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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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.


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.

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

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


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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.


Saturday, March 3, 2018


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.



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.)


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.



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


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