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Thursday, April 30, 2015

MAAI Seeks Teacher Leaders

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is looking for teachers interested in leading arts assessment workshops.
Deadline 05-06-2015

MAAI is looking for PK-12 teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at assessment in visual and performing arts education. If you are selected, you will be required to attend the summer institute, August 3, 4, and 5, 2015 in Portland. MAAI will provide professional development and ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region and beyond.

Since 2011 the initiative has been building capacity by training arts educators on the “what” and “how” of arts assessment so they can provide the leadership in Maine through professional development opportunities.

More information at: http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI#

If interested, please download the application and send a completed application to Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Broke And Stoked Film Contest

Maine Outdoor Film Festival seeking entries for Broke and Stoked short film/video contest
Deadline 08-01-2015

Here are the rules:
1. Videos submitted must be made by a Maine resident, or Maine residents, not working full time in Film.
2. Videos must less than 4 minutes long (3:59 is cool. 4:00 is not).
3. All music used in the must be credited and used with permission (No TOOL you tools … unless TOOL gave you permission, then it’s cool).
4. Films must be submitted via VIMEO link by emailing the address at BROKEANDSTOKED.com before August 1, 2015.
5. The MOFF jury will select its favorite 10 films which will be screened at MOFF Tour stops throughout Maine in summer/fall 2015, after which MOFF Tour attendees will vote on their favorite.
6. The film with the most audience votes will be announced at the MOFF AWARDS SHOW in Portland in December 2015.

Prizes: 10 Finalists will win an Outdoor Gear Prize Pack
One Grand Winner of $1000.

Email your Vimeo Link to maineoutdoorfilm@gmail.com


MOFGA Event Administrator

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association seeks a Common Ground Fair Assistant
Deadline Open until filled

Start date in May. The primary responsibility of this position is providing administrative support for the Fair Director and Fair Coordinator. The work week is seasonal/part-time, 16-24 hours per week, May through mid-October, with additional hours in the weeks leading up to the Fair and during Fair weekend (September 25, 26 & 27). There is quite a learning curve with this position because it begins at a time when the Fair planning is well under way. The assistant will be trained to work with systems and programs that support the Fair's operations. A detailed job description is available on MOFGA’s website.

To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume via email using the subject "Fair Assistant Job - " to commonground@mofga.org 



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maine Arts Fellowships Call

Maine Arts Commission Fellowship award for individual artists
Deadline 05-06-2015

The Maine Arts Commission uses the Individual Artist Fellowships to reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness of the creative sector in Maine. Applications are reviewed based on the excellence of work which has already been created, and the $5,000 honorific award can be used in what ever manner the recipient wishes. Now accepting applications!

 Maine artists can apply in one of the following categories:
Contemporary Craft
Literary Arts
Performing Arts
Traditional Arts
Visual Arts

There is also a fellowship in Functional Craft exclusive to artists residing in Hancock and Washington County.

  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the fellowship period. 
  • Are 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.
  • Are currently a practicing Maine artist.
  • Have not received a Maine Artist Fellowship within the past 10 years.

Monday, April 27, 2015

CIFF Aging in Maine Screenings

Camden International Film Festival is bringing award-winning documentary films and discussions to Maine communities
Event dates: April and July.

The Aging in Maine Statewide Screening Tour is part of a two-year program sponsored by Camden National Bank, bringing together nonprofit leaders, healthcare professionals and community leaders from across the state to explore aging-related issues. By screening films that offer important insights about aging-related issues, our aim is to spark a public, intergenerational dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of Maine’s aging demographics.

This is year two of Aging in Maine! The 2014 Aging in Maine screening tour reached 18 different communities and included over 20 different screenings, many of which were free and open to the public. That tour grew out out of our collaboration with Working Films, a national media advocacy organization, which brought non-profit leaders and healthcare professionals together. The goal: to implement strategies for using film as a catalyst for discussion and cooperation. Since then, CIFF has worked alongside these organizations to develop the 2015 screening tour.

Upcoming Screenings:

Sun, May 3 – Lincoln Theatre, Damariscotta

Early May – Bangor, in partnership with Bangor YMCA and the Community Care and Geriatrics division of Penobscot Community Health Care

Wed, May 13 – Witherle Memorial Library, Castine, in partnership with the Thriving in Place program of Healthy Peninsula

Fri, May 15 – Fort Fairfield Community Center, Fort Fairfield, in partnership with Cary Medical Center, AAA of Northern New England and the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

Sat, May 16 – Caribou, in partnership with Cary Medical Center’s Healthy You Program

Tues, May 19 – Northern Maine Community College Wellness Center, Presque Isle, as part of the Aging Well, Living Well Expo, in partnership with the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging

Tues, May 19 – Rockport, in partnership with the Penobscot Bay YMCA

Thurs, May 21 – University of Maine, Orono, in partnership with the University of Maine’s Center on Aging

Fri, May 22 – Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, as part of the Senior Expo, in partnership with Eastern Area Agency on Aging and Bangor Daily News

Sat, May 30 – Strand Cinema, Skowhegan, in partnership with Somerset Public Health, Kennebec Behavioral Health, Redington Fairview General Hospital, Maine General Health, Spectrum Generations, United Way of Mid Maine, Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, the Maine Hospice Council and the Jackman School Community Leadership Team

Sun, May 31 – Center Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft, in partnership with the Charlotte White Center

Sat, June 20 – Augusta Colonial Theater, Augusta, in partnership with experiential and interactive documentary installation, Home/Resilience

Tues, July 21 – Rockport, in partnership with the Penobscot Bay YMCA


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lowell Folk Festival

Lowell Folk Festival. call to artists 
Deadline 05-29-2015

The largest free Folk Festival in the country, the Lowell Folk Festival, in collaboration with the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios and the Cultural Organization of Lowell is pleased to announce the Art in the Courtyard, an art and fine craft component of the Lowell Folk Festival. This exciting collaboration will provide an opportunity for visitors to view and purchase some of the finest art and craft works being produced. The Lowell Folk Festival enjoys over 100,000 visitors over the weekend.

Art in the Courtyard will be held in the shaded, brick-lined courtyard conveniently located between the National Historical Park Visitor Center and the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. The courtyard is also adjacent to one of the main music and dance stages in the Festival. Tents will be set up for the artists to provide a welcoming place, rain or shine.

More information at: http://artinthecourtyard.org/AICRegistrationForm.htm


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pingree Grants Workshop

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's Federal Grants Workshop for Maine Cultural Organizations
Event Date  05-05-2015

Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Augusta Maine, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree will host a workshop for Maine Cultural Organizations relating to federal grants opportunities. At the determined Governor Hill Mansion - 136 State Street, Augusta

Attendees will have an opportunity to:
  • Meet representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • Hear about federal grant opportunities for arts and humanities projects.
  • Learn how to make grant applications as competitive as possible.
This event is free, but registration is encouraged.
Please register by May, 1 by emailing Andrew.Colvin@mail.house.gov

Castine Plein Air Festival

Castine Maine Plein Air Festival call to artists 
Deadline 04-31-2015

The Castine Arts Association is pleased to be hosting the third annual Castine Plein Air Festival on July 23, 24 and 25. The festival will begin on Thursday morning with artist registration at the Town Common. Artists will have their canvases stamped, and will receive an artist packet with important materials for the Exhibition and Sale on Saturday. The Exhibition will be held, once again, in the Alfond Student Center of the Maine Maritime Academy. This year the time for the Exhibiton will be 4 to 6 PM to encourage art enthusiasts from farther away to attend, as well as provide the ability for our artists to return home at a reasonable hour, should they wish to leave after the Exhibition and Sale. We look forward to another fabulous festival with art and enjoyment for all.

For a non-refundable fee of $25, applicants must submit three (3) digital images of their work and an artist bio. Images should be saved as separate jpeg files at 300 dpi, each labeled with your name, title of the piece, dimensions, medium and substrate (e.g. Claude Monet “Water Lilies 17”, 9”x12” oil on panel). No single file should exceed 2MB in size. All images must be of original “plein air” artwork, created by the applicant artist within the past two years. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chocolate Church Box Office Manager

The Chocolate Church Arts Center is seeking a part-time box office manager
Deadline 04-30-2015

The Chocolate Church Arts Center is seeking a part-time box office manager who is proficient in event planning, publicity and promotions, social media, and organizing information on musical acts and performers.  Applicants must offer quality customer and donor support, and be able to set and meet deadlines.  Part time hours (15-20 hours per week) include covering some concerts and shows on Friday and Saturday evenings, and may vary depending on performance schedules.  We are looking for a self-starter and problem solver who can learn and grow with midcoast Maine’s premier community arts center.

To apply send inquiry letter and resume to Thom Watson, CCAC, PO Box 252, Bath, ME 04530


Georgia O'Keeffe Book Prize

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum invites nominations for the 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Book Prize
Deadline 05-08-2015

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Book Prize program began in 2009.  A cash prize of $5,000 is awarded every three years to the author(s) of a book on some aspect of American modernism, including architecture, criticism, design, methodology, painting, photography, sculpture, and related subjects.

The cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to a book, published between the mid-1980s to 2010, that is devoted to some aspect of American Modernism. To nominate a book, please submit a letter explaining the work’s significance to the field of American Modernism and its contribution towards the shaping of current thinking about the arts.  The letter should also discuss the quality of the author’s scholarship and methodology. Programs will be held in conjunction with the reception of the award in the Spring of 2015.

Please send nominations to:  The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, 2015 Book Prize nominations, 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM  87501 or center@okeeffemuseum.org

Complete information at:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Portland Stage Development Assistant

Portland Stage Company is seeking a Development Assistant (FT) 
Deadline Until Filled (Start date in June)

Portland Stage, a leader in the Portland arts community, is seeking a Development Assistant. This multifaceted position will provide administrative and database support for the Development office, and, in addition, will play a key role in Development event planning and implementation.  S/he will also provide support for specific fundraising initiatives, manage Development meeting calendar for the Director of Development and Executive/Artistic Director, and will assist with Board communications.  S/he will have the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with attention to quality and accuracy.  The ideal candidate will be able to accommodate a flexible schedule, as some evening and weekend work will be required. This is a full-time, hourly position, 40 hours per week, and will report to the Director of Development.  Portland Stage is a non-profit, professional Actors' Equity, LORT theater, and an equal opportunity employer.

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to search@portlandstage.org
Please, no phone calls.

For full job description go to www.portlandstage.org/job

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program
Deadline: 05-06-2015

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship provides financial support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with one or more qualified apprentices. Maximum Award: $4,000

The master artist and apprentice(s) submit one joint application. The funds support them as they work together in one-on-one instructional sessions. The master provides instruction and allows the apprentice to learn through observation, example, practice, and collaboration.

Your apprenticeship team is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Master and apprentice have both resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Master and apprentice will both reside full-time in Maine throughout the apprenticeship. 
  • The master artist is recognized by their community for expertise in a particular traditional art form.
  • The apprentice demonstrates competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship.
  • The master is 18 years of age or older at the application deadline.
  • The master is not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or a certificate-granting program.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award received.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jane Morrison Filmmaker Fund

The Maine Arts Commission Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers
Deadline: May 6, 2015

 Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.Maximum award: $2,000

Funds can be applied towards enrichment opportunities at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars, and festivals. In the past, funds have been used for classes at the Maine Media Workshops, attendance at the Summer Film Institute in New York and the Sundance Institute in Utah.

You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria
  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the funding period. 
  • Are 18 years of age or older at the time of the application.
  • Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.
Complete information at: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/Jane-Morrison-Film-Fund


White Mountain Extends Deadline

White Mountain National Forest and Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire call to artists for residency program
Deadline 04-17-2015 New deadline 05-01-2015

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


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Headlands Artist in Residence

Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence program, Sausalito, CA 
Deadline 06-05-2015

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

Application period for 2016 program is April 21 through June 5, 2015. Program runs March to December, 2016.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Harpo New Works Grant

Harpo Foundation New Work Project Grants to non-profit organizations
Deadline  04-29-2015 (letter of inquiry)

New Work Project Grants are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under recognized artists 21 years or older.

Step One: Submit this Letter of Inquiry. Applicants will be notified if a full application is requested.

Step Two: Applicants who advance to step two will be invited to submit a full proposal.


Tax exempt 501c3 organizations
Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year
Fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist a year
Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax exempt activities and structure

The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

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. Project grant funds must be used for costs in direct support of new work by the proposed artist, including artist honorarium.

More information at: http://www.harpofoundation.org/new-work-project-grants/


Sunday, April 19, 2015

SDCF Observers Program

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Accepting Applications for Observers Program
Deadline 05-15-2015

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation is accepting applications from emerging directors and choreographers for paid opportunities to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at leading regional theaters across the country.

Through the program, SDCF Observers may have access to the entire rehearsal process, from first rehearsal through opening night. Observers also will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the techniques, disciplines, approaches, and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics.

Each observer receives a weekly stipend of at least $225 as well as a project travel stipend.

Anyone with serious interest in pursuing a career in directing and/or choreography may apply to the Observership program. A $25 application fee is required to apply for those unaffiliated with SDC. Any observer who is not already a member of SDC will be awarded a free one-year SDC associate membership.

Visit the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Main Street Bath Program Director

Main Street Bath is seeking a Program Director
Deadline 04-24-2015

Main Street Bath is a successful non-profit organization, affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program that focuses on revitalization of traditional downtowns to enhance the appearance and economic stability of the commercial district, and to improve community pride and quality of life for residents and visitors.

This full-time, professional will work closely with the board of directors, committees, and volunteers to coordinate and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Main Street Bath program, represent the program and community locally, regionally and nationally, assist in developing and monitoring budgets and fundraising, and oversee office staff.

The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, will be well organized,
energetic, and be capable of performing effectively in an independent situation. The Program Director will be
responsible for personnel, financial and office management, public relations, volunteer coordination, social
media, and event oversight. Being able to work effectively within a committee/team atmosphere is essential.
Successful candidates must be eager to learn, curious, open to new ideas, proficient at multi-tasking and have strong computer knowledge.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:
Main Street Bath Search Committee
15 Commercial Street
Bath, Maine 04530
via email to: assistant@visitbath.com


Friday, April 17, 2015

NEH Preservation Grants for Small Institutions

National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline 05-05-2015 for Projects Beginning January 2016

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. The program also encourages applications from presidentially designated institutions (Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), and from Native American tribes with significant humanities collections.

Program questions should be directed to NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 or preservation@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Great Falls Forum

Great Falls Forum, talks and lectures at Lewiston Public Library Callahan Hall

All Great Falls Forum programs take place on Fridays from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Library’s Callahan Hall. The programs are free and no advance registration is required. The Forum is a bring-your-own lunch event. Coffee, tea and bottled water are available at the program.

Our Great Falls Forum co-sponsors are the Sun Journal and Bates College. For more information contact the Library’s Adult Services desk at 513-3135 or via email at LPLReference@LewistonMaine.gov



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Record Store Day!

Record Store Day
Event 04-18-2015

In addition to the Bangor and Waterville Bull Moose locations hosting Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots competitions and the Lewiston store hosting a WWF original Nintendo competition, there’s lots of music. Here’s a list of all the in-store performances from Maine bands at the Maine Bull Moose locations.

BANGOR — Hessian, the Portland heavy metal four-piece, will rock the Hogan Road store at 2 p.m.

PORTLAND — Dot Wiggin of the Shaggs performs at 2:30 and Worried Well perform tracks from their upcoming new album at 4 p.m. and will also give out a free RSD-exclusive 5-song EP.

LEWISTON — Psychedelic songwriter Jeff Beam performs an acoustic set at 2:30 p.m.

WATERVILLE — Rockers Audio Apocalypse perform at Noon

SCARBOROUGH — Mark Curdo from WCYY will DJ from noon to 2 p.m., followed by an in store performance from the legendary Murcielago at 2 p.m.

MILL CREEK SOUTH PORTLAND — Indie rockers An Overnight Low will perform at 1 p.m.

The live music is just the icing on the cake, however. People start lining up at 7 a.m. to be the first to buy some of the hundreds of special releases, re-releases and one-offs up for grabs on RSD — as well as some of the sweet deals just generally available.

A full list of everything can be found on the RSD site:

Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival

Terry Plunkett with Annual Poetry Festival
Event Date 04-17-2015, 04-18-2015

UMA Will Honor Former Faculty Member, Terry Plunkett with Annual Poetry Festival.
Tony Hoagland will be Keynote Poet.

Friday Evening, April 17th | Jewett Hall Auditorium | 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Saturday, April 18th | RRSC, Fireplace Lounge | 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM

The Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, held in April each year to honor the memory of Terry Plunkett, a former English professor at UMA, encompasses diverse Maine voices: young and old, emerging writers and those who are well published. Because Plunkett worked to make poetry accessible to all, the festival is always free and open to the public.

This year’s featured poet, Tony Hoagland will highlight the Friday evening program with a reading. Hoagland, the author of several award-winning books of poetry also holds an array of other national honors, awards and fellowships.
Other festival activities include a panel discussion about innovation and poetry, readings by local poets as well as readings from high school and university student poetry contests winners, and an open mic.

The Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival was established in 2002 to honor the accomplishments of Terry Plunkett, an outstanding poet, fiction writer, as well as a teacher, editor and mentor at UMA. Plunkett was co-editor of Kennebec: A Portfolio of Maine Writing, an annual magazine published by the university from 1977-1992 and distributed free throughout the state. Many Maine writers first saw their work in print in Kennebec, thanks to Plunkett’s encouragement and guidance.

He also helped organize and direct the Maine Poets Festival, a hugely popular celebration of poets and poetry, which ran from 1976-1983 at UMA, the College of the Atlantic, and the Maine College of Art.

To find out more about the Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, including the detailed 2015 program visit: http://www.uma.edu/plunkett.html


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Roy W. Dean Grant, Film

The Roy W. Dean Grant funds short films, documentaries, and independent features < $500,000 
Deadline 04-30-2015, 06-30-15, 09-30-15

Submission films must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society.

We fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story. We are story-tellers, and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants; stories that can change, heal, and enrich, our lives.

We are looking for:

  • Film and Video projects that are unique and benefit society.
  • New projects.
  • Works-in-progress.
  • Length is not a consideration.

This grant is now available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers. We have expanded to further our goals of creating films that are “unique and make a contribution to society “Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies are all welcome.”

Who is not eligible to apply
You cannot apply if you are an employee of From the Heart Productions, an employee of any of the sponsors, or a family member of any employee of From the Heart Productions or any of the sponsors.

Where you live is not important
You may enter the New York City or Los Angeles grants no matter where you live in the world. You are welcome to enter both grants; in fact, we encourage it. It shows us that your are tenacious and are eager to find funding.

In your application we would like to know the following:
What audiences will be interested in your film? Please describe the target audience(s) for your project, including any underserved audiences.

How do you plan to reach these audience(s)? Describe your plans for broadcast, theatrical screenings, educational and/or community group.

If you have a trailer for the film you are making, send it with your application and if you have completed any prior films we would like to see them too.



Health Care Workshops

Maine Communities Health Options member onboarding workshops
Multiple event dates

The federal Affordable Care Act authorized the establishment of consumer-directed CO-OPs, designed to increase competition among health insurers.  Maine Communities Health Options believes their work has great relevance to artists and other creative professionals. In Maine, affordable healthcare for artists has been a long-time concern, and artists needing health coverage may wish to explore the CO-OP option.

If you are interested in learning more you can visit the MCHO’s website at www.maineoptions, or attend any of the following scheduled workshops.

Dover- Foxcroft
Mayo Hospital
897 W Main St.
Piscatiquis Room
Fort Kent
Northern Maine Medical Center
194 East Main Street
Board Room
Noon-1:30 pm
Presque Isle
Northeastland Hotel
436 Main Street
Red Room
Scarborough Library
48 Gorham Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074
Library Meeting Room
Noon-1:30 pm
Aroostook County Action Program
91 Military Street
University of Maine Orono
Wells Conference Center
No Details
York County Community Action Corporation
6 Spruce Street, Sanford, ME  04073
2nd floor conference room
Biddeford Free Clinic
189 Alfred Street, Biddeford, ME  04005
Room 8?
5:30- 7:00
Boothbay Fire House
1011 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay
No Details
Laconia, NH
Weirs Community Center
25 Lucerne Avenue, Laconia, NH
No Details
Central Maine Medical Center
12 High Street Lewiston
Chairman's Conference Room
Inland Hospital
200 Kenedy Memorial Drive
Ford Grant Conf. Room
Mercy Hospital
144 State Street , Portland, ME  04101
B2- Lower Auditorium
Ellsworth City Hall
Vinalhaven School
22 Arcola Lane
No Details
5:30-7:00 pm
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME  04011
Morrell Meeting Room
207-725-5242 X229
Keene, NH
Recreation Center
312 Washington Street, Keene, NH
Room 14
Health Access Network
175 West Broadway Lincoln ME
Community Room
Kathadin Valley Health Center
180 Aroostook Ave. Millinocket
Conference Room
Administrative Office Penobscot Community Health Center
103 Maine Ave. Bangor
Board Room
5:30 - 7:00
Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath
York Hospital
16 Hospital Drive, York, ME  03909
Henry Warner Conference Room (downstairs lower level of Henry Warner Building at 16 Hospital Drive)
12:00 - 1:30pm
Portland Adult Education
14 Locust Street, Portland, ME 04101
Room 1
Nashua, NH
Holiday Inn
9 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, NH
Robert Frost Room
5:30-7:00 pm
William Fogg Library, Eliot
116 Old Road, Eliot, ME 03903
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Bridgton Library
1 Church Street, Bridgton, ME 04009
Rumford Hospital
420 Franklin St. Rumford
Conference Room A
Belfast Free Library
106 High Street
No Details