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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Women’s Studio Workshop Residency

Women’s Studio Workshop invites applications for Art-in-Education Artist's Book Residency
Deadline 11-15-2017

The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, mission is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, to provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and to promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists to create a new, hand-printed and bound, limited edition artist’s book and teach young people. Generally, the resident dedicates her first month to producing the book. WSW can provide technical advice; training on equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.

During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days a week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of those hours.

http://www.wsworkshop.org/residencies/art-in-ed-artists-book-residency-grant/

Monday, October 30, 2017

Surdna Foundation Grants

Surdna Foundation Grants for Thriving Culture
Deadline open (LOI)

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

www.surdna.org

Betterment Fund Grant

The Betterment Fund Maine Community Grant
Deadline 03-15-2018, and 06-15-2018, and, 11-15-2018

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

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

http://www.bettermentfund.org

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award

Graham Foundation Accepting Nominations for Carter Manny Awards
Deadline 11-15-2017 

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 to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Since its establishment in 1996, the Graham Foundation's Carter Manny Award program has awarded more than $740,000 in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most innovative and advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The program supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and focus and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field.

Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the foundation, including architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields.

The foundation offers Carter Manny awards in two categories, including a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.

http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs/?mode=award

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tribeca All Access Program

Filmmakers From Underrepresented Communities Invited to  Tribeca All Access Program
Deadline 11-06-2017

A program of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access supports working filmmakers in the United States and Puerto Rico from communities statistically underrepresented in the film industry with grants, year-round resources, and greater access to industry contacts.

The program seeks feature-length scripted and documentary submissions from established and emerging filmmakers whose team includes a U.S.-based director or screenwriter from a community that is statistically underrepresented in the film industry. Projects may be in any stage of development, from treatment/screenplay to post-production. Projects of any genre and/or budget range are eligible for a grant.

Scripted filmmakers and documentary filmmakers will each receive a grant to use toward the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their film project. In addition, grantees will participate in networking events at the film festival and will receive year-round customized support from TFI in order to advance their projects through completion.

https://tribecafilminstitute.org/programs/detail/tribeca_all_access

Friday, October 27, 2017

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award

Graham Foundation Accepting Nominations for Carter Manny Awards in architecture
Deadline 11-15-2017

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 to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its influence.

Since its establishment in 1996, the foundation's Carter Manny Award program has awarded more than $600,000 in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The program supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field.

Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the foundation, including architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields.

The foundation offers Carter Manny awards in two categories, one for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and one for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award provides up to $15,000 and the writing award provides up to $20,000.

Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Students also must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.

http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs/?mode=award

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Disney Dreamers Academy Call

Disney Dreamers Academy, Call to high school students 
Deadline 10-31-2017

High school students can apply for an engaging and unique mentoring program related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

https://www.disneydreamersacademy.com/be-a-dreamer/apply/?CMP=ILC-DPFY15Q4DDA20160002&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

University of Maine Art Scholarship

University of Maine Orono Scholarships Opportunities for Art Students
Deadline 11-10-2017

Visual Arts: The Department of Art invites your students to submit a digital portfolio of their artwork along with an application statement for consideration for a $3,000 University of Maine Art Scholarship.  Renewable for up to three additional years for new applicants and two years for transfers, the scholarship offers students admitted to the university and committed to majoring in Studio Art, Art Education, or History of Art great educational opportunities.

Ten to fifteen attached .jpg images, your mailing address and name of your current school, plus a statement discussing your work and your interests in the Visual Arts.  To ensure smooth communications, please make sure that your e-mail with attachments does not exceed 10 MB total.  We'll need receive your portfolio by 10 November, 2017.  For VAPA Scholarship awards, students must also submit a completed application for admission to UMaine by the 1 December Early Action http://go.umaine.edu/apply

To apply, please send an e-mail to:
mailto:um.art.vapa@maine.edu



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

NEFA Performing Arts Conference

NEFA Annual Idea Swap for performing arts organizations
Event Date November 2, 2017
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA. 

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

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

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

http://www.nefa.org/events

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Maine Public Art Call

Maine Arts Commission Percent for Art: Fred P. Hall Elementary School, Portland, Maine 
Deadline 11-27-2017

A call to Maine artists to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Fred P. Hall Elementary School in Portland, Maine. The total project budget is approximately $44,400. 

Maine’s percent for art program was established by law in 1979 and sponsors public art for publicly-financed buildings. The law decrees that 1% minimum of the budget for construction or renovation costs of buildings funded through taxpayer dollars is appropriated for acquiring works of art. Each project is developed in cooperation with professionals in the local community and installed permanently on the site of the capital project.

Fred P Hall Elementary School is characterized by two governing factors: sense of community and
sense of nature.

Sense of Community:
Out of all the schools in Portland, the Hall School draws from the largest geographic area. Its
strong community is comprised of students from Stroudwater, Rosemont, Nason’s Corner, Deering
Center, and Riverton. This pool of diverse neighborhoods, unite together to form the Hall School’s
loving community.

Sense of Nature:
The Hall School is located by Capisic Brook, a tributary to the Fore River and one of two
watersheds in Portland. The school is also situated along the Portland Trails network linking many
of the neighborhoods that it serves. Nature is also a reccurring theme in the construction of the
new school. The building will be certified Green, filled with natural light, and complemented by a
palette that echoes Maine’s four seasons. Outside of the building, the architects took care in
preserving pre-existing trees and incorporating them into the design of the grounds. The
playground will also include natural features.

https://mainearts.maine.gov/Postings/Blogs/Detail/Fred-P-Hall-Elementary-School-Percent-For-Art

Monday, October 23, 2017

Puffin Foundation Grant

Puffin Foundation Issues RFP for Organizations doing Social Justice Arts Projects
Deadline 12-09-2017 

Puffin Foundation West seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist-activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy.

In order to properly review your Grant Proposal, the Foundation asks that you provide a descriptive
but succinct overview of your project. Your application is the basis of our determination as to which
projects by individuals or Not for Profit organizations best reflect our Mission Statement. We cannot
grant to corporations, LLCs, INCs or any other type of for profit group as the IRS looks at that as if
we are making an investment in a company and becoming a “partner.” Foundation support is granted to artful, creative and innovative initiatives that advance civic and social justice programs that will improve lives, the lives of creatures big and small, and instill optimism so we can achieve a better world together working to save those things we hold precious from extinction. To help facilitate our work, please process your proposal on letter-size - 8 ½” x 11” paper and mail your packet.

Eligible applicants include individuals as well as nonprofit educational, cultural, and social justice organizations.

http://puffinwest.org/grant-application/



Sunday, October 22, 2017

Clark Hulings Business Grant

Clark Hulings Busines Fund for financial assistance and support to professional visual artists
Deadline 09-30-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://clarkhulingsfund.org/guidelines/

http://clarkhulingsfund.org/

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ransom Center Fellowships

Ransom Center Invites Applications for Research Fellowships, TX
Deadline 11-15-2017

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections. Those collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

The center is accepting applications for its Research Fellowship program. Approximately seventy fellowships will be awarded to projects that require substantial on-site use of the Ransom Center’s collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

One- to three-month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the center's collections.

Travel stipends of up to $1,700 are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month's work with the center's collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.

In addition, dissertation fellowships of $1,500 are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the center's collections.

Citizens of the United States and foreign nationals are eligible to apply. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply after two full fellowship cycles have passed.

Applicants for one- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends must have a Ph.D. or be an independent scholar with a substantial record of achievement. If the Ph.D. is in progress at the time of application.

Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research by the time of application.

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fellowships/application/

Friday, October 20, 2017

Frameline Film Fund

The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. 
Deadline: October 31, 2017

This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities.

Grants up to $5,000 are available for films that represent and reflect LGBTQ life in all its complexity and richness.

More information at
http://www.frameline.org

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Maine Acoustic Festival Auditions

Maine Acoustic Festival seeks middle and high school students to audition
Deadline 12-01-2017
Event date: April 6-8, 2017

The Maine Acoustic Festival is a statewide student festival presented by 317 Main Community Music Center and North Yarmouth Academy. The festival is dedicated to honoring, sustaining and developing the unique roots music traditions that have enriched America.

http://www.maineacousticfestival.com/index.html

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stonington Artist Residency

The Harbor Residency at Opera House Arts for theatre artists and ensembles
Deadline Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.operahousearts.org/#!residencies/c21x0

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NOW Artist Residency (OR)

NOW Open Studio Residency call (OR)
Deadline 10-31-2017

The goal of the NOW Open Studio Residency program is to provide a private oasis that fosters creative health and enables inspiration to flourish. After acceptance into the program individuals stay as guests in the NOW Open Studio private garden room relieving them of costly accommodation expenses. This two-week intensive stay in the vintage Sellwood borough of Portland, OR will enable artists to disconnect while reconnecting to their inner muse. Between the Zen of NOW and Portland’s vibrant urban core, artists are able to find their creative balance. NOW’s change of pace and space will inspire artists to be present …in the NOW.

Notification of Selection: Nov. 12-18, 2017
Residency commences: On or around June 25, 2018

Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. One or two artists will be selected as the recipient(s) for 2018 year. Residency consists of the following:

  • Individuals stay as guests (no lodging cost) in the NOW Open Studio private garden room for a two week residency.
  • Artist receives a self guided two week session in Creative Stimulation to redirect their creative thought patterns
  • Individuals are given peace and privacy to work on their creative health

NOW Artist Residency is open for application by serious emerging or established artist, including recent BFA/MFA graduates. International (non-U.S. resident) artists will be responsible for securing their own travel authorization, Visa documents, etc. NOW cannot secure authorization, but will provide basic documentation explaining the nature of the residency. The ideal candidate for the residency program may be working in any media or genera.

Fine Arts Work Literary Fellowship

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, writers fellowship 
Deadline 12-01-2017

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and to restoring the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown. The center is internationally known for its acclaimed fellowship residency program, summer workshop program, online writing classes, and MFA program in collaboration with MassArt.

FAWC awards seven-month (October 1 through April 30) Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year. Writing Fellows are provided with a private furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Fellows are required to remain in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center during the fellowship.

To be eligible, applicants must be an emerging fiction writer or poet. Those whose works fall between those two categories or employ both may also apply; however, all applicants must either choose "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the application form. FAWC actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

There is a $50 application fee due upon submission of the online application.

http://web.fawc.org/writers

Monday, October 16, 2017

IMRC Researcher in Residence Call

U of Orono -  Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center Residency
Deadline 11-09-2017

We are happy to announce our 2018 Winter / Spring open call for the IMRC Researcher in Residence Program.  Spring 2018 applications will be accepted from Oct. 9th until Nov. 9th 2017 for the Winter / Spring juried residency.

Researcher in Residence Program for IMRC - Creative Technologists, Intermedia Artists and New Media Producers. IMRC residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives in new media, intermedia, and other technology areas, and their social and cultural application. The residency supports a period of concentration and immersion in creative investigation, cutting-edge research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects. Potential initiatives might range from live intermedia productions, sound and physical computing works to technical prototypes, installations and tactical media events. The RRP is committed to supporting a diverse and broad ranging creative environment. We consequently encourage applications from the broadest possible range of individuals and creative technologists to this program.

Getty Conservation Scholarship

Getty Conservation Institute Invites Applications for Conservation Guest Scholar Program
Deadline 11-01-2017

The Conservation Guest Scholar Program at the Getty Conservation Institute supports new ideas and perspectives in the field of conservation, with an emphasis on the visual arts (including sites, buildings, objects) and the theoretical underpinnings of the field.

The program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue scholarly research in an interdisciplinary manner across traditional boundaries in areas of interest to the international conservation community. Conservation Guest Scholars are in residence at the Getty Center for three or six consecutive months between late September and June and will receive a monthly stipend of $3,500, prorated to the actual dates of residency. In addition to the stipend, the program also provides a workstation at the Conservation Institute, research assistance, airfare to Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

Conservators, scientists, architects, and professionals who have attained distinction in conservation and related fields are invited to apply. Applicants should have at least five years experience in the field of conservation and should have an established record of publications and other contributions to the field. Grants are not intended to fund research for the completion of an academic degree.

http://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/residential/conservation_guest_scholars.html

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Presenters Travel Funds

New England Foundation for the Arts Travel Funds for New England Arts Presenters
Deadline, Open

Travel Funds available for any nonprofit, school, or government entity based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

The nonprofit organization does not need to be an arts organization. An organization that does not have a federal tax identification number (such as a national historic park) may apply as long as it is part of an official government agency (such as the National Park Service). Applicants may apply for funding to help cover the expense of attending festivals, showcases, conferences, or other cultural events where they can see artistic work that they may present in their own community. NEFA encourages applicants to seek out opportunities where multiple cultural events are taking place, so that they may experience as many performances and genres as possible.

More information at:
http://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/grants/presenter_travel_fund

http://www.nefa.org/

Iceland Writers Retreat

Iceland Writers Retreat Call
Deadline 10-31-2017

The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2018. Anyone who is aged 18 is eligible to apply. No Entry Fee.

http://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/not-publish-iceland-writers-retreat-alumni-award-applications-now-accepted-2/

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Women's Barbershop Music Grant

Young Singers Foundation Accepting Applications for Women's Barbershop Music Projects
Deadline 11-01-2017

The Young Singers Foundation was created by Sweet Adelines International in 1992 to enrich the lives of young people through educational programs in vocal.

As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting grant applications for projects that encourage education about and the performance of women’s barbershop vocal music. Grant amounts will be determined on a project-by-project basis.

Eligibility is limited to individuals, groups, or organizations sponsoring barbershop vocal music activities for young women.

http://www.youngsingersfoundation.org/index.cfm?id=8

Friday, October 13, 2017

Maine Film Association Workshops

Maine Film Association Workshops
Event dates - Various

These workshops are FREE to MFA members-- join today!

Oct. 14: An Introduction to Digital Production at Bowdoin College
http://mainefilm.org/workshop-digital-production-2017/

Oct. 21: Lighting & Grip: Tips and Tricks at High Output in Portland
http://mainefilm.org/workshop-light-grip-2017/

Nov. 4: Digital Cinema Workshop: The Camera and Visual Storytelling at SMCC
http://mainefilm.org/workshop-storytelling-2017/

http://mainefilm.org/

Kindling Fund Grant

SPACE Gallery to award Kindling Fund support to public art projects in Maine
Deadline 10-22-2017

SPACE Gallery created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The fund will grant Maine artists up to $5,000 to create innovative public projects.

The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): public art projects, intervention or site specific installations, one time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects, or unconventional exhibitions.

www.kindlingfund.org

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships

Fine Arts Work Center Invites Applications for Provincetown Writing Fellowships
Deadline 12-01-2017 

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and restoring the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown. The center is internationally known for its acclaimed fellowship residency program, summer workshop program, online writing classes, and (in collaboration with MassArt) its MFA program.

FAWC awards seven-month Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year from October 1 through April 30.  Writing Fellows are provided with a private furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750. Fellows are required to remain in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center during the seven-month fellowship.

To be eligible, applicants must be an emerging fiction writer or poet. Writers or poets whose work falls between those two categories also may apply. (All applicants must either choose "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the application form.) FAWC actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

There is a $50 application fee.

http://web.fawc.org/writers

Maine Craft Weekend!

Maine Craft Weekend
Event dates October 14 and 15

Maine Craft Weekend, a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists throughout Maine.

Most locations are open 10am-4pm, but check individual listings for special hours, as well as, many locations offering events before the weekend begins or during the evenings!

Visit the Maine Craft Weekend website to find events in each region of the state, plan a route that includes your friends' studios, town-wide events, off-the-beaten-path new hot spots and creative-multi artist events... there is so much going on you should start planning and plotting now!
Maine Craft Weekend is an annual event produced by the Maine Crafts Association with event partner, Maine Made and many amazing sponsors.

www.MaineCraftWeekend.org


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Call For Visual Art - Damariscotta

River Arts call to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “Artists’ Choice.” 
Deadline 10-21-2017

River Arts invites artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for jurying in its upcoming exhibition, “Artists’ Choice.” Artists can submit up to three works in any medium including sculpture, photography, collage, painting, ceramics and fine craft — representational or abstract.

Work can be delivered anytime during gallery hours until the deadline, Saturday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. The exhibition will hang through Nov. 24, with an opening reception Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Entry forms are available online and at the gallery, 241 Route 1, when submitting. All work entered must be for sale. For more details about the entry process, visit riverartsme.org/calls-to-artists. Queries and requests may be directed to River Arts at 563-1507 or by email at info@riverartsme.org

 River Arts is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Waterville Temporary Public Art Call

Waterville, Maine - Call for Proposals for Temporary Public Art Installation(s)
Deadline 12-01-2017

The Waterville Cultural Blueprint, which was completed in April of 2017 after over a year of diverse community input, identified that 90% of survey respondents believe that public art is important to the future of Waterville as an arts destination. In response to this feedback, one of the goals established in the cultural plan is “to provide diverse encounters with art, culture, and creativity in the public realm through public art, the city streetscape, neighborhood programs and enhancements, and public performances in both traditional and nontraditional venues.”

Waterville Creates! Public Art Task Group invites artists to submit proposals for a temporary public art installation from May 1 through September 30 of 2018. A minimum of two artists (or groups of artists) will be selected to provide works of art for exterior display, installation, and/or performance in the City of Waterville. This invitation is open to artists whether they live within or outside of the state of Maine.

Theme:
Proposals should relate to the artist’s reflections on the Kennebec River as a focal point of Waterville’s past, current, and future identity.

Sites:
Artists are encouraged to propose specific sites that they have identified. Any site within the city of Waterville is eligible, though preference will be given to sites with high visibility and/or high volumes of pedestrian traffic, such as the downtown district, the South End, Quarry Road, etc. Waterville Creates! will fund projects on privately owned property provided the artist has a written agreement with the property owner. Please note that the riverfront property at Head of Falls will be under construction for much of the period of this exhibition as the new River Walk project is built!

Media:
All media, including performance art, sound, projection, and light installations, are eligible for consideration. Performance art pieces may be one-time, multiple, or ongoing occurrences. All work will be professionally documented through photographs and/or video at the expense and under the supervision of Waterville Creates!, who will maintain all rights to the resulting images and video.

Compensation:
The maximum stipend will be $5000; should Waterville Creates! or the City of Waterville choose to purchase a piece for permanent display, the stipend shall serve as a deposit toward the total purchase price. Any private purchase will be independent of this process and arranged directly between the purchaser and the artist.

Installation:
Artists are responsible for transporting, installing, and removing the artwork after the exhibition. Exterior artwork
should be durable and require no maintenance during the exhibition period. Waterville Creates! will work with
the City of Waterville to provide site specific installation assistance as required. Limited funds in addition to the
artist stipend may be available to assist with this process. Attention to public safety issues and resistance to
vandalism are also important considerations. Approval of artwork will be contingent on satisfactorily addressing
liability issues and assuring structural integrity.

Review Criteria & Process:
Proposals will be reviewed by the Public Art Task Group of Waterville Creates! with additional representation  from the City of Waterville. Proposals will be scored based on:
• Relevance to the theme
• Visibility / visual impact
• Appropriateness / availability of the site (if one has been identified)
• Artistic excellence
• Evidence of durability / public safety

Project Timeline:
• October 4, 2017 Call for Proposals opens
• December 1, 2017 Proposals are due
• December 7, 2017 Public Art Task Group finalizes selections
• December 15, 2017 Phone interviews with selected artists
• January 15, 2018 Contracts signed between WC! and artists
• April 27-30, 2018 Artworks are installed
• June 2018 Opening Event (date TBD)
• September 2018 Artist talks at Common Street Arts gallery
• After September 30, 2018 Removal of artworks

Application Requirements:
Interested artists should provide the following:
• Letter of interest. Please explain why you would like to be considered for this exhibition, how you would address the theme, and the artwork you would create, including a proposed location should you have one identified.
• Proposed budget. Please provide a budget for your proposed project and clearly state the amount of your request. The maximum request is $5000.
• Current Resume. Include information about previous work, commissions, public art installations, and exhibitions.
• Digital Images/Videos/Audio Files. Please include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 jpeg images (no larger than 1 MB per file) representative of your work. Please include title of work, dimensions of the work, and materials used. For performance pieces or pieces with an audio/visual component, please submit no more than 3 links to relevant audio/video files.

All materials must be emailed to marie@watervillecreates.org

https://www.watervillecreates.org/


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NEA Student Songwriting Contest

Musical Theater Songwriting Contest Seeks Talented High School Students 
Deadline 01-05-2018

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a national competition for musical theater songwriting, and it's looking for talented young composers.

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. Launched in 2016 as a pilot program in three cities (Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA), the Songwriting Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians and the opportunity to have an original song performed by those musicians. Also, the finalists will be awarded a school scholarship and more.

https://www.arts.gov/partnerships/songwriting

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kurt Weill Foundation Grant

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music for the presentation and study of Kurt Weill's compositions
Deadline 11-01-2017

Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and to preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).

Since 1984, the foundation has awarded more than five hundred grants totaling $3 million to organizations and scholars worldwide in support of excellence in the presentation and study of Kurt Weill's compositions. In 2013, the Blitzstein catalogue joined the list of works eligible for support.

The foundation awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Weill and Blitzstein; for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein; and for relevant educational initiatives.

http://www.kwf.org/

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Asian Cultural Council Grant

Asian Cultural Council Invites Applications for Grants
Deadline 11-09-2017

The Asian Cultural Council works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. To that end, the council awards fellowship grants to artists and scholars in three categories of cross-cultural exchange: Asia to the United States, the United States to Asia, and inter-Asia.

The council is inviting proposals from individuals who exhibit an abiding passion and interest in cultural exchange between the United States and the countries of Asia, as well as among the countries in Asia. Each year, the council funds about a hundred established masters and rising stars in fields such as archeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, arts administration, arts criticism, choreography, composition, conceptual art, conservation, crafts, dance, design (noncommercial), film making, installation art, literature, museology, music, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, video art, video conservation, and work that defies categorization.

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply for a grant in support of their research, study, and creative work. In Asia, ACC grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the countries from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia and south from Mongolia. Individuals from Oceania are not eligible to apply.

Organizations requesting grant support must have 501(c)(3) or similar nonprofit status such as registration as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). If an organization does not have nonprofit status, a fiscal sponsor is required.

There is no specific amount designated for individual fellowships or organizational projects. As grants vary in length of time (from a month to a year), amounts vary accordingly.

Applicants from Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, or the Philippines should apply directly to the council’s Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila field offices.

http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/apply-now/individual-guidelines

Keep America Beautiful Awards

Keep America Beautiful Accepting Applications for National Awards Programs
Deadline 10-01- 2017 

Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environments. Established in 1953, the organization strives to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. KAB believes everyone has a right to live in a clean, green, and beautiful community and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

To that end, the organization is accepting applications for its National Awards program, which recognizes the organization's network of community-based affiliates; corporate, nonprofit, and government agency partners; and individual volunteers who are championing environmentally healthy, socially connected, and economically sound communities.

The following Keep America Beautiful National Awards are open to the public:

1) Lady Bird Award: Given to an outstanding female volunteer for exceptional leadership with at least ten years of experience in helping her local community.

2) Iron Eyes Cody Award: Honors an outstanding male volunteer for exceptional leadership with at least ten years of experience in helping his local community.

3) Carolyn Crayton Award: Recognizes an individual board member or board member company (or organization) of a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate for long-standing service to that affiliate.

4) Young Professional Award: Honors an outstanding volunteer under the age of 40 who demonstrates exceptional leadership in helping his or her community.

5) Community Improvement Recognition Awards: Offered in up to four categories (litter prevention; beautification/greening; recycling/waste reduction; overall community improvement) to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

6) Youth & Education Recognition Awards: Recognizes outstanding youth, schools, and educators.

7) Law Enforcement Recognition Awards: Recognizes law-enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approach to the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

8) Keep America Beautiful Program Awards: Honors a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, business, nonprofit, or government agency for Keep America Beautiful program activations (Great American Cleanup, America Recycles Day, or Cigarette Litter Prevention Program) that have taken place in the last twelve months.

The following awards are open exclusively to Keep America Beautiful affiliates: Affiliate Awards; Affiliate Innovation Awards; State Affiliate Innovation Awards; the Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award; the William (Bill) Nash Award; and the Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partnership Award.

All programs and projects submitted for consideration must have taken place within the past twelve months.

Award winners will be recognized at Keep America Beautiful's 65th anniversary national conference, January 17-19, 2018, in Dallas.

https://www.kab.org/about-us/annual-awards



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lighthouse Works Fellowship (NY)

Lighthouse Works Accepting Applications for Artist Fellowships
Deadline 10-15-2017 

Lighthouse Works, a nonprofit arts organization, is devoted to encouraging the development of artists through a fellowship program and to the enrichment of the year-round cultural and economic vitality of Fishers Island, New York.

To that end, the organization is accepting applications for its fellowship program. Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. Fellows are provided with housing, food, studio space, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500 to help defray the cost of shipping materials, the purchase of art supplies, and other expenses incurred in making artwork in a remote location. The organization's belief is that no artist should have to spend money to accept the opportunity of a fellowship.

While fellows' primary obligation is the solitary pursuit of their creative projects, every artist is expected to participate in a single studio tour, reading, or performance for the public at the conclusion of their fellowship. In addition, fellows have the chance (though they are not required) to teach workshops, mentor students, or invite them for studio visits.

While the program accepts artists working in a wide range of disciplines, it is best able to accommodate visual artists, writers, and musicians. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow.

http://www.thelighthouseworks.com/fellowshipprogram.html#description

Friday, October 6, 2017

Center for Craft Research Grant

Center for Craft, Creativity & Design Issues Exhibition Research and Project Grants, NC
Deadline 10-20-2017

 Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of craft by fostering new ideas, funding craft scholarship, and backing the next generation of makers, curators, and critics. Each year, CCCD administers the distribution of over a quarter million dollars in grants to those working in the craft field.

Proposals are welcome from curators, researchers, independent scholars and graduate students.  General overhead (indirect administrative expenses) is not eligible for university-based projects.  No capital equipment purchases are eligible for support. This grant program is not about the creation of artwork.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, in the process of applying for citizenship or have a U.S. Social Security number.

http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/grants/craft-research-fund/

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shubert Foundation Grant

Shubert Foundation Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Grants
Deadline 10-18-2017 or 12-01-2017

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.shubertfoundation.org/grantprograms/default.asp

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

YoungArts Student Grant

National YoungArts Foundation emerging artists grant (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) 
Deadline 10-13-2017

To help ensure that outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts, the National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, apply for scholarships, and gain national recognition throughout their careers.

To that end, YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2018 Prize cycle. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

All YoungArts Winners are exposed to professional and educational opportunities, including the chance to work with and learn from renowned artists in their fields (e.g., Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Hill, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie, Carrie Mae Weems, and others), and (space permitting) are eligible to participate in one of YoungArts’ annual regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles, or New York.

YoungArts also provides students in its program access to a strong professional network of more than twenty thousand alumni, as well as ongoing professional guidance and the opportunity to perform and exhibit their work at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

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

There is a $35 non-refundable application fee per category; fee waivers are available.

http://www.youngarts.org/apply

Boston Beautification Project

George B. Henderson Foundation Invites Applications for Boston Beautification Projects
Deadline 10-13-2017

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

To that end, the foundation awards grants in support of  projects that improve the visual environment of city parks, streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Each project must be visible by the public, preferably from a public way. If funds are expended for work on building interiors, the building must be open to the public a reasonable number of days annually. Priority will be given to projects with the potential for the most significant and lasting enhancement of the physical appearance of the City of Boston.

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

http://thehendersonfoundation.com

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Johnson Prize for African-American Artists

William H. Johnson Foundation Invites Applications From African-American Artists for 2017 Johnson Prize
Deadline 11-16-2017 

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001 in honor of William H. Johnson, an American artist known primarily for his Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant depictions of African-American daily life.

Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 William H. Johnson Prize.

The prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the area of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre. For award purposes, "early career" is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year the prize is awarded. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible, so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years.

http://www.whjohnsongrant.org/whjform/

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pew Arts & Heritage Grant

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Accepting Project Grant Applications
Deadline 11-15-2017  (Letters of Intent) 

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invests in ambitious, imaginative projects that showcase the greater Philadelphia region's cultural vitality and enhance the quality of its public life.

To advance this mission, the center is accepting applications to its Project Grant program, which awards grants in three program areas: Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, Performance, and Pew Fellowships.

1)  Exhibitions & Public Interpretation: EPI projects include public display and/or interpretation of artworks, historical artifacts, scientific objects, living collections, buildings, stories, or ideas; film, video, or other moving-image presentations and technology platforms; and all other forms of exhibitions and public cultural interpretation, including those that take place in public spaces, online, and/or make use of participatory strategies.

2) Performace: Eligible performance projects include original works or new treatments of existing works in all performance forms; film, video, and other moving-image performance works; distribution of performances using new experimental media or technology platforms; and performances in public spaces, online, and/or that make use of participatory strategies. The category supports projects that are multi- or interdisciplinary, as well as those based in a specific discipline.

3) Pew Fellowships: The center offers direct support to individual artists through its Pew Fellowships program, annually awarding up to twelve unrestricted grants of $75,000. The goal is to assist the most talented artists in the Philadelphia region in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support accompanied by a set of customized, focused, professional- and career-development resources.

Before submitting a Letter of Intent, applicants are required to identify their intention to apply by contacting staff at least two weeks before the LOI deadline.  First-time applicants are required to make an appointment to discuss their projects with center staff by October 13.

In 2017, the center awarded more than $10.3 million to Philadelphia-area organizations and individual practitioners, encompassing thirty-nine Project grants; two Advancement grants; and twelve Pew Fellowships for individual artists and artist teams.

For complete program guidelines, examples of previously funded projects, and application procedures, see the Pew Center website.

http://www.pcah.us/apply

Tourism Special Event Grant

Maine Office of Tourism, Special Event Marketing Grant for Organizations 
Deadline 2nd Friday of May and 1st Friday of November

The primary objective of the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) Special Events Grant is the creation and implementation of marketing programs designed to stimulate and expand the travel industry within Maine. The intent of Special Event Grant is to provide marketing funds to existing, well-established events needing to expand their audience to attract overnight visitation, strengthen the State’s image, have an economic impact on the state economy or attract visitation to Maine’s shoulder season.

The intent of the MTMPP Special Event Grant is to distribute awards to permanent non-profit
incorporated organizations whose primary purpose is to promote and expand tourism in the State of
Maine.
  • Organizations must be a Maine-based 501C3 or C6 must have been in existence for a minimumof three years
  • The Organization must have a focus on travel, tourism and destination promotion
  • The Organization’s Board must broadly representative of the designated region and shouldinclude individuals representing tourism interests within the region
  • Events may not occur within 60 days from the beginning of the grant contract (July 1 of January1)
  • Programs must be aligned with and support the Five Year Plan developed by the Office of Tourism

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tourism Enterprise Grant

Maine Office of Tourism, Enterprise Marketing Grant for organizations 
Deadline Second Friday in May, and First Friday in November

The primary objective of the Maine Tourism Marketing Partnership Program (MTMPP) is the
creation and implementation of programs designed to stimulate and expand the travel
industry while strengthening the State’s image by coordinating the promotional efforts of
the private sector with those of the Office of Tourism (MOT). Programs must be aligned with
and support the Five Year Plan developed by the Office of Tourism. The intent of the
Tourism Enterprise Grant is to make funds available to focused and sustainable marketing
projects whose primary goal is to expand and grow tourism in Maine. The goal is to assist
new or young projects, or to build and strengthen mature and healthy projects. Grant
Applications will be accepted twice per year for a minimum amount of $2,500 and a
maximum amount of $10,000.

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

  • Organizations must be a Maine-based 501C3 or C6 and must have been in existence for a
  • minimum of three years
  • The Organization’s Board should include individuals representing tourism interests
  • Organizations may only apply once per calendar year
  • Eligible projects must be tourism focused with an objective of increasing overnight
  • visitation.
  • Only Projects hosted by a Maine organization are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Eligible events cannot occur in less than 60 days of the grant start date (First Cycle: July 1st
  • or Second Cycle: January 1st)

https://visitmaine.com/assets/downloads/2017-MTMPP-Enterprise-Guidelines.pdf

https://visitmaine.com/mtmpp/