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Registering Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


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Of Note: Crafts, Dramatic Writing, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellowships. The 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program deadline is approaching. The Artist Fellowships are grants for individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000. Applications are now being accepted in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. The creative writing faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Writing Fellowships The American Academy in Berlin is accepting applications for their Berlin Prize Fellowships of which up to five residential fellowships are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to spend an academic semester in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center at the American Academy in Berlin. Fellows receive a $5,000 monthly stipend, lodging, partial board, and round-trip airfare. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Art Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, is currently accepting entries for their exhibition boXed. This call seeks work of all subject matter presented in a box or container. The enclosure may be open or closed and/or in some cases interactive. Assemblage is encouraged; however, all 2D and 3D media as well as video will be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: October 8, 2016

Boston Visual Artists Five artists who have lived, worked, taught, and exhibited in Boston for decades have organized a get-together to celebrate Boston’s visual artists. When the Globe recently announced it was cutting arts coverage, there was a big response and we wondered what they could do. They decided to start with an event for artists to meet more artists in order to broaden and strengthen their community. Artists for Humanity, in South Boston, will host the event, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston is sponsoring. Join them at Artist to Artist on Sunday, October 9, 3-5pm. Meet Greater Boston’s visual artists, ones you know and ones you don’t know. They’ll have light refreshments, a free raffle with gifts, sign up sheets for future events like studio visits, get-togethers over wine or coffee, arts advocacy, and gallery tours. Groups that work their behalf, like MASSCreative, Medicine Wheel Productions, and Artmorpheus will be handing out information. Sign up right away to reserve a place as space is limited. You can also go to Artist to Artist on Eventbrite.

Call for Art The Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, NY, has annouced a call for art for their 2017 juried exhibition. The juror is Priscilla Vail Caldwell. Two-dimensional media only, including painting, drawing, printmaking, pastel and mixed Media. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Playwrights Applications for the Huntington Playwriting Fellows 2017-2019 Cohort program are now being sought. Huntington Playwriting Fellows are awarded two-year residencies during which they receive a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a writers’ collective with the artistic staff, attend Huntington productions and events, and are eligible for readings and support through the Breaking Ground Reading Series and the Summer Workshop. Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 2016 (11:59PM)

Call for Nominations The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) seeks nominations for the 2017 Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honor in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
Deadline: October 28, 2016 (noon)

Historic Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


Of Note: The National Museum of African American History & Culture has opened in Washington DC.

Poets Entries are now being accepted for the New Criterion’s Poetry Prize of $3,000 and publication by St. Augustine’s Press. The prize is given annually for a poetry collection that pays close attention to form. Erica Dawson, Roger Kimball, and David Yezzi will judge. Submit a manuscript of up to 60 pages with a $25 entry fee byVisit the website for complete guidelines. Learn more.
Deadline:  September 30, 2016

Artist Business Grants MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking Boston-based applicants for its Matched Savings Program, which supports creative entrepreneurs with a matching grant and artist-focused business and financial training. Eligible applicants must have a home or studio address in the City of Boston. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Poets, Fiction Writers Entries are currently being accepted for the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication by University of Massachusetts Press are given annually for a first poetry collection, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a novel or novella. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Short Fiction Entries are now being accepted for the University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards. Two awards of publication by University of Iowa Press are given annually for first collections of short fiction. Writers who have not published a book of fiction are eligible. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

MCC Artist Fellowships The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously judged grants for Massachusetts artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Fellowship awards are currently $12,000. Finalist awards are $1,000. Learn more.
Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2016

STARS Residencies The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies Program (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provides grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Learn more.
Application opens October 6, 2016 at 4pm

Videos, Animations, Computer Generated Work Proposals for the next round of Art on the Marquee are currently being accepted. Looking for work 30 second videos, animations or computer generated work, that use the entire Marquee in creative ways. Please submit a storyboard, statement, work samples, and CV to The call is limited to artists who live anywhere in the state of Massachusetts. Learn more.
Deadline: October 16th, 2016 (midnight)

Boston Choreographers The Boston Foundation and The Aliad Fund have announced Next Steps for Boston Dance, a new grant program that provides multi-layered support for Boston-area choreographers creating original work in any genre. Offers 250 hours of rehearsal space; 6-10 consultations with experts in chosen areas of need/interest; $5,000 in implementation funds for the artist to take a “next step” in his/her work or career; a series of cohort meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships, and allow for co-learning. A minimum of three grants will be awarded in this pilot round/first year of Next Steps. Learn more.
Deadline: Oct 24, 2016 at 5pm

Ten-minute Plays Submissions of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights are now being accepted for the Boston Theater Marathon XIX to be held May 14, 2017, at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: November 15, 2016

Writing Conference Scholarships If you’re interested in attending Muse and the Marketplace, GrubStreet’s national conference for writers, in Boston Spring 2017 but could use financial support, GrubStreet is offering numerous $250 scholarships for attendees. Learn more.
Deadline: November 21, 2016

Image credit: Circa 1940s: “Miss America.” (Joe Schwartz). From the photography collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

All Eyes on Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

yoko eyes
“Art is my life and my life is art.” Yoko Ono

Call to Collaborate with Yoko Ono Yoko Ono has announced a call to women for her upcoming participatory exhibition Arising. Women are invited to send a testament of harm done to them for being a woman. Write your testament in your own language,  in your own words, and write however openly you wish. You may sign your first name if you wish, but do not give your full name. Send a photograph of your eyes. The testaments of harm and photographs of eyes will be exhibited in her installation Arising, October 7, 2016 – February 5, 2016 at the Reykjavik Art Museum. Arising is an ongoing project and it will always be possible to add testaments. Bring your testaments and photographs of your eyes in person, send them by mail to Arising, Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavík or send them by email to

Painters Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston is hosting their first annual Plein Air Paint Out on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2016. The three-day Paint Out invites professional, amateur, and student plein air painters to capture iconic Boston scenes of architecture, markets, crowds, and street performers. Painters are encouraged to use any painting medium over the three days. A final show, group draw, prizes, and two-week exhibition, will offer artists many opportunities to exhibit their work to thousands of daily visitors to the marketplace. Learn more.
Registration: September 16, 2016 from 10am-2pm, September 17, 2016 from 10am-12pm

Free Public Art Workshops UMass Arts Extension Service is offering an Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop. Open to artists of all mediums interested in creating public art projects, participants will receive a broad overview of the unique issues, skills needed, and steps required to create a competitive public art project application at the local and national level. This workshop will include an interactive exercise, information sheets, artist meet-and-greet, and Q & A. Workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by contacting AES at or 413-545-2360. Learn more for schedule of workshops.

Political Cartoons Entries are now being accepted by the South Arkansas Arts Center. To enter, draw an editorial or political cartoon about any current event or political campaign issue of local or national interest. Judging will be based on originality; clear expression of a point of view; and visual presentation using one or more of the tools of a political cartoonist, such as humor, irony, caricature, symbolism, metaphor, sarcasm, and exaggeration. Learn more and then apply.
Deadline: September 25, 2016

Luminarium Dance Cultural Community Outreach Project

Call to Historic/Cultural Organizations Each season, Luminarium Dance Company of Boston ventures to a new town in Massachusetts to couple with an historical and/or cultural organization for its annual Cultural Community Outreach Project—highlighting the organization through a customized, grant-funded project that integrates dance and the arts with the venue at hand. Past projects took place at key landmarks including: Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (Concord, 2012); New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, 2013); Arlington Reservoir Water Tower (Arlington, 2014, and Gold Star Award winning event); Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Amherst, 2015); Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (Sudbury, 2016). The company has created everything from visual art to choreographic work focused on the organization’s importance as a local landmark within the context of the town, and each project culminates with a live performance held at the institution. Each year, Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra has chosen the venue, but for its 2017 season, Luminarium is turning to you – Massachusetts’ important cultural organizations – to put your name forward as this year’s chosen venue! Learn more and apply.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Film and Video CCTV will host a juried screening of film/video work at MIT’s Bartos Theater on 10/26 that addresses the theme of horror. They are looking for all types of short films and video projects in any category of horror for their Second Annual HorrorFest – International Film Festival. Running time must be under 20 minutes. Submission is free. The screening will be free and open to the public. Learn more.
Deadline: October 11, 2016

Local Cultural Council Grants The MCC’s Local Cultural Council Program applications are now available. Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. The Massachusetts Cultural Council‘s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.  Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Greater Boston Playwrights The Huntington Theatre Company is accepting applications for the Huntington Playwriting Fellows Program. The program provides a framework for an in-depth two-year artistic conversation and a long-term professional relationship. Meetings will be held bi-weekly. Submit a recent, completed full-length play. To be eligible, writers must be live at least nine months of the year in the Greater Boston area. Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 2016

People Powered Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016


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Call to Artists Inviting Greater Boston Area artists (and cartoonists) ages 18+ to participate in a multimedia event and exhibition. The call to create 2D art inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and its intent – to give tribute to a friend. Submissions will be judged by a three-member panel and chosen pieces displayed at a November 5 multi-media event. Artwork will also be on display until mid-January at the gallery at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, and published in an artbook. Questions, call 781-480-3214 or maldencreates@gmail.comLearn more.
Deadline: September 10, 2016

Artist, Writer Residency Applications are currently being accepted for the 100W Corsicana Residency in Corsicana, TX. 100W is currently offering two fully funded, six-week residencies are available for one artist and one writer between January – May, and October – December, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Interdisciplinary Fellowships  The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, is offering two new interdisciplinary fellows, one with an emphasis in Performing Arts and one with an emphasis in Visual Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2016

Artist Residency The Space and Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts in NJ, provides artists with three months shared studio access to Bulls Ferry Studios, an artistic stipend of $1200, public artist talk or workshop and publicity in print and web based media. Learn more.
Deadline: September 18, 2016

Business Program for Artists The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is accepting applications for its 2017 Business Accelerator Program from Sept. 1 – 30. Twenty applicants will receive free tuition for the fund’s year-long Business Accelerator workshop course, which provides tailored training and expertise on the art industry. These artists will also get individualized feedback from the CHF Business Accelerator team. At the end of the course, up to ten participants will receive direct funding to cover targeted business expenses, as determined jointly by the artist and the CHF team. The team will also provide grant recipients with one-on-one support to ensure that the funding delivers the greatest possible impact on each artist’s business. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Boston Artists, Musicians The Double You Collective is currently accepting entries from queer and trans Boston-area artists & musicians for an exhibition of work addressing rebirth. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2016

Call for Dioramas Entries are being accepted for a diorama exhibition at the Somerville Arts Council’s Inside Out Gallery. Giddy about Gorey? Batty for Burton? Passionate about Poe? Give us a glimpse into a delicate macabre world of your own machinations with a delightfully dark diorama. Dimensions can range: height: 10-15”, width: 12-20”, depth: 9-12”. Dioramas should have at least 4 walls, and either be open in the back, or have an opening in the back or top to allow light in. It is preferred that works be ready to hang with hooks or wire. Otherwise, specify if chosen if hanging hooks may be attached to the upper corners of your diorama box during the drop off dates. The exhibit will run mid-October through mid-November. Submissions or questions should be sent to Judith Klausner at, subject line “Mysterious Boxes Submission”. Submissions should include 2-4 JPEGs of the available diorama piece(s) you would like submit (1200 pixel in length), dimensions- height, width, depth & weight for every image. Include the following: artist name & contact info (phone & e-mail), title of the piece, description of medium, complete accurate dimensions (length, width, depth, & approximate weight).
Deadline: October 5, 2016

Leonine Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Exhibition Proposals The Brookline Arts Center accepts exhibition proposals on a rolling review. Their call for exhibition proposals encourages solo artists and groups of all levels to organize and present a professional exhibition with the guidance and support of their staff. The BAC’s gallery hosts three to four solo or group proposed exhibitions each calendar year. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling

Call for Trans Artists The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance is an artist run, volunteer organization, is currently accepting entries for their tentatively titled  exhibition at Gallery 263 called TRANS/DRAW.  The exhibition is an opportunity to survey trans artists working in and around Boston on ways in which they incorporate drawing into their practice and their experience as transgender. Submitted work can manifest in a wide range of media from drawings on paper to live performances, however a coherent link to drawing must be made. The juror is Cobi Moules. Learn more.
Deadline: September 4, 2016 (midnight)

Call for Art Enrtries are now being accepted for the 17th Annual Frances N. Roddy Competition at the Concord Art Association (September 15 – October 20, 2016). The juror is Katherine French, Gallery Director for Catamount Arts. Learn more.
Deadline:  Drop off on September 7, 2016 from 10am – 7pm and September 8, 2016 from 10am – 4pm.

Emerging Writer Award Entries are now being accepted for the Key West Literary Seminar’s Emerging Writer Awards. Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each receive $500 and full tuition, airfare, and lodging to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshop Program in January 2017 in Key West, Florida.
Learn more.
Deadline: September 12, 2016


#MassFestivals Do you have a Fall/Winter festival in Massachusetts? The grant application for the MCC Festivals Program is currently open and available. The Festivals Grant Program has been designed to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting and developing audiences. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Western MA Playwrights The Berkshire Playwrights Lab in association with Saint James Place invites playwrights to submit a short play for their first-ever Radius Playwrights Festival. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016 (5pm)

Artist Professional Development Grant The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston is now accepting applications for the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship. The program includes personalized goal setting, one-on-one coaching, skills-training seminars, a $1000 stipend for business-related purchases, and an opportunity to showcase work at a capstone event. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2016

Emerging Artist Fellowship The Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the careers of young artists through the experience of a solo exhibition and provides them with curatorial support, as well as expert counsel in marketing and business skills needed to fully leverage this opportunity. The Fellowship is open to artists working in 2D media other than photography who are under the age of 40 and have yet to have their first solo exhibition. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Image credit: Khmer lion by Yary Livan. Photograph by Maggie Holtzberg. Learn more about Yary’s life and work.

Set Sail for Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016


Of Note: MCC Artist Fellowship applications for Crafts, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, and Dramatic Writing are now available. Learn more.
Deadline: October 3, 2016

Solo Movement Work Mobius has announced a call for 1 minute solo movement pieces for an evening work performed at Mobius Gallery. The pieces will cycle over the length of the evening. Movement should be freely interpreted. The piece should be strictly one minute in length and should be a finished piece. Performance date: September 24th, 2016 8PM (Sept 23th Dress rehearsal). Email your submission information: name and contact info;  written proposal of your idea or a link to a video of your work/draft;  link to your website or any other images of past work (links to Vimeo videos preferred but youtube acceptable);  note: you are responsible for your own tech needs, props etc but there will be access to sound and 1 video projector.
Deadline: August 27 2016

Call for Artists The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in Boston is hosting their 2nd Annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition. Artists that live or create in the City of Boston are welcome to apply. They are looking for fresh, original, contemporary work. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery during the month of October. The art submitted will be judged by a jury of Boston art professionals and peers. $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Grants for Artists, Writers with Children The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering awards of up to $6000 to writers and artists with children. The money can be used for costs such as child care, workspaces, new equipment, research and travel. There are two funding rounds each year and typically a total of ten grants are made in each round: five Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards valued at $6000 each and five Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Awards valued at $2000. To be eligible, writers must have at least one child under the age of 18. Learn more.
Deadline: September 2, 2016

Photographers Entries are currently being accepted for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s APERTURES Photography Competition. Learn more.
Deadline: September 9, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Golden Thread gallery’s exhibition Simplicity, located in West Hartford, CT. the exhibit is from October 1 to December 31, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: September 13, 2016

Choreographers The New England Foundation for the Arts will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to New England choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Learn more.
Deadline September 26, 2016

Boston Area Artists The Dorchester Arts Collaborative is currently registering Boston area artists for their annual Dorchester Open Studios taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.  Seeking artists, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, craftspeople and designers to showcase and sell work. Group sites are available at First Parish Church Dorchester and the Erick Jean Center for the Arts for those artists without a private studio. Learn more.
Registration Deadline: September 28, 2016

Image credit: Excelsior-1897 sets sail for the Klondike from San Francisco. Photo by Sam C. Partridge. Library of the University of Washington via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

Showered with Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls, from BILDER-ATLAS DER STERNWELT (translation: Image Atlas of the Star World) by Edmund Weiss (Stuttgart, 1892). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Library.

Dancers The Boston Dance Alliance is holding its annual Open Call Audition on September Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m -5 p.m. at Brookline High School. Learn more to register.

Western MA Artists Vendors and Crafters that make handmade creations are sought for the Lenox, MA, Holiday Craft Connection, November 19, 2016 from 9 am – 3 pm at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank). Free admission. For more information please call 413-243-2640 ~ 413-464-2659 or

Filmmakers Sundance Institute is is accepting applications of short and feature length films, episodic content, and virtual reality projects to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Learn more.
Deadline: varied deadlines in August and September, 2016

Artist Residency The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided. Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet. Onsite letterpress studio also available. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Fellowships in the Creative Arts The Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowships awards fellowships of $75,000 each, office space at the Radcliffe Institute, and access to the libraries at Harvard University. The fellowships are given annually to artists in a variety of disciplines to allow them to pursue creative projects. Fellows are expected to reside in Boston during the fellowship period, which lasts from September through May. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Visual Artists Business Grant The Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Grant is now accepting applications. The fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. Applicants must detail exactly how the grant would help them undertake, improve, or expand a specific project. Grants vary, but total funding for one year will not exceed $10,000. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Call for Art The Billboard Creative is currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Los Angeles Exhibition. The Billboard Creative is an all-volunteer nonprofit that produces public art shows on billboards throughout Los Angeles. Imagine your art viewed on a massive scale, by tens of thousands of Angelenos on their daily commutes. Public art displayed in a quintessential Los Angeles medium. Learn more.
Deadline: October 2, 2016

Music Performers Do you believe in the power of free, live music to bring people together and invigorate community life? Does your town or city have an underused public space that would be ideal for outdoor concerts? Apply for a 2017 Levitt AMP Grant Award. Applications are now open. Learn more.
Deadline: October 10, 2016

Award for Female Writer A Room of Her Own Foundation is currently accepting applications for their Gift of Freedom Award. A prize of $50,000 is given biennially to a female poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer to complete a project for publication over a two-year period. The top finalist in each of the two remaining genres will receive $5,000. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, an essay on financial status, an essay on the meaning of writing, an artist’s statement, a project plan, and a community benefit proposal. Learn more.
Deadline: November 2, 2016

Image: Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls, from BILDER-ATLAS DER STERNWELT (translation: Image Atlas of the Star World) by Edmund Weiss (Stuttgart, 1892). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Observatory Library.

Imagine Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Imagine by Ruben Arroco

Boston Artists Grant The Boston Artist Opportunity Fund is currently accepting grant applications from artists living or working in the City of Boston, to support activities that continue their education and skill building, or helps them share their work or teach others. Grants are also available to teachers at schools located in Boston, teaching artists offering workshops in a Boston Public Library, Boston Center for Youth & Families, senior housing or a senior center, or a non-profit social service agency in Boston. Applications for grants up to $1,000 will be accepted on a monthly basis on the first of every month. Up to $10,000 in funding will be available each month. Learn more.

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition From the Pastoral to the Political: Local Food Production, Land Use and & Communities. What is the relationship between the local food movement, farming, and how we look at issues such as agribusiness, GMOs, and man-made chemicals? How has the preservation of land and natural resources become vital? The various local food movements found across the country have helped build their communities and created new economies. This national juried exhibition seeks to explore the potential of artists within this dialogue. What do artists have to say about localism, how are they responding to these issues in their work, and what can contemporary art add to this discussion? The juror is Leah Niederstadt, Professor of Museum Studies, Art History, and Curator of Permanent Collections at Wheaton College. Learn more.
Deadline: August 12th, 2016

Heimark Artist in Residency Program The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency which will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public history of slavery and contemporary issues of justice. An award in the amount of $3,000 will be granted to each artist or each pair of artists selected as part of this residency. The award will be payable in three equal installments (October, 2016; February, 2017; and May, 2017). Learn more.
Deadline: August 14, 5PM

Call for Art The Springfield Central Cultural District is seeing proposals for artists to display their work in three spaces located in the heart of the Metro Center Downtown – 1550 Main, New England Public Radio, and SilverBrick Lofts. Artists will be provided a reception (with marketing, refreshments, and entertainment provided) and will be allowed to mark their items for sale. All three locations will host only one artist to best highlight their work. 2D and 3D applications encouraged. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Writers Red Hen Press is currently accepting entries for their annual Fiction and Nonfiction Awards. Writers can submit a short story collection or novel and an essay collection or memoir of at least 150 pages. Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Red Hen Press are given annually. Steve Almond will judge in fiction; Pope Brock will judge in nonfiction. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2016

Dancers, Choreographers The New England Dance Fund gives priority to timely opportunities with the goal of supporting a diverse group of artists from a range of cultures, disciplines, aesthetics, and career stages throughout all six New England states. Learn more.
Deadline: September 26, 2016

Performing Artists Grant The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Japan grant program. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2016

Of Note: HuffPost has launched If This Art Could Vote, a new initiative that features the work of artists and creatives who are reflecting on the current political landscape — and helping uncover old and new truths. They’re interested in art about the presidential candidates as well as the major issues at stake in this election, such as income inequality, social justice, immigration, climate change, gun violence, and more. Learn more.

Image credit: Imagine carved by Ruben Arroco. Photograph of carved watermelon portrait of John Lennon at the Lowell Folk Festival by Maggie Holtzberg.

Wheelin’ and Dealin’ Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Boston Youth over 40 Years ago (20)

Documentary Filmmakers The Catapult Film Fund offers development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Their mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a stage where funding is hard to find. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling basis

Call for Artists The Brookline Arts Center is currently accepting entries for their annual artists marketplace on December 1-4, 2016. Part of their tradition has been to offer opportunities for artists to sell their handmade work. This year, they are looking for clothing, jewelry, pottery, original prints and note cards, fabulous soaps, glass, home goods, toys, etc. Learn more.
Deadline: August 12, 2016

Call for Art SlowArt Productions presents the annual group thematic exhibition, A Show of Heads. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery from October 20 – November 19, 2016. Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will include all interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Artists in the Northeast The New American Paintings’ 2016 Northeast Competition is accepting submissions. This year’s juror is Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Artists residing in the following states may apply: CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Photography The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is currently accepting entries for their photography competition APERTURES. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery. First Place: $500 cash prize, second place: $200 cash prize, third place: $100 cash prize. Six honorable mentions will be recognized in landscape, seascape, people, animals, floral, and abstract. Entry is done through Cafe site.
Deadline: September 9, 2016 (11:59pm)

Photography Entries are currently being accepted for the 2016 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. This prize is given to North American photographers pursuing work of creative or social importance. The winner receives $3,000, publication of a book of photography, a solo exhibit, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Cape Cod Artists Grant Opportunity Letters of inquiry are now being accepted for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s grants for artists. These grants provide cash awards in support of the artistic and cultural activities of local organizations and individuals. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2016

Call for Artists The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA is currently accepting entries for their exhibition Out of the Woods: Fairy Tales Re-imagined. The invite artists to submit work that uses fairy tales, myths, legends, or folk tales as a point of reference or departure. Work that is loosely based on a particular tale, legend, or myth, or conveys the sense of magic, danger, and humor found in these stories is eligible. All 2D and 3D media will be considered. Small, site-specific installations, video work, and performance are encouraged. Artists submitting video will be required to provide their own equipment. Learn more.
Deadline: September 18, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of a 1970’s Boston youth painting a portrait.

Air Conditioned Artist Opportunities

Monday, July 25th, 2016


Of Note: The Cultural Alliance of Medfield and the Town of Medfield seek inquiries of interest from artists, arts and creative groups, and creative education groups for prospective space on the 134-acre grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital. The Town of Medfield received a grant from the Cultural Facilities Fund to study the feasibility of transforming some of the space – all of which is on the National Historic Register –for creative use.  Use this survey link to let the Town know if you have interest and its planning group will respond.

Sculptors The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in Vermont has extended their call for proposals to SculptFest2016. The annual sculptural installation event takes place from September 10 – October 23, 2016. The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is “Forecast Now,” guest curated by artist Taylor Apostol. The theme “Forecast Now” encourages artists to respond to current experiences of weather. Investigations may explore any aspect of weather or weather systems (for example: precipitation, wind, drought, heat, cold, flooding, erosion, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) or they may address the politics revolving around the critical issues of climate change and environmental sustainability. Artists may draw from personal experiences on any scale: local, regional, national or global. Learn more.
Deadline: July 29, 2016

Artist Residency The National Parks Arts Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Gettysburg 2016 Artists in Residence Program. Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence program is designed for all artists to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape and history of Gettysburg National Military Park. The prospective candidate must present a cohesive body of work, a complete application including their resume, biography and proposal of their residency project and how it reflects and may be inspired park resources. All candidates must have merit and/or experience in at least one of the following areas: two dimensional artwork, sculpture, music, linguistics, writing, screendance, performance art, film, and/or ethnographic fine art, or any other appropriate artist medium. Learn more.
Deadline: August 10, 2016

Call for Artists The Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA, in partnership with the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church invites artists to participate in the curated gallery exhibition Wall to Wall: Art Builds Community (aka “W2W”). Artists in all media are invited to submit work that promotes such dialogue. Strong expressions are encouraged. Learn more.
Deadline: August 15, 2016

Writing Awards The Sustainable Arts Foundation is currently accepting applications. Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible. Submit up to 10 poems totaling no more than 25 pages or up to 25 pages of prose. Learn more.
Deadline: September 2, 2016 (5pm Pacific Time)

Grants for MA Festivals Massachusetts Cultural Council supports festivals across Massachusetts through a new Festivals Grant Program – designed to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences. Learn more.

Image credit: Photograph of man drawing pastel portrait charicatures taken in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Scanned from the original 4×5 inch acetate negative. 1936.