New Initiative: BoriCorridor, is a virtual platform that aims to create a network of organizations, venues, and cultural presenters that promote Puerto Rican culture in the continental United States. BoriCorridor will work as a digital map to connect Puerto Rican artists living in the archipelago and the diaspora with cultural organizations, facilitating new collaborations. Learn more about BoriCorridor. This project is made possible by the collaboration with the researchers of the Master’s program in Cultural Management and Administration of the University of Puerto Rico and the support of the Mellon Foundation, making the BoriCorridor an instrument to connect our people and culture.
Creative Residency for Black Puppeteers Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline is accepting applications for its Creative Residency for Black Puppeteers. The Residency includes five $1,000 grants to Black artists to support the research and development of original puppetry projects. The theater seeks proposals from emerging and early-career artists interested in exploring the art of puppetry and/or finding their own voice through puppet theater. Inquiries from interested applicants across the U.S. are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline extended to: July 27, 2023
Greater Boston Artists The Public Art Accelerator exists to support early-to-mid-career Greater Boston-based artists who demonstrate need and interest in creating object-based works in Boston’s neighborhoods with the skills (e.g., budgeting, project management) and sensibilities (e.g., consensus-building, empathy, ability to communicate a vision and involve others clearly) to succeed in the dynamic field of public art. Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2023
Production Grants for Filmmakers LEF New England is now welcoming applications for Pre-production and Early Development grants through the LEF’s Moving Image Fund. A maximum of (6) grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to projects in the Pre-production phase, and a maximum of (6) grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to projects in the Early Development phase. Applications for both phases require a written proposal and a full line-item budget. Pre-production applications require a current work sample of up to 10 minutes from the project being proposed for funding. Early Development applications require two past work samples, and current work samples are not accepted. Learn more.
Deadline: August 7, 2023
Fiction Writers The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. Annually, open to authors of any nationality, the award is one of the largest literary prizes in the United States, and one of the few focused exclusively on fiction with a social impact. Learn more.
Deadline: August 9, 2023
Community Collections Grant The Community Collections Grants from the American Folklife Center (AFC) fund and support contemporary cultural field research and documentation within diverse communities. Available to Individuals and Organizations, the grants offer up to $50,000 each to support projects within their communities to produce ethnographic cultural documentation, such as of interviews with community members and audio-visual recordings of cultural activity, from the community perspective. The center will archive the collections from grant projects to preserve and showcase this rich and valuable cultural documentation, expanding its representation and inclusion of contemporary cultural expressions and traditions that may otherwise be absent from the national record. The program is open to US-based Individual applicants and non-profit Organizations (subject to 26 U.S.C. 501 c (3)), including institutions of higher education, colleges and universities, as well as professional associations and community groups. For 2024, the Library intends to award ten 12-month grants of up to $50,000 each. Learn more.
Deadline: August 18, 2023 at 2pm Eastern Time
Call for Artists Town of Clinton invites Central MA artists to submit applications for a Downtown Utility Box Mural Program. This is an exciting opportunity for local creatives to enhance a thriving downtown’s streets and public spaces. Selected artists (individuals or teams) may apply for a microgrant of $500 per box. Learn more.
Deadline: August 25, 2023
Call to Sculptors The Newburyport Art Association (NAA) invites all sculptors to submit works to be considered for the eighth year-long exhibit at the NAA Range Lights Sculpture Garden. At nearly 3,000 square feet, the Garden resides behind the historic Newburyport Art Association building at 65 Water St. Group Exhibition Dates: October 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024. Learn more.
Deadline: August 27, 2023 (11:59pm)
Black Public Media Open Call Each year, BPM issues an open call for feature-length documentaries and shorts (nonfiction or scripted) that are currently in pre-production, production, or post-production and intended for public media distribution. In addition to feature length documentaries and shorts, they accept proposals for pilot episodes of a broadcast length or shorts limited series. The limited series must be 3 to 5 episodes. Selected projects will receive production funding to advance the work. Deadline will be announced in August. Learn more.
Printmakers The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord is accepting 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. Learn more.
Deadline: September 15, 2023
Image credit: The Hill Field, Arthur Wesley Dow, painting, from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.