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Friday, September 30, 2016

MICA Conference in One Week.

Maine International Conference on Arts
Event Date October 6 and 7, 2016

The second Maine International Conference on Arts will be held at multiple locations in Lewiston, Maine Thursday and Friday, October 6-7, 2016.

The mission of the conference is to further develop Maine’s creative communities -- artists, arts organizations, art educators, schools, downtown groupd, and local networks – for the advancement of their work.

Two days of convening will include inspiring keynote presentations, networking opportunities, cross discipline conversations between leaders of Maine’s creative, business, and policy sectors, and interactive workshops geared toward professional and policy development


Art in the 21st Century Preview

A sneak peak at Season 8 of Art21 
Event date 10-05-2016 (6-8 p.m.) 

Art in the 21st Century. For this event, UMMA will host a FREE screening of the CHICAGO episode. Featured artists include Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, and Chris Ware.

Director George Kinghorn will offer insight on Nick Cave’s work. Kinghorn curated a large solo exhibition of Cave’s work at his former institution Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.
The first and only nationally broadcast public television series to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists, Art in the Twenty-First Century introduces audiences to a diverse group of established and emerging artists working today. In the ART21 broadcast series, contemporary artists speak directly to the audience in their own words, reflecting on their lives, sources of inspiration, and working processes.

FREE and open to the public



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Colby College Job

Colby College Art Department seeks Administrative Assistant
Deadline 10-15-2016

Full-Time (40-Hours) Academic Year, Part-Time (24-Hours) Summer, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Support Staff Appointment

Reporting to the Art department chair, the Administrative Assistant II will provide a wide range of administrative support for the Department of Art.

-Provide administrative and clerical support for faculty and staff in the department
-Responsible for the department's office management
-Coordinate information management, record keeping, and reporting systems
-Manage accounting for departmental budget centers, including all departmental billing and payments
-Process contracts for freelance service providers
-Oversee office supplies and requisitions
-Coordinate workflow for student employees
-Assist the organization of department lectures, faculty/student exhibitions, and other events
-Update the department's website and social media postings
-Create publicity for departmental programs and events
-Attend and draft minutes for the department faculty meetings
-Coordinate the scheduling of courses
-Perform other duties as assigned

-High school diploma or equivalent required; professional coursework or post-secondary education are a plus
-Three or more years of previous administrative professional experience
-Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation and initiative
-Attention to detail and accuracy are critical
-Ability to handle confidential information
-Working knowledge of business English, proofreading, and spelling skills
-Must be able to work independently, exercise judgment, and manage projects with minimal supervision, as well as to adjust as new projects are assigned
-Talent to diffuse challenging customer contacts with tact and poise
-Highly developed computer skills including extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite, email and web applications, Email and the Internet, Google Docs, database applications, WordPress, image editing software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop), as well as an interest in and ability to learn new programs
-Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community

This position has significant interactions with the Art Department, Colby Museum of Art, Colby employees and supervisors, students and other members of the campus community. This is a full-time office position without opportunities for teaching or student advising.

General office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, twisting, and occasional lifting required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.

Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Administrative Assistant II (Art) - Search Committee
 Office of Human Resources
 Colby College
 5500 Mayflower Hill
 Waterville, ME 04901-8855

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UMO Sketchbook Sessions

Sketchbook Sessions at the University of Maine Museum of Art
Event Date September 30, 2016 and repeating each Friday (3:30 to 5:00 p.m.)

UMMA will provide an inspiring space for you to further your artistic practice working with your sketchbook.

Adults and students grades 6 and up are welcome to join. Those under 18 must complete the proper release form agreements in order to attend. For more information please contact Education Coordinator Kat Johnson at 207.561.3360 or email kat.johnson@maine.edu


TEDxDirigo Scholarships

TEDxDirigo Confernce Scholarships for Dissonance 
Deadline: Available until supplies run out 
Event Date November 05, 2016 (State Theater in Portland) 

TEDxDirigo is happy to announce that we are able to offer scholarships to people that otherwise couldn't afford to attend TEDxDirigo. For every event, our volunteer team works hard to build partnerships to ensure this access. In addition, many in the TEDxDirigo community contribute to this scholarship fund. Thank you to everyone that has done so.

If you are on a limited fixed income, a student, a member of the First Nation Tribes, a year round island resident, or otherwise unable to afford the TEDxDirigo registration price, please complete the scholarship request.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Henderson Foundation Grant

George B. Henderson Foundation Invites Applications for Boston Beautification Projects
Deadline 10-14-2016 

The George B. Henderson Foundation is dedicated solely to the enhancement of the physical appearance of the City of Boston.

To that end, grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to projects that improve the physical appearance of city parks, streets, buildings, monuments, or architectural and sculptural works. Each project must be visible to the public, preferably from a public way.

In 2016, preference will be given to permanent public art projects, projects focused on outdoor spaces, and historic preservation projects. Projects in neighborhoods that have not been well represented in previous grants, including but not limited to East Boston, South Boston, Mission Hill, Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Mattapan, and Roslindale are encouraged.

Applicants, unless a municipal agency, must be an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must submit a copy of their determination letter from the IRS. Projects must located be within the City of Boston.


Monday, September 26, 2016

TD Bank Community Grants

TD Bank grants and community sponsorship.
Deadline Open

Supporting the communities where we live and work has long been one of TD Bank's core values. Our mission is to strengthen the fabric of neighborhoods, and improve and enrich the lives of community members by supporting local organizations. In particular, TD Bank is committed to promoting economic empowerment, youth development and community involvement.

You may apply as many times as you would like throughout the year, but only one grant will be awarded to an organization per calendar year. At the end of the application process, you will be given the option to create an account or log into an existing account. After you create an account, you will receive an e-mail confirmation for your new grant application. Due to the large number of requests received, we are unable to provide a telephone confirmation for individual requests.

All applications will be reviewed at the local level with final recommendations by the TD Charitable Foundation's grants committee and approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors. Building an inclusive organization is a key element of the TD Charitable Foundation's giving strategy. We are working to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. Our commitment to diversity includes how we contribute to our communities. Projects, programs and activities funded by the TD Charitable Foundation must be consistent with this commitment.

Complete information at:


Sunday, September 25, 2016

CEC ArtsLink international Artists Grant

CEC ArtsLink Grant Opportunities for International Artists & Arts Managers
Deadline 10-15-2016

Through its ArtsLink Residency program, CEC Artslink is inviting applications from contemporary artists and arts managers working in the performing arts and literature to live and work in the United States.

Preference will be given to applicants for whom this will be a first-time opportunity for in-depth creative work in the U.S., as well as to applicants whose artistic practice integrates innovative approaches to interaction with the community.

Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently while in the U.S. Undergraduate students, amateurs, and research scholars are not eligible to apply. In addition, arts managers must be affiliated with an arts organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking placement in commercial firms are also ineligible to apply.

Contemporary artists and arts managers from the following countries are eligible to apply: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Shubert Foundation Grant

Shubert Foundation Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Grants
Deadline 10-18-2016 or 12-01-2016

Applications in the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted by October 18.
Theater applications must be submitted by December 1.

The Shubert Foundation  in New York City is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit, professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that  support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a track record of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).


Saturday, September 24, 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.
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, September 23, 2016

YoungArts Foundation Call

YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for Young Artists Prize (ages 15 to 18) 
Deadline: 10-14-2016

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities to help ensure that the nation's most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts. YoungArts is accepting applications in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with distinguished artists/master teachers. In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest honor for young artists.

Each year up to seven hundred students are selected from across the country as national winners. Winners will receive grants of up to $10,000 each and have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs and partake in master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions.



One Longfellow Square Job

One Longfellow Square Inc seeks House Manager & Talent Buyer (FT)
Deadline 09-30-2016

Description: The House Manager/Talent Buyer at One Longfellow Square (OLS) is a key managerial position at a small non-profit 180-seat music venue, arts center and community events space. This person is responsible for booking a wide variety of talent, negotiating contracts in the best interest of the artists and venue and working with a small team to ensure success of shows from contract singing through day of event including assisting with marketing and managing the organization and execution artist hospitality to ensure all needs are met. This role is also responsible for oversight and management of venue space, bar area and bar staff.

The ideal candidate is an organized, highly self-motivated and confident team player with strong communication skills and a passion for non-profits, music and performing arts, who enjoys a fast-paced and creative work environment. This individual will be committed to maximizing the core audience at One Longfellow Square while attracting new audiences to the venue with innovative programming. The ability to work well under pressure and thrive in the sometimes-unpredictable live performance environment is a must.


  • Research, and book a robust calendar of music and other events with a blend of proven national artists, up-and coming talent, and local musicians.
  • Negotiate and complete contracts that are mutually beneficial to the venue and the artist.
  • Act as a positive figurehead/spokesperson for the venue at all times.
  • Develop relationships with musicians and agencies.
  • Coordinate with staff on show promotion and execution.
  • Manage artist hospitality to ensure contracts are fulfilled to artist and venue satisfaction.
  • Maintain internal calendar of all events, placing holds and confirming dates in a timely fashion.
  • Properly advance shows with venue staff and artist/artist’s teams.
  • Consult with Rental Coordinator on available dates for booked shows and rental events.
  • Evaluate ticket sales regularly, identifying issues and collaborating with staff to improve sales and show income as needed.
  • Work with Board and staff to achieve the financial goals of the organization.
  • Report to and work with Board of Directors and Program Committee.
  • Produce variety of events designed to broaden and strengthen OLS community.
  • Work closely with office staff, event staff, and volunteers to ensure successful production and execution of events.
  • Maintain inventory of bar and venue supplies, restocking as needed.
  • Schedule and manage bar staff.
  • Set up systems for easy maintenance of the bar, restrooms and venue space.


  • In depth knowledge of and appreciation for acoustic, folk, blues, jazz and Celtic genres.
  • Thorough understanding of contracting processes and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization.
  • Proven successful negotiation skills.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Bartending experience.

This is a full time (40 hr per week) position to be performed in venue on a set schedule with some flexibility to allow for presence at start of shows and events for managing house staff and welcoming artists. Some benefits included.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to resumes@onelongfellowsquare.com

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust for Maine Organizations 
Deadline 10-01-2016

The directors of the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust have expressed an interest in making grants related to the following activities in the State of Maine:
a. Educational programs;
b. Cultural projects;
c. Historic preservation
d. Environmental initiatives.

The Trust encourages collaborative and cooperative ventures among nonprofit organizations.
The Trust encourages grant requests from alternative education providers.
The Trust does not make grants to individuals.
The following organizations will generally not be encouraged to submit grant requests:
• National or regional organizations with headquarters outside of Maine
• Medical organizations
• Universities and colleges
• Organizations seeking funding for annual or endowment campaigns.

All grant applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a municipality or other exempt governmental entity. Grant requests will be accepted after July 1 but no later than October 1 each year, for consideration in November of that year, with grant awards and distributions being made by December 31 of that year.

There is no grant application form.  Grant requests should include the following:

a. Brief background information concerning requesting organization;
b. Amount of the grant requested;
c. Purpose for which the grant funds will be used;
d. List of requesting organization’s directors or trustees;
e. Financial statement or budget related to the grant request; and
f. Photocopy of requesting organization's IRS 501(c)(3) exemption letter.

Two copies of each grant request are to be sent to the following address:

  Mailing address:
  Michael J. Quinlan, Secretary
  Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
  P.O. Box 4510
  Portland, ME  04112

  Physical address:
  Ten Free Street
  Portland, ME  04101

The Trust does not accept e-mailed grant applications.

Grant recipients are required to submit a written report on the use and/or status of grant funds received from the Trust by October 1 of the year following the date of the grant award.

For further information regarding the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, please contact the following:

Michael J. Quinlan, Secretary
  Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust
  P.O. Box 4510
  Portland, ME  04112
  Tel.:  207-775-7271
  e-mail:  mquinlan@jbgh.com

Chocolate Church Job

Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks a Front Office Manager (PT)
Deadline 10-04-2016

The Chocolate Church Arts Center is a non-profit organization that operates from a re-purposed 1847 church in beautiful downtown Bath.

The Chocolate Church Arts Center, dedicated to providing the best is music, dance, theater and visual arts to the region, seeks a part-time FRONT OFFICE MANAGER.  The person should thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial workplace. We seek a person who is a problem solver and a creative thinker who can operate independently as well as in a team environment.

FRONT OFFICE duties include:

  • Manage phone system including answer phones, processing messages and keeping the voicemail message current
  • Maintain general email account; respond in a timely and consistent manner
  • Serve as customer service representative
  • Establish, Manage the database and respond to requests for data in a timely manner
  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment and engagement
  • Update the website
  • Supervise the art gallery
  • Support the work of the executive director
  • Attend board meeting to take meeting minutes and support Board Secretary
  • 20-25 Hours per week

Apply with resume to: Chocolate Church Arts Center, c/o Thom Watson, PO Box 710, Bath, ME 04530


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NEFA Idea Swap & CINARS Support

New England Foundation for the Arts Idea Swap & CINARS Biennale - International exchange Grant 
Deadline 09-23-2016

NEFA is working in partnership with CINARS, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Ministry of Culture, to develop ongoing relationships for international cultural exchange between artists and performing arts presenters in New England and Québec. With an Aim to build an ongoing touring network between the two region,  increase participants’ knowledge of artists and presenters in each region, and expand touring opportunities for artists from New England and Québec

NEFA will invite a diverse group of six to eight presenters and artists from New England to participate in two key events in November 2016. CINARS will host a counterpart delegation of six to eight arts presenters from Québec.

NEFA’s Idea Swap: November 2, 2016, in Worcester, MA

CINARS Biennale: November 14-19, 2016, in Montréal, Québec

NEFA will provide New England presenters with $800 in travel support for attendance at CINARS. Complimentary registration will be provided to attend CINARS and the Idea Swap. Presenters are expected to cover the balance of their expenses, attend both events, and participate in follow up discussions or meetings.

Idea Swap Performing Arts Conference, MA

NEFA Annual Idea Swap for performing arts organizations
Event Date November 2, 2016
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA. 

The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program.

 Each year NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 participants. Together with Expeditions grant funding, Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while broadening the range of arts projects and activities available to New England communities.

The Idea Swap begins with networking over breakfast, followed by five-minute presentations of high quality performing arts projects that may be available for touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to informally discuss project ideas.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Clark Hulings Business Grant

Clark Hulings Busines Fund for financial assistance and support to professional visual artists
Deadline 09-30-2016

To be selected for CHF’s Business Accelerator Program, visual artists must apply online (see “Submission Requirements” below). Admission to the program is awarded to the 20 visual artists who present the strongest applications. (Please visit our benefits page for more information about what participants receive.)

How to Qualify for a Grant
From the main group of 20 program participants, up to ten artists will be awarded a Business Accelerator grant to cover targeted business expenses, as well as receiving one-on-one tailored business support and guidance from CHF’s Business Accelerator team to help maximize the impact of the grant. (The amount of each grant will vary according to an artist’s business plan and specific needs, but the total funding to be disbursed by CHF in one year will not exceed $10,000.)

To be considered for funding, artists must fulfill all program requirements as enumerated in CHF’s agreement letter, including attending and participating in all workshops, offering feedback, and providing the fund with periodic updates on their businesses. Winners and grant amounts will be determined by CHF’s Business Accelerator team based on the following three criteria:

  • An artist’s original application and business plan
  • The successful completion of all program requirements
  • A demonstrable commitment to actively managing his/her business

Who Should Apply?
Professional painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper who:

  • Employ traditional media, NOT including photography, film, or video
  • Have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally
  • Are pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which the fund’s support would make a substantial difference in their business prospects
  • Are United States citizens or permanent residents
  • Have not previously been awarded a grant from CHF
  • CHF does not give preference to any particular art movement, style, or trend. All painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper are eligible. The fund does not support performance, literary, or commercial work.



Monday, September 19, 2016

Harpo Foundation Fellowship

Harpo Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute
Deadline 10-01-2016

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation's Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist age 25 or older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a well-appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute provides an opportunity for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports more than fifty residents a year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates the ideal working conditions for resident artists. Living and studio space is located within a nearly 17,000-square-foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta that allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at SFAI.

One fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships

Vermont Studio Center - 40+ Fellowships available
Deadline 10-01-2016

We offer over 120 fellowships per year to artists and writers of outstanding talent. A fellowship covers the full cost of a VSC residency (some awards also include an additional stipend for travel/lost income/etc).

The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984. Our location--situated along the banks of the Gihon River in the historic village of Johnson, Vermont--was chosen with the intention of fostering creativity through community, collaboration, and quiet reflection supported by the unspoiled beauty of the northern Green Mountains.

Over the last 30 years, VSC has grown to become the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ticket to Ride Travel Funds

Ticket to Ride funding for school travel to arts events
Deadline, Open

The Ticket to Ride program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum.

Any K-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

Ticket to Ride is designed for ease of administration; school personnel need only download and complete a two-page document to be eligible for funding. The only other requirement is the provision of a 250 word or less narrative, preferably with student input, of the experience within two weeks of the trip taking place. This final report helps the Maine Arts Commission secure funding to continue the Ticket to Ride program. The Maine Arts Commission respectfully requests that Ticket to Ride funds not be used to replace existing transportation funds in school budgets but rather to supplement them when necessary. Schools are welcome to use Ticket to Ride funds in combination with transportation funds that may be available from individual Maine arts based venues and events.

Schools contracting with Cyr Bus Lines are asked to contact General Manager Rick Soules and to mention the Ticket to Ride program.



Friday, September 16, 2016

Bangor Savings Grant

Bangor Savings corporate giving
Deadline 10-01-2016

Bangor Savings is committed to the support of organizations and activities that advance community development and improve the quality of life in our Maine communities. Our corporate charitable giving has a focus in the following areas:

Initiatives that raise student aspirations at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.
Programs that transfer knowledge in specific skill sets such as public speaking and economics.
Initiatives that support education through dissemination of information.

Social and Civic Services
Activities directed at improving quality of life in the communities we serve.

Culture and Arts
Initiatives supporting creative arts that educate and entertain while providing a forum for local talent. Activities that enhance the role of art organizations as economic enterprises.

Health and Wellness
Unduplicated programs essential to the underlying medical care of a community.
Initiatives focusing on physical and mental wellness for people of all ages.

A United Way Supporter
Bangor Savings Bank is a long-term supporter and corporate contributor to United Way programs in Maine. The Bank also recognizes the importance of setting a positive example for Maine-based companies by supporting local rather than national charities with both corporate contributions and service commitments from its employees.

To apply for funding, please submit a written request with a short summary of the project or program for which funding is sought. Send requests via email to customercare@bangor.com


New Brunswick Music Industry Conference

Music NB hosts Festival (506), a New Brunswick music industry conference
Event Date October 13-18, 2016

Festival (506) Welcomes New Brunswick Music Industry to Miramichi Canada this Fall

Music NB unveiled earlier today the list of artists who will be showcased in Moncton at the next edition of Festival (506), from 15–18 October this year. The event brings together New Brunswick's music industry, offering a number of public shows that put forward the province's leading artists. As well as development sessions and networking opportunities.

For more information :
Music NB
(506) 383-4662

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stonington Artist Residency

The Harbor Residency at Opera House Arts for theatre artists and ensembles
Deadline 10-01-2016

Residencies are available for individuals and groups of artists creating works of theatre, performance, dance, film and opera, including but not limited to playwrights, theatre companies, collaborative ensembles and performance artists.

Resident artists will receive free rehearsal space, space to create and accommodations through the The Harbor Residency and, in exchange, will have opportunities to engage with our year-round community and ongoing educational programs.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with residencies offered January through May for periods of time to be determined by the needs of the projects.

Residencies may overlap depending on the scope and requirements of participating artists.

Initial Proposal
For the initial proposal, all candidates must submit the following to director@operahousearts.org

A one-page letter of intent, addressing the following questions:

Provide a brief description of the artist or artistic group applying for the residency. Information about previous work, history of the company or individuals involved and aims of the project are required.
Indicate your proposed timeline for the residency, including both the length of stay and the ideal time of year.
If applicable, please provide a brief history of any work you have done on the piece you are proposing, as well as any information about future plans for the project.
An artistic CV or resume, as appropriate.

Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may have overlapping residencies –
please note in your application if you would benefit from having other artists in residence with you.
Proposals are accepted on a rolling schedule. We hope to respond to your proposal within three weeks of receiving it.

If we feel there is a good match between your initial application and the mission and values of Opera House Arts, we will reach out to set up a conversation about your proposed training and residency program. Conversations can be held either at the Opera House, or via Skype.

Residency outline and timeline
Following the meeting, artists will be asked to submit a complete residency proposal with a detailed schedule (including potential outlines for both education and community residency components) and support materials.


Betterment Fund

The Betterment Fund Maine Community Grant
Deadline 09-30-2016

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

Traditional recipients of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions continue to be education and health projects, but the Fund has come to view the areas of education and health more broadly, and will consider requests from qualified institutions and organizations whose activities promote education or health improvement and which have the potential to have a significant positive impact on the lives of Maine residents in these areas. The Betterment Fund has expanded its areas of grantmaking to include programs which support local communities in their own efforts to increase their capacity to improve and sustain the quality of life for residents and programs for the preservation and responsible use of Maine’s natural resources.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

LEAP Program for Craft

Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) for craft artists
Deadline 09-30-2016

The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.
 LEAP is open to exceptionally talented graduate students and/or emerging artists who are beginning to receive recognition for their work, but are not currently represented by well-established galleries. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials.



Blade of Grass Fellowship

A Blade of Grass Fellowship, New York, NY
Deadline 09-19-2016

A one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives. Fellowships pair project support of $20,000 with strategic support, field research tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists working nationwide. A Blade of Grass supports seven to ten artists or collectives per year, who are selected via an open application process.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Maine Arts Commission Employment

Maine Arts Commission seeks a Special Programs Director 
Deadline 10-07-2016

The Special Programs Director will work in a team setting with other program directors and under the supervision of the agency’s Executive Director. The Special Programs Director will provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development, coordination, administration and evaluation of some of the Maine Arts Commission’s programs, such as Percent for Art, Creative Aging, and Arts Education. The position works at the state level to design and implement arts programs and projects; and to provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to artists, teaching artists, arts organizations and others. Statewide travel is required.

Direct Special Programs as defined and directed.
Take on special projects as assigned.
Develop programs and initiate new projects in field relating to areas such as Creative Aging.
Communicate with the field, provide technical support for, and manage the Percent for Art and Creative Aging Programs, and assist with or manage Arts Education initiatives and other special programs as directed.
Oversee, manage, and direct the distribution of funding to special programs.
In coordination with other staff, provide program information for distribution, and create print and publication material related to program as needed.
Manage the process-tracking of each program’s activities.
Manage the archiving of completed and ongoing projects in a way that is accessible to entire organization.
Manage program budgets effectively.
Build collaborative relationships inter-agency, within the state system, and in the field.
Work with individuals and organizations (in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors) in a positive way for the betterment of the agency’s goals.
Curate, organize and direct ongoing agency programs.


Curate, organize and direct ongoing agency programs, such as the Creative Aging and Percent for Art programs.
Assist in the interpretation and implementation of the Percent for Art law and legislated rules.
Provide leadership and oversight in the planning, development and implementation of the Percent for Art and Creative Aging programs, as well as other projects in the arts.
Collaborate and consult with state and national arts organizations and institutions to promote best practices, exemplary arts programming, and to implement professional development opportunities.
Manage agency funding programs that relate to all identified Special Programs.
Secure panelists, select or coordinate committees, structure grant and program reviews, and create minutes of grant review processes as needed.
Cultivate, support, and work with constituents.
Represent the Maine Arts Commission at public and formal events.
Research grant and funding opportunities and prepare applications for state or federal funds as appropriate opportunities are available.
Develop and maintain national contacts and be current in research and exemplary practice in arts field.
Provide reportage to the Executive Director and members of the Maine Arts Commission when required.

To qualify, candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in an Arts or Humanities related field and two (2) years’ experience working with artists, arts groups, and/or humanities organizations. Directly-related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Preference will be given to applicants with a Master’s Degree or commensurate work experience preferably in the fields of Public Art or Creative Aging.  Knowledge of Maine artists, galleries and museums is a benefit.  Knowledge of and passion for the aging population is also a benefit.


Yarmouth Art Festival Call

Yarmouth Art Festival call for the juried show
Deadline 09-19-2016

Artists may enter until Sept. 19, after which jurying will begin. See the Rules page for information on the process. The show itself will be Oct. 19-22, 2016, at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, Maine.

The festival welcomes online submissions – painting, drawing, sculpture and photography – from any artist 18 and older who maintains a residence in Maine.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Kress Foundation Grant

Kress Foundation Accepting Proposals for Art Conservation Grants
Deadline 10-01-2016

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports projects that illuminate European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early nineteenth century.

As part of that mission, the foundation's Conservation Grants Program provides support for the professional practice of art conservation. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focused on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants also are awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broader audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit institutions  based in the United States that have 501(c)(3) status, including supporting foundations of European institutions.

Visit the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information about previous grant recipients and application procedures.


Hatch Fund

Hatch fund offers Kick starter type support to artists 
Deadline Open 

Everything you need to fund your next project is right here. This thriving creative community connects accomplished artists working in America with eager supporters, premier arts organizations, and arts lovers.

Our Partners are the premier arts organizations throughout the nation whose missions are to recognize, support and award outstanding artistic achievements. We invite you to partner with Hatchfund, and to leverage this collaborative community as your own.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Historic Preservation Fund

Maine Community Foundation Historic Preservation Fund
Deadline 09-15-2016

The Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund, in partnership with Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s New Century Grant, is offering grants to support the preservation or restoration of historic buildings.The grant program focuses on the preservation and reuse of historic buildings that serve as civic, cultural, or economic hubs for communities. Grants will primarily be focused on capital projects. The committee will consider the following criteria:

The property’s historical significance at the local, state, or national level
Extent to which the property is threatened
The organizational readiness of the applicant to accomplish the proposed work and the likelihood of the project’s completion within a year.
All proposed projects must be for historic buildings listed or in the process of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

If a project’s total budget is larger than $15,000, the application should be for only a portion or phase of the project. Strong preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate how other sources of support will be combined with a grant from this program to accomplish the proposed work.

All grantees must be eligible to accept tax-deductible donations as outlined in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grantees must immediately notify the foundation of any change in or challenge to their tax-exempt status (as determined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) before the end of the grant period.


Honickman Prize in Photography

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography
Deadline 09-15-2016

Applicants upload work and submit payment online to SlideRoom from June 15 to September 15, 2016. The online system provides a video tutorial as well as step-by-step instructions on how to register and submit your photographs, written materials, and payment. You will be asked to provide the following: 40 photographs, 40 captions, a 1-page artist’s statement, and a 1-page C.V. The entry fee is $70.

40 photographs drawn from an ongoing or recently completed project, which represent a coherent body of work suitable for publication. At least twenty-five of these images must have been made within the last three years (from 2012 on). Those who have submitted work in a previous competition should be sure to include at least twenty new images in their application.

1-page document with all 40 captions (pdf). Please include a separate caption list for all 40 images that provides information on where and when the picture was made.

1-page artist’s statement (pdf). Provide context for the forty images, describe the larger body of work, including how long the project has been in progress, and how the photographs constitute a potential book.

1-page biography or C.V. (pdf)

$70 entry fee

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Joan Mitchell Foundation assistance for contemporary painters and sculptors 
Deadline- Open 

 The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the Foundation supports visual artists through a range of grant programs. The Foundation annually awards grants nationally, by nomination, to individual artists through its Painters and Sculptors Grant Program for unrestricted career support, the MFA Grant supported artists as they graduated from their respective programs, and the Emergency Grant Program provides funding after natural or man-made disasters that have affected a community. Further assistance to individual artists consists of program initiatives such as Creating a Lasting Legacy, Career Opportunity Grants, and the Joan Mitchell Center on Bayou Road in New Orleans, an artist in residence program. By encouraging the work of a diverse group of artists, the Foundation celebrates the unique legacy of Joan Mitchell as an American artist and seeks to illuminate the important contributions of painters and sculptors working today.

The Foundation currently awards $25,000 to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who are currently under-recognized for their creative achievements, and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. In an anonymous process, a jury panel then selects the twenty-five awardees. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators who are dedicated to supporting artists.

More information at:


Maine Historical Society Job

Maine Historical Society seeks Advancement Assistant (PT)
Deadline 10-03-2016

Maine Historical Society (MHS) seeks an organized and collaborative Advancement Assistant. MHS is located in the heart of Portland's downtown arts district, our campus includes a growing museum (including the Wadsworth-Longfellow House), the Brown Research Library, and the Maine Memory Network, our nationally-recognized statewide digital museum.

The Advancement Assistant supports MHS advancement efforts, including fundraising events, outreach and communication, and records management. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Advancement Assistant works closely with all advancement staff in a team environment.  Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates Maine Historical Society’s largest annual fundraising event—Mr. Longfellow’s Cocktail Party and Magical History Tour.  Manages volunteers and logistics, solicits auction donations, assists with sponsorship proposals and follow up, works with vendors and venues. 
  • Supports other fundraising and cultivation events including Maine History Maker, exhibition openings, major donor recognition events, holiday party, and MHS Annual Meeting. Responsible for managing food for Advancement events—working with caterer, and /or purchase and set up of refreshments.
  • Manages First Friday Art Walk events—organizes volunteers, refreshments, and provides staff support.
  • Assists Donor Relations Manager with upkeep of Society’s donor records. Helps produce acknowledgment letters, monthly membership renewal notices, and other mailings and manages bulk mail with post office.
  • Assists with coordination of general PR and communications initiatives including event listings, social media, press releases, and marketing research.

Qualifications include Bachelor’s degree and the equivalent of 2 years’ experience in nonprofit, fundraising, or events management.Thorough knowledge of computers in a Windows environment.
Proven accuracy and attention to detail. Maintain a professional and positive demeanor. Ability to drive a car to perform job duties. Availability to work occasional events on evenings and weekends.

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


Friday, September 9, 2016

Grammy Foundation Music Research and Preservation

Grammy Foundation Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects
Deadline: 10-01-2016  (Letters of Inquiry) 

Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation's grant program provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The scientific research projects grant program awards funding of up to $20,000 to organizations and individuals working to research the impact of music on the human condition. Examples include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition, and healing; the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals; and the creative process underlying music. Priority will be given to projects with strong methodological design as well those designed to address an important research question.

The archiving and preservation projects grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals in support of efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories — preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000).


Camden International Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival
Event date, September 15 to 18, 2016 Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Maine 

The 2016 festival will screen over 70 documentary features and short films from across the globe, the country and the state. The program was culled from more then 1,400 submissions. This year features more international titles than ever before with filmmakers in attendance at nearly every screening.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ogunquit Museum Job

Ogunquit Museum of American Art seeks an Executive Director
Deadline 09-16-2016

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art seeks a museum leader with curatorial knowledge and the vision and management experience to build on recent successes and develop this beloved museum to its full potential.  Over the last seven years the Museum has doubled its operating budget and membership, and a 2013 Andrew Wyeth exhibition broke attendance records.  The Museum’s collection is renowned for works by Maine and Ogunquit art-colony artists of the 20th century, but more broadly includes American art from the late 1800s to today.  Special exhibitions spotlight both American Modernism and contemporary art.  In addition, a lushly planted sculpture garden offers dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean near Perkins Cove.

The Board seeks an Executive Director who will spur continued growth.  The new Director should embrace the ambitious growth goals of the Board, which is an engaged, congenial group of year-round residents from Newburyport (MA) to Portland and weekend/summer residents from metro-Boston and beyond.  The support and resources exist for a creative and motivated director to achieve the Board’s goals.  A new director with vision and insight can work with the Board to update the strategic plan.  A person with energy and an outgoing personality can fully engage community stakeholders, tap into existing and new resources, and execute the vision.

Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by September 16, 2016 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@nullmuseum-search.com


The Telling Room Job

The Telling Room seeks Office Manager (PT)
Deadline 09-12-2016

The Telling Room Office Manager will work a 30-hour week–five days for 6 hours/day–and may be required to work some evenings and weekends to assist with the implementation of program activities or participate in organization-hosted events. Salary Range $19,500.

The Telling Room Office Manager is responsible for keeping our office and operations running smoothly. This position assists with the behind-the-scenes logistics that make our program delivery, fundraising, merchandise sales, events, and volunteer program successful. The job is purely administrative in nature and does not allow for participation in the delivery of services to the community or direct engagement with youth. This position reports directly to the executive director.

The Telling Room Office Manager is an effective communicator and multitasker. They are motivated, organized, and tech savvy, and is a great team player. They believe enthusiastically in The Telling Room's mission and values, takes direction well, works well with minimal supervision, excels at time management, and is responsive, timely, and efficient.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Event Support
  • Office Management
  • Assists with general banking tasks
  • Manages donor acknowledgements
  • Files departmental paperwork
  • Mails proposals, reports, and other TR business
  • Assists the ED with basic bookkeeping and preparation of financial reports
  • Formats spreadsheets and coordinates mail merges for annual appeal letters and other mailings
  • Handles book sales from our online store (receive, prepare, and ship orders)
  • Tracks invoices from book sales at local booksellers
  • Maintains inventories and check-out systems for books, merchandise, and tech equipment
  • Runs professional errands for staff
  • Human Resources
  • Handles basic payroll questions and communications
  • Responds to job candidates and/or volunteer inquiries
  • Tracks employee leave time
  • IT Management


  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience required
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel
  • Ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Proficiency with all Google Apps including Calendar, Drive, and Gmail
  • Competency with social media platforms
  • Proficiency with Salesforce CRM highly recommended
  • Adobe Creative Suite skills a huge plus
  • Four-year degree

Submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@tellingroom.org

Your cover letter should highlight the relevant experience that qualifies you for this position. Application documents must be submitted as a single PDF or Word document. Please do not paste your application materials into the body of the email, and please do not send hard copies through the mail.

Questions may be submitted to jobs@tellingroom.org


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Maine Arts Commission Job

Maine Arts Commission Seeks Director of Marketing
Deadline 09-30-2016

The Director of Marketing will be responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic, multimedia and external relations communications program that clearly conveys the mission, goals, activities, and accomplishments of the Maine Arts Commission, and the impact and value of the arts in Maine; and that works to engage greater constituencies and stakeholders with the work of the Commission. This includes but is not limited to: marketing strategy and plan development; the oversight of media relations, materials, and events; data gathering, analysis, and dissemination initiatives; and digital and social media assets.

Manages development and dissemination of all informational materials across multiple media to promote and publicize the agency, its goals, programs and activities
Develops and implements marketing plans.
Guides agency's identity and branding efforts; maintains standards.
Oversees development of agency publications. Develops all public materials and information, including quarterly newsletter, collateral items, digital assets, and event materials.
Implements the agency’s social media strategy and the creation of all required digital assets, including but not limited to video, audio, and still photography.
Oversees development of agency’s website including content, design and functionality, to meet department and agency needs.
Develops and maintains relationships with press and agency contacts. Directs press inquiries, media releases, production of radio, television and print advertisements and public service announcements (PSA’s).
Markets all special events, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy activities through the oversight provided by the Executive Director.
Manage and oversee all data gathering, analysis, and communication efforts. Works with Executive Director and other staff to produce reports to support Commission work.
Implements departmental operating policies, procedures and systems, assuring currency, consistency, and conformance with departmental and agency policies and objectives.
Provides support for internal communication efforts, including working with agency leadership in the dissemination of agency-wide information and organization of internal communications resources.
Evaluates program activities, communicates measurable impacts, and determines effectiveness in accomplishing departmental objectives; recommends changes and improvements as needed; plans, develops, implements and maintains new and existing services; prepares program annual budget.
Overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is sometimes required, as well as light lifting and long periods of sitting.
Other duties as assigned.

A Bachelors’ Degree in an Arts or Humanities related field and two (2) years’ experience working with artists, art groups, and/or humanities organizations.  Directly-related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree or equivalent specializing in marketing, communications, journalism, English, or a related field; and to those with work experience in program coordination, development, and implementation of a Marketing Department or Program, or in a major communications or marketing role in business or government. Knowledge and appreciation of Maine arts and culture, artists and arts techniques are a benefit.

Wyeth Foundation Publication Grant

Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by College Art Association
Deadline 09-15-2016

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art supports the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by College Art Association. For this grant program, “American art” is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Application is by the publisher, not the author. Applications are considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art that are under contract for publication. Awards are open to publishers of all nations; authors need not live or work in the United States. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA members, although on a case-by-case basis CAA may waive that requirement upon request.

Excluded from consideration are excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), and congress proceedings. Museum exhibition or collection catalogues containing substantial scholarship are eligible.

High scholarly and intellectual merit is the sine qua non for an award; however, the jury is also attentive to the following criteria:

  • Topics with a naturally small market or unusually high expenses
  • Works by disadvantaged scholars, including those at the earlier stages of a career, or by younger scholars or curators; or issued by smaller museums; or by or about underserved constituencies
  • Books that break new ground, contribute new scholarship, or publish important primary-source material
  • Beautiful books that increase the audience for American art
  • A project that has been rejected for grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant, except in a rare case where substantial revision has been made to the material, and the publisher has so noted in the application. At its discretion, the jury may decline to review the resubmitted application.

The copyright page or other appropriate location in the front matter of the book must bear the following credit line: Publication of this book has been aided by a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant of the College Art Association. The CAA logo must appear with this notice and is supplied to the publisher upon request.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NEFA, New England Dance Fund

New England Foundation for the Arts grants to New England choreographers
Deadline 09-26-2016

New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The fund aims to strengthen the dance sector in the New England region.

This opportunity is open to choreographers living and working full time in New England who meet any of the following criteria:
NEST-eligible choreographers with a profile in CreativeGround.
CreativeGround profile holders with DANCE as their primary discipline.
Have applied to a NEFA program in the last three years (Including NEST, Expeditions, NDP, or Creative City).
Attended Idea Swap, or a New England program planning session in the last three years
Attended the NEFA Dance info session.
Participated in RDDI New England.

Eligible choreographers may apply for a range of activities, including but not limited to:
residencies/tour planning/artist fees needed to prepare a work for a pivotal presentation opportunity
research trips/conferences/workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills
publication expenses/documentation/video shoots
consultant or mentorship expenses
The New England Dance Fund gives priority to timely opportunities with the goal of supporting a diverse group of artists from a range of cultures, disciplines, aesthetics, and career stages throughout all six New England states.


Midcoast Actors' Studio Audition

Midcoast Actors' Studio Audition for "4000 Miles” by Amy Herzog
Event time Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 am.

"4000 Miles” by Amy Herzog is Midcoast Actors' Studio’s last production of 2016. Performance dates are November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. “4000 Miles” is a dramatic comedy centered around 21 year-old Leo who seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother, Vera, after suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip. In the course of a single month, in Vera’s New York apartment, “4000 Miles” looks at how two unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.

Supporting characters are:
Bec (21), white female
Amanda (19), Asian-American female

There will be a read-thru for anyone interested in getting familiar with the play on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:00 pm at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

Auditions will be held at Troy Howard Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 am.
“4000 Miles” will be directed by Meg Nickerson.
For more information please email midcoastactors@gmail.com

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ucross Artist Residencies

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Spring 2017 Artist Residencies
Deadline 10-01-2016 

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Nearly thirteen hundred individuals, from every state in the U.S. as well as many countries have spent time at Ucross since it first opened its doors in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Spring Residency program, which runs from March to June.

Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence, a mix of visual artists, writers, and composers. In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. In addition, there is cell phone service on the property and several wireless hot spots available for residents’ use. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan.

Although there is a $40 non-refundable application fee, there is no charge for a residency.

Artists, writers, and composers from anywhere in the United States and the world, in any stage of their professional career, are invited to apply for a residency.

For complete residency program information, information about previous artist residents, and application guidelines, see the Ucross Foundation website.


Target Field Trip Grants

Target Field Trip Grants Program
Deadline 10-01-2016

Target Corporation is accepting applications from education professionals for the Target Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to expose K-12 students in the United States to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations.

Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from school grounds. More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded in January. Grants are available to applicants from the U.S. for field trips taking place between February and December. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Visit the Target website for complete program guidelines and access to the application form:

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Shubert Foundation Grants

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

The New York City-based Shubert Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

To that end, the foundation awards unrestricted general operating support grants to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing rather than presenting organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants are awarded only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a record of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio) projects, renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. Grants are not made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dexter Jones Sculpture Award

National Sculpture Society Accepting Submissions for Dexter Jones Award
Deadline 10-03-2016

The National Sculpture Society promotes excellence in sculpture that is inspired by the natural world.

The society is accepting submissions from individual sculptors for the 2016 Dexter Jones Award. Through the annual competition, an unrestricted prize of $5,000 will be presented to a sculptor for an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief. Preference will be given to figurative or realist sculpture.

To be eligible, applicants must be a sculptor between the ages of 18 and 39. All applicants must be a citizen or resident of the United States with a Social Security number. The grant is awarded without regard to sex, ethnicity, or religion.


Guggenheim Fellowship

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications
Deadline 09-19-2016

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts — except the performing arts.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

For this year's program, the foundation is only offering fellowships to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada. The annual competition for citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean has been suspended for 2014 while the foundation reviews the workings and efficacy of the program.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a time period between six and twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they available to support the development of Web sites or blogs.

The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Maine Theater Fund

Maine Community Foundation Maine Theater Fund
Deadline 09-15-2016

The Maine Theater Fund at the Maine Community recognizes the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts. Foundation. The goal of the fund is to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000, although larger awards may be considered.

The Maine Theater Fund is designed to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. Theaters whose main purpose is to present social messaging and/or health and wellness education will not be considered for funding.

Proposals for funding will be accepted from local, regional and statewide nonprofit theaters or theater groups in Maine whose primary purpose is the production of live theater. Funds will be awarded for programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support.


Sam and Adele Golden Residency, NY

Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, visual arts residency program, NY
Deadline 09-12-2016

In 2012 the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts opened its doors to a one-of a-kind artist residency for artists working in paint. In the beautiful rolling hills of central New York and just several hundred yards from the Golden Artist Colors manufacturing facility, a 19th century barn has been transformed into a 21st century artist residency, with large studio spaces and private residency apartments. Artists-in-residence will participate in a completely unique opportunity to explore the widest, most innovative range of materials and technology available today for professional artists working with paint.

The Golden Foundation Residency Program is specifically designed to assist the professional artist in discovering and exploring the many materials and technologies available today. Through the Golden Foundation, residents will have the unparalleled opportunity to work with dozens of unique materials and technologies.

Our residencies are based on the exploration of innovative uses in waterborne materials and oil paint technology.  Residents will discover materials that will challenge the way they think about paint. They will be introduced to materials that will open up new methods and new channels for expression and the creative process.

In 2013, The Golden Foundation will be offering six Exploratory Residency Program sessions. Each session will last four weeks, with up to three artists per session.

Various levels of financial support are available for studio and living expenses. The goal of Golden Foundation financial assistance is to ensure that all artists who have been accepted into the residency program can attend, regardless of their financial status. This includes:

An artist may receive a reduced-cost residency and living expenses
An artist may receive a fully funded residency


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kress Conservation Grants

Kress Foundation Accepting Proposals for Conservation Grants
Deadline: 10-01-2016 

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports projects that illuminate European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early nineteenth century.

As part of that mission, the foundation's Conservation Grants Program provides support for the professional practice of art conservation. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focused on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that enable conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with  professional colleagues and a broader audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit institutions with 501(c)(3) status based in the United States, including supporting foundations of European institutions.


MacDowell Colony Residency

MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for its Winter/Spring Residency Program
Deadline 09-15-2016

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are in a degree program as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.

Artists may apply only once every 24 months. MacDowell will only accept applications for the next deadline. Please refer to the applications dates in the column on the left for open application time periods.

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