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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TEMPOArt Portland Job

TEMPOArt seeks curator for temporary public art projects(s) in the Back Cove of Portland
Deadline 03-17-2017

TEMPOArt seeks qualifications from curators to initiate, manage, and oversee the
installation of temporary public art projects(s) in and around the Back Cove of Portland,
Maine in the spring/summer of 2018. The curatorial stipend is $6000

TEMPOart Maine energizes Portland’s public spaces through temporary art
installations—engaging residents and visitors, enriching its creative community and
enhancing Portland’s reputation as a world-class city. We provide opportunities for artists
to experiment with new mediums, highlight current issues and engage a wide public
audience. We partner with other non-profit educational and cultural institutions, using
each project to inspire innovative learning opportunities for all ages.
Project types may include sculptural installations, time-based/durational media, and other
forms of temporary public art that respond to and activate the site. Depending on the type
of media and site, works may remain on display for up to one year.
Project Goal
The successful curatorial candidate will ensure that the following goals of the project are
• Activate spaces and sites to attract residents and visitors to explore Portland, Maine’s
public art landscape;
• Showcase works of art that are innovative and consider audiences in dynamic,
interactive, and socially-engaged ways;
• Provide opportunities for artists to experiment with approaches beyond those available
through permanent public art commissions;
• Engage Portland’s local communities and visitors alike with educational opportunities
through community partnerships.
The Call is open to all curators or curatorial organizations with site-specific and/or
temporary public art experience; however, preference will be given to curators with
strong connections to the Northeast region.

TEMPOart’s 2018 site is Portland’s Back Cove. Possible sites may include the areas
around Back Cove Trail, Tukey’s Bridge, Preble Street Field, the Estuary Basin, and/or
other areas agreed upon by curator/artist, TEMPOArt, and the City of Portland.
TEMPOArt will work with the selected curator and/or artist to finalize and secure
permitting for the 2018 installation(s)/activation(s).

TEMPOArt has allocated $6,000 for the curator, and $20,000 for the project(s), inclusive
of artist fees, the design, fabrication, travel costs, installation and de-installation of the
installation/activation. The selected curator will lead the implementation process and will
manage and oversee each artist’s concept(s), budget(s), and schedule(s).
TEMPOArt will provide site permits, marketing, events management, publicity, and
overall project coordination. The curator is encouraged to promote TEMPOArt within
their artistic, professional and social networks, as well as be available for occasional
collaboration with community organizations to develop engagement programs.

Eligibility is open to professional, practicing curators (students are not eligible). Curators
working in the Northeast are especially encouraged to apply.
The selected curator will be expected to attend occasional TEMPOArt board meetings,
participate in several fundraising events, and be available for occasional community engagement activities during the duration of the installation/activation.

Please submit a Letter of Interest, Current Resume/CV, and Portfolio of pastprojects with 5 images to info@tempoartmaine.org

USArtists International

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists outside the United States 
Deadline 04-05-2017

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Applications for Round III are  for engagements between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

New for this round: Artists and ensembles invited to perform at significant international festivals abroad focused on youth and families are also eligible to apply for USArtists International funding.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Princess Grace Theater Awards

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Seeks Nominations for 2017 Theater Awards Program
Deadline 03-31-2017 

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the beginning of their careers or an early stage of professional development.

The foundation is currently inviting nominations for its 2017 Theater Grants Program. The annual program provides financial assistance in the categories of Scholarships and Apprenticeships/Fellowships.

1) Scholarships: Tuition assistance will be awarded for the last year of professional training at a nonprofit school located in the United States. Grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e., room and board, materials, books, etc.) may be included.

2) Apprenticeships/Fellowships: Financial compensation will be provided to an individual artist (exclusive of benefits) nominated by a professional nonprofit theater company. Nominees may not have worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application. The strength of the partnership between the company and the artist is taken into serious consideration during the adjudication process.

To be eligible to nominate, professional nonprofit theater companies must employ professional artistic and administrative staff; have been in continuous operation as a nonprofit professional theater company for a minimum of three years; and have held a total of twenty weeks of rehearsal and performances for the current and previous three years. In addition, theaters must have demonstrated the ability to raise public and other private funds.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

LLMA Library Public Relations Award

Library Leadership and Management Association, Public Relations Award
Deadline 03-17-2016

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

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

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

Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year.

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

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



NARS Residency Fellowship

NARS Foundation Residency Fellowship Opportunity (NY)
Deadline 03-01-17 

 NARS Foundation is now accepting applications for our artist residency program. U.S. based artists are eligible for full and partial fellowships, based on availability. As a studio based residency, the NARS program focus is on the artistic process and the experimentation that results from working alongside other artists, within New York's cultural and sociopolitical context. Artists will receive 24/7 access to a private or semi-private studio, a space for dialogue and international exchange, 4-6 studio visitors, curatorial and professional support, and presentation opportunities through a curated exhibition, bi-annual Open Studios, and various forms of public programming.

U.S. based artists can apply for three month residencies taking place from July-Sep or Oct-Dec.

call or email info@narsfoundation.org


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Snowlion Theatre Audition

Snowlion Theatre audition notice for "Anything Helps God Bless"
Deadline 04-04-2017

We will be in touch to schedule auditions for the morning of March 4. Performing September 29 through October 8 at Portland Ballet Studio Theater in Portland, Maine.  Rehearsals begin September 5.  There is pay.  Only a few roles are available:


SAM - a man in his 20s.  Also plays JUSTIN a signer, CITY COUNCILOR KEVIN DONOGHUE, REPORTER CHRIS SHORR, and others.

TASHA - a woman in her 30s or 40s.  Also plays ATTORNEY TRISH MCALLISTER, CITY COUNCILOR JILL DUSON, and others.

CALLIE - a woman in her 20s.  Also plays ALISON PRIOR a signer, PORTLAND DOWNTOWN DIRECTOR CASEY GILBERT, and others.

PLEASE SEND EMAIL to snowlionrep@aol.com

Indicating your interest in being considered for this show.  If your work is not known to us, please SEND PHOTO RESUME attached to the email.

Bowdoin International Music Festival Scholarships

Bowdoin International Music Festival Scholarships
Deadline Open until filled

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

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

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

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

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

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

For More information contact:


Friday, February 24, 2017

Maine Project Grant for Artists

Maine Arts Commission Project Grant for Artists is accepting applications
Deadline 04-20-2017

The Project Grant for Artists supports creative projects throughout Maine, assisting artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. No match or nonprofit affiliation is required.

Maximum award: $2,500
(Average grant award last year was $1,300)

You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria:
Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period.
Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.



Maine Outdoor Film Festival Call

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is accepting submissions for this year’s festival
Deadline 04-30-2017 (early price) 07-08-2016 (late price) 

Film Requirements:
Must be an outdoor film.
See length-requirements under categories below.
Preference will be given to films which tell a story OR are from Maine (i.e. kayak/ski porn has to be real good to make it).
Films and filmmakers DO NOT have to be from Maine.
Please submit an HD (720p minimum) .mov or .mp4 file delivered via vimeo or dropbox or DVD.
You must have legal rights and/or permission to use all music. No exceptions.

Feature (40 minutes or more)
Short Feature (12:00 to 39:59)
Short (0:00 to 11:59)

Best Maine Film
Best Film From Away
Best Young Filmmaker
Inspiration Award
Conservation Award

How much to enter?

Early Bird – May 3 – Fee 85.00
Regular – June 1 – Fee 95.00
Late – June  8 – Fee 125.00


Thursday, February 23, 2017

NEA Creative Writing Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Individuals
Deadline 03-08-2017

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

Non-matching grants are for $25,000.

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


Bangor Symphony Orchestra Vouchers

Bangor Symphony Orchestra: The Know Your Orchestra! voucher program for students
Deadline - Ongoing

Bangor Symphony Orchestra: The Know Your Orchestra! voucher program is a music education program that encourages students to become acquainted with classical music and their home orchestra. Each voucher admits up to four children 18-and-under for just $4 each when accompanied by at least one adult. Up to two accompanying adults can receive the discounted ticket price of $14. Prices include all processing fees! The voucher below may be used for any of the 2016-17 season Masterworks concerts. Bangor Symphony encourages voucher holders to reserve their tickets before the concert by calling the CCA Box Office at 207.581.1755 or 1.800.622.TIXX

Contact Katie Hardy, Education and Community Programs Manager


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monhegan Artists’ Residency

Monhegan Artists’ Residency open to Maine artists
Deadline 03-17-2017

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

The residency program provides living quarters, studio space, and a $100 per week stipend.  Only Maine residents are eligible to apply.

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


Maine Government Internships

Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, Maine Government Summer Internship Program

Deadline 03-01-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Native Language Preservation And Maintenance

Native Language Preservation Grant
Deadline 04-10-2017

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans announces the availability of funds for community-based projects for the Native Language Preservation and Maintenance program.


CMA New Jazz Grant

Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant 
Application Deadline: 03-05-17

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


Monday, February 20, 2017

Hamiltonian Fellowship

Hamiltonian Fellowship Program for emerging visual artists (DC)
Deadline 03-01-2017

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

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

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


NEFA Creative Communities Exchange

New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Communities Exchange conference
Event date June 8-9, 2017  (New London, CT)

The Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) is a peer-to-peer exchange of the strategies used in successful creative economy initiatives around New England. CCX professional development workshops are for New England leaders who are engaged in creative economy and creative placemaking projects that leverage their local creative sector for the revitalization and growth of their broader community.

CCX 2017 will take place in New London, Connecticut, where arts and cross-sector leaders are forging strategic and surprising synergies across southeastern Connecticut to meet the economic and community development needs of today and plan for the future.

$100 if registered by 04-14-2017.  $150 after that date.

Online Registration closes on June 1; walk-up registration available if space allows.

Travel  Support Available before March 24, 2017. Priority will be given to first-time participants and organizations with budgets below $250,000



Farmland Trust Resident Gardner

Maine Farmland Trust seeks a Resident Gardner at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center (PT)
Deadline 03-01-2017

Resident Gardner at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center (Seasonal, Part-Time): Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is seeking an individual with two years of organic gardening experience to develop a kitchen garden for the Fiore Art Center’s artists-in-residence, tend the flower garden, as well as cover host functions for the Fiore Art Center.

This position will ideally begin May 1 and end September 30, but with the right candidate there is flexibility to begin later in May or end earlier in September. The Resident Gardener would be living at the Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, Jefferson for the duration of this position.

To apply, please submit a detailed cover letter, resume, and list of references with contact information to rachel@mainefarmlandtrust.org

If you have any questions, contact Fiore Art Center Co-Director Anna Witholt Abaldo at
207-338-6575 or anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mayors - CommunityWINS Grant

U.S. Conference of Mayors Announces the CommunityWINS Grant Program
Deadline 03-17-2017 

The United States Conference of Mayors, in partnership with the Wells Fargo Foundation, has announced a Call for Nominations for the 2017 CommunityWINS grant program.

Launched in 2015 with a $3 million investment from Wells Fargo, the three-year program is focused on accelerating neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and job creation in municipalities across the country. USCM member cities can nominate up to three eligible nonprofit initiatives that address one or more of the following issues:

1) Neighborhood stabilization: Projects designed to stimulate growth and stability while assisting in the removal of blight and the rebuilding of neighborhoods.

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

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

In 2016, the program awarded grants totaling $775,000 to nine organizations.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Arts Education Leadership Institute

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is accepting applications to their Community Arts Education Leadership Institute 
 Deadline 04-07-2017 

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is accepting applications to their Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). The eight-month program includes a five-day seminar at Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), and provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. Financial aid is available for people of color and staff of small-budget organizations.

Haystack Craft Scholarships

Haystack scholarships for summer workshops and studio residency 
Deadline 03-01-2017

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

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

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





Friday, February 17, 2017

Resident Artists At Arts Are Elementary

Arts Are Elementary in Brunswick Seeks Resident Artists 
Deadline 03-15-2017  

Arts Are Elementary is a Brunswick, Maine, nonprofit that provides at least one professional artist residency for every K-5 student in Brunswick. We came into existence in 1980 when a group of parents, teachers and artists felt there was a need for more classroom curriculum-connected arts in Brunswick's schools -- and 37 years later we're still around!

Generally speaking our teachers are interested in curriculum-based residencies that would bring a project to their classrooms that they would be unlikely to tackle on their own. We have found that connecting to the science or social studies curricula is often the best bet. The Brunswick School Department curricula are outlined here:

Beyond this general guideline, please also note that our second grade team brainstormed the following ideas, around one of which you might choose to orient your proposal: connect to writing/reading and create a readers' theater, include an author/illustrator, include some sort of take-home product, relate to animation and the creation of characters/character development, weaving/sewing -- fine-motor specific, or paper mache animal mask-making. 3-D globe art.

Our fifth grade team would like a residency connected to their science or social studies curricula -- perhaps a residency in scientific illustration (helping kids to gain skills in proportion, scale, perspective, and shading for light) or using film as a medium to explore ideas, make connections, share emotions, and use creative means to share concepts. Our fifth grade team is also open to a more in-depth residency than our typical 3-4 session residency model.

Our application is available at


NEFA Creation & Touring Grant

New England Foundation for the Arts Creation & Touring Grant for Theatre
Deadline 03-06-2017

Creation & Touring Grants provide funds for creation and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised projects. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately six projects annually.

National Theater Project will consider projects submitted by U.S.-based theater ensembles and individual theater artists with identified collaborators. Only one application per ensemble or artist will be accepted per year.

 Organizations must be able to prove nonprofit status; for individual artists, an organizational partner may serve as the fiscal agent.

 All projects must have one committed development partner relationship.

 Projects which are awarded touring support must allocate the funds among tour sites within 2 years of receiving the grant.

 Preference is given to those projects which are within 18 months of being ready to tour from the NTP award date.

 Preference is given to those projects with at least one interested presenting partner.

 Artists receiving an NTP grant in any given round are not eligible to apply for another NTP grant until the original project has completed its NTP-supported tour.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BAU at Camargo Arts Residency

BAU Institute at Camargo Arts Residency, NY-France
Deadline 02-28-2017

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


Contact: info@bauinstitute.org 


Directors Lab West Call

Applications Open for Directors Lab West  - for theater directors
Deadline 03-03-2017

The Directors Lab West Steering Committee is pleased to announce the annual Directors Lab West will be held Saturday, May 20 through Saturday, May 27, 2017.

The annual Lab brings together dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers with master artists for an eight-day long intensive, enabling them to inspire each other to dream and create the future of the American Theatre.

There is no cost to participate, however attendance is by application only. Applicants should have experience as a professional director and/or choreographer; students are encouraged to apply for internships.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Maritime Film Festival Call

International Maritime Film Festival accepting submissions
Deadline 06-01-2017

The entry fee is $45.

The state-of-the art Alamo Theatre in Bucksport will host the festival on the weekend of September 29-October 1, 2017.

The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now accepting submissions for the 2nd annual juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking.

The IMFF is a joint venture between Main Street Bucksport (MSB) in Bucksport, Maine, and WoodenBoat Publications, Inc. (WBPI), in Brooklin, Maine. NHF is the technical partner, and brings a constellation of film experts to the organization, while WBPI, with its rich understanding of the topic, serves as the media and content partner.

IMFF accepts documentary films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, and environment and science. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles.

Submissions may be made online at www.maritimefilmfestival.com

Rockland After-School Arts

Arts in Action (AiA) offers free arts programs for grades 6 through 8
Deadline Open until filled

Arts in Action (AiA), an offering of Rockland After-School Alliance (RASA), has opened registration for programs that begin the week of Feb. 27 for RSU13 students in grades 6 through 8.

Arts in Action offerings create opportunities for young artists to showcase and share their talents in actionable ways by coupling fine arts education with community arts projects. Clubs are offered to foster complementary goals of service learning and community service projects, as well as public art efforts.

The project led by RASA arts instructor Alexis Iammarino, an interdisciplinary artist who supports a number of year-round community-led arts leadership initiatives including public and mural arts programs, will incorporate community partnerships with several community organizations. This spring, local designer Isabella Pierson Feracci, owner and builder of IZP design of the Mid Co Lab, a collaborative art space in Thomaston, will join Iammarino. She will bring her experience in boatbuilding, furniture making and design.

Registration is encouraged by Thursday, Feb. 16, but will remain open on a space-available basis.

For more information or to register, contact Iammarino at 691-2156 or rasartsinaction@gmail.com

Registration forms also are available online at rsu13.maineadulted.org

CreativeGround Directory

CreativeGround online directory for creative people and places in the six New England states
Deadline Open

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

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

But the best way to get to know CreativeGround is to use it! Get listed now!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hewnoaks Artist Residency

Hewnoaks Artist Colony call for residency applicants (ME)
Deadline 03-04-2017

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

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

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


Monday, February 13, 2017

National Medal of Arts

NEA National Medal of Arts, Call for nominations 
Deadline 02-28-2017

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. These individuals, through their creativity, inspiration, and hard work, have significantly enriched the cultural life of our nation.

The Arts Endowment strives to support artistic excellence in the United States, and the National Medal of Arts recipients demonstrate that the arts are continuing to thrive. Dynamic, diverse, and original, the arts are an essential part of our American identity and civilization. As President Obama stated at the 2011 ceremony, "America has also advanced because of paintings and poems, stories and songs; the dramas and the dances that provide us comfort and instilled in us confidence; inspired in us a sense of mutual understanding, and a calling to always strive for a more perfect union."

If you need further information, please contact the NEA's Office of the Chief of Staff at 202.682.5434.


TEMPOart Public Art Call

TEMPOart Portland: Call for temporary public art, Maine 
Deadline 02-28-2017

TEMPOart Portland is releasing a call for Maine artists to submit proposals for summer temporary public art projects that respond to the theme, UNDER REVIEW: The American Dream. We will commission three artists/artist teams for June/July/August (one project per month).

The stipend is $1,000 per project, a. Please note that students are not eligible, as this is an opportunity designed for professional artists. Share this with your networks, post to social media, and print and post it on relevant bulletin boards.

TEMPOart: Portland, Maine’s temporary-public-art program bringing curated, site-specific artworks to the area’s public spaces which explore the theme of Places in Transition. With a goal to enliven key neighborhoods and urban sites, TEMPOart is encouraging residents and visitors alike to engage with what will become a changing array of exciting and innovative installations. TEMPOart will continue to commission new works from emerging and established artists, and will foster artistic freedom and innovation. The temporary projects will provide a critical complement to Portland’s long-standing, permanent public art program, enhancing the city’s growth as a creative hub. TEMPOart is a privately-funded 501-c3 non-profit organization.


National Book Foundation Reading Prize

National Book Foundation Seeks Nominations for Innovations in Reading Prize
Deadline 02-28-2017 

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, February 12, 2017


Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) SLAM: Call to student musicians
Deadline 03-10-2017

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

The Preliminary Round will be held on April 8th at Bayside Bowl and the Finals will be held at Empire on May 13th.



Norton Island Residency

Norton Island Residency Program for artists, composers, and writers, ME
Deadline 03-01-2017

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

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

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

Please note the following before applying:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Braitmayer Education Grant

Braitmayer Foundation Seeks Proposals for Innovative K-12 Education Programs
Deadline 03-15-2017 

Located in Marion, Massachusetts, the Braitmayer Foundation was established in 1964 through a gift from Marian S. Braitmayer. Currently five members of the family direct the activities of the foundation.

The foundation is inviting proposals from programs that use innovative practices in K-12 education in the United States. Priority will be given to curricular and school reform initiatives, as well as programs that prepare and provide professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.

The foundation will consider grant requests for up to $35,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Saint Botolph Emerging Artists Awards

Saint Botolph Club Foundation is seeking recommendations for Emerging Artists Awards
Deadline 03-17-2017 (LOI)

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

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

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

Use this link to submit your recommendation

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


Friday, February 10, 2017

Harlow Gallery Workshops

Harlow Gallery second Sunday workshops
Event Date Multiple at 160 Water Street Hallowell  

A variety of activities are set for 2-4 p.m. the second Sunday of every month from at the gallery,
160 Water Street Hallowell Maine.

The Harlow Gallery will host a series of free community art-related events and workshops through June and plans to continue the series throughout 2017. All ages are welcome, children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The events are free and open to the public. Some materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well.

• Wire Sculpture, lead by Don and Eileen Kerr, is set Feb. 12.

• Collage, lead by Robin Brooks, is set for March 12.

• Pinhole Photography, lead by Johanna Moore, is set for April 9.

• Extraordinary Embroidery, lead by Maggie Muth, is set for May 21.

• Watercolor, Lead by Kay Morris, is set for June 11.

For more information, call the gallery at 622-3813
or visit harlowgallery.org

Association of Writers Award Series

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Contests
Deadline 02-28-2017

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

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


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nokomis Performance Workshop

Nokomis Lights, Camera & Action full day of workshops for 4-12 grade students. Newport Maine.
Event Date 02-23-2017

At Nokomis Lights, Camera & Action, we offer a full day of workshops, rehearsals and an evening performance. You will be taught by qualified and enthusiastic instructors on a wide variety of fun topics . You choose the classes early in February for FIVE hours of workshop training and fun.  FOUR additional hours of rehearsal and performance are included.

All activities take place at Nokomis High School, Newport, Maine.

Thursday, February 23rd
Grades 4-12.
Doors Open at 7:30am.
Classes Begin 8:00am.

The day will conclude with  "Cast Party," an evening performance at Nokomis High School involving workshop participants. Cast Party Performance will begin at 7:00pm. Recommended Donation to watch Performance $3/person.

Classes such as Stage Combat, 4D Tic Tac Toe, Song & Stage, Drum Workshop, Hip Hop Dance and more….. Practice Street Art, Write a Rap, Play Guitar in an Hour, Learn to Juggle, Break Dance, Puppetry, Stagecraft, Medieval Archery are just some of the possibilities… We are working to finalize courses and instructors.

Contact friends@nokomislightscameraction.com for more information.



New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 03-01-2017

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

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



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Surdna Foundation Grant

Surdna Foundation Grant to support teens, artistic, and cultural advancement
Deadline - Open

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States - communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.

The Surdna Foundation  has programs for Teens' Artistic and Cultural Advancement, Community Engaged Design, Artists and Economic Development,  and Artist engaging in Social Change.
Overall, we seek organizations that have a proven and longstanding commitment to serving teens and that emphasize skill building. We seek funding opportunities that:

Provide high quality arts training that integrate life skills.  These skills include:

written and oral communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership development;
Encourage teens to connect to their cultural identity through art-making;
Provide young people with a well-developed, sequential curriculum that meets the increasing skills of participants;
Foster strong mentoring opportunities for artists with teens;
Employ accomplished faculty and guest artists who engage teens in art forms that reflect their cultural interests and community;
Use research and evaluation tools to track the progress of teens’ success over time;
Share best practices in regards to training and evaluation in order to strengthen the field of youth arts training.


Maine Arts Internship Program

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bangor Savings Community Grant

Community Matters More Grant for Maine non-profit organizations
Deadline 02-28-2017

Vote for your favorite non-profit organizations. Grants will be awarded to the top picks for  the organizations listed on the ballot and write-in vote recipients (at least two write-ins per region). The top vote-getting organizations in each region, including write-ins, will each receive $5,000. The remaining organizations will each receive $1,000 until funds run out.

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

Voters must be Maine residents.

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

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

Vote at

48 Hour FilmmakerJob

48 Hour Filmmaker Project seeks a producer for the Portland Maine event
Deadline Open until filled 

The 48HFP producer position is a great opportunity for someone who would like to gain valuable experience running a city in a worldwide film competition and festival, organize cool and exciting events and screenings for filmmakers, make contacts and help cultivate the local film community, and be a key component of one of the largest and most respected network of filmmakers and producers around the world.

Position Requirements
The producer position has flexible hours that can supplement your existing employment or freelance work. A successful candidate will have the following qualities:
experience in the independent film/media industry is a plus but not required
excellent organizational and communication skills
an existing network of personal and professional contacts with groups, businesses, and individuals in the film, media, and arts communities
previous festival and/or event planning experience
creativity and problem-solving skills
comfortable with technology (email, social media, Skype, Dropbox, Word software, etc.- experience in film & photo editing is a plus)
the willingness to put in the time and effort to make the 48HFP a great event for local filmmakers

The producer's duties and expectations may include (but are not limited to) the following:
overall organization and on-site management of all local competition events including Kickoff & Dropoff, Premier and "Best Of" screenings, and industry networking events
outreach to individual filmmakers, film groups, professional organizations, arts groups, etc.
communication with participating filmmakers and adherence to all 48HFP rules, regulations, and standards
quick and regular communication with 48HFP HQ via email, Skype, phone, conference calls, and regular meetings
securing local sponsorship
maintaining financial/budgetary guidelines for all events, regular and concise use of 48HFP email lists, social media accounts, etc.

Compensation & Benefits
As anyone working in the film industry probably already knows, the work of the producer can be tough, intense, and often "thankless", while still being one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences of your life. In addition to that experience, the 48HFP is happy to offer the following benefits:
revenue share of income from all screenings
revenue share of local cash sponsorships
bonuses based on performance
free pass to Filmapalooza
film festival, communications/PR, social media/marketing, and other industry-related training opportunities

Be sure to upload a resume and a cover email on the application page
Please fill out the online application at http://form.jotform.us/form/50150137916146

Monday, February 6, 2017

Do Something Grant

Youth Community Grant, Do Something Seed Grant
Deadline- Open

Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something every week to help young people! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.

Steps to Apply:
Create a Project Posting for your existing project.
Check out our Judging Criteria for help with your application.
Fill out an Online Application.


Graham Foundation Studies in Fine Arts

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications
Deadline 02-25-2017

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

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

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


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Alexia Foundation Competition

Alexia Foundation Invites Student Submissions for Photography and Multimedia Competition
Deadline 02-14-2017

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

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

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

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


1Beat Residency

1Beat international residency for musicians
Deadline 02-10-2017

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

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


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Portland Ovations Job

Portland Ovations seeks a Director of Development (FT)
Deadline 02-28-2017

Portland Ovations seeks an experienced fundraising professional to lead its dynamic development strategies. Ideal candidates will have experience in non-profit fundraising with knowledge of sales and marketing and be an excellent communicator. S/he will possess a proven track record of successfully cultivating, soliciting and stewarding significant gifts from individuals, corporate partners, foundations and government sources. A passion for community-building, arts education and making possible the power of live performance is a must. Ovations is an 85+ year-old multidisciplinary, non-profit arts presenter in Portland, Maine. With an annual budget of $2M and a dedicated staff of 8, Ovations brings more than 30 performances and 100+ community activities to its community each year.

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

Key Areas of Responsibilities

Collaborates with the Executive Director to develop a culture of giving among the Board of Directors, other staff and stakeholders.
Leads in the development and execution of a comprehensive multi-channel plan that propels Ovations’ fundraising goals.
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and secures major gift and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations in partnership with Executive Director and volunteer fundraisers.
Collaborates with Director of Marketing & Audience Development and Membership Director to deliver integrated communications to Members, donors and prospects.
Collaborates with the Ovations Offstage Director to make clear and respectful connections between donors and Ovations education and outreach program, Ovations Offstage.
Provides guidance and administrative support to the Board Development Committee and its Chairperson.
Develops annual work plan to support Portland Ovations’ strategic plan, Ovations2020.
Serves as a member of the organization’s leadership team, supporting and advancing in partnership the work of the Portland Ovations
Supervises additional development department staff.

Other Tasks Include
Maintains systems that track progress and provide accountability to both Board of Directors and funders
Provides additional organizational visibility in the community
Builds organizational capacity by implementing best practices, new systems
Manages and monitors departmental expense budget
Has command of CRM software and knowledge of social media and emerging technology
Participates in additional Board Committees and Task Forces when necessary
A Bachelor’s degree and access to a reliable automobile with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance is required. The successful candidate will have seven or more years of relevant experience with progressive responsibility in the field and be an excellent communicator, motivator with demonstrated success in securing gifts at the 4-6 figure levels.

To Apply send a cover letter and resume to info@portlandovations.org

Horizon Foundation Grants

Horizon Foundation Grants
Deadline 03-15-2017

Horizon Foundation supports non-profit organizations that aspire to create and maintain sustainable, vibrant, and resilient communities by:

•Enabling children and adults to lead their communities in creative, healthy, and thoughtful ways;
•Educating citizens to be good stewards of the environment;
•Conserving land and water resources;
•Encouraging service to others;
•Promoting visual arts and music, and
•Teaching appreciation of and preserving historic assets.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Copper Reuse Public Art

State House Copper Reuse Public Art Project - Artist call
Deadline 02-22-2017 

Budget: approx. $12,000
The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists to design, create and install artwork utilizing the original sheets of dome copper roofing from the State House as the primary material in the artwork's fabrication. Work will be installed in the State House Complex in Augusta, Maine. This is not a Maine Percent for Art project but is funded by the Maine State Legislative Council.


UMO Media Program Scholarship

University of Maine Orono intermedia studies scholarship for graduate students
Deadline 02-15-2017

We have exciting news for potential Intermedia MFA Program graduate students. The Regional Graduate Scholarship builds upon UMaine's commitment to affordability and creates a pathway for academically-talented students to access graduate education. With the Regional Graduate Scholarship, new students from VT, RI, NJ, MA, CT, NH, and PA accepted into the MFA Program are automatically are given an out-of-state tuition reduction from $1,361/credit hour to $650/ credit hour.

That means a saving of over $42,000 for the full degree program!

This program, coupled with additional available grants, scholarships, teaching and research assistantships, makes attending the University of Maine one of the most affordable programs in the nation. Beyond affordability the Intermedia MFA is a highly individualized, interdisciplinary program that offers 24 hour access to cutting edge technologies in a new building, exhibition and publishing opportunities, dynamic visiting artist programs, and a nurturing environment and faculty that will help any creative practitioner reinvent and/or expand their work.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Doris Duke Performing Arts Grant

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  Accepting Grant Proposals to Strengthen Performing Arts
Deadline 02-24-2017 (LOI)

Through its Fund for National Projects, the  awards up to $1 million in grants each year in support of key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Specifically, the fund supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of those fields, as well as those that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater.

Eligible projects must engage a broad constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field, including research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; national convenings for an entire professional nonprofit performing arts field (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and projects that address unique circumstances affecting an entire professional nonprofit field. Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the foundation's priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

Grant amounts will range between $60,000 and $200,000.

The fund does not support projects by single performing arts entities; ongoing annual conferences; individually produced conferences, performances, or symposia; re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works; production start-up activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts activities; capital projects; or endowments.


Farmland Trust Writing Residency

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Historical Writing Residency -at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center
Deadline 03-01-2017

This is a unique, one-time residency position for a writer, to take place for six weeks during July through September. The Historical Writing Resident is to research the history of Rolling Acres Farm and write the farm's story, in order to reconstruct the foundation of this unique place as we continue to revitalize it and build upon it. Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ucross Residencies, Wy

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Spring Artist Residencies, Wyoming
Deadline 03-01-2016 (for fall) and 10-01-2016 (for spring) 

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 from Germany, France, Scotland, England, Poland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Canada, and Thailand, have spent time at Ucross since it first opened its doors in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Spring Residency program, which runs from late-February to mid-June.

Residencies vary from two  to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence, representing 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 Internet connection sites are available for the use of residents. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Wyoming.  There is no charge for a residency.

Artists, writers, and composers from around the United States and the world, in any stage of their professional career, are invited to apply to work on an individual or collaborative project.