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Monday, February 29, 2016

Laudholm Crafts Festival, Call

Call for Artists: Annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 
Deadline: 03-10-2016

Applications for the annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, to be held in Wells, Maine. wellsreserve.org/crafts

The juried show will host more than 100 of New England's finest artisans and craftspeople in a spectacular seaside setting. Festival proceeds benefit education, science, and conservation programs at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.


Showcase at Contact East

Support for Maine performers to showcase at the 2016 Contact East Conference in Saint John New Brunswick
Deadline 03-31-2016
Event Date September 22 to 25, 2016

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to be working with the Atlantic Presenters Association to support Maine performing artists wishing to showcase at the 2016 Contact East Conference.

The 2016 Contact East Conference will be held in Saint John New Brunswick, September 22-25, and the Maine Arts Commission will cover the application fee of the first ten (10) Maine artists/groups interested in showcasing.

Contact East is Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The event is made up of high-quality showcases, provocative speakers, professional development sessions, and informal meetings and networking. Each year the conference brings together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour-ready performing artists to showcase contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming.

Showcasing artists are chosen through a juried system administered by the conference, so applicants need to be tour-ready and of high caliber. This means artists/groups must:

Be able to tour in Canada in 2017
Have strong work samples for the application
Have a solid showcase performance (15 to 20 minutes)
Have a professional web and social media presence
Possess business cards/ sample cd/dvd, one sheets, etc. share with booking presenters
Have enough experience to know about touring dynamics (everyone on the tour has a passport, you have experience with contracts, you have an understanding of tour logistics, etc.)

Maine presenters that are interested in attending Contact East can apply for travel support through the New England Foundation for the Arts Presenter Travel Fund.

Complete info at:

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Saint Botolph Emerging Artists Awards

Saint Botolph Club Foundation is seeking recommendations for Emerging Artists Awards
Deadline 03-16-2016

Now in its 51st year, the program has provided more than 398 grants to artists in New England. Grants are awarded in three disciplines: literature, music, and the visual arts.

Each year the SBCF gives out $3,000 grants to Emerging Artists who live and work in New England. Grants may be used for a variety of purposes. (Previously funded proposals have included requests to support travel; research; participation in performance institutes; purchases of instruments, tools or supplies; time off to finish a project or a commission, etc.)

Candidates should be emerging artists who have completed their undergraduate education but have yet to achieve recognized public success; there is no age limit.  They must live and work in New England.  Please note that an artist who has had multiple SOLO exhibitions in established galleries, institutions and museums will be considered too accomplished to receive a St. Botolph Club Emerging Artists Grant.

Recommendation procedure. You are invited to recommend one candidate with a letter  employing the following criteria:
1) the candidate should show significant promise and
2) the award will make a substantial difference in the artist’s professional life. Recommendation letters should also provide the Committee with your own credentials (e.g. teacher, mentor, curator) for judging the candidate’s qualifications.
(Note: You may elect to make your nomination anonymous to the candidate; if so, please inform us.)

Use this link http://stbotolphclubfoundation.submittable.com/submit/38580 to submit your recommendation.

Upon receipt we will contact your candidate via email with the necessary information they will need to apply.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Norton Island Residency

Norton Island Residency Program for artists, composers, and writers, ME
Deadline 03-01-2016

Located in Maine’s northerly “Downeast,” halfway between Mount Desert National Park and Campobello Island, one mile into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a 150-acre island hosting a one-of-a-kind artist residency program.

In 2000, the Norton Island Residency Program, under the leadership of the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, was founded as a nonprofit and developed to create an ideal place for artists to paint, write, sculpt and compose.

The nature of this program is straightforward, even rudimentary: this is a remote, rustic wilderness with facilities to accommodate a select group of artists who sometimes share their work after dinner but are otherwise there to work uninterrupted. The environment is beautiful, extreme, and unadorned. Each resident is required to work with their fellow residents to conserve water and electricity, to help clean up after dinner, and to tote their own share of firewood. Norton Island is an outdoorsy experience that may come as a shock at first to residents who have spent time at other artist residencies.

Please note the following before applying:

 - Cabins have no running water or facilities. Bathrooms and showers are located at the main lodge. Each cabin is charming and set far from other cabins for maximum privacy and work conditions.

 - It gets cold at night. Sometimes it is cold during the day. While the rest of the world swelters in the heat, the Maine summers are mild.

 - Expect rain. Expect glorious days of sun, but expect rain, too.

 - It is very dark at night. There are constellations in the heavens that you didn’t believe existed.

 - It is an island about one mile from the mainland, and the closest mainland town is the fishing village of Jonesport. Travel to and from the island is done by boats, used for emergencies, supplies, and planned trips to the mainland only.

 - Watch out for wildlife—most of it amazing, some of it icky, all of it harmless.

There is a $25 tax-deductible application fee that should be paid upon application to the residency or workshop.


Senior Living Communities Art Call

Call for artist submissions for senior living communities 
Deadline unknown

Senior living developer Northbridge Companies is calling all Maine artists to submit artwork for consideration and potential purchase to fill three new Maine communities slated to open in the fall in Brunswick, Wells and Westbrook.

Northbridge Companies hope to fill their new locations with works of art from local artists. Artwork can be of various visual mediums including paintings to photographs to sculptures. Submitted artwork should be pieces that highlight different facets of Maine, conveying anything from the natural grandeur of Maine to life in The Pine State. Artwork submitted will be considered for permanent display in one of the three communities.

Applications are now open, and both first time artists and past exhibitors are welcome. Include a brief description of yourself, a link to your work and the piece for consideration.

To submit artwork, please email Jennifer Hasting at JHastings@northbridgecos.com

Friday, February 26, 2016

Tides Institute Internship

North Atlantic Internship 2016: A summer internship at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art 
Deadline 03-15-2016

A summer internship at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art to assist with program objectives of small museum/cultural non-profit located in the waterfront community of Eastport, Maine.

Interns selected to be part of the Institute’s North Atlantic Internship Program gain experience assisting staff members with program development, community outreach efforts, public relations/marketing initiatives, database projects (collections management, event listings, digital media editing), social media updates (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram), staffing the gallery and special events, assisting with exhibition installations, and providing support to artists-in-residence.

Housing is provided. Interns are paid an hourly minimum wage and are expected to work 30-40 hours per week, Tuesday – Sunday. A vehicle is not required.

Candidates may be enrolled in a degree program or may be recent graduates. Those currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program will ideally be a junior or senior in the 2016-2017 school year.

Candidates must have a field of interest or study that relates to the mission of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art.



CMA New Jazz Grant

Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant 
Application Deadline: 03-04-16

CMA supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings. The New Jazz Works program has provided support for more than 170 works that reflect the multiple styles of contemporary jazz.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Maine Conference on Tourism

The Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism - Registration open.
Registration Closes 03-10-2016
Event Date March 21 and 22, 2016

The Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism will provide professional development sessions, valuable networking, and the opportunity to meet with tourism professionals. It is the only statewide event of its kind and attendees are from all segments of the tourism industry, including cultural organization.

The conference offers the exchange of ideas and best practices that benefit our state’s most vital and valuable industry. The success and growth of this conference is indicative of a cohesive industry that strives for excellence.

For more information:

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Job

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens seeks Director of Philanthropy (Full-time, exempt, permanent position)
Deadline: 03-15-2016

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is located in the quintessential seaside village of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, one hour north of Portland and three hours from Boston.

In the nine years since it opened, CMBG has become one of the nation’s top botanical gardens and contributes significantly to the cultural and economic vitality of the region. Now launching a $40 million expansion campaign, and with an annual operating budget of $4 million, CMBG currently welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year with plans in place to double the size of the organization by 2021 by building year-round facilities to accommodate 350,000.
Position Description
The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. S/he will lead an ambitious campaign to secure the future of the Gardens, oversee the Development Department, and be responsible for all of the organization’s philanthropic initiatives. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, this position serves as an integral member of the senior staff, contributing to the creation and implementation of strategies that will ensure institutional success.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of all CMBG donors – campaign, major gift, planned gift, individual, foundation, corporate, and government.
  • Lead CMBG’s capital campaign; work closely with campaign volunteers, the Executive Director, and outside consultants.
  • Oversee and hold responsibility for the Development Department, including individual, institutional, planned giving, and event programs.
  • Supervise the Development staff by setting clear expectations, motivating the team, assisting with their professional development, and maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
  • Prepare and monitor revenue and expense budgets; provide accurate reporting, analysis, and integration of data; oversee the maintenance and integrity of donor and prospect records.
  • Personally cultivate and solicit major gifts for capital, endowment, planned giving, annual, and event programs.
  • Proactively staff the Executive Director to drive fundraising activity and personal engagement with the CMBG’s top prospects; work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement long- and short-term strategies for fundraising; staff appropriate committee meetings.
  • Develop, cultivate, and enhance CMBG’s community relationships locally, regionally, and nationally.

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least ten years of development experience and a proven record of soliciting and closing major gifts.
  • Experience managing a successful capital campaign and major gifts, planned giving, and annual fund programs.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, including active listening.
  • Success working with boards and high-level volunteers and managing the fundraising activities of senior staff.
  • Highly self-motivated, metrics driven, and goal oriented.
  • CFRE certification preferred.

Please email questions and qualifications (as PDF’s) with the subject line Dir. of Philanthropy Search to:

William Cullina
Executive Director
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
c/o Laura Russell  
tel. (207) 633-8002

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

BAU at Camargo Arts Residency

BAU Institute at Camargo Arts Residency, NY-France
Deadline 03-15-2016

In 2014 BAU Institute launched a new arts residency hosted by the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. The Residency provides BAU Institute funded Fellowships for the realization of projects in the arts. There is no cost to attend. Creative practioners demonstrating a serious commitment to their practice and a desire to work independently within an international community are welcome to apply. The BAU at Camargo Fellowship provides artists with live-work apartments at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. at no cost.

August 1 – August 22.

A public exhibition and reading/performance will be held at FiveMyles gallery in Brooklyn, NY in January 2017 to showcase the new work created.


Contact: info@bauinstitute.org

website: http://www.bauinstitute.org/index.php?page=cassis-france

ArtsCONNECT Performing Arts Tours Grant

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Proposals for Collaborative Performing Arts Tours
Deadline 03-18-2016 

ArtsCONNECT, a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, is accepting proposals for projects that increase access to live performing arts engagements for audiences across the mid-Atlantic region, especially in underserved communities. The program is interested in fostering the sharing of information, experiences, and resources among presenters so as to build strong networks for future presentations.

The program provides support for projects in which at least three performing arts presenters from two different states work collaboratively to present a touring solo artist or ensemble. The tours must include performances as well as activities such as artist discussions, lecture demonstrations, master classes, and workshops designed to build greater appreciation for the work of the touring artist or ensemble. The program is also designed to develop and deepen relationships among the region’s presenters in order to build a more sustainable touring environment for professional performing artists.

Grant amounts will range between $1,000 and $10,000, except for projects that include the commissioning of new work, in which case grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. Grants will be given directly to each presenter in a consortium whose project has been approved for support. Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis, and the match may not include federal funds (whether they are received directly from a federal agency or indirectly, such as through a state agency or other entity).

ArtsCONNECT supports projects that are conceived and developed collaboratively by consortia of presenters from the mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia. All presenters must be designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization or be a unit of state or local government. In addition, projects must feature professional performing artists who have at least two years of touring experience.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Alexia Foundation Competition

Alexia Foundation Invites Student Submissions for Photography and Multimedia Competition
Deadline 03-03-2016 

 The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce bodies of work that share the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

To that end, the foundation is accepting submissions from students in the categories of still photography and multimedia that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community. Prizes will be awarded in both undergraduate and graduate categories.

Undergraduate prizes include a first-place award that includes the full cost of tuition for the Syracuse University London Program for the fall 2016 semester, a grant of $1,000 toward production costs of the proposed project, and $500 for the student's academic department; a second-place award of half tuition for the SU London Program and a $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed project; and one or more award(s) of excellence that provide grants of $1,500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Program and a $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed project.

Graduate prizes include a first-place award that includes tuition for three SU London Program classes and program fees up to a maximum of $15,000, a grant of $1,000 to help produce the proposed project, and $500 for the student’s academic department; and one or more award(s) of excellence that provide $1,500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Program and $500 to help produce the proposed project.

Applicants must be duly enrolled full time in a degree program at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad in the spring of 2015. No student who has completed more than three internships or a year of full-time professional experience is eligible to apply.

Visit the Alexia Foundation website for complete competition guidelines, information about previous winners, and application instructions.


NEA Creativity Connects Grant

National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works: Creativity Connects grant
Deadline 03-03-2016

The NEA is launching a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. Grants awarded through this pilot grant program, called Art Works: Creativity Connects grants, is designed to demonstrate the value of the arts when they’re working with non-arts sectors and support the infrastructure components for the arts, so that they will be able to work in new ways with other sectors.

It is also designed to connect—to build bridges that create new relationships and constituencies between the arts and other sectors and support creating innovative projects that advance the arts when they’re connected to other non-arts fields. The pilot grant program will require a partnership between a nonprofit arts organization and an organization from a non-arts sector. Also, a nonprofit arts organization must serve as the official applicant and have a specific non-arts partner confirmed at the time of application. Grants generally will range from $20,000 to $100,000.

Projects may include:

  • The creation of art works through collaborations between arts and non-arts partners. 
  • Projects that utilize the arts to support the creative needs of non-arts sectors. 
  • Projects that explore the intersection of artistic creativity and creativity in non-arts sectors. 
  • Projects that develop support systems for the arts to work with non-arts sectors. 
  • Projects that use the arts and the creative process to address complex issues of broad concern. 
  • Human capital development utilizing the arts such as workforce training that cultivates collaboration, problem solving, and creative thinking. 


Monday, February 22, 2016

Snow Pond Open House

Snow Pond Arts Academy Open House & Informational Sessions
Event times various

Snow Pond Arts Academy is tuition free and open to all Maine students entering the 9th or 10th grade in the fall.  The open enrollment period ends April 1st.

Snow Pond Arts Academy, Maine's only public and free performing arts charter high school, will be holding several Open House & Informational Sessions.
If you know a family that might be interested in this opportunity, we ask that you please pass along this invitation. If you would like more information on Snow Pond Arts Academy, or any of our other programs please contact us.

Open House & Informational Sessions
Thursday, February 25th at 10 am & 6 pm
Thursday, March 3rd at 10 am & 6 pm
Tuesday, March 8th at 10 am & 6 pm

Alumni Hall
Snow Pond Campus
8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney

For questions, or to enroll today, contact our office at 844-476-6976 ext. 203
or visit

Young Free Maine Music Contest

Young Free Maine music contest seeks submissions from soloists, duos, bands
Deadline 02-29-2016

Whether you are a solo artist/duo or a group of three or more, the top two runners up in each category will receive awesome prizes too. If you are between 18 and 25 years of age and play music on your own or as part of a duo, or in a band this competition is for you! Enter an original tune and get the word out to your fans for the public vote.

The grand prizes are a sweet $500 gift certificate for Main Street Music Studios in Bangor and a live performance spot at the 2016 Old Port Music Festival.

Read the official rules
Fill out the entry form and provide a link to your music video or upload an audio file
Enter by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 29
Get your fans, family, and friends to vote from March 2-17

It’s up to you to campaign and get enough votes to be one of the two finalists in each category who will move on to the judging round. In each category, the top two vote-getters, plus one entry selected by the Young & Free Maine team, will perform a live audition before a panel of judges in the final battle to be the next Sound Off champions.

Entry deadline: Monday, February 29 at 5 p.m.

Public voting: Wednesday, March 2 to Thursday, March 17 at 3 p.m.

Top Three Finalists announced: Friday, March 18

Finalists live audition: Thursday, March 31

Winners announced: Thursday, March 31

More at:


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hamiltonian Fellowship

Hamiltonian Fellowship Program for emerging visual artists (DC)
Deadline 03-01-2016

The Hamiltonian Fellowship Program serves as a steppingstone for emerging visual artists who have finished their academic training and are looking to transition into a professional art career. The fellowship program seeks to create a stimulating environment for continued artistic and professional growth. Through professional exhibition opportunities and hands-on, skill-building trainings, all Hamiltonian Fellows gain valuable insight into the contemporary art market, while learning how to manage and promote their career. Through gallery exhibitions and art fairs, they enjoy heightened visibility and actively grow their professional networks over the course of the two-year program.

Pofessional exhibition and development opportunities to all artists for the entire duration of their fellowship. In return, fellows are expected to participate in a core set of activities and are asked to take full advantage of the various resources provided to via the fellowship and Hamiltonian Gallery.

For the duration of their tenure, all fellows will receive gallery representation from Hamiltonian Gallery. Should a fellow decide to move on to other artistic opportunities or receives representation with another commercial gallery during his or her term, Hamiltonian Artists reserves the right to offer the fellowship position to an alternate candidate.


Maine Government Internships

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, Maine Government Summer Internship Program
Deadline 03-01-2016

The internship program, established by the legislature in 1967, provides students an opportunity to participate in and contribute to Maine state, local and county government. Intern positions are full-time, paid work experience and interns are considered temporary unclassified state or municipal employees. The program is administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center (MCSPC) at the University of Maine. The program is a collaborative process involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources, numerous Maine state government agencies, local governments and the state and municipal employees who serve as intern supervisors.

Dates for the 2016 Program
The 2016 Maine Government Summer Internship Program will run for a total of 12 weeks between Tuesday, May 31, and Friday, August 19.

All interns will receive $10.00 per hour, funded by the state or local agency (certain withholdings and contributions will apply).

Selection Criteria
The Internship Selection Committee reviews applications and makes final selections by identifying those students who best match the requirements for each position. Consideration is given to education, skills and interests of the applicant, and previous work experience in relation to requirements of the internship positions available.

Placement Location
Most interns will be placed with state agencies in the Augusta area; there will also be positions in Portland, Caribou, Madawaska, South Berwick, Damariscotta, and Union. Students interested in placements outside of Augusta should mention this in the cover letter.

Educational Component and Awards Ceremony
The program includes an educational component which requires that interns attend a one-day seminar in Augusta. The program concludes with a reception and awarding of certificates  by the governor or a designee.

To learn more about the positions, projects and students placed in previous years, take a look at the 2015 Internship Report and 2014 Internship Report.

For More Information:
Peggy McKee, Internship Program Administrator
Phone: 207.581.1644
e-mail: margaret.mckee@maine.edu

Charlie Morris, Program Director
Phone 207.581.4135
email: morris@maine.edu


Saturday, February 20, 2016

MAMM Slam for Young Bands

The Maine Academy of Modern Music is calling young musicians for MAMM Slam 
Deadline 03-04-2016

The Maine Academy of Modern Music, in partnership with the Portland Music Foundation, are proud to announce Maine's high school rock off, the MAMM SLAM!

The MAMM SLAM is designed to provide young, career-minded musicians with an educational platform through which to gain performance and business experience, professional acumen, industry exposure, and promotional and career networking opportunities.

Winners have a crack at $1000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Foundation, along with coveted recording time, radio appearances, plum gigs, a tour of Gateway Mastering, and professional marketing direction.

For information call 207-899-3433 or email info@maineacademyofmodernmusic.org. Check out Facebook: MAMMrocks and Twitter: @mammrocks for updates.

MAMM is dedicated to creating positive life experiences through innovative and inclusive music programs that promote resiliency, self-expression, creativity, and determination. The Maine Academy of Modern Music offers Rock Camps, Music Lessons, Rock Bands, Gigs and the annual high school rock off called The MAMM SLAM.


Portland Ovations Job

Portland Ovations seeks a Director of Development, FT
Deadline 03-15-2016

Portland Ovations’ Director of Development (DD) serves as the senior development staff member for Portland Ovations. The DD is responsible for the oversight, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising strategy that achieves Portland Ovations’ development goals. The DD is directly responsible for securing major gifts, sponsorships, and grants from individuals, corporate partners, foundations, and government sources. The DD works closely with other development staff to achieve goals in the areas of Membership, annual fund, and Special Events. The DD must be exceptional at identifying, cultivating, and stewarding relationships with existing donors and supporters, and able to cultivate support from new prospects. This position guides and supports the Executive Director’s fundraising work while also motivating and coordinating the efforts of the Board of Directors, providing staff leadership and support to the Development Committee of the Board. The Director understands and complies with Ovations’ Gift Acceptance Policy and ensures ethical compliance, as defined by the Association for Fundraising Professionals. The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and in turn oversees the other development staff and senior fundraising volunteers.

Specifically, the Director of Development will:

  • Lead in the development and execution of a comprehensive multi-channel plan that propels Ovations’ fundraising goals
  • Effectively and creatively manage complex issues, supervise staff, and develop, analyze, and monitor budgets
  • Create annual fund metrics to track progress and provide accountability both to Board of Directors and funder
  • Build organizational capacity by implementing best practices, new systems
  • Collaborate with staff, board, and stakeholders to develop a culture of giving
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and secure major gift and grants from individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Supervise creation of all development communications materials
  • Serve as a member of the organization’s leadership team
  • Have experience with variety of office and CRM software with knowledge of social media and emerging technology
  • Possess strong organizational, management, and communications skills necessary for success
  • Embrace Portland Ovations’ mission, vision, and values and have a passion for community and the arts
  • Be a self-starter, independent worker with initiative, flexibility, and adaptability
  • Have the willingness and ability to work a varied schedule including evenings and weekends
  • A Bachelor’s degree and access to a reliable auto with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required.
  • The successful candidate will have seven or more years of relevant experience with progressive responsibility in the field and be an excellent communicator, motivator, with demonstrated success in securing gifts at the 4-6 figure levels. This is a newly defined position.

This is a full-time position with Health, Life, and an employer contributed retirement plan. Generous vacation package.

Send a cover letter and resume to info@portlandovations.org

Friday, February 19, 2016

Waterville Creates! Job

Waterville Creates! seeks a Marketing Manager. Full-time position
Deadline 02-24-2016

The Marketing Manager is responsible for marketing, advertising, and intra-partner collaborations that support the Waterville Creates! (WC!) mission, which is to promote, support, and grow our community’s arts and cultural assets in order to strengthen Waterville as a vibrant creative center, increase access to creative opportunities for residents and visitors, and advance community and economic development goals. The Marketing Manager will work in an intra-partner, collaborative organization to oversee marketing and advertising messaging, produce a strong print, digital, and social media message and brand presence, and manage community-wide outreach as a brand ambassador for Waterville Creates!

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

Marketing and Advertising

  • Implement and update a strategic plan and schedule for marketing and advertising
  • Create and implement campaigns and outreach strategies to support the strategic plan
  • Create and place print and digital advertisements tailored to advance campaigns and outreach strategies using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Manage the WatervilleCreates.Org and CommonStreetArts.Org websites, including future development, content placement, and maintenance
  • Manage the Waterville Creates! social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, including effective Facebook marketing through organic and paid placement
  • Manage the Waterville Creates! eNewsletter
  • Manage marketing and advertising projects and budgets and evaluate return on investments
  • Manage public relations including effective press releases and media contacts
  • Provide regular reports on marketing and advertising campaigns for the Executive Director
  • Collaborative Programming initiatives
  • Lead co-marketing efforts with WC! partner organizations and potential new partners
  • Develop and maintain high standards of aesthetic excellence and program quality
  • Maintain website information, social media networks, a calendar of events, and an engaging social media presence for WC! and Common Street Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Provide staff support to the WC! Marketing Committee chair and members
  • Support partner collaboration around integrating a shared ticketing system on the WC! website
  • Support partner collaboration around developing a volunteer appreciation program
  • Advocate for local arts, and for small business economies for artists in central Maine
  • Special projects as needed and defined by the Executive Director

Community Outreach
Develop enduring relationships between WC! and its partners, supporters, and volunteers
Collaborate with Executive Director in developing marketing and advertising content that supports a development strategy to sustain WC!

Required Skills and Experience

  • A degree in Marketing or Communications, or secondary education in an allied field, plus demonstrated professional marketing and advertising experience
  • Three years’ minimum experience as a marketing and advertising professional with demonstrated ability to administer and operate a high-quality, compelling, vibrant brand marketing and program advertising effort tailored to the organizational budget
  • Demonstrated expert proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly with graphic design and video editing software Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and InCopy
  • Demonstrated expert proficiency with social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Demonstrated proficiency with managing a Constant Contact eNewsletter
  • Demonstrated proficiency working in networked computer systems, and with using Microsoft Office productivity software including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Demonstrated proficiency with using office equipment like printers, scanners, and copiers
  • Demonstrated proficiency with QuickBooks accounting software is desirable
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a strong prose style and active listening and learning skills
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize multiple tasks and work simultaneously on short and long-term goals
  • Ability to deliver quality work products on schedule and using allocated budget and resources
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and function as part of a team in a demanding, fast-paced, intra-partner office environment
  • Interest in art / art history / art education is very desirable

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references. Applicants may also supply up to three work samples including writing samples and marketing, advertising, and/or campaign materials for review. Email: hr@watervillecreates.org.

UMO Art After School Program

University of Maine Department of Art is accepting applications for the after-school ArtWorks! Program. 
Deadline Open until Filled

As it has for more than 30 years, UMaine’s Art Education Program will offer the program for students in grades K–8. ArtWorks! provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art through hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art, and the viewing of artworks. The spring ArtWorks! session will run from April 1–29 with classes held 3:30–5 p.m. Fridays in Lord Hall on the UMaine campus.

For more information or an application, contact Laurie Hicks at 581.3247, laurie.hicks@umit.maine.edu

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Belfast Poetry Festival Call

Annual Belfast Poetry Festival announces open call
Deadline 03-15-2016

The 12th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, October 14-15, 2016, seeks teams of poets, performers, and artists for the annual juried presentation of original collaborative work featuring poetry combined with visual and performance arts.

All submissions will be juried by the Festival Committee.

To submit, email a sample of three poems plus images, clips, video, or website of the collaborating artist’s work and a brief written concept of your proposed poetry and arts collaboration. Please include appropriate bios (75 words or less) and web links.

Please embed poems in the email message text and send images and/or clips as attachments.  Selected participants will be notified in late April.

The festival follows a two-year rotation policy and discourages applications involving participants in last year’s festival.

Address submissions to jacob@belfastpoetry.com

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Resident Artists At Arts Are Elementary

Arts Are Elementary in Brunswick Seeks Resident Artists 
Deadline 03-01-2016  

All residencies will take place during the school day in Brunswick's public elementary schools and in St. John's Catholic School.  Proposed residencies must tie into the Brunswick School Department curriculum.  This information can be found on the BSD website at www.brunswick.k12.me.us/curriculum

Applicants are encouraged to include a literacy component to their proposals. Arts are Elementary strives to give students a varied experience of artist residencies throughout their tenure in elementary school - e.g., if their resident artist for kindergarten focused on singing and songwriting, their artist residency for first grade would focus on a different artistic medium.  Details about recent artist residences may be found on the Arts Are Elementary website.

PDF Application

Kristi Hatrick, Arts are Elementary (207) 725-1232

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Doris Duke Fund for National Projects

Doris Duke Fund for National Projects
Deadline 02-26-2016

The Doris Duke Fund for National Projects supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre. Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.

The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 and cannot exceed 50 percent of a project's total cost.  In general, grant periods will be limited to a maximum of two years, although applicants may request longer support in extraordinary circumstances.  Additional funds will be given to previous Fund for National Projects grantees in the  Fund for National Projects Phase II Program.

Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theatre, such as:

Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
Special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the Arts Program's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

Interested organizations should submit a letter of inquiry to the Arts Program using the online submission form.

Competitive proposals that demonstrate the potential for direct and significant impact on the national professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields are reviewed by an advisory panel, which recommends the strongest applicants for funding based on the criteria for support outlined below.



Hewnoaks Artist Residency

Hewnoaks Artist Colony call for residency applicants (ME)
Deadline 03-02-2016

Magnificently situated on the eastern shore of Kezar Lake, Maine, Hewnoaks offers an extraordinary setting of inspiration and beauty. By resurrecting its art-making traditions we aim to honor its creative history and preserve its environmental integrity. Adventurous artists and thinkers are invited to live and work at Hewnoaks from late June until mid-September each year. Residencies run from one to three weeks, depending on availability. Participants are accommodated in rustic cabins complete with basic kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Hewnoaks does not provide designated studio spaces. Residents must bring their own supplies and set up their studios within their cabins. Previous residents have been resourceful in working out the details of living and working in the same space. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Food and other basic necessities are available at nearby stores. The property is about 90 minutes northwest of Portland.

Hewnoaks Artist Colony welcomes applications from all kinds of artists. Residents have included a variety of visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, performers, musicians, and writers. Curators may also apply. We encourage collaborative applications as well, from artists wanting to work together on particular projects or from groups or collectives that have specific goals for their collaboration. Preference is given to Maine applicants, but we also encourage applications from artists outside of Maine.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Haystack Scholarships and Residency

Haystack scholarships for summer workshops and studio residency 
Deadline 03-01-2016

Haystack offers full Technical Assistant and Work Study Scholarships for our summer workshops. There are three scholarship categories; technical assistant, work study, and minority. We award nearly 125 scholarships annually, which are available through competitive application to those who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants may seek scholarship support in more than one category.

Haystack's Open Studio Residency  is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and those selected will attend for free.

Residents include established and emerging artists working in a range of visual art and craft media. Competitive application process, open to those who are 18 years of age or older. Criteria include quality of work, the appropriateness of planned projects for Haystack's studios, and ability to work in an intensive community.

Please visit our website for more information about our scholarships and the online application process.



New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 03-07-2016

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

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



Monday, February 15, 2016

Maine Crafts Show Coordinator Job

Maine Crafts Guild seeks Show Coordinator
Deadline Open until filled

The Maine Crafts Guild is accepting applications from any qualified persons to work with The Guild to run its fine craft shows in various locations throughout Maine for 2016. You will be working with our board, marketing department, and treasurer to organize, schedule and make sure the show runs smoothly and successfully.



Sustainable Arts Foundation Award

Sustainable arts foundation offers awards for artists and writers with children. 
Deadline 02-26-2016

Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco bay area.

The foundation will award the following:
Sustainable Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000
There will be multiple winners for each award.

Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.

The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, play writing, and poetry to apply.Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, film/video, and photography are encouraged to apply.

We seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting. We're also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.

Complete information at: http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/awards


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ogunquit Playhouse Job

Ogunquit Playhouse seeks Sales Manager
Deadline 03-11-2016

The Ogunquit Playhouse seeks a Sales Manager with experience to fill a full-time, year-round position within its Business Office. The primary focus of this position is to provide direction and leadership for all aspects of the Sales Department.  Responsible for oversight of successful sales of Playbill advertising, group tours, and our Lodging Partners program, along with seeking new sales opportunities.  The Sales Manager would be expected to design, implement and manage a comprehensive sales plan. Travel reimbursement is provided.

Candidates must be self-motivated, highly organized and able to work independently with speed and proficiency in a fast paced environment.  Successful applicants must possess the ability to multitask, handle quick deadlines and display excellent written and verbal skills, along with a strong attention to detail and problem solving capabilities. Duties include support of all aspects of the Sales Department.  Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work as a team member are a must, particularly with our Development, Marketing and Box Office Departments.

The Ogunquit Playhouse is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Over its 84-year history of producing the highest quality theatre, it has earned the title of “America’s Foremost Summer Theatre.”

A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Business or a related degree and 3 years of experience leading Sales Efforts are required.

Please send cover letter and resume to Leslie Randazzo, Director of Finance and Administration, Ogunquit Playhouse, P.O. Box 915, Ogunquit, ME 03907
or via email at leslierandazzo@ogunquitplayhouse.org

Princess Grace Theatre Grants

Princess Grace Foundation Awards in Playwriting and Theatre
Deadline 03-31-2016

The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development.

All nominees must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.
All nominees (except playwrights, who may apply individually through www.newdramatists.org), must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director.
The nominating organization must be a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
Scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships must be completed in the United States.

Playwriting, Theater, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film

One fellowship is offered annually to an individual playwright, including residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Please click here to apply for the Playwriting Fellowship. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1.

Scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships are available through a nomination process for individuals affiliated with non-profit schools and theaters. Nominations for theater grants are invited from the Artistic Directors of theater companies and Deans or Department Chairs of professional schools in theater. Grants are awarded to actors, directors, and costume, set, sound, projection and lighting designers.

Please note, grants are not currently available for composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, managers, or music directors; self-nominations by an artist are not accepted; and an organization or school may submit only one nominee per category (scholarship, apprenticeship or fellowship outlined in the below guidelines).

Theater Guidelines
Theater Application (Available February 6 and active until 11:59pm PST on March 31)



Saturday, February 13, 2016

Writers Award Series

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Contests
Deadline 02-29-2016

Association of Writers and Writing Programs sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.

 We no longer accept submissions by post. Please consult our guidelines for complete contest information. Please remove all publication acknowledgments from your manuscript before submitting, and be sure to remove your name as well from the manuscript document.

Follow this link to submit now via our online submission system.
AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction
The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers an award of $2,500 and publication by the University of Georgia Press.
2015 Judge: Lia Purpura

AWP Prize for the Novel
The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2015 Judge: Paul Harding

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
2015 Judge: Crystal Williams

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press.
2015 Judge: Nahid Rachlin


Maine Historical Society Job

Maine Historical Society seeks Donor Relations Manager
Deadline 02-24-2016

Maine Historical Society (MHS) seeks an organized and collaborative Donor Relations Manager. Located in the heart of the downtown Portland Arts District, MHS includes a small but growing museum (including the Wadsworth-Longfellow House), the Brown Research Library, and the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net), our nationally-recognized statewide digital museum. Building on a decade of institutional growth, accomplishment, and new ideas, MHS is keenly focused on engaging new audiences. The Donor Relations Manager will help support this work through membership development and stewardship. Salary, mid/high 30s.

The Donor Relations Manager will assist with overall MHS development efforts, focusing primarily on data management, membership acquisition and retention, and individual annual fund giving. Must be a Raiser’s Edge expert. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Donor Relations Manager works directly with MHS staff to create membership engagement opportunities, support events, and to provide reports and other donor information for all fundraising initiatives. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Manage Society’s donor records using Raiser’s Edge database system. Process and acknowledge all incoming donations. Reconcile income with Finance Department. Produce analytical reports.
Manage MHS membership program. Produce monthly membership renewal notices. Cultivate and recruit new members. Provide stewardship for existing members.
Develop new membership campaigns; work with Creative Manager to craft membership materials.
Coordinate the Annual Fund. Generate prospect lists, produce solicitations and acknowledgement letters, research donor prospects.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Current knowledge of standards, best practices, and policies in the development field.
  • Raiser’s Edge database expertise a must, including queries and reports.
  • Thorough knowledge of computers in a Windows environment.
  • Proven accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Maintain a professional and positive demeanor.
  • Highly self motivated and directed.

Please submit a PDF containing your cover letter, resume, and the contact information of 3 references to Nan Cumming, Director of Institutional Advancement, at ncumming@mainehistory.org

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bowdoin International Music Festival Scholarships

Bowdoin International Music Festival Scholarships
Deadline Open until filled

One goal of the Bowdoin International Music Festival is to bring music into the lives of as many individuals as possible. This is reflected in the festival’s Artists of Tomorrow concerts and the Bowdoin Festival Extra series, which provide free performances and educational programs throughout southern Midcoast Maine.

In the last five years, the board of trustees has added more than $1,000,000 to its endowment to help fund scholarships. In November 2015, the festival received a grant of $100,000 from the Bingham Trust to support scholarships for Maine students. Awards from the festival’s endowment or special grant funds are determined on the basis of merit and documented need.

Kaplan Fellows receive full tuition and fee support plus room and a food stipend for six weeks. Fellows work with Kaplan Fellowship Program director to design an individualized program of lessons with faculty and chamber coaches. Fellows will have opportunities to perform solo and chamber works in festival concerts.

The Resident Assistant position provides full housing and meal plan support for six weeks to a limited number of qualified students. RAs are required to attend concerts, hold hall meetings, organize social events and outings and assist with participant check-in and check-out. RAs must arrive two days early and stay for the full six weeks. Candidates should be at least 21 and have a valid driver’s license.

Annually funded awards:
Paul Rosen Memorial Scholarship — support for a participant in cello and/or piano
Paul J. Lynskey Piano Scholarship — support for one participant in piano
Michael Rabin Travel Fund — travel funding for one participant from abroad.

Endowed Funds:
Dr. Louis Bachrach Award — support for one or more participants in strings
Hugh and Norma Phelps Award — support for one or more participants
Robert Scull Scholarship — support for two or more participants
Bingham Trust Scholarship — support for one or more students from Maine to study violin, viola, or cello

For More information contact:
207-373-1400, casey@bowdoinfestival.org


CommunityWINS Grant

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces 2016 CommunityWINS Grant Program
Deadline 03-18-2016 

The United States Conference of Mayors, in partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation, has announced a call for nominations for the 2016 CommunityWINS grant program.

Launched in 2015 with a $3 million investment from Wells Fargo, the three-year program focuses on accelerating neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and job creation in municipalities across the country. In 2016, the program will award a total of $1 million in grants to six nonprofits located in large cities (population greater than 250,000), medium-sized cities (75,000 – 250,000), and small cities (under 75,000). Awards must be used within a year, except for projects that have secured funding from other sources, in which case the deadline for fund spenddown is two years.

USCM member cities can nominate up to three nonprofit initiatives that address one or more of the following issues:

1) Neighborhood stabilization: Projects designed to stimulate growth and stability, remove blight, and promote rebuilding.

2) Economic development: Projects designed to encourage business development.

3) Job creation: Projects designed to aid in local job creation or assist in job training.

To be eligible, nonprofits must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and hold membership in the United States Conference of Mayors.

In addition, all programs must involve collaboration between the mayor’s office and a nonprofit, including programs with additional partners in the private sector, community groups, and other sectors. Mayors and nonprofits must submit the online application form together. Winning proposals require the mayor to attend or send a designee to USCM’s 2016 annual meeting in Indianapolis.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Abbe Museum Job

Abbe Museum seeks Guest Services Associate - Seasonal
Deadline Open until filled

The Abbe Museum offers unique career opportunities that empower individuals to connect with our mission and our audience in a profound way. This is a seasonal position, from May 1st through October 31st, 20-40 hours per week at $10 per hour.

As a Guest Services Associate, you will be making a significant contribution to Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, a Museum beloved by visitors from around the world. The Smithsonian is the guardian of some of our nation’s most valuable scientific, historic, and artistic treasures and is a leader in research, innovation, and discovery. The Abbe Museum fits snugly within this realm. Guest Services Associates help the Museum to encourage a more tolerant and culturally-aware society by inspiring visitors to think more deeply about the history and contemporary lives of individuals from other cultures.

The Abbe Museum experience is inclusive and welcoming to all. We foster a strong staff culture of collaboration and teamwork, in a service-focused environment. Staff in public-facing departments must always present a welcoming and inclusive museum visitor experience. Do you enjoy interacting with people? Do you believe that customer service is an important part of a positive experience? We hope you'll consider joining the Abbe’s growing Guest Services team.

Reporting to the Associate Manager of Guest Experience, Guest Services Associates act as an integral source of patron knowledge about the Museum, its history and current strategic direction, and its exhibitions and programs.

Ideal candidates have a heart for service, are driven, self-sufficient, and committed to promoting the Abbe's new Customer Service Pledge and to finding surprising and welcoming ways to interact with patrons of all types. Check out A Day in the Life of an Abbe Museum Guest Services Associate for a peek into what the job entails.

To apply contact the Associate Manager of Guest Experience, Debbie Miles, at debbie@abbemuseum.org or 207-288-3519


National Book Foundation Reading Prize

National Book Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovations in Reading Prize
Deadline 02-29-2016 

Each year, the National Book Foundation recognizes individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of sparking and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the foundation seeks to expand the audience for literature in America.

Through the Innovations in Reading Prize, individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.

The foundation is seeking applications from individuals and institutions that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Key criteria include creativity, risk-taking, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. Priority will be given to applications from individuals and institutions that have developed an interdisciplinary approach and/or incorporate innovative thinking in design, technology, social change, social entrepreneurship, or other fields. Candidates may enter themselves for consideration or be nominated by others.

The winner will receive $10,000 and be featured prominently on the foundation's website and in other digital publicity.

Any citizen of the U.S. and American institution is eligible for the prize.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Maine Arts Internship Program

Maine Arts Commission Internship program seeks interns and mentoring organizations
Deadline Open 

The Maine Arts Commission Maine Arts Internships program provides valuable career experiences for Maine’s art students and support for Maine’s arts organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help people looking for work experience  to connect with arts organizations that provide mentoring opportunities.

The Maine Arts Commission acts as an information coordinator and has a listing of ongoing internship opportunities around the state. Arts organizations looking for young creatives, professional artists looking for studio assistance, and businesses that value artist-training should join the free listing.

The agency sometimes helps place interns, but usually intern-seekers contact the listings directly to work out details of service.

Please visit the link if you are interested in posting an opportunity or finding an internship.

Fiber College of Maine Job

Call for Instructors at Fiber College of Maine
Deadline 03-01-2016

Fiber College (September 7-11 in Searsport Maine) is seeking class proposals on anything fiber related. The committee is looking for quality projects and techniques that offer new ways to give form to our creative ideas. When you consider proposals, remember that fiber artists are business people too and we welcome a continuation of classes on getting the message out and finding new markets...can you offer something to this conversation?

As always, we're searching for project classes on garments & accessories, baskets, quilts, yarn making, surface design, needle arts, wood working, weaving and interesting knots & paper. Technique classes always fill well so we're looking to keep these in the mix...especially if they "cross-pollinate" with different interests students are likely to have. As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we'll continue to search for classes that are unique to Fiber College.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NEFA Scholarships For AFTA Conference

New England Foundation for the Arts is offering  scholarships to the Americans for the Arts convention. Deadline 03-20-2016
Event Date June 17 to 19-2016 (Boston)

The Americans for the Arts annual convention is coming to Boston in June!

The event covers a wide range of topics for arts leaders and NEFA would like to make it a bit easier for New Englanders to attend. We are offering two opportunities for financial support:

1. A $500 stipend for the full convention. This application is open to arts leaders from CT, ME, NH, RI, VT. Deadline: March 20

2. A $200 stipend for the convention's Public Art Preconference. This application is open to public art leaders from all six New England states. Deadline: March 20

Both of the NEFA scholarships will be determined in time to take advantage of AFTA's April 8 early bird registration deadline.

Folks from Massachusetts should check out the generous scholarships offered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, http://convention.artsusa.org/scholarships; scroll down the page most of the way. Deadline: February 26, 2016

Be sure to view the other scholarships and ways to save opportunities offered by Americans for the Arts, http://convention.artsusa.org/scholarships 

The event will include sessions, keynote addresses, performances, neighborhood art tours, peer meetings with other local arts leaders, and a great opening reception at the Top of the Hub. NEFA is proud to be a part of the event's local host committee, stay tuned for more details.


Graham Foundation Studies in Fine Arts

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications
Deadline 02-25-2016 

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs designed to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

With the goal of promoting dialogue, raising awareness, and developing new and broader audiences, the foundation is inviting applications from nonprofit organizations working to provide programs about architecture and the designed environment. Grants are intended to support nonprofits willing to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation, as well as to help them recognize the role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work. Projects will be judged on their originality, potential for impact, and feasibility. The foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Under some circumstances, the foundation will make grants to other entities where there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served — for example in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax-exempt status.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Graham Foundation website.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Call

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is accepting submissions for this year’s festival
Deadline 05-03-2016 (early price) 07-08-2016 (late price) 

Film Requirements:
Must be an outdoor film.
See length-requirements under categories below.
Preference will be given to films which tell a story OR are from Maine (i.e. kayak/ski porn has to be real good to make it).
Films and filmmakers DO NOT have to be from Maine.
Please submit an HD (720p minimum) .mov or .mp4 file delivered via vimeo or dropbox or DVD.
You must have legal rights and/or permission to use all music. No exceptions.
Feature (40 minutes or more)
Short Feature (12:00 to 39:59)
Short (0:00 to 11:59)
Best Maine Film
Best Film From Away
Best Young Filmmaker
Inspiration Award
Conservation Award
Where your Film Will Be Shown if it is Accepted:

On at least one stop during the MOFF Premiere tour of six Maine cities in August and September 2016 Potentially in the MOFF Selects tour – a multi-stop tour of main street theaters and college/high school amphitheaters beginning in October 2016 and running through May 2017.

How much to enter?

Early Bird – May 3 – Fee 85.00
Regular – June 1 – Fee 95.00
Late – July 1 – Fee 125.00
WAB Extended – July 8 – 150.00


LLMA Library Public Relations Award

Library Leadership and Management Association, Public Relations Award
Deadline 02-29-2016

The Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, in partnership with the H.W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO Information Services, is accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award, an annual program that honors outstanding library public relations initiatives. The award is named for John Cotton Dana, a librarian who is considered to be the father of the modern library.

Established in 1946, the award program honors strategic communications campaigns from all sizes and types of libraries, including rebranding efforts, awareness campaigns, and community partnerships.

Libraries are encouraged to submit samples of their processes, research, media releases, media coverage, and other results received, as well as evaluation of the results demonstrating the scope and effectiveness of the campaign.

Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year.

Entries may be submitted by any library, library friends group, consulting agency, or service provider, excluding libraries represented by prize committee members.

See the John Cotton Dana Award website for winning entries from previous years, as well as complete program guidelines and submission instructions.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

AAM, Museums Connect Grant

American Alliance of Museums, Museums Connect: Building Global Communities grant 
Deadline 02-29-2016

The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. The program’s mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability and disability rights awareness.

 Through Museums Connect:

Communities in the U.S. and abroad develop a broader knowledge about and understanding of one another's cultures.
Museums and related arts and cultural organizations create replicable models for international collaborations that reach beyond their physical walls to directly engage members of their communities.
Awards are offered on an annual basis (contingent on funding) in amounts between $50,000 and $100,000 and require a 50% cost-share match of direct or indirect expenses. Projects must be mutually beneficial, address critical issues and themes, and include community and museum staff travel between participating countries.

Museums Connect does not fund construction or projects focused primarily on staff/institutional development or capacity building, staff-to-staff exchange, traditional exhibit design or object exchange, or artist residencies

Museums ConnectSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.


2016 MAMM SLAM Call

The Maine Academy of Modern Music announces that registration is now open for the 2016 MAMM SLAM – Maine’s High School Rock.
Deadline 03-04-2016

MAMM SLAM brings teen bands and solo performers (singer/songwriters and DJ’s) together in a friendly competition that showcases their musical talents. They’ll be judged on all the elements that matter in real-world music careers, including songwriting, performance skills, web presence, marketing and other aspects of being a professional touring and recording musician.

The preliminary round will be held on April 9th at Bayside Bowl and the finals will be held on May 14th at the Portland House of Music & Events. For more details or to register, visit www.mainetoday.com/mammslam 

The competition is open to both solo performers and full bands.  The winners have a crack at $1000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Music Fund, along with coveted recording time, radio appearances, plum gigs, a tour of Gateway Mastering, and college scholarships to the Maine College of Art (MECA) of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

MPBN Jim Dowe Media Internship

Maine Public Broadcasting offers: Jim Dowe Public Media Internship (paid) 
Deadline 02-15-2016

Following a very successful inaugural year, MPBN is pleased to again offer two paid intern positions for college or technical school students interested in careers in the news/journalism, digital news and/or technical/broadcasting fields. These positions, known as the Dowe Intern positions, are being made available as a result of the generous outpouring of support for Jim Dowe, the former CEO of MPBN, who was a tireless advocate for inspiring and developing the next generation of journalists and broadcasters and for commitment to public service.

Students selected as Dowe Interns will have the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by some of the public broadcasting industry’s finest contributors. The Dowe Interns will experience first-hand how creating, communicating and curating content over multiple media platforms can help Maine become a stronger State by informing, engaging and connecting people across the State and beyond.

Candidates for the Dowe Intern positions must be attending a college or technical school (students entering their freshman, sophomore or junior year in the fall of 2016 preferred), preferably an institution based in Maine. If the institution is not in Maine, interested candidates must have an existing connection to the State of Maine. In addition, only those candidates who are focusing their educational experience in news/journalism, digital news or technical/broadcasting areas will be considered for these positions. The candidates selected for these positions will begin their internships in late May or early June, and the internships are expected to last three (3) months, ending sometime in August.

The successful candidates for these positions can expect to be asked to travel between our various office locations (in Portland, Lewiston, Augusta and Bangor) and throughout the State of Maine. An ability to travel frequently throughout the State and a flexible schedule will be essential.

Interested candidates are encouraged to view the video prepared by last year's Dowe Interns at:

Please submit the following materials to careers@mpbn.net:
Cover letter
At least two (2) writing samples

A completed MPBN Jim Dowe Public Media Internship Application, download at:

Full details at:

CreativeGround Webinar

How to Use CreativeGround as a Teaching Artist
Event 02-09-2016 (1:00 pm to 1:45 pm)

CreativeGround helps teaching artists of all disciplines promote their activities and services to a broad audience including schools, arts centers, individuals, museums, and more.

In this comprehensive webinar, teaching artists will learn how to:

  •  Create or update a profile
  •  Fill out the teaching artist section and relevant fields
  •  Describe professional activities and services and past teaching experiences
  •  Use the Search and Explore functions to find organizations looking to hire teaching artists and learn how to find other artists for collaborations

This event is produced in partnership with the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals (NECAP). For more information about CreativeGround, visit www.creativeground.org

Friday, February 5, 2016

Maine Dance Education Grant

Maine Arts Commission grant for school/district interested in providing dance education
Deadline 03-04-2016

The Maine Arts Commission is offering a grant for $2,650 to a school/district interested in providing dance education by teaching artists who are part of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster.

The application narrative:

  • You will need to explain in in three to five sentences,your idea and who will be served.
  • You will need to clearly state the objectives and outcomes for the idea, plan for the culminating performance and for evaluating the success.
  • You will need to explain how your proposal aligns with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts. 
  • Identify the professional teacher(s) from the school, and teaching artist(s) from the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster and describe their collaborative/involvement in the planning and implementation of this idea.

Review Criteria

  • Demonstration of high-quality teaching and learning for all learners.
  • Clear description of the idea and its impact.
  • Description of the learning opportunity including objectives, outcomes (including performance information), and assessment methodology.
  • Alignment with dance standards.
  • Evidence of collaborative planning among the school educator(s) and the Teaching Artist(s).

Applications with a cover letter will be accepted via email to Argy Nestor, director of arts education,  argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.


NEA Creative Writing Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Individuals
Deadline 03-09-2016

Grants for Individuals in Creative Writing Fellowships  in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Non-matching grants are for $25,000.

See more at: https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals#sthash.sq3Ec5Vm.dpuf


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Monhegan Artists’ Residency

Monhegan Artists’ Residency open to Maine artists
Deadline 03-15-2016

Applications are being accepted for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency for emerging Maine artists. In addition to two five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for Maine-based visual artists.

 For guidelines, a history of the program, and a list of past residents, visit monheganartistsresidency.org

Applicants will be notified by April 1 of the jury’s decision.

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend. The 2014 residencies for emerging artists run May 3-July 4 and September 6-October 10. Only Maine residents are eligible to apply.

The residency program is aimed at visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection. A jury of art professionals, to be announced on the website.


Harlow Seeks Gallery Manager

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell seeks Gallery Manager (PT)
Deadline 04-01-2016

The Gallery Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of monthly exhibitions, programs and services of the Harlow Gallery, and volunteer coordination in relationship to programming. The ideal candidate is a creative, mature, self-motivated individual who is familiar with the Maine art world and comfortable with teamwork, multitasking, independent decision making, problem solving and meeting deadlines. Excellent communication and people skills are essential, sales and supervisory experience desirable. Work hours include most shifts when the gallery is open to the public (Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm) with additional weekly hours flexible depending on programmatic needs. Occasional weekend and evening hours required. This is a part-time, 24-hour-per week position. Hourly pay rate commensurate with experience.

To apply, send us your resume and tell us briefly why you are interested in working at the Harlow Gallery (in 300 words or less).

By email: kvaa@harlowgallery.org, or by mail:

Harlow Gallery
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
attn: Gallery Manager Search

About the Harlow Gallery:
The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1963. We support the artistic development of our member artists, both amateur and professional, by providing opportunities for exhibition and other professional development. These include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and other special events. Our policy is to make our space available to a broad range of artists? groups for meetings and events that are important to artistic growth and for the exchange of ideas.

Because we believe the arts are integral to a well-rounded and vibrant community, and can be a key factor in personal growth and self- improvement, we strive to involve the greater community in the arts and to invite them into the Harlow Gallery at every opportunity.

Our mission statement: The Harlow Gallery connects and celebrates art, artists and community. To learn more visit us online at www.harlowgallery.org

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NET Call for Presentations

Network of Ensemble Theaters: Call for Papers, Presentations, and Performances
Deadline 03-01-2016
Event date 05-21-2016

Intersection Chicago is the 2nd symposium in a multi-year investigation of the connectivity between professional ensembles and colleges/universities/training programs.  Across the country, NET is seeing an increase in ensemble artists working within academia, and the natural inclusion of ensemble practices within curriculum. In addition, universities and colleges produce many of the next generation of ensemble artists. Recognizing these already significant interrelationships, NET hopes to identify ways to serve more intentionally as a resource and connector within and between sectors.  Intersection:  Ensembles + Universities in Chicago is produced in partnership with Columbia College Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres.

NET is soliciting a wide range of presentation formats and modes for the Symposium, including performative papers, interactive lectures/demos, curated panels, performance-based events, participatory workshops, roundtables, working sessions, collaborative skill-shares, etc.
We encourage hybrid and boundary-breaking presentation forms that blend and/or move between theory and practice in creative ways.

Proposed presentations should investigate the broadly construed field of Ensemble Pedagogy (focusing on co-creation/collective creation and collaborative practice in any performance discipline, not limited to theater), and should fit within one or more of the Symposium’s three thematic program tracks:
Art + University + Community
Movement + Physical Theater Approaches
Navigating the Academy/Industry Relationship

To focus the discourse, we are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in proposals that include one or more of the following lenses in their exploration of the track theme(s):
Cultural Pluralism, Equity, Access, and Inclusion
Technology and Innovation


OneBeat Residency

OneBeat music residency 
Deadline 02-05-2016

OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

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


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bangor Savings Community Grant

Community Matters More Grant for Maine communities.
Deadline 02-29-2016

A total of 68 grants will be awarded, including the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 20 write-in vote recipients (at least two write-ins per region). The top vote-getting organizations in each region, including write-ins, will each receive $5,000. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000.

You may submit one (1) ballot - paper or online - with up to three (3) votes. Votes may be for organizations on the ballot, write-ins, or a combination of both, but cannot total more than three. Duplicate ballots will be removed.

Voters must be Maine residents.

To be eligible, write-in nominations must be for registered 501(c)(3) organizations and be open to all (nonsectarian).  Please see our write-in guidelines.

You can also write in arts organizations from your community  you would like to recommend.

Vote at