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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ARTinME Call for Entries

Boothbay Region Art Foundation call for entries to ARTinME
Entry dates are October 15 and 16

Maine artists are invited to submit fine art works to ARTinME, a statewide juried fine art show held at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation (BRAF). Entry dates for the show are October 15 from noon until 7 p.m. and October 16 from 9 a.m. until noon.

The show will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. ARTinME will run through November 3. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during this show.

Any artist with a Maine address is invited to submit up to two paintings, drawings, sculptures or other mixed media pieces. Entries must conform to the following guidelines:

The maximum size for 2-D work is 4.5 feet in any direction.

The maximum size for 3-D work is 50 pounds and 3 feet in any direction. Sculptors must provide their own pedestals.

All work must be hand-delivered to the BRAF Gallery, 1 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor.

The entry fee is $15 per piece for BRAF members and $20 per piece for nonmembers.

Entry forms and more information is available on the BRAF website at www.boothbayartists.org.

BRAF will be awarding over $1,500 in prizes this year, a substantial increase from previous years. Dr. Joachim Homann, Curator of the Bowdoin College Museum and the judge for this year’s show, will select best in show, 2nd and 3rd place and two honorable mentions. Awards will be announced and presented at the reception.

The public will have an opportunity for vote for the “people’s choice” award that will be awarded when the show closes. You are invited to come see the show and cast a vote for your favorite.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NEFA Idea Swap

NEFA 14th Annual Idea Swap for performing arts organizations
Event Date November 10, 2015 
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA. 

The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program.

 Each year NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 participants. Together with Expeditions grant funding, Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while broadening the range of arts projects and activities available to New England communities.

The Idea Swap begins with networking over breakfast, followed by five-minute presentations of high quality performing arts projects that may be available for touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to informally discuss project ideas.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship

Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship call to artist activists
Deadline 12-07-2015

The online application to the Artist as Activist Two Year Fellowship program is now open. This is the only open call for grant proposals the foundation will announce in 2015.

October 1, 2015, 3:00 pm (EST)
November 16, 2015, 10:00 am (EST)

THEME                                       ,
Racial justice with particular focus on mass incarceration

Artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on an
ambitious creative work tackling this issue

May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018

Up to $100,000 over a two-year period

Late April 2016


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shubert Foundation Grant

Shubert Foundation Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Grants
Deadline 10-15-2015 or 12-01-2015

The Shubert Foundation  in New York City is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit, professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that  support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a track record of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).

Applicants may not request a specific grant amount; if the foundation determines that it will fund an organization, it will also determine the amount of the grant.

Applications in the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted by October 15.

Theater applications must be submitted by December 1.

Visit the Shubert Foundation website for complete program guidelines.
Link to Complete RFP


Saturday, September 26, 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.



Friday, September 25, 2015

Alliance of Artists Communities Conference

Alliance of Artists Communities' 2015 annual conference; Providence, Rhode Island.
Event:  October 13 to 16,  2015 

Join us in one of the country's most artist-centered cities as we explore ways in which we can advance today's artists - and their role in developing healthy, vibrant, engaged communities. The 2015 Conference will bring together arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, board members, educators, and artists from across the globe for three days of performances, trainings, tours, and talks. All are welcome!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

YoungArts Foundation Call

YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for Young Artists Prize
Deadline: 10-16-2015

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. YoungArts is accepting applications in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with distinguished artists/master teachers. In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists.

Each year up to seven hundred students are selected from across the country as national winners. Winners will receive grants of up to $10,000 each and have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs and partake in master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions.



Colby College Teaching Position in Sculpture

Colby College Department of Art  invites applications for a one-year teaching position in sculpture
Deadline 12-01-2015

The Department of Art at Colby College invites applications for a one-year teaching position in sculpture at the rank of Faculty Fellow beginning September 2016. A completed M.F.A. by the start date, teaching experience at the college level, and a record of creative scholarship are required. Teaching load of 2/2 will consist of all levels of the sculpture curriculum, as well as participation in the bi-weekly Capstone meetings for Studio Art majors. Working in newly renovated facilities designed for woodworking, mold-making and plaster, stone carving, and metal fabrication, the successful candidate will become part of a dynamic department that includes art historians and studio artists.

Applicants should submit the following materials via Slideroom (https://colby.slideroom.com). Materials should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Bevin Engman.

a cover letter
curriculum vitae
three letters of recommendation
statement of teaching philosophy and artist statement
two syllabi (beginning and advanced sculpture)
20 examples of personal work and 20 examples of recent student work
Applications submitted by December 1, 2015 will receive full consideration.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights.


 For more information about the College, please visit our website:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust for Maine Organizations 
Deadline 10-01-2015

The directors of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust have expressed an interest in making grants related to the following activities in the State of Maine:
a. Educational programs;
b. Cultural projects;
c. Historic preservation
d. Environmental initiatives.

The Trust encourages collaborative and cooperative ventures among nonprofit organizations.
The Trust encourages grant requests from alternative education providers.
The Trust does not make grants to individuals.
The following organizations will generally not be encouraged to submit grant requests:
• National or regional organizations with headquarters outside of Maine
• Medical organizations
• Universities and colleges
• Organizations seeking funding for annual or endowment campaigns.

All grant applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipality or other exempt governmental entity. Grant requests will be accepted after July 1 but no later than October 1 each year, for consideration in November of that year, with grant awards and distributions being made by December 31 of that year.

There is no grant application form.  Grant requests should include the following:

a. Brief background information concerning requesting organization;
b. Amount of the grant requested;
c. Purpose for which the grant funds will be used;
d. List of requesting organization’s directors or trustees;
e. Financial statement or budget related to the grant request; and
f. Photocopy of requesting organization's IRS 501(c)(3) exemption letter.

Two copies of each grant request are to be sent to the following address:

  Mailing address:
  Michael J. Quinlan, Secretary
  Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
  P.O. Box 4510
  Portland, ME  04112

  Physical address:
  Ten Free Street
  Portland, ME  04101

The Trust does not accept e-mailed grant applications.

Grant recipients are required to submit a written report on the use and/or status of grant funds received from the Trust by October 1 of the year following the date of the grant award.

For further information regarding the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, please contact the following:

Michael J. Quinlan, Secretary
  Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
  P.O. Box 4510
  Portland, ME  04112
  Tel.:  207-775-7271
  e-mail:  mquinlan@jbgh.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Maine Craft Weekend Sign Up

Submit your event as part of Maine Craft Weekend
Deadline 09-22-02915 ( 09-30-2015) 

Deadline, September 22nd! Late listings accepted, but $15 late fee applies. Listings submitted after Sept 30th may not be processed and added to the site in time for the weekend.

Full listing free for members of MCA, Maine Made or Maine Brewer’s Guild.  Basic listing free for everyone (map NOT included). Full listing (includes map)$10 for participants not affiliated with one of these groups.

Please email promotional images to: allison@mainecrafts.org
Who May Participate in Maine Craft Weekend?

The following types of participants qualify to participate in MCW. We encourage special MCW activities, sales, demos, etc. but, by simply being a craft-related site or event we welcome you to get on the map!
– Individual Craft Studios
– Craft Breweries and Distilleries
– Craft Galleries
– Craft Shows / Events that include craft shows or demos
– Non Profit Craft Organizations, Schools or Programs
The following types of participants may request to participate in MCW if you plan to offer a special MCW weekend related activity, sale, demo or event at your site October 3 & 4 that will be promoted to the general public (in more places than the the MCW site listing)
Specialty food producers | Wineries | Farms | Retail locations | Others not listed, contact us to discuss!


Aldermere Trust of Maine

The Aldermere Foundation c/o Trust Co. of Maine
Deadline Open 

An independent Foundation established in Maine in 1977. Purpose and activities include giving primarily for the arts, education, and religious organizations in Maine.

Fields of interest:
Arts Education;
Christian agencies and churches;
Libraries (Public);
Museums (art)

Inquiries should be sent to:

The Aldermere Foundation c/o Trust Co. of Maine
145 Exchange Street,
Bangor 04401
Contact: Dee Condon Fax: (207) 941-2498

Monday, September 21, 2015

Woodlawn 2.0 Design Forum

Woodlawn  design forum, Woodlawn 2.0 – Redesigned For 21st Century Living
Event September 25th from 3 to 7 p.m

Woodlawn invites you to Save the Date for an exciting new design forum, Woodlawn 2.0 – Redesigned For 21st Century Living on Friday, September 25th from 3 to 7 p.m.  The Design Forum will feature the ideas and concepts of three Maine architectural firms for the modern day redesign of the Black House.

The Black House interior has been undisturbed since 1928. It is filled with possessions and treasures purchased and collected over 100 years by three generations of one family. It is a 19th century masterpiece residing in a 21st century world.  According to Woodlawn’s executive director, Joshua Torrance, “ Over the years, people have inquired if the Black House was for sale and it caused me to wonder just what a modern day version of the house would look like?”  When Torrance approached three local architects with the idea, they were very receptive and eager to participate.

Presenting at the design forum will be Ellsworth firms, Sealander Architects and Design Group Collaborative, and Elliott + Elliott Architecture from Blue Hill.  Each will present their transformative ideas for the Black House, redesigning the space for contemporary living with all the upgrades needed to meet the demands of today’s sophisticated home buyer. Architect Christopher Glass of Camden will be the keynote speaker, presenting on the history of design in Maine.  There will be time for participants to ask questions during the forum and engage in conversation with the architects at a wine and cheese reception in the Black House after the formal presentation.

Maine Home+Design has partnered with Woodlawn as Media Sponsor for the Forum and will cover the event. According to Rebecca Falzano, Managing Editor of MHD, “This Design Forum represents an opportunity to celebrate and elevate architecture in Maine, which aligns with the mission of Maine Home+Design."  The design forum will be held on Friday, September 25 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The cost is $20 for Woodlawn members/$25 for non-members and includes the forum and a wine and cheese reception with the architects.

As space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671 or e-mail events@woodlawnmuseum.org


Clark Hulings Business Grant

Clark Hulings Busines Fund for financial assistance and support to professional visual artists
Deadline 09-30-2015

The Clark Hulings Busines Fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. Applicants must detail exactly how the grant would help them undertake, improve, or expand a specific project. Examples of activities covered by the grant include mounting, casting, creating marketing materials, and transporting work to an exhibition. The fund does not support performance, literary or commercial work.

Amount: Two $5,000 grants (no fiscal sponsorship required)

Additional Benefits for Winners & Finalists:
-Free 12-month subscription to ArtWorkArchive.com, a cloud-based inventory- and collection-tracking system that includes a public page for showcasing an artist's work
-The chance to interview an industry leader for our podcast, gaining knowledge and a networking connection
-Exposure through the fund's podcast, blog, and PR outreach efforts

Applicants must be professional painters, artists working on paper, and/or sculptors who:
-Employ traditional media (not including photography, film, or video)
-Have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally
-Are pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which financial support from CHF would make a substantive difference.

For submission guidelines and additional information, please visit www.clarkhulingsfund.org/guidelines

Contact email: grants@clarkhulingsfund.org


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Jan van Eyck Residency

Jan van Eyck Academie Residencies, Maastricht, Netherlands
Deadline 10-01-2015

The Jan van Eyck Academie is a postgraduate institute open for artists, designers, photographers, landscape architects, writers, critics and curators from all over the world. Accepted participants receive a monthly stipend and advising among many other benefits.


Salt Bay Chamberfest Job

Salt Bay Chamberfest seeks Managing Director
Deadline, Open until filled

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Salt Bay Chamberfest in the search for a Managing Director.

The Managing Director will oversee, manage, and expand the Chamberfest’s impact in mid-coast Maine and on the larger world of chamber music. The Chamberfest is a two-week chamber music festival that takes place each August on the magnificent coast of Maine. The annual budget is approximately $180,000. The Chamberfest has $350,000 in invested assets and no accumulated debt. The position is full-time for most of the year though has flexible hours, especially outside of the late Spring and Summer. The Managing Director is expected to live in mid-coast Maine.

The mission of Salt Bay Chamberfest is to enrich the cultural life of mid-coast Maine by producing musical concerts of the highest artistic level. Salt Bay Chamberfest advances the vitality of chamber music by featuring standard chamber music literature, as well as new and existing works of living composers performed by today’s finest musicians. Salt Bay commissions and gives the first performance of a new chamber music work each year.

Founded in 1995 by cellist Wilhelmina Smith, Salt Bay Chamberfest has remained true to its fundamental principles and earned a reputation for making artistic statements of the first class. Smith believes that musical programs can be crafted in such a way that they highlight larger ideas, be they musical, historical, political, or generally human. Cutting across a large swath of musical styles, the programs at Chamberfest embrace music from the Renaissance to the present day and regularly feature the music of living composers. Rather than bringing an audience a sequence of unrelated performances, this kind of program creates an experience that can be thought-provoking and profoundly moving long after leaving the concert hall.

   A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, as is some familiarity with chamber music and/or chamber music festivals. Familiarity with Maine, particularly mid-coast Maine is a plus.
Before sending your résumé for this position, please read it over for accuracy. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, visit: http://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com To nominate a candidate, please contact Ron Schiller: ronschiller@aspenleadershipgroup.com

Saturday, September 19, 2015

National Park Residency

National Park Artist Residency in Denali
Deadline 09-30-2015

Since 2001, a total of 60 accomplished artists, writers, and composers have participated in the Artist-in-Residence program. Following a 10-day residency, each volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and to donate one piece of art to the program collection. For a two-year trial period beginning in 2016, the program will explore a preference for digital and performance-based donations rather than physical pieces for the program collection. Artists are challenged to create pieces for visitors that offer a fresh and innovative perspective of the park drawn from their own experience.

In recent years, the program has demonstrated a renewed commitment to providing expanded opportunities for artists, and for fostering greater interaction between artists and the visiting public. A new winter residency program was created, along with a new series of afternoon outreach activities throughout the summer in public areas outside the Denali Visitor Center. A first fine arts photographer was selected to participate as a visual artist in 2015. With the welcome addition of several new gallery spaces, more pieces in the program collection enjoy a larger life in the public eye.

With its current open call May 1 to Sept 30, 2015, the program will invite a new category of applications for an annual residency in music composition. The first selected composer will visit the park in 2016, and a composition that he or she donates is expected to be performed at the Denali Music Festival in 2017, as the park is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding as Mount McKinley National Park in 1917.


Idea Swap Performing Arts Conference, MA

NEFA 14th Annual Idea Swap for performing arts organizations
Event Date November 10, 2015 
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA. 

The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program.

 Each year NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 participants. Together with Expeditions grant funding, Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while broadening the range of arts projects and activities available to New England communities.

The Idea Swap begins with networking over breakfast, followed by five-minute presentations of high quality performing arts projects that may be available for touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to informally discuss project ideas.


Friday, September 18, 2015

MPBN Microphone Project

MPBN Microphone Project is looking for voice talent 
Deadline 09-30-2015

MPBN is going on a statewide search for the next great public radio voice in Maine. Allow us to introduce to you The Microphone Project sponsored by our good friends at Goodwin's Volvo! We will be traveling around the state of Maine throughout the month of Goodwin's Volvo September recording participants testing out their best NPR voice. The top entries will be shared on MPBN's Facebook page and the people of Maine will choose a winner. The lucky winner selected will be voicing future Goodwin's Volvo spots airing on MPBN!

Give a listen to the sample voiced by MPBN's very own Patty Wight . Pretty easy, huh? You can record your entry at one of our live Microphone Project events listed below, including at this year's BikeMaine event and at the Common Ground Country Fair.

There are other ways to participate! If you are not able to attend any of the scheduled Microphone Project events, you can submit your own audio file to microphone@mpbn.net or call 207-330-4525 and record your entry on an MPBN digital phone line.


MAP Fund For Performing Arts

MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, is accepting applications for performing arts projects
Deadline 09-28-2015 (LOI)

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The program welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. Letters of Inquiry  must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status (501c3); unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to MAP through a fiscal sponsor.

Email lauren@mapfund.org with application inquiries.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships

Vermont Studio Center - 40+ Fellowships available
Deadline 10-01-2015

The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 40+ fellowship awards for visual artists and writers.

- 4 Windgate Craft Artist Fellowships for visual artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood (includes $1000 stipend) 

- 4 Clowes Fund Fellowships, one each for visual artists living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana and Washington (includes a $400 travel stipend) 

- 3 James Merrill Poetry Fellowships for outstanding American poets with demonstrable financial need (includes $500 stipend)

- 1 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC (includes $1,500 stipend) 

- 1 Civil Society Institute Fellowship for an east coast minority artist with demonstrable financial need (includes $500 travel stipend) 

Plus Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Artist's Resource Trust Fellowship, and 25 VSC Fellowships open to ALL! 
For a complete list of available fellowships and eligibility requirements, visit: 

Americans for the Arts Convention Call for Ideas

Americans for the Arts 2016 Convention is seeking session ideas
Deadline 10-20-2015

The Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is being held in Boston next June (17 to 19) and even though it seems early they are looking for conference session ideas.

The submission process is really easy, and is designed so that you can quickly and easily share the great ideas that have been keeping you up at night, making your jaw drop, and launching you toward the future.

We'll leave the submissions page open until October 20, 2015.  And pass this around - we're looking for ideas from anyone and everyone-member or not, in the arts or not.  Let's hear it!

What is going to allow for the creation and perpetuation of healthy, vibrant, equitable communities through the arts? We want to hear what you think are the topics, concepts, theories, practices!  Your ideas will turn into 25-30 main conference breakout sessions and another 15 or so preconference breakouts representing the full breadth of what is concerning and exciting advocates today!

In 2016, arts and culture in America is at a crossroads, just like the rest of this country. We must celebrate what has come before, and prepare ourselves to be a part of-to lead-the great changes to come. Let's come together to reflect on where we came from and map out where we're going as we march towards healthier, more vibrant, more equitable communities through the arts.

To submit your ideas, please visit

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yarmouth Art Festival Call

Yarmouth Art Festival call for the juried show
Deadline 09-18-2015

 Entries are being accepted until 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, for the seventh annual Yarmouth Art Festival. The juried show will be held Oct. 21-24 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church at 396 Gilman Road in Yarmouth, about a mile from Cousin's Island.

The festival welcomes online submissions – painting, drawing, sculpture and photography – from any artist 18 and older who maintains a residence in Maine. The fee is $15 per person for the first piece, $10 for the second and $5 for every additional one. To access an entry form and the rules, visit www.yarmouthartfestival.com

For additional information, you may contact Joe Michaud, festival co-chair, at 207-781-3805 or michaud.joe@gmail.com

KINGSPØKE Signage Call

Portland signage and way-finding design call
Deadline 09-16-2015
Opening Night Reception, September 25th

The exhibit is meant to generate discussion about our fair city’s signage and way-finding. We would love to showcase the firepower of creatives, artists and agencies.

Focused on Portland's street signage, redeSIGN is a community-crafted exhibit and evening of dialogue hosted by KINGSPØKE and 2° in collaboration with Creative Portland. The exhibit seeks to connect area designers, artists and creative minds with the city's decision makers and civic influencers to generate discussion about the signage around Portland in this time of rapid growth.

All submissions will be exhibited at KINGSPØKE for the Opening Night Reception, September 25th and will remain on display for the month of October including First Friday October 2nd.

Submit at
Send questions to Jess Lauren at
free tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Harpo Foundation Fellowship

Harpo Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute
Deadline 10-01-2015

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation's Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist age 25 or older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a well-appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute provides an opportunity for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports more than fifty residents a year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates the ideal working conditions for resident artists. Living and studio space is located within a nearly 17,000-square-foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta that allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at SFAI.

One fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website.


New Brunswick Music Industry Conference

Music NB hosts Festival (506), a New Brunswick music industry conference
Event Date October 15-18, 2015

Festival (506) Welcomes New Brunswick Music Industry to Moncton this Fall
Music NB unveiled earlier today the list of artists who will be showcased in Moncton at the next edition of Festival (506), from 15–18 October this year. The event brings together New Brunswick's music industry, offering a number of public shows that put forward the province's leading artists. As well as development sessions and networking opportunities.

An incredible lineup that will span four days includes Caroline Savoie, the City Natives, Jessica Rhaye, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Motherhood, The Backyard Devils and Tomato/Tomato.

Mr. Jean Surette, Executive Director of Music New Brunswick, is pleased to note strong interest once again this year for the event, which headlines artists from across the province.  "We have a surprising number of candidates for the Festival (506) program.  This bears witness to the vitality and enthusiasm of the music industry in the province," he stated.

Participating artists will perform in several Moncton locations during Festival (506).  The Empress Theatre, the Tide and Boar Ballroom, the Bernard Leblanc room at the Aberdeen Centre and Plan B are the main stages where the public can see these artists perform live.

Passes for the event will be on sale via the Music New Brunswick web site at: www.musicnb.org

For more information :
Music NB
(506) 383-4662

Monday, September 14, 2015

Multi-Arts Production Fund

MAP Fund for Performance Work Embodying Spirit of Exploration
Deadline: 09-28-2015 (LETTERS OF INQUIRY)

Administered by Creative Capital, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Multi-Arts Production Fund was founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine.

Starting on September 8, MAP  will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry from artists, ensembles, producers, and arts presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and inquiry. The fund is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other," whether based in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or another aspect of diversity. Only projects that contain a live performance will be considered.


Write An Essay, Win A Schooner

Historic wooden schooner (99-foot Isaac H. Evans) essay contest
Deadline 10-31-2015

The contest offered by Captain Brenda Thomas hopes to attract to 8,000 entries at $125 each. This would raise up to $1 million. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31, but she reserves the right to extend the deadline for another 60 days. The essay needs to be up to 200 words. Details of the contest are located in the notes section at the Win the Maine Windjammer Isaac H. Evans page on Facebook.

The Evans was built in 1886 and is on the national historic register. The Evans can carry 22 guests and four crew on overnight trips and can carry 39 passengers on day trips.The person doesn’t have to operate it as a schooner. They could live on it, turn it into a restaurant. A Scout group could get it and offer sail training. There are no strings attached.

Thomas said she will read each essay and then submit her favorite 20 to an independent panel of two people. She said she is not identifying who the two judges are but has given their names to the Maine Department of Public Safety’s gaming division.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sam and Adele Golden Residency, NY

Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, visual arts residency program, NY
Deadline 09-28-2015

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

The Golden Foundation Residency Program is specifically designed to assist the professional artist in discovering and exploring the many materials and technologies available today. Through the Golden Foundation, residents will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with dozens of unique materials and technologies.

Our residencies are based on the exploration of innovative uses in waterborne materials and oil paint technology.  Residents will discover materials that will challenge the way they think about paint. They will be introduced to materials that will open up new methods and new channels for expression and the creative process.

In 2013, The Golden Foundation will be offering six Exploratory Residency Program sessions. Each session will last four weeks, with up to three artists per session.

Various levels of financial support are available for studio and living expenses. The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status. This includes:

An artist may receive a reduced-cost residency and living expenses
An artist may receive a fully funded residency

Complete information at:


Stonington Artist Residency

The Harbor Residency at Opera House Arts for theatre artists and ensembles
Deadline 10-01-2015

Residencies are available for individuals and groups of artists creating works of theatre, performance, dance, film and opera, including but not limited to playwrights, theatre companies, collaborative ensembles and performance artists.

Resident artists will receive free rehearsal space, space to create and accommodations through the The Harbor Residency and, in exchange, will have opportunities to engage with our year-round community and ongoing educational programs.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with residencies offered January through May for periods of time to be determined by the needs of the projects.

Residencies may overlap depending on the scope and requirements of participating artists.

Initial Proposal
For the initial proposal, all candidates must submit the following to director@operahousearts.org

A one-page letter of intent, addressing the following questions:

  • Provide a brief description of the artist or artistic group applying for the residency. Information about previous work, history of the company or individuals involved and aims of the project are required.
  • Indicate your proposed timeline for the residency, including both the length of stay and the ideal time of year.
  • If applicable, please provide a brief history of any work you have done on the piece you are proposing, as well as any information about future plans for the project.
  • An artistic CV or resume, as appropriate.

Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may have overlapping residencies –
please note in your application if you would benefit from having other artists in residence with you.
Proposals are accepted on a rolling schedule. We hope to respond to your proposal within three weeks of receiving it.

If we feel there is a good match between your initial application and the mission and values of Opera House Arts, we will reach out to set up a conversation about your proposed training and residency program. Conversations can be held either at the Opera House, or via Skype.

Residency outline and timeline
Following the meeting, artists will be asked to submit a complete residency proposal with a detailed schedule (including potential outlines for both education and community residency components) and support materials.


New England Creative Economy Meeting, MA

New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Economy Network Meeting
Date 09-29-2015

The quarterly New England Creative Economy Network Meeting is coming up. This fall NEFA is  going to continue the conversation they began at the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) in June regarding how to measure and communicate the success of creative economy initiatives.

New England Creative Economy Network Meeting
September 29, 2015 | 1:00PM-4:00PM
NEFA | 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor | Boston, MA | 02111

RSVP by September 26; space is limited.

The NECE Network is a peer group convened by NEFA, but led by its participants. We'll discuss your creative economy project evaluation challenges and successes, and learn strategies from each other and from two experts in the field,

Pacey Foster from UMass Boston and Rich Maloney from Boston University.
Build on your skills to be more comfortable with a reflective practice of ongoing evaluation
Network and get ideas from your peers across New England
Join the NECEN LinkedIn Group to post your questions and discussion ideas!

Leaders from multiple sectors (arts, urban planning, local government, philanthropy, business development, education, media, tourism) who are invested in creative economy/arts-based community development projects and want to discuss measuring success.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Radcliffe Fellowship

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship Program at Harvard University 
Deadline 09-24-2015

One-year fellowship grants of up to $75,000  will be awarded to individuals working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics to pursue projects within their respective field. In addition, some support for relocation expenses will be provided where relevant. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution.

Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2016 through May 31, 2017. Visual, film, and video artists may apply  for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $37,500.

Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so that they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during the fellowship period and to have their primary office at the institute so as to participate fully in the life of the community.

Visit the Radcliffe Institute website for complete program guidelines, information about fellows from previous years, and application instructions.


NEA Music and Health Webinar

Music Therapy, Music Listening, and the Cancer Experience - Live, Public Webinar
Event: Wednesday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

How can music therapy and music listening benefit people facing cancer and their families? Learn about the latest innovations in healthcare at the upcoming webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. Presenters include American Music Therapy Association Executive Director Dr. Andi Farbman, and music therapy researchers Dr. Debra Burns and Dr. Sheri L. Robb. The webinar will also feature Dr. Nolan Gasser, who, alongside his role as chief musicologist for Pandora, is working with Memorial Sloan-Kettering on an algorithm to match musical repertoires to the tastes of individuals with cancer, with the aim of allaying their symptoms.

Dr. Andi Farbman, executive director, American Music Therapy Association.
Dr. Debra Burns, MT-BC, associate professor, department chair, Music and Arts Technology, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; chair, American Music Therapy Association Research Committee
Dr. Sheri L. Robb, MT-BC, associate professor, director, Indiana CTSI KL2 Young Investigator Program; coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing Honors Program, Indiana University School of Nursing; editor, Journal of Music Therapy
Dr. Nolan Gasser, Ph.D., composer, pianist, musicologist
Sunil Iyengar, director of Research and Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar

To join the webinar:

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at giffords@arts.gov. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587.

Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archived version will be available in the webinars section of arts.gov and on the NEA YouTube Channel.

Follow us on Twitter as we live-tweet this webinar @NEAarts, hashtag #NEAtaskforce.

This is the 13th public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 19 federal departments, agencies, divisions, and offices that encourages more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and other agencies and departments.

Register at

Contact: Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs
202-682-5606 | giffords@arts.gov

Friday, September 11, 2015

Bangor Savings

Bangor Savings corporate giving
Deadline 10-01-2015

Bangor Savings is committed to the support of organizations and activities that advance community development and improve the quality of life in our Maine communities. Our corporate charitable giving has a focus in the following areas:

Initiatives that raise student aspirations at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.
Programs that transfer knowledge in specific skill sets such as public speaking and economics.
Initiatives that support education through dissemination of information.

Social and Civic Services
Activities directed at improving quality of life in the communities we serve.

Culture and Arts
Initiatives supporting creative arts that educate and entertain while providing a forum for local talent. Activities that enhance the role of art organizations as economic enterprises.

Health and Wellness
Unduplicated programs essential to the underlying medical care of a community.
Initiatives focusing on physical and mental wellness for people of all ages.

A United Way Supporter
Bangor Savings Bank is a long-term supporter and corporate contributor to United Way programs in Maine. The Bank also recognizes the importance of setting a positive example for Maine-based companies by supporting local rather than national charities with both corporate contributions and service commitments from its employees.

To apply for funding, please submit a written request with a short summary of the project or program for which funding is sought. Send requests via email to customercare@bangor.com


National Endowment for the Arts Stories

National Endowment for the Arts call for stories 
Deadline 09-29-2015

This year, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To better recount the story of the NEA and the arts in America, we want to share your story of how the arts have influenced your life.

Tell us how the arts are part of your day, how the arts have inspired you to do something unique, how they have made a difference among you and your family, as well as in the communities and neighborhoods in which you live. If there is a specific NEA grant that has had an impact on you and your community, let us know.

Simply complete this form and submit it to us. Starting September 29, the date the Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, we will begin posting stories on our website and promoting them across our social media. Depending on the volume we receive, we may not be able to include all stories and material we receive. The NEA will determine which stories, photos, audio/video will be included and may edit text as necessary.

In addition to or instead of a narrative, you can include one to three photos and/or one video or audio of no more than five minutes. Only submit materials you have permission to use.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Guggenheim Fellowship

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting 2015 Fellowship Applications
Deadline 09-18-2015

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts — except the performing arts.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, the fellowships are intended for 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 and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

For this year's program, the foundation is only offering fellowships to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada. The annual competition for citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean has been suspended for 2014 while the foundation reviews the workings and efficacy of the program.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a time period 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 Web sites 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.

Web site for complete program guidelines and applications instructions at:

Maine Media Workshops Job

Maine Media Workshops and College seeks a Director of Marketing
Deadline 09-30-2015

MMW+C is looking for a dynamic, creative individual to advance our brand as the leading place to learn the art and craft of visual storytelling.  The right person will head up our marketing efforts working effectively with colleagues, sponsors, faculty and seasonal staff to create content and get the message out in advertising, social media, public relations and our annual catalog mailings.  Individual must have the capacity to develop strategic marketing plans as well as the skills to handle design and executive of marketing materials in print and electronic formats.  Knowledge of Drupal websites is a plus.

This position is full-time, year round with benefits and time off.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and work samples to: jobs@mainemedia.edu

Additional Job Information

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MacDowell Colony Residency

MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for its 2016 Winter/Spring Residency Program
Deadline 09-15-2015

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

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

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

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

Complete information at:

Kindling Fund - Project Grants

Kindling Fund: public project grants for Maine artists
Deadline 11-14-2015 

SPACE Gallery created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The Kindling Fund values risk and experimentation, unconventional engagement, and critical dialogue, and encourages collaborative efforts to reach new audiences, increase public interaction, facilitate dialogue between artists, and create new models for presenting artists’ work.

The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice; public art projects, intervention or site specific installations; the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications; artist residencies; unconventional exhibitions.

The info sessions will include a brief overview of the program by SPACE Executive Director Nat May, and will allow for time for questions about The Kindling Fund.

Artists who wish to apply to The Kindling Fund are encouraged to attend.

Space Gallery:
September 09, 2015 - 538 Congress St Portland 04101 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Art & Rock Shop:
September 28, 2015 - 36 Central Street Bangor 04401 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Steel House:
September 29, 2015 - 711 Main St. Rockland 04841 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ticket to Ride Travel Funds

Ticket to Ride funding for school travel to arts events
Deadline, Open

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

Any K-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

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

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

 Click here for instructions on how to receive Ticket to Ride funding for your school:


Monday, September 7, 2015

CAA Conference Grad Travel Grant

College Art Association Conference Graduate Student Travel Grant
Deadline 09-21-2015

CAA will award a limited number of $250 grants to advanced PhD and MFA graduate students as partial reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 104th Annual Conference, taking place February 3–6, 2016, in Washington, DC. To qualify for the grant, students must be current CAA members. Funds are for transportation to and from the conference only, not for meals or lodging. Successful applicants will also receive a complimentary conference registration.

Grant recipients are chosen by lottery. Depending on the number of applications received, preference will be given to conference attendees not participating as a speaker, chair, or discussant. Graduate students living outside the United States may also apply for the CAA International Member Conference Travel Grant but can only receive a single award.

Applications should include:

  • A completed application form
  • A one-page statement of no more than 150 words stipulating that the applicant has no external support for travel to the conference
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s adviser or head of department, division, or school

CAA reimburses grantees promptly after the conference upon receiving an original airline ticket (or eticket) receipt, with the price clearly printed on it. Receipts are due no later than thirty days after the conference. Photocopies, carbons, or boarding passes are not accepted; be sure to make a photocopy or scan of the document for your records before sending the original.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Art Educator Grants

National Art Education Foundation seeks applications for Art Educator Grants
Deadline 10-01-2015

Through its 2015 grants cycle, the National Art Education Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Art Education Association, is accepting applications from NAEF members from programs that support classroom-based art education.

Grants are made only to NAEA members, including student and retired members, state/province associations, and recognized NAEA affiliates. Qualified applicants must have been active members for at least a year prior to the date of application.Visit the National Art Education Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, information about past grant recipients, and application instructions.

1) Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants: Annual scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to qualified art educators whose proposals focus on understanding, implementation, and issues specifically relating to the National Visual Arts Standards and  support the improvement of the teaching of art.

2) Mary McMullan Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to projects that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum and establish and/or improve the instruction of art in public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education in the United States.

3) NAEF Research Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of research  that advances knowledge in the field of art education as well as the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century.

4) SHIP Grants: Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to art educators seeking art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources related to student learning under the National Visual Arts Standards.

5) Teacher Incentive Grants: Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to individual art educators  for professional education related to the teaching of art, including curriculum, student learning, student assessment, and classroom management.

All projects must take place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

CAA Fellowships For Grad Students

College Art Association Professional-Development Fellowships for PHD and MFA students
Deadline 10-02-2015

CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.

One award will be presented to a practitioner—an artist, designer, and/or craftsperson—and one award will be presented to an art, architecture, and/or design historian, curator, or critic. Fellows also receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Honorable mentions, given at the discretion of the jury, also earn a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary conference registration.

Are You Eligible?
CAA seeks applications from students who are current members; are citizens or permanent residents of the United States; will receive their MFA or PhD degree in the calendar year following the year of application (2016 for the next fellowship cycle); and have outstanding capabilities and demonstrate distinction in approach, technique, or perspective in their contribution to art history and the visual arts.

The deadline for applications for the PhD Fellowships is October 2, 2015
The deadline for applications for the MFA Fellowship is November 16, 2015

Please visit collegeartassociation.slideroom.com to submit applications to the 2015 MFA and PhD Professional-Development Fellowship programs.

For more information about the CAA fellowship program, please contact
Roberta Lawson,
CAA fellowships coordinator


Friday, September 4, 2015

Maine Expansion Arts Fund

Community Foundation Maine Expansion Arts Fund
Deadline 09-15-2015

The Maine Expansion Arts Fund is the result of a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Lillian M. Berliawsky Charitable Trust, Maine Community Foundation, and Maine Arts Commission to strengthen and ensure the future of these artistic traditions. A permanent endowed fund held by the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Expansion Arts Fund supports indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those that serve areas with limited access to arts events. Additional funding is provided through the Elizabeth Laughlin Anderson Memorial Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.

An advisory committee comprised of Maine artists and others knowledgeable about the needs of the state's arts organizations and programs reviews applications and makes recommendations on awards.

The Maine Expansion Arts Committee seeks to support indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those that serve areas with limited access to arts events.

Artistic quality of the program
Organizations that are developing and promoting the arts of their own communities, using local artists and other resources rather than importing art and artists from outside the region or state.
Ability of the organization to carry out the project for which funds are requested
Evidence of cooperation and coordination with other organizations and programs, within or outside of the arts
Evidence of local support for proposed project (financial or in-kind donations).
Projects serving underserved areas.

To be eligible for Expansion Arts Fund support for small, rural arts programming, applicants must have an operating budget of less than $250,000 a year and must have a commitment to serving rural audiences and communities.

Community-based projects affiliated with school districts are eligible to apply. School-affiliated projects supported by the Fund must be open to the public. Curriculum-based arts projects from schools or school districts are not eligible to apply. Please contact a Maine Community Foundation program officer if you are uncertain if a school-affiliated project is eligible for funding.

Grants will not normally be made for endowments, capital improvements, scholarships, a regular performance series, production costs of films or annual operating expenses (except for start-up support for new organizations and unusual circumstances where a one-time grant will meet a special need). Costs for equipment necessary to implementing a proposed project may be funded. Projects are rarely funded for a second year.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kress Foundation Grant

Kress Foundation Accepting Proposals for Art Conservation Grants
Deadline 10-01-2015

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports projects that illuminate European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early nineteenth century.

As part of that mission, the foundation's Conservation Grants Program provides support for the professional practice of art conservation. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focused on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants also are awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broader audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit institutions  based in the United States that have 501(c)(3) status, including supporting foundations of European institutions.

Visit the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information about previous grant recipients and application procedures.


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Grammy Foundation Grant

GRAMMY Foundation Grant call for 2016 letters of inquiry 
Deadline 10-01-2015

The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects.  With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:
1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:
·         A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award
·         B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award

A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit  www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.

Hailey Schnieders
Grant Program Intern
P. 310.581.8733

The GRAMMY Foundation
3030 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Historic Preservation Fund

Maine Community Foundation Historic Preservation Fund
Deadline 09-15-2015

The Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund, in partnership with Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s New Century Grant, is offering grants to support the preservation or restoration of historic buildings.The grant program focuses on the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural, or economic hubs for communities. Grants will primarily be focused on capital projects. The committee will consider the following criteria:

The property’s historical significance at the local, state, or national level
Extent to which the property is threatened
The organizational readiness of the applicant to accomplish the proposed work and the likelihood of the project’s completion within a year.
All proposed projects must be for historic buildings listed or in the process of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

If a project’s total budget is larger than $15,000, the application should be for only a portion or phase of the project. Strong preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate how other sources of support will be combined with a grant from this program to accomplish the proposed work.

All grantees must be eligible to accept tax-deductible donations as outlined in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grantees must immediately notify the foundation of any change in or challenge to their tax-exempt status (as determined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) before the end of the grant period.