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Picture of Good Health Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016


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Are you in need health insurance? The good news is that the open enrollment period is happening right now in MA. Learn more from the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition about Massachusetts health insurance coverage.

Call for Cape Cod Artists The Artist Cottages at Orleans Market Square, a sales and studio venue located in Orleans on Cape Cod, in a park-like art filled setting, is seeking artists and artisans inspired by the beauty of Cape Cod and its arts traditions. Applications are now being accepted for Weekends during the Spring and Fall Shoulder Seasons as well as Weeks in the Summer, 2017. They are seeking high quality work in all media. All work must be hand made or hand crafted. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Artists will be juried and selections made on a rolling basis, until all available slots are filled. Learn more.

Lawrence-Affiliated Artists Lawrence CommunityWorks, a community development organization based in Lawrence, MA is accepting submissions for a Call for Lawrence-affiliated Artists (those who work(ed), live(d), or have close ties to the City) to create site-specific installations for our new affordable housing mill redevelopment: the Duck Mill. Artists of any age, medium, and experience level are invited to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: December 12, 2016

Poetry Ambassadors Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge are seeking Poetry Ambassadors to develop programs highlighting the rich diversity of literary arts happening in the City. The goal of the Cambridge Arts Poetry program is to create opportunities for the Cambridge community to engage with and promote poetry from diverse backgrounds & styles. Learn how to submit a proposal.
Deadline: December 15, 2016

Call for Presenters Are you a talented Massachusetts educator with a big idea, creative solution, or innovative classroom practice that you think is worth sharing? The Boston Foundation is seeking to offer up to five outstanding educators the opportunity to share their ideas with a large audience of local education and civic leaders at the Boston EdTalks event on May 4, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: January 17, 2016 (8:00 am)

Call to Female Artists The Providence Art Club invites female artists to submit their strongest two and three-dimensional work in any media to the Providence Art Club National Open Juried Exhibition Making Your Mark. This exhibition is the concluding event in a three-month long series celebrating the Art Club’s unique founding as the first such organization to be co-founded by men and women. In 1880 six women and ten men signed the founding documents of the Providence Art Club. One hundred and thirty six years later the Club proudly continues its mission to promote art culture. Annually, the Club hosts an open juried show to provide non-members with an opportunity to exhibit in our Maxwell Mays Gallery, which hosted its first Art Club exhibition in 1885. Making Your Mark will celebrate the achievements of contemporary female artists, thus honoring the women so integral to the founding of this unique organization.  Awards: Thirteen (13) prizes totaling over $5,000 in awards. Best in Show prize of $1,000. Open to artists who identify as female working in the United States. Visit to apply to this exhibition.
Deadline: January 31, 2016

Artists, Writers The Matador Review is seeking submissions for their Spring 2017 publication. The Matador Review is an alternative art and literature magazine based in Chicago, IL. They are accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 publication through February 28. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Learn more.



Fake It Til You Make It Artist Opportunities

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Fiction Leapfrog Press is currently accepting entries for their Fiction Award. A prize of $1,150 and publication by Leapfrog Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or a novella. Sara Pritchard and the editors will judge. Learn more.
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Call for Art Entries are now being accepted for the Brookline Arts Center exhibition Gravity (June 17-July 15, 2016. Pulling from our everyday conflicts to expanding our understanding of the universe, the word brings to mind weight and weightlessness, the laws of physics and the complexities of the human experience. They are looking for work that explores the connection between these extremes. Juror: Katherine French, Gallery Director, Catamount Arts. Up to six pieces of original artwork can be submitted. Learn more.
Deadline: May 14, 2016 (11:59pm)

Call to Artists ArcWorks in Peabody, MA, invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter. Learn more.
Deadline:  online submission due May 13, 2016; hand-delivered submission due May 18, 2016, 1pm – 6pm

Jazz Artists The guidelines and online application for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program are now available. The application deadline is May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017. Learn more.
Deadline: May 27, 2016

Professional Development MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is seeking applicants for the third round of their North Adams Project, an initiative to support artists committed to building their creative future in North Adams. The NA Project offers financial incentives and special programming for selected artists who relocate to North Adams by the end of 2016. Learn more.
Deadline: May 31, 2016

Call to Artists Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA) invites artists to submit to their summer show, an exhibition of work by artists living and creating at the intersection of LGBTQIA issues and culturally defined notions of “disability”. This is a show about empowerment, community, representation and visibility. Work is not required to address any particular theme, but must be submitted by artists who personally identify, or feel they have been defined by society, as a part of this minority demographic. All mediums included. Learn more.
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Painting Residency Award The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, is currently accepting applications for the Chiaro Award, an artist residency and cash prize for an accomplished mid-career painter. Residencies of six to eight weeks include dedicated use of a private studio, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and an award of $15,000. The Chiaro Awardee will become part of the dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ programs, sharing in peer-to-peer creative exchange while developing his or her individual artistic practice. Learn more.
Deadline: June 3, 2016

Call to Artists Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA,  is currently accepting submissions for their exhibition Heat. Open to all media, all interpretations: heat as it relates to climate, politics, and sex, as well as slang for a gun or police. Juried by a committee of Bromfield Gallery artists. Learn more.
Deadline: June 15, 2016 (12 noon)

Of Note: The new Mass arts festivals listings calendar:

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Image credit: Buster Keaton smile in public domain, from

Artist Travel and Mobility

Monday, March 7th, 2016

ArtSake editor Dan Blask recently attended the TransCultural Exchange Conference in Boston. Here, he shares observations about the experience.

Christy Georg, CIRCUMNAVIGATING (2007), wood, steel, and cotton, 16x3x11 ft

The TransCultural Exchange Conference (TCE) took place February 25-27, 2016, the fifth such event since 2007. TCE focuses on international opportunities for artists in all disciplines.

At the 2016 conference, I moderated a panel discussion called “Funding Artists Mobility.” We talked about how to find, what to expect, and best practices in applying for U.S. and international travel experiences for artists that include financial support.

A Global Perspective
Why seek out international opportunities as an artist? One of the speakers on the panel, Dr. Frank Hentschker of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the City University of New York, spoke eloquently about the reasons why. He observed that the vast majority of books published or plays produced in the United States are by U.S. writers, a dynamic that extends to most if not all artistic disciplines. Limited exposure denies artists and audiences the diverse perspectives of a more global creative experience – something the Segal Center seeks to correct through its programming and publications. Dr. Hentschker discussed the Segal Center’s work with the Belgium-based organization On the Move, which supports cultural mobility by collecting and sharing information about funding opportunities for artists travel. The Segal Center and On the Move worked together to create the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide, a compendium of funding opportunities for international exchange for dance and theatre artists traveling to and from the USA.

Financial Support
In general, funding for artists mobility primarily falls into two categories: first, independent grants that help defray costs of travel and residency opportunities arranged separately by the artist; and second, travel and residency opportunities that include “built-in” financial support. The first – the independent travel grants – can be a bit tricky to find. Down below, I’ll share some resources that might be helpful. But it really behooves artists to consider funding at the very beginning of the process of researching and applying for opportunities. One funding opportunity to explore early on in your planning is the Lighton International Artists’ Exchange Program (LIAEP), which was presented at TCE by LIAEP Exhibition Director Michael Schonhoff.

LIAEP supports artists by offering unique opportunities for travel and exchange of ideas, with a focus on dedicated artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country and on residencies to countries that are less Westernized. The grants are competitive and support most costs directly connected to the travel and residency, with a maximum request of $6,000. Past awardees include Christy Georg (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Finalist ’11), whose Arctic Circle Residency received a LIAEP grant in 2012.

In the second category – opportunities with built-in funding – is the Fulbright Program, presented at TCE by Fulbright’s Andrew Riess.

Fulbright, a U.S. government program, offers grants each year to students, scholars, teachers, scientists, professionals, and artists for international educational exchanges. For most artists who are not students, the Scholars Program for travel abroad to lecture/conduct research for 2-12 months is likely the best fit. But there are a range of Fulbright Programs. Reiss pointed out that scholars/artists who, due to family, work, or other circumstances, can’t spend an extended period abroad can apply for the Fulbright FLEX Award to propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two to three years.

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright as an artist? Reiss suggested this excellent and informative blog post by Shawn Lent, which offers a step-by-step breakdown of the information gathering and application process. (Representative quote: “Remember, Fulbright loves weird. Be specific and bold.”)

Have further questions? As a grants administrator myself, I always suggest that you contact that organization’s staff for clarification. It’s always appreciated – of course – when you do your homework first so your questions are targeted.

Generosity of Spirit
At the beginning of the post, I mentioned Dr. Frank Hentschker’s compelling case for global experiences in the arts. Inherent to that concept is generosity. It’s in the spirit of generosity that many of these programs are initiated. The Lighton grant program referenced above was founded by Linda Lighton, a sculptor who was impacted by her own international experiences and wanted to make such experiences possible for others. And Dr. Hentschker shared that he was in the process of converting a family home that he’d inherited, in Germany, into an artist residency space. The notion of accepting an artist from abroad into your country, into your community – what could be more generous than that? Artists, I’d argue, can only benefit when they carry that spirit of generosity forward during their own travel journeys. Share advice, resources, tips, and successes with fellow artists; help create a more global creative experience for all.

As promised, here are some resources on finding travel, residency, and artist mobility funding opportunities:
Follow TransCultural Exchange’s Facebook page

Find opportunities
Alliance of Artists Communities
Res Artis
Trans Artists

Find funding
Lighton International Artists Exchange Program
On the Move
The Cimetta Fund
NYFA Source, a searchable database of grant opportunities
Cultural Mobility Funding Guide (performing artists)

Find tips
Shawn Lent’s So You’re an Artist Who Wants to Apply to Fulbright post
ArtSake’s Artist Residencies and Travel post, created following the 2013 TCE Conference
NYFA Current’s Travel Grants Tips and Opportunities post

Image: Christy Georg, CIRCUMNAVIGATING (2007), wood, steel, and cotton, 16x3x11 ft.

TransCultural Exchange 2016

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Director Mary Sherman speaks at the 2013 TransCultural Exchange Conference, photo by Xiadong Wu

Artists are natural explorers. The good news for local creators is that one of the leading conferences on international travel and residencies for artists takes place in Boston: the TransCultural Exchange Conference. Through panels, events, and discussions, the event focuses on international opportunities for artists of all disciplines.

Mary Sherman, founder/director of the conference, wants to share the following details with artists who might be interested in attending this year’s event (Feb. 25-27, 2016):

1. More than ½ the attendees in the past can cite a tangible outcome, such as an invite to exhibit or to a residency program – within 6 months of the Conference’s end.

2. We have more than 150 speakers (critics, curators, residency directors) from around the world attending, meaning about 2 speakers per attendee! You can’t get much more personal attention than that. Speakers include:
Ute Meta Bauer (Co-Curator of the American pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and Founding Director of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore), Jean-Baptiste Joly (Founding Director of Akademie Schloss Solitude), Damien Hebron (Director of London Arts in Health Forum), Johan Pousette (Director of Sweden’s IASPIS), Marie Fol (Program Manager of TransArtists at Dutch Culture), Marie Le Sourd (Secretary General of On-the-Move), Pieranna Cavalchini (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), Susan Hapgood (Executive Director, ISCP (NY’s International Studio & Curatorial Program)Caitlin Strokosch (Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities), Andy Riess (Assistant Director for Outreach for the Fulbright Scholar Program), Dr. Gaël McGill (Director of Molecular Visualization at the Center for Molecular and Cellular Dynamics at Harvard Medical School), Yannick Franck (Artistic Director of Belgium’s Les Brasseurs), Margaret Shiu Tan (Founder of Taiwan’s Bamboo Curtain Studio), Andrei Siclodi (Director of Austria’s Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen), Sarah Tanguy (Curator at the Art in Embassies program), Kira Simon-Kennedy (Co-Founder of China Residencies), Crispin Weinberg (Biomedical Modeling Pioneer), Lanfranco Aceti (Leonardo Electronic Almanac Editor), Sandeep Bhagwati (founder of the research-creation lab, the matralab) and Kelly Krause (Creative Director of Nature magazine) and on and on.

3. And not only do artists get to hear these people speak, but there are informal receptions to have a drink with them, or to have a portfolio review with them, and/or to attend a round-table discussion for them to meet other artists working in similar fields of interests so they can expand their network locally and globally.

4. Typically, for artists the Conference is tax-deductible.

5. The director of the London Biennale David Medalla states the conference is “one of the best things in the art world today.”

Learn more and register.

Related reading: ArtSake’s post on artist travel/residencies, written after the 2013 conference.

Estate Planning for Artists

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

You don’t have walk alone or be Beatles rich to think about and plan for your estate.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
Provides consulting services for issues related to legacy planning.

The Art Connection
Connects artists and donors to community service organizations through placement of original artwork.

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
A Visual Artist’s Guide to Estate Planning, a comprehensive handbook designed to assist artists in planning their estates.

Provides resources for individuals, institutions and estates wishing to develop and maintain creative legacies.

Image credit: Photograph by Annie Houston of a 2015 mural in Springfield, MA, of Beatles Abbey Road album cover art.

Fellowships History Project

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Sachiko Akiyama (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow '05, Finalist '15), WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHO ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? (2014) wood, metal, paint, resin, 46.5x46x24 in

We at the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) are working on a history project. We want to highlight and celebrate the storied history of Artist Fellowships funding in Massachusetts.

If you are a past awardee of the Artist Fellowships program, please help us illuminate this history by submitting a response to our Artist Fellowships Alumni Book. The Alumni Book is our way of staying connected (or reconnecting, as the case may be), and giving you a chance to tell your story of the award’s impact.

In the weeks and months ahead, we may ask to share your story here on ArtSake as a way of growing support for artists in Massachusetts.

Visit MCC’s Artist Fellowships Alumni Book.

Image: Sachiko Akiyama (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’05, Finalist ’15), WHERE DO WE COME FROM? WHO ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? (2014) wood, metal, paint, resin, 46.5x46x24 in.

Useful Links: New Plays

Thursday, January 29th, 2015


Are you a creator and/or a lover of new plays? We’ve rounded up some links you may find useful.

New England New Play Alliance
First, to find out about new plays being performed locally, sign up for the New England New Play Alliance e-newsletter. This is a weekly newsletter featuring the current and upcoming performances and readings of new plays by New England playwrights. It’s just one of the ambitious initiatives of the New England New Play Alliance, a task force of the performing arts service organization Stage Source.

Our Overview
Next, read ArtSake’s partial overview of organizations producing and supporting new plays in Massachusetts, from companies mission-committed to new plays, to local festivals, to new play development programs.

Then, if you’re interested in topics and issues surrounding the creation of new plays, check out HowlRound, an organization with national reach that is based out of ArtsEmerson in Boston. HowlRound features a number of communication streams that explore and support new plays, as well as intriguing online tools like HowlRound TV and the New Play Map.

New Models
Interested in following an experiment in the way new plays are produced? Follow the work of Boston Public Works, a collective of Boston-area playwrights who have banded together to produce one work by each of the members, “putting the power of production in the hands of the playwright.” The group raised funds with an IndieGoGo campaign and has two more plays forthcoming in 2015 (see the photo, above, from a read-through of Cassie M. Seinuk’s From the Deep, coming in March).

New Play Exchange
Finally, the National New Play Network has just launched a new online “discovery and recommendation engine” called the New Play Exchange. It allows new play creators to create profile pages and share as much of their work as they’d like – offering a potentially new model for connecting new plays to interested theatres and collaborators. Read about the New Play Exchange on HowlRound and check it out.

Please feel free to share more useful links in the comments. For more useful resources, check out ArtSake’s Working Artist’s Toolkit.

Image: actors Charles Linshaw and Jeff Marcus in a read-through for FROM THE DEEP by Cassie M. Seinuk, to be produced by Boston Public Works March 12-28, 2015. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

Knitted Artist Opportunities

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


ArtSake spins yet another yarn!

Artists, Writers, Composers, Photographers Residency Applications are now being accepted for the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California. Residencies are intended as professional development opportunities for artists, writers, composers and photographers. Artistic merit and promise are the basis for selections. All artists, ages 21 and over, who desire time alone in a natural setting to pursue creative work, are encouraged to apply. Learn more.
Deadline: Rolling Monthly

Performing Artists NEST grants provide support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists. If you are a performing artist, the NEST grants program may be of interest to you. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

Monotypes The Monotype Guild of New England is now accepting entries for their emerging young printmakers juried student exhibition Layers. Hosted in the campus gallery at Curry College, MGNE aims to recognize the merit of printmaking and art students from across New England. All students who submit artwork to this showcase will be given a free student membership to MGNE. Learn more.
Deadline: December 19, 2014

Women Playwrights The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is currently accepting submissions for their 2015 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and the 2015 Susan Glaspell Contest. Learn more.
Deadline: January 13, 2015

Opera Singers The George London Foundation, one of the oldest vocal competitions in the United States and Canada, is offering 5 awards of $10,000 each. There will be 5 Encouragement Grants of $1,000 each. Honorable mentions of $500 will go to all finalists who do not receive an award. Learn more.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Photographers Entries are now being accepted for the exhibition Photography Now, presented at the University Place Gallery in Cambridge, MA, and juried by Stephen Tourlentes.  Learn more.
Deadline: January 30, 2015

Of Note: List of free assistive technology resources.

Vote on Tuesday, November 4th

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


ArtSake encourages you to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th. Find out where to vote and learn more about the candidates and the 4 ballot questions. Because we live in a democratic society, it’s our civic responsibility as citizens to vote. Exercise your rights.

Image credit: Photograph from Rock the Vote.

Get Your Vote On

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014


The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) has done a lot of homework on your behalf. MALC sent candidates in the upcoming primary election questionnaires regarding their platforms and policies around the arts (MALC doesn’t endorse candidates for office). See how the candidates, in their own words, consider the arts as it relates to the office they seek to hold. Remember to vote Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Attorney General primary race

Treasurer primary race

Lt. Governor primary race

State District primary races

Federal primary races

Governor primary race

Unsure of where to vote? Find your polling place here.

Image credit: Black and white photo of suffragettes in the public domain.