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Saturday, April 30, 2016

National Book Awards Call

National Book Foundation Call for National Book Award entries
Deadline 05-16-2016

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.

All books must be published by U.S. publishers located in the United States between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015. All authors must be U.S. citizens. There is a $135 entry fee for each title submitted. Accepted forms of payment include PayPal and credit card. Please be prepared with payment information before you begin the online submission process.

The following are eligible:

  • Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
  • Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
  • Collected and selected poems by one author
  • Books by authors who are living at the commencement of the eligibility year (December 1, 2014)
  • Self-published books, provided that the author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors (Note: the Foundation may request the publisher's catalog to verify this.)

The following are NOT eligible:

  • English translations of books originally written in other languages
  • Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors
  • Reprints of books published in previous Award years. Exceptions may be made for otherwise eligible books published outside the United States in the previous Award year at the National Book Foundation's discretion.
  • Books published through self-publishing services
  • In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, the Foundation will decide whether a book is eligible, and its decision will be binding.

Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment.

All books must be sent via U.S. Postal Service First-Class Mail or Media Mail. Book packages must be clearly marked with "National Book Awards." Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive late.

Bound galleys and bound manuscripts are acceptable if a book has not yet been published. Finished books may be sent to replace galleys and manuscripts when available.

For ebooks, please provide a printed and bound, 8 ½ x 11-inch copy of the book, including publication date information.

Complete information at:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Criterion Theatre Seeks Media Manager

The 1932 CriterionTheatre seeks a Media Manager (PT)
Deadline Open until filled

The 1932 Criterion Theatre, a newly renovated historic move and arts house in downtown Bar Harbor, seeks a Media Manager. This position is responsible for the dissemination of information to the community. This position is a part time, hourly position at $15/hour, capped at 20 hours/$300 per week.This position reports to the Director

This position encompasses the following roles and duties:

Website Management
-        Ensure all information on the website is up to date and accurate
-        Create and upload content
-        Streamline website architecture
-        Maintain library of logos, badges, etc affiliated with theatre

Public Calendar
-        Create and produce content for regular events calendar
-        Prepare for print shop

Press Releases
-        Write and distribute weekly press releases to media outlets
-        Maintain file of press notices in paper (and radio/tv/social when possible)

Print Advertising
            - Create and submit print advertising

Social Media
            - Maintain social media presence on various media platforms

Email Communications
            - Create and send email blasts via Mail Chimp

Database Management
-        Maintain up to date and accurate mail and email lists including Membership, supporters, businesses, media

 Requirements: Bachelor's degree preferred, strong writing skills, ability to format and design print ads, thorough knowledge of social media - a sense of fun!

Please send resume, cover letter and three references to the Director, Heather Martin. heathermartin@criteriontheatre.org

Music Therapy Fultz Award

American Music Therapy Association call for applications: Arthur Flagler Fultz award
Deadline 05-06-2016

The American Music Therapy Association, a professional association dedicated to the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings, is accepting applications for the annual Arthur Flagler Fultz Award.

The award program is designed to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and the exploration of new and innovative music therapy treatments.

1) Clinical research: Grants in this category support projects that are designed to assess the efficacy of music therapy interventions and help define best practice.

2) Health services research: Grants in this category support projects that are designed to assess the role of music therapy practice in the context of emerging healthcare delivery models.

A single grant of $15,000 will be awarded for projects in either of the above categories.

To be eligible, the project’s primary investigator must be an AMTA member in good standing.

See the AMTA website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous award recipients.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lowell Folk Festival

Lowell Folk Festival call to artists 
Deadline 05-16-2016

The largest free Folk Festival in the country, the Lowell Folk Festival, in collaboration with the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios and the Cultural Organization of Lowell is pleased to announce the Art in the Courtyard, an art and fine craft component of the Lowell Folk Festival. This exciting collaboration will provide an opportunity for visitors to view and purchase some of the finest art and craft works being produced. The Lowell Folk Festival enjoys over 100,000 visitors over the weekend.

Art in the Courtyard will be held in the shaded, brick-lined courtyard conveniently located between the National Historical Park Visitor Center and the Brush Art Gallery and Studios. The courtyard is also adjacent to one of the main music and dance stages in the Festival. Tents will be set up for the artists to provide a welcoming place, rain or shine.

More information at:


Criterion Theatre Seeks House Manager

The 1932 Criterion Theatre in downtown Bar Harbor seeks a House Manager (FT)
Deadline 05-02-2016

This position is a full time (40 hours), hourly position reporting to the Director

This position encompasses the following roles and duties:

Manager on Duty
-        Ensures facility is open and in readiness for movie/performances as booked
-        Ensures all scheduled staff are present as scheduled.  In the event of an absence, makes accommodations by calling in other staff as needed

-        Ensures staff understand their role for the night and assigns tasks to staf
-        Manages cash drawers as per established protocol
-        Ensures smooth operation of facility during movie/performance, including handling customer needs, staff questions, etc.
-        Ensures Marquee is set for the next day
-        Ensures “sandwich board” is set for the next day
-        Completes all paperwork for end of day, including movie ticket tracking
-        Ensures facility is properly closed and locked at close
-        Open/Close “punchlists” kept, used and recorded
-     Ensured orders for stock placed in timely manner

-        Tracks arrival of movies at facility and ensures needed films are on site on time
-        Alerts Director in advance of any potential issues
-        Manages upload/ingestion of movies into system
-        Manages “keys” and ensures movies are in good working order well in advance of showing
-        Completes return of movies to distributor
-        Orders and displays posters to movies being shown
-        Manages poster storage

Assistant to the Director
-        Sits on Programming work group in capacity as Secretary
-        Assists in management of POS system, ShoWare system, additional databases and filing systems as requested
-        Assistance with Membership program
-        Additional tasks as assigned

Requirements: Bachelor's degree preferred, knowledge of database use and management, strong understanding of confidentiality.  Above all else, a strong sense of humor and ability to roll with a busy live entertainment environment.

Send resume, cover letter and three references to the Director, Heather Martin. heathermartin@criteriontheatre.org

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Maine Pottery Weekend

Maine Pottery Weekend 
Event Date 04-30 2016, 05-01-2016

Every year on the first weekend in May, pottery and ceramics studios across Maine open their doors to the public. It's a fun day and a chance meet the artists, peek in the kilns, see demonstrations, and shop for pottery and other handmade goods.

Full information at:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Broke And Stoked Film Contest

Maine Outdoor Film Festival seeking entries for Broke and Stoked short film/video contest
Deadline 08-01-2016

Here are the rules:
1. Must be an outdoor video.
2. Videos submitted must be made by a Maine resident, or Maine residents, not working full time in Film.
2. Videos must less than 4 minutes long (3:59 is cool. 4:00 is not).
3. All music used in the must be credited and used with permission (No TOOL you tools … unless TOOL gave you permission, then it’s cool).
4. Films must be submitted via VIMEO link by emailing the address at BROKEANDSTOKED.com before August 1, 2016.
5. The MOFF jury will select its favorite 10 films which will be screened at MOFF Tour stops throughout Maine in 2016, after which MOFF Tour attendees will vote on their favorite.
6. The film with the most audience votes will be announced at the MOFF AWARDS SHOW.

10 Finalists will win an Outdoor Gear Prize Pack
One Grand Prize Winner of $1000.

Email your Vimeo Link to maineoutdoorfilm@gmail.com


NEFA CreativeGround Survey

CreativeGround online directory for creative people and places in the six New England states
Deadline 04-27-2016 (survey)
(Open deadline to be listen in directory) 

CreativeGround spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states. This FREE online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

If you are an artist or arts business, you should be listed in this directory.
If you are already listed, please take a moment to fill out the feedback survey.

A project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is brought to you through ongoing partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.



Monday, April 25, 2016

Maine Arts Fellowships Call

Maine Arts Commission Fellowship award for individual artists
Deadline 05-05-2016

The Maine Arts Commission uses the Individual Artist Fellowships to reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness of the creative sector in Maine. Applications are reviewed based on the excellence of work which has already been created, and the $5,000 honorific award can be used in what ever manner the recipient wishes. Now accepting applications!

 Maine artists can apply in one of the following categories:
Contemporary Craft
Literary Arts
Performing Arts
Traditional Arts
Visual Arts

There is also a fellowship in Functional Craft exclusive to artists residing in Hancock and Washington County.

Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the fellowship period.
Are 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.
Are currently a practicing Maine artist.
Have not received a Maine Artist Fellowship within the past 10 years.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Harpo Grants for Visual Artists

Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists 
Deadline 05-04-2016

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.
Applicants must use the foundation’s online application system to submit the following:

  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement (up to 200 words)
  • Work samples (up to 10)

Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older
United States citizen
Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program are not eligible.
Not a previous recipient of a direct artist grant from Harpo.
Artists who have been supported by an organizational grant from Harpo 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 decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors. 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.

Visit our frequently asked questions page or address other questions to the Director by emailing Julie Deamer at gro.noitadnuofoprah@remaedj



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Castine Plein Air Festival

Castine Maine Plein Air Festival call to artists 
Deadline 04-30-2016

The Castine Arts Association is pleased to be hosting the Castine Plein Air Festival on July 21, 22 and 23.

The festival will begin in the morning with artist registration at the Town Common. Artists will have their canvases stamped, and will receive an artist packet with important materials for the Exhibition and Sale on Saturday. The Exhibition will be held, once again, in the Alfond Student Center of the Maine Maritime Academy. We look forward to another fabulous festival with art and enjoyment for all.

For a non-refundable fee of $25, applicants must submit three (3) digital images of their work and an artist bio. Images should be saved as separate jpeg files at 300 dpi, each labeled with your name, title of the piece, dimensions, medium and substrate (e.g. Claude Monet “Water Lilies 17”, 9”x12” oil on panel). No single file should exceed 2MB in size. All images must be of original “plein air” artwork, created by the applicant artist within the past two years.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Win A House Essay Contest

Write a 300-word essay and win a beautiful home in West Bath, Maine
Deadline 06-20-2016

We are holding an essay contest to give away our beautiful Maine home. Explain in 300 words or less why winning our home would help you live out your “Maine Objective” and you just might win a house!

Our home and time living in West Bath, Maine, is very special to us. When our lives required us to move out of state we decided nothing would make us happier than to be able to pass our home on to someone who will love it as much as we do. To find the right person we decided to hold an essay contest. For an original 300-word essay and an entry fee of $140 you have the opportunity to win a house and become the new owner! Just explain how winning our home would help you live out your “Maine Objective,” and why you love the area of greater Bath, Maine, specifically.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Public Art Call at SMCC

Southern Maine Community College, Midcoast Campus, Public Art Call
Deadline 05-16-2016

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists who are residents of Maine, to submit
proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Southern Maine Community College Midcoast
Campus in Brunswick, Maine. The total project budget is approximately $37,000.00.

The Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) Midcoast Campus is located at Brunswick
Landing in Brunswick, Maine at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The Campus consists of
five buildings set on the outskirts of a large parking lot.

Mission Statement: Southern Maine Community College empowers students to respond to a
changing world and enhances economic and cultural development in Southern Maine by providing
a variety of educational opportunities and partnerships.

SMCC is interested in proposals that address the need for a design or visual solution to unify the
following three buildings on campus:

  • The Academic Building
  • The LLBean Learning Commons and Health Science Building
  • Orion Hall

If you have questions about the locations or would like to visit the campus with a committee
representative, please contact James Whitten, the project manager at jwhitten@smccme.edu

If you have questions about the architectural elements, the architect representative for this project
is Andrew Tyner, who can be contacted via e-mail at ATyner@smrtinc.com

All other questions should be directed to Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at the Maine Arts
Commission through e-mail at Julie.Horn@maine.gov, or via the phone at 207/287-2790.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Headlands Artist in Residence

Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence program, Sausalito, CA 
Deadline 06-03-2016

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include flexible studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEH Preservation Grants for Small Institutions

National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline 05-03-2016 for Projects Beginning January 2017

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant. The program also encourages applications from presidentially designated institutions (Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), and from Native American tribes with significant humanities collections.

Program questions should be directed to NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 or preservation@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Goose River Call For Poetry

Goose River Press seeks selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less).
Deadline 04-30-2016

Goose River Press seeks selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less--double-spaced). Book will be beautifully produced with full color cover in paperback and a full color dust jacket in hard cover.

 Author will receive a 10% royalty on the amount received by the publisher for all sales that he or she generates.

No purchase is required and nothing is required of the author for publication. Goose River Press retains one-time publishing rights only. Guidelines are as follows:

- Submit clean, typed copy by snail mail.
- Email a Word or rtf file.
- Reading fee: $1.00 per page
- Do not put two poems on the same page
- Essays and short stories should be double-spaced
- SASE for notification (one forever stamp) plus additional postage for possible return of submission if desired.
- Author's name & address at top of each page of paper copy and first page of emailed copies.

Submit to:
Goose River Anthology, 2016
3400 Friendship Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572-6337
Telephone: 207/832-6665
Email: gooseriverpress@roadrunner.com


Harpo New Work Grants

Harpo Foundation New Work Project Grants for organizations 
Deadline 04-27-2016 (LOI)

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.

Applicants apply through a 2-step process:
Step One: Submit a Letter-of-Inquiry through our online application system. The deadline to submit a Letter-of-Inquiry for the 2016 grant cycle is April 27, 2016. The online application will be posted on April 1, 2016. You may sign up at the bottom of the page to receive email notifications of upcoming deadlines.
Step Two: Applicants who advance to step two will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 10, 2016. Full proposals will then be due on June 30, 2016.

Tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.
Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year.
Fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist a year.
Institutions in countries outside of the United States are eligible but if awarded must be prepared to supply the foundation with a legal affidavit written in English qualifying its tax exempt activities and structure.
To curtail redundant applications, Organizations must notify artists they plan to propose in their New Work Project Grant applications. If an artist intends to apply for a Direct Artist grant, the organization should not submit a proposal on behalf of that artist.

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.

The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under-recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors. Awards are made of up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Project grant funds must be used for costs in direct support of new work by the proposed artist, including artist honorarium. All projects funded during the 2016 funding cycle should be completed by September 2017. Projects that are scheduled in 2016 but happen prior to the foundation’s notification date may be eligible for funding on a retroactive basis.

A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 1.

Visit our frequently asked questions page or address other questions to the Director by emailing Julie Deamer at gro.noitadnuofoprah@remaedj


Sunday, April 17, 2016

2016 Maine Art Business Workshop

Carolyn Edlund, Nire Cook, Wendy Rosen. Speakers at Maine Art Business Workshop. 
Event Dates, Portland October 22, Waterville October 23

The Arts Business Institute will present two one-day workshops this October, co-sponsored by Maine Crafts Association, Maine College of Art and Waterville Creates. Regular tuition for either single day is $150, and for the two days is $250. Early bird registration is now open, and runs through June 15th. Register now and save $25 on your attendance fee.

Individual business consultations are also available, and will take place at the end of each day’s program. Each is a 20-minute session with an ABI faculty member to discuss challenges and strategies personalized for that artist.

Artists and makers in New England and beyond are invited to register for these upcoming events that provide professional development. Attendees can sign up for either or both single day workshops, which will take place in Portland, Maine on October 22nd and in Waterville, Maine on October 23rd.

Portland Workshop Day – Held at Maine College of Art

  • Wholesale 101/Making Art That Sells
  • Introduction to Art Licensing
  • Booth Design
  • Retail 101

Waterville Workshop Day – Held at Waterville Creates

  • Making Work That Sells
  • Selling Art Online
  • Pricing for Profit
  • Building Gallery Relationships


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roy W. Dean Grant, Film

The Roy W. Dean Grant funds short films, documentaries, and independent features < $500,000 
Deadline 04-30-2016, 06-30-16, 09-30-16

Submission films must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society.

We fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story. We are story-tellers, and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants; stories that can change, heal, and enrich, our lives.

We are looking for:

  • Film and Video projects that are unique and benefit society.
  • New projects.
  • Works-in-progress.
  • Length is not a consideration

This grant is now available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers. We have expanded to further our goals of creating films that are “unique and make a contribution to society “Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies are all welcome.”

Who is not eligible to apply
You cannot apply if you are an employee of From the Heart Productions, an employee of any of the sponsors, or a family member of any employee of From the Heart Productions or any of the sponsors.

Where you live is not important
You may enter the New York City or Los Angeles grants no matter where you live in the world. You are welcome to enter both grants; in fact, we encourage it. It shows us that your are tenacious and are eager to find funding.

In your application we would like to know the following:
What audiences will be interested in your film? Please describe the target audience(s) for your project, including any underserved audiences.

How do you plan to reach these audience(s)? Describe your plans for broadcast, theatrical screenings, educational and/or community group.

If you have a trailer for the film you are making, send it with your application and if you have completed any prior films we would like to see them too.



Friday, April 15, 2016

Maine Short Film Festival

Maine Festival of Short Films, Call
Deadline 06-15-2016

Rules for submitting your short film to the 2017 Maine Short Film Festival.

1. Must be under 20 minutes
2. Must have been released after January 1, 2014
3. Must be made either by a Maine resident or filmed in Maine
4. Can be fiction or non-fiction – any genre. There may be a preference for non-commercial films, but this decision rests entirely with the jurors and commercial PSAs (public service announcements) may be submitted.
5. You must be a current dues-paying member of the MFVA.
6. Submission deadline: June 15, 2016
7. Winners will be announced October 15, 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Haystack Development Job

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is seeking a Development Assistant
Deadline 04-25-2016

The Development Assistant will work closely with Haystack's Development Director, maintain daily social media presence, Lead weekly campus tours, document programs through photography and video, undertake general PR and marketing (i.e. press releases, distributing promotional materials, maintain online events listings), assist with website management and fundraising events.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.

Excellent computer and communication skills required
Proficiency on MAC and/or PC; Word, Excel, Adobe
Creative Suite, Google Drive, Social Media
platforms (Latergramme, Instagram, Facebook,
Twitter, flickr, and You Tube), WordPress, and
Constant Contact ideal.

For a full job description, application, or more information, contact Haystack at 207-348-2306 or haystack@haystack-mtn.org 

Record Store Day!

Record Store Day
Event 04-16-2016

Great promotions and deals across the state, this Saturday.

The live music is just the icing on the cake, however. People start lining up at 7 a.m. to be the first to buy some of the hundreds of special releases, re-releases and one-offs up for grabs on RSD — as well as some of the sweet deals just generally available.

A full list of everything can be found on the RSD site:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jane Morrison Filmmaker Fund

The Maine Arts Commission Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers
Deadline: 04-21-2016

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.Maximum award: $2,000

Funds can be applied towards enrichment opportunities at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars, and festivals. In the past, funds have been used for classes at the Maine Media Workshops, attendance at the Summer Film Institute in New York and the Sundance Institute in Utah.

You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria
Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the funding period.
Are 18 years of age or older at the time of the application.
Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.
Complete information at: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/Jane-Morrison-Film-Fund


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Haystack Job Opportunities

Haystack Job Opportunities - Development Assistant and Kitchen Staff (seasonal)
Deadline 04-18-2016, and 05-10-2016

Created as a research and studio program in the arts, Haystack’s original mission was to teach fine craftsmanship, develop latent or inherent creative ability, and carry on research and development in connection with the crafts. Over the years, the vision was refined to include the investigation of craft in an aesthetic climate, honoring tradition while acknowledging the rich potential of contemporary visual art.

Seasonal, part-time: May through August. Applicants will assist with publicity and marketing (social media/print), tours, fundraising, and development. Compensation and some meals are provided (housing not available).
Deadline: April 18, 2016

May through August or October (schedule negotiable | housing not available).
Deadline: May 10, 2016

Contact Haystack to request a job description or an application for either of these positions.

Creative Capital Internship, NY

Paid Summer Internship at Creative Capital
Dates, May 16 - August 5, 2016 (12 weeks) 
Compensation is $15 per hour
Deadline 04-15-2016

Creative Capital is seeking applicants for a number of paid internships. The interns will have a range of responsibilities, receiving an immersive work experience and gaining exposure to professional activities under the mentorship of Creative Capital staff.

Based on their training and interests, interns will work in one of Creative Capital's administrative areas:
Artist Services
Finance and Administration
Technical Services
Professional Development Program

In addition to their weekly departmental duties, interns will attend weekly seminars with senior staff to learn more about the entire organization. All interns will also be invited to participate in the 2016 Artist Retreat, a week-long gathering of artists, arts industry leaders, colleagues and staff at EMPAC in Troy, New York.  

To apply, please complete this online form:  http://goo.gl/forms/AO2Hsyz1ZB
and email: intern@creative-capital.org with your C.V. and Cover Letter.

In preparing your application, we encourage you to review our previously funded projects to better understand the range and quality of artists that we serve: http://www.creative-capital.org/artistprojects.  No calls, please.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Creative Community Fellowships

National Arts Strategies Seeks Applications for 2016 Creative Community Fellowships
Deadline: 04-24-2016

National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for its 2016 Creative Community Fellowship program, which supports innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems.

Led by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows gain the tools, skills, and networks to activate ideas that will transform their communities. In 2016, twenty-five fellows will enter the program with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem in their communities.

The program brings entrepreneurs together for a week of learning and fostering connections. Each day, mentors, educators, and the NAS team lead workshops that help fellows think about how to move their projects forward. Participating entrepreneurs benefit from sharing ideas and experiences in a remote, retreat-like setting that encourages openness, collaboration, and connection. Following the networking week, fellows will have access to online tools, lessons, and discussion to help them further their projects. Fellows will come together six months later for a three-day feedback session, where they will have the opportunity to make their pitches to national funders who support creative placemaking initiatives.

All fellows will connect online as a single community, sharing monthly updates on their projects’ progress and providing feedback on others’ updates. They also will use the online space to share project pitches and get peer feedback. Following the feedback sessions, fellows will have the opportunity to create a crowdfunding campaign to support their projects.

Tuition, including room and board, will be completely underwritten for all fellows. Fellows are only responsible for their travel costs to in-person events.

To be eligible, applicants must be a cultural entrepreneur who is curious, open, and collaborative and dedicated to creating healthy neighborhoods in his or her community.


Portland Stage Marketing Job

Portland Stage is seeking a Social Media and Marketing Associate (FT)
Deadline - Open until filled

The Social Media and Marketing Associate works as a member of the Marketing Team to engage audiences and market all aspects of Portland Stage, including but not limited to Mainstage Shows, Education, New Work, and Events. This position pays special attention to Social Media.  The Social Media and Marketing Associate is a full time, benefits eligible, hourly position that works mostly weekdays but may work evenings or weekends for specific events.

Please see the full Social Media and Marketing Associate Job Description at www.portlandstage.org/job

To apply, send an email to search@portlandstage.org with a cover letter, resume, and two links to or examples of Social Media or Graphics work; be sure to include the word “Marketing” in the subject line.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant
Deadline: 04-21-2016

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship provides financial support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with one or more qualified apprentices. Maximum Award: $4,000

The master artist and apprentice(s) submit one joint application. The funds support them as they work together in one-on-one instructional sessions. The master provides instruction and allows the apprentice to learn through observation, example, practice, and collaboration.

Your apprenticeship team is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

Master and apprentice have both resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
Master and apprentice will both reside full-time in Maine throughout the apprenticeship.
The master artist is recognized by their community for expertise in a particular traditional art form.
The apprentice demonstrates competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship.
The master is 18 years of age or older at the application deadline.
The master is not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or a certificate-granting program.
Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award received.

Complete information at: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/Traditional-Arts-Apprenticeships


Saturday, April 9, 2016

NEFA Public Art Discussion

New England Foundation for the Arts Public Art Discussion Series in Boston
Event date 04-28-2016

The Public Art Discussion Series is an opportunity to discuss critical topics in public art and network with artists and field experts. We encourage you to ask questions and share stories and experiences with your peers. The series is open to New England artists with all levels of public art experience. Sessions generally take place in Boston or other locations around New England.

April 28, 2016 discussion will be 'The Business of Public Art' 
1pm to 4pm at the NEFA office (145 Tremont St., Boston)

Got a great idea for public art, and need some help navigating the process and figuring out where to start? Lillian Hsu and Karin Goodfellow will walk us through Cambridge and Boston’s processes for implementing public art in their respective cities. Jim Grace will highlight some good business practices and frequently asked questions (and some questions that aren’t asked enough!) of artists as they navigate these processes in any city or town.

The series is free, but registration is required.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Merrill Auditorium Box Office Job

Box Office Supervisor- PortTIX Box Office at Merrill Auditorium for Portland Symphony Orchestra (FT)
Deadline 05-06-2016

Combine customer service skills with a love of the performing arts at PortTIX, the box office for the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ovations and other local and national promoters. We are looking for someone who can handle a busy environment with humor and panache. Okay, panache isn’t required…but computer and people skills are.

Responsibilities include providing customer service to a wide variety of patrons and promoters. You’ll also be collaborating with other supervisors in overseeing box office operations and managing ticketing software.  You should be comfortable working with database and customer relationship management systems.  Solid computer skills (Excel, Word) needed. Experience with Patron Edge or Tessitura ticketing systems is a bonus but not required.  Knowledge of website maintenance, graphic design or other marketing skills are a plus.

This is a full time position. Standard shift times are 11 am to 6 pm with some weekends and evenings as needed.

Benefits include option to join health insurance, employee retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation and sick time.

Please send your resume and cover letter in PDF format with the subject line “Box Office Supervisor”. Resume should include at least 2 professional references. employment@porttix.com

Maine Creative Aging Roster Workshops

Call to artists who want to be a teaching artist for older adults, ME
Deadline 05-26-2016
(Workshop date 04-28-2016)

The Maine Arts Commission is hosting an informational workshop for artists interested in applying to the Creative Aging Teaching Artists Roster. The event will be on Thursday, April 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Meeting Room 5.

The Creative Aging Teaching Artists Roster is a free online directory featuring Maine-based professional artists who are available to conduct high-quality, participatory arts programs for older adults in a range of community settings including senior centers, libraries, assisted- and independent-living facilities, and cultural centers. Click here for more about the program.

The once-a-year application deadline to the roster is May 26, 2016.
For more information, contact Kathleen Mundell at 287-6746 or kathleen.mundell@maine.gov

Thursday, April 7, 2016

College Board Awards

College Board Seeks Application for 2016 College Board Award for Excellence in the Arts
Deadline 04-18-2016

Applicants must be a College Board member institution or member district serving grades 6-12. 

The College Board is accepting applications for the 2016 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. The annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways for students in grades 6 to 12.

Awards will be given to programs in three categories:

1) Arts Integration: This award will recognize a middle or high school program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects, including English language arts, science, social studies, math, and/or other areas of the 6–12 curriculum. Model programs/projects may integrate arts-based methods of investigation into non-arts classrooms, incorporate non-arts content and ideas into arts curricula, or employ a method of collaborative or parallel study between two or more content areas.

2) Equity Through Arts: This award will be given to a successful middle or high school arts program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students. Model arts programs may have a track record of raising student attendance and graduation rates, use arts opportunities and course work to increase college access and attendance among students, or successfully build student awareness of and preparation for professional opportunities in the arts.

3) Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: This award will recognize a middle or high school arts program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for community engagement. Programs eligible for the civic engagement award may foster collaborations between students and local arts professionals or nonprofit organizations, engage students in developing original arts-focused projects or fundraisers in partnership with local or national nonprofits, or employ other methods of using the arts to increase community involvement among young people.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to the winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

Programs must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Applicants must be a College Board member institution or member district serving grades 6-12. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible, but semi-finalists, honorable mentions, and schools that have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Brimstone Storytelling Award

National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award
Deadline 05-28-2016

The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2016 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, an annual award that recognizes the transformational properties of storytelling and the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities.

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and are replicable (to some extent) in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.

Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.

Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.

See the National Storytelling Network website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Maine Arts Commission Fellowships

Maine Arts Commission Fellowship and  Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants
Deadline 05-05-2016

Maine Artist Fellowship
Fellowship award: $5,000
Disciplines include: craft, literary, performing, multimedia/film, visual, traditional, and the Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (available only to artists in Washington or Hancock County): The Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s prior work.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Maximum grant amount: $3,000
This grant provides fiscal support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with a qualified apprentice. The master artist and apprentice submit one joint application. The funds support the pair as they work together in one-on-one instructional sessions. The master provides instruction about the traditional art and allows the apprentice to learn through observation, example, practice, and collaboration.

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


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.



Monday, April 4, 2016

Baxter Park Artist Program

Baxter State Park Visiting Artist Program
Deadline 04-15-2016
Arrival Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016 Departure: Friday, August 19, 2016

In recognition of a long atrs tradition, and the richness it brings to the Park experience, Baxter State Park’s Visiting Artist Program provides an opportunity for plein-air painters and illustrators to continue to trust their own vision in finding truth in nature and to use their skills in the natural environment of Baxter State Park.  The Park provides cabin lodging to participating artists for two weeks in August.  The Park will also provide one day of orientation to the Park.  No stipend is available for this program.

Visiting Artists are asked to hold at least two sessions – one evening program and one open studio - with the public during their stay, during which their skills and techniques can be explained and demonstrated.  Park staff will work with artists in designing and implementing their programs. Within one year of their stay, Visiting Artists are asked to provide the Park with appropriate professional documentation of their experience in the Park as well as reproduction quality slides or digital imagery of finished work(s) representative of their style and resulting from their experience in the Park.


Learning and Leadership Grants

National Education Association invites applications for Learning and Leadership Grants
Deadline 06-01-2016 

The NEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Education Association, is a public charity supported by contributions from educators' dues, corporate sponsors, and others. The foundation supports student success by helping public school educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility.

As part of its efforts to achieve this goal, the foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or to groups for collegial study (including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for new faculty or staff).

The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All group grant applicants must include partner information.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public school educator in grades Pre-K–12; a public school education support professional; or faculty and staff members at a public institution of higher education. The foundation encourages applications from education support professionals. Preference will be given to members of the National Education Association.

For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, information about previous grantees, and application instructions, see the NEA Foundation website.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Call

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is accepting submissions for this year’s festival
Deadline 07-01-2016

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


Saturday, April 2, 2016

EmcArts Community Grant

EmcArts Issues Call for Community Innovation Lab LOIs
Deadline: 04-11-2016  (Letters of Inquiry) 

EmcArts, with support from the Kresge Foundation, is accepting  Letters of Inquiry from groups of two to three stakeholders/organizations interested in establishing a Community Innovation Lab in  their community in 2016-17.

EmcArts will be hosting a sixty-minute informational webinar on the LOI process on March 22, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Building on work currently under way in pilot sites in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Providence, Rhode Island, the labs are an intervention designed to help communities use the arts to bring stakeholders from different sectors  together in innovative new ways in response to a specific community challenge. Designed and facilitated by EmcArts, the labs prioritize four key principles: 1) a focus on building dense, cross-sector networks; 2) a willingness to slow down in order to see systems as a whole; 3) an ability to harvest the unique contributions of artists and cultural workers; and 4) a willingness to let go of linear planning in favor of experimental learning. Labs in two new communities in the U.S. will offer the opportunity for local stakeholders to take on an urgent and specific social challenge by using artistic practices to advance innovative responses to that challenge.

Community stakeholders  include local arts organizations, city agencies, community foundations, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. While not required, priority will be given to group inquiries that reflect cross-sector collaborations or partnerships.

A grant of $250,000 from the Kresge Foundation to EmcArts will cover program design and facilitation, including travel and accommodations. Selected communities will need to raise a community matching grant of $100,000 to cover the cost of fees for local facilitators and artists, participant stipends, convening costs, and research. The matching grant needs to be pledged in advance of the start date for the work and no later than July 2016, and must be available to be applied to lab expenses no later than September 2016.

See the EmcArts website for complete program guidelines, descriptions of pilot labs currently under way, and application instructions.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Maine Tourism Grants

The Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program offers marketing grants 
Deadline 05-06-2016

The Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program was developed to provide marketing funding to the eight designated tourism regions, two special events and targeted tourism marketing efforts within the state of Maine.

The MTMPP Regional Grant distributes awards to permanent non-profit incorporated organizations whose primary purpose is to promote and expand tourism in each of the eight (8) designated regions.

The intent of the MTMPP Special Event Grant program is to fund major events that have an impact on travel to at least two or more regions, and/or generate national and/or international press coverage for the State. The Events need to demonstrate multi-regional and/or statewide economic impact by drawing tourism related activities to the state from beyond our borders as well as internally.

The intent of the MTMPP Tourism Enterprise Grant is to distribute awards for smaller or focused tourism marketing projects to permanent non-profit 501C3 or 501C6 incorporated organizations whose primary purpose is to promote and expand tourism in Maine.

If you have any questions about the MTMPP please contact Phil Savignano, Maine Office of Tourism, (207) 624-9809 or phil.savignano@maine.gov