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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship

Aaron Siskind Foundation Invites Applications for Individual Photographer's Fellowships
Deadline 05-18-2018 

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for its Individual Photographer's Fellowships program. The annual program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media.

A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art. Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography of any subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be a traditional photography project or a more experimental work, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Examples of ineligible work include film, video, and interactive multimedia.

Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors.

Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States who reside in the U.S. and who are 21 years of age are eligible to apply.

There is a $20 application fee due at the time of submission.

http://aaronsiskind.org/grant.html

Friday, March 30, 2018

U.S. Department of State Arts Support

U.S. Department of State offers range of arts and culture support through exchange

Deadline Multiple 

The U.S. Department of State offers exchange programs that cover a wide range of interests, including arts and culture, technology and youth focused programs.

Arts programs include:

American Arts Incubator
This program uses new media and/or mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in Asia.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/american-arts-incubator

American Film Showcase
This program brings award-winning American documentaries, feature films, and animated shorts to audiences around the world.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/american-film-showcase

American Music Abroad
These musical ambassadors reach beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and citizens around the globe.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/american-music-abroad

Arts Envoy
The Arts Envoy Program shares the best of the U.S. arts community with the world to foster cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and to demonstrate shared values and aspirations.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/arts-envoy

Cairo International Art Exhibition
The program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/cairo-international-art-exhibition

Community Engagement through the Arts
This program uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members in overseas communities in South and Central America and Africa.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/community-engagement-through-arts

DanceMotion USA
DanceMotion USA sends American dance companies overseas to connect with audiences and communities through dance workshops, lecture demonstrations, public performances and other arts education activities.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/dancemotion-usa

Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship
A component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-mtvu-fellowship

Fulbright Travel-Only Grants
Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-travel-only-grants

Fulbright U.S. Scholar
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-us-scholar-program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research or be an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-us-student-program

Venice Architectural Biennale
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/venice-architectural-biennale

Museums Connect
This program is designed to strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad through museum-based exchanges.
http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/museums-connect

Venice Art Biennale
This program ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/venice-art-biennale

Explore all of this at:
http://exchanges.state.gov/us/special-focus-areas

http://exchanges.state.gov/us/

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bloomberg Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Public Art Challenge for U.S. Cities
Deadline 04-25-2018 

Through the challenge, Mayors of U.S. cities with thirty thousand residents or more are invited to apply for up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues.

Submissions of dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered. Proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.

The program is a part of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. To that end, the challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists and include the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues.

At least three winners will be chosen to execute their projects over a maximum of twenty-four months. Grants will cover project-related expenditures such as development, execution, and marketing, but will not fund 100 percent of project costs.

Applications must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization.

https://publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Maine Media Book Artist in Residence

Maine Media Workshops and College Book Artist in Residence
Deadline 05-15-2018


Four weeks of 24/7 access to our Book Arts Studio to make your book project a reality.

Since 2015, Maine Media has offered a month-long Book Arts Residency that provides time, space, and funding for artists creating a new, small-run, handmade book that features letterpress printing. We encourage the use of both traditional and new technologies in book arts and, as a media arts school, value the interplay between word and image.


The Residency will be awarded to one artist and will run from October 1-29. The residency includes:
weekly stipend (for four weeks) of $350
materials support of up to $500
travel stipend
beautiful accommodations overlooking Rockport Harbor
meals on campus at MMW+C
full access to our Book Arts Studio


We ask that the Artist in Residence donate two copies of their edition to MMW+C, one for our library collection and one to be sold (revenue will go toward our scholarship fund).

What's in Our Studio?
Two Vandercook Universal Presses
photopolymer plate maker
Epson P800 for printing digital negatives
various lead type
board shear & paper guillotine
bindery equipment (book press, finishing presses, sewing frames, needles, etc.

 please send the following ELECTRONICALLY to bookarts@mainemedia.edu, compressed into one folder labeled with the artist’s name
Artist Statement and CV
A one-page description of the project, including anticipated materials and studio needs
A materials budget
Ten images of recent work, along with short descriptions of the work (images should be 72 pixels per inch | 800 pixels on the longest side | jpeg format | Adobe RGB 1998 color space)

https://www.mainemedia.edu/life-at-mmwc/book-artist-residence/




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Job

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship seeks Development Director (FT)
Deadline Open until filled

The Development Director is a full-time position that reports directly to, and works closely with, the Executive Director. This is a hands-on position that requires significant nonprofit development experience, topflight written and verbal communication skills, initiative, excellent interpersonal skills, and a collegial approach to the work environment. Pay range $50,000 - $65,000.

Primary responsibilities are planning and implementing of the school’s fundraising through capital campaigns, the annual appeal, planned giving, and grant applications. As part of an administrative office team, this position handles its own clerical duties such as data entry, pledge tracking, and gift acknowledgement, as well as executive duties such as campaign planning and management.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Planning and implementing capital campaigns, starting with a new endowment campaign that is currently in the quiet phase
2. Planning and implementing the annual appeal, which last year received $214,800 from 385 contributors
3. Originating grant applications for both program-related and capital projects
4. Building relationships with CFC’s 4100 alumni, 1600 current and previous donors, and approximately 100 volunteers
5. Managing the Teaching the Teachers scholarship program, currently in its pilot phase
6. Managing the development operations of the school in alignment with industry best practices

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nationally prominent, nonprofit woodworking school in Rockport, Maine. Our mission is to provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional, beautiful, and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the belief that design and craftsmanship are deeply meaningful expressions of the human spirit. They contribute to individual fulfillment and, by extension, to the advancement of society.

With an annual operating budget of $1.5 million and a full-time administrative staff of seven, the Center offers five distinct educational programs that range in length from a weekend to a year and also operates an on-campus gallery. Each year, approximately 400 students travel from across the U.S. and around the globe to study with more than 45 outstanding designer/makers in the fields of furniture making, turning, carving, and related arts such as marquetry and finishing. The Intensive, Comprehensive, and Fellowship programs, which account for three-quarters of our programming, primarily serve professional-track students. Participants in shorter one-week and two-week workshops are mostly passionate amateurs.

Founded in 1993, the Center is fiscally and operationally healthy. Program-related revenue covers 80% of operating expense, the annual appeal offsets 10%, and the remaining 10% is generated from a $6 million endowment. The next stage of the school’s growth is to leverage its strengths for greater societal impact. To that end, a primary responsibility for this position will be managing a Board-approved endowment campaign to expand scholarships for professional-track students and for teachers in vocational programs nationwide, support fellowships that foster the creative growth of emerging and professional makers, and broaden audiences for Messler Gallery exhibitions, among other goals.

Qualifications
• A minimum of seven years’ work experience in the nonprofit sector
• Significant experience in fundraising management, including capital campaigns, annual giving, donor relations, major gift solicitations, and event planning
• Excellent writing, proofreading, and communications skills, both written and verbal
• Proven ability to manage concurrent projects
• Competence with word processing, databases (ideally FileMaker), and spreadsheets in a PC environment
• Facility with social media
• Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
Additional Job Information

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references by email to development@woodschool.org

Monday, March 26, 2018

Maine Artists And Makers Conference

Artists & Makers Conference at Point Lookout
Event Date April 6, 2018 

TheArtists & Makers Conference, offering tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine is hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute. The conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine. Registration is $35.

Workshop sessions at the conference offer three themed tracks — foundational, transformational, and inspirational — with presentations for those just starting a business, those looking to grow their business, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion and inspiration in their business. Other highlights include networking opportunities and a PechaKucha-style event.

All tickets include a light breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages. Contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701 with any questions regarding registration or the conference.

www.islandinstitute.org/archipelago

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Harpo Foundation New Work Grants

Harpo Foundation Seeks Applications for New Work Grants for organizations
Deadline 04-13-2018 (LOI)

Established in 2006, the Chicago-based Harpo Foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its New Work Project Grants program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by under-recognized artists age 21 or older. The foundation will consider proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under-recognized in their field. Production of such may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

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

http://www.harpofoundation.org/apply/new-work-project-grants/

Public Art Call in Topsham

Maine Arts Commission call to all artists who are residents of Maine for the new Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine
Deadline 04-10-2018

The total project budget is approximately $45,000.00

Maine School Administrative District #75 has approved construction of a new high school in Topsham that is scheduled to open in Fall 2020. The new structure, designed by PDT Architects, will replace the existing school that was built in 1973. The new facility will showcase a contemporary design, with an interior punctuated by natural wood details, high ceilings and abundant natural light.

The floorplan is centered around the welcoming Learning Commons, which will house the library, modular communal spaces for large and small groups, office spaces, and double-story views of the outdoors. The new school will also provide a 250-seat “forum” that can be utilized for a variety of events and performances. Mt. Ararat serves the communities of Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham, with a growing enrollment of over 700 students from a diversity of backgrounds. The school’s mission is to ensure challenging and personalized learning; to teach the essential skills necessary to meet the demands of a changing world; to provide a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vibrant environment where diversity is valued and everyone is respected; and to work in partnership with families and the community to promote the health and development of the whole individual.

Proposals may consider the school community values of tolerance and open-mindedness, and an inspiring environment in which students can develop nimble and forward-thinking attitudes. Artists may also respond to the influence of the natural environment throughout the new facility’s design, as well as the idea of light as a nurturing element for growth. Artists with connections to the local area are encouraged to apply,

https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Programs/Public-Arts

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bluestocking Film Call

The Bluestocking Film Festival is seeking short female-driven films 
Deadline 04-27-2018

Bluestocking Film Festival call for films.

Taking place annually in July in beautiful Portland, Maine, Bluestocking Film Festival is an exclusive showcase for high-quality, provocative short fiction films featuring complex female protagonists driving the story and leading the action.

All short film submissions therefore must have a female main character and also pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test (include at least 2 or more female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man). At every screening since we began in 2011, we prove that audiences love a good story no matter what the lead character's gender is.

http://www.bluestockingfilms.com/submit-your-film/

Boothbay Sculpture Trail Call

Boothbay Harbor Region Sculpture Trail Artist Call
Deadline 03-31-2018

The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the launch of the Boothbay Harbor Region Sculpture Trail (BHRST) in beautiful Mid Coast Maine. Sponsored by DownEast Magazine and Bath Savings Institution, the Boothbay Harbor Region Sculpture Trail is a year-round outdoor juried exhibit and will begin in the downtown corridor of Boothbay Harbor.

Artists from the New England area are encouraged to participate in the Trail by submitting an application. Please include an artist bio and digital images of your sculpture. Each piece will be for sale and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the artist, with no commissions and no fees. Artists may have two sculptures for up to two years.

Selected artists will benefit from:
•A $150 stipend per sculpture
•A highly skilled and experienced installation team to assist with your installation
•No commissions and no fees; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each sculpture goes directly to the artist; artists will be responsible for handling all sales or designating a sales representative; the Chamber will refer any potential sales to the artist
•Signage at each site will identify the artist along with their contact information for visitors and potential clients
•A printed trail map with the locations of each sculpture and the artist
•A trail link on the landing page of the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber website (viewed by over half a million people annually); each artist with contact information and a photo of their sculpture will appear on the website under the trail link
•Press releases and announcements to local and regional media outlets
•Active engagement in social media including Facebook and Instagram
•A grand opening celebration to officially launch the BHR Sculpture Trail and showcase the participating artists will be held on Saturday, August 11th at the Boothbay Railway Village
•A limited coverage insurance policy through the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce at no cost to the artist

For more information on the Boothbay Harbor Region Sculpture Trail and to obtain an application, please call (207) 633-2353 or email Patricia Royall, Executive Director (patricia@boothbayharbor.com)

https://www.boothbayharbor.com/boothbay-harbor-region-sculpture-trail

Friday, March 23, 2018

Center For Furniture Craftsmanship Scholarship

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Scholarships, ME
Deadline 04-01-2018

Scholarships encourage the participation of talented individuals who could not otherwise afford to attend our courses. They are funded by private gifts, the Au Pair General Scholarship Fund to encourage women in woodworking, the Ben V. Branscom Scholarship Fund, and our scholarship endowment.

Workshop Scholarships
These scholarships generally cover the full cost of tuition, but successful applicants must confirm their participation by paying the standard $80 registration fee, and remain responsible for the costs of their own travel, lodging, meals, materials, and any supply fees.

1.A letter explaining your qualifications, your financial need, and the benefit you hope to get from the course

2.Your resumé

3.A list of up to three workshops you would like to attend, in order of preference

4.Up to five images of any woodworking or art work you have done previously

5.The names and telephone numbers of three references

E-mail applications to scholarships@woodschool.org

http://www.woodschool.org/opportunities/scholarships

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Amphion Music Grant

Amphion Foundation Accepting Applications From Performing Musical Ensembles
Deadline 04-01-2018

The Amphion Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence.

As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit performing ensembles for general operating support or for special projects. For the 2018 grant cycle, support will only be given to projects that begin between September 2018 and August 2019. (Under extraordinary circumstances, the foundation will consider projects that fall outside that period.)

In general, grants will range between $1,000 and $7,500, although larger grants may be awarded to larger performing organizations with an extraordinary commitment to contemporary concert music or with a particularly significant project.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit amateur choral ensemble or youth choir performing contemporary classical music at an exceptionally high artistic level.

https://amphionfoundation.org/programs/amphion-grant-program

Chamber Music America Grant

Chamber Music America Invites Applications for Classical Commissioning Program
Deadline 04-29-2018

Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary classical and world music ensembles for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for two to ten musicians and composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.

Grants will provide a composer's fee of up to $20,000, a $1,000 honorarium to each ensemble member for rehearsing the new piece, and copying costs of up to $1,000.

To be eligible, an ensemble must be based in the U.S. or one of its territories; be a professional group with a commitment to contemporary classical or world music: consist of "fixed" personnel and instrumentation or be part of a flexible roster or a collective that performs in varying configurations of no more than ten; perform as equal partners (in the case of a duo), rather than as soloist and accompanist, and consistently publicize itself as a duo; and be a CMA organization-level member. Ensembles may not apply to the Classical Commissioning and New Jazz Works programs during the same grant period.

A presenter is eligible if it is based in the U.S. or one of its territories; is a 501(c)(3) or other not-for-profit organization; presents classical, contemporary, other music genres, and/or multi-disciplinary performing arts programs; and is a CMA organization-level member. A presenter may submit only one application and apply with only one ensemble. However, a presenter's venue may appear as a performance site on any number of applications submitted by ensembles.

The composer listed on the application must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., may be a member of the applicant's ensemble, and may not appear on more than one application to a CMA commissioning program (including New Jazz Works) for the same grant period.

http://www.chamber-music.org/programs/classical/grants

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Public Art call - Farmington

University of Maine Farmington call for public art
Deadline 04-05-2018

A call to artists living in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the University of Maine Farmington campus in Farmington, Maine. The total project budget is approximately $7,500.

https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Programs/Public-Arts


Creative Arts Exchange

US State Department - Creative Arts Exchange - international people-to-people exchange
Deadline 04-10-2018

The Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) initiatives are arts-based, international people-to-people exchange programs. They create partnerships through artistic collaboration and professional development that enrich both the international participants and the Americans with whom they meet.

CAE will focus on the following themes: Dance (DanceMotion, USA), Film (American Film Showcase), Music (American Music Abroad), and Music (OneBeat).

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291678

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

USArtists/ Mid Atlantic Arts International Grant

Mid Atlantic Arts Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program
Deadline 04-05-2018 

Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the USArtists International program supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe.

USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S. based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators, and artists around the world.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the U.S.

Applicants must be professional dance, music, or theater ensembles or solo artists, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. If an ensemble, a majority of the applicant's members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country); and, if a solo performer, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment.

To be eligible, festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S.-based organization; be international in scope, with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival.

http://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-artists/#usartists-international

Monday, March 19, 2018

Maine Media Workshops Jobs

Maine Media Workshops + College Summer Employment opportunities 
Deadline - notifications by May 5

Each summer, Maine Media Workshops + College hires approximately 75 people to help run one of the world’s great creative centers. Photographers, filmmakers, and other visual media artists looking for an exciting summer full of challenge, camaraderie, and the opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s greatest creative minds, are encouraged to apply.

Maine Media Workshops + College will be conducting interviews using a top online video interview platform easyhire.

Interview & Hiring Process

All candidates will be required to complete our application & submit a resume on our website.
Shortly after the application has been received applicants will be invited, by email, to complete an On-demand interview. Candidates will be asked to record answers to a series of questions.
Once we have reviewed all on-demand videos we may contact candidates to schedule one or several live video interviews with our team. We will send out an email invitation proposing multiple times. Candidates may choose time(s) that best suit them.
When all interviews are complete we will notify applicants no later than May 1, 2018 of our decision.

https://www.mainemedia.edu/life-at-mmwc/employment-opportunities/


Ben And Jerry Social Grant

Ben & Jerry's Foundation Seeks Proposals for Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Deadline 04-18-2018  (Pre-applications) 

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.

One-year grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit, grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States working to further social and environmental justice and in support of sustainable and just-food systems. Grants can be used to support both programming or operational costs.

The foundation will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations with annual budgets under $500,000 that are using direct action, grassroots, and community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals.

http://benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-change-program/

Sunday, March 18, 2018

State of the Ecosystem Conference

State of the Ecosystem, Maine conference on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Event DateMarch 28 2018 (5:30 to 7:30) - Augusta Maine

The State of the Ecosystem, a celebration of Maine’s entrepreneurial and innovation community. Through statistics and storytelling, our second annual event will again review and recap our statewide, collaborative efforts to create high-quality jobs by building our support for entrepreneurship.

Mingle with startup founders, community partners and state legislators as you learn about the progress Maine is making on key benchmark activities that will expand prosperity across the state.

We will quantify and share Maine’s metrics based on key indicators established by the Kauffman Foundation to measure the vibrancy of a local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Cash bar and light appetizers will be served.
Free!

Sponsored by:
MxG, MTI, Maine Community Foundation, CEI
Room provided by Bangor Savings Bank

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-the-entrepreneurial-ecosystem-2018-tickets-43886493684

Kohler Arts Center Residency

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center's Arts/Industry residency 
Deadline 05-31-0218

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center's Arts/Industry residency offers artists the time and space to focus on the creation of new work, and a unique location for their studios. Artists-in-residence work at the Kohler Co. factory in the Pottery and/or Foundry. Artists need not have experience with clay or metal, just an interest in materials and the potential for the industrial environment and processes to influence their creative practice. Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables and encourages them to explore new ways of thinking and working.

http://www.jmkac.org/explore-discover/arts-industry-program

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Baxter Park Artist Program

Baxter State Park Visiting Artist Program
Deadline 04-20-2018

In recognition of a long arts tradition, and the richness it brings to the Park experience, Baxter State Park’s Visiting Artist Program provides an opportunity for plein-air painters and illustrators to continue to trust their own vision in finding truth in nature and to use their skills in the natural environment of Baxter State Park.  The Park provides cabin lodging to participating artists for two weeks.  A $25, non-refundable fee is required when submitting an application to help offset administrative and operational costs.

A complete application will include:

A brief resume and summary of your creative works.

A single page statement describing your artistic plans during your stay and your intended accomplishments while in Baxter State Park.

A description of the evening program(s) and open-studio session(s) to be provided to the public while in the Park.

An appropriate sample of your recent work. Samples should be sufficient to display your style and talent, but reasonable in size (<1500 words if text) or quantity to be reviewed by a panel. Samples should be submitted as slides, photos, or printed images. Materials will NOT be returned after the review process.

Payment should be by check made payable to: Baxter State Park Authority.
Mail applications and application fee to:
Baxter State Park Visiting Artist Program
Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462

For further information: Please call our Information and Education Department at 207-723-8537, or email steve.dunham@baxterstatepark.org

https://baxterstatepark.org/visiting-artist-program/

Friday, March 16, 2018

Northeast Historic Film Fellowship

Northeast Historic Film O’Farrell Fellowship
Deadline 03-30-2018

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is pleased to announce significant support of the William O’Farrell Fellowship. Thanks to a generous gift, Northeast Historic Film will be able to continue this important program into the future.

The $1,500 fellowship award is awarded each year to an individual engaged in research on NHF collections that results in a publication, production, or presentation based on moving image history and culture.

The award honors the legacy of Canadian film archivist William O'Farrell, an advocate for amateur and nontheatrical film collections.  Bill was the longtime head of film preservation at the National Archives of Canada where he worked his way up from film vault technician to become an internationally renowned expert in audiovisual conservation. Bill was a mentor to many in the field and was active in promoting the preservation of film internationally.

Northeast Historic Film is a regional film archive dedicated to collection, preserving, and sharing the moving image history of northern New England. NHF is located in Bucksport, Maine in the 1916 Alamo Theatre.

http://www.oldfilm.org/content/william-s-ofarrell-fellowship

MAMM Slam Deadline Extended

Maine Academy of Modern Music MAMM SLAM: Maine's High School Rock Off!
Deadline extended to 03-21-2018

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

During the Preliminary Round, professionals in the local club, radio, print media and recording studio industries will serve as judges for the competition. The panel of judges will select five bands to participate in the Finals. In addition to the five bands selected by the panel of judges, the general public will be invited to participate in the event by voting for their favorite band in an online poll on the MAMM web site.  One “wild card” band, chosen through this poll, will proceed to the Finals along with the five selected by the judges.

Winners have a crack at a pretty extensive prize package that includes:
• $1000 cash
• College scholarships to the Maine College of Art (MECA) of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band
• A tour of Gateway Mastering in Portland
• Free recording studio time
• Plum gigs, including appearances on the MAMM Stage at the 2018 Old Port Festival and the All Roads Music Festival.
• Radio appearances and more!

www.maineacademyofmodernmusic.org/mammslam



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Maine Conference on Tourism

The Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Event Date April 3 and 4, 2018

The Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism will provide professional development sessions, valuable networking, and the opportunity to meet with tourism professionals. It is the only statewide event of its kind and attendees are from all segments of the tourism industry, including cultural organization.

The conference offers the exchange of ideas and best practices that benefit our state’s most vital and valuable industry. The success and growth of this conference is indicative of a cohesive industry that strives for excellence.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Challenge America Grant

NEA Challenge America Grant 
Deadline 04-12-2018

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).Theses $10,000 matching grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/grant-program-description

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chamber Music America Commissioning Program

Chamber Music America Invites Applications for Classical Commissioning Program
Deadline 04-29-2018 

Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to United States-based presenters and professional contemporary classical and world music ensembles for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for two to ten musicians and composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.

Grants include a composer's fee of up to $20,000, a $1,000 honorarium for each ensemble member (up to ten) for rehearsing the new piece, and copying costs of up to $1,000.

To be eligible, an ensemble must be a professional group based in the U.S. or one of ts territories with a commitment to contemporary classical or world music; consist of "fixed" personnel and instrumentation or be part of a flexible roster or a collective that performs in varying configurations of no more than ten; perform as equal partners (in the case of a duo), rather than as soloist and accompanist, and consistently publicize itself as a duo; and be a CMA organization-level member. Ensembles may not apply to both CMA's Classical Commissioning and New Jazz Works programs during the same grant period.

A presenter is eligible if it is based in the U.S. or one of its territories; is a 501(c)(3) or other not-for-profit organization; presents classical, contemporary, other music genres, and/or multidisciplinary performing arts programs; and is a CMA organization-level member. A presenter may submit only one application and apply with only one ensemble. However, a presenter's venue may appear as a performance site on any number of applications submitted by different ensembles.

The composer must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. In addition, s/he may be a member of the applicant's ensemble and may not appear on more than one application to a CMA commissioning program (including New Jazz Works) for the same grant period.

callforentry.org/

http://www.chamber-music.org/

Monday, March 12, 2018

Native Language-Immersion Grant

Native American Language-Immersion Grants
Deadline 03-23-2018 

For more than thirty-seven years, the First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally compatible stewardship of the assets they own — including land, human potential, cultural heritage, and natural resources — and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities across the United States.

To that end, First Nations is accepting applications for its new Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). Through the program, the institute will award up to twelve three-year grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native language-immersion and culture-retention programs.

Under NLII, First Nations is seeking to build dialogue and a community of practice around Native language-immersion programs, as well as consensus around and momentum for Native language programs. Through the initiative, which includes American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian language programs, First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers and establishing infrastructure and models for Native language-immersion programs that can be replicated in other communities.

Eligibility is limited to U.S.-based tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and Native-controlled community organizations with a fiscal sponsor.

https://firstnations.org/grantmaking/2018NLII

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Call

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival is accepting submissions for this year’s festival
Deadline Multiple

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

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

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

http://maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com/submit/

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Laudholm Crafts Festival, Call

Call for Artists: Annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival 
Deadline: 03-21-2018

Applications for the annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, to be held in Wells, Maine. wellsreserve.org/crafts

The juried show will host more than 100 of New England's finest artisans and craftspeople in a spectacular seaside setting. Festival proceeds benefit education, science, and conservation programs at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

wellsreserve.org/crafts

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Vouchers

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

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

Contact Katie Hardy, Education and Community Programs Manager
katie@bangorsymphony.org

https://www.bangorsymphony.org/

Friday, March 9, 2018

Monhegan Artists’ Residency

Monhegan Artists’ Residency open to Maine artists
Deadline 03-17-2018

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

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

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

monheganartistsresidency.org

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hamiltonian Fellowship

Hamiltonian Fellowship Program for emerging visual artists (DC)
Deadline 03-18-2018

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

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

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

www.hamiltonianartists.org

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

CreativeGround Directory

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

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

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

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

http://www.creativeground.org/about

Craft Weekend Registration

Maine Craft Weekend Registration is now open 
Event date October 13 to 14, 2018 

Registration can be done online. Full listings, including map listing, are free for members of MCA, Maine Made and Maine Open Studio through September 16. Late registrations (after September 16) will be accommodated but there is a late registration fee of $15.

The following types of participants qualify to participate in MCW. We encourage special MCW activities, sales, demos, etc. but, by simply being a craft-related site or event we welcome you to get on the map!

– Individual Craft Studios
– Craft Breweries and Distilleries
– Craft Galleries
– Craft Shows / Events that include craft shows or demos
– Non Profit Craft Organizations, Schools or Programs

The following types of organizations and venues may request to participate in MCW if there is a plan to offer a special MCW weekend-related activity, sale, demo or event at the site October 13 + 14 that will be promoted to the general public in more places than the the MCW site listing. If you do not see your organization/venue type listed below, please contact us to discuss other options!

– Specialty food producers
– Wineries
– Farms
– Retail locations

http://mainecraftweekend.org/submit-your-event/

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Braitmayer Education Grant

Braitmayer Foundation Seeks Proposals for Innovative K-12 Education Programs
Deadline 03-15-2018

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

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

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

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

http://www.braitmayerfoundation.org/guidelines/

Maine Grants for Artists

Maine Arts Commission artist grants with a deadline of March 8. 
Deadline 03-08-2018

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund
Maximum award: $2,000
The Jane Morrison Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.

Project Grant for Artists
Maximum award: $2,500
This grant is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. There is no matching funding requirement for this award.

https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Funding/Grants-Home

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Surdna Foundation Grant

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.surdna.org/what-we-fund/thriving-cultures/475.html

Saturday, March 3, 2018

NEFA NEST Grant

New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 04-01-2018

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

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

http://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/grants/nest_new_england_states_touring_grant

http://www.nefa.org/

Friday, March 2, 2018

Contact East Conference Support

The Maine Arts Commission will cover the application fee of Maine artists/groups interested in showcasing at Contact East 2018
Deadline 04-09-2018

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to be working with the Atlantic Presenters Association to support Maine performing artists wishing to showcase at the Contact East Conference.

The Contact East Conference will be held in St. John's Newfoundland, and the Maine Arts Commission will cover the application fee of the first ten (10) Maine artists/groups interested in showcasing.

Contact East is Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The event is made up of high-quality showcases, provocative speakers, professional development sessions, and informal meetings and networking. Each year the conference brings together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour-ready performing artists to showcase contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming.

Showcasing artists are chosen through a juried system administered by the conference, so applicants need to be tour-ready and of high caliber. This means artists/groups must:

Be able to tour in Canada
Have strong work samples for the application
Have a solid showcase performance (15 to 20 minutes)
Have a professional web and social media presence
Possess business cards/ sample cd/dvd, one sheets, etc. share with booking presenters
Have enough experience to know about touring dynamics (everyone on the tour has a passport, you have experience with contracts, you have an understanding of tour logistics, etc.)

https://mainearts.maine.gov/pages/programs/international-showcase

Knight Foundation Media Grant

Knight Foundation Prototype Fund
Deadline 03-06-2018

Technology can radically advance the way people access and participate in the arts, helping cultural institutions reach people where they are, keep pace with audience preferences and create fresh avenues for creative expression. We are launching this open call for ideas to explore digitally-driven approaches that galleries, museums, performing arts centers, theaters, and arts organizations of all genres might use to inspire audiences.

Knight Foundation will run the call through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people quickly develop and test early-stage ideas. We recognize that no single solution fits all contexts and communities. Our goal is to accelerate technology development in the arts, learn from experiments and share lessons with the field.

Applicants don’t necessarily have to work for an organization. We’re looking for ideas from arts organizations, artists, technologists, designers, educators, researchers and others inside or outside of institutions who are eager to experiment. We’re open to diverse approaches and perspectives on the use of technology to connect people to the arts, and seek to identify projects that have the potential to be replicated by others in the field.

We expect to award a share of up to $1 million with an average grant size of $50,000. In addition to funding, grantees will also benefit from training in innovation methods and opportunities to learn from others in the group.

https://www.knightfoundation.org/challenges/knight-prototype-fund

https://www.knightfoundation.org

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Farnsworth Art Museum Job

Farnsworth Art Museum seeks Visitor and Retail Services Manager (FT)
Deadline Open until filled

The Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland has an opening for a Visitor and Retail Service Manager. This position is responsible for managing visitor services and the retail store on a daily basis. In addition to training, supervising and scheduling employees in both visitor services and museum retail functions, this position also organizes group tours, oversees the wholesale department and e-store operations. Some travel for trade shows and buying events required.

Qualifications include five years of experience in the field; excellent communication, budgetary, organizational, customer service and management skills, and high proficiency in computer skills, including point-of sales software.

Send cover letter and resume to employment@farnsworthmuseum.org

farnsworthmuseum.org

Maine Arts Awards Seeks Nominations

The Maine Arts Commission and ArtsEngageME seek nominations for Maine Arts Awards
Deadline 03-08-2018

The Maine Arts Commission and ArtsEngageME are pleased to be partnering on the Maine Arts Awards – a program to recognize and celebrate the arts in Maine communities. 

Any Maine citizen that meets the eligibility requirements can make a nomination to the Maine Arts Awards.

Any Maine citizen, organization, business, school, or community that meets the eligibility requirements may be nominated for a Maine Arts Award.

Accomplishments of a nominee should reflect substantial contributions made in Maine that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts.

The Maine Arts Awards is an annual event recognizing the deep commitment and dedication that individuals and organizations have contributed to the advancement and strengthening of the arts in Maine.  The first Maine Arts Awards ceremony will take place during the Maine International Conference on the Arts on September 28, 2018. Each awardee in seven categories will be given a work of art commissioned especially for the Maine Arts Awards.

Categories for nominations include:

  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Business
  • Arts Education
  • Community
  • Artist
  • Rural Organization
  • Philanthropist

https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Programs/MaineArtsAwards

https://mainearts.maine.gov