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Monday, July 31, 2017

Performing Arts Forum

Maine Arts Commission will host a Performing Arts Forum: Frontier Cafe, Brunswick 
Event Date 09-18-2017

A Performing Arts Forum will be held on September 18, 2017 at the newly-renovated Frontier Cafe in Brunswick. The morning session is for performing arts producers, with an afternoon meeting for performing arts presenters. Both meetings include a panel discussion followed by sector-specific breakout conversations.

* Producers = People who make theatrical, dance, and/or musical works
** Presenters = People who exhibit touring theatrical, dance, and/or musical works

You can sign up for either of the session or for the full day. Tickets are $10 per session or $25 for the full day which includes an amazing Frontier Cafe lunch.

Registration through Eventbrite at:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Holocaust and Human Rights Center Job

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine seeks Office Manager (PT)
Deadline open until filled

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, located at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta seeks an Office Manager – 30 hours per week, plus benefits, including health insurance, contribution to a health savings account, and paid vacation.

We are looking for an individual with great energy; high levels of motivation and organization; the ability to think creatively, multi-task, and remain calm when the occasional curve ball is thrown their way; a willingness to collaborate; a sharp eye for detail; excellent communication skills; and a good sense of humor.

The Office Manager is often the first person who visitors or callers meet, and should be friendly, outgoing, and a good listener. The HHRC is a small, three-person staff, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We partner with numerous groups and individuals each year, so the Office Manager must be a team player who is comfortable meeting and working with a wide variety of people.

Office Management Responsibilities
● Regularly interfaces with public;
● Responsible for correspondence between center and donors;
● Works to expand the income and reach of the center in conjunction with the Executive Director and Program Director;
● Oversees communication with staff and faculty of the University of Maine at Augusta;
● Oversees communication with outside organizations and project partners;
● Maintains Donor database;
● Inputs bills, processes checks for vendors, makes deposits, and oversees timely bill payments;
● Works with Executive Director to effectively manage the human resources of the organization, including maintenance of personnel files and compliance with federal and state employment laws;
● Serves as occasional docent/tour guide for day to day visitors, school groups and community members;
● Assists Executive Director, Program Director, and Board to execute the mission:
We use the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides to combat prejudice and discrimination in Maine and beyond. We encourage individuals and communities to reflect and act upon their ethical and moral responsibilities in our modern world.

The ideal candidate
The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and demonstrated experience to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine:
● Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
● Demonstrated success meeting deadlines and achieving targeted goals.
● Ability to interact with community members and donors from diverse cultural, economic, educational, political, and vocational backgrounds.
● Proficiency with software, including Quickbooks, Microsoft Word and Excel, Mailchimp, and Little Green Light.

Please email resume and cover letter to the attention of Elizabeth Helitzer, Executive Director, at Elizabeth.helitzer@maine.edu Application Deadline: We will accept applications until the position is filled.

For more information about the HHRC, email Executive Director Elizabeth Helitzer at elizabeth.helitzer@maine.edu or visit us online at: hhrcmaine.org


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kindling Fund - Info Sessions

Kindling Fund for artist-organized projects - Info Sessions 
Event Date = Various 

The info sessions will include a brief overview of the program by SPACE’s Visual Arts Programmer Elizabeth Spavento and will allow time for questions about The Kindling Fund.

Artists who wish to apply to The Kindling Fund are encouraged to attend.

To download the slides shown at previous info sessions, click here.

August 29, 2017 - 538 Congress Street Portland 04101 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Bangor Arts Exchange / Launchpad:
September 06, 2017 - 193 Exchange Street Bangor 04401 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Beehive Desing Collective:
September 07, 2017 - 2 Kilton Lane Machias 04654 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Frontier Cafe:
September 19, 2017 - 14 Maine Street Brunswick 04011 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Center for Maine Contemporary Art:
September 20, 2017 - 21 Winter Street Rockland 04841 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Emery Art Center:
October 04, 2017 - 111 South Street Farmington 04938 - 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Friday, July 28, 2017

Radcliffe Fellowship, Harvard

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship Program at Harvard University 
Deadline 09-14-2017

Each of the more than 800 fellows who have been in residence at the Radcliffe Institute has pursued an independent project, but the collaborative experience unites all of them.  Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects, or in clusters, to generate new research, publications, art, and more.

Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:

Applications related to the theme of citizenship–local, national, and global–which is a two-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute
Applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe’s unique history
Applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women’s history
The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.


Thursday, July 27, 2017


New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 09-01-2017

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.

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.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kress Digital Resources Grant

Kress Foundation is Accepting Applications for Digital Resources Program
Deadline 10-01-2017

The Kress Foundation's Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to the teaching and learning of art history.

To that end, grant will be awarded for the digitization of important visual resources (especially photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); promising initiatives in online publishing; and innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. The program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis. Past grants have ranged between $12,000 and $70,000.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit institution with 501(c)(3) status based in the United States.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NEA Our Town Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant
Deadline 09-11-2017

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:
Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.



Monday, July 24, 2017

Rebel Blend Fund, ME

Coffee By Design Community Grant, Rebel Blend Fund
Deadline 08-31-2017

Coffee By Design continues its long-standing commitment to the arts in Maine. We are pleased to announce our call for proposals for the Rebel Blend Fund. The award which is funded by sales of Coffee By Design’s best-selling Rebel Blend coffee is given each year to a Maine artist and/or small arts organization whose proposal is selected by a committee of Coffee By Design staff members. The Rebel Blend Fund is a vital way for our Company to show its support for the arts community by providing seed money for art projects in Maine. What the Rebel Blend committee looks for are projects which somehow fall below the funding radar screen; projects that we believe to be thought provoking and engage people in the State of Maine in conversation.

For every pound of Rebel Blend coffee sold or brewed at Coffee By Design coffeehouses during the year, $1 is donated to the Fund. Grants are awarded on an annual basis to Maine artists whose proposals are selected.

Awards will be announced in October.

Please complete the Rebel Blend Fund Application which gives us the information we need in order to accept proposals for review.
Applications should be sent to:
Coffee By Design
ATTN: Mary Allen/Rebel Blend Fund
1 Diamond Street
Portland, Maine 04101


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Snowlion Auditions

Snowlion Repertory Company Audition 
Event Date Mid August 

Snowlion Rep, a professional theater company in Portland Maine, is seeking THREE ACTORS (non-Equity) for two of their 2018 shows to be performed at Portland Ballet Studio Theater.  THERE IS PAY.

"The Conquest of the South Pole" - performs January/February 2018
By Manfred Karge - a New England premiere

BUSCHER:  Male, early 30s.  White.  Unemployed mill worker in Rumford.  Strong personality, a solid friend but can be confrontational.  A realist who breaks up the group quest in his anger and despair at not finding work.

"A Cherry Orchard in Maine" - performs April 2018
Based on Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" - a world premiere

VERONICA RANKIN:  Female, 24.  African American.  Lily's adopted daughter.  In love with Jerry Logan.  Practical, earthy, spiritual, prone to extreme emotions, easily going from worry to fear to anger to despair.

DHAAYO:  Female, 20.  Somalian.  Wears a headscarf.  Family housekeeper, taking over from her late mother.  Falls in love very easily - first with Simon, then Yank, then the postal clerk.  Nervous, delicate, prone to fits of giddy emotion.

To schedule an audition, send resume/headshot to producing director Margit Ahlin, margit@snowlionrep.org or call (207) 518-9305.

For more information on the shows, go to www.snowlionrep.org

Maine Fiberarts Resource Guide

Sign up in the Maine Fiberarts Tour Map and Resource Guide 
Deadline Open 

The Maine Fiberarts Resource Guide  guide as gotten a refresh with a new look to the map, a new way to search for a location, and a much easier form for you to enter your own FREE listing. All you do is enter your business name ("Title"), your name, contact information such as phone, email and website, and whether you offer classes, and you can even upload a photo or two.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

NEFA New England Dance Fund

New England Foundation for the Arts New England Dance Fund, Grants 
Deadline 09-08-2017

Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance

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.

Eligible opportunities may include, but are not limited to: residencies; research trips; conferences; workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning; publication expenses; documentation; video shoots; artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal  presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; mentorship.

The New England Dance Fund does not support ongoing operations or activity, students, or youth.

New England Dance Fund grants may be paid directly to individuals, 501c3 organizations, or to fiscal sponsors.


Acadia Choral Society Job

Acadia Choral Society of Ellsworth seeks guest director
Deadline open until filled

Acadia Choral Society of Ellsworth, Maine is searching for a guest director for its Fall 2017 concert season. The responsibilities of this paid position include planning the program, rehearsing the chorus on Tuesday evenings starting in mid-September, and conducting three concerts in early December. The selected candidate may also be considered for a permanent position. The community chorus is currently comprised of 50 experienced singers, and is celebrating its 40th year. It has a skilled rehearsal accompanist and an active board of directors. Interested candidates should contact board president Michael Marion at mmarionmdi@gmail.com or (207)610-2337.

More information about the chorus can be found on its website at www.acadiachoralsociety.org

Friday, July 21, 2017

Camden Opera House Job

Camden Opera House seeks an Administrative Assistant/Box Office Manager (PT)
Deadline 07-31-2017

Camden Opera House seeks a strong self-starter 25 - 30 hours a week to assist OH Manager in all aspects of servicing client events and producing and presenting OH produced shows.  4 – 5 years nonprofit experience and college degree preferred.    Graphic Design and ticketing experience, interest in the arts a plus. Salary commensurate with experience.

Also seek PT House managers to join our roster of friendly, problem solving event managers.

Submit resume, letter of interest and Town of Camden Employment application (available at Camden Town Office M – F 9 am – 3 PM or download from Town website - www.camdenmaine.gov, scroll to bottom of homepage under "Jobs" ) to: Kerry Hadley, Opera House Manager by Monday, July 31st at 5 PM.

CAA Call for Conference Participation

College Art Association call for Presentations/ Poster Sessions for their Annual Conference 
Deadline 08-14-2017
Event date February 21–24, 2018

Call for Participation for CAA’s Annual Conference. The chairs of these sessions invite your participation: please follow the instructions in the booklet to submit a proposal for a paper or presentation. This publication also includes a call for Poster Session proposals.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Waterville Creates! Job

Waterville Creates! seeks an Education and Outreach Coordinator (FT)
Deadline 07-21-2017

Waterville Creates! seeks a highly qualified and dynamic Education and Outreach Coordinator to serve as a valuable member of its collaborative organization. Through WC!’s programmatic arm, Common Street Arts, the Education and Outreach Coordinator will provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all program participants and visitors.

The Coordinator will be an extremely cooperative, adaptive, and professional member of the WC! team and will play a vital role in developing and providing innovative educational classes, workshops, and special events relating to CSA exhibitions and key community programs. The Coordinator will ensure all aspects of gallery and studio are efficiently and professionally managed and will serve as a primary coordinating representative providing access and engagement for all members of the community. The Coordinator will be able to simultaneously manage internal initiatives as well as external commitments and community partnerships. This position reports to the Vice President of Programs + Operations. For more information, please visit http://commonstreetarts.com/employment/

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and three references to: Patricia King, Vice President of Programs + Operations, Waterville Creates!, 93 Main Street, Suite 201, Waterville, ME 04901 mailto:pking@watervillecreates.org

Snow Pond Seeks Music Teacher

Snow Pond Center for the Arts (New England Music Camp) - Part-Time Assistant Music Educator 
Sidney, ME 
Deadline Open until filled

This is a part-time position with approximately 12-15 hours per week. A bachelor’s degree in Music. Education is preferred, but not required. Strong candidates with experience teaching 1st – 8th Grade instrumental and choral music students is required. Duties will include a curriculum of full orchestra, chamber music, early childhood music, choir, and instrumental music instruction. Responsibilities also include assisting in the beginning string pedagogy program. A willingness to collaborate, and a commitment to the SPAC philosophy and community a must. An interest in using a variety of pedagogical approaches in the classroom are essential.

The employment term runs from September 2017 – June 2018 and coincides with RSU #18 academic calendar. Compensation is commensurate with experience paid on an hourly basis. Candidate must pass a criminal background check to be considered.

Snow Pond Center for the Arts Enrichment is an afterschool program that provides youth with academic support, recreation, music education and a healthy snack/meal to every student every day. Snow Pond Enrichment will serve up to 130 students during the inaugural year. Our goal is to become a vibrant center of music making, and a home-away-from-home for countless numbers of central Maine youth.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NEFA Creative City Grant

Creative City Public Art grant for Boston 
Deadline 09-25-2017
Info sessions - various times 

Creative City supports artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston. Creative City projects integrate public participation into the artistic process and/or presentation of the work. This is the final opportunity to apply to Creative City during its pilot phase!

 NEFA is hosting a series of information sessions for those interested in learning about and applying for the program. These free information sessions are designed to help artists prepare applications. Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the program background and the grant guidelines in advance. Artists are welcome to bring project ideas and questions about the application process to a Creative City info session.

Attending an information session is not required to apply for Creative City.

Registration is strongly encouraged for info sessions, as some sessions may be canceled if registration is low.

7.20.17 | Creative City Info Session | Roxbury, 5:30PM-7:00PM
7.27.17 | Creative City Info Session | Downtown, 9:00AM-10:30AM
8.03.17 | Creative City Info Session | Roxbury, 5:30PM-7:00PM
8.17.17 | Creative City Info Session | Allston, 3:00PM-4:30PM


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

International Trade Center Internship

Maine International Trade Center Leadership Internship 
Deadline 08-01-2017

Future Global Leaders is an internship program open to recent college graduates and current students. With generous support from our sponsors, we offer paid, part-time internships in our Portland office. As a Research Assistant, MITC interns gain practical experience researching international markets and assisting Maine businesses.

Candidates must have completed their junior year of college before beginning the internship and are selected from an applicant pool based on academic performance (GPA of 3.0 or higher required), demonstrated research and writing ability, and interest in the international trade arena.

Graham Foundation Grants

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Invites Applications
Deadline 09-15-2017

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 aimed at fostering the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

To that end, the foundation is inviting grant applications from individuals for projects related to architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at a crucial or potentially transformative stage in their careers; support their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate; and help them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences. The foundation is most interested in opportunities that enable it to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or an individual’s career.

The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants.

1) Production and Presentation Grants: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with the production-related expenses necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Such projects include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.

2) Research and Development Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. A recipient of a Research and Development Grant is eligible to apply for a Production and Presentation Grant for the same project once the first grant has been satisfied; however, future funding is not guaranteed.

To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Under some circumstances the foundation will make grants to other entities when 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.


Monday, July 17, 2017

National Arts Marketing Conference (TN)

2017 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Deadline (earlybird) 08-25-2017
Event November 10–13 2017

The 2016 National Arts Marketing Project Conference will be in Austin Texas. Come to to get a better understanding of where change is heading and gain tools, strategies, and resources to adapt to and succeed in the future. Join 600 of your colleagues and 100+ field experts to discuss the topics you live and breathe every day as an arts marketer.
content and storytelling
digital marketing
data and analytics
 social media
audience & community
creative revenue streams

Portland Museum of Art Part Time Job

Portland Museum of Art seeks Ambassador Visitor Experience (PT)
Deadline 07-30-2017

Under the general supervision of the Visitor Experience and PMA Store Manager, responsible for providing exceptional visitor experience with a thorough understanding of Portland Museum of Art (PMA) information, while selling admission, memberships and PMA product; promoting programs and events; and providing information and customer service support. Supports PMA goals of building audiences, developing and strengthening constituent relationships, and maximizing revenue.


Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude to promote the best of the PMA through responsive and accommodating visitor service in person and by email and phone. Fields calls and approaches visitors and patrons proactively, engaging them in a friendly and helpful manner in order to best determine their needs, resulting in positive visitor experiences and optimal sales.

Proactively promotes PMA membership with each call and visitor transaction in processing admission, merchandise sales, event, tour, and special program registrations and ticketing. Responsible for accurate collection visitor data and transactions to strengthen the PMA’s fundraising and constituent database.

Comprehensively addresses in-person inquiries, questions regarding merchandise and incoming phone or email correspondence with consistent and accurate communication of PMA information. Demonstrates the ability to seamlessly transition between PMA Store, admissions desk station assignments and call center assignments depending on workflows. Responds to visitor requests and questions and serves as operator, directing calls and emails to appropriate staff and/or extensions.

Operates equipment including computer, point of sale terminal, tablets, and switchboard to process all transactions including sales, refunds, returns, exchanges, gift purchases, and PMA memberships. Effectively shares patron feedback with focus on relationship building and enhancement of museum-wide communications.

Goes above and beyond to ensure visitor satisfaction and advocate museum exhibitions, the PMA Store, the PMA Café and programming including PMA Films, tours, lectures, workshops, Winslow Homer Studio tours, and other special events or collaborations.

Attends meetings and training to stay informed about PMA information including website content, marketing and promotions, social media, department calendars, and internal communications, to represent the museum as a knowledgeable ambassador.

Assists with museum security by explaining and monitoring PMA regulations, authorizing or denying admittance of packages and other items, resolving visitor issues, promptly reporting public safety situations, and assisting with crowd control.

Maintains museum standards of cleanliness by cleaning, organizing, and tidying public spaces on a daily basis. Performs routine clerical functions as assigned, such as marking prices on items for sale, and other routine tasks.

Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Western Arts Alliance Conference

Western Arts Alliance Conference
Event  September 8 - September 8, 2017
Seattle WA. 

Western Arts Alliance convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The conference features 175 exhibits, 150+ performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. WAA's Commons combines exhibit, meeting, and hospitality activities in one compact space.

From established artists to emerging talent, access artists in every discipline to fit your programming needs and budget. Expand your artistic programming expertise and technical knowledge through our Professional Development courses, in-conference workshops, roundtables, and conversations with peers. Between WAA's Independent and Juried Showcase programs, WAA offers more than 170 performances from a range of disciplines and esthetics.

Artists, Managers, and Agents
Share your or your artists' work with more than 200 presenting organizations based in the West. Introduce a project to a room full of Presenters during our fast-moving Speed Leads, or enjoy great social and professional networking over local cuisine on a Dine-Around. Broaden your range of practical skills to help plan and achieve effective tours during our Professional Development Institute. Performing artists will find opportunities for stimulating discussions about art and ideas with other artists, agents, and presenters.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Guggenheim Artists and Scholars Fellowship

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars
Deadline 09-18-2017

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. To that end, the foundation awards approximately two hundred fellowships a year.

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 or artistic creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period ranging 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.

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 websites 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.

See the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website for complete program guidelines and applications instructions.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Levitt Music Program - AMP Webinar

Levitt Foundation Issues CFA for Outdoor Music Concert Program
Webinar 08-18-2017
Deadline 10-02-2017

The Levitt AMP Music Series was created in 2014 by the Levitt Foundation, a pioneer in the creative placemaking movement. Levitt AMP brings the joy of free, live music to people of all ages and backgrounds living in small to mid-sized towns and cities, transforming neglected public spaces into thriving community destinations.
To that end, the foundation has issued a Call for Applications for its Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards program.

Grants of up to $25,000 in matching funding will be awarded to a minimum of ten U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, to present the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series, a minimum of ten free outdoor concerts presented over ten consecutive weeks between May 1 and November 15.

To be eligible, all proposed Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series must take place within the United States, in small to midsized towns and cities with populations of up to 400,000 people, or within a metro area with a population of no more than one million. For towns or cities located within a metro area with a population that exceeds one million, the town or city must be at least twenty-five miles from the anchor city of the metro area.

In addition, applicants must display a successful track record of presenting professional quality concerts or community events, or apply with a partner organization or individual that has done so. Applicants must also demonstrate dollar-for-dollar matching funds from other sources such as foundations, municipalities, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, businesses, etc.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Common Ground Country Fair Poster Contest

MOFGA 2018 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Design Contest
Deadline 08-04-2017

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) invites Maine residents and MOFGA members (regardless of residence) to submit a design for our 2018 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Design Contest. The Common Ground Country Fair poster is the highly regarded image that promotes MOFGA’s annual celebration of rural living.

The winning artist receives $2,500, a press release, and is highlighted in MOFGA’s quarterly newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The selected design is also featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and in promotional literature.

The theme of the design must align with MOFGA’s mission and the general guidelines for participating in the Fair. We welcome all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions by August 4, 2017.  The poster guidelines and application are available at


For more information please contact the Fair office at commonground@mofga.org

Portland Museum of Art Job

Portland Museum of Art seeks Business Services Assistant (FT)
Deadline Open until filled

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer, performs varied administrative tasks to support the Portland Museum of Art’s (PMA’s) overall business objectives and to ensure the museum’s fiscal health.

Performs routine clerical activities of the accounts payable and payroll processes to ensure all payments and deductions have appropriate documentation, are accurately processed, and are remitted on a timely basis.

Assists with reconciliation and recording of revenue and deposits, including compiling documentation, investigating discrepancies, and communicating with other staff as needed.

Provides clerical assistance to the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer and Business Office staff as needed, including data entry, copying, filing, scanning, maintaining appropriate documentation of transactions and activities, maintaining updated vendor and system documentation files, responding to inquiries, and managing routine communications and correspondence.

Associate degree or two-year college certificate with one to six months of experience working in an office setting. Additional work experience may be substituted for college education.


  • Ability to multitask, organize work, and meet deadlines with careful attention to detail in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills, including ability to adhere to PMA brand charter and style guide.
  • Familiarity with general office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Analytical ability and basic math skills for reconciling and problem solving.
  • Ability to operate computers and assigned software, including Microsoft Office, Altru, Financial Edge, payroll systems, and other reporting software.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gardiner Artist Call

Gardiner Paper Project committee call to area artists
Deadline 07-22-2017

The Gardiner Paper Project committee is inviting local artists to work with ideas that reflect their perceptions of Gardiner. The artists’ creations will be digitally captured, scaled, printed, and adhered to participating buildings with wheat paste.

Artists will receive a stipend of $150 and the cost of print and installation will be covered by the Paper Project. Kerstin Gilg will oversee the sizing, printing, and the installation process, but
artists will be expected to assist in installing and de-installing the work (July 29th install and mid-October de-install). It’s a fun process, you’ll love it.

Interested artists should contact Kerstin Gilg: kmgilg@gmail.com


Boston University Art Call

Boston University Art Galleries is  accepting  videos by New England artists 
Deadline 07-22-2017

Boston University Art Galleries is currently accepting submissions of videos by New England artists for our fall exhibition Private Screening. Artist must be 18 or older. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to submit entries. Artists can submit up to 3 videos each between 2 minutes – 60 minutes long.



If there are any questions please contact the BU Art Galleries at gallery@bu.edu

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SEED Evaluator Community Program

Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network
Deadline Ongoing 

The SEED Network connects similarly-minded members of the general public with designers from the fields of Architecture, Communication Design, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban Planning, who have an interest in community-based design practice. The Network is comprised of SEED members-individuals, groups, or organizations that support the SEED Mission and Principles through their own practices.

A Global Movement: A System of Support

SEED® is a principle-based network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building and supporting a culture of civic responsibility and engagement in the built environment and the public realm. By sharing best practices and ideas, these parties create a community of knowledge for professionals and the public based on a set of shared principles.

The SEED Network members promote and celebrate the idea that design matters and all people can shape their world for the better through design.

The Network is part of a global movement that believes design can support a community from the ground up. SEED facilitates action by providing tools such as the SEED Evaluator, which provides guidelines for pursuing a design process informed by inclusivity and participation that can lead to SEED Certification.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Surdna Foundation Arts Grant

Surdna Foundation Artists and Economic Development Grant
Deadline Open (LOI)

Strengthening the role of arts, culture, and creativity is essential to a community’s economic growth, cultural vibrancy, and resiliency. Efforts around the country are recognizing how artists and cultural organizations can contribute to economic development.

We understand that arts and culture organizations bring jobs, tax dollars and tourism revenue to local communities. However, artists and creative workers often struggle financially and lack the resources to build their businesses. Just like other successful enterprises and small businesses, artists can overcome these obstacles if they have access to training and financing. These supports increase their ability to be effective economic contributors to their communities.

The Thriving Cultures Program supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities.

We seek funding opportunities that:

Operate business and entrepreneurship training programs for artists and cultural organizations;
Provide financing to artists and artist-centered enterprises (such as financial institutions and resource providers);
Support arts and culture-based programs and services that directly engage and support the people who live and work in the area as a strategy for equitable economic development. These activities may include: Cultural programming
Business incentives that help build the local creative economy
Cross-sector collaborations that yield opportunities for all residents to reap the cultural and economic benefits from neighborhood growth

We give preference to organizations that:

Embrace artistic and design excellence;
Find innovative ways to use arts and culture to make communities more just and sustainable;
Prioritize the needs of low-income communities and people of color in their work;
Maintain sound financial practices and management;
Demonstrate a capacity and willingness to share best practices and knowledge with their colleagues and others in the field;
Partner with public and/or private entities that are committed to fostering artists and the field of arts and culture;
Demonstrate a commitment to economic and cultural equity;
Engage the deep reserves of talent, civic pride, and leadership of a community and proactively address its needs.

If you are interested in applying for a Surdna Foundation grant, please submit a letter of inquiry .


US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange

US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange Invites Applications
Deadline 07-24-2017

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, a program of the Eurasia Foundation, is a diverse network of Russian and United States professionals and entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices that can lead to joint action and positive change in the social dimensions of both countries.

To advance this mission, SEE is accepting applications for its Independent Professionals Project Initiative. Through the initiative, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to independent social initiatives designed to establish or strengthen collaboration between Russians and Americans across SEE's socially oriented thematic areas.

Thematic areas include social support and protection of citizens; protection of flora and fauna; promotion of animal welfare; promotion of philanthropy and voluntarism; youth development; public health and promotion of healthy lifestyles; preservation of cultural identities and language; adaptation of migrants; medical and social rehabilitation; and promotion of economic and labor mobility.

Individuals who are selected to receive a grant will collaborate with experts in their field during their travel to the counterpart country for a period of one to two weeks between September and December . Projects must produce specific and measurable benefit to both societies.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of either the United States or Russian Federation, have at least professional proficiency in both English and Russian, and possess significant professional experience in one or more of SEE's thematic areas.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fulbright Award

Fulbright Scholar Program, A program of the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Deadline 08-01-2017

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description.  In addition, flexible options may be available.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Davis Foundation Cultural Grant

Davis Family Foundation Grants
Deadline 08-10-2017

The Davis Family Foundation is a public charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support educational, medical and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine. The foundation was established following Mr. Davis's retirement as President and Chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. Their overriding goal for the foundation was simple and straightforward: “to make grants where they will do the most good and where our gifts make a real difference.” The foundation has provided over $47 million in grants since its grantmaking activities began in 1986 in support of:

Educational Organizations: colleges, universities, and other educational institutions. (Grants are not made to public elementary and secondary schools, nor to schools whose financial support is derived primarily from a church or other religious organization. Trustees will consider grant requests from other educational organizations whose purpose is to promote systemic change in education or to provide innovative programs whose objectives are to improve education).

Medical Organizations: hospitals, clinics and medical research organizations. Grant requests will also be considered from other similar health organizations for programs designed to increase the effectiveness or decrease the cost of medical care.

Cultural/Arts Organizations: organizations whose customary and primary activity is to promote music, theater, drama, history, literature, the arts or other similar cultural activities.

For more information regarding eligibility, funding objectives and submission guidelines, please review the grant application details.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Maine Arts Internships

Arts Internship Opportunities Across Maine 
Deadline, Open 

Maine Arts Internships resource from the Maine Arts Commission is the online resource for artists and art students seeking relevant internship opportunities within Maine. The agency focuses on placing college interns with the assumption that they will be seeking credit. However, all internship-seekers are welcome to use this service. Organizations seeking interns are free to post their information as well.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Welch Charitable Fund

Community Foundation, Welch Charitable Fund for the Greater Portland area
Deadline 08-01-2017

After graduating from Bowdoin in 1938, receiving a law degree from Harvard University in 1941, and serving in the United States Navy in World War II, “Vinny” Welch went on to found one of Washington’s leading law firms. He and his wife, “Bobbe,” who graduated from Sargent College (Boston University) with a BS in physical therapy in 1940, were married 43 years. Bobbe was a trailblazer, one of few women working in the field of physical therapy (she specialized in cases involving polio and infantile paralysis). The couple returned to Maine, Vinny’s native state, and devoted their lives to a host of Greater Portland civic activities and nonprofits, including many educational, social service, arts, and health institutions, which benefited from their generosity during their life-time and beyond. The Welches committed time and fund-raising skills to community service. Vinny’s fund-raising activities became legendary, raising the bar for Maine institutions and donors. Vinny died in 1984 and Bobbe in 2002.

Grants will be made to institutions primarily in the Greater Portland area. Specific projects and programs, including capital campaigns (rather than operating support) in the following areas, will be given preference:

Health care
Alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation
Arts and culture

Grants cannot pay for program expenses that have already been incurred.

If you have any further questions regarding the Welch Charitable Fund, please contact Stephanie Eglinton via e-mail seglinton@mainecf.org
or by phone at (207) 421-0837.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NEA Heritage Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists
Deadline 08-03-2017

To honor and preserve our nation's diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts annually awards up to eight NEA National Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage. Awards will be up to $25,000 and may be received once in a lifetime.

The folk and traditional arts, which include crafts, dance, music, oral traditions, visual arts, and others, are those that are learned as part of the cultural life of a community whose members share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These traditions are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation, and practice.

Nominees must be worthy of national recognition and have a record of continuing artistic accomplishment. They must be actively participating in their art form, either as practitioners or as teachers.

In addition, one NEA National Heritage Fellowship will be given to an individual who has made major contributions to the excellence, vitality, and public appreciation of the folk and traditional arts. The nominee should be worthy of national recognition and must be actively engaged in perpetuating the folk and traditional arts. Named after the influential advocate, educator, and producer of the folk and traditional arts,

Bess Lomax Hawes, this award recognizes:
An artist whose contributions, primarily through teaching, advocacy, organizing, and maintaining important repertoires, have greatly benefited their artistic tradition.
An individual such as a producer or advocate whose efforts have significantly increased opportunities for and public visibility of traditional arts and artists.

Individuals may be nominated specifically for the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship, and all nominees will be considered for this award.

Recipients will be selected on the basis of nominations from the public. Nominations may be for an individual or for a group of individuals (e.g., a duo or ensemble, but not an incorporated organization). A nominator may submit one or more nomination(s) in each round of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships and no one may nominate him/herself. Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cohen Foundation Grant

Sam L. Cohen Foundation grants for nonprofits
Deadline 07-15-2017 (LOI)

Sam Cohen's life and legacy are proof that we all have the potential to better our communities. A successful businessman and community leader in southern Maine, he created the Sam L. Cohen Foundation in 1983.

In the beginning, his philanthropy demonstrated the importance he placed upon family through support of programs and services for children. Later, his giving reflected his interest in strengthening his community through the support of health, educational, religious, and art and cultural institutions.

Today, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation supports a wide variety of organizations that:

provide access to educational opportunities
promote culture and the arts
contribute to civic improvement and community well being
increase access to health care, or
preserve Jewish traditions, culture, and community

Step 1: Initial Inquiry
The Foundation will accept Initial Inquiries online during the following periods:
Spring grant cycle:  December 1 - February 1
Fall grant cycle:      June 1 - August 1

The Initial Inquiry allows the Foundation to determine whether or not your time would be well spent pursuing a grant from us. All applicants need to submit an Initial Inquiry, even those who have received a grant previously.

Step 2:  Full Application
If your proposed request aligns with the Foundation's grant-making interests, you will be invited to submit a Full Application through the online system. Please note that the invitation to submit a Full Application does not guarantee that a grant request will be funded (see Application Review Process). If you are not invited to the second stage, you will be notified by the Foundation within two weeks of the inquiry deadline.

Deadlines for the Full Application are as follows:
Spring grant cycle:  March 1
Fall grant cycle:      September 1

Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are extended to the next work day.

After submitting the application, it is the applicant's responsibility to notify the Foundation immediately but no later than the grant meeting of the directors if there is a substantive change related to the information in the application, including a major change in the project, or a change of leadership, structure, or finances of the organization.

Grants are awarded during the semi-annual grant meetings of the directors, scheduled as follows:
Spring meeting:  early June
Fall meeting:      mid November


Monday, July 3, 2017

Japan Foundation Grant

Japan Foundation New York Accepting Proposals for Arts & Culture Program
Deadline Open

Established in 1972, the Japan Foundation promotes international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.

To advance this mission, the Japan Foundation New York office is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for its Arts & Culture grant program.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to projects that further understanding of Japanese arts and culture in the United States through the performing arts, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.

Funding will support fees related to publicity; printing costs of program, leaflets, catalog; honoraria for artists and lecturers; domestic/international travel expenses for artists and lecturers, including per diem and accommodation expenses; and/or shipping cost of films, exhibits, and/or other materials related to the proposed event. (Grant recipients will need to cover costs for any receptions, if applicable.) The grant will be paid in the form of a reimbursement for expenses, and the award money will be remitted upon receipt of the final report and the appropriate proof(s) of payments.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received at least three months prior to the project's start date.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, projects must take place within the thirty-seven states east of the Rocky Mountains: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

NEA Our Town Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Invites Creative Placemaking Proposals for Our Town Grant
Deadline 09-11-2017 

The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program.

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Subject to the availability of funding, the endowment will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

The program offers support for projects in two areas:

1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects: Projects in this category should represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. They also must involve a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.

2) Projects that Build Knowledge (about creative placemaking): Grants in this category are available to arts and design service organizations and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information on previously funded projects are available at the NEA website.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Arctic Circle Artist And Scientist Residency

Arctic Circle artist and scientist residency, at the Arctic Circle
Deadline Various 

he Arctic Circle artist and scientist residency program is a nexus where art intersects science, architecture, education, and activism – an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists and innovators who seek out and foster areas of collaboration to engage in the central issues of our time.

The annual series of expeditions takes place aboard a specially outfitted Tall Ship in the High Arctic territory of Svalbard, just 10 degree off the North Pole.

The Arctic Circle accepts applications from international working contemporary artists from all disciplines, scientists, architects, educators and innovators alike.

Calls for applications are issued to our mailing list only. To join our mailing list please email us at news@thearcticcircle.org