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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NEH Preservation and Access Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for preservation and access education and training grants
Deadline 05-05-2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications from libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations for projects to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage resources.

Through its Preservation and Access Education and Training program, the endowment will award grants to cultural institutions to maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The grants are designed to help staff obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also will support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

Grants of up to $175,000 over two years will be awarded to eligible service organizations in the preservation field. For all other applicants, the maximum award is $100,000 per year for up to two years.

Any U.S. nonprofit organization is eligible to apply for a grant, as are state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible.


New Music USA Project Grants

New Music USA Project Grants to support artistry, impact and capacity of musicians
Deadline 04-01-2015

Our approach to project grants is driven by two core convictions. First, that the best way to serve new music is to ask practitioners what they need rather than tell them what they should want. Second, that the process for requesting financial support should be simple and should help artists connect with audiences, not just funders.

Applicants are asked to present their projects using the same language and media they would use to build public interest in their work. Our goal is to make grantmaking less about grant writing, and focus instead on how artists naturally talk about their work.

Through our project grants, awardees gain more than a grant award; they gain access to our public network. By promoting awarded projects through social media, email, and our deep connections within the field, we work tirelessly to build a community around projects while supporting awarded artists as they develop their work.

Awards can range between $250 and $15,000. With a continued desire to impact the greatest possible breadth of artists and informed by valuable feedback we’ve received from the field, we will be placing continued emphasis on small grants requesting $3,000 or less.

We are open to a huge range of new music projects. A “project” to us means any activity that involves new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline or up to six months prior. Requests can come from individuals or organizations. We understand that creative people often undertake many projects simultaneously, which is why we allow individuals and organizations to take part on multiple projects per deadline, though keep in mind that in the interest of spreading our resources to as many deserving artists as possible, the likelihood of an individual or organization receiving multiple awards in a given round is lower.

We’re especially interested in having our funds go towards paying artists directly for their work; whether that’s creating, engaging, performing, or something else. We place special emphasis on funds towards:
  • The creation of new musical work
  • New live music for dance
  • Recording costs
  • Residency and community outreach activities
The most competitive projects are those that include specified living composers and recent music.

To apply for a project grant you will first need to log in to your existing profile (or register for one), which can be updated at any time. Your profile can be as simple as a photo and a link to your own website, or can include your bio and general samples of your work. Each project page links to the profiles of the participating artists, and profiles can serve as opportunities to provide additional information or media samples that aren’t included on your project page.

Once you are logged in, you simply create a project page of your own. It will remain hidden to the public through the course of the review and decision process. If your project is awarded, we will publish your project among our other funded projects, and you’ll be able to post updates as your project unfolds.

Your project page breaks down in three sections:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Maine Scholarships Available

Maine Community Foundation offers scholarships for Maine students
Deadline, Various

In 2014, the community foundation awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to 750 Maine students attending schools in the state, across the country, and around the world.
Adult learners also can benefit from 18 scholarship funds that help them navigate the road back to school. About 180,000 Mainers who started college never completed their degrees. The Maine Community Foundation is focusing on this group as part of its goal to advance education in Maine.

The Maine Community Foundation offers nearly 520 scholarships that support students pursuing music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts, and many other fields. They are available for students who attend secondary, post-secondary, and graduate schools, as well as non-traditional programs.
A complete listing of scholarships available for the upcoming school year is now online at the Maine Community Foundation website, www.mainecf.org

Owls Head Development Director

Owls Head Transportation Museum is looking for a Development Director
Deadline 04-16-2015

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is an operating, non-profit museum that collects, preserves, exhibits, and operates pre-1940 aircraft, ground vehicles and engines, with a strong focus on educational initiatives.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees, the Development Director will coordinate all development efforts necessary for the overall growth of the Museum.  This person will implement a solid fundraising program to include: Annual Appeal, Corporate/Business support, Foundations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving and a major Capital Campaign. Additionally the Development Director will identify and cultivate new support and relationships while stewarding the Museum’s existing base of donors.

Major emphasis includes the planning, management, and implementation of an overall fundraising strategy to include the annual appeal, major gifts, and planned giving leading to a future capital campaign. The director of development should put into effect a solid plan for outreach to develop corporate, foundation and business support, expanding public relations to gain local, regional and national support for the Museum. This position must utilize excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. In addition this individual must possess solid organizational skills, an ability to manage multiple projects at one time and work as a member of a creative and skilled team.

Bachelor's degree or a minimum of 5 years’ experience in non-profit fundraising, preferably in a museum setting. Proven capital campaign experience is necessary.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to Necole Janczura at P.O. Box 277, Owls Head, Maine 04854 or nj@ohtm.org


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portland Observatory Education Assistant Job

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks an Education Assistant/Portland Observatory Site Manager
Deadline 04-01-2015

Hours:  Part-time year round position available begins May 4
                 May 1 – Memorial Day Weekend (20 Hours per week)
                Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day: (32 Hours per week)
                Columbus Day – April: (20 Hours per week- pending board approval)

The Education Assistant/Portland Observatory Site Manager supports Landmarks’ educational programs, activities, and tours relating to the Portland Observatory and local historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes.  In the spring, prior to the opening of the Observatory for the season, the assistant will focus on preparing and presenting guided tours to the numerous students who visit Portland from late April through early June as a part of the local public school curriculum.  When the Observatory is open to the public (Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend), the Education Assistant/Observatory Site Manager will work on-site at the Observatory, overseeing the daily operation of the Portland Observatory Museum for 4 days per week, including scheduling docents, interacting with the public and leading guided tours.  In the off season (late October through mid-April, pending board approval), the Education Assistant/Observatory Site Manager will work closely with the Manager of Education Programs and other staff to conduct, plan, and present a variety of programs, docent enrichment activities, and tours to support Landmarks educational and advocacy initiatives.


  • Serve as Site Manager for the Portland Observatory 3-4 days per week from Memorial Day through Columbus Day
  • Supervise, coordinate, and schedule docents at the Portland Observatory using on-line Google Calendar/Master Calendar to assure coverage of tour shifts.
  • Open and close the Observatory for tours during its scheduled hours of operation.
  • Make bank deposits, and ensure that there is adequate change for cash sales.
  • Greet visitors and present tours to the public as necessary. 
  • Sell tour tickets and retail merchandise.
  • Create a positive and professional atmosphere for both docents and visitors.
  • Conduct school tours of Portland Observatory and Eastern Cemetery.
  • Serve as liaison for Landmarks docents, working closely with Manager of Education Programs
  • Assist in recruiting and training docents for the Observatory, Custom House and Walking Tours.
  • Assist in training docents to conduct tours for school children of the Portland Observatory and the Eastern Cemetery.
  • Schedule docents for neighborhood walking tours and US Custom House tours.
  • Conduct and/or train docents to conduct additional special programs, including Realtor programs, and school programs, as time and resources permit.
  • Attend Portland’s History Docents program Thursday mornings in March and April (8 weeks).
  • Create off-season docent enrichment programs.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment, scheduling and coordination for programs and events, (ie: The Old House Trade Show, Historic House Tours, Annual Meeting, Historic House Gala, etc.)
  • Work closely with the Manager of Education Programs and other staff, during the Observatory off-season to conduct, plan, and present a variety of programs and tours to support Landmarks educational and advocacy initiatives, such as special lectures and Realtor programs. 
  • Assist with research and data gathering related to advocacy priorities as time permits.  Engage volunteers with these activities as appropriate.
  • Attend and take minutes at Education and Preservation Committee meetings during the off season for the Observatory.

Additional responsibilities at the Observatory include, but are not limited to;

  • Awareness and responsibility for visitor safety
  • Ask docents to sign in their hours in the “docent sign-in” log
  • Keep gift shop shelves stocked, and notify Manager of Education Programs when an item is becoming low on stock.
  • Close the cash register and credit card purchases
  • Provide assistance on Flag Day and other scheduled special events.
  • Make docent scheduling adjustments, as needed, including immediate or emergency needs due to unforeseen situations.

Key Competencies

  • excellent human relations skills
  • enthusiasm for working with a variety of ages
  • must be able to walk up and down stairs
  • must have basic computer skills
  • demonstrated customer service skills
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • ability to manage, and organize activities and people
  • enthusiasm for sharing knowledge
  • available to work on some weekends and/or evenings
  • Attention to detail a must
  • Strong Organizational skills


  • Bachelor’s Degree in museum education, education, history or architecture preferred. 
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoys working with people of all ages from children to seniors

Please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing example to education@portlandlandmarks.org.
Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Note that the off season hours, beginning late October 2015 are pending board approval.

Greater Portland Landmarks (93 High Street), Portland Observatory (138 Congress St), Portland

Endangered Language Fund

Endangered Language Fund Invites Applications
Deadline 04-20-2015

The Endangered Language Fund was founded in 1996 with the goal of supporting language preservation and documentation projects. To that end, ELF provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two.

Priority is given to projects that serve both the native community and the field of linguistics. In addition, work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other [e1] will also be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered.

ELF expects grants in this round to be less than $4,000 each, and to average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead. Grants are for one year, but follow-on funding is possible.

Researchers and language activists from any country are eligible to apply, and grantees may be individuals or institutions.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Endangered Language Fund website.

Maine Crime Writers Conference

Maine Writers and Publishers Crime Wave conference
Event Date 04-11-2015 

The day-long conference will include panel discussions, theme-specific workshops, editor and agent critiques, book-signings, and more.

From television stalwarts such as Murder, She Wrote and Dark Shadows to the works of Stephen King, Maine has a reputation as the spookiest state in the nation. Never mind that statistics consistently show the Pine Tree State to be one of the country’s safest places, in the public’s imagination, Maine equals murder, mystery, and mayhem.

One explanation for the state’s dark reputation is the character of our landscape: impenetrable forests, weather-beaten seascapes haunted by foghorns, remote islands that strangers visit at their own risk. Combine this ripe landscape with the sheer number of writers who are practicing their own dark arts and Maine is, unsurprisingly, a haven for crime and suspense novelists.

Why are writers drawn to Maine? Atmosphere to be sure—the same qualities that intrigue readers of thrillers are catnip for authors of suspense fiction—but another attraction is the connectivity of Maine’s literary network. In other places, the term “writing community” is an oxymoron. Here in Maine it is the real deal, thanks in part to the MWPA’s mission to bring together the state’s most creative minds.

More information at:


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Portland Observatory Site Manager Job

Portland Observatory seeks Assistant Site Managers (2 positions available)
Deadline 04-15-2015

Part time, seasonal, 24 hours per week (every other week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Start Date: May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day, pre-season training and orientation in April and May.

The Portland Observatory Assistant Site Manager will work closely with the Observatory Site Manager, overseeing the daily operation of the Portland Observatory Museum when on site and leading public tours.


  • Open and close the Observatory for tours during its scheduled hours of operation.
  • Make bank deposits and ensure that there is adequate change for cash sales.
  • Supervise the volunteer docents on-site.
  • Present tours to the public, when necessary. 
  • Greet visitors
  • Sell tour tickets and retail merchandise,
  • Create a positive and professional atmosphere for both docents and visitors
  • Be available to work alternating weekends with another Assistant Site Manager

-          must be able to walk up and down 100 stairs
-          must have basic computer skills
-          excellent human relations skills
-          demonstrated customer service skills
-          strong oral and written communication skills
-          enthusiasm for working with a variety of ages
-          ability to manage, and organize activities and people
-          enthusiasm for sharing knowledge
-          available to work on the weekends and/or evenings

Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to education@portlandlandmarks.org.

Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize

A Room of Her Own Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize ($1,000)
Deadline 04-01-2015

What is the application fee for Clarissa Dalloway? 
The application fee for each of our our book prizes (To the Lighthouse and Clarissa Dalloway) is $20.

What genres are accepted for the Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize? 
Just that–everything but poetry! Accepted genres include but are not limited to memoir, biography, novel or novella, young adult literature, and graphic novels. We are looking for a variety of style, voice, and subject matter.

What if the “word count” doesn’t apply to my application (ex: I’m submitting a graphic novel)?
If word count is not applicable, we ask that submissions be between 60 and 96 pages in length.

Can you clarify the  length requirement? 
Word count for the Clarissa Dalloway manuscripts must be between 15,000 and 75,000 words.  If your submission is a graphic novel (or some other hybrid form) where words do not make up the majority of the content, your document should be at least 60 pages, and not exceed 96 pages in length.
In other words, the page measurement is not meant to be equivalent to or aligned with the word count range. It is instead an alternative measurement for those books whose content is not comprised primarily of writing. It’s possible that a manuscript that qualifies by falling within the 15,000 to 75,000 word count range might have 300 pages or more.

If my manuscript is chosen for the award will I retain the rights to my work submitted? The winner of the prize agrees to give the Red Hen Press first North American Rights to the manuscript.  Writers always retain creative rights to their work.

What counts as “previously published?” 
Manuscripts are judged on a case by case basis.  As a guideline, if more than 1/3 of an author’s work has appeared together in another published collection (either in print or online), her manuscript may not be chosen.  The winner’s contract gives Red Hen Press first North American rights to the material.

Can I apply by mail? 
Yes! You can download this form to print, fill out, and mail (postmark by the deadline) with your check and manuscript, following the instructions on the form. Please make sure that your manuscript is single-sided so that we can scan and upload your document. http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/TTL_CD-Cover-Sheet-2015.pdf

I already submitted, but I want to change my manuscript. Is this possible? 
Applications  that are submitted via mail should be considered final. Applications submitted online may be edited up until the submission deadline, but you will need to submit an “edit request” through Submittable if you realize after submitting that you need to make correction to your submission. Please make sure you have edited and double-checked your attachments before uploading.



Friday, March 27, 2015

MMW+C Jobs

Maine Media Workshops + College is seeking two part time employees: Assistant to President and Media Specialist 
Deadline 04-15-2015

Assistant to President
Operating under broad guidelines from the President, and in accordance with established policies and procedures, the person in this position:

  • Provides extensive administrative support for the President in all areas, including:
  • Board and donor relations.
  • Special projects.
  • Faculty, staff and student concerns.
  • Assists the President in matters related to development, research, correspondence and filing.
  • Coordinates board activities including:
  • Arranging logistics for Board and Board committee meetings.
  • Compiling, distributing and updating minutes and other documentation for these meetings.
  • Works with the President and Marketing Director to send regular communications to alumni and friends, including responsibility assisting in writing and production of the eNewsletter and selected sections of the website (related to news and development).
  • Works with the President and members of the staff to identify public relations opportunities and submit press releases, cultivating media outlets.
  • Others duties as assigned.

Media Specialist
Media specialist needed to update and manage all content on organizations Drupal-based website, as well as the organizations social media presence across the web. This is a part-time (15 hours/week) on campus position.Responsibilities will include supporting the implementation of Maine Media’s international marketing strategies under the supervision of the Marketing Director, maintain a vibrant Facebook presence for their nearly 18,000 fans, and most importantly posting, managing, and curating content across all pages of the organizations website.

  • Basic Qualification and Experience:
  • Strong work ethic
  • Comfortable working with a team
  • Love digital media of every kin
  • An unwavering curiosity
  • Demonstrated experience with Drupal-based websites
  • Understanding of marketing concepts and strategy
  • High degree of comfort with social media
  • Great organizational skills
  • Excellent writing and proof reading experience
  • Some css/html/php proficiency preferred but not required

Please submit cover letter and resume to jobs@mainemedia.edu


UMMA Education Coordinator

University of Maine Museum of Art seeks Education Coordinator
Deadline 04-04-2015

The University of Maine Museum of Art seeks a creative and enthusiastic Education Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate visual arts-related programming for Museum visitors of all ages.  In general, programs will relate to the Museum's permanent collection and changing exhibitions, and will include hands-on classes, workshops, summer/winter art camps for children, lectures and gallery talks, as well as an active schedule of special events designed to cultivate an appreciation for the visual arts and a sense of community among museum supporters and visitors.  The Education Coordinator will work closely in a collaborative, team-oriented environment with the Museum's Director/Curator, Assistant Museum Coordinator, and Registrar.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable applicant is identified. Appropriate background checks required.

 For a full job description, requirements and desired qualifications, please visit: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=25437&job=education-coordinator

Kathryn Jovanelli
Phone: 207/561-3350 kathrynj@maine.edu

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Center Theatre Executive Director

Center Theatre for the Performing Arts is seeking an Executive Director
Deadline 04-30-2015

The Center Theatre for the Performing Arts has an opening for an Executive Director located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.  The 300-seat, non-profit theatre was fully renovated in 2007 and is a gem in Piscataquis County offering digital movies, live performances and entertaining community theatre throughout the year.   This position requires flexibility in hours to accommodate performance schedules.  The preferred candidate will live in the local area and have a degree in Arts Management, Marketing or Business with 5 years of related experience; however, all interested candidates will be considered.  The candidate will have strong business and interpersonal skills and will represent the theatre within the community.  This position is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as working collaboratively with employees and various committees on development, programming, fundraising, finance and facilities management.  Candidate should be familiar with social media as it pertains to promotion, marketing and advertising of theatre events and enjoy a challenge.  Candidate will work closely with our active Board of Directors to ensure that programming and revenue are in line with financial goals.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to The Center Theatre for the Performing Arts no later than April 30, 2015. Documents may be emailed to exdir@centertheatre.org.


Summit Community Program

Summit Natural Gas Community Sponsorship Program seeking applications
Deadline 03-31-2015

Because Summit wants to be a good community partner and neighbor, we will continue to commit resources for worthy causes that maintain and improve Maine’s sense of community. Whether it is providing funding for community events and services or offering funding to local organizations for community-building efforts, Summit Natural Gas is dedicated to our community.

Through our Community Sponsorship Program, we award funding to organizations and businesses with strategies that align with Summit’s key areas of interest. Priority is given to health-related and educational initiatives and programs. Our secondary priorities and key area of interests include economic and cultural initiatives that are geared to improve the overall well-being of our neighbors.

Key Interests
  • Wellness Initiatives
  • Educational Initiatives
  • Economic Initiatives
  • Cultural Initiatives
While Summit Natural Gas of Maine will accept all applications submitted; we strive to align our budgeted community dollars to areas of interest and key priorities. Applications that include (but not limited to) political affiliations, church affiliations, and most school fundraising (examples: yearbook, key club, etc.) will typically not be considered for funding.

If you have additional questions, please contact Tammy Poissonnier at (207) 621-8000 x 432


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Black Fly Writers Retreat

Maine Writers and Publishers Black Fly Writers Retreat at Grand Lake Stream Maine
Deadline 04-01-2015
Event Date April 30 – Sunday, May 3

The MWPA is excited to announce the 2015 Black Fly Writers Retreat. Join us for an inspiring four-day, three-night weekend of workshops, readings, and writing at the idyllic Shoreline Camps on Big Lake in Grand Lake Stream, a town with a population of just over 100 in northeast Maine near the Canadian border.

2015 Black Fly Writing Retreat attendees will spend three mornings in workshops of no more than twelve participants working with one instructor. Afternoons will be open for writing and optional thirty-minute individual sessions with the instructors. In addition to the intensive workshops and one-on-one sessions, the weekend will include faculty and participant readings.

Shoreline Camps is a cluster of rustic, lakeside cabins. Each cabin will house a varying number of Black Fly Writing Retreat attendees. Each cabin includes its own bathroom, a living room, an equipped kitchen, fresh linens, blankets, and bath towels. Each cabin includes a wood stove and outdoor fireplace with complementary firewood.

The workshops will include:

Fiction with Sarah Braunstein

Memoir with Elizabeth Peavey

Poetry with Christian Barter


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Maine Media Workshops Job Fair

Maine Media Workshops Job Fair for summer employment
Event Date March 27-28, 2015

Come to our JOB FAIR on MARCH 27 - 28 and meet our core staff, check out the campus, and knock our socks off with your mad skills. We hire dozens of talented people every summer who spend their time working intensely with highly motivated students and world-renowned instructors.

Summer staff who make the most of their time with us go home having made connections with professionals and peers that will last a lifetime. For many, one summer with us was enough to launch fantastic careers in film, television, and photography.

Be sure to  submit your application online, and bring a sample of your work with you.

Have more questions? Drop us a line at jobs@mainemedia.edu


Harpo Visual Artists Grants

Harpo Foundation grant for visual artists
Deadline 04-01-2015

The Grants for Visual Artists award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

Applicants must use the foundation’s online application system to submit the following:

Artist resume
Artist statement (200 words)
Work samples (up to 20)
The deadline to submit an online application for the 2015 grant cycle will be announced no later than April 1, 2015. The online application will be made available at the same time. To receive updates, you may join our email list here.


  • Self-defined under recognized visual artist 21 years or older
  • United States citizen
  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Not a previous recipient of a direct grant. Artists who have been supported by organizational grants in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

Funding and Reporting

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors. Awards are made of up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose. A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.

Visit our frequently asked questions page or address other questions to the Director by emailing Julie Deamer at gro.noitadnuofoprah@remaedj


Monday, March 23, 2015

Salt Institute Interim Executive Director

The Salt Institute seeks an Interim Executive Director
Deadline 05-01-2015

Founded over 40 years ago, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is a non-profit school in Portland, Maine offering semester-long intensive programs in documentary radio, photography, shortdocs (short video documentaries) and writing with a focus on powerful and responsible storytelling. The work of our students lives at the intersection of community engagement and fieldwork in a way that promotes artistry within the medium, sheds light on important social, cultural and economic narratives in our geographic region and gives audience to the diverse and important stories of the people and places of Maine and New England.

Having positioned ourselves as storytellers in this community over the past four decades, Salt is in an exciting state of transition to meet the changing demands of how media is delivered and how students engage in each of the tracks. As we grow and change with the industry around us, we are in a unique position to situate ourselves on the frontier of this evolving landscape. The desire to hire an interim director comes from the need to focus on stabilizing the organization through a period of growth and development, leadership and staff changes. Working in a role that is both creative and administrative, the interim director will be both a forward thinking educator and a savvy businessperson.

This interim director position is year-round and full-time and will be at least a two-year placement (with the possibility of a permanent appointment). Working with board and staff, the interim director will conceive of and plan the school’s ongoing programs and initiatives in keeping with Salt’s mission. The interim director will supervise the maintenance of the physical plant and studio facilities, manage the finances of the institution, and, most importantly, foster the continued development of an intensive creative community throughout this time of transition.

Our ideal candidate will have 5 or more years of experience in managing staff, 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 the ability to connect with the local community. The interim director must be nimble and quick thinking, as Salt is a dynamic and ever-evolving organization. A clear vision and the ability to collaboratively carry out that vision will be critical in this role. In addition to prior executive director (or equivalent) experience a background in strategic branding and marketing is strongly preferred.

Specifically, the director will:

  • Provide leadership within the school, including resource development and personnel management
  • Supervise student applications, financial aid and admission procedures and policies
  • Foster relationships with alumni and other cultural institutions in our community on local, national and international levels
  • Promote and publicize the school
  • Oversee the annual schedule of gallery exhibitions (including 2 student shows per year)
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and laws that pertain to the school and 501c3 status in particular
  • Formulate and develop long and short-range goals and strategic plans to ensure continued growth and sustainability
  • Maintain instructional standards of quality
  • Develop and prepare the annual preliminary budget; monitor and control budget expenditures; direct the preparation and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive reports, records and files regarding personnel, facilities, programs, operations and activities
  • Manage school facilities, student housing, vendor relationships and insurance requirements for both facilities
  • Hire and review staff necessary to assist with all phases of the program and operations
  • Report to the Board of trustees on a regular basis
  • Serve as ex-officio member of all standing committees of the Board
  • Oversee community relations
  • Demonstrate literacy and proficiency with industry standard technology (Mac computers and Mac related software), and knowledgeable enough to oversee the purchase of hardware and software and negotiate vendor contracts
  • Showcase an attention to detail especially in the enforcement of Salt and student policies and procedures (such as: awareness of conflicts of interest, ethical questions and general legal matters)
  • Salary: $60,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience

Benefits: Health and dental (full coverage), PTO (4weeks)

Preferred starting date: July 1st (or earlier)

To apply: Submit resume or CV, cover letter, and in one page or less, tell us, “Why Salt and Why Now?” Email applications only please, to: EDsearch2015@salt.edu; Subject line: ED Search Committee Format: pdf only; Please label each document: lastnamefirstinitial_resume(or coverletter or Saltquestion) No phone calls, No walk-ins, No USPS or paper delivery of any kind *The institution will contact you via email with status updates and requests for further information or to schedule an interview no later than the deadline date.


Media Workshop Scholarships

Maine Media Workshop scholarships available 
Deadline April/ Various 

Scholarships are available for Maine Media Workshop Summer/Fall Adult Workshops, Certificate and Degree Programs, and Young Artists Programs.

Information on how to apply and other scholarship opportunities can be found at: http://www.mainemedia.edu/scholarships


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Maine Job Fairs

A listing of pending job fairs in Maine 
Event date: Various 

The following job fairs have been scheduled to date around the state:

March 24: Portland, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MaineJobs Spring Career Fair, Italian Heritage Center,

March 26: Machias Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Lee-Pellon Center, 90 Main Street

March 27: 5th Annual York County Regional Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Nasson Community Center, Springvale

March 30: Job Fair at the Augusta Career Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 1: Job Fair at the Greater Portland Career Center, Noon to 3 p.m.

April 6: Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Job Fair, 2 to 6 p.m.
St. Joseph's College, Standish

April 10: Androscoggin County Community Job Fair, 9 a.m. to Noon,
Central Maine Community College, Auburn

April 16: Calais Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Washington County Community College Gymnasium

April 23, Job / Resource Fair, 9 a.m. to Noon,
Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School cafeteria, 256 Main Street, South Paris

April 27: Job Fair at the Augusta Career Center, 3 to 6 p.m.

April 29: Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield

May 4: Job Fair at the Lewiston Career Center,
Time TBD

May 6: Job Fair at the Greater Portland Career Center, Noon to 3 p.m.

May 13: 8th Annual Regional Job Fair, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.,
Warsaw Middle School, Pittsfield

May 14: Government Jobs Job Fair,
Augusta Armory, Augusta

Businesses interested in participating in these events and other no-cost hiring services that the department provides, such as Maine's Job Bank, should contact their local Career Center.


Americans for the Arts Convention

2015 Americans for the Arts Convention in Chicago (June 12-14) 
Early Bird Registration: 04-03-2015

The 2015 Annual Convention will bring together more than 1,000 nonprofit, business, and community leaders to exchange ideas and engage in real-world application of the arts as a means of transforming American communities. This June, join your friends and colleagues in exploring impact, transformation, empowerment, skills for today, and ideas for tomorrow.

Register for the best professional development opportunity of the year! Sign up before the early bird deadline, April 3, and save up to $175. Check out all of the discounts and special rates on our Ways to Save page and book your hotel room today!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Startup & Create Mixer

Maine Startup & Create Week insider event
Event Date April 1st from 6-8 PM Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Brewing Company is hosting the next Maine Startup & Create Week insider event! Come celebrate spring and get an insider update on #MSCW2015 before we release the news publicly. Meet MSCW's volunteer leadership team and the community leaders who are making startups and innovation a reality in Portland.

Allagash Brewing Company
50 Industrial Way, Portland ME

Founded in Portland, Maine in 1995, Allagash Brewing Company is dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world.  Best known for their flagship beer, Allagash White, they also enjoy aging beer in oak barrels and creating spontaneously fermented beers.

The Allagash team is excited to show their support for Maine Startup & Create Week and is looking forward to having an opportunity to pour attendees a beer, and show folks around on a brief VIP tour!


Graves Library Residency

Graves Library Writer-In-Residence program seeks applicants  (ME.)
Deadline 05-01-2015

Inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s famous maxim that a writer must have a room of one’s own if they are to write, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport have created the Graves Library Writer-in-Residence program.

The premise is simple:
(1) Writers need a space in which to write.
(2) Libraries are the institutions that house the end-result of a writer's efforts.
(3) Many libraries are in a unique position to provide a small space in which writers can ply their craft.
(4) Why not bring writers and libraries together?
The residency is open to all writers at least 18 years of age who are residents of Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library’s service area: Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Arundel.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Common Street Arts Program Manager

Common Street Arts seeks a  Program Manager (Waterville, FT)
Deadline 03-30-2015

The Program Manager is responsible for arts programs and other cultural collaborations that support the Waterville Creates! (WC!) mission, which is to make opportunities for arts and culture to enrich our community through creative experiences.  In general, the Program Manager will work in an intra-partner, collaborative organization to oversee exhibitions and art education at Common Street Arts (CSA), manage community wide outreach, and host special events.

The Program Manager will have two primary focus areas, each with specific functions that support the Waterville Creates! mission:

Collaborative initiatives

  • Develop high-quality artistic programs and exhibitions in the gallery at Common Street Arts
  • Develop special events that leverage and celebrate the activities of anchor institutions, and the greater Waterville and regional arts communities
  • Deepen relationships with collaborators and the public through partner engagement, co-marketing, and participation in community and cultural organizations’ activities that complement the WC! mission
  • Maintain high standards of aesthetic excellence and program quality
  • Maintain website information, social media networks, a calendar of events, and an engaging social media presence for WC! and CSA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Provide support for exhibitions in current and planned future gallery spaces (with Exhibitions Committee-wide representation of the community- and community partners), including successful planning and execution of all gallery exhibitions and special events
  • Provide staff support to the WC! Program & Marketing Committee Chair and Members
  • Collaborate with Education, Exhibition, and other committees on CSA and intra-partner program development
  • Be a proponent for local arts, and for small business economies for artists in central Maine
  • Community Outreach and Education

  • Develop high-quality arts education programming at the CSA art studio and around greater Waterville
  • Manage the work of CSA staff and volunteers, including the CSA Arts Education Coordinator
  • Develop enduring relationships between CSA and its members and volunteers
  • Serve as a liaison with area schools and community partners to foster working collaborations
  • Work with teaching artists to develop a diverse and financially sustainable educational program
  • Recruit arts educators and review class proposals, create and distribute final education schedule, promote classes and workshops, and manage enrollment statistics and communications to the WC! Executive Director
  • Research models and community interest to develop diverse year-round programming to include after school youth programming, school vacation art camps (winter, spring and summer), day-time offerings for home-school families, non-school-age families and elderly residents, and adult programming for both beginning and experienced artists

Required Skills and Experience

  • Interest and training in art / art history / art education
  • Three years’ minimum experience in a gallery / museum setting with demonstrated ability to administer and operate a high quality, compelling, vibrant art space and public venue
  • Ability to publicize and advertise events hosted by CSA and in partnership with WC!
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work simultaneously on short and long term goals
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to motivate staff and volunteers, and to coordinate programs using a volunteer team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency working in networked computer systems, and with using Microsoft Office productivity software including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks accounting software and Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Ability to function in a demanding, fast-paced, intra-partner office environment

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to: Waterville Creates! 93 Main Street Suite 201 Waterville, Maine 04901 OR via email to: nate@watervillecreates.org No phone calls.


Canadian Culture Journal, Call

Call for articles for BILLIE, a new visual arts journal dedicated to Atlantic Canadian culture
Deadline 04-01-2015

This might be something for folks living near the boarder, or Canadians living in Maine.

Call for Article Submissions for BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art are pleased to announce the launch of a new visual arts journal dedicated to Atlantic Canadian culture.

BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture is going to print for Fall 2015, in conjunction with the re-launch of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art. Taking its name from the late Marion McCain, whose lifelong nickname was “Billie,” the journal will explore what is below the surface of contemporary art in Atlantic Canada and the diverse and complex narratives flowing from the region’s particular histories, peoples, and landscape.
Editorial is seeking article ideas for the inaugural issue, The Language of Landscape, from a variety of perspectives in a variety of forms, such as interviews, written essays, and photographic essays. Those interested in contributing should submit short summaries (250 words) of their content ideas to the editorial committee via email at mmfe2015@gmail.com


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Franco-American Women’s Institute, Call

Franco-American Women’s Institute Call for creative works—written, art, photography, craft!
Deadline: May 30, 2015

Women of French heritage, Franco-American, Québécois, Acadian, Métis, Mixed Blood, French Canadian, 'Cajun, Creole and Huguenot—are invited to submit. This anthology will be a volume compiled of the women’s voices who are of the culture/heritage.

Works sought:
  • Prose, essay, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, 5,000 word limit
  • Poetry, 3 poems, or 1 long, 72 lines limit
  • Artworks, able to be scanned, 81/2 x 11 inches, limit
  • Photographs, able to be scanned, 81/2 x 11 inches, limit
  • Crafts represented by images, able to be scanned, 81/2 x 11 inches, limit
The Franco-American Women’s Institute (http://www.fawi.net) will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016. The Franco-American Women’s Institute promotes the contributions of the French heritage women’s lives—past, present and future through its online presence and publishing their creativity. For FAWI’s 20th Anniversary, there will be a publication of written works and visual arts to mark the present, active, creative lives of the women of the French heritage culture.

This call for written/visual works seeks materials that are inclusive, encompassing, energetic and exemplary—realistic, fresh and mindful of how far we have come in our voices and visions as French heritage women. Prose, poetry, song, artworks, photographs—will be open to interpretation by you, the women, in order to focus on the broad subject areas of women’s lives and to fully include and illustrate the women’s lives. What are our legacies that we wish to pass onto the subsequent generations about who we are as a community of women? This is our opportunity to present our modern-day selves in a body of work that reflects our lives. Please consider submitting to this anthology.

Send written works as a .doc or .docx. only
Send images as .jpg with an artist’s statement accompanying all images
Submit a brief biography—telling the reader who you are and about your heritage background.

Submit works online to FAWI2000@aol.com

If you have any questions about the submission process or ideas for a submission, do not hesitate to contact me via email FAWI2000@aol.com

Franco-American Women's Institute
Established 1996
2015 is the 19th Anniversary of FAWI!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

USArtists International Grant

USArtists International Third Round 
Deadline: April 17, 2015

USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists from across the country who have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and, new this year, performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.

The application submission deadline for the final of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, April 17, 2015 for projects taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

To access the program guidelines and online application. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org.

USArtists International is made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists to Entrepreneurs Workshop

Artists to Entrepreneurs Workshop Series in 
Event Date 03-18-2015

Starting a Small Business: Is it for Me? Presented by Louis Bassano and Jim McConnon, Regional Small Business Educators, UMaine Cooperative Extension Come learn what’s involved in starting a small business and see if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. This interactive workshop will explore the basics of starting a small business in Maine.  You will learn the critical first steps involved and take a self-assessment survey to find out if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in Maine!

Jim McConnon – Extension Specialist and Professor of Economics at the University of Maine.

Louis Bassano - Extension professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  His primary focus is on developing programs that support small business development and community-based entrepreneurship.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

College Board Awards

College Board Seeks Application for 2015 College Board Award for Excellence in the Arts
Deadline 04-13-2015

The College Board is accepting applications for the 2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The annual award recognizes the achievements of member institutions which have implemented an arts program in grades 6 to 12 that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Awards will be given to  programs in three categories:

1) Arts Integration: This award will recognizes a middle or high school program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects, including English language arts, science, social studies, math, and/or other areas of the K6–12 curriculum. Model programs/projects may integrate arts-based methods of investigation into non-arts classrooms, incorporate non-arts content and ideas into arts curricula, or employ a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more content areas.

2) Equity Through Arts: This award will be given to a successful middle or high school arts program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students. Model arts programs may have a track record of raising student attendance and graduation rates, use arts opportunities and course work to increase college access and attendance among students, or successfully build student awareness of and preparation for professional opportunities in the arts.

3) Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: This award will recognize a middle or high school arts program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for community engagement. Programs eligible for the civic engagement award may foster collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofit organizations, engage students in developing original arts-focused projects or fundraisers in partnership with local or national nonprofits, or employ other methods of using the arts to increase community involvement among young people.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The applicant program must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Applicants must be College Board member institutions or member districts that serve grades 6–12. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible, but semi-finalists, honorable mentions, and schools that have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply.

See the College Board website for complete program guidelines, information about previous winners, and application instructions.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Maine Arts Commission Opens Applications

The Maine Arts Commission has opened the application cycle for 2015
Application Opens 03-13-2015
Application Deadline 04-14-2015

Arts Learning
CCED 1, Cultural Planning (NEW)
CCED 2, Cultural Development*
Organizational Development (NEW)
Partnership (operational support)
Project Grant, Artists
Project Grant, Organizations
Ticket to Ride (can be submitted anytime)

To apply, scroll to nearly the end of the web page for the particular grant and look in the 'How to Apply' section. There are orange links in the word 'HERE" to indicate the path to the online application system. Good luck!
The following grants can now be applied for on the Maine Arts Commission site.

Senior College Call for Artists

Senior College Call for Artists in Belfast Maine Call for artists over 50
Deadline 03-31-2015

Senior College at Belfast invites all Maine visual artists, 50 years of age and older, amateur and professional, to participate in the 2015 13th Festival of Art to be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, May 21-24, 2015.

For the past twelve years, this four-day exhibit has included work from new artists, well-known accomplished artists, those artists who are striving to build their reputations, as well as those who only wish to share their work with an appreciative audience. At times, there have been up to 170 artists participating in this event, and over one thousand visitors to the exhibit.

All types of visual art are welcome: painting, sculpture, woodcarving, jewelry, fabric art, pottery, and photography are just a few examples. Each artist may submit one piece original piece of work. Work must be suitable and ready for display, and pieces cannot be assembled on site. Artists will have an opportunity to sell their work if they wish.

The registration period for artists is March 1 through March 31, and materials and information on how to submit may be requested by contacting seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com. The delivery date for all artwork is May 20, 2015.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Kennedy Center 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
Deadline 04-13-2015

The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. Writers may write from their own experience and observations, or create fictional characters and settings. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals-be creative! Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of students.

Guidelines at: http://www.kennedycenter.org/education/vsa/programs/pdf/2015PlaywrightDiscoveryGuidelines_final.pdf

Complete Information at:

White Mountain Residency NH

White Mountain National Forest and Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire call to artists for residency program
Deadline 04-17-2015

The White Mountain National Forest is partnering with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire to continue the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program begun in 2011 as part of the Weeks Centennial Celebration. We are now seeking applications from interested artists in all media.

The WMNF Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program offers professional and emerging artists in all media -- visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists -- an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the forest and sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public.

One residency opportunity of at least three weeks will be offered between July and September; the artist(s) selected will be able to indicate their preferred time.

The artist(s) will be free to work on their art throughout the residency period, and will be asked to provide at least one public session each week of their stay, during which visitors can see them at work, learn more about -- or possibly participate in -- the artistic process, and be encouraged to think about the connection between art, the forest, wilderness and conservation. In addition to an introductory talk and a closing presentation, programs may include demonstrations, exploratory walks or hikes, performances or installations, based on the medium, interest and experience of the artist(s).

Complete Details at


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Windsor Fair Design

Windsor Fair call for a design suitable for reproduction on posters and t- shirts 
Deadline - April 1, 2015

The trustees of the Windsor Fair are interested in obtaining a design suitable for reproduction on posters and t- shirts to be sold at the Windsor Fair. Artwork should reflect some aspect of this traditional agricultural fair. The selected entry will receive a prize of $1,000.00.

The Windsor Fair will retain all rights to the design.

Additional information may be obtained by calling Karen Foster at 207-622-2930.

There will be a seperate category of posters for ages 16 and under.
The best will receive honorable mention and a check for $50.00


Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Artists Fellowships
Deadline 04-06-2015

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is accepting applications from American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists for 2015 NACF Fellowships, an annual program that supports Native artists in dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts, and visual arts.

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded in recognition of the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have had a significant impact on their discipline. Artists must demonstrate artistic excellence,  earned respect from their colleagues, and achieved broad recognition.

To be eligible, artists must be a member of a federally and state-recognized  tribe in the United States, an Alaska Native, or a Native Hawaiian.

See the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application instructions.

Friday, March 13, 2015


Maine Academy of Modern Music  high school rock competition 
Deadline 03-21-2015

The Maine Academy of Modern Music’s mission is to operate and support an independent music school focused on rock and contemporary music and dedicated to creating positive life experiences for Maine students of all ages and abilities through innovative and inclusive music programs which promote resiliency, self-expression, creativity, and determination.

The Maine Academy of Modern Music is proud to announce this year’s Maine Rock Off battle of the bands, now known as the MAMM SLAM. The Academy is excited to again sponsor a high school rock off. The MAMM SLAM will be an important step in the education and development of high school bands throughout Maine. It will be a competition that nurtures a band with instruction and feedback on all the aspects of being a professional band, from songwriting and performance to marketing and audience development. Above all it will be a lot of fun.

Maine College of Art in Portland is offering yearly scholarships of up to $16,000 for each person in the winning act. The money comes from a $3 million gift from the Bob Crewe Foundation to MECA, given last year to help the Portland art college fund a music minor and music courses as part of the curriculum.

(207) 899-3433




The Hatchery 1.4

The Hatchery 1.4 business workshops
Starting March 26, 2015

The Hatchery series is a beginning guide to starting or growing your own business, presenting local experience and expertise on these topics. 7 Consecutive Thursday Evenings 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Free, but Pre-registration Requested:

315 Main Street, Rockland (MaineStream Finance Offices)

  • March 26: Introduction and Expectations
  • April 2: Business Plan and Startup Money
  • April 9: Marketing and Selling
  • April 16: Online
  • April 23: Law and Insurance
  • April 30: Love Your Numbers
  • May 7: Real Stories

These classes are a cooperative effort of MaineStream Finance, Midcoast Magnet, and the Blackstone Accelerates Growth Midcoast Innovation Hub.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Maine Jewish Film Festival

Maine Jewish Film Festival 
Event 03 14 to 21, 2015

Maine Jewish Film Festival March 14 through March 21.

The festival organizers curate a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through features, documentaries,shorts, discussions, and artist talks. MJFF has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State.This year, films will be shown at numerous venues in Portland and additionally in locations.


Kohler Arts/Industry Residency

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program accepting applications for 2016
Deadline  04-01-2015

John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center's Arts/Industry 2016 program, which takes place at and is funded by Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Each year, 16-22 artists are accepted for 2- to 6-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation. The application deadline for 2016 residencies is April 1.

For more information and the application form, visit www.jmkac.org (click on "Residencies")

or email artsindustry@jmkac.org

Cafe link: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2308&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Goose River Press Call to Literary Artists

Goose River Press seeks selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories , call to artists
Deadline 03-31-2015

Announcing the Thirteenth Annual Goose River Anthology, 2015

Goose River Press seeks selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less). Book will be beautifully produced with full color cover.

EARN CASH ROYALTIES. Author will receive a 10% royalty on all sales that he or she generates.

No purchase is required and nothing is required of the author for publication. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Publication will be in the fall of 2015. (The anthologies make great Christmas gifts). We hold one-time publishing rights. All rights revert to author after publication. Guidelines are as follows:

Submit a clean, typed hard copy (mandatory) and, if possible, email a Microsoft Word or Word Perfect file.

• Reading fee: $1.00 per page (Do not put two poems on the same page.) Short stories and prose should be double-spaced.

• .49 cent SASE (or whatever the current postage rate is) for notification. If you want your rejected materials returned, please send additional postage..

• Author's name & address at top right of each page--hard copy, and on first page only of electronic.

Please provide email address if you have one.

Submit to:
Goose River Anthology, 2015
3400 Friendship Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572-6337
Telephone: 207/832-6665

E-mail: gooseriverpress@roadrunner.com


South Arts Showcase

South Arts call to performing arts looking to showcase at their annual conference (Baltimore MD)
Deadline 03-17-2015

South Arts is seeking artists of high artistic merit to apply for the Juried Showcase for this year’s Performing Arts Exchange. If you know of artists/companies, or have artists on your roster, who are looking to expand into regional and/or national touring, we encourage them to apply to a PAE Juried Showcase.

Juried Showcases are 15-minute performances designed to give presenters a sense of the artists’ work as the audience would experience it. Showcases represent artists with a variety of fee ranges, technical needs and genres. Over the course of two nights, PAE will host performances of up to 16 artist showcases, chosen by a panel of experts.

Juried Showcases will be held on Tuesday, September 29, and Wednesday, September 30, at a location TBA.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

KVAA Juried Show, Call

The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artists to submit artwork to Art2015, the 20th annual juried show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.
Deadline 04-01-2015

This year’s juror is Britta Konau; art writer, critic, and lecturer on contemporary art.

Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiberart. Jewelry and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years. Art that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow Gallery is not eligible. All works entered must be original work by the submitting artist. Giclees and other reproductions are not eligible.

The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, membership-based 501(c)3 non-profit; your jurying fee helps offset the cost of organizing and presenting the juried show for the benefit of all participating artists and are they not refundable.

Cash prizes and gift certificates from area business sponsors will be awarded at a ceremony at the exhibition’s opening on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.  Art2014 the exhibition will be on view May 6 to 30, 2015 and is free and open to the public.



NEA Challenge America Grant

2015 Funding Guidelines Posted for the NEA Challenge America Grant
Webinar:  March 11
Deadline: April 16, 2015

The Challenge America Grant is primarily in support of small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations-those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Matching grants are for $10,000.

An online workshop for potential Challenge America applicants will be held March 11
and an archive will be available a few days after the webinar.

Monday, March 9, 2015

New England Presenters Meeting

New England Presenters will be meeting at Portland Stage
Event date 03-26-2015

New England Presenters will be meeting at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101)  from 10am to 3pm on March 26, 2015. Anyone from Maine that would like to learn more about the benefits of NEP membership is welcome to attend.

New England Presenters (NEP)  is an organization dedicated to nurturing creativity and supporting the performing arts in Connecticut,  Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. NEP serves its membership by facilitating block booking of tours by performing artists that reduce fees to individual presenters; commissioning new works in dance, music and mixed art forms that tour the New England region; supporting special projects by artists, sometimes in collaboration with other regional presenting groups and, providing professional development opportunities for presenters to exchange management and artistic ideas.

If you are limited in your time that day, please come early for the introductions and Market Panel. If you plan to stay all day, please bring a lunch or contribute $20 to the snack/lunch fund.

Meeting schedule:
10 am to 12 pm:                Marketing Panel
12 pm to 1 pm:                  Lunch
1 pm to 2:30 pm:              Partnerships Panel

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm:     Optional evening event, Basetrack Live. http://www.portlandovations.org/shows/basetrack.shtml                          
Westbrook Performing Arts Center 471 Stroudwater Street Westbrook. ME 04092

There Is no fee for the meeting, however you should register by contacting Steven Hall. steven.hall@regiscollege.edu

More information can be found at

Public Art Call, Biddeford

Biddeford Public Art Committee request for public art proposals on behalf of Thread, LLC
Deadline 03-20-2015

The Biddeford Public Art Committee (BPAC), a subcommittee of Engine, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals on behalf of Thread, LLC. The building includes Elements: Books Beer Coffee and Engine on the main level; Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders, A Healthy Life, Biddeford Bead Lab, and A Therapeutic Massage on the 2nd floor, and four apartments on the third floor. The building is a hub of dynamic, creative energy.

Requests for Proposals are sought for 265 Main Street Artwork commissioned by Thread, LLC, for a privately-owned property at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Biddeford. This Request for Proposals is being coordinated, at the request of Thread, LLC, by the Biddeford Public Art Committee (BPAC).

The 265 Main Street Artwork is a commission of new work illustrating a general theme of healthiness and/or healthy living. The artwork can be conceptual or representational, but should be evocative and compelling either way. The artwork should be colorful, positive, and engaging.

Complete call at http://feedtheengine.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/265MainRequestforProposals012315.pdf


Sunday, March 8, 2015

KPT ArtHouse Call

KPT ArtHouse call to visual artists for a juried art exhibition
Deadline,  Drop off work by Saturday March 14, 2015

KPT ArtHouse is ringing in spring with a juried art exhibition "Flora and Fauna." Think lush reawakening: springtime, life, rebirth, forest floors, unfurling ferns, critters, budding life, thawing rich soil, earthy moss. Conjure spring in your head. Now CREATE!

The work will be juried by a panel of artists with diverse backgrounds in art. Pamela Jeanine DeSantis (KPT ArtHouse curator and jewelry designer at Honey Tribe), Pat DeSantis (fine art painter of P DeSantis Gallery) and Bonnie Thomas (mixed media artist, author and art therapist). Gold, silver and bronze awards will be awarded by the jury as a group, as well as three individual juror's awards.

All mediums and styles considered. Each artist may submit a maximum of three pieces. Drop off for work to be considered will be on Saturday March 14th. There is a non-refundable $10 jurying fee. Artists will be notified on Monday March 16th whether their work has been selected for the show. Pick up for non-selected art will be Tuesday March 17th from 11-3. There will be a public opening reception for the show on the Spring Equinox, Friday March 20th, from 5-8pm.

All work must be for sale. Artist sets the price for their work, gallery take 50% of any piece sold.

Graham Foundation Grant

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Awards for architecture and its role in the arts
Deadline 03-15-2015

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 designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Since its establishment in 1996, the foundation's Carter Manny Award program has awarded more than $600,000 in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most innovative and advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The program supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and focus and have the potential to shape and impact contemporary discourse about architecture.

Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the foundation, including architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields.

The foundation offers Carter Manny awards in two categories:  a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled at schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.

For complete program guidelines and application/nomination instructions, visit the Graham Foundation Web site. http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs/?mode=award


Davis Education Grants

Davis Educational Foundation grants
Deadline 03-13-2015

The Davis Educational Foundation does not use a pre-proposal or letter of inquiry process but will respond to questions in advance of a submission. Applicants are urged to make such contact to the program staff well in advance of the proposal submission deadline. Please coordinate submissions through your development office.

Submission deadlines for 2015 are: March 13, May 15, and October 1. Applications must be received in the Foundation's office by noon on the deadline date.

Eligible institutions meet the following conditions:

  • Are public or private.
  • Are regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree granting.
  • Are located in one of the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
  • Are single institutions or consortia of eligible institutions.
  • The foundation typically does not award concurrent grants to institutions. If there is any question about your institution’s eligibility, please do not submit an application without first contacting the foundation.

The foundation’s objectives in making grants are to assist institutions in supporting more effective teaching and learning and/or controlling costs. Examples of funded projects that achieve these objectives include:

  • Projects that improve the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment of undergraduate learning outcomes, faculty development, incentive systems, and administrative structures. Preference is given to projects aimed at strengthening the general education core of the undergraduate experience.
  • Individual as well as collaborative efforts among colleges and universities to reduce costs and improve learning.
  • Studies and planning efforts central to the foundation’s concerns and interests.
  • The foundation is increasing the weight of cost containment in its selection process.
  • Endowments, scholarships, and capital campaign requests are not eligible for funding.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Southern Exposure Subsidies

Southern Exposure offers presenter fee subsidies

Fee subsidies of up to 40 percent of eligible expenses are still available for any nonprofit presenter in the United States and its territories who books an artist from the 2015-2016 Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Artist Roster.

Step 1: Pick an artist you want to book from the roster

Step 2: Contact the artist's agent and mention Southern Exposure to negotiate fees

Step 3: Once negotiations have been finalized, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will contact presenter to confirm subsidy

Amphion Music Grant

Amphion Foundation Accepting Applications From Performing Musical Ensembles
Deadline 04-01-2015

The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating support or support for special projects.

Typically, the program awards grants of up to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit performing ensemble, presenter, or music service organization with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music at a high level of excellence. Organizations applying for a grant must have been in existence for at least two years. Performing ensembles, presenters, or organizations that are applying for support for performances must have presented two full seasons prior to the season for which support is requested, except for special projects of extraordinary significance. In general, the grant program does not support jazz music.

Visit the Amphion Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Friday, March 6, 2015

NEFA Traditional Artist Workshop

New England Foundation for the Arts Workshop for Folk and Traditional Performing Artist
Event date 03-10-2015

3.10.15 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 Boston. NEFA (145 Tremont Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02111)


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.

This workshop will focus on:

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!
Limited travel support may be available. Contact Summer Confuorto for more information.

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.


NEA Writing Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships
Deadline 03-11-2015

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.You may apply only once each year.

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov

More information at: http://arts.gov/video/creative-writing-fellowships-poetry-guidelines-webinar