Safety First Artist Opportunities

June 21st, 2016

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Only you can prevent… yourself from missing these calls and opportunities.

Toy Camera Photographs The Somerville Toy Camera Festival has extended its deadline for entries for the fourth annual toy camera festival. Images of any subject matter made with a “toy” camera (any low-end, low-tech, limited-control camera) will be accepted. The festival will take place in September 2015 at three locations throughout Somerville. Learn more.
Extended Deadline: June 29, 2016

Poets Entries are currently being accepted for the National Poetry Review Press Book Prize. Winner receives a prize of $1,000 and publication by National Poetry Review Press for a poetry collection. C. J. Sage is the judge. Learn more. Questions, contact editor@nationalpoetryreview.com
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Call for Art The Newton Free Library seeks proposals of 2D, original work by local artists for January-June 2017 shows. Exhibiting policy at newtonfreelibrary.net under the Events tab. Questions, contact Ellen at emeyers@minlib.net or call 617-796-1410.
Deadline: Friday, July 15, 2016 (12 noon)

Artist Fellowships The 2016 Strokosch Fellowships will be awarded to three emerging ALAANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, or Native American) artist residency leaders to support their participation in the Alliance of Artists Communities fall conference in Portland, Oregon. Fellows will receive a $1,000 award to be used toward travel, lodging and professional development opportunities at the conference. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2015

Call for Art Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham is currently accepting entries for their Annual Open Arts Juried Show in Gallery160. Open to any artist at least 18 years old, and artists can submit works in any medium of any subject. Must drop off works for review to Gallery160. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Call to Artists Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham is currently accepting exhibition proposals to show work in any of their 3 gallery spaces: Gallery160, Stage Gallery, and The Amazing Starbucks Gallery. Review the rules and guidelines for submission instructions. Questions, contact Gallery@amazingthings.org. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Image credit: Painting of Smokey the Bear by Rudy Wendelin.

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Artist Opportunties for All

June 15th, 2016

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Call for Art Seeking submissions from New England area contemporary artists and artist groups/organizations of all mediums to exhibit in The Enso Art Gallery, located in downtown Brockton MA. Email the following to cierra@ensoartgallery.com: a link to a portfolio of work; resume, or a brief description of your art related experiences; a paragraph summary of the work you wish to present.
Deadline: Ongoing

Documentary Filmmakers Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Grants typically range from $10K?—?$25K, and the awards support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are not available to support production or post-production. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Playwrights Residency The Ingram New Works Lab is an artistic home for playwrights and a fertile environment for the creation of new plays. During monthly Lab meetings in Nashville, playwrights share and develop a new work and receive  support and project guidance. During their residency, each playwright will be expected to work toward the creation of a brand new play that will be presented in a staged reading featured at the Ingram New Works Festival in May 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: June 13, 2016

Call to Artists The Rocky Neck Art Colony is currently accepting entries for their upcoming exhibition, A Visual Feast. This exhibition will be on view at the very peak of summer activity on Rocky Neck which sees hundred of visitors every day. Learn more.
Deadline: June 22, 2016

Call for Art Galatea Fine Art announces a call for artists for its upcoming juried exhibition, New England Collective VII. Open to artists from New England working in all media. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2016

Choreographers The New England Dance Fund will award small, catalytic grants directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The fund aims to strengthen the dance sector in the New England region. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2016

Call for Artists Roxbury Open Studios is a once-a-year opportunity to welcome the public to view and purchase paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, jewelry, other fine arts, and studio crafts. The event provides a means for individual creativity to play its part in the cultural and economic development of Roxbury. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2016

GROUNDBREAKING GRANT OPPORTUNITY**New MacArthur Competition for 100 Million $ Grant **The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced a competition through which a single $100 million grant will be awarded to a project designed to solve a critical problem affecting people, a place, or the entire world. Learn more.
Deadline: September 2, 2016 (11:00 a.m. Central)

Image: the White House lit up with rainbow colors, done in commemoration of the Supreme Court’s ruling to recognize same-sex marriage nationwide, in June 2015.

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Highlights from 40 Years of Fellowships

June 10th, 2016

For the past year+, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has celebrated 40 Years of Fellowships, exploring the stories of some of the amazing artists the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has funded since 1975.

We’ve assembled some highlights:

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The video features excerpts from our interviews with Melinda Lopez, Sean Greene, Carl Phillips, Lisa Nilsson, and Yary Livan. It also features music by Deborah Henson-Conant, Eric Hofbauer, Saelen Ghose, Scott Wheeler, and Laura Andel, as well as animation by Basia Goszczynska.

Learn more about the project. On MCC’s YouTube Channel, watch all 40 Years of Fellowships artist videos, to date.

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Artist Opportunities Wow Factor

June 7th, 2016

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Of Note: On June 8, 2016, Dance for World Community Speaker Series event presents from their speaker series, Spotlight on Climate Change. Though the connection between dance and climate change may not be immediately apparent, at Dance for World Community they believe that everyone, including artists, has a role to play in changing the world for the better. Learn more.

Fiction New American Press is currently accepting entries for their
New American Fiction Prize of $1,000 and publication for a book of fiction. The judge is Gina Frangello. Submit a collection of short stories or flash fiction, a novella, or a novel of at least 100 pages. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016

Call for Art The Science Inspires Art: Food exhibition will document artworks that reflect on the topic of food from the historical record to molecular gastronomy, to issues of food safety, seed security, new food production technologies, and the backyard garden. They are seeking 2D images of original art executed in any media for this 18th annual art-sci juried exhibition at the New York Hall of Science to be held September 17, 2016 to February 26, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: June 20, 2016

Artist Residency The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Eligibility: Residency opportunities are open to national and international artists 21+ years of age, showing a strong professional working history. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and choreography. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Poetry Chapbook Bull City Press is accepting chapbook manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction during its open reading period. There is a “pay what you want” optional reading fee. Learn more.
Deadline: July 6, 2016

Artists, Writers Residency Applications are currently being accepted for the National Parks Service’s Artist-in-Residence Program in Zion National Park. Resident artists spend 30 days living in a historic cabin and explore and surround themselves in the sights, sounds, textures, and wonders of Zion to find inspiration for their work. Each artist conducts two public presentations on their work and residency experience. Date, time, and location of these presentations will be announced closer to each artist’s residency. Learn more.
Deadline: July 17, 2016

 

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Inspiration and Interpretation: Sally Taylor’s Consenses Project

June 2nd, 2016

From an exhibit of the CONSENSES project

When artist and musician Sally Taylor was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, she needed a way to decode words and information beyond language. Her mother (musician Carly Simon) encouraged games of metaphor and perspective. Years later, these same tenets drive her project Consenses, an artistic game of “Telephone” that has engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre.

The latest podcast in MCC’s Creative Minds Out Loud series features Taylor in conversation with MCC Executive Director Anita Walker, exploring how the project opens up new perspectives about the world around us. What is the nature of inspiration? How do we as humans interpret and translate our inspiration? Listen to the discussion.

Creative Minds Out Loud is the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) podcast featuring informative and lively conversations with arts and culture leaders. Recent episodes feature Diane Quinn of the American Repertory Theater, Laura Jasinski of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and Jane Chu of the National Endowment for the Arts. Listen and subscribe now.

Image: from an exhibition of the CONSENSES project, which debuted in Martha’s Vineyard in 2014.

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Fellows Notes – Jun 16

June 1st, 2016

Summery news from current and past MCC Artist Fellows/Finalists.

Nathalie Miebach, BLUEBERRIES (2016), Wood, rope, paper, reed, 10x6x9 in

Congratulations to Ilisa Barbash, Jane Gillooly, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, and Lucia Small, all of whom will receive funding from the LEF Foundation as part of their Spring 2016 Moving Image Fund awards.

Carrie Bennett and Frannie Lindsay join Jennifer Barber for a poetry reading at Porter Square Books on 6/8, 7 PM and another at Newtonville Books on 6/16, 7PM.

Five new works created by teams of women artists – which include four past MCC awardees – will be presented as the latest Art on the Marquee by Boston Cyberarts. Ambreen Butt, Mags Harries, Nathalie Miebach, and Deb Todd Wheeler are all creating work for the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (opening reception 6/1, 6:30-8:30 PM).

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Elizabeth Alexander will have a solo exhibition, Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year at Boston Sculptors Gallery (6/8-7/17, artists reception 6/11, 2-5 PM).

Sandra Allen is among the artists in exhibiting in TreeMuse at the Suffolk University Art Gallery (6/9-7-7, reception 6/9, 5-7 PM).

Claire Beckett‘s solo exhibition Converts at Carroll & Sons Gallery received a great review in the Boston Globe. Her work was also featured on Slate.com.

Congratulations to Sari Boren, who was awarded a 2016 Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. Recently, her essay Failure to Ignite; A Body at Rest was published in the literary journal Hobart.

Christy Georg is artist-in-residence in the Kohler Arts/Industry Program thru July 2016.

Michael Hoerman recently published three poems in the Spring 2016 issue of Eureka Literary Magazine. This summer, he attends the inaugural Sedona Arts Center residency in Sedona, AZ.

Danielle Legros Georges received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Emerson College in May.

Holly Lynton has a solo exhibition of her series Bare Handed in the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, IL (6/3-6/23, opening reception 6/3, 6-9 PM). She recently participated in the FIX Photo Festival in London, exhibiting with Laura Noble Gallery, and she was part of Photo Finish at Station Independent Projects in NYC.

Julie Mallozzi has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo for her film project, The Circle.

Thomas McNeely‘s novel Ghost Horse was recently on the shortlist for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing (winner to be announced later this summer) and as a finalist for the 2015 Lascaux Prize in Fiction.

Richard Michelson will read (with David Giannini) as part of the Collected Poets Series at Mocha Maya’s Coffee House in Shelburne Falls (6/2, 7 PM).

Congratulations to Nathalie Miebach, who won a Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant. She exhibits a new body of work, The Little Ones, at Miller Yezerski Gallery (thru 7/5, opening reception 6/3, 6-8 PM). As noted above, she’s one of the artists featured in Boston Cyberarts’ latest Art on the Marquee.

Sue Murad will premiere her new film, A Visitor’s Guide to Reorientation on Spectacle Island, co-created with Maria Molteni and Hermione Spriggs. The 20-minute film will screen as part of the Fort Point Arts Community Spring Open Studios, at the FPAC Space at Envoy Hotel, (6/17, 7:30, 8:30, and 9 PM).

Anne Neely has a solo show, Ireland: Place and Ritual at the Paul Dietrich Gallery (thru 7/8).

Mary O’Donoghue was featured on Christopher Lydon’s NPR program Radio Open Source on a program called Ireland Rises Again!

Lisa Olivieri‘s film Blindsided was featured in Boston Spirit Magazine.

Cecelia Raker will have readings for her play-in-progress La Llorona, first with Playwrights’ Reading Room at Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood (6/6, 7 PM), and then with Fresh Ink Theatre at Boston Public Library (6/14, 6:30 PM). This past year, she has been a Company One PlayLab Fellow and in July, she’ll have work in the PlayLab Fellowship showcase (7/24).

Monica Raymond has poems and a play monologue in the literary journal Drunken Boat.

Shelley Reed has an exhibition, up close, at Sears Peyton Gallery in New York (thru 6/18).

Congratulations to Anna Ross, whose new poetry chapbook Figuring is now available.

Emily Ross and her recent novel Half in Love with Death were featured in a recent Boston Globe article.

Eric Henry Sanders has a radio play to be read in the Life in the 413 event at New Century Theatre in Northampton (6/4, 7 PM).

Ben Sloat is one of the artists in the three-person show Uncannyland at One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY (6/4-6/25, opening reception 6/4, 6-9 PM).

Naoe Suzuki had an artist residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA, organized by the Assets for Artists Initiative, in April. In 2016, she is Artist in Residence at Broad Institute, a collaborative community pioneering a new model of biomedical research, based in Cambridge, MA. Check out Naoe’s Tumblr site for her project Flow, an extension of the participatory installation she created at UMass Lowell last year.

Jung Yun‘s novel Shelter got a great review in the Briefly Noted section of The New Yorker. She has an article, My Fargo, in the April edition of The Atlantic.

Read past Fellows Notes. If you’re a past fellow/finalist with news, let us know.

Image: Nathalie Miebach, BLUEBERRIES (2016), Wood, rope, paper, reed, 10x6x9 in.

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Not So Fast Artist Opportunities

May 31st, 2016

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Fiction The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016

Sculpture Proposals The In Practice program offers artists curatorial and financial support to create new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter (Long Island, NY). They invite artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented in early 2017. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive a $250 honorarium and up to $2,000 in production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016

Kala Artist Fellowship The Kala Fellowship  award is an international competition open to artists from the U.S. and around the world. Artists producing innovative work in all mediums including printmaking, digital media, installation art, social practice, photography, and book arts are encouraged to apply. Kala will award eight artists a $3,000 stipend, unlimited access to Kala’s facilities for up to six months, one Kala class, and a culminating show in the Kala Gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: June 17, 2016

Artist Residency The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program in Marfa, TX, invites artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance-related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The residency is for a two-month period. Marfa Contemporary provides a furnished apartment and artist studio. A stipend of $1,100 per month is provided to assist with living expenses and art materials. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Call for Videos The Fitchburg Cultural Council is accepting entries for the Main Street Video Wall Project. They are seeking submissions of Animation, Photography, Illustration, and Video work that is between 1 and 15 minutes long (15 or more still images); not intended for advertising purposes;  visually striking (abstract or realistic); family friendly (no graphic violence or sexually charged imagery). They do not have a sound system yet so, if you video is dependent on sound, let them know so they can make arrangements.
Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Artists, Writers Residency Application are now being accepted for MASS MoCA’s residency program for artists & writers, the Studios at MASS MoCA, in North Adams, MA, for 1-8 week sessions available October 2016 thru March 2017. They provide exceptionally talented peers, private studio space on the MASS MoCA campus, newly renovated housing right across the street from the museum, one group meal per day, free access to MASS MoCA’s galleries throughout the residency, use of printmaking and fiber arts equipment at the nearby Makers’ Mill community makerspace, and optional one-on-one financial and business coaching through the Assets for Artists program. Learn more.
Deadline: July 8, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of two women at the beach with a toy lobster in public domain.

 

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Moonshot Artist Opportunities

May 24th, 2016

THE PATH TO THE MOON by Wililam T. Horton (1898)

Visual and Performing Artists Emergency Grants The Foundation for Contemporary Art is accepting applications for Emergency Grants of up to $2,000 to innovative visual and performing artists who have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public (in a short timeline); or who incur unexpected expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Curatorial Proposals Gallery 263 in Cambridge has issued an open call to individuals and groups for the Curatorial Proposal Series, which provides artists in all media and experience levels an opportunity to experiment with curating contemporary art. Gallery 263 provides guidance, support, and modest financial assistance to artists to cover the cost of promotional materials. Proposals should come from New England residents (for individuals) or 50% New England residents (for groups). Learn more.
Deadline: Sunday May 29, 11:59pm

Artist Residency The Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program offers visual, performing, and literary artists a 2-4 week residency at the park’s Lost Horse Ranger Station, a rustic and self-sufficient cabin with nearby panoramic views of the park. In exchange for the adventure of living and working in a national park, the resident artist will have the opportunity to create a body of work and to share it with the surrounding regional and Southern California communities. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Emerging Immigrant Artists The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young artists, born outside but currently living in the U.S., who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts processes are eligible. Applications will be evaluated based on quality, level of creativity, clarity of vision, and impact. Learn more.
Deadline: June 10, 2016

Choreography Luminarium Dance has announced that applications are open for the fifth 24-Hour ChoreoFest. The 2016 festival will take place from Friday, September 9 through Saturday, September 10, with an overnight creation period and a morning production period followed by two Saturday performances. ALL work must be created overnight. Learn more.
Deadline: June 10, 2016

Performing Contemporary Composition The Aaron Copland Fund for Music has launched the Performance Program, a grant program where performing ensembles, presenting organizations, and festivals can seek support for the performance and presentation of contemporary American concert music and contemporary jazz. Learn more.
Deadline: June 30, 2016

Calls for Public Art and Artists/Artisans Hyde Square Task Force has issued two calls to artists. First, the organization seeks proposals for the Domino Installation, a domino-themed permanent art installation in the plaza of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain. Designs should be site specific and incorporate elements of the cultural history of the neighborhood, and may include sculpture, mural, and other elements such as seating. Artist payment of $10,000. Learn more. Second, Hyde Square Task Force is looking for visual artists and artisan vendors to show or sell at the Latin Quarter Fiesta on September 17, 2016. The Latin Quarter Fiesta will showcase arts and artists, live music, local Afro-Latin food, and participatory family-friendly art installation. Email Emma@HydeSquare.org if you’re interested in being a vendor or for more information.
Deadline for both opportunities: July 1, 2016

Thriller/Horror/Thriller/SciFi/Fantasy Filmmakers Entries are currently being accepted to Shriekfest, a festival dedicated to getting horror/thriller/scifi/fantasy filmmakers and screenwriters recognition. The festival will be held in Los Angeles at Raleigh Studios. Prizes awarded to the winning filmmaker in each category. Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2016 (Late); August 10, 2016 (Extended)

Mid-Career Artist Grants The Artist’s Resource Trust provides support to the creative work of mid-career (aged 35 and older) visual artists who have demonstrated substantial commitment, development and quality in their work. Visual artists who live in New England and in the towns in NY that are part of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s catchment area can apply for the grants, which generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2016

Project Grants The Creative City grants enable artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston and that integrate public participation into artistic process and/or presentation. Learn more.
Deadline: September 12, 2016

Sculptors National Sculpture Society is accepting submissions from individual sculptors for the 2016 Dexter Jones Award. Through the annual competition, an unrestricted prize of $5,000 will be presented to a sculptor for an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief. Preference will be given to figurative or realist sculpture. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2016

Image: A PATH TO THE MOON by 19th century artist and mystic William T. Horton, from Public Domain Review.

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Crowdfunding: A Primer

May 20th, 2016

From THE CIRCLE by Julie Mallozzi, crowdfunding on IndieGoGo

This is an updated version of a previously published article.

So, you have a creative project (an unfinished film, music album, graphic novel, etc.) and you want funding so you can adequately – make that epically – realize your vision.

Instead of relying solely on traditional grant programs (such as our Artist Fellowships or Local Cultural Council grants), which may or may not match up with your project’s timeline, you might consider using a crowdfunding site as part of your fundraising strategy.

Artists crowdfund by soliciting donations from many individual supporters, directing donations to one central online presence. There are a number of crowdfunding sites for artists to choose from, which generally have these things in common:

  • They make it easy for individuals to make tax-deductible donations.
  • They ask artists to set a fundraising goal.
  • They provide helpful and novel ways to interact with donors, including the ability to offer rewards.
  • And a certain percentage of the donations go to the crowdfunding site to pay for the service.

What sites are out there, and what differentiates them?

 

From the Kickstarter video for THE CHEMICAL WEDDING BY CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ by John Crowley, illustrated by Theo Fadel, to be published by Small Beer Press

Kickstarter
The most prominent crowdfunding site is Kickstarter. Anyone from tech entrepreneurs to working artists can use the site to create campaigns for their project, with a funding goal. Kickstarter campaigners then offer creative rewards (say, an embroidered t-shirt or a DVD of the project or a personalized portrait) to donors, increasing the appeal of the reward based on the donation amount.

Things to keep in mind about Kickstarter: if campaigns do not meet their fundraising goal, the artist gets nothing, so the incentive is high to drum up support. Also, project campaigns need to be approved by Kickstarter to launch.

For an example, check out this campaign by Small Beer Press (out of Easthampton, MA) to publish a new version of what just might be the history’s first science fiction book. The background story is unique and appealing, and the project’s video is especially strong.

 

THE CLEMENTE PROJECT by James Rutenbeck, crowdfunding on HatchFund

Hatchfund
Another major crowdfunding site is Hatchfund (formerly called United States Artists Projects). Hatchfund is similar to Kickstarter in many ways, with tax-deductible donations, creative rewards, and an all-or-nothing fundraising goal. (Additionally, there’s a “stretch goal” if the original is exceeded.)

Unlike Kickstarter, Hatchfund is specifically focused on artists. Some projects may receive matching funds from Hatchfund for a portion of their campaign. And perhaps most significantly, Hatchfund offers one-on-one coaching and support for artists by Hatchfund staff.

Check out The Clemente Project by James Rutenbeck (Film & Video Finalist ’11), which you can also read about here. The campaign does a great job conveying how a story about unheralded voices in one struggling community can have universal significance.

 


THE CIRCLE Crowdfunding video from Julie Mallozzi

IndieGoGo
Another crowdfunding site is IndieGoGo. The big difference is that, unlike the all-or-nothing approach of Kickstarter and Hatchfund, you can elect to keep all of the money you raise (minus site fees), even if you don’t meet your goal.

Check out The Circle by Julie Mallozzi (Film & Video Finalist ’15, ’07), which very successfully conveys the potential impact of the project and its appeal to both targeted communities (like anti-violence activists) and a wider audience.

Go Totally DIY
Not a joiner? You could also take the principles of crowdfunding and set up your own campaign. You’ll need a PayPal or similar online payment account, a home base (like a web site homepage or a blog), and a group that will act as an organizational fiscal sponsor so that donations will be tax deductible. In film, the Center for Independent Documentary and Filmmakers Collaborative both serve as fiscal sponsors for film projects, and the New York organization Fractured Atlas serves as fiscal sponsor for artist projects in all disciplines, and throughout the country. You can even include creative rewards and frequent updates to your donors – you’ll just have to handle the infrastructure of these actions on your own.

Best Practices
What are best practices in crowdfunding? Successful campaigns tend to…

  • Tell a compelling story. The campaign, whether through its video, description, updates, or all of the above, successfully conveys why this project is essential and why its supporters’ contributions are meaningful.
  • Tap into and cultivate an interested community.
  • Incentivize support. Rewards are part of that incentive, but even better is when the story is the incentive: the project’s storytelling convinces an interested community that this is a can’t-miss opportunity to be part of something important.

Further research:
Read How do you use online platforms as an artist? on ArtSake
Beth Kanter’s blog shares five basic crowdfunding tips
Find tips on best practices when crowdfunding an artist project on The Abundant Artist

Image: still image from THE CIRCLE by Julie Mallozzi (Film & Video Finalist ’15, ’07) crowdfunding through IndieGoGo; still image from the Kickstarter video for THE CHEMICAL WEDDING BY CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ by John Crowley, illustrated by Theo Fadel, to be published by Small Beer Press; screenshot of the crowdfunding campaign for THE CLEMENTE PROJECT by James Rutenbeck (Film & Video Finalist ’11); IndieGoGo video for THE CIRCLE.

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MCC Announces 35 Awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting

May 19th, 2016

Nicole Duennebier, TUNICATE AND GOLDEN SAC (2014), acrylic on panel, 48x34 in

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is honored to announce the 2016 MCC Artist Fellowship awards in Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting. Eighteen artists will receive fellowships of $12,000, and 17 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards. See a full list of this year’s fellows and finalists.

The awards are anonymously judged, based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the work submitted. Applications were open to all eligible Massachusetts artists. A total number of 1109 applications were received: 54 in Choreography, 485 in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and 570 in Painting.

From 2125 STANLEY STREET by Dahlia Nayar

Cover art for SHELTER (Picador 2016) by Jung Yun

The Choreography panelists were Junichi Fukuda, James Morrow, Cheri Opperman, and Sydney Skybetter.

The Fiction/Creative Nonfiction panelists were Jane Brox, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Helen Elaine Lee, and Mehdi Tavana Okasi; the readers were Alicia Anstead, Sybil Baker, LaShonda Barnett, Sarah Blackman, Lydia Conklin, Steven Edwards, Joseph Fazio, Sheba Karim, Kate Leary, Tien-Yi Lee, William Peters, and Harry Stecopoulos.

The Painting panelists were Philip Brou, Gwen Strahle, Azadeh Tajpour, and Mary Tinti.

This is the second series of Artist Fellowships awards to be given by the MCC in 2016. In February 2016, MCC announced 32 awards in Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts.

Find a full list of 2016 Artist Fellowships awardees.

Catherine Kehoe, STILL LIFE WITH WHITE PEONY (2015), oil on panel, 8x8 in

Raul Gonzalez III, EL MALVERDE (2012), fluid acrylic, pencil and pen, 12x9.5 in

Images: Nicole Duennebier, TUNICATE AND GOLDEN SAC (2014), acrylic on panel, 48×34 in; still photo from 2125 STANLEY STREET by Dahlia Nayar; cover art for SHELTER (Picador 2016) by Jung Yun; Catherine Kehoe, STILL LIFE WITH WHITE PEONY (2015), oil on panel, 8×8 in; Raul Gonzalez III, EL MALVERDE (2012), fluid acrylic, pencil and pen, 12×9.5 in.

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