatists.org), must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director.
  • The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships must be completed in the United States.

Playwriting, Theater, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film

One fellowship is offered annually to an individual playwright, including residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Please click here to apply for the Playwriting Fellowship. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1.

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and theaters. Nominations for theater grants are invited from the Artistic Directors of theater companies and Deans or Department Chairs of professional schools in theater. Grants are awarded to actors, directors, and costume, set, sound, projection and lighting designers.

Please note, grants are not currently available for composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, managers, or music directors; self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; and an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (scholarship, apprenticeship or fellowship outlined in the below guidelines).

Theater Guidelines
Theater Application (Available February 6 and active until 11:59pm PST on March 31, 2015)



NH Theatre Auditions and Job Fair

New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair
Registration Deadline 02-13-2015
Event 02-28-2015

The New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair is for Actors, Singers, Dancers, Designers, and Production Staff interested in working at New Hampshire’s Professional Theatres. The auditions/interviews are scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015, at The Dana Center at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, NH.

This is an excellent opportunity to be seen by over a dozen of New Hampshire’s leading professional companies.

Participants will be considered for Summer/Fall 2015 seasons and beyond. The NHPTA Auditions and Job Fair is a more intimate event as compared to the much larger Straw Hat and NETC Auditions/Interviews. This gives students more time to mingle with professionals and a much greater opportunity of finding employment in our competitive field.

The NHPTA Auditions and Job Fair offers:

  • Auditions: acting, voice and dance.
  • Technical/Production interviews: carpentry, lighting and sound, costumes, properties, set design, and stage management.
  • Administrative/Theatre Management interviews: box office, marketing, and business office.

Participating theatres:
The Barnstormers Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, The Palace Theatre, Papermill Theatre Company at Jean’s Playhouse, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Weathervane Theatre, New Art Theatre, Peterborough Players, Second Stage Theatre, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Children’s Stage Adventures, Hampstead Stage Company, Opera North, and Advice To The Players.

Registration Information
Registration fee: $15 undergraduate/ $20 graduate and beyond


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Maine Open Juried Art Show

The 25th annual Maine Open Juried Art Show is now registering artists 
Deadline 02-20-2015

The art show is co-presented by Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Main Street and Waterville Public Library.Artists can take advantage of $30 early registration fees if registered by Feb. 20; after this date, registration will be $50, according to a news release from art society.

Visitors can view the art show from March 22 through April 24 at the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St., in downtown Waterville. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Artists can obtain information and online registration forms by visiting watervillemainstreet.org or calling June at 680-2055.

Maine Museum Lecture Series

Maine State Museum Lecture Series
Event times, various 

Join the Friends of the Maine State Museum for the annual series of programs highlighting the museum's world class collections. All programs will be held at the Maine State Museum and are free of charge.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
The Passenger Pigeon in New England Life: From Micmac Cosmic Cycles to 19th Century Children's Games
Susan Wegner, Associate Professor of Art History, Bowdoin College

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Giants of Maine: The Scarborough Mammoth and other Ice Age Finds
Paula Work, Registrar and Curator of Biology, Maine State Museum

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Maine Tourmalines
Carl A. Francis, Consulting Curator, Maine Mineral and Gem Museum

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Maine Wolves and Coyotes – History and Current Management Challenges
Wally Jakubas, Mammal Group Leader, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Writers Award Series

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Contests
Deadline 02-28-2015

Association of Writers and Writing Programs sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.
Submit an Entry

 We no longer accept submissions by post. Please consult our guidelines for complete contest information. Please remove all publication acknowledgments from your manuscript before submitting, and be sure to remove your name as well from the manuscript document.

Follow this link to submit now via our online submission system.
AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction
The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers an award of $2,500 and publication by the University of Georgia Press.
2015 Judge: Lia Purpura

AWP Prize for the Novel
The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2015 Judge: Paul Harding

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
2015 Judge: Crystal Williams

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press.
2015 Judge: Nahid Rachlin


NEFA FUSED Dance Exchange

French U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED) grants support U.S. and French artists whose works have not yet—or have rarely—been seen in the partner country.
Deadline 02-17-2015

Launched in 2004, FUSED is a partnership between NEFA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE). FUSED fosters dialogue, strengthens professional relationships, and sparks creative artistry through residencies and touring of artists whose works have not yet—or have rarely—been seen in the partner country.

FUSED grants support up to 50% of the artist fee, including housing, per diem, travel, and visa expenses, to a maximum of $15,000.



Friday, February 6, 2015

Apply for Bates Dance Programs

Applications open for Bates Dance, Young Dancers Workshop and Professional Training Program
Deadline: Open until filled 

Our  Young Dancers Workshop offers teens 14-18 years a supportive learning experience with a team of gifted educators. Students attend daily classes in modern, ballet, jazz, hop hop, composition/improvisation and repertory, enjoy workshops and main stage performances, and create and perform their own work.

The Professional Training Program offers dancers 18 years and up an immersion experience in a vital, cooperative community. Students choose from 29 daily class offerings to hone their craft, build an invaluable professional network, and advance their artistic goals.

The BDF application is now available online. Apply early as class fill quickly and enrollment is processed on a first-come, first-serve basis: