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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.

Peeking at Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Call for Art in Western MA Creative Community Connections (C3) of Deerfield presents the 4th Annual Cheap Art Show. This exhibit is based on the Bread and Puppet Cheap Art Manifesto: “Art is Food. You can’t eat it but it feeds you. Art has to be cheap and available to everybody.” This is a one day show that celebrates financial accessibility to art. Feel free to bring originals, or you could bring small works, seconds, mistakes, copies, or work that has been hanging around your studio forever and you would like to move out. Sunday, November 6, 2-5pm at the Polish American Club, South Deerfield. All art priced $15 and under. Artists contact for details and to sign up. No fee. Space is limited. Questions, call Erika Higgins Ross at 413-824-2249.

Call for Artists The Artists’ Group of Charlestown invites artists (including painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, glass workers, wood workers and ceramicists ) to submit applications to exhibit at ART in the PARK. Held at the award winning and historic City Square Park, Charlestown, MA, along Boston’s Freedom Trail, ART in the Park 2016 is on Saturday September 10th, 2016 (rain date Sunday September 11th). Since 1998 ART in the PARK has consistently attracted talented artists from the New England area and beyond. Learn more. Questions,
Deadline: August 1, 2016

Call to Artists Entries are now being accepted for the upcoming juried exhibit Birds of Prey at Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Gallery. The most widely known of these birds include: hawks, eagles, osprey, falcons, buzzards, vultures and owls. Artists are asked to submit their perceptions and views of these captivating ambassadors of flight. Any medium is acceptable. Artists are invited to submit up to five 8”x10” photo prints, not matted or framed, for judging purposes only. If selected for the show, all artwork needs to be framed appropriately and ready to hang. All prints must be labeled on back with contact information, dimensions, title and medium. Entry fee is $15. Provide a stamped return envelope if you would like your photos returned. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to: Jan Nareski Goba, 293 Moose Hill St, Sharon, MA 02067. Questions, contact Exhibit will run September – December 2016.
Deadline: August 9, 2016

Request for Temporary Public Art Proposals  The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and the Friends of Fort Point Channel seek proposals for a temporary work of public art for installation in Boston in conjunction with FPAC’s annual fall Open Studios event October 14-16, 2016. Floating Art Installation: One award of $10,000 for a prominent, temporary work of public art sited in, or making significant use of the Fort Point Channel between the Summer and Congress Street bridges. Work in all media will be considered. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged. Learn more.
Deadline: August 21, 2016 (received by midnight EST)

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Cambridge Art Assocition’s 2016 Red Biennial, juried by Joseph Ketner II. About the RED Biennial: For more than a decade, the Cambridge Art Association has hosted a fall exhibit, open to artists from across the Northeastern United States, centered around a single color. Both the success of the exhibit series, and the challenge to participating artists, lies in channeling the varied meanings of a color like RED. It is the color of action, violence, heat. It is the color of luck, happiness, and passion. RED is more than a color. Exhibition Dates November 8 – December 21, 2016Online Entry Only at
Deadline: September 15, 2016 (11:59pm EST)

Image credit: Animated gif of man peeking at window in a house from OKKULTMOTIONPICTURES.TUMBLR.COM.

Jurassic Artist Opportunities

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Funny Vintage Photos (10)

Call for Art Gallery 263 seeks inspired depictions of tomorrow for their exhibition Future Visions, selected by Nancy Adams (Communications Administrator, MIT D-Lab & Mobius affiliate)  Artwork may address (among many other topics): technology, architecture and urban planning, lifestyle, health, the environment, food, social problems, globalization, international relations, pop culture, politics, etc. Open to New England and New York & New Jersey artists of all career stages. Open to all visual media (2D, 3D, time based) & performers. Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Call had been extended to musicians and performance artists. Performers, apply with a link to your recorded Future Visions interpretation, or send example photos/audio and describe the happening. Musicians, send them links to your audio to be incorporated into the exhibition, and note if you’d like to play at a live event. Learn more.
Deadline: Sunday July 17, 2016 (11:59PM)

Boston Artist Residencies The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics invite artists to apply to Boston AIR (Boston Artists-in-Residence) to become one of ten artists-in-residence at the City of Boston. This second year of Boston AIR program expands the size of the artist cohort, increases the length of the residencies, and grounds each residency at Boston Centers for Youth & Families, through their community centers and core, citywide initiatives, such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women. Each artist will be awarded a $22,500 stipend for a nine-month-long residency to develop and test ways that creative approaches can meaningfully impact the work of the public sector and society at large. Each artist will be paired with one of ten designated BCYF community centers and provided a studio space at that center. Learn more.
Deadline: July 24, 2016

David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the Emerging American Playwright Prize award at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 in honor of David Calicchio’s lifelong career as a playwright and in support of Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights. The Calicchio Prize will be awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theatre. The play selected as the Calicchio Prize winner will receive 2 public staged readings at Marin Theatre Company as part of the theatre’s annual New Play Reading Series. The playwright will receive a $2,500 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the MTC rehearsal period (25 hours). Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2016

Call to Greater Boston Artists The Revere Beach Arts Festival Committee is hosting a call-to-action for Greater Boston artists to submit applications to participate in the inaugural Revere Beach Arts Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 11am – 5pm. along the shoreline of historic Revere Beach at the public plaza between the Markey Bridge and Wonderland Station. Artists will have a chance to compete for prizes, and judging for the multiple categories will be a collaborative effort between local art schools officials and members of the Revere Beach Arts Festival Committee. Artists will be required to submit an application that includes photos of their work in several categories including: jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, glass work, wood working, ceramics, illustration, sidewalk chalk. Acceptance into the Revere Beach Arts Festival will be at the sole discretion of the Revere Beach Arts Festival Committee. Each artist will be subject to a small fee to exhibit and sell artwork. Learn more. Questions, contact
Deadline: August 15, 2016

Photographers The Cultural Center of Cape Cod invites photographers worldwide to submit images to their online competition, APERTURES. All winners will be displayed in their online gallery.  First Place $500, Second Place $200, Third Place $100 and six Honorable Mentions will be recognized in the following categories; Landscape, Seascape, People, Animals, Floral and Abstract. The Cultural Center directors will jury. Learn more.
Deadline: September 9, 2016

Artist Fellowships A Blade of Grass Fellowship (New York, NY) is currently accepting applications for one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives. Fellowships pair project support of $20,000 with strategic support, field research tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists working nationwide. A Blade of Grass supports seven to ten artists or collectives per year, who are selected via an open application process. Learn more.
Deadline: September 19, 2016

Of Note: The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s applications for the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program will be available online on September 1, 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of a dog balancing on hind legs in front of a dinosaur sculpture. In public domain.

Pledge Allegience to Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Vintage July 4th (4)
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Call for Artists The Dorchester Arts Collaborative is actively seeking Artists for their monthly gallery exhibitions. Accepting 2D and 3D works no larger than 4’x4′. 80 lbs max. Dorchester residents preferred, but not required. Entries will be reviewed by the exhibition committee of the DAC Board on a rolling basis, as entries are submitted. The committee will inform artists of its interest in working with said artist for future endeavors, including group/solo shows. Artists will be notified within a week of the first of the month. Accepted work should be delivered to 157 A Washington St. Dorchester, MA. Each exhibit lasts at least one month. The exhibitions will be publicized on the DAC official website, on Facebook, and other social media venues. Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

Program designed for students, artists, scientists, professionals and anyone interested in nature, art, and biology. ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico is a hands-on, immersive, and project-based program that integrates biology and art in the field, at various environments in Puerto Rico. The focus of the program is to learn about Puerto Rico’s diverse wildlife through artmaking and field biology. They will travel to rainforests, dry forests, beach, coastal, coral reef, mangrove, and mountain environments. The program involves multiple site-specific projects that integrate creativity, art and biology. Learn more.
Deadline: July 8, 2016

Humor Writing The Mark Twain House & Museum is accepting entries for the Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest. A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a humorous short story or essay. Excerpts of the winning piece will be published on the Mark Twain House & Museum website. Learn more.
Deadline: July 10, 2016

Poetry Entries are now being accepted for Literal Latté’s Poetry Award. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2016

Call to Artists Fort Point Arts Community invites artists to submit work to the exhibition MATERIALS WITNESS at The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf. Guest Curator: Leah Triplett Harrington. Materials Witness invites artists to submit work that considers and presents how histories are visually represented or encoded physically. Submissions must push viewers to examine how time is physically reflected in the objects and infrastructures around them. Work in any medium, including video, will be considered. Large scale submissions and installations are greatly encouraged. Learn more.
Deadline: Sunday, July 24, 2016 (midnight EST)

Furniture Fellowship Applications are now being accepted by The Society of Arts and Crafts for the The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship whereby $25,000 is awarded annually to one artist. The fellowship will focus on furniture makers whose work is contemporary and functional and artists who live/work in Northeast United States. Traditional and sculptural furniture makers as well as candidates from other regions in the United States may be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2016

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize In Photography, an award for a 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

Image credit: Photograph of two women dressed up for a Fourth of July gathering in 1919. (Library of Congress)

Hats Off for Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

People Dancing Outside That You Have Rarely Seen Today (27)

Poets The Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Award offers a prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit a poem of up to 40 lines with a $5 entry fee.  Learn more.
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Call for Art Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA, is currently accepting entries for their third annual juried exhibition, Juror’s Choice. FLUX Boston founder Elizabeth Devlin is the guest juror. Painting, drawing, prints, small sculpture, mixed media, and photography, with no limitations on style or subject are accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: July 8, 2016

Artist Residency Applications are now being accepted for the artists-in-residence at the City of Boston program. There is an online information session July 14, 2016 from 6:00-7:30pm. Learn more.
Deadline: July 24, 2016

Call for Art The Resident Artists Gallery in Brainerd, Minnesota is now accepting submissions for When Doves Cry/A Party For Prince Rogers Nelson. Learn more.
Deadline: July 25, 2016

Playwrights The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement. Learn more.
Deadline: August 15, 2016

Gender Identity Festival OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, is seeking artistic submissions for the I.D. Festival, a series of events that explore and celebrate gender identity, opening at OBERON in January 2017 and presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s 2016/17 season production of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women. OBERON is currently seeking submissions of theater, dance, music, and other performance art that is festival-friendly and ready to present in the unique club theater environment as part of the I.D. Festival. They are seeking work created in part or in whole by artists who identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid and gender non-conforming though submissions are open to all explorations of gender identity. Visual art and film submissions will also be considered. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Handmade Works Amazing Things Arts Center is accepting applications for their Annual Holiday Market (Sunday November 6, 2016 between 11am & 4pm). They are looking for all things unique and handmade. Vendor spots are open to all Artists & Artisans at least 18 years old. Vendors will be on the first and second floor (elevator available). Learn more.
Deadline: September 23. 2016

Contemporary Craft The Greater Denton Arts Council in Texas is currently accepting entries for their the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Juror JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2016

Image credit: Photograph of two men on the beach each holding a hats in his hands. In public domain.

Safety First Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016


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
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 under the Events tab. Questions, contact Ellen at 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 Learn more.
Deadline: Ongoing

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

Artist Opportunties for All

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016


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 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.