Of Note: Worcester area artists are invited to participate in an Artist Conversation with Michael Bobbitt (Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council), Friday, February 11th from 5:00pm – 6:00pm. This round-table discussion at the JMAC invites Worcester-area artists of all disciplines to discuss their work, their challenges and aspirations, and help inspire Michael with how the Mass Cultural Council can better support your goals and meet your needs. Cultural organizations interested in the discussion are also welcomed to attend. The max room capacity is 50 attendees for this event. Learn more and register.
Craft Curatorial Fellowship The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is offered by the Center for Craft. The Curatorial Fellowship is a year-long program created to give emerging craft curators a platform to explore and test new ideas about craft. Learn more.
Deadline: February 14, 2022
Call to Artists Green Newton and local arts organizations invite artists to submit 2D artwork representing the 4 Our Future Climate Actions. This is an opportunity for artists to inspire others to take steps to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our homes, vehicles, and more. Four impactful ways to be energy efficient and use renewable energy: Insulate * Upgrade Heating & Cooling to Heat Pumps * Electrify Your Ride * Go Solar. Other recommended actions: adjust thermostat settings, switch to LED lighting, use power surge protectors, choose energy efficient appliances, use just one refrigerator, drive less – walk or bike instead, take public transportation, compost at home or with a service, eat a more plant-based diet, cook with an induction stove, buy less stuff, wash clothes in cold water, use drying racks or clotheslines. The artwork will be displayed on the first floor of Newton’s City Hall during Earth Month (April). All 2D media will accepted with the approval of City Hall staff and Green Newton. There are no age restrictions for participation. There is a size limit of 40 inches on the longest side. Framed work with glass, larger than 24 inches must have Plexiglas for safety reasons. Registration will start by February 17, 2022. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org – and please write Earth Month Exhibit in the subject line.
Craft Artists CERF+’s Get Ready Grants have awarded up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. Learn more.
Deadline: February 22, 2022
Artist Grants for Parents The Sustainable Arts Foundation was founded in 2010 with the aim of encouraging parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide. In 2020 the foundation will award $5000 each to twenty artists and writers who have demonstrated excellence in their disciplines. Learn more.
Deadline: February 25, 2022
LGBTQ+ Filmmakers The New Voices Filmmaker Grant is a new initiative in partnership with Netflix to support emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers with $25,000 in funding to create new work – in addition to mentorship, networking and professional development opportunities. In addition to the $25,000 grant and the opportunity to be connected with an industry mentor, fellows will also participate in events and have their work showcased at NewFest’s New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, one of the largest queer film festivals in the world. Fellows will also have the opportunity to travel as guests of NewFest to other North American film festivals. Submissions are accepted for documentary, narrative, animated or episodic projects by and about the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more.
Deadline: February 28, 2022
Nominations Sought The Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art honors two Massachusetts artists/curators/arts administrators in public art who embody different aspects of leadership and are contributing to more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life through the evolving field of public art. Selected leaders will be given $5,000 each of unrestricted funds for their dedication. They are looking for nominees who demonstrate a deep connection to place—encompassing both folks from a place as well as folks who have relocated and made deep connections to a place—and commitment to community building through public art. Public Nomination form is now open through 2/28. Self-nominations are welcome! Nominate here.
Deadline: February 28, 2022
Festivals Grants Applications are being accepted by the Mass Cultural Council for grants of $1,500 each in recognition of the hard work of event producers. The Spring/Summer Festivals grant round will support festivals taking place March 1 – August 31, 2022. Program guidelines and application are now available. Learn more.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Call to Artists The Wayland Cultural Council invites artists to participate in the town’s Utility Box Mural Project. They are looking for 2 artists each to paint one box. They provide a $500 stipend. Learn more.
Deadline: March 11, 2022
West Medford Open Studios Registration is now open for artists to participate in this year’s West Medford Open Studios event (Saturday, June 25th, 11am-6pm). Learn more and register.
Registration Deadline: March 18, 2022
Residency Opportunity Socially Distant Art (SDA) is seeking a new cohort of artists, creators, and organizers for a no-fee, accessibility-focused, virtual residency. Applications are open to national and international creatives of all experience levels and disciplines, including (but not limited to) visual artists, sound/audio artists, performers, composers, choreographers, writers, filmmakers, arts administrators, cultural leaders, and creative producers. Learn more.
Deadline: March 21, 2022 by 11:59 EST
Traditional Arts Apprenticeships Apprenticeships are a time-honored method by which an individual learns skills, techniques, and artistry under the guidance of a recognized mentor. Since its founding in 2001, Mass Cultural Council’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, now accepting applications, has funded 88 apprenticeships in a vast array of traditions, both old and new to Massachusetts. Recent Mass Cultural Council-funded apprenticeships include mentorships in traditional wampum art, Indian tabla, Ottoman/Turkish makam, Cambodian traditional ornamentation, wooden boatbuilding and restoration, and Music of Epirus on violin. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2022
Playwrights Entries are now being accepted for the Clauder Competition. The Grand Prize is a $3,000 cash award and a workshop production followed by a full production at Portland Stage. Plays must be full-length and be original works, not an adaptation or translation. Learn more.
Deadline: March 31, 2022
Public Art in Boston The George B. Henderson Foundation’s grants provide support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements in the city of Boston. The Foundation encourages applications for projects in all neighborhoods of the city of Boston that concerns parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Most grants awarded in the regular grants program will be in the $20,000-$40,000 range. This cycle, the Foundation is also piloting a mini-grant program that will provide grants of up to $7,500 for immediate implementation of community and neighborhood-based public outdoor space and public art projects. Register for a virtual applicant forum April 5, 2022 1:00-3:00 pm. Learn more.
Deadline: May 6, 2022
Image credit: Composition no. 61, Stuart Walker, 1939, oil on canvas, 36 x 26 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery.