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Thursday, March 31, 2016

KeyBank Community Grant

KeyBank Foundation to support communities
Deadline: Open

The Foundation provides support to nonprofits that foster economic self-sufficiency in the communities where the Bank operates in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. Priority is given to programs and projects that address financial education, workforce development, and diversity. Financial education grants foster effective financial management and understanding of financial services and tools. Workforce development grants provide training and placement for people to access job opportunities. Diversity grants promote inclusive environments by employing systemic changes to improve the access of individuals of diverse backgrounds.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Media Workshop Scholarships

Maine Media Workshop scholarships available 
Deadline April/ Various 

Scholarships are available for Maine Media Workshop Summer/Fall Adult Workshops, Certificate and Degree Programs, and Young Artists Programs.

Information on how to apply and other scholarship opportunities can be found at: http://www.mainemedia.edu/scholarships


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Picnic Festival Applications

The 9th annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival has a call to vendors 
Deadline 04-22-2016
Event date is Saturday, August 6, 2016  

Picnic Music+Arts Festival will be held in Lincoln Park at Congress and Franklin St in Portland, ME from 11am to 6pm. Please save the date and tell everyone you know.

We are now accepting vendor applications. We want vendors who make unique handmade crafts, art, and photography, as well as vendors who sell vintage goods such as books, clothing, records and household items. You can apply online at www.picnicportland.com

Monday, March 28, 2016

Directors and Choreographers Observers Program

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Accepting Applications for Observers Program
Deadline 04-07-2016

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

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

Each observer receives a weekly stipend of at least $250 as well as a project travel stipend.

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

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


Sunday, March 27, 2016

US Cellular Corporate Giving Program

US Cellular Corporate Giving program
Deadline Open

The Company’s corporate giving program, Connecting with Our Communities, seeks programs serving disadvantaged youth, families, and seniors, and attempts to connect them with opportunities for a better life. The Program serves cities and regions with large concentrations of the Company’s associates and customers in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Make Music Portland

Make Music Portland seeks musicians interested in participating in the June 21 event
Deadline 04-30-2016

A part of the international celebration FĂȘte de la Musique, this annual musical celebration began in 2013. Falling on June 21 and happening at designated venues and public spaces all around Portland, Make Music Portland is about filling the streets with sound, showcasing the talents of local performers, and offering free musical entertainment on the longest day of the year.

The goal of the event is to bring together the community to celebrate their inter-connectedness and an appreciation for all things musical. This year’s festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Venues will include Monument Square, Congress Square Park, McIntyre Park, Lincoln Park, Tommy’s Park, and Post Office Plaza, among other public and private spaces.

Make Music Portland is an open and free event. The organization is currently looking for artists who want to perform and venues that would like to host performances. If you are interested in performing or being listed on the official Make Music Portland schedule, if you would like information on this year’s events, venues, and schedule, or if you’re curious about our event or organization, please visit our website at www.makemusicportland.org

Friday, March 25, 2016

CMA Classical Commissioning Grant

Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program for presenters 
Deadline 04-01-2016

Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary classical and world music ensembles for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers.

The program supports works scored for 2–10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.

Grants provide a composer’s fee ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 depending upon instrumentation and length of the work; a $1,000 honorarium for each ensemble member to rehearse the new piece; and up to $1,000 for copying costs.

If a grant is awarded, the composer must complete the work by September 30, 2017, and the ensemble is required to give three public performances in U.S. venues by June 30, 2019. The ensemble has exclusive rights for performing and recording the new work until June 30, 2019. The composer retains all rights to the composition.



Holocaust and Human Rights Center Scholarships

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center Scholarship open to middle, high school and University of Maine System students for a creative response in answer to the question, "Why is it important that the remembrance, history, and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new generation?" 
Deadline 04-08-2016

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine is accepting applications for annual scholarships and awards. Winners will be presented awards at the annual meeting planned for Sunday, June 5, at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.

This year, as a recipient of a University of Maine at Augusta Presidential Mini-Grant, the HHRC is able to offer two $500 and four $250 scholarships to students in conjunction with its upcoming exhibit: “Those People … Well They’re Not People at All”: Children’s Art, Music and Literature of the Holocaust, on display at the Klahr Center April 22 through July 1.

The Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior who resides in Maine,

Three Mathilda Schlossberger Outstanding Student of the Year Awards are available each spring. The award is given to one student applicant in each of the following grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

For teachers, the Holocaust Educator Professional Development Grant is a grant funded through the generosity of Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz. The grant provides financial support to an outstanding Maine teacher — at any grade level, public or private.

For an application, visit hhrcmaine.org and email submission to infohhrc@maine.edu
or mail it to: Michael Klahr Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 before April 8.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Art Walk Augusta Call

Art Walk Augusta, “Raw Space” Call for Artists, Curators, and Musicians
Deadline 04-08-2016
Event Date Friday, May 13th, 201 (Water Street, Augusta)

The Augusta Downtown Alliance in a collaborative venture with the University of Maine Augusta will be hosting an Art Walk on Water Street in Downtown Augusta on Friday, May 13th from 5-8PM. This walk will not only celebrate the vibrant existing Augusta Downtown community but will also unleash the untapped potential of pure urban rawness that lies within many empty spaces available for rent. All media will be considered, in forms including, but not limited to painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture (artists must supply their own pedestals), installation, performance and music.

Submission Process: If you are an individual artist and would like to have your work considered for an existing retail space, please submit up to 10 jpegs of work to rawspacesubmissions@gmail.com

 On the subject line, please indicate your name and “Raw Space: Individual_ ArtistLastNameFirstName.” Please keep image size to 500 KB per image. In the email, please include a resume and a work list indicating the title, medium, size, and date of the work in a single PDF. If submitting music or video, please provide links of 2 minutes or less to examples of your work.

There is a $10 flat fee required for all submissions, which you can pay by visiting rawspacesubmission.wix.com/augusta. Please include a digital copy of your receipt in the email.

If you would like to propose a performance/installation/exhibition for the empty spaces, please select one contact person for the project. Each proposal must have only one contact person.  Submit up to 20 jpegs representative of all artists work to rawspacesubmissions@gmail.com. On the subject line, please indicate contact name and “Raw Space: Exhibition Proposal_ContactLastNameFirstName.”  Please keep image size to 500 KB per image. .In the email, please include a one page show proposal that addresses concept, theme, and time needed to install a resume of all artists, and a work list that indicates the title, medium, size and date of the work in a single PDF. If submitting music or video, please provide links of 2 minutes or less to examples of your work.  Available sites plans can be found at rawspacesubmission.wix.com/augusta

Gladys Brooks Foundation

Gladys Brooks Foundation, grants for libraries, education, hospitals and clinics
Deadline 05-31-2016

As a matter of policy, the Foundation will make grants only to publicly supported not-for-profit tax-exempt organizations within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grant applications generally will be considered where
{a} outside funding (including governmental) is not available;
{b} the project will be largely funded by the grant unless the grant request covers a discrete component of a larger project and
{c} the funds will be used for capital projects including equipment or endowments.
Applications for direct salary support will not be accepted.

Generally the Board will only entertain grant applications from Applicants located in the states of: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Vermont.

Grant applications will be considered only for major expenditures generally between $50,000.00 and $100,000.00 and greater or lesser amounts in certain circumstances.

All grant awards are made on the condition that the entirety of the funds advanced shall be utilized in direct furtherance of the project and that no portion thereof shall be appropriated by the Grantee as an administrative or processing fee, for overseeing the project or for its general overhead.

If the applicant receives a Second Round Grant Questionnaire, the Foundation is seriously considering applicant's application and will require that the following documents be provided: budget for 2016, when available; Internal Revenue Service exemption letter; latest Internal Revenue Service information return; an opinion of counsel with respect to your tax exemption; and your legal authority to accept the grant. This information is not required to be submitted until and if you receive a Second Round Grant Questionnaire. Receiving a Second Round Grant Questionnaire does not guarantee approval and funding of the application.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Crusade Engagement Grant

The Crusade Engagement Grant for innovative ideas to build audiences for photography
Deadline 04-19-2016

Crusade for Art develops and supports innovative initiatives to create demand for art and opportunities to collect it. The Crusade Engagement Grant puts our greatest resource, the brainpower of our creative force, our artists, toward exploring solutions to the systemic problem of a lack of demand for art. This $10,000 grant aims to generate and highlight innovations and underwrite the execution of the best idea.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bakery Photo Collective Residency

Bakery Photo Collective Residency, ME
Residency applications are accepted year round

We encourage artists to apply for summer residencies when the darkroom has the least traffic (Summer is also a beautiful time to be in Maine!). In your letter of intent, please list a prioritized range of possible dates you would like to visit.

There is no application form or deadline. Interested artists should submit the following materials:
•Letter of intent, describing how you plan to use the residency and what project you will be working on and the proposed length of time you would like to stay.
•Complete contact information, including phone number(s), mailing address, and email.
•Artist statement
•10–20 images (slides or CD) of work, preferably your most recent work or current projects
•Website (if available)
•SASE for return of materials (please note if materials can be discarded after review)

Application materials are reviewed by the Collective each month. We will notify you within six weeks of application. Send application materials to The Bakery Photographic Collective.

•Visiting artists are asked to present and discuss their work during their residency. The artist may choose whether attendance is limited to Collective members or open to a broader public.
•Visiting artists must have proficiency in printing and operating B&W, color, and digital equipment.
•Visiting artists are asked to donate a framed print of their work to BPiC’s annual fundraising silent auction and exhibition.
•Visiting artists need to provide their own photo paper and are required to pay for ink if using the digital printer at a reduced rate (approx. $.02/sq. in.).

Monday, March 21, 2016

Maine Student Film & Video Festival Call

The Maine Student Film & Video Festival call for student film submissions
Deadline 06-01-2016

The Maine Student Film & Video Festival will kick off its 39th annual season with several changes that will open the doors for more student filmmakers to take part in the state’s premiere multimedia event for young people.

Films will be judged in three categories: narrative (fiction), documentary, and creative, a category that will include stop-motion, music video, art film, experimental, and other genres that don’t fit the narrative or documentary categories.

The festival is open to filmmakers a19 and younger in grades K-12 and, each year, draws entries from students around the state. Entries will be judged by a panel of filmmakers, media professionals and educators, and are evaluated on the basis of originality, content, style and technique. Films are reviewed by the following divisions: pre-teen, (grades K-6), junior (grades 7-8) and senior (grades 9-12). This year, entries in the junior and senior divisions will be judged based on genre with separate winners for each category, depending on submissions.

For group productions, the age of the oldest authoring member of the group determines in which division the movie will be judged. There is no age limit for actors, documentary subjects, or musicians who may appear in the production.

Prizes include $500 in cash awards furnished by Maine Public Broadcasting Network, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud with video editing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro, and full festival passes to the Maine International Film Festival. In addition, all finalists receive certificates of achievement, and winners in all divisions receive trophies.

Founded by the Maine Alliance for Media Arts, the Maine Student Film & Video Festival is presented by the Maine Film Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through film and art.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

NEFA Presenter Travel Fund

New England Foundation for the Arts Travel Funds for New England Arts Presenters
Deadline, Open

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:


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Senior College Art Festival

The 14th Annual Festival of Art for Senior College at Belfast call to artists. 
Deadline 03-31-2016

All Maine artists, aged 50 and over, amateur or professional, can submit artwork for the show running June 9-12. The 2016 Festival of Art will be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue in Belfast.

All types of visual art are welcome: paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, jewelry, fabric arts, pottery, glass, and photography are just a few examples. Artists will have an opportunity to sell their work if they wish.

Registration form and information may be requested at seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com

or leave a message at 207-338-8033 and someone will get back to you.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Summit Community Program

Summit Natural Gas Community Sponsorship Program seeking applications
Deadline 03-31-2016

Because Summit wants to be a good community partner and neighbor, we will continue to commit resources for worthy causes that maintain and improve Maine’s sense of community. Whether it is providing funding for community events and services or offering funding to local organizations for community-building efforts, Summit Natural Gas is dedicated to our community.

Through our Community Sponsorship Program, we award funding to organizations and businesses with strategies that align with Summit’s key areas of interest. Priority is given to health-related and educational initiatives and programs. Our secondary priorities and key area of interests include economic and cultural initiatives that are geared to improve the overall well-being of our neighbors.

Key Interests
Wellness Initiatives
Educational Initiatives
Economic Initiatives
Cultural Initiatives

While Summit Natural Gas of Maine will accept all applications submitted; we strive to align our budgeted community dollars to areas of interest and key priorities. Applications that include (but not limited to) political affiliations, church affiliations, and most school fundraising (examples: yearbook, key club, etc.) will typically not be considered for funding.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Harpo Visual Artists Grants

Harpo Foundation grant for visual artists
Deadline 04-01-2016

The Grants for Visual Artists award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

Applicants must use the foundation’s online application system to submit the following:

Artist resume
Artist statement (200 words)
Work samples (up to 20)
The deadline to submit an online application for the 2015 grant cycle will be announced no later than April 1, 2015. The online application will be made available at the same time. To receive updates, you may join our email list here.


Self-defined under recognized visual artist 21 years or older
United States citizen
Students enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program at the time of application are not eligible.
Not a previous recipient of a direct grant. Artists who have been supported by organizational grants in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

Funding and Reporting

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors. Awards are made of up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose. A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Maine Arts Commission Artist Grants

Maine Arts Commission grants for individual artists 
Deadline 04-21-2016

Creative Aging
Maximum grant award: $1,000 (with a required 50% match)
This grant supports teaching artists to work with older adults in a range of community settings.

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund
Maximum grant award: $2,000
The Jane Morrison Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.

Project Grant for Artists
Maximum grant award $2,500
This grant is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. There is no matching funding requirement for this award.

If you have questions about grant applications please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, 207/287-2750, kathy.shaw@maine.gov


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Presque Isle Public Art Call

Maine Arts Commission Percent for Art Opportunity in Presque Isle 
Deadline 04-11-2016

The Maine Arts Commission calls all artists who are residents of Maine to submit proposals to design, create, and install artwork at Folsom Hall at the University of Maine in Presque Isle, Maine. The committee will consider making direct purchases for completed pieces that clearly align with the background information provided. Maximum individual award: $3,400.

Knight News Challenge: Libraries

Knight Foundation Invites Submissions to Knight News Challenge: Libraries
Deadline 03-21-2016

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the opening of its $3 million Knight News Challenge, a competition designed to surface ideas that address the evolving role of libraries in the digital age.

The challenge seeks to uncover new ways to extend and strengthen the role of libraries as essential spaces for people to learn, acquire information, and exchange ideas and perspectives. Anyone anywhere in the United States can participate by providing a brief answer to the question: How might libraries serve twenty-first century information needs?

The newschallenge.org platform enables conversations across projects and allows applicants to refine their ideas based on user comments and suggestions. In April, with the input of expert reviewers, Knight will select a group of semifinalists, to move to the next stage of the challenge, where they will be asked to provide more information about their ideas.

Winning projects have the chance to receive funding of approximately $35,000 to $500,000 over a period of six months to two years.

The challenge is open to anyone, from public libraries to universities to businesses, nonprofits, and even individuals who have never innovated in the library space. Applicants must be based in the United States, however.

Visit the Knight Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Endangered Language Fund

Endangered Language Fund Invites Applications
Deadline: 04-10-2016 

The Endangered Language Fund was founded in 1996 with the goal of supporting language preservation and documentation projects. To that end, ELF provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two.

Priority is given to projects that serve both a specific native community and the field of linguistics in general. Work that has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to another also will be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered.

ELF expects grants in this round to be less than $4,000 and to average about $2,000. Funds can be applied to consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc., with the exception of overhead and indirect costs. Researchers and language activists from any country are encouraged to apply. If the applicant is not from the community whose language is the topic of the proposal, a letter from the community expressing support for the project is required. University-based applicants must show that they have met the requirements of their university's human subjects committee. Tribal or other applicants must provide equivalent assurance that proper protocols are being used.

For a list of eligible languages, complete program guidelines, and application instructions, visit the Endangered Language Fund website.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Greater Portland Landmarks Job

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks Office & Communications Coordinator (FT)
Deadline Until Filled

The Office and Communications Coordinator provides reception and interfaces with the public, organizes office files, operations, and procedures, supports Greater Portland Landmarks’ programs, services, and events, and serves as point-person for the website, social media, technology systems, building repairs, and tenant relations. The Office and Communications Coordinator must be a team player who is very well-organized and able to multi-task while enjoying working with staff, volunteers, and members of the public. The ideal candidate is someone who has excellent people skills, a positive outlook, is enthusiastic about the mission, and has a strong desire to learn and contribute to the collective success of Greater Portland Landmarks.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to Hilary Bassett at hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org

Walmart Community Grants

Walmart Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grant Program
Deadline Rolling/ 12-31-2016 

The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program.

Through the annual program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organization within the service area of individual Walmart stores. Grants will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.

To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code; a recognized government entity (i.e., state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, requesting funds exclusively for public purposes); a K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2016.

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


Northeast Historic Film Fellowship

Northeast Historic Film O’Farrell Fellowship
Deadline 03-30-2016

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is pleased to announce significant support of the William O’Farrell Fellowship. Thanks to a generous gift, Northeast Historic Film will be able to continue this important program into the future.

The $1,500 fellowship award is awarded each year to an individual engaged in research on NHF collections that results in a publication, production, or presentation based on moving image history and culture.

The award honors the legacy of Canadian film archivist William O'Farrell, an advocate for amateur and nontheatrical film collections.  Bill was the longtime head of film preservation at the National Archives of Canada where he worked his way up from film vault technician to become an internationally renowned expert in audiovisual conservation. Bill was a mentor to many in the field and was active in promoting the preservation of film internationally.

Northeast Historic Film is a regional film archive dedicated to collection, preserving, and sharing the moving image history of northern New England. NHF is located in Bucksport, Maine in the 1916 Alamo Theatre.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Museum L-A Development Job

Museum L-A seeks Director of Development (FT)
Deadline 04-15-2016

The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Board of Directors to develop and oversee all aspects of the development plan, from creation of programs to documentation of  all incoming donations in support of the advancement of Museum L-A’s mission. This full-time position holds overall responsibility for the organization’s fundraising programs, including major gifts, grant writing and management, direct mail, special events, appeals, internal and external brand management and public relations, government, corporate and foundation support, as well as gathers the resources needed to maintain and expand Museum L-A’s operating support of its mission and engagement in the community.

Museum L-A has, since 2004, evolved from a single focus subject of textile mills to a dedicated community museum serving as an extended classroom, welcoming tourists, celebrating heritage, fostering innovation, and spurring economic growth as a key contributor to and catalyst for civic, cultural, and economic revitalization. The Director of Development is responsible for expanding and providing leadership to the museum’s development and awareness efforts. The position requires a dynamic, creative, flexible, and skilled individual and highly organized team player who will thrive in a fast-changing and challenging environment.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to: Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director, Museum L-A, 35 Canal Street, Box A7, Lewiston, Maine, 04240,

or email: rachel@museumla.org
(please include job title in the subject line).

ISE Cultural Foundation Grant

ISE NY Cultural Foundation Grant for curators and artists
Deadline 03-31-2016

ISE NY Grant Program is made to help curators and artists all over the world, who are planning to achieve an ambitious, innovative exhibition wherever it will be.

Application Qualification:
  • This is a grant for an exhibition, which is already scheduled.
  • There is NO limit to applicant’s race, nationality, age and the place they currently live in as well as the place where the exhibition occurs.
  • Either curator(s) or artist(s) who have a specific exhibition plan can apply.
  • Applicants must be the creators who can talk about the artistic concept of the exhibition and its’ artwork.
Organizations such as museums, galleries and schools cannot apply for this grant.

Grant Amount: Maximum 5,000 US dollars per Exhibition

Questions: ise@iseny.org

Apply at: http://www.iseny.org/

Friday, March 11, 2016

Bowdoin Theater/Dance Coordinator Job

Bowdoin College Academic Department Coordinator forTheater and Dance (FT)
Deadline Until filled

The Academic Department Coordinator provides daily administrative support to the members of the Theater and Dance department at Bowdoin College.

Specific responsibilities of this position include:

  • Office management and operations responsibilities as the primary contact and liaison for the department
  • Manage department budget and accounts
  • Coordinate preparation of course schedule, catalogue copy, along with any related preparations for classes
  • Schedule and maintain calendar of classroom and performance spaces
  • Manage marketing and publicity for department events, including departmental productions and student shows sponsored by department
  • Coordinate details for student and professional productions sponsored by department including accommodations, travel, and honorarium
  • Coordinate faculty searches
  • Maintain department website
  • Hire and supervise student office assistants
  • High School diploma required, some college work strongly preferred. 
  • Solid understanding and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook); willingness and initiative to learn new computer applications; 
  • ability to organize and prioritize work tasks and accomplish them efficiently and accurately; 
  • strong customer service skills (visitor and telephone reception); 
  • ability to successfully work independently in a one-person office environment.

Experience Requirements/Equivalents:
Required: At least 3 years’ office experience (preferably in an academic setting).

Strongly preferred:
experience with Filemaker; ability to troubleshoot minor computer problems, install software; experience with maintaining web pages; some knowledge of processing bills and managing accounts, familiarity with FRS accounting software.

For questions, please contact careers@bowdoin.edu

Further details and instructions to apply can be found on our online application:

Amphion Music Grant

The Amphion Foundation is accepting applications from performing musical ensembles
Deadline 04-01-2016 

The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating or special project support.

Typically, the program awards grants of up to $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or a particularly significant project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit performing ensemble, presenter, and/or music service organization with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary concert music and demonstrated level of excellence. Organizations must have been in existence for at least two years. Performing ensembles, presenters, or organizations that are applying for support for performances must have presented two full seasons prior to the season for which support is requested, except for special projects of extraordinary significance. In general, the grant program does not support jazz music.

See the Amphion Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

NET/TEN Travel Grants support

Network of Ensemble Theaters Travel Grants 
Deadline 03-23-2016

A grant to support activities to initiate new relationships or further develop existing relationships.
Grants range from $500 to $2,000
Activities may take place in U.S. or internationally
Awarded twice a year (Fall and Spring)
Open to NET members in all categories (Ensembles, Individual, Student, Affiliate)

Travel Grants are intended to initiate and strengthen relationships, removing the barriers of distance and travel. Funds may be used for applicant travel or to bring in a guest. Eligible expenses include: travel costs, housing, per diem, artist fees, etc. Activities may include (but are not limited to) observerships, shared rehearsals, planning, training, and/or other exploration. Artistic, administrative, and technical/production-based activities are welcome.

Travel Grants do not support production costs, tours, or equipment purchases. Funds may not be used to support professional development activities, such as conferences, festivals, attendance at pre-existing public workshops and trainings, or similar events.

Bluestocking Film Call

The Bluestocking Film Festival is seeking short female-driven films 
Deadline 04-29-2016

Bluestocking Film Festival will take place July 15-16 in Portland Maine.

More information at:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Scholarships

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Scholarships, ME
Deadline 04-01-2016

Scholarships encourage the participation of talented individuals who could not otherwise afford to attend our courses. They are funded by private gifts, the Au Pair General Scholarship Fund to encourage women in woodworking, the Ben V. Branscom Scholarship Fund, and our scholarship endowment.

Notifications will be sent by April 15.

Workshop Scholarships
These scholarships generally cover the full cost of tuition, but successful applicants must confirm their participation by paying the standard $80 registration fee, and remain responsible for the costs of their own travel, lodging, meals, materials, and any supply fees.

1.A letter explaining your qualifications, your financial need, and the benefit you hope to get from the course

2.Your resumé

3.A list of up to three workshops you would like to attend, in order of preference

4.Up to five images of any woodworking or art work you have done previously

5.The names and telephone numbers of three references

E-mail applications to scholarships@woodschool.org


NEFA Meetings in Maine

New England Foundation for the Arts informational sessions in Maine 
Event date 03-10-2016 in Waterville, and 03-11-2016 in Belfast

Artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses are invited to CreativeGround's Office Hours workshop. Sign up for a free one-hour time slot to work with a NEFA staff member to walk through how to create or update your profile and use CreativeGround to locate others for potential collaborations.  Computers will be provided. Space is limited.

NEFA is an organization with 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.

Each program and project that is brought to life at NEFA builds a stronger and more dynamic infrastructure for the arts. Through grants, convenings, online tools, and research, NEFA continues a 35+ year history of pioneering partnerships and programs supporting the arts.

The Maine meetings are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

Waterville (hosted by Waterville Creates): http://bit.ly/21SwZJ4

Belfast (hosted by Belfast Creative Coalition): http://bit.ly/1QxAFY8


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Maine Media Workshops Job

Maine Media Workshops + College seeks development director
Deadline 03-20-2016

Maine Media Workshops + College educates and inspires visual artists and storytellers. Founded in 1973 as Maine Photographic Workshops, MMW+C has evolved into a creative center for visual storytellers across many disciplines. Offering immersive photography, filmmaking, and multimedia courses in weekend and weeklong workshops for adults and teens, multi-week intensives, one-year professional certificate programs, and a three-year MFA degree program, MMW+C attracts more than 1,600 students each year from all over the world.

Reporting to the President, the Development Director works to build MMW+C’s donor base, expand foundation support, and manage capital fundraising projects in support of our mission and strategic goals. Working with the President and the Board’s Development Committee, the Development Director oversees donor cultivation, communications, and stewardship, appeals, grants, fundraising events, and scholarship reporting.


Work with President to create annual Development budget
Work with President and Development Committee to create strategic plans for cultivating major donors and expanding grant funding sources
Direct Annual Appeal, including two mailed appeals and two electronic appeals
Direct grant research, writing, and reporting
Direct annual fundraising event, including solicitation of sponsors and in-kind gifts
Direct outreach, communications, and events for Tripod Society (our major donor group), including weekly updates during the summer, two events, renewals, and new member cultivation
Direct all donor communications, including thank-you calls from Board members and monthly e-newsletter
Direct all gift processing and reporting
Assist the President and Board with major gift solicitation
Provide development updates at meetings of the Board of Directors, including a year-end report
Manage Development Assistant and seasonal event volunteers
Collaborate with Registrar to develop system for funding, tracking, and reporting on scholarship programs


Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of development experience, preferably in nonprofit or educational organizations
Experience with major gift solicitation and/or capital campaigns
Experience with donor databases
Experience managing staff and volunteers
Experience working with a Board of Directors
High-level knowledge of Word, Excel, and working knowledge of Constant Contact, social media, and other web-based applications
Excellent writing, communications, and organizational skills
Proven history of creative thinking


This is a full-time, salaried position with competitive benefit package included. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit the following items by email to jobs@mainemedia.edu 

Barn Residency Programs

Barn Residency Programs for performing artists, ME
Deadline 03-31-2016

The Barn Residency Programs are designed to build creative opportunities between passionate people in a beautiful place. Artists from all over the country come to develop new works of performance in a pastoral and supportive environment. Teams of artists live, work, eat and plan together, creating a temporary creative community and supporting one another in their individual and collective goals.
Every residency ends with a public event.

2016 dates are:

​Workshop Residencies
A Workshop Residency is a week-long development process for a group creating a new piece.
The residency does not need to culminate in a performance, but does need to end with a public event.
#1: May 28 - June 5
#2: June 11 - 19
#3: June 25 - July 3
#4: September 25 - October 2
​#5: October 9 - 16

​Performance Residencies
A Performance Residency is a two-week engagement for a group presenting a new piece.
The residency includes a run of six performances over two weekends.
#1: July 16 - 31
​#2: July 30 - August 14

​Group Residency - The Hamilton Project
The Hamilton Project is an event for individuals to develop a new piece with new friends.
Each artist brings an idea and comes prepared to support progress on someone else’s idea.
The Hamilton Project ends with a free showcase for the public.
​#1: July 2 - 10

Each residency includes accommodation for all of the artists as well as production and promotional support.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Duck Stamp Design Contest

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest has a call for student entries
Deadline 03-15-2016
Event 03-26-3016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites students in grades K-12 to create designs featuring ducks, geese or swans in their natural habitats. Designs are judged in four age categories, with awards for first, second, and third places and honorable mentions.

On Saturday, March 26, there will be a celebration of the 2016 contestants at the LL Bean store in Freeport, Maine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keynote speakers Scott Johnston (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Jane Kim (Ink Dwell Studio) will discuss migratory bird protection and the use of art in conservation. Contestants are highly encouraged to come to this free event.

The Maine Best of Show entry will compete with contest winners from other states in a national competition in Washington D.C. The first place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps (which cost $5 each) support conservation education by providing awards and scholarships for students, teachers and schools.

Modeled after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Federal Duck Stamp competition, the Junior Duck Stamp contest is part of an educational curriculum that teaches students about waterfowl, the importance of wetlands and habitat conservation. Proceeds from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps protect wetlands through land acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System.

For more information on the contest, call the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program at (207) 781-8364.                        
Contest rules and entry forms

Maine Jewish Film Festival

Maine Jewish Film Festival 
Event date March 12 to 19, 2016

Since its founding in 1998 the Maine Jewish Film Festival has presented over 375 films both domestic and foreign, and hosted more than 125 guest speakers from the U.S. and around the world.

Enjoy an inventively curated, diverse and sophisticated program of documentary, fiction and short films that explore the global Jewish experience. The festival is an eight day event! Come to one or two showings, purchase an all festival pass or a festival six pack and don't miss a thing.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Fourteenth Amendment Grant

Maine Humanities Council: Fourteenth Amendment in American Life and Imagination Grants
Deadline 04-25-2016

This one-time-only grant program celebrates the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 14th Amendment and is for organizations seeking in 2016 to create and host programs that use the arts and humanities to highlight the broad themes of citizenship, due process, and equal protection of the law.

We particularly seek projects that explore current-day relationships between the amendment and resulting policy, practice, and mores in Maine. The program is a collaboration between the Arts Commission, the Maine Humanities Council, and the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine.

Projects may be entirely new, or build on existing activities. Some suggested thematic areas may include:

  • Equality Gender
  • Race
  • Sexuality
  • Educational opportunities
  • Liberty and the concept of due process (for example, the recent Ebola quarantine cases; internment camps)
  • Politics and representation
  • History of Reconstruction and the 14th amendment
  • Policing
  • Incarceration
  • Affirmative action in schools and/or the workplace
  • Immigration, citizenship, and belonging
  • The tension between the federal government and the states

Only Maine nonprofits are eligible; applicants are required to certify that no grant funds will be used to pay for organizational operating expenses. A 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind is required.

The maximum amount awarded will be $1,000.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Kneisel Hall Job

Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill, Maine seeks Artistic Director (PT)
Deadline Open until filled

Kneisel Hall seeks an established musician dedicated to chamber music to become the new artistic director. In collaboration with the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director, s/he will be responsible for continuing the vision that has animated the school and festival since its beginning into the twenty-first century. S/he must uphold high programming standards while remaining open to creative change; nurture existing faculty while introducing new talents, teaching methods, and ideas; preserve the excellence of Kneisel Hall’s activities while forging new alliances with organizations both near and far; expand the festival’s reputation in order to continue to attract the best young musicians for summer study and to enhance fundraising efforts.

Job requirements

  • Lead the school, its faculty and its students, to ensure the highest quality of instruction and musical work.
  • Engage the best possible faculty members and guest artists to perform, teach, and coach during the seven week Young Artist program and during the one-week Maine student and adult amateur sessions before and after the Young Artists program.
  • Develop the programs for ten weeks of festival concerts, from late June through August, in collaboration with the Faculty.
  • Set guidelines for and supervise the application and audition process for the Young Artists each spring, in collaboration with the Faculty and the Executive Director.
  • Schedule and supervise the Young Artists’ concerts during the summer session.
  • Be in residence in Blue Hill for the seven weeks of the Young Artist program each summer.
  • When possible, be available during the winter for occasional Board meetings, ex officio,  and benefit concerts, usually held in New York City

  • Proven track record as an artist, including at least ten years experience performing, coaching, and teaching her/his instrument.
  • Personal enthusiasm for chamber music, as shown in frequent participation in chamber music programs and performances.
  • At least one formal degree in music from a university or conservatory anywhere in the world.
  • Experience in music education, ensemble management, music production and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the chamber music repertoire as well as current practitioners (emerging as well as established).
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, particularly with young adults.
  • Compensation and hiring schedule.
  • Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The new Artistic Director will be responsible for the School and Festival in the summer of 2018. It would be desirable for her/his employment to begin in the late summer or early fall of 2017, to plan for the summer of 2018.

Please send a letter highlighting career achievements and qualifications, with a complete cv and links to videos and/or audio performances, to Elizabeth Harries, chair of the search committee, at eharries@smith.edu

PO Box 932
Williamsburg, MA 01096

No phone calls, please. For further information, go to www.kneisel.org

Acadia Centennial Celebration

Acadia Park is hosting events, workshops, lectures, activities and more all year long 
Event Date - All of 2016

In case you were not aware, this year is the Centennial for Acadia National Park. There are many arts and non-arts activities taking place all year long. There is a call out for volunteers, but really, you should just get yourself to Acadia park before 2017.


Friday, March 4, 2016

BRIC Residency, NYC

BRIC in accepting applications for Visual Artist Residencies, Brooklyn NY
Deadline 03-14-2016

BRIC, the largest presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, presents contemporary art, performing arts, and community media programs that reflect the borough’s creativity and diversity and provides resources to launch, nurture, and showcase artists and media makers.

Through BRIC's annual summer Visual Artist Residency program, two individual artists will receive space in the Artists Studio at BRIC House. BRIC also will partner with Saint Ann's School to provide additional studio space for one resident at 33 Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights (in classroom space adjacent to the former BRIC Rotunda Gallery). During their residencies, artists will be expected to engage with the public through open studio events, an informal illustrated talk on BRIC’s stoop, or through other forms of audience engagement. BRIC will provide exposure for artists' work through multiple means, including studio visits with curatorial staff from BRIC and other local institutions, as well as profiles published on BRIC’s website and/or blog.

1) Artist Studio at BRIC House: This 1,400 square-foot space is used for creating, rehearsing, exhibiting, and performing across multiple disciplines. It will be partitioned for use by two artists during the summer 2016 residency. Because BRIC House is a public space with many visitors and activities each week, the organization will select artists in residence whose work involves little or no noise, no fumes or toxic materials, and who require only moderate access to water.

2) 33 Clinton Street: The residency at 33 Clinton Street is aimed at artists who are able to work independently and can responsibly take care of the 400-square-foot space. Priority will be given to artists whose projects will have a low impact on the space.

Each artist in residence will receive $500 for materials. No other honoraria or artists fees are offered.

BRIC visual artist residencies are open to emerging artists who demonstrate promise as well as mid-career artists with a documented record of exhibitions and other accomplishments. Applicants must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.

See the BRIC website for complete program guidelines, detailed descriptions of the available studio spaces, and application instructions.

Portland Chamber Music Festival Job

Portland Chamber Music Festival seeks Operations Manager (PT)
Deadline 03-15-2016

Founded in 1994, the Portland Chamber Music Festival features acclaimed performers from the United States and abroad presenting a wide range of contemporary and classical chamber music. Performers at the 2016 Festival will include current members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago and Kansas City Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, and many other renowned ensembles. Known primarily for its five-concert summer season in August, PCMF’s events also include a Salon Series of house concerts, an annual International Composers Competition, a contemporary chamber music series in collaboration with SPACE Gallery, and education and community engagement programs for all ages.

The Operations Manager is responsible for the daily administrative and concert operations of the Portland Chamber Music Festival. The successful candidate will be highly organized and enjoy tackling a wide range of responsibilities as part of a small but supportive and enthusiastic team.  Familiarity with and/or passion for the performing arts, especially music, is a big plus.

Administrative Support:

  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Board of Directors, volunteers, patrons, artists, and members of the community
  •  Attending all committee and board meetings and drafting meeting minutes
  • Monitoring PCMF phone and mail, recording and reporting on financial transactions and coordinating customer service
Concert/Event Management
  • Planning and coordinating special events including annual benefit dinner/concert
  • Coordinating artist transportation, housing and meals
  •  Coordinating volunteers (ushers, reception hosts, drivers)
  •  Serving as House Manager for concerts (including box office management, coordinating with Stage Manager, interfacing with volunteers and venue staff)
  •  Supervising Festival intern
  • Managing the delivery of equipment and supporting materials (signs, programs, coolers, lamps, cash box, etc.)
Marketing and Fundraising
  • Assisting with production of marketing and fundraising materials and with the execution of all publicity plans, in print and online, including social media
  • Maintaining web site
  •  Maintaining donor database including processing ticket and subscription orders
  • Running weekly reports and acknowledgement letters
  •  Serving as liaison to corporate sponsors
College degree and/or prior experience in operations management, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and facility with computers are essential. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in classical music, graphic design, and/or nonprofit board support.

Valid driver's license and a personal vehicle available for work use
Ability to work remotely, with a personal computer and (ideally) printer available for work use
Moderate lifting
This is a remote (work from home) position based in Portland, ME and requires occasional regional travel.

This position is part time (25 hours/week) during the year, and full time for 4 weeks before and during the Festival in August. Hours are flexible, with occasional evenings and weekends required.

For more information, visit pcmf.org

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Veterans National Arts Festival

Call for entries to the Nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs Creative Arts Festival
Deadline 03-25-2016

Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. Through a national judging process, first, second and third place entries in each category are determined.

Most VA facilities hold their local competitions in February. Be sure to check with your VA facility as early as possible after January 1st. Veterans interested in participating in the competition should contact the local recreation therapy/creative arts therapy departments at the VA facility where they are enrolled, as early as possible to assure that deadline dates for submission of entries are met. Veterans must work with a staff person from the VA facility where they are enrolled. If you need assistance in identifying a VA staff person from your facility, please contact Amy Kimbler (320) 255-6486 or Elizabeth Mackey, National Director (320) 255-6351.

Competition Eligibility Criteria
This competition is open to Veterans who are enrolled at a VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic BEFORE entering the local competition. An eligible Veteran can enter local competition at only one VA facility per year. He/she can submit an entry in creative writing, dance, drama or music categories with a Veteran or group from another VA facility, but still represents and must go through his/her originating VA facility to enter the competition. This facility should be the site where he/she receives their primary treatment. All required forms must be completed and postmarked to the National Chairpersons no later than March 27, 2015 in order to compete at the national level.



Maine Live Gathering

Maine Live, Bold Tales of Creation, Grit, and Vision.
Event date 03-24-2016

Leaders, creators, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and bold dreamers. Those are the types of people who are shaping the future of Maine. Join us on March 24th to hear 15 of them tell their stories.

Event will be: 9:00 am to 3:00pm at Osher Auditorium, Portland Museum of Art.
Registration is $100

Mark Bessire | Portland Museum of Art
Yellow Light Breen | Maine Development Foundation
Tae Chong | CEI
Ben Fowlie | Camden International Film Festival
Kevin Hancock | Hancock Lumber
Mike Katz | Camp Sunshine
Jan Kearce | Lift360
Laurie Lachance | Thomas College
Steve Malcom | Knickerbocker Group
George Neptune | Abbe Museum
Leslie Oster | Aurora Provisions
Heather Sanborn | Rising Tide Brewing Co.
Sarah Shifrin | Gould Academy
Beth Shissler | Sea Bags, Inc.
Donato Tramuto | Healthways Inc., Heath eVillages

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

U.S. Department of State Arts Support

The U.S. Department of State offers exchange programs that cover a wide range of interests, including arts and culture, technology and youth focused programs.

Arts programs include:

American Arts Incubator
This program uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia.

American Film Showcase
This program brings award-winning American documentaries, feature films, and animated shorts to audiences around the world.

American Music Abroad
These musical ambassadors reach beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and citizens around the globe.

Arts Envoy
The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations.

Cairo International Art Exhibition
The program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Community Engagement through the Arts
This program uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in South and Central America and Africa.

DanceMotion USA
DanceMotion USA sends American dance companies overseas to connect with audiences and communities through dance workshops, lecture demonstrations, public performances and other arts education activities.

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship
A component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.

Fulbright Travel-Only Grants
Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year.

Venice Architectural Biennale
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Museums Connect
This program is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.

Venice Art Biennale
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

Explore all of this at:


NEA Challenge America Grant

NEA Challenge America Grant 
Deadline 04-14-2016

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present.

Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following objective:

Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art

Challenge America grants:

  • Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. 
  • Are limited to the specific types of projects outlined below. 
  • Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. 

Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.

To ensure that Challenge America funding reaches new organizations and communities, the NEA has implemented a policy to limit consecutive-year funding.

For further information. Contact Challenge America Specialists: challengeamerica@arts.gov or 202/682-5700


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Maine Arts Commission Organization Grants

Maine Arts Commission has a cluster of grant opportunities for organizations, all with the same deadline.
Deadline 03-24-2016

Arts and Humanities
Maximum grant amount $1,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
This grant, jointly administered by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council, funds projects that include elements of both the arts and humanities.

Arts Learning
Maximum grant award: $5,000 (with a required 50% match)
This grant supports schools, arts organizations/institutions and community-based teaching artists as they collaborate on the design and delivery of high-quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students.

Creative Communities = Economic Development: (CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan)
Maximum grant award: $10,000 (with a required 1:1 match) 
This grant will award successful community applicants a $10,000 grant to develop a Cultural Plan. A Cultural Plan is a prerequisite to a CCED Phase II: Implementation application

Creative Communities = Economic Development: (CCED Phase II: Implementation)
Maximum grant award: $75,000 ($40,000 for year one, $25,000 in year two, $10,000 in year three) with a required 1:1 match.
This grant supports partnerships between cultural, economic and governmental sectors to effect community revitalization. Applications will be considered from communities/regions with a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration that seeks to strengthen the cultural assets of their community.

Organizational Development Grant
Maximum Award: $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to support capacity-building projects for organizations throughout Maine. Grant funds can help organizations address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Partnership Grant
Maximum grant award $2,000 to $25,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to enter into partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Funds are unrestricted and will go to building  the state’s cultural infrastructure.

Project Grant for Organizations
Maximum grant award $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
This grant is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

If you have questions please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, 207/287-2750, kathy.shaw@maine.gov


Greater Portland Landmarks Internship

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks a Museum Education intern 
Deadline 03-18-2016

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks an energetic and dynamic Museum Education intern for the summer of 2016. Honorarium: $2,750 for 10 weeks. Service Dates: May 16 – July 24, 2016 (some flexibility to accommodate college schedules).

The Museum Education Intern’s primary responsibilities would be at the Portland Observatory Museum. Built in 1807, the Portland Observatory is the last remaining marine signal in the United States and is often listed as one of the top ten places to visit in Portland.

Primary Duties:

  • The Museum Education Intern will assist in the interpretation of The Portland Observatory.
  • Main interpretive duties include working with staff and volunteer docents to provide tours for the general public during regular museum hours, including some weekend days, and for schools and other groups by appointment.
  • The intern will also assist with special events, some light housekeeping/maintenance duties, and other duties as needed.


  • Ability to work with a team and to be flexible and dependable.
  • Capable of communicating effectively with individuals, families, and school groups.
  • Able to climb 100 + steps three or four times a day while at the Museum.
  • Ability to provide a memorable and positive visit for all visitors while fostering educational growth.
  • Must be available some weekends.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision and strong customer service skills. An interest in Portland history is a plus.

Interested candidates please send cover letter explaining your background and interest in the project, a resume, and three references by March 18, 2016 to: Alessa Wylie, Manager of Education Programs, Greater Portland Landmarks, awylie@portlandlandmarks.org, Education Intern in subject line. Electronic applications are preferred.

Museum Education Intern
Greater Portland Landmarks
93 High Street, Portland, ME  04101
(207) 774-5561