Massachusetts Seal and Motto Survey The Special Commission on the State Seal and Motto, a 19-member, governor appointed commission (which includes a designee from the Mass Cultural Council), is gathering public feedback on a new seal and motto for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The web-based version of the survey will be available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, Haitian Creole, and Russian. To increase representation among Indigenous people in the Commonwealth, a link to the web-based survey will be provided to multiple listservs maintained by Native American communities in Massachusetts. Web-based survey closes September 27, 2023.
Of Note: New Toolkit on Careers in the Arts: Promoting Equity, Access, and Inclusion in the Arts for People with Disabilities. The Careers in the Arts Toolkit is an online resource promoting equity, access, and inclusion for people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts. Learn more.
Proposals Sought L+A+N+D: An Experience of Discovery – Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Just outside of Louisville, KY, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest’s new initiative L+A+N+D (Landscape + Art + Nature + Design) annually celebrates innovative design concepts for immersive outdoor installations. Designed and constructed by artists, architects, landscape architects, designers, and creatives, L+A+N+D will provide creative outdoor experiences with topics addressing humans’ connection to nature, beauty in the landscape, biodiversity, conservation, sustainability, and climate change. The selected experiences are implemented via a stipend to the applicant(s), and a construction budget for fabrication and installation expenses. Learn more.
Deadline: August 28, 2023
Artist Residency The Bryn Du’s Artist in Residence program enhances local awareness and engagement in the arts by introducing artists to the Granville, Ohio community, providing an inspirational setting for the creation of artistic works by an artist of any discipline over 8-12 weeks. Open to artists at any stage of their career. Housing and a $2000-$3000 stipend are included. There is a $15 application fee. Learn more and apply here.
Deadline for residencies in the following calendar year: August 31, 2023
Call to Artists Art Fluent invites artists to submit artwork to their online exhibit, Inner Sense. Over $1,200 in cash prizes. All accepted pieces will be displayed their online gallery. Learn more.
Deadline: September 1, 2023 at midnight (MST)
Call to Artists Spring 2024 Paradise City Arts Festivals are currently accepting entries for both Marlborough and Northampton. Produced by artists, for artists, Paradise City presents New England’s leading shows of handmade craft, painting and sculpture. Paradise City’s events showcase fresh, innovative work in all media in airy indoor settings, with outdoor space available in Northampton for large-scale sculpture. Applications from new and emerging artists encouraged. For over 25 years Paradise City has been known for setting new standards in show publicity and marketing, and for its user-friendly approach to artists. Learn more. Questions, contact Katherine Sanderson at email@example.com.
Deadline: September 6, 2023
Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants (Cycle 9) has been updated to reflect the current, still challenging, working environment for dancers. It’s open to dancers who are in a dire financial emergency due to the loss or lack of recent/current live performance work, because of circumstances outside of their control. Common circumstances include cancelled performances, cutbacks or cancellations of dance engagement contracts, loss of touring opportunities, and ongoing shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. Learn more.
Deadline: September 8, 2023
Artist Residency MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program has announced this year’s open call for the Iris Artist Residency Program in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Center. The Iris Residency is an opportunity for artists living in Western or Central Massachusetts who are foreign-born/ immigrant, or first or second generation American. They will select two artists for a funded one-month Residency at MASS MoCA with a stipend, our usual residency benefits and optional resources at the Berkshire Immigrant Center. Learn more.
Deadline: September 8, 2023
Request for Proposal The AAPI Fund is issuing a request for proposals for the 2023-2024 Creative Catalyst Program. This program provides opportunities for independent artists to engage the public in critical issues impacting Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country. The Fund will consider a variety of art forms, such as music, video, visual arts, performing arts, poetry, and more. We will be funding one-year contracts of up to $30,000 each to hire five artists to produce work with the potential to break through mainstream media and catalyze conversations around themes of Solidarity, Belonging, and Voting Together. Learn more.
Deadline: September 12, 2023 at 11:00 pm ET
Call to Artists Entries are currently being accepted for the Fall 2023 TILL Wave Gallery & Watertown Art Association Art Extravaganza. All mediums and subjects are considered. Submit up to 3 pieces. Learn more.
Deadline: September 12, 2023
Printmakers The Umbrella Arts Center is pleased to accept submissions for the juried exhibition Fresh Ink: Contemporary Explorations in Printmaking. Printmakers from all across New England are invited to submit works created using printmaking processes that push the boundaries of the medium and speak to contemporary audiences. All work must include handmade techniques. No digital prints. Variations and combinations of woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, aquatint, screenprinting, monoprints, etching, collagraphs, engraving, etc. will be considered. Juror is Carolyn Muskat. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2023
Dance Fund Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate an important opportunity that will significantly impact aspects of their dance making or advance their role within the regional New England dance landscape. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2023
Senior Fellowship Program The Dedalus Foundation’s Senior Fellowship program is intended to encourage and support critical and historical studies related to painting, sculpture and allied arts from the twentieth century. Learn more.
Deadline: Applications should be submitted prior to September 15, 2023, 5 PM ET
Call for Public Art The Brookline Arts Center has announced its open call for submissions to its 2023 Public Art Program. This call is for a BIPOC artist or artist team to create a site-specific work of public art in collaboration with low-income Brookline teens. The BAC is seeking submissions of initial proposals, with two finalists selected to produce more detailed proposals. The two finalists will each be paid $150 to create a detailed proposal, from which the final project will be selected. A stipend of $2200 will be paid to the selected artist for leading three workshops with Brookline teens and completing the creation and installation of the work of public art. The selected artist is expected to involve Brookline teens in the development and production of the work of public art. The BAC will cover the cost of materials. Learn more.
Deadline: September 16, 2023
Artist Residency Applications for the Winter-Spring 2024 Artist-in-Residence Program are now open. The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA offering free studio space and teaching opportunities with this 5-month residency (January 8 – May 31). They are seeking visual artists with teaching experience, who may be working on a specific project and make regular use of a 220 square foot studio space in a vibrant multi-disciplinary arts center that houses an active community of artists in 50 artist studios, an independent ceramics classroom, makerspace, performance and gallery spaces in historic Concord, Massachusetts. In addition to the free studio, the Artist-in-Residence will have teaching, exhibition, and artist talk opportunities. Learn more.
Deadline: September 18, 2023
Medical Emergency Grants Applications are being accepted for the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants (Cycle 20). Choreographers, as well as visual artists and film/media/digital/electronic artists, can request critical financial support for recent, unexpected medical, dental or mental health emergencies. Learn more.
Deadline: September 22, 2023
US and Puerto Rico-based Latino artists The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) is the only national grant program of its kind, exclusively providing grants to Latinx artists and arts organizations. The NALAC Artist Grant is open to Latinx artists or ensembles based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. The grant supports artists whose work demonstrates excellence and the potential for impacting the Latinx arts field. Learn more.
Deadline: September 25, 2023
National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant Provides funds for creation and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised projects. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to ten projects annually. Learn more.
Deadline: September 27, 2023, 11:59PM ET
Call to Artists The Massasoit Art Guild 2023 announces its 20th Annual Art Show & Sales October 14th & 15th
2023 From 10:00 – 4:00 at the Spencer Town Hall. The Art Show is Free to the public featuring the art and photography of our talented
members. Learn more.
Deadline: September 30, 2023
Call for BIPOC Curatorial Proposals The New Art Center is looking for curatorial proposals for an exhibition to be included in our BIPOC Series hosted at our gallery: New Art Corridor, a public space with 24 hour access outfitted with security cameras. The gallery has a 12ft, 16ft, and 36ft wall – all equipped with a track system including rods and security hooks for hanging. It also includes a large TV to display digital media / virtual galleries. All mediums are welcomed! Curators are offered a $1,000 curatorial honorarium. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2023
NEA Literature Fellowships for Translation Projects Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. Grants are up to $25,000. Award amounts are determined by the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more.
Deadline: January 18, 2024
Curator-Led Initiatives Grants The Teiger Foundation offers grants for curator-led initiatives that involve contemporary visual art, including funds for exhibitions, commissions, performances, public program series, related publications, and other experimental outputs produced by professional curators in partnership with non-profit presenting organizations. Programs are developed through conversations with curators working in the field and aim to address gaps in the art funding sector. Follow them on Instagram @teigerfoundation for a revised application which will become available in October 2023. Learn more.
Deadline: February 14, 2024
Image credit: Woman’s ceremonial skirt (lau hada), skirt, imported cotton fabric, nassa shells, glass beads, about 1900, Indianapolis Museum of Art.