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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hatch Fund

Hatch fund offers Kick starter type support to artists 
Deadline Open 

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

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


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Joan Mitchell Foundation assistance for contemporary painters and sculptors 
Deadline- Open 

 The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the Foundation supports visual artists through a range of grant programs. The Foundation annually awards grants nationally, by nomination, to individual artists through its Painters and Sculptors Grant Program for unrestricted career support, the MFA Grant supported artists as they graduated from their respective programs, and the Emergency Grant Program provides funding after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a community. Further assistance to individual artists consists of program initiatives such as Creating a Lasting Legacy, Career Opportunity Grants, and the Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road in New Orleans, an artist in residence program. By encouraging the work of a diverse group of artists, the Foundation celebrates the unique legacy of Joan Mitchell as an American artist and seeks to illuminate the important contributions of painters and sculptors working today.

The Foundation currently awards $25,000 to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who are currently under-recognized for their creative achievements, and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. In an anonymous process, a jury panel then selects the twenty-five awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists.

More information at:


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Terra Publication Grant

Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant, administered by College Art Association
Deadline 09-21-2015 (LOI)

Applications for publication grants will be considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. The Terra Foundation defines “American art” as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. This definition applies to non-US publisher grants and translation grants. Manuscripts from US publishers must be on a topic in American art that presents American art in an international context.

Applications are judged in relation to the following: Manuscript excellence and adherence to guidelines is of utmost importance; support of the field and effective dissemination of scholarly works on American art are also primary considerations in making awards. Additionally, applications to the US book grant will be judged in relation to the project’s international dimension.

Before submitting a complete application on November 9, 2015, applicants to all three grants are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by September 21, 2015. After reviewing the LOI, CAA will contact the applicant with an invitation to submit a formal application if the project is deemed eligible for an award.

The letter should be no longer than three pages. Please include the following:

  • A description of the project
  • Information on the publication's target audience
  • How the book fits into the press's publication program
  • How the book will be illustrated
  • The book's formats (print, ebook, etc.)
  • The grant amount requested
  • A description of how the grant will be used
  • Information about peer reviews (number and name of reviewers, if already complete)
  • Information about the exclusion of any required application components

In addition to the information listed above, applicants to the translation grant should also include information regarding:

  • The current language of the manuscript
  • The language for translation
  • Whether or not the book will be a dual-language publication
  • The second language for translation, if any
  • The significance of the original text and its translation into another language

Eligible Applicants
Eligibility is limited to book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. In particular circumstances involving non-US publishers, projects being considered for publication may also apply.

Reader’s Reports
Reader’s reports should be anonymous to the author but dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential), and they should not be more than three years old. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript. The author’s response to the reports should be included with the application so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. If non-US applicants are unable to provide substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript from neutral parties, applicants can instead ask other parties to complete a confidential manuscript report, which states clearly the reviewer's relationship to the author. CAA will provide this form to applicants following notification of a successful letter of intent.

 Please contact Sarah Zabrodski,
CAA editorial manager,


Friday, August 28, 2015

Vermont Performance Showcase Call

12th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase call to artists and presenters
Deadline 09-16-2015
Event date November 19th. 

The Vermont Recreation & Parks Association (VRPA) is pleased to announce its 12th Annual
Vermont Performance Showcase on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
at Lake Morey Resort & Conference Center in Fairlee, VT. Lake Morey has a space large enough to
host the stage and exhibit tables all in one room, something the audience and artists always like. It
is located just north of White River Junction and provides easy access to an audience of
presenters/buyers from both Vermont and New Hampshire, and is also easy to get to via major
highways for performers from all over New England. You can stay right there the night before too.

This is an excellent opportunity for YOU to be included in a gathering of top notch New England
talent and to showcase your talents to prospective entertainment buyers/presenters. Our showcase
is organized around one stage with two separate performance areas. While one performer is
showcasing, the next performer is setting up. Also, each performer will have an exhibit table. For
extra visibility, your logo or an ad may also be purchased for the Showcase Program Booklet, which
is available in hard copy at the showcase and also posted indefinitely on the VRPA website.

There will be 24 nine-minute live performances featured throughout the day! The Showcase
provides attendance incentives by giving away door prizes throughout the day. To encourage people
to stay for the entire showcase, VRPA sponsors a $100 gift certificate raffle after the last
performance, good toward the booking of a show given by any performer listed in the program
booklet and… you must be present to win. Year after year, almost everyone stays until the end.

We will be sending invitations to the following potential presenters/buyers for audience
participation: New England Recreation and Park Professionals, Public Libraries, Camping
Associations, School PTO/PTA’s, Fair & Festival Organizers, College Activity Directors, Ski Resorts
and Area Chambers of Commerce. We will also ask you to share the showcase brochure with anyone
you can think of who might be interested in attending.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

TD Bank Community Grants

TD Bank grants and community sponsorship.
Deadline Open

Supporting the communities where we live and work has long been one of TD Bank's core values. Our mission is to strengthen the fabric of neighborhoods, and improve and enrich the lives of community members by supporting local organizations. In particular, TD Bank is committed to promoting economic empowerment, youth development and community involvement.

You may apply as many times as you would like throughout the year, but only one grant will be awarded to an organization per calendar year. At the end of the application process, you will be given the option to create an account or log into an existing account. After you create an account, you will receive an e-mail confirmation for your new grant application. Due to the large number of requests received, we are unable to provide a telephone confirmation for individual requests.

All applications will be reviewed at the local level with final recommendations by the TD Charitable Foundation's grants committee and approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors. Building an inclusive organization is a key element of the TD Charitable Foundation's giving strategy. We are working to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. Our commitment to diversity includes how we contribute to our communities. Projects, programs and activities funded by the TD Charitable Foundation must be consistent with this commitment.

Complete information at:


Arts Midwest Conference

Arts Midwest Conference, Kansas City Missouri 
Event September 9-12, 2015

A program of Arts Midwest, the Arts Midwest Conference is the preeminent booking and educational conference for the Midwest performing arts industry. Attended by nearly 1,000 performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond, the four-day conference is filled with opportunities to network, learn, and experience live performing arts.

Access some of the best performing artists in the nation in our high-energy Marketplace, where the business of booking happens. Much of what Midwest audiences will see on stages in the 2015—2016 performing arts season will be discussed in the 2014 Marketplace.

See and be seen at a wide variety of live performances — promote your or your artists’ work and make new connections that are perfect for your audience or community.
Discover innovative ideas, leadership development, and skill-building opportunities at our professional development sessions. We offer something for all attendees, whether you’re interested in the details of the industry or in big-picture questions about our evolving performing arts field.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lyric Music Theater Audition

Lyric Music Theater auditions for the Music Man
Dates - August 26-30, 2015

The Music Man
Music & Lyrics – Meredith Wilson
Book by Meredith Wilson & Franklin Lacey

Director – Charles Marenghi
Music Director – Suzanne Remillard
Choreographer – Victoria Perreault

Audition Dates:
Wednesday, August 26th 7:00-9:00pm
Friday, August 28th 7:00-9:00pm
Saturday, August 29th 10:00am-3:00pm (for children only)
Sunday, August 30th 7:00-9:00pm for callbacks if needed

Audition Location:
Lyric Music Theater – 176 Sawyer Street,
South Portland, ME 04106 ~ (207) 799-1421

Performance Schedule:
Preview performance: November 5
Performances: November 6 - 21

The Music Man takes place in River City, Iowa. The year is 1912, a time of optimism and patriotism. There is great strength, purpose and identity in the smaller cities of America that will be soon be threatened by World War I. The Titanic only recently sank, and cars can be purchased for the first time. River City is a small, gossipy and tight knit place filled with funny, colorful characters! (Ages are GUIDELINES, if you fall outside of the parameters and still wish to audition please do. We would much rather have you audition than not). Also this is a HUGE ensemble musical. Lots of dancing, singing and acting for everyone to be involved in! You may be asked to dance at auditions, you will certainly be asked to sing and read.


Maine Theater Fund

Maine Community Foundation Maine Theater Fund
Deadline 09-15-2015

Recognizing the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts, in 2005 an anonymous couple established the Maine Theater Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000, although larger awards may be considered.

The Maine Theater Fund is designed to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. Theaters whose main purpose is to present social messaging and/or health and wellness education will not be considered for funding.

Proposals for funding will be accepted from local, regional and statewide nonprofit theaters or theater groups in Maine whose primary purpose is the production of live theater. Funds will be awarded for programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our Town Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant
Deadline 09-21-2015

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:
Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.



Monday, August 24, 2015

Maine Wood Biennial Call

Maine Wood 2016 Biennial Exhibition 
Deadline 08-28-2015
Event  January 22-April 6

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport announces a statewide call for entries for the fifth juried Maine Wood biennial. The exhibition, which takes place in the Center’s Messler Gallery from January 22 to April 6, 2016, will once again showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of wood craftsmanship in the state of Maine.

All Maine artists and artisans who work in wood are encouraged to apply, including furniture makers, turners, carvers, sculptors, luthiers, and others. Submitted work must have been made in Maine during the last five years. The criterion for acceptance is excellence in design and craftsmanship.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 09-01-2015

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

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



Saturday, August 22, 2015

National Conservation Assessment Program

Institute of Museum and Library Services National Conservation Assessment Program
Deadline 09-01-2015

Grant Amount: $50,000-500,000 annually for first year; up to $800,000 for subsequent years*
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: In order to receive a National Conservation Assessment Program award, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is releasing this special Notice of Funding Opportunity to support a cooperative agreement to develop, test, and implement an affordable and accessible conservation assessment program for small and midsize museums to help them care for their collections. IMLS anticipates awarding a three-year cooperative agreement, although funding will be obligated annually with additional amounts subject to the availability of funds, IMLS discretion, and notification to the cooperator. The cooperator will be expected to provide or perform a field-wide needs assessment to inform this work, followed by a pilot of programming to test and evaluate the program before full-scale implementation.

Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and non-profit universities, are eligible.

Program Contacts:

Christopher J. Reich
Senior Advisor

Connie Bodner
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist


Friday, August 21, 2015

Wyeth Foundation Publication Grant

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by College Art Association
Deadline 09-15-2015

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art supports the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by College Art Association. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Application is by the publisher, not the author. Applications are considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art that are under contract for publication. Awards are open to publishers of all nations; authors need not live or work in the United States. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA members, although on a case-by-case basis CAA may waive that requirement upon request.

Excluded from consideration are excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), and congress proceedings. Museum exhibition or collection catalogues containing substantial scholarship are eligible.

High scholarly and intellectual merit is the sine qua non for an award; however, the jury is also attentive to the following criteria:

  • Topics with a naturally small market or unusually high expenses
  • Works by disadvantaged scholars, including those at the earlier stages of a career, or by younger scholars or curators; or issued by smaller museums; or by or about underserved constituencies
  • Books that break new ground, contribute new scholarship, or publish important primary-source material
  • Beautiful books that increase the audience for American art
  • A project that has been rejected for grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant, except in a rare case where substantial revision has been made to the material, and the publisher has so noted in the application. At its discretion, the jury may decline to review the resubmitted application.

The copyright page or other appropriate location in the front matter of the book must bear the following credit line: Publication of this book has been aided by a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant of the College Art Association. The CAA logo must appear with this notice and is supplied to the publisher upon request.

Please contact Sarah Zabrodski
CAA editorial manager


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rebel Blend Fund, ME

Coffee By Design Community Grant
Deadline 08-31-2015

Celebrating 21 years in business, Coffee By Design continues its long-standing commitment to the arts in Maine. We are pleased to announce our call for proposals for Coffee By Design’s 2015 Rebel Blend Fund. The award which is funded by sales of Coffee By Design’s best-selling Rebel Blend coffee is given each year to a Maine artist and/or small arts organization whose proposal is selected by a committee of Coffee By Design staff members. The Rebel Blend Fund is a vital way for our Company to show its support for the arts community by providing seed money for art projects in Maine. What the Rebel Blend committee looks for are projects which somehow fall below the funding radar screen; projects that we believe to be thought provoking and engage people in the State of Maine in conversation.

For every pound of Rebel Blend coffee sold or brewed at Coffee By Design coffeehouses during the year, $1 is donated to the Fund. Grants are awarded on an annual basis to Maine artists whose proposals are selected.

Awards will be announced in October.

How to Apply

Please complete the Rebel Blend Fund Application which gives us the information we need in order to accept proposals for review.
Applications should be sent to:
Coffee By Design
ATTN: Mary Allen/Rebel Blend Fund
1 Diamond Street
Portland, Maine 04101


Sustainable Arts Award

Sustainable Arts Foundation offers awards to artists with families
Deadline 09-04-2015

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Our mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work. We seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting. We're also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.

Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation's goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.

The foundation will award the following:
Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000
We typically offer five of each award in each application round.

To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply. Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media and photography are encouraged to apply.

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting film/video applications. At this time, we simply do not have the resources to review these portfolios to our satisfaction. We are hoping to find a suitable partner to offer a fellowship. At this time we are not accepting applications in the performing arts or music.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Luminary Residency

Luminary Center for the Arts Residency, St. Louis, Missouri
Deadline 09-01-2015

The Luminary Residency Program supports exceptional emerging artists, curators and critics engaging the world of contemporary art by providing dedicated time and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artistic, curatorial and critical practices but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and socially engaged practices.

Residencies are available year-round from one week up to three months. Please note that the program is not active in August or December. Please note there is a non-refundable $25 application fee

Please see our website for more information:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Smithsonian Craft Show

The Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts 
Deadline 09-20-2015

Electronic applications: By September 20, 2015.
The non-refundable fee for applying is $50. NOTICE: The application fee is due at the time you fill out the
online application and accept the terms and conditions.
A late fee of additional $25 must be included for electronic applications received after September 20, 2015.
Late electronic entries will not be accepted after September 27, 2015.

Preview Night Benefit: April 20, 2016
April 21-24, 2016

National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line)

All work submitted to the Smithsonian Craft Show must be created and made in the United States.

The Smithsonian Craft Show encourages artists to continue to grow and stretch the limits of their media. The
Craft Show is committed to presenting the most thoughtful, original, and skilled American craft and design
objects. The exploration of new technology has historically been a part of craft practice. The Smithsonian
Craft Show is looking for one-of-a-kind and limited edition objects that have been conceived and perfected by the artist's own hands and created in the artist’s studio. New technologies such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) are increasingly prevalent in the designing and/or making of contemporary studio crafts. Because we recognize that new technologies are increasingly helpful in this process, it is acceptable to submit work in which CAD/CAM and other industrial techniques such as 3-D printing tools are used in the creative process. But it is not acceptable when these technologies are used to actually make the final product.

Repurposed materials, including found objects, are being used as art material to make some craft pieces.
This is a desirable practice, and artists who incorporate repurposed materials are encouraged to specify this
in their statements.

Only U.S. residents who make their work in the U.S. are eligible to apply.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Maine Craft Apprentice Program

The Maine Arts Commission and Maine Crafts Association; Craft Apprentice Program
Deadline 12-04-2015

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

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

More information at:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CAA Millard Meiss Publication Fund

College Art Association Millard Meiss Publication Fund
Deadline 09-15-2015

Applications for publication grants will be considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Applications are judged in relation to two criteria: (1) the quality of the project; and (2) the need for financial assistance. Although the quality of the manuscript is the sine qua non for a grant, an excellent manuscript may not be funded if it is financially self-supporting.

Eligible Applicants
Awards are open to publishers of all nations. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA members, although on a case-by-case basis CAA may waive that requirement upon request. While all periods and all areas of art history and visual studies may be considered, eligibility does not embrace excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), or congress proceedings. Within a calendar year, a press may submit the same manuscript for a Meiss Grant and a Wyeth Grant, but a book that wins one CAA publishing grant is ineligible to receive another CAA-administered grant and will be removed from consideration for the other grant. A project that has been rejected for a grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant, except in a rare case where substantial revision has been made to the material, and the publisher has so noted in the application. At its discretion, the jury may decline to review the resubmitted application. Publishers are encouraged to submit no more than two or three books for consideration in any one grant period, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Reader’s Reports
Reader’s reports should be anonymous to the author but signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential), and they should not be more than three years old. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript. Mere endorsements are not acceptable. The author’s response to the reports should be included with the application so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. The Meiss Jury does not admit reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor. Note that reader’s reports are a significant and influential element of the grant application.

When preparing the budget, the publisher should be as specific as possible about costs and the use to which grant monies will be put as the jury carefully considers financial information when making an award. The grant sum is intended to be less than the total cost of production; that is, a substantial portion of production costs must be met by the publisher or be from other sources. The overhead costs of a parent organization, such as a university or office of a university, may not be included in the budget, and Millard Meiss Publication Fund monies may not be used for such costs. Award amounts are determined by the jury.

Please contact Sarah Zabrodski,
CAA editorial manager,


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Portland Fine Craft Show

 Portland Fine Craft Show: call for volunteers

The Maine Craft Association Portland Fine Craft Show will feature invitational exhibitors from the greater New England area and will take place on August 22nd, 2015.  We need your help in making this show a success.  Be a part of the crew from pre-show administrative work to assisting exhibitors day of show or post show clean up. If you are interested in helping please fill out the Volunteer Form and we will be in contact soon.


The MCA strives to develop lasting and impactful opportunities for both our members and greater craft community and is excited to launch this exciting new show in August!  Come volunteer and be a part of this first annual one-day art and craft extravaganza!

For volunteer information and questions please contact Volunteer Coordinator:
Nire Cook nire@mainecrats.org

Friday, August 14, 2015

I Love My Librarian Award

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award 
Deadline 09-28-2015

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users in the U.S. to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, and college librarians. Administered by the American Library Association, with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times Company, the program seeks nominations that describe how a librarian is improving the lives of people in a school, campus, or community.

Up to ten winners will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the awards reception in New York.

Nominees must be a librarian with a master's degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies or a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must currently be working in the U.S. in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or at an accredited K-12 school.

Nominators must be public library users. Nominators of librarians in college, community college, or university libraries must be users of those libraries (e.g., students, faculty, or staff members). Nominators of school library media specialists must be library users (e.g., students, teachers, school administrators or staff members, or parents or caregivers of children at schools where the school library media specialist works).

Visit the awards program website for complete program guidelines and nomination procedures.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Target Field Trip Grants

Target Accepting Applications for K-12 Field Trip Grants Program
Deadline 09-30-2015

Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to expose K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations.

Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from school grounds. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January 2015. Grants are available to applicants from the U.S. for field trips taking place between February and December 2015. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Visit the Target website for complete program guidelines and access to the application form:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Japan Foundation Grant

Japan Foundation Accepting Proposals for Performing Arts Projects
Deadline 10-20-2015

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. To that end, the foundation is accepting proposals for touring and collaborative projects through its annual Performing Arts Japan program, which aims to  increase access to Japanese performing arts in the United States and Canada, especially outside major metropolitan areas; foster an understanding of the these arts by providing educational programs for audiences in each touring location apart from public performances; and support collaborative projects between Japanese and U.S./Canadian performing artists.

Grants are awarded only to U.S.- or Canada-based nonprofit organizations. To be eligible, projects must present Japanese performing arts and/or conduct performing arts collaboration between Japanese and American/Canadian artists. In addition, the project must explicitly include educational and/or community outreach activities. All projects must take place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Visit the Japan Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

USArtists International Program

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International program
Deadline 09-04-2015

Application are available for the 2015-2016 USArtists International program. The program supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.

The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, September 4, 2015 for projects taking place between December 15, 2015 and December 14, 2016.

Additional deadlines for the 2015-2016 program cycle include:
December 4, 2015 for projects taking place between March 15, 2015 and March 14, 2016
April 15, 2016 for projects taking place between July 15, 2016 and July 14, 2017

Acess the program guidelines and online application here.

Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Paul Brohan, Deputy Director, Programs at paulb@midatlanticarts.org

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


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Plein Air Painting Invitational

Plein Air Painting invitational in Boothbay Harbor and around the peninsula 
Event September 7-13, 2015

The seven-day event will feature the works of top plein air landscape painters who will compete for prestigious prizes, participate in public paint-outs, an OPA Paint Out, quick draws, wet wall pairings with local merchants, painting demonstrations, conversations and more. The public will have the opportunity to view and purchase their work at daily receptions held throughout the week at Harborfields Waterfront Cottages, Andrews’ Harborside Restaurant, Spruce Point Inn and Rocktide Inn.

The Stroke of Art Grand Finale will take place on Sunday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harborfields waterfront estate. This highly anticipated Meet the Artists Collectors Brunch will feature a "first look" of the original art created throughout the week, that will be presented for award consideration and juried by Boothbay’s own internationally known and award-winning artist, Carlton Plummer.

More information at:

Western Arts Alliance Conference

The 48th Annual Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference, Vancouver BC
Event August 31 - September 3, 2015

Western Arts Alliance convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The conference features 175 exhibits, 150+ performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. WAA's Commons combines exhibit, meeting, and hospitality activities in one compact space. Join our community of dedicated professionals in Vancouver, BC for four productive days of artistic exploration, insight, and business.

From established artists to emerging talent, access artists in every discipline to fit your programming needs and budget. Expand your artistic programming expertise and technical knowledge through our Professional Development courses, in-conference workshops, roundtables, and conversations with peers. Between WAA's Independent and Juried Showcase programs, WAA offers more than 170 performances from a range of disciplines and esthetics.

Artists, Managers, and Agents
Share your or your artists' work with more than 200 presenting organizations based in the West. Introduce a project to a room full of Presenters during our fast-moving Speed Leads, or enjoy great social and professional networking over local cuisine on a Dine-Around. Broaden your range of practical skills to help plan and achieve effective tours during our Professional Development Institute. Performing artists will find opportunities for stimulating discussions about art and ideas with other artists, agents, and presenters.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize

Indiana University Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize, call for entries
Deadline 08-15-2015

Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic.

The winner receives $1,000 and publication in a forthcoming issue of The Indiana Review.

All entries are considered for publication. All entrants receive a complimentary forthcoming issue of the journal.

  • Reading Fee: $20 USD—Includes a forthcoming issue of The Indiana Review
  • Send up to 3 pieces of up to 500 words each per submission (fiction/nonfiction/poetry/hybrid genre all welcome). A single submission should not exceed 8 pages.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.
  • Each fee entitles entrant to a single issue of the journal. International addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada).


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Residency

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, residency with stipend, NE
Deadline 09-01-15

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers from fifty to sixty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary  artists from across the country and around the world. The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident
is provided with comfortable accommodations, ample studio space, and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.

All residents are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration.

Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal: https://khncenterforthearts.slideroom.com/#/Login

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

NEH Bridging Cultures Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grant 
Deadline 08-24-2015

These grants are intended to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges or community college systems. Grants are used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.
NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants

create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities
enhance or develop areas of need in an institution's humanities programs; and
give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Projects must focus on the theme of Bridging Cultures. This agency-wide initiative encourages exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America's borders, have influenced American society.

Projects must draw on sound humanities scholarship related to the theme of Bridging Cultures, engage participating faculty in shared readings of important humanities texts, involve humanities scholars with appropriate expertise, improve the quality of humanities course offerings at a community college or community college system, and create opportunities to disseminate their results. The application must reflect a collaborative relationship between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources (such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association) in the planning and implementation of the project.

Link to Additional Information: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/bridging-cultures-community-colleges

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Division of Education Programs National Endowment for the Humanities 400 Seventh Street, SW Washington, DC 20506 202-606-8380 bccc@neh.gov

Friday, August 7, 2015

Non-Juried Craft Show Call

Woodstock Revival and Art Walk Non-Juried Craft Show to take place 8/16/2015
Deadline 08-10-2015

Woodstock Revival and Art Walk in Hallowell, Maine. Outside on the beautiful Kennebec River, August 16, 2015. Art Walk starts at noon goes until about 6 pm. Music is 2 pm to 6 pm. One food vendor on site with artists and craft vendors. Festival is sponsored by the Hallowell Area Board of Trade. 10 x 10 booth space still available, only $50!

Call Maggie Warren at 207.441.8658 or Ruth LaChance 207.215.6685.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

French-American Jazz Exchange

French-American Jazz Exchange
Deadline 08-15-2015

The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and opportunities for exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.

FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. FAJE annually awards individual grants up $25,000, through an open, competitive application process to support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both, within a 16-month period. The program supports activities that may result in the creation of new work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and the United States working with artists who work in different music genres.

Additional support is available to artists who received funding through FAJE for touring in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Presenters in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia are eligible to receive fee-subsidy for booking selected artists funded through the program. For more information about the French-American Jazz Exchange Regional Tours, click here.Jazz Touring Network from Mid-Atlantic Arts

The Jazz Touring Network is a membership program designed to expand the presentation of jazz throughout the mid-Atlantic region by providing selected presenters with the tools necessary to develop and sustain the art form as an ongoing part of their annual programming.  The program offers opportunities for professional development, peer networking and funding for regional jazz tours.


Gardiner Creativity Fund

Creativity Fund for Gardiner invites creatives to submit proposals
Deadline 09-01-2015

The Creativity Fund for Gardiner is a new source of private funds to support creative projects that will benefit the community of Gardiner and its environs.This includes theatrical, artistic, architectural, intellectual, imaginative or craft expressions achieved individually or collectively in groups of two or more. The Fund may be used to imagine, initiate, create, develop or sustain a project. Grants may be in any amount but typically will range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the scale of the project.

Proposals for this round of funding must be received between July 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015, and awards may be made on a rolling basis between August 1 and December 1, 2015.

Creativity is broadly defined and may include a number of different disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • architectural and landscape design
  • ceramics
  • culinary arts
  • dance
  • engineering and robotics
  • fiber arts, including weaving
  • film, including still photography and videography
  • graphic arts
  • metalworking
  • music
  • poetry
  • storytelling
  • theater arts
  • visual arts, such as painting, sculpture
  • woodworking

The Fund encourages collaboration across disciplines. Examples (by way of illustration only) might include:

  • a public performance with musicians interpreting visual art
  • visual artists interpreting music or poetry
  • kinetic sculpture, incorporating innovative engineering or robotics
  • dance and poetry
  • storytelling through live performance and film
  • a public art project such as creation of a mural or sculpture
  • an architectural design for a public space, such as a footpath or portion of a public
  • park 

Any individual, group of individuals or organization may submit a proposal. Collaboration among individuals and community organizations (such as Gardiner Main Street, Johnson Hall, SAD 11, the City of Gardiner, Gardiner Public Library, the Greater Gardiner Boys and Girls Club, Kennebec Valley Art Association, and Maine Crafts Association) is strongly encouraged.

Applicants are not required to live within the City of Gardiner, but the creative project must benefit the community of Gardiner and its environs.

A proposal should include:

  • a description in 300 words or less of the proposed project and how it will benefit the Gardiner community
  • a time frame for completion
  • a budget for the project and the amount of funding requested
  • a statement explaining your relevant experience and ability to accomplish the project

Projects will be evaluated by:

  • degree of creativity or innovation
  • ability to draw people together in the community
  • capacity to stimulate or inspire more creativity or innovation
  • lasting impact on the community of Gardiner and its environs
  • after screening proposals, the committee may request interviews with selected applicants
  • the committee may also request examples of past work and/or letters of reference
Application form can be accessed at:

All proposals must be submitted by mail, postmarked by the deadline, and addressed to:

Creativity Fund
P.O. Box 26
Gardiner, Maine 04345

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

PSO seeks Annual Fund Manager

Portland Symphony Orchestra is looking for an Annual Fund Manager (FT)
Deadline 08-17-2015

The Annual Fund Manager serves as the chief strategist for the Annual Fund program. The selected candidate will work collaboratively with the Director of Development, as well as Trustees, peers and colleagues to capitalize on the Annual Fund program’s strengths and to identify ways to enhance its success through increased participation, increased donations, retention and sustained giving. This person will devise a cultivation and solicitation program involving email, mail, phone, events and volunteer engagement, all focused on shaping a sustainable tradition of annual giving to the Symphony’s annual operating budget.

The Annual Fund Manager will work with a team to create strategies for donor engagement events including Conductor’s Circle, Symphony + Spirits (young professionals), private salon events, and other events that will further build meaningful relationships for the organization.  Additionally, the Annual Fund Manager will cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of donors, including recruitment of members to the Symphony’s Conductor’s Circle. This person will be expected to meet annual goals for personal visits and giving outcomes.

This is a full time position.

QUALIFICATIONS:  A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least 5 years of progressive, successful relatable experience is required. A high degree of ownership and flexibility is required for this position, as it demands a highly motivated person who can multi-task efficiently in a fast-paced office; be responsive to meeting deadlines; be a team player on the staff; and can communicate effectively in-person, on the phone, or in email correspondence. This position requires a person who has past experience working in a development office, connecting and soliciting donors, and telling an organization’s story. A deep understanding of the PSO’s programs and passion for the Symphony’s service to the community is essential. This position requires a consistent presence at the Symphony’s office, concerts, and donor events.

Microsoft Office is required.  Raiser’s Edge knowledge is recommended.

Please email resume, cover letter and salary history

NEA Town Hall Meeting

Jane Chu, Director of the National Endowment for the Arts Town Hall meeting in Portland 
Event 08-10-2015

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is welcoming Chairman Jane Chu of the National Endowment for the Arts to Maine. Part of this visit will include a town hall discussion on Monday, August 10, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. At Portland Museum of Art.

This is a unique opportunity enter into dialogue with Chairman Chu, and to learn more about the ways the arts are creating value in communities across the country. Chu will also visit Waterville and Lewiston on August 11, and Brunswick in August 12.

The Portland town hall meeting event is free, but registration is recommended. Register at:


PSO Seeks Development Assistant

Portland Symphony Orchestra has an opening for an Events and Development Assistant (FT)
Deadline 08-07-2015

The Events & Development Assistant will be responsible for the coordination of Development Office needs including scheduling donor meetings for the Executive Director and Director of Development; managing logistics for patron engagement events; working as a team player with the Development staff to accomplish the Symphony’s financial goals.

The Events & Development Assistant will also be responsible for the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Wine Dinner & Auction coordination efforts, including solicitation of auction items and working with the Wine Dinner committee and other event volunteers. This person will also coordinate needs for Conductor’s Circle events, private salon events, Music Lovers’ Luncheons, Symphony & Spirits, and Legacy Society events

The Events & Development Assistant will work closely with Symphony leadership, including members of the Board of Trustees. This person will handle administrative tasks for the coordination of PSO Board meetings and donor events. Working in conjunction with the Executive Director and Director of Development, the Administrative Assistant is the primary liaison to the Board of Trustees, assisting with preparation of Board materials, meetings, correspondence, administrative filing, scheduling, and hospitality. This position is also responsible for the day-to-day smooth operations of the administrative offices, serving as the office receptionist and maintaining office supplies. Other special projects and duties as necessary may be assigned.

This is a full time position. A deep understanding of the PSO’s programs and passion for the Symphony’s service to the community is essential.

QUALIFICATIONS:  A high degree of ownership and flexibility is required for this position, as it demands a highly motivated person who can multi-task efficiently in a fast-paced office; be responsive to meeting deadlines; be a team player on the staff; and can communicate effectively in-person, on the phone, or in email correspondence.  This position requires a person who has past experience working in a development office, managing special events, and connecting with donors. It also requires a consistent presence at the Symphony’s office, concerts, and donor events.

An ideal candidate has a desire to grow in a development office, has the ability to maintain a sense of humor under pressure, and is eager to assist in the Symphony’s fundraising efforts.

Microsoft Office is required.  Raiser’s Edge knowledge is recommended.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary history  to Leah Robertson at lrobertson@portlandsymphony.org

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ucross Residencies, Wy

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Spring Artist Residencies, Wyoming
Deadline 10-01-2015

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Nearly thirteen hundred individuals from every state in the U.S. as well as from Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, and Thailand, have spent time at Ucross since it first opened its doors in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Spring Residency program, which runs from late-February to mid-June.

Residencies vary from two  to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence, representing a mix of visual artists, writers, and composers.  In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. In addition, there is cell phone service on the property and several wireless Internet connection sites are available for the use of residents. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Wyoming.  There is no charge for a residency.

Artists, writers, and composers from around the United States and the world, in any stage of their professional career, are invited to apply to work on an individual or collaborative project.

For complete residency information, information about previous artist residents, and application guidelines, visit the Ucross Foundation website.



Monday, August 3, 2015

OneBeat International Music Program

OneBeat is an international incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship
Deadline 11-15-2015

OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. Now in its third year, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. OneBeat begins with an opening residency, when Fellows collaborate to create original material, record new musical ideas, and incubate their projects. OneBeat fellows then go on tour, performing for a wide array of American audiences, collaborating with local musicians, and leading workshops with youth. In a closing residency, each OneBeat musician sets out their plans for the future, developing projects in their home countries linked to a mutually-reinforcing network of music-driven social enterprises.

OneBeat is a musical journey like no other. It is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, create new musical combinations, push the boundaries of music technology, and find ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity. OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can help us collectively build healthy communities, prosperous societies, and a more peaceful world.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Guggenheim Fellowship

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars
Deadline 09-19-2015

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships to advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (except the performing arts). Last year, the program awarded fellowships to a hundred and eighty-one scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, the fellowships are intended to assist individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of websites or blogs.

The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

KISMET Residency

The KISMET Foundation's Artist-In-Residence Program (ME.)
Residency dates from November to May

The KISMET Foundation's "Artist-In-Residence" program supports and enhances the work of writers, artists and musicians, by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a setting of natural beauty.

Our cottage offers three bedrooms on over two acres on Casco Bay. In-town Yarmouth studio space and an on-site studio building foster a vibrant and quiet environment in which to create and teach.

Residencies available 1 to 4 weeks, from November to May Calendar exclusions: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's weeks. Arrival: Saturday afternoons after 3:00 PM Departure: Saturday mornings by 10:00 AM.

Acceptance to the KISMET Residency will be based on a review by a panel of arts specialists. Please mail to: The KISMET Foundation, 48 Railroad Square, Yarmouth, Maine 04096, and include the following:

  • time period you would like to attend
  • a bio/cv and website link, if available
  • statement of intent/purpose for attending - what do you hope to accomplish during your residency?
  • agreement to donate a representative sample of work accomplished during residency to the permanent collection, to be shared with the community of Yarmouth, Maine

Application deadline: 3 months prior to desired attendance dates (subject to availability), unless other arrangements have been made with KISMET Foundation representatives.

For additional information regarding workshops, the residence program, and the submission process for exhibitions at the Artist Cottage please email thekismetfoundation@gmail.com