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Saturday, December 31, 2016

MacDowell Colony Call

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Deadline 01-15-2017

The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics.

We welcome artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. We apply the same egalitarian standards for all those who serve MacDowell either in a staff, volunteer, or representative capacity.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Chamber Music America's Conference

Chamber Music America's 2017 National Conference
Event Date January 12 to 15, 2017 

CMA's 2017 National Conference to be held at the Westin New York at Times Square. This year's conference will feature noted arts administrator and author, Michael M. Kaiser, on The Future of the Arts in America, and opportunities to delve into the topic that will affect your work for years to come.
 Early-bird registration ensures discounted access to dozens of expert-led workshops, performances, exhibits, and countless opportunities to network with other chamber music professionals and enthusiasts. CMA members receive additional discounts.


Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, NH

 Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund for communities
Deadline 01-13-2017

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund supports projects in Coös County, NH and bordering communities in the United States and Canada that focus on community revitalization. This grant program awards support of $20,000 or less to eligible organizations.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

TravelocityTravel for Good

Travelocity's Travel for Good program
Deadline Open

Travelocity's Travel for Good program offers the Change Ambassadors Grant to help support Americans who wish to travel to participate in volunteer opportunities.

The program will help fund transportation and other costs of any trip organized by one of Travelocity's volunteer travel provider partners for individuals or groups chosen on the merit of their applications (including financial circumstances) and their ability to meet the grant requirements.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Citizens Bank Grant

Citizens Bank Grant
Deadline Monthly 

At Citizens Bank, we care deeply about the communities we serve. That’s why we leverage the strengths of our company to fight hunger, provide shelter, teach money management, and strengthen communities. We call this Citizens Helping Citizens.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Black and White Photo Call

New York Center for Photographic Art call for entries

The New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA) invites photographers world-wide to submit images using any photographic process (print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, etc.).

The entry fee is $35 for the first three images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of images submitted. Prepare your images as JPG, TIF, or PNG files not greater than 2MB. The longest side should be between 800 and 1,280 pixels.  Then please go to:


Monday, December 26, 2016

MFA Boston Call

Museum of Fine Art Boston, Artist Project call
Deadline 01-20-2017

The Artist Project is a collaboration between the MFA and 10 after school community organizations in Boston. Each year a new experienced artist with a passion for community arts is selected to plan and lead a project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The artist guides children and helps them create a collaborative work. A stipend of $22,000 and a materials budget is provided. No Entry Fee.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences juried art exhibit celebrating diversity
Deadline 01-10-2017

Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its juried art exhibit celebrating diversity held April - May 2017 in Sarasota, FL USA. National and international submissions accepted. $3,000 in awards. No submission fee.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Animal Behaviour Photo Competition

Animal Behaviour Photo Competition
Deadline 12-31-2016

The WildlifePhoto.com Animal Behaviour photo contest is now open for entries. This photo contest is the final one of the three in the WildlifePhoto.com wildlife photography contest series. Enter for your chance to win $25,000 worth of prizes and to have your photo displayed at a winners' exhibition in New York City! No Entry Fee.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Spencer Foundation Research Projects

Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects
Deadline 02-01-2017 

Established in 1962, the Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. To that end, the foundation supports high-quality investigations of education through its research programs and the strengthening and renewal of the educational research community through its fellowships, training programs, and related activities.

Through its Small Research Grants Program, the foundation is accepting research proposals for education research projects. In keeping with the foundation's mission, the program aims to fund academic work that contributes to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Examples of previously funded projects include an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems; a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South; and a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching reading comprehension

The program awards grants of up to $50,000.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blakemore Asian Language Fellowships

Blakemore Foundation Accepting Applications for Asian Language Fellowships
Deadline 12-30-2016 

Thomas and Frances Blakemore spent more than fifty years living and working in Japan. They established the Seattle-based Blakemore Foundation in 1990 to encourage Americans to develop greater fluency in Asian languages and to increase understanding of Asian art in the United States.

To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Blakemore Freeman Fellowship cycle.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for a single academic year of full-time, intensive language study in an approved language program in East or Southeast Asia. Fellows are expected to remain in the study country during the entire period of the grant (except in the event of an emergency, required visa renewal travel, or for absences approved in advance by the foundation). For grants to be awarded in spring 2017, study must start between June 2017 and May 2018.

To be considered, applicants must have a well-defined career objective involving Asia in which regular use of the language is an important aspect; the potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country; prior experience in the Asian country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country; and a good academic, professional, or business background appropriate to the career program.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Barr Foundation High School Grant

Barr Foundation Seeks Proposals for Innovative High School Programs
Deadline 02-15-2017 

The Boston-based Barr Foundation is seeking proposals for innovative public high school programs designed to help students who are off track graduate.

The foundation will be hosting an optional information webinar on December 12, 2016.

The multiyear initiative will focus on improving secondary outcomes for New England youth in danger of not graduating by supporting, incubating, growing, and promoting promising public high school and program models that address the specific needs of those students. The foundation seeks to support both existing and new models by providing significant funding, in-depth technical assistance with respect to planning and implementation, and fostering a shared learning community that can help develop, elevate, and improve high-quality secondary options for students in New England who are off track.

In this first funding cycle, the foundation anticipates supporting a cohort of up to eight grantees from across New England who seek to seed or grow pioneering whole-school models that can effectively boost graduation rates and college readiness for students who have not found the support they need through traditional education models.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for up to $150,000 for a year of planning. Subsequently, Barr will invite a select group of planning awardees to apply for a two-year implementation grant of up to $750,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be entities interested in opening new schools or programs; making improvements to existing schools or programs; and/or growing schools or programs. Preference will be given to applicants focused on a school or program that leads to a high school diploma; is an option of choice for the participating students; and intentionally serves high school students off track to graduate.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Repurposed Art Grant

Artfully Reimagined Invites Submissions for 'Reimagine It' Grants
Deadline Open

Five percent of eco-friendly, online retailer Artfully Reimagined's profits go to artists devoted to creating works from recycled objects in the form of 'Reimagine It' grants. These unconditional, non-matching awards are made directly to individual artists to help launch or support their careers in the inspiring world of repurposed art.

Awards are based on the creative excellence of works submitted for review and are awarded to a limited number of artists of outstanding talent. Submitted pieces must be original; have been created within the past twelve months in the United States; and be made with a minimum of 70 percent of found, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, vintage, or upcycled objects.

At the time of application, applicants must be at least 18 years old and a citizen of the United States.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Bates Dance Festival Job

Bates College: Staff Position: Dean of Faculty's Office Director of the Bates Dance Festival
Deadline 01-13-2017

Bates College invites applications for the position of Director of the Bates Dance Festival, an internationally renowned summer program celebrating its 35th anniversary of bringing together a diverse community of international choreographers, performers, educators, and students in a cooperative environment to study, perform, and incubate new work. Serving as a leader in the development and exposition of the performing arts on campus and throughout the world of dance, the Director is the producer, artistic curator, coordinator, and manager of a contemporary dance program that combines academic excellence, innovative programming, and community engagement.

The Director is responsible for strategic planning and administration of and fundraising for a summer program that trains professional dancers, pre-professional dancers, and children participating in a youth arts program. The Director recruits guest artists and performers who interface with academic year and summer dance programs. The Director advances the broader campus mission of diversity and inclusion, including in recruiting artists, performers, and students, and in program development. The directorship may include opportunities to teach depending on the needs of the college and the experience and training of the Director.

The successful candidate will have a proven record as an arts administrator with extensive curatorial and operational experience, a strong fundraising record, and a desire to build on current program strengths with new leadership and ideas. We seek candidates with strong executive skills who can work collaboratively within both national and international dance contexts, and within the framework of a highly selective small liberal arts college; a leader who will advance Bates College’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who will fortify the Dance Festival’s national and international reputation while remaining committed to the local and statewide communities.

Deep knowledge and experience in professional dance and education fields; significant arts administration and advocacy experience; commitment to building community through the arts; record of successful fundraising; managerial experience; outstanding written and verbal communication skills; experience promoting diversity and inclusion in arts programming; high professional standards in local, regional, national, and international dance communities.

Shakespeare in American Communities

Arts Midwest Invites Proposals for Shakespeare in American Communities Program
Deadline 02-02-2017 

Shakespeare in American Communities, a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. The program reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools across the United States with high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare's plays.

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies for the performance of works by Shakespeare in middle- and high-school settings between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018. Grants will be awarded to up to forty theater companies in support of performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of ten schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit. The standard grant award is $25,000, and grants must be matched on a dollar-to dollar basis.

Applicants must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), U.S.-based theater company that compensates all professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation; have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years; and have a minimum of three years' experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high school audiences.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Harvestworks Residency, NYC

Harvestworks New Works Residency for technology artists, NYC
Deadline 01-04-2017

Harvestworks New Works Residency is a national program that offers American artists (US-residents) commissions of up to $5000 to make a new work in our Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) lab. Each artist receives up to a $2000 artist fee with the balance of the award used for TEAM lab activities including research and development, sound and image production, programming and prototyping. The artist works with a team comprised of Harvestworks’ Project Manager and consultants, technicians or instructors. The proposed projects should explore new aesthetic premises and push the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. There is a $5 fee for the application.Residencies run from January 1, 2016 through December 30, 2016.

Special Initiatives: The Harvestworks Creative Residency Program in Emerging Technology will commission artists using emerging technology such as biosensors, immersive audio and video, camera and eye tracking systems, data sonification or visualization, mobile, new computer interfaces and controllers and new ways to engage with social media and communities.

Composers are encouraged to apply to explore new technology for space and spatialization of sound in contemporary music.

A limited number of scholarships and 24 hour Technology Lab Workspace Residencies will be recommended by the panel depending on our funding. The Technology Lab Workspace Residency includes 24hr access to the Harvestworks studios and collaborative working environment, access to classes, rehearsal and limited technical assistance.

The New Works program is designed to assist individual working artists. Collaborations, groups, ensembles and collectives have to designate a Lead Artist to apply to the program. Only new work proposals are accepted. Proposals that document an existing work are not eligible. Students who are currently enrolled in a university are not eligible. Program recipients from the past 2 years are not eligible to apply this year. Lead artists must reside in the U.S.



Saturday, December 17, 2016

Bearnstow Student Dance Fellowship

Intern/Residency Position: Bearnstow’s Young Artist Residency Program 
Deadline 12-31-2016
Schedule: June 15 to September 3, 2017

Intern/Residency Position: Bearnstow’s Young Artist Residency Program  is a summer intensive of excellent dance and dance instruction. The program includes full participation in all workshop classes (8 weeks of workshops, 25 hours weekly), instruction and mentoring by an international staff of professional dancers and choreographers, participation in weekly informal showings, and a presentation of the participant’s own work in a formally mounted concert.

In return, the Residents assist in food preparation and camp facility maintenance throughout the summer, which gives Bearnstow a cadre of capable assistants who can “put their hand to anything.” While the basic job is housing maintenance and KP, our young artist residents have had the freedom to design programs and promotional material, conduct research, compose sound scores, choreograph their own works, and create dance videos.

A unique summer retreat dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of our natural environment, Bearnstow lies on 65 acres of pristine woodland, with 12 rustic buildings, most nearly a century old, nestled along the 2,400 feet of rocky shoreline on Parker Pond. Week-long workshops are offered for youth and adults that explore the natural world through the lens of creative arts and sciences. Taught by an international faculty, the summer 2017 season includes workshops in movement and performance and a week devoted to natural sciences. Day camp sessions for children of school age are offered for two weeks in July. See a complete listing of Summer 2017 programs at

Please send résumé, portrait photo, two references (one personal, one professional), and a letter of recommendation to admin@bearnstow.org.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Betterment Fund Grants

Betterment Fund community grants
Deadline 01-29-2017

The Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.

During Mr. Bingham’s lifetime, Gould Academy in Bethel was a major recipient of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions. Mr. Bingham also made grants to many individuals from within and beyond the Gould and Bethel communities to enable them to further their education. Since Mr. Bingham’s death, the Betterment Fund has established scholarship funds in his memory at several Maine colleges, with scholarship award preference to be given to residents of Bethel, Oxford County and the State of Maine in that order of priority.

Mr. Bingham’s medical interests historically were pursued largely through the Bingham Associates Fund, now known as the Bingham Program, which developed a program in Boston for the advancement of rural medicine in Maine. The Bingham Associates program served as a model worldwide for outreach programs designed to strengthen the quality of health services in smaller communities.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation

Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation Grants
Deadline 12-31-2017

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation was created in 1986 to provide support for Maine communities. A family foundation, we are interested in projects that address the underlying causes of social and environmental problems, as well as those that address the consequences. We have a strong interest in literacy, community services and the arts. As community builders, we are particularly interested in organizations and projects that will affect or serve the most members of a community.

 We receive more requests than we could possibly fund, and therefore have had to restrict the kinds of requests we will consider. We can only provide grants for non-profit organization; we cannot give money to individuals for their personal use. We will not consider funding for:
•medical care, education or other direct support for individuals
•competitions or athletic sponsorships for individuals
•wheelchair vans or transportation for individuals
•scholarship foundations or programs that award grants or scholarships
•graduation parties or events
•travel, sponsorship or funding for student or athletic groups
•renovations to churches or other religious properties or institutions
•film or video productions, book or publishing projects
•business development, investments or loans
•conferences, meetings, training, workshops or exhibits
•organizations whose policies encourage discrimination
•academic research, fellowships or publication
•shelters,hospitals or rehabilitation centers for animals
•construction or improvement of playgrounds or skateparks
•hospice programs or facilities
•animal therapy programs


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chilkoot Trail Residency

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program for Canadian and American artists
Deadline 02-01-2017

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program is an opportunity for Canadian and American artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and the human history of the Chilkoot Trail. In its sixth consecutive year, this program is a unique wilderness backpacking trip, across an international border, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (northern British Columbia). The program is a partnership between the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service.

The same 53 km that tested Chilkoot Tlingit traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders, is now a hikers' paradise. Average modern hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas the artists will spend two weeks on the Trail interacting with hikers, making art, and engaging with the site's natural and historic heritage. During and following their residencies, artists will present public outreach programs such as talks, workshops and demonstrations.

For further information, please contact:
Katie Newman, Marketing Director
Yukon Arts Centre

 Program information and applications are available at

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Frost Place Chapbook Competition

Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press call for poets
Deadline 01-05-2017

The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, invites submissions to The Fourth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition Sponsored by Bull City Press. Submissions Fee: $28.00.

The winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press in Summer 2016.  The winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250 prize.  The winner will also receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place.

Additionally, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum at a time agreed upon by the fellow and the Frost Place.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Kress Foundation Invites Applications for Scholarly European Art Projects
Deadline 01-15-2017

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to its History of Art grant program for scholarly projects designed to enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era.

Grants are awarded in support of projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogs and publications, and technical and scientific studies. The program also supports activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

In previous years, grant amounts have ranged between $1,000 and $100,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization  as per the Internal Revenue Code, or a supporting foundation of a European institution.

See the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application guidelines.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Craft Emergency Fund

Craft Emergency Relief Fund Accepting Applications From Craftspeople in Need
Deadline Open 

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund is a national nonprofit organization that awards small grants and loans to professional craftspeople experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster.

Financial assistance ranges from $500 to $8,000. Other services include referrals to craft suppliers who have agreed to offer discounts on materials and equipment to craftspeople eligible for CERF funds and booth fee waivers from specific craft show producers.

CERF loan recipients are expected to repay the loan in full within five years, enabling CERF to have funds readily available for future craftspeople in need.

Applicants must be a professional artist working in a craft discipline (e.g., a potter, metalsmith, glass artist, woodworker, fiber artist, or furniture maker) who has had a recent career-threatening emergency and is a legal resident of the U.S.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Drury University Fellowships

Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University Visiting Artist Fellowship (Missouri)
Deadline 12-31-2016

Established in 2007, the Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University is dedicated to advanced research and practice in the field of contemporary visual arts. As part of its mission, the institute is seeking applications for its Summer 2016 Visiting Artist Fellowships program.

Each summer, SIVA offers four visiting artist fellowships alongside its Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory program. Fellowships are awarded to a diverse group of international artists representing a range of practices and disciplines. During their five-week residency, each visiting artist fellow is provided housing, a private studio space, access to the university’s resources and facilities, and a $4,500 stipend. In turn, visiting artist fellows serve as mentors in the MART program and are responsible for managing a five-week studio course. Visiting fellows also play an active role in SIVA through studio visits, workshops, reviews, and lectures.

Applicants should be an internationally exhibiting artist who has an established body of work and notable professional experience. An MFA or equivalent, teaching experience, and a record of exhibitions and/or other activities are required. Preference will be given to candidates possessing knowledge in historical and contemporary art issues across disciplines.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Pollock-Krasner Financial Need Grant

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Accepting Applications From Artists With Financial Need
Deadline Open 

The mission of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is to aid those individuals who have worked as artists over a significant period of time. The foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need, whether professional, personal, or both.

The foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists (painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers) with genuine financial needs. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time, with the size of the grant to be determined by the artist’s individual circumstances and professional exhibition history. Artists applying for a grant must be actively exhibiting their current work in a professional artistic venue such as a gallery or museum space.

The foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, computer artists, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories. In addition, it does not make grants to students or to fund academic study or pay for past debts, legal fees, the purchase of real estate, moves to other cities, personal travel, or the costs of installations, commissions, or projects ordered by others.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Panavision Filmmaker Program

Panavision New Filmmaker Program
Deadline Open

To submit your project for consideration for the New Filmmaker Program, submit a proposal that includes the following:

Cover letter describing the status of your production, desired format, and some background about yourself. (If you are working on a thesis project for school, you must also submit a letter of reference from your professor on school letterhead.)
Shooting schedule
Copy of the script
Copy of your budget
Resumes and bios of all key people involved
Contact information (e-mail/phone number) for all key people involved. If you are associated with a school, include a letter of good standing on the school’s letterhead. If you are not associated with a school, please include a copy of your state ID
Three line project synopsis

Any other material that you think will support your proposal package (location photos, storyboards, past work, etc.) We will review your proposal to determine if it meets Panavision’s standards and scheduling requirements. We will respond as quickly as possible, but please allow at least three weeks for an initial response.

You can submit your application via email or regular mail.

Mailing Address
New Filmmaker Program
ATTN: Mike Dallatorre

6101 Variel Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

If you have any questions regarding Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program, please call 818-316-1000.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Laura Bush Library Grant

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Accepting School Library Grant Applications
Deadline 12-12-2016 

The mission of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a fund of the George W. Bush Foundation, is to help school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise would not have access to them.

Grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded to help libraries in schools where 85 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches expand, update, and diversify their book collections.

Schools serving pre-K through 12th grade in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, all American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries are eligible to apply. This includes all public, private, parochial, charter, city, state, county, and reservation schools -- including special schools, social services schools, and juvenile detention center schools in any of those jurisdictions that serve any combination of pre-kindergarten through high school students.  

In addition to meeting the above criteria, the school library must be a uniquely designated space in which books and other materials are systematically classified, arranged by subject, type, etc. and stored in a location and manner that allows access to all students and adults in the school. Day-to-day oversight and operation of the school library must be carried out by a paid librarian.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NEH Media Production Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities Media Production Grant
Deadline 01-11-2017

NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience.

Media Projects grants support the following formats:

film and television projects; and
radio projects.
Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. But in either case they must be intended for national distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

Radio projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject in a supplementary manner: for example, book/film discussion programs, websites, mobile applications, museum exhibitions, or podcasts.

If you seek to produce a digital project that is independent of a film, television, or radio project, you should apply to the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants program. Please contact a Division of Public Programs program officer if you have questions about which grant program best fits your project.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from competition to competition, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from publicpgms@neh.gov


Monday, December 5, 2016

VANS Custom Culture Grant

VANS Custom Culture Grants for schools 
Deadline 12-09-2016

Apply Now for $2,000 Grant for Your High School Arts Program Made Possible by Vans and Americans for the Arts: VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Copper Reuse Public Art

State House Copper Reuse Public Art Project - Artist call
Deadline 02-22-2017 

Budget: approx. $12,000
The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists to design, create and install artwork utilizing the original sheets of dome copper roofing from the State House as the primary material in the artwork's fabrication. Work will be installed in the State House Complex in Augusta, Maine. This is not a Maine Percent for Art project but is funded by the Maine State Legislative Council.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Skowhegan School Looking for Students

The Skowhegan School 2017 Application is open
Deadline 01-09-2017

Skowhegan seeks to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to artmaking and inquiry. An academic background in art is not required. Financial status is not a consideration in the admissions process, and financial need should not deter artists from applying for admission. You must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the program and have a working knowledge of English. Application fees are non-refundable.

In accepting admission to Skowhegan, artists agree to stay the full nine-week term of the session. Exceptions are made in cases of emergency only. Absences from the program to fulfill other professional commitments will not be authorized. For this reason, artists who leave for such purposes will forfeit their admission to and participation in the program.

Tuition for Skowhegan’s nine-week program is $6,000. Additionally, all participants are required to pay a $75 activities fee. The goal of Skowhegan’s financial assistance program is to help ensure that artists accepted into the program may participate, regardless of their financial status. All participants are expected to make some amount of financial contribution to their experience. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a self-determined amount of financial aid through the online application (Step 4 of the 2017 Skowhegan application).

Fee Schedule:
November 14—November 21, 11:59PM EST: $20
November 22—December 5, 11:59PM EST: $50
December 6—January 6, 11:59PM EST: $65


Friday, December 2, 2016

WGBH Sing That Thing

Register for WGBH's Sing That Thing!
Deadline 12-02-2016

Calling all New England choral singers.

We want you to be part of Sing That Thing! and showcase your musical talent in front of a TV audience of thousands!

Sing That Thing! will choose up to 24 groups (8 adult, 8 college, and 8 high school groups) to come to our WGBH TV Studios in Boston and perform before our cameras.

Taping dates: Round 1: Thursday, February 9, 10 OR 11. If your group advances to the semifinals: February 15. If your group advances to the finale: February 16. Backup days in case of inclement weather: February 12 and 17. Time commitment: 2.5 hours/taping.

Email us at singthatthing@wgbh.org


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Quimby Foundation Grants

Quimby Foundation grants for arts, environment, and healthy living
January 1st       Arts Organizations (LOI)
May 1st             Environmental Organizations (LOI) 
September 1st   Healthy Living Organizations (LOI)

Each year, the Quimby Family Foundation grants awards to qualifying 501-c3 Non-Profit organizations based in Maine whose mission and values are aligned with The Quimby Family Foundation. Awards are granted in the range of $5,000 – $50,000. Applicants must submit a one page concept letter which outlines the mission of the applicant's organization and describes the project for which funding is sought. An organization may only submit one letter per year, multi-year grants are not awarded. Applicants may re-apply each year. Organizations may be funded up to three years in a row before a two year waiting period is initiated.

Submit a concept letter
Concept letters must be submitted according to the dates listed on the left. We encourage people to self select the funding cycle to apply in based on mission alignment, between the QFF and the non-profit, NOT project alignment. Based on concept letters, The Quimby Family Foundation will invite selected organizations to submit a full application. If invited to apply for funding, you will receive an e-mail with our full application which you must complete and email to apply@quimbyfamilyfoundation.org. There are no exceptions to the deadlines. Please refrain from contacting board members directly regarding the status of an application.

December 1st – We begin accepting concept letters
January 1st- Concept letter submission CLOSES at midnight
February 1st- E-mail notification will be sent regarding the status of your concept letter
March 1st- Full applications due by midnight
April 15th- Notification of grant funding e-mailed

April 1st- We begin accepting concept letters
May 1st- Concept letter submission CLOSES at midnight
June 1st- E-mail notification will be sent regarding the status of your concept letter
July 1st- Full applications due by midnight
August 15th- Notification of grant funding e-mailed

August 1st- We begin accepting concept letters
September 1st- Concept letter submission CLOSES at midnight
October 1st- E-mail notification will be sent regarding the status of your concept letter
November 1st- Full applications due by midnight
December 15th- Notification of grant funding e-mailed
Mid year report due 6 months after funding is received (then the link for submit mid year report)
End year report due 12 months after funding is received (then the link for submit end year report)


UMO Theatre and Music Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for U Maine Orono performing arts students
Deadline Various (December 1 and February 1) 

University of Maine Theatre Arts Scholarship
The University of Maine Theatre Arts scholarship is a merit scholarship created to provide financial support for the best and most talented theatre students to study theatre at the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts. Scholarships will be offered to incoming theatre students who are identified as having a talent and commitment for theatre. These scholarships are $3000 a year, for up to four years; totaling a potential for up to $12,000 in financial support. Awards may also be given to transfer students for up to three years.

University of Maine Music Performance Scholarship
This scholarship opportunity is for incoming first-year student musicians in all majors and degree programs (not solely music). Students may be nominated for this scholarship to the Music Department by a music teacher or music director or be observed in performance by a Music Department faculty member. These scholarships are $3000 a year, for up to four years; totaling a potential for up to $12,000 in financial support. Awards may also be given to transfer students for up to three years.Scholarship students must participate each semester in an ensemble that is approved by the Chair of the Division of Music.

University of Maine Music Major Scholarship
This scholarship opportunity is available to both current and incoming students majoring in music at the University of Maine.  In addition to the application form, students must also submit a recording of their playing and a letter of recommendation.

Complete information at:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bowdoin College Job - Sculpture

Bowdoin College Department of Art  Seeks Visiting Assistant Professor of Art (Sculpture)
deadline 12-15-2016

Bowdoin College Department of Art invites applications for a one-year visiting artist/educator with expertise in sculpture. The position requires a strong grounding in traditional three-dimensional studio processes and materials, the ability to teach a strong foundation in perceptual, formal, and critical skills within a liberal arts context, and the ability to engage students in the social and theoretical dimensions of contemporary artistic practice. Additional experience in other media and types of practice is also welcome. Teaching expectation is two courses per semester. Candidates must have an MFA and a record of effective teaching in higher education at the time of appointment. The successful candidate can expect active support for his/her creative work. The Visual Arts Department works in close collaboration with the Department of Art History and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art [http://www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum]

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a PDF file no larger than 5 MB that includes the following: a letter of application stating their motivation for teaching at a small, liberal arts college as well as their vision for the role of three-dimensional studies in a visual art program (limit of two pages), curriculum vitae (limit of three pages), ten images of their own creative work (with captions), the URL for a website displaying their creative work, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide a recommendation on request.

For further information about the college please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What Works Cities - Data Call

What Works Cities Initiative Issues Data Management Platform Request for Information
Deadline 12-02-2016 

Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities (WWC) is a national initiative to help a hundred-plus mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence. The initiative is administered by Results for America (RfA).

The What Works Cities initiative includes a vision for information and knowledge management in which it becomes a world-class learning network for the advancement of data and evidence in city government. RfA has developed a strategy to capture and share knowledge collected by implementation partners across the WWC partner consortium, cities, and the public. That strategy includes the development of a multi-faceted taxonomy, information architecture, and quantitative data system with one or more user interfaces. The goal is to provide clear and accessible knowledge and resources to partner organizations.  

In addition to quantitative data, capturing and sharing stories from cities is essential to the success of the initiative. RfA is developing a story-collection framework that includes prompts to help partners collect focused narratives from their work with cities. To ensure that the knowledge created and shared aligns with the WWC standard of excellence, RfA will analyze network information against the WWC standard and surface trends of interest across the network.

To that end, RfA has issued a Request for Information for a data management platform to allow interested integrators and developers an opportunity to present information of availability for solutions. The information will be used by RfA to identify potential platform integrators and developers; verify that a platform as envisioned will meet its functional and technical requirements; verify that a platform is cost-effective and will meet its budget requirements; and gather information for a possible platform Request for Proposal.

The proposed data management platform should support city-centric data for a hundred-plus cities through a staged workflow, unique to each city, but using common metrics to inform WWC program leadership regarding progress against a standard. There is a need to understand not only a city's progress but also trends across the entire program — and the program's progress overall.

The database must store baseline data and provide data analysis as cities progress toward this standard. The data in question will include manual updates; links to/exports from external data sources (Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, other accessible data regarding cities); and data currently within Google Sheets that will need to be manipulated and stored within the new data system. For each city, there may be up to fifteen separate data sources among these three source types.

There are also several forms and documents associated with the process that need to be loaded into a forms-fed database, as well as other contractual documents that must either be compiled from underlying data or maintained as documents in the city database or linked from a Google Drive account. In addition, while city-centric in design, there will also be a need for the database to feed views with respect to specific areas of intervention, partner engagement, combined timelines, etc.

For complete information about the RFI, interested parties should contact Andel Koester (info@whatworkscities.org) at What Works Cities.

Youth Film Festival Call

Portland Youth Film Festival  is looking for New England based documentary or feature films
Deadline Unknown
Event Date March 16-18, 2017

The Portland Youth Film Festival on University of Southern Maine's Portland campus is looking for Maine or New England based documentary or feature films for programming.

Since young children would be part of the audience, the documentaries or feature films would need to be suitable for the whole family.  There is some limited funding available to screen your documentary or feature film.  So, if you are interested in having your documentary or feature film screened at this venue, please send an inquiry to John Rocker at john.rocker@maine.edu


Monday, November 28, 2016

NEFA Travel Funds

NEFA New England Foundation for the Arts Travel Funds for New England Arts Presenters
Deadline, Ongoing

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

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

More information at:


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Getty Foundation Architecture Grants

Getty Foundation Invites LOIs for Architecture Conservation Grants
Deadline 12-01-2016  (Letters of Inquiry) 

As part of its Keeping It Modern initiative, the Getty Foundation is inviting Letters of Intent for projects designed to support the conservation of modern architecture.

To that end, the program offers both Planning and Implementation grants.

1) Planning Grants are awarded in support of research and planning projects focused on significant twentieth-century buildings and involving practitioners from multiple disciplines and may include research on historical documentation; research on the historic fabric of the building; physical analysis and testing of original materials used in construction of the building; the development and testing of technical solutions; and/or the preparation of technical drawings, budget estimates, and schedules of work. Planning projects may also include the development of comprehensive management plans for cyclical maintenance and long-term care of the building.

2) Implementation grants are awarded in support of exceptional projects related to internationally recognized buildings that will advance the conservation of modern architecture in significant ways and have the potential to serve as models for the conservation of other twentieth-century buildings.

Nonprofit or charitable organizations from around the world are eligible to apply for a grant. Any building that is the subject of a proposal must be significant, publicly owned, and serve a public function. Grant support is not available for privately held or commercial properties. Projects that focus on deferred maintenance, rebuilding, or major reconstruction of lost fabric fall outside the scope of this initiative.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stamps School Residency

Stamps School of Art and Design Invites Applications for Residency (MI)
Deadline 01-15-2017

The Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan is accepting applications for its Roman J. Witt Residency Program.

The annual program supports the production of new artistic work by a visiting artist/designer through a one-year residency that allows the artists to work at the school and collaborate with students and faculty.

Witt Residents receive an honorarium of $20,000 for up to twelve weeks in residence served over an academic year. In addition, residents will be provided with housing, studio space, and up to $5,000 in funding support for project materials. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as a presentation that summarizes the process and work accomplished.

The residency is open to both established and emerging artists/designers. Ideal candidates will value collaboration, have good social and communication skills, and be interested in generating creative partnerships across disciplines.

A $10 application fee to offset the cost of media uploads and storage is required at the time of submission.

See the Stamps website for complete program guideline, information about last year's resident, and application procedures.


Friday, November 25, 2016

NEA Big Read Grant

National Endowment for the Art: The Big Read community reading programs grant
Deadline 01-26-2017

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources in support of their efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet.

Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library. Previous grantees must select a different reading choice from their previous programming.

The program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for reading programs that will run between September 2017 and June 2018. Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately seventy-five organizations will be selected from communities of varying size in the United States.

Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging between $5,000 and $20,000. Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with non-federal funds. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental.

Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Colby Art History Job

The Department of Art at Colby College seeks one-year sabbatical replacement position in art history before 1700
Deadline 12-01-2016

The Department of Art at Colby College invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position in art history before 1700 at the rank of Faculty Fellow beginning September 2017.

 Four-course teaching load includes contribution to introductory surveys of art history, upper-division courses, and advanced seminars in area of specialization. Possible fields include Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art, as well as architectural history. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their scholarship, teaching, and service, will promote diversity at Colby. A completed PhD and teaching experience at the college level are preferred, ABD considered.

 Please submit electronically the following items: cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, along with a list of proposed courses. Applications should be submitted via Interfolio apply.interfolio.com/38608. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016. Candidates will be interviewed at the CAA Conference in New York City, February 15-18, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.

 Questions about this search should be directed to: artsearch@colby.edu


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Harvard, Loeb Fellowship

Harvard Graduate School of Design: Call for Loeb Fellowship Applications
Deadline 01-05-2017

Loeb Fellows represent the broad spectrum of accomplished practitioners who are influential in shaping the built and natural environment and whose work advances positive social outcomes. Loeb Fellows are architects and landscape architects, urban planners and journalists, public artists and affordable housing developers. They come from around the world to the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a common purpose: to make the world a better place for all. After a transformative Fellowship year in residence, they join a powerful worldwide network of over 450 colleagues and friends. The connections, collaborations and learning are there for a lifetime.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New England States Touring (NEST) Grant

NEFA, New England States Touring (NEST) Grant
Deadline 12-01-2016

NEST grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Grants are available in amounts of up to 50% of the artists' fees, and typically range from $400 to $4,000. Requests below $400 will not be accepted. Artists’ fees may include costs for creation of new work, travel, and per diem.

Funding Criteria

The amount of funding awarded is based on the extent to which the project meets the criteria below.

Contextual, educational, and adjunct activities featuring the artist(s) in the project (e.g., workshops, lecture-demonstrations) which meaningfully engage various sectors of the community.

Collaborative planning to extend the arts to populations underrepresented due to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, geography, language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, mental and physical status, or age.

Well-planned promotion and marketing, including linkages that extend and deepen the reach of the project.

A budget that reflects revenue from a variety of sources including admissions*, sponsorships, private foundations, individuals, and/or government agencies.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Theater at Monmouth Auditions

Theater at Monmouth seeks non-AEA performers for the 2017 Summer Repertory Season
Deadline 12-01-2016

Theater at Monmouth seeks energetic and dynamic non-AEA performers for the 2017 Summer Repertory Season. Contract runs 10 weeks from June 13 through August 20 and includes housing (for non-residents of Maine), meals, and weekly stipend. Resumes must demonstrate experience in Shakespeare and Theatre for Families.

Theater at Monmouth, founded in 1970, was named the Shakespearean Theater of Maine in 1975. The theatre’s mission is to present innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions that enrich the lives of people throughout Maine. Since its founding, TAM has produced expertly crafted, engaging productions in its three-month Summer Repertory Season entertaining audiences from 36 states and through Education Tours annually reaching more than 15,000 students.

The 2017 Summer Season includes: Moliere’s Learned Ladies directed by Sally Wood; Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Dawn McAndrews and Othello directed by Catherine Weidner; Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet directed by Jennifer Nelson; Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain directed by Carmen-maria Mandley, and My Father’s Dragon directed by Adam Blais.

Email headshot and resume (with website if applicable) to boxoffice@theateratmonmouth.org


Dartmouth Poet Residence

2017 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place, Call
Deadline 01-05-2017
The residency period begins July 1 and ends August 31

The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.
 The residency period begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College.

$28 submission fee.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Colby Job - Printmaking

The Department of Art at Colby College Seeks - Faculty Fellow in Printmaking (one-year)
Deadline 12-01-2016  

The Department of Art at Colby College invites applications for a one-year teaching position in printmaking at the rank of Faculty Fellow beginning September 2017. This position has the possibility of renewal. A completed M.F.A., teaching experience at the college level, and a record of creative scholarship are required. A teaching load of 2/2 will cover all levels of the traditional printmaking curriculum--intaglio, relief, lithography, etc.--as well as digital printmaking and design.

We also expect candidates to be well versed in and committed to using green/non-toxic methods and materials. Our facilities include a printmaking studio, a digital teaching lab, and a dedicated library of art and music. The successful candidate will have opportunities to participate in Colby's Mellon-funded initiative in the environmental humanities and to engage with the deep print collections at the Colby College Museum of Art.

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

•a cover letter
•curriculum vitae
•three letters of recommendation
•statement of teaching philosophy and research interests
•two syllabi (one in traditional printmaking, one in digital printmaking)
•20 examples of personal work and 20 examples of recent student work

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the College Art Association conference in New York City on February 18, 2017.


Nails in The Wall, Beautiful & Powerful Call

Nails in The Wall, Beautiful & Powerful Call
Deadline 12-01-2016

Beautiful & Powerful Statements . . . is an art exhibit featuring both calligraphy and art from repurposed materials.  Both the beautiful written word of calligraphy and the powerful statement made by art salvaged from older objects have messages for their viewers.

We are especially interested in calligraphy that is not only visually lovely, but whose words are powerful and/or uplifting.  What’s more, the exhibit will also be broad enough to include any artwork which incorporates text as a major element.

And while art from repurposed materials often makes a strong statement, our interest is also to incorporate work that is visually appealing.

 This exhibit will give those art forms a place and a space to speak

No entry fee.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Shubert Foundation Grants

Shubert Foundation Grants for Performing Arts Organizations
Deadline 10-17-2016 (Dance) and 12-01-2016 (Theatre)

The New York City-based Shubert Foundation 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.

To that end, the foundation awards unrestricted general operating support grants 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 are awarded only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a 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) projects, renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. Grants are not made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).


Friday, November 18, 2016

Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship

Rauschenberg Foundation Accepting Applications for Artist as Activist Fellowship
Deadline 12-05-2016 

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg's life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. The foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same fearlessness, innovation, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

The foundation focuses on three major areas: 1) increasing public access to and scholarship of Rauschenberg's art; 2) cultivating emerging and established artists through a residency program at the artist's home and studio in Captiva, Florida; and 3) creating philanthropic initiatives that connect art, culture, and creativity with important issues such as education and climate change.

In that spirit, the foundation is accepting applications for its Artist as Activist Fellowship program.

The annual program provides up to $100,000 over two years to artists in support of an ambitious creative work that tackles the theme of racial justice, with a particular focus on mass incarceration.

U.S.-based artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on a project are encouraged to apply.

The foundation will be holding an informational webinar on October 27, 2016, at 3:00 P.M. (EST).


Bowdoin Mellon Art Fellowship

Bowdoin College Department of Art: Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in American Art History
Deadline 12-01-2016

The Art History Division of the Bowdoin College Department of Art invites applications for a one-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in American Art History before 1945 to begin July 1, 2017. Fellows are expected to teach three courses and participate in the life of the department. Applications are especially welcome from scholars with innovative approaches to American art. The successful applicant’s teaching responsibilities will include a mid-level lecture course and an upper-level seminar that respond to the candidate’s area of expertise, with possible participation in the department’s team-taught introductory course. Bowdoin’s faculty frequently make use of the collections and exhibitions in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, whose encyclopedic holdings include examples of American painting and decorative arts.

Applicants for this fellowship must have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2014. Candidates who expect to receive their Ph.D. by June 30, 2017 should provide documentation from their home institution confirming this schedule. Applicants must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and a commitment to the liberal arts.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits. In addition, the position carries a $4,000 research and travel fund plus support to attend professional conferences.

Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a c.v., a letter of application, sample syllabi for additional courses, and the names and contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation.

 For further information about the college please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Film Grant

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation opportunity to tour films with On Screen/In Person program
Deadline 12-09-2016

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's film touring program. All-expense-paid tours connect filmmakers with new audiences across the mid-Atlantic region.

On Screen/In Person provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

How it Works
Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers.
Six films and filmmakers are selected to tour by the appointed host sites through a competitive review process.
Each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit between five and ten host sites during a tour of approximately two-to-three weeks.
Each engagement on a tour includes a public screening preceded or followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, and a community engagement activity collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and the local host site.

What Filmmakers Receive
All travel expenses are paid by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
A $200 per diem for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour.
A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.

Questions? Contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

MANP Finance Conference

Maine Association of Non Profits: Nonprofit Finance Conference
Event Date 12-08-2016 (7:30a - 3:15p Augusta Civic Center)

Executive directors, finance staff, board members, and operations staff are invited to this one-day conference designed to share best practices and address common challenges.

Morning - The Cost of Doing Business Securely: John Rogers

Lunch - Nonprofit Boards and Risk Oversight: Melanie Lockwood Herman

Breakout Sessions
A range of topics to fit your needs! Register early to secure your top choices!
Budgeting Dynamics
Updates to Nonprofit Accounting Standards
Accounting Systems Improvements
Revenue Recognition
Navigating Conflicts of Interest
NPO Workouts or Mergers
Cost Saving Strategies
Internal Controls
Having the Hard Financial Conversations
Risk Management

DeVos Institute Fellowship Program

DeVos Institute of Arts Management Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program
Deadline 12-01-2016 

The institute's annual Fellowship program is offered free of charge to arts managers from across the United States and around the world who are selected through a competitive application process. These fellows attend a four-week program in residence in Washington, D.C., each summer for three consecutive years during which they are provided with intensive academic training in nonprofit management, finance, planning, fundraising, evaluation, and marketing; access to leaders of cultural institutions from across the United States, including site visits to select institutions; intensive, collaborative group work; and ongoing personalized mentoring, both during and between the month-long residencies.

Fellows receive air and ground transportation between Washington, D.C., and their community or country of residence; lodging during the fellowship; a per diem to cover living expenses; visa sponsorship (for international applicants); and program materials.

To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum of five years' working experience in an administrative capacity in an arts or cultural organization; currently serve as the executive director (or equivalent) or the head of a major department within an arts or cultural organization; have an excellent command of business English, orally and written; and be able  to commit to the full term of the fellowship (Washington, D.C. residency dates are June 26–July 21, 2017; June 25–July 20, 2018; and July 1–July 26, 2019.) Fellows will receive personalized mentoring and participate in virtual activities in between residencies.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MMEA Conference Proposal Call

Maine Music Educators Association Conference 2017 - Session Proposal Form
Deadline 11-30-2016
Event Date May 18 and 19, 2017 (U Maine Orono) 

Music educators, professionals, companies, and organizations are invited to submit session proposals for MMEA's In-Service Conference which will be held in Orono at the University Maine campus. Presenters are REQUIRED to be registered for the conference. Any exception, such as exhibitors or special guests, must be addressed under "additional requests".

Sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes in length.

MMEA pays an honorarium of $75 for the first session and $50 for any additional session given by the clinician or team of clinicians listed on this form. Multiple sessions with different titles by the same primary clinician will be considered at the rate of $50.

The conference committee will review and select sessions based on criteria connected to the National Standards.

In the event that All State BOC students are requested to leave the festival ensemble rehearsal for a demo group presentation, he/she must have prior permission from the conductor. Furthermore, no more than 5% of students may be excused at any given time from each ensemble.

Questions/Concerns should be forwarded to Conference Co-Chairs: Ben Potvin


Bowdoin Job - Ethnomusicology

Bowdoin College Department of Music: tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ethnomusicology
Deadline 11-21-2016

The Bowdoin College Department of Music invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in Ethnomusicology to begin July, 2017. We especially welcome applications from candidates who could contribute courses that cross list with our interdisciplinary programs in Africana, Asian, or Latin American Studies. Performance experience and an ability to direct an ensemble preferred. The teaching load is two courses each semester; one of these four courses could be replaced by directing an ensemble over the academic year. Courses will include introductory survey courses, an intermediate musicological methods course, and advanced seminars in the candidate's areas of interest.  We welcome applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and those who will enrich and contribute to the ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic balance of the Department and College faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing your scholarly research agenda and teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation on request.

A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.

 For further information about the department and the College, please visit http://www.bowdoin.edu


Monday, November 14, 2016

Asian Cultural Council Grant

Asian Cultural Council Invites Applications for Grants
Deadline 12-02-2016

The Asian Cultural Council works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. To that end, the council awards fellowship grants to artists and scholars in three categories of cross-cultural exchange: Asia to the United States, the United States to Asia, and inter-Asia.

The council is inviting proposals from individuals who exhibit an abiding passion and interest in cultural exchange between the United States and the countries of Asia, as well as among the countries in Asia. Each year, the council funds about a hundred established masters and rising stars in fields such as archeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, arts administration, arts criticism, choreography, composition, conceptual art, conservation, crafts, dance, design (noncommercial), film making, installation art, literature, museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, video art, video conservation, and work that defies categorization.

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply for a grant in support of their research, study, and creative work. In Asia, ACC grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the countries from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia and south from Mongolia. Individuals from Oceania are not eligible to apply.

Organizations requesting grant support must have 501(c)(3) or similar nonprofit status such as registration as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). If an organization does not have nonprofit status, a fiscal sponsor is required.

There is no specific amount designated for individual fellowships or organizational projects. As grants vary in length of time (from a month to a year), amounts vary accordingly.

Applicants from Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, or the Philippines should apply directly to the council’s Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila field offices.


Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Maine Art Region Scholastic Art Awards
Deadline 12-15-2016

The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality. After you have created your work, you can upload it to your Scholastic Awards Account. Once you have logged in, follow the instructions to upload all of your submissions into the system. Every category has specific requirements so please read the Guidelines and Category Descriptions carefully. Note that you will need your educator's email address.

 Exhibition: January 28 through February 11, 2017
 Awards Ceremony Saturday February 11, 2017

Submission Fee: $5 for Individual Submissions and $20 for Portfolio entries. Checks should be made out to MECA. Students for whom submission fees would be a barrier to participation may request a fee waiver.

Image Requirements
Digital Image Requirements •Artwork must be submitted as a digital file in JPG, GIF, or PNG format (PSD, BMP, PDF, RAW, or TIF files are not accepted).
•Print dimensions must be at least 5” x 7” or approximately 13 x 18 centimeters, and image resolution must be 300 dpi.
•3-D submissions may include up to 4 images. Please include a ruler or object for reference to indicate scale in at least one of the images.
•Submissions allowing for video uploads must be .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, or .mpeg files.
•Video Game submissions must be .exe, .zip, .rar, or .swf files, must also include a 250-500 word gameplay summary in the provided text editor, and a gameplay video.

Contact email is:


Sunday, November 13, 2016

High School Concerto Competition

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Call for Maine High School Concerto Competition
Deadline 01-13-2017

For 36 years the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has been encouraging and recognizing the outstanding talents of Maine’s high school instrumentalists. We invite you to become a part of this long history by participating in the 35th Annual Maine High School Concerto Competition. Download the application at the bottom of this page!

The first-prize winner for the Annas-Cupp Award will be featured in a concerto performance with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your talents and become part of Bangor Symphony Orchestra history!

Important Dates
January 13 2017 – Applications due
February 3, 2017 – Applicants notified of selection for public audition recital
February 25, 2017 – Public audition recital at Minsky Hall, UMaine
May 21 & 22, 2017 – Winner rehearses and performs with BSO



Saturday, November 12, 2016

NEFA CCX Workshop Leader Call

Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) call for workshop leaders is open 
Deadline 12-16-2016
Event Date June 8-9, 2017 | New London, CT

Promote your community and share your creative economy strategies by leading a workshop at the next Creative Communities Exchange (CCX). This fast-paced biennial event gathers New England leaders from various sectors for networking and practical workshops prepared by their peers. Submit your creative economy project to create the content for this unique peer-to-peer exchange.

• CCX workshop leaders receive discounted registration for the event, and are eligible for NEFA's Creative Economy Award
• Projects led by arts organizations, artists, planners, economic development, and municipal government are encouraged to apply (share with your non-arts networks!)

Workshops discuss the specific strategies and steps taken by creative economy initiatives. These initiatives leverage local creative assets and cross-sector partnerships for community revitalization and growth. They might include: downtown revitalization, artists and civic engagement, impact data collection, planning, zoning, space development, and generally fall under these themes:

Organizational leaders building capacity within their organizations and communities through strong partnerships with local stakeholders.
Innovative events and projects that catalyze the creative community and draw visitors and life to the economic centers.
Programs that use information and cultural plans to implement policy and zoning decisions that affect all citizens of their local community.
Model projects that use technology, networking, and training to enhance the capacity of the creative sector's connections to other sectors.

Dee Schneidman
Program Director, Research and Creative Economy
617.951.0010 x530


Friday, November 11, 2016

Midcoast Actors’ Studio Auditions

Midcoast Actors’ Studio Announces Open Auditions for its 2017 Season
Event Date 11-19-2016

Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s Artistic Director Jason Bannister is pleased to announce open auditions for MAS’s 2017 season. Auditions will be held Saturday, November 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast.

Anyone interested should email midcoastactors@gmail.com to schedule. If you are new to MAS, please come with a monologue (or two contrasting). Returning MAS performers can bring a monologue as well, or email which role(s) they are interested in. Additional rounds of auditions for specific shows may occur throughout the year. The MAS 2017 season will be: Shooting Star by Steven Dietz in February/March, directed by Greg Marsanskis, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in October, directed by Erik Perkins, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis in December, directed by Leah Bannister. Constellations by Nick Payne, in May/June and directed by Jason Bannister, has already been cast.

Midcoast Actors' Studio
Jason Bannister - Producing Artistic Director
P.O. Box 19
Belfast, Maine 04915
(207) 370 - 7592

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Artists Studios Photography Project

Artists in Their Studios Photography Project, Call
Deadline 12-02-2016

Artists in Their Studios is a new photography project designed to document Maine fine craft artists in the spaces where they create. MCA Professional Members are invited to apply to be selected for one of seven 2017 photo-shoots. Subjects receive ten images for their unlimited use.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Creative Workers Survey - Last Chance

New England Foundation for the Arts Creatives Count Survey
Deadline 11-18-2016

In partnership with the state arts agencies of the six New England states with support from the Barr Foundation, NEFA seeks input from creative workers (including visual artists, dancers, musicians, designers, craftspeople, architects, digital media creators, culture bearers, makers, and more), working full time or not, on various aspects of their work life, including the type of work, how much time is spent on those activities, and how much of this work makes up their income. The survey includes questions on demographics, education, training, and income, employment status and sector, specifics on creative pursuits, as well as opportunity to cite top resources and needs for advancing a creative career.

Analysis of survey responses will be included in a report on the whole creative sector in New England that will be released in spring, 2017 and will help advocates, service providers, and other stakeholders ensure that creative workers are better served by employment analysis, program planning, and advocacy strategies.

Participation in the survey will allow you to:
• Answer questions about their jobs, income, and career priorities
• Be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card
• Count themselves in...and spread the word to their cohorts.

More information is at www.nefa.org/creativescount