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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Public Art Workshop Series

Art All Around Public Workshop series,
Event time Friday, July 1, 2016 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Riverbank Park, 677 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine

The Art All Around Public Workshop series, presented by the Maine Center for Creativity, will continue with Art In the Park on Friday morning, July 1 at Riverbank Park in Westbrook. The open-to-the-public collaborative art workshop is designed to engage community members in creating an outdoor art installation.

For more information: (207) 730-0199; 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Anderscoggin Bank, $25k for Kids

Anderscoggin Bank, $25k for kids, community grant 
Deadline 07-31-2016

All non-profit organizations that meet the criteria of the Foundation are invited to apply. Previous grant recipients are welcome to apply. There will not be a preference in the review of applications based on an organizations history with the Foundation. If you have applied for a quarterly grant in the past, please remember that applications will be considered as submitted and should not reference previous applications to provide information about an organization or a project.

For the $25k for Kids grant, the following criteria (in addition to the stated requirements for all MainStreet Foundation grants) will be strong considerations in the review process.

The primary considerations are:
◾Provide an unmet critical need for food, shelter, and security.
◾Benefit a large number of kids.
◾The grantee will have an infrastructure in place.
◾The grant will have a major impact on the organization.
◾The grant will help kids in some of the communities served by Androscoggin Bank branches.

 We announce the winner and runners-up for the $25k for Kids award at our November Annual Meeting.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

KISMET Residency

The KISMET Foundation's Artist-In-Residence Program (ME)
Residency dates, one month in November to May

The KISMET Foundation's "Artist-In-Residence" program supports and enhances the work of writers, artists and musicians, by providing uninterrupted time for work, reflection and collegial interaction in a setting of natural beauty.

Our cottage offers three bedrooms on over two acres on Casco Bay. In-town Yarmouth studio space and an on-site studio building foster a vibrant and quiet environment in which to create and teach.

Residencies available 1 to 4 weeks, from November to May Calendar exclusions: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's weeks.

Application deadline: 3 months prior to desired attendance dates (subject to availability), unless other arrangements have been made with KISMET Foundation representatives.


NEA Art Works grant

National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works grant for organization arts projects 
Deadline 07-14-2016

To make "art work," the NEA has included the advancement of innovation as a core component of its mission as a way to ensure the vitality of the arts. We recognize that arts and design organizations are often in the forefront of innovation in their work and strongly encourage innovative projects which are characterized as those that:

Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.
Through the projects that we support in the Art Works category, we want to achieve the following four outcomes:
Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation

The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation grants to support Maine communities
Deadline 06-30-2016

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is a private non-profit organization that promotes strengthening and supporting communities and draws upon the values and spirituality of the founders. The Foundation has a special interest in organizations and people who have less recourse to the usual channels of resources, focusing on community-based initiatives in the State of Maine.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fledgling Film Fund Grant

Fledgling Film Fund 
Deadline rolling

Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. You can submit an application online at any time and will be asked to include a description of the project, its social change goals and your plans for moving the project forward. Typically, film projects have at least a rough cut. We review proposals on a rolling basis and you will be notified of our decision within three months.

Grants typically range from $10K – $25K. We support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are NOT available to support production or post-production.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

National Creative Aging Roster

Call to sign up to Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging Roster 
Deadline open 

Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging Roster is a free online directory of professional teaching artists – peer vetted and qualified to design and deliver instructional arts programs for older adults. Searchable by arts discipline, geographic location and languages spoken, the Roster is available to anyone interested in engaging teaching artists for participatory arts workshops in community settings.

To be listed on the Creative Aging Roster, teaching artists must apply and pass a panel review. Applications are evaluated by a panel of cross sector experts in the arts, aging, community cultural development and arts education fields.

Please note: Artists listed on the Roster are not employees of Lifetime Arts, Inc., and Lifetime Arts, Inc. assumes no responsibility for their individual performance. Commitments, agreements and contracts between teaching artists on the Roster and any other organization are private and outside the scope of Lifetime Arts services.   As such, being a member of the Lifetime Arts Roster does not guarantee employment.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Skowhegan School Lecture Series

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2016 Barbara Lee Lecture Series 
Event time Multiple 

Mon, Jun 13, 2016 8:30pm
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 9:30pm
Old Dominion Fresco Barn
39 Art School Road Madison, ME, 04950 United States

Skowhegan seeks each year to bring together a diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to artmaking and inquiry, creating the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for a concentrated period of artistic creation, interaction and growth. Located on a historic 350 acre farm in rural Maine, the campus serves as a critical component of the program.

Lectures are free and open to the public.
Lectures begin at 8:30PM.
Assistive listening devices are available; call to reserve a headset.

Paul Pfeiffer (F '05, '10)
June 13

Carl Ostendarp
June 15

Louis Cameron (A '96)
June 17

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
June 20

Joanna Malinowska (A '01)
June 24

Piero Golia

Yael Bartana
June 29

Peter Saul (F '78, '86)
July 1

Judith Linhares
July 8

Liliana Porter- Trustees' & Governors' Speaker
July 22

George Lewis- Paul Mellon Distinguished Fellow
July 29

Robert Gober (F '94)
August 5

Call 207 474 9345 to confirm dates and times.

Piscataqua Press Contest

The 2016 Piscataqua Press Novel Contest, Call for entries
Deadline 06-30-2016

We are pleased to announce our newest contest, the 2016 Novel Contest. Since our inception in 2013, we have held a poetry contest, a novel contest, and a short story contest. Those of you waiting for a memoir contest will have to wait a bit longer, because we are once again putting on a novel writing contest. Winners will be announced August 31st.

We will be awarding between one and three full publishing packages, based on the quality of the submissions. In our 2014 contest we awarded three prizes, because we had three novels that we thought really stood out. You can see our publishing package here. It includes design, production, and distribution of a printed paperback book and also an ebook. The winning books will be published at the end of November, 2016.

We are sorry, but our last novel contest had over 100 entries and took a huge, huge amount of time and effort. We’ve learned our lesson, and this year’s contest has a $50 fee. It also occurred to us that charging a small fee would encourage people to only enter if they felt really good about their work. There were some entries the last time where we could sense the author saying: “Well, it’s probably not going to win, but hey, it’s free, so I might as well enter, even if I haven’t really edited it yet…”

Email us or call us at RiverRun Bookstore, 603-431-2100

Send us ten pages of your manuscript, in Word format only, via email to                           riverrunnovel@gmail.com,


Thursday, June 23, 2016

MECA Waxman Library Job

Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time Library Director 
Commencing no later than 1 August 2016

Maine College of Art seeks an experienced, innovative, collaborative and user-oriented librarian to serve as Director of the Joanne Waxman Library at MECA. The successful candidate will have exciting opportunities to continue to re-imagine the library and its place in the College. The Director oversees library operations, supervises library staff, manages library collections, consults with College faculty to determine library resource and service needs for academic programs, and participates actively in the academic life of the College. The Director is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the library and for providing a wide range of services necessary to support students, staff and faculty, as well as the art and academic communities of greater Portland. The Director must embody and articulate the mission and character of the College and of the Joanne Waxman Library and provide vision for the expansion of library services, technologies and collections in support of these visions.

The Director provides leadership in all library operations, including instruction, resource allocation, strategic planning, staffing, program development, and evaluation of library resources and services. In addition, the Director advances information literacy, life-long learning and the overall mission of the Joanne Waxman Library and the College. S/he plans for and responds to student, faculty, community, and technology needs and represents the College at local, regional and national levels.

The Director reports directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Harper College Small Works Call

Small Works: 39th Harper College National Juried Exhibition 
Deadline 06-24-2016

Small Works is a national juried show of artwork no more than 24in its largest dimension (including frame). All media are eligible except jewelry, film/video. All entries are judged from digital files. Purchase awards may be available for accepted work. Accepted artists may be selected for a solo show at Harper College. A color catalog will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

Exhibition: August 29 to September 29

For further information and Online Entry:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Music Therapy Scholarship

American Music Therapy Association, Anne Emery Kyllo Professional Scholarship
Deadline 06-24-2016

The American Music Therapy Association is accepting applications for the  Anne Emery Kyllo Professional Scholarship, an annual program designed to support professional music therapists in their efforts to expand their training and professional interactions through continuing education.

Three cash scholarships of $500 each will be awarded annually for use toward continuing music therapy education credits.

The award may be used for national and/or regional conferences, continuing music therapy education courses, and/or other continuing education courses that meet the educational activity guidelines as established by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. In addition, the award may be used for post-undergraduate coursework as it relates to the clinical practice of music therapy. The award is for one calendar year.


Bates College, Bates Dance Festival Job

Bates College, Bates Dance Festival seeks Admissions Director/Operations Manager 
Deadline 07-01-2016

Provides organizational and financial management, communications and administrative support for all aspects of the Bates Dance Festival. Areas of particular emphasis include adjudicating student applications (400+/year), communicating with applicants and their families, and creating and implementing administrative systems for the smooth running of the Festival.


Admissions/Registrar and Applicant Support: (a) reviews, processes and registers students to all three Festival training program, (b) determines appropriate class placement and manages course enrollment, (c) manages paper and electronic records for all applicants, (d) assists with scholarship and intern selection, (e) interfaces with information and technology support staff to manage online registration and payment processes, (f) updates and manages web-based registration materials, (g) interfaces with College Registrar to provide college credit when requested, (h) assists with student travel, housing and orientation.

Staff Supervision: (a) interviews, hires, trains and supervises student administrative assistants during the academic year, (b) trains and supervises administrative interns and supports additional professional staff during the summer Festival.

Program Management: (a) assists with coordination of Festival Community Outreach Projects, (b) develops and manages local community outreach/recruitment efforts, (c) develops and maintains relationships w/local schools and organizations to recruit students (d) recruits students at annual regional high school and college dance festivals, (d) provides administrative support for a cadre of international, professional artists/faculty.

Development and Marketing: (a) manages annual individual solicitation campaign, (b) contributes to copy for brochures, solicitation letters, and performance programs.

Office Management: (a) handles communication with all prospective students, their families, and multiple faculty/artists, (b) manages all financial transactions including student payments, grants and other income (c) provides recordkeeping for the Festival, (d) maintains security and confidentiality of artist, student and donor files and information, (e) interfaces with the College Dance program staff and students, (f) nurtures positive relationships with college and other professional colleagues, artists, students.

Special Projects/Event Support: (a) provides direct administrative support to the Festival Director in the management, administration and delivery of special projects and events

Interested individuals may submit application materials online via the link at https://apply.interfolio.com/34796

Monday, June 20, 2016

York Village Craft Faire, Call

York Village Faire, Non-Juried Craft Show Call to artists
Deadline 06-30-2016
Event date to take place 07-16-2016

The  3rd Annual Village Faire will take place at the  First Parish Church, 180 York Street, York, Maine 03909. Saturday, July 16th from 9:00 – 4:00, Out-of-Doors, Rain or Shine. Art and Craft Vendors are welcome to apply. First come first serve basis and subject to approval by Faire Committee. All Items must be created by the Exhibitor. Our goal is to have a quality, well-balanced event. As a result, it may be necessary to limit the number of exhibitors in particular categories. Faire will feature children’s games, live music, food tent, and church booths on historic York Village Green.

 Booths (Structures only) can be set up prior evening from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

$75 participation fee, to First Parish Church for a 10 X 10′ space along highly-visible Rt 1A on driveway in front of Church Campus buildings.

 Contact: Susan Wierzba  susanwierzba@gmail.com
 Susan Wierzba 207-361-4541

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Art Meets Science Café Series

Artists and Naturalists at Acadia Launches MDI Biological Laboratory’s Art Meets Science Café Series
Series starts 06-20-2016

The MDI Biological Laboratory will kick off its 2016 series of Art Meets Science Cafés on Monday, June 20, at 5:00 pm with a presentation entitled “A History of Scientists and Artists Working Together in Acadia” by environmental scientist and author Catherine Schmitt. Ms. Schmitt will discuss the connections between art and science on Mount Desert Island in the 19th century.

The Art Meets Science Cafés will be held every other Monday from June 20 to September 19 (see  for dates and topics) in the Kinne Library at the MDI Biological Laboratory. The Art Meets Science exhibit will open at 4:15 pm.

The MDI Art Meets Science Cafés are offered by the MDI Biological Laboratory in fulfillment of its mission to increase public engagement with science. The Art Meets Science Cafés and the Art Meets Science exhibit are free and open to the public.

The MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution focused on increasing healthy lifespan and increasing our natural ability to repair and regenerate tissues damaged by injury or disease. The institution develops solutions to complex human health problems through research, education and ventures that transform discoveries into cures.

For more information, please visit mdibl.org


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Singing for Change Grant

Singing for Change community improvement grant
Open Deadline 

Singing for Change supports nonprofit organizations that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively, people can bring about positive change. We believe people can achieve sustainable self-sufficiency through dynamic, connected, diverse communities.

We focus our resources on inclusive, community-based organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts, where foundation support can make a significant difference. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low and collaborate with other groups in their community to find innovative ways of solving a common problem. SFC is interested in programs that empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities.

Specifically, we look for groups that are:

  • Working to engage individuals in their communities
  • Helping people realize their full potential
  • Creating lasting change in the communities they serve

Areas Of Interest:

  • Children and families: Grants are awarded to programs fostering self-sufficiency and stability. Individual therapy is not funded, nor are therapeutic or recreational camps or wish-fulfillment programs.
  • The environment: Grants are awarded to programs teaching people practical, everyday methods of conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC.
  • Disenfranchised groups: SFC defines these groups as people who have been marginalized in society because of their low levels of skill, education or income, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless.

Projects most likely to be considered are those which:

  • Help people overcome social or economic barriers to education or employment
  • Promote the empowerment of individuals toward self-sufficiency, and provide opportunities for personal growth that benefit their greater community
  • Demonstrate human equality and encourage people to cross boundary lines to help others

Funding Categories: Grants range in size from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Mark Twain "Royal Nonesuch" Humor Contest

Mark Twain "Royal Nonesuch" Humor Contest, call to writers
Deadline 07-10-2016

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:

Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for "Twainiacs" to support Mark Twain's legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Word limit is 7,000 words.

Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all - bragging rights! Last year's winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

stARTup Art Fair

stARTup Art Fair for unrepresented artists, IL
Deadline 06-30-2016

Event date September 23 - 25, 2016
MileNorth Hotel | 166 E Superior St. | Chicago

The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to present an independent venue for unrepresented artists to exhibit original works in an art fair setting. Most importantly, a main principle of our philosophy is participating artists keep 100% of the proceeds from their own sales, as well as any new client relationships established during the course of the fair.

We expect each participating artist, in the spirit of the fair’s mission, to maintain an egalitarian, level playing field. By submitting an application, you attest that the body of work you propose to exhibit is not currently represented by any art gallery, agency, or art consultancy, commercial or otherwise. We reserve the right to reject your application should it be discovered you have misrepresented yourself in this regard.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

CMA Conference Showcase Call

2017 Chamber Music America (CMA) Conference Showcase, NYC
Deadline 06-20-2016

Consider having your ensemble play a showcase at CMA's 2017 National Conference.

Chamber Music America will present 20-minute showcases by CMA member ensembles during its National Conference in New York City on January 12-15, 2017. The showcases are an opportunity for ensembles to market themselves and their work to an audience of presenters, artist managers, educators, and other colleagues.

Professional ensembles that perform early, classical/contemporary, jazz, or world music are encouraged to apply.

No application fee is required, but applicants must be current CMA members at the organization level.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fuller Foundation Grant

Fuller Foundation Community grant
Deadline 06-15-2016

The Fuller Foundation primarily funds non-profit agencies that support youth at risk, protect wildlife, and showcase the arts.

General Guidelines:

  • Proposals for these grants must follow all current “Application Procedures” as outlined in The Fuller Foundation, Inc. Guidelines.
  • Any Grant submitted that is incomplete will not be considered. The Fuller Foundation does not award grants to individuals.
  • No capital projects will be considered unless, in the opinion of the Trustees, the gift will have significant impact.
  • Faxed or emailed grant requests will not be accepted.
  • No multi-year grants will be considered.

Maine Academy of Modern Music Job

Maine Academy of Modern Music seeks Grant Writer (PT)
Open until filled

The Maine Academy of Modern Musicis hiring a part-time grant writer.

Job Description

(1)   Thoroughly research private and public grant opportunities for MAMM. Maintain a working list of prospects that is updated regularly.

(2)   Establish a grant calendar and a list of proposals submitted/received. Provide quarterly reports to Executive Director and Board of Directors.

(3)   Work with Executive Director, Board and staff to create/update working description(s) of MAMM programs to use in grant proposals.

(4)   Make foundation contacts via email and phone as appropriate. Work with Executive Director to plan other contacts by ED and Board Members in support of grant proposals.

(5)   Write and submit grant proposals in collaboration with Executive Director, Board and staff.

(6)   Assist Executive Director and Board in identifying goals and strategies that will increase long-term organizational viability and position MAMM to increase funding from regional and national sources in the future.

(7)   Assist Executive Director and Board in developing program assessment plan to capture data that is relevant for grant proposals and reports which are also written and submitted by the grant manager.

(8)   Assist with writing/editing other development/marketing materials as needs arise and time permits.

(9)   Perform other, related duties as requested by Executive Director and Board.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of reference to jeff.mamm@gmail.com

Monday, June 13, 2016

Haystack Summer Conference, ME

2016 Haystack Summer Conference
Deadline 07-10-2016

Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials and Creative Process will be held July 10-14, 2016.

The 2016 Haystack Summer Conference features presenters who come from a variety of creative disciplines in art, design, architecture, documentary filmmaking, curatorial practices, poetry, and critical writing. Each morning there are lectures by presenters with discussion groups and studio based workshops in the afternoon that provide a way of exploring ideas through materials.

Our focus is on how we think through craft and how creative processes, audiences, and materials inform the work that we make. Craft is a place where innovation and tradition, skill and intuition, exist together. Whether making a mobile oven for baking bread, rethinking a museum collection, programming machines that can print objects, or choosing to work in vernacular tradition, the very definition and scope of craft is constantly shifting.

The conference is intimate in scale and n the evenings there are informal discussions with presenters and participants that focus on craft, community, and the creative process.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

FUSED Dance Grants

New England Foundation for the Arts, French -U.S. Dance Exchange 
Deadline 06-13-2016

FUSED aims to foster dialogue, strengthen professional relationships, and spark creative artistry through meaningful exchanges in the partner countries.

FUSED has distributed more than $1,500,000 supporting artistic projects as well as curatorial research trips in the United States and France.

In 2016, NEFA and FACE are launching an evaluation of the program since its inception and will jointly support curatorial research trips to the U.S., France, and to some specific events in Africa such as the Dance Triennial in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Additionally, FACE will support a limited number of artistic projects. For information on FUSED project support in 2016 or to inquire about applying.


Androscoggin Bank Community Grants

Androscoggin Bank's Main Street Foundation Community Improvement Grant
Deadline Quarterly

Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation makes grants to agencies actively working in communities where they operate to help local kids thrive. These grants vary based on the need and are awarded in amounts up to $5,000. The Foundation generally gives priority to local organizations with sustainable, if modest, organizational budgets.

Agencies and missions served: After-school and mentoring programs; Leadership development experiences; Promoting literacy and love of learning; Coping with homelessness and family discord; Promoting mental health; Learning life-management skills.

 Full guidelines at;

Saturday, June 11, 2016

PMA Learning and Interpretation Assistant

Portland Museum of Art seeks a Learning and Interpretation Assistant 
Deadline open until filled

Under the general supervision of the Director of Learning and Interpretation, this position is responsible for administrative and program support to the Portland Museum of Art’s (PMA’s) Learning and Interpretation department. This position supports the PMA’s goal to provide engaging learning experiences and to create dynamic in-gallery programs for learners of all ages.

The majority of work is performed in a museum or gallery setting or in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, photocopier, and other office equipment. Work involves extended sitting, computer use, small muscle tasks, and extended periods of standing and/or walking. Weekend and evening hours required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Art History, Art Education or a related field. One year of related education or customer service experience, including experience working with volunteers. Museum education and/or gallery teaching experience preferred. 


  • Flexible and creative problem-solver; ability to multitask, organize work, and meet deadlines with careful attention to detail and a commitment to quality in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills, including ability to adhere to PMA brand charter and style guide, and ability to communicate effectively with constituents in person, over the phone, and via email.
  • Ability to operate computers and assigned software, including Microsoft Office and database applications.
  • Available to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Please email cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available at website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml , to Business Manager at: Li.pma.042016@portlandmuseum.org


Friday, June 10, 2016

MECA Visiting Artists Series

2016 Maine College of Art visiting artists series.
Event - Multiple dates

Seth Goldenberg
Founder of The Epic Decade
Thursday, June 23 AT 5:30PM
 Seth Goldenberg is the Founder & CEO of The Epic Decade, a design think tank group propelled by the essential question “How will we Live, Learn, Work, Play, and Sustain ourselves in the 21st century?”

Hrag Vartanian
Editor-in-Chief of Hyperallergic
Monday, June 27 at 5:30pm
Hrag Vartanian is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His art criticism explores the evolving status of art, its audience, and its transmission and reception.

Huma Bhabha
Tuesday, July 5 at 5:30pm
 Huma Bhabha is known for her engagement with the human figure and her use of found materials. Often tending towards the grotesque, Bhabha’s sculptural works and photo-based drawings feature bodies that appear dissected and dismembered, but one can likewise view them as monuments to human life reclaimed from the detritus of a post-apocalyptic landscape. Incorporating materials like Styrofoam, animal bones and clay, Bhabha creates figures that feel unstable and ephemeral.

Lori Nix
Monday, July 11 at 5:30pm
 Lori Nix was born in the late 1960’s and raised in the American Midwest. Her early exposure to the destructive powers of Mother Nature and Hollywood dystopian stories fueled her young imagination. For the last 20+ years she has constructed small scale dioramas and photographed them. Beginning with retelling the tall tales of her youth in her Accidentally Kansas series, she has progressed to imagining urban scenes of the apocalypse. Her last series, The City, spanned 10 years and imagined a future mysteriously devoid of mankind.

Keith Edmier
Monday, July 18 at 5:30pm
Keith Edmier has evolved his artistic process into one that intertwines his own personal narrative with historical personalities, architectural simulations, and botanical wonders. He has directly collaborated with many iconic figures such as Farrah Fawcett, Evel Knievel, and Frank Veteran (the doctor who attended to John Lennon the night Lennon was shot), among others. His use of materials such as casting his childhood crush in white Crayola crayon, the recreation of his childhood home, or masterfully executed botanical specimens in otherworldly synthetic materials add to the presence of his work when one encounters his ghostly creations.

Ann Hirsch
Performance Artist
Monday, July 25 at 5:30pm
Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who examines the influence of technology on popular culture and gender. Her immersive research has included becoming a YouTube “camwhore” with over two million video views and an appearance as a contestant on Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair on VH1. She was awarded a Rhizome commission for her two-person play Playground, which debuted at the New Museum and was premiered by South London Gallery at Goldsmiths College. Hirsch has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Recent solo shows include MIT List Visual Arts Center, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, and the New Museum’s online project space First Look.

Jim Shaw
Monday, August 1 at 5:30pm
Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has created a vast body of work spanning diverse media and reference points. Shaw’s work mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rock. Originating from these sources, the work often features recurring characters, including himself, his friends, fictional superheroes, politicians, and film stars. Combining text and the painted figure with objects and drawings from his unconscious,

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Maine Postmark Poetry Contest

6th Annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest: open to Anyone in Maine this Summer
Deadline 08-08-2016

The Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition, is happening again this year in conjunction with the 11th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, to be held October 16 & 17, 2015 .

Maine residents and everyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer are invited to enter.  Citizens, residents, and visitors to our great state are all welcome: the only rule is that all entries must bear a Maine postmark.

To enter, submit one poem of up to two (2) total pages in length; each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee.  Proceeds will be used to support the festival.  Entrants may submit more than one poem, but each additional poem is an additional $5.

The Belfast Poetry Festival Committee will screen entries and forward finalists to an outside judge, poet Baron Wormser, Maine State Poet Laureate from 2000 to 2005 and Guggenheim fellowship recipient, who will choose first, second, and third place winners.  The first place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and publication in Off the Coast, ‘Maine’s International Poetry Journal.’ Winners will be invited to read the winning poem and be honored at the Belfast Poetry Festival in October 2015; winning poems will also be announced and published in the Maine press. The top 10 poems will be featured in Belfast art galleries during October as part of the festival’s Gallery Hunt, and the top 10 poets will be featured at a showcase reading, Friday, October 16, 2015.

Only submissions received with a Maine postmark will be read.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Maine College of Art Lectures

Maine College of Art 2016 Visiting Artist Summer Lecture Series 
Event date - Various

The lectures are free and open to the public 5:30-7 p.m. in the Maine College of Art, Osher Hall.

Thursday, June 23.     Seth Goldenberg
CEO of The Epic Decade

Monday, June 27.       Hrag Vartania
Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, art blogazine based in Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday, July 5.          Huma Bhabha
Artist known for her engagement with the human figure and use of found materials

Monday July 11.          Lori Nix
Photographer who bends the line between truth and illusion

Monday,  July 18.         Keith Edmier
American sculptor whose works have close personal connections to his life

Monday, July 25.          Ann Hirsch,
Video and performance artist


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ArtWorks Arts Education

National Endowment for the Arts: ArtWorks Arts Education (second deadline)
Deadline 07-14-2016

The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration.

Arts Education funding is focused on students. Projects are for pre-K-12 students, the educators and artists who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. All students are served when each level of the system is supported. Applicants should consider what role their proposed project plays within this system, and the impact their project has on students. We support three types of projects -- Direct Learning, Professional Development and Collective Impact. - See more at: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education#sthash.fSE28AJZ.dpuf



Monday, June 6, 2016

Anne Emery Kyllo Music Scholarship

Music Therapy Association, Applications for Anne Emery Kyllo Professional Scholarship
Deadline 06-24-2016

The American Music Therapy Association is accepting applications for the 2015 Anne Emery Kyllo Professional Scholarship, an annual program designed to support professional music therapists in their efforts to expand their training and professional interactions through participation in continuing education opportunities.

Three scholarships of $500 will be awarded annually for use toward continuing music therapy education credits.

The award may be used for national and/or regional conferences, continuing music therapy education courses, and/or other continuing education courses that meet the educational activity guidelines established by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. In addition, the award may be used for postgraduate coursework as it relates to the clinical practice of music therapy. The award is for one calendar year.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jane's Trust

Jane's Trust Grant for Community Improvement
Deadline 07-15-2016

Jane's Trust makes grants to address important issues in the Trust's fields of interest and areas of geographical focus, and are interested primarily in organizations and projects which benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities.

The Trust supports collaborations among nonprofit organizations and welcomes joint applications, and encourages grant requests and collaborations that bridge two or more areas of interest. Application is a two step process involving first the submission of an initial inquiry and then, only upon request from the Trustees, the submission of a full proposal. The Trustees meet several times per year to consider requests, although payment of all grants is in December.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Aaron Copland Music Fund

Aaron Copland Fund grant cycle is now open for professional performing ensembles
Deadline 06-30-2016

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music grant cycle is now open. Applicants must be working to support artistic excellence that encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Eligibility: Funds are available for General Operating Support or Project Support for professional performing ensembles with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and with plans to continue that commitment.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
 •Non-profit tax-exempt status.
 •Performance history of at least two years at the time of application.
 •Demonstrated commitment to contemporary American music.

It is advised that organizations whose programming (in terms of duration) for the preceding 2 seasons does not consist of at least 20% contemporary American music apply only for project support.

Individuals, student ensembles, festivals and presenters without a core ensemble are not eligible.

Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissioning composers. Requests from dance companies are eligible, but only for costs associated with live performances of music by contemporary American composers of concert music. Project support will be given only for a project that begins in the current season. Multi-year projects will be considered if they begin in the current season, but projects that have already begun generally will not be eligible for support.

For more information, visit the website



Friday, June 3, 2016

Public Art Call, CMCC

Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine call for public art proposals 
Deadline 06-24-2016

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to artists in the U.S. with a strong connection to Maine to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork for exterior locations at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine. Budget: approx. $45,000

The prospectus is available at:


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Grateful American Book Prize

Grateful American Book Prize for children’s historical non-fiction and fiction focusing on the United States
Deadline 07-31-2016

The Grateful American Book Prize is the only award for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration for children’s historical non-fiction and fiction focused on the events and personalities that have shaped the United States since the country’s founding.

The Prize, which was created by author and publisher David Bruce Smith and Dr. Bruce Cole, the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, consists of a $13,000 cash award in commemoration of the 13 original Colonies. It is believed to be among the highest cash awards among book prizes in general. In addition, the winner will receive a medal created by Smith’s mother, the renowned artist Clarice Smith.

One of the prime intentions of the Prize is the restoration of history as an integral part of early education in the United States. Perhaps it will encourage a “grass roots” movement that will allow the country’s successes and failures of the past to inform the future.

In recent decades, education has concentrated on math and science, even in elementary and middle school classrooms. History has been pushed out in favor of subjects that may offer economic gain for the individual and the country. Though this is a worthy objective, it fosters a lack of understanding of who we are, what we’ve done and what we can do in the future.

Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the third president of the United States and, the founder of the University of Virginia. He stressed the importance of history because: “…apprising them [students] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PMA Homer High School Fellow

Portland Museum of Art - Homer High school Fellowship
Deadline 06-05-2016

Under the general supervision of the Associate Educator for Youth Learning, this temporary, part-time, paid position offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the museum profession through the development of youth and teen programs. This seven-week fellowship program is designed to foster creative thinking, to build community, and to use the PMA collection for inspiration and idea building. The Homer High School Fellow will be one of eight fellows who will collaborate on projects and programs. Work is tentatively scheduled for July 11, 2016 - August 26, 2016.


  • A high school student highly motivated in the visual arts.
  • Comfortable working with museum visitors of all ages, including children, teens, and adults.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Interest in working with children.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to obtain a work permit if under 16 years old.
  • Tentatively July 11 through August 26, 2016
  • The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 105 hours. Tentatively, five hours a day for three days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.

Please submit completed PMA Application for Employment and Supplementary application for Homer High School Fellows to HHSF.pma.042016@portlandmuseum.org

or mail to Business Manager, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101.