Great News: The Mass Cultural Council’s governing Council approved our FY22 spending plan! We are now poised to invest nearly $29M into the cultural sector this fiscal year. Read about the investment for the coming year.
Emergency Grants for Craft Artists Submissions for the fourth cycle of CERF+’s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program are currently being accepted. The $1,000 grants are for artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to food, housing, and/or medical insecurities as a result of the pandemic. Please review our eligibility guidelines before applying. Priority will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, as well as folk and materials-based traditional artists. Learn more.
Deadline: August 31, 2021
Exhibition Proposals The Newton Free Library is accepting applications for two dimensional works by New England region artists. They are unable to offer shows for free-standing sculptural pieces. Proposals are currently being accepted for April – December 2022 exhibit slots. Learn more.
Native American Documentary Filmmakers The Native American Media Alliance is launching a new program, Native American Unscripted Workshop, an initiative that supports Native American documentary filmmakers seeking to propel their careers. The virtual week-long lab provides access to creative executives, experienced producers and veteran doc filmmakers. Learn more.
Deadline: September 7, 2021
Harvard University Radcliffe Fellowship Program Applications are currently being accepted for Harvard University’s Radcliffe Fellowship Program. Fellows are in residence from September 2022-May 2023 and receive full-time Harvard appointments as visiting fellows, office or studio space, a stipend of $78,000, and an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Learn more.
Deadline: September 9, 2021
Call to Artist The Kolaj Institute is now accepting submissions for its Politics in Collage Residency, a four-week, virtual/online residency in September/October 2021. Learn more.
Deadline: September 11, 2021
Public Artwork The City of Lewiston, Maine seeks to acquire artworks that will activate neighborhood gateways and vacant lots within the downtown Tree Streets Neighborhood. Proposals for both new and existing works are eligible. One (1) or more artworks will be selected, up to five. Learn more.
Deadline: September 14, 2021 (2pm)
Free Promotion for Artists Set up a free artist profile on the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Ground website. This searchable database for artists across New England can be used by venues, collectors and fellow artists looking for collaborators or services. Learn more.
Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Learn more.
Image credit: This Olivetti Studio 46 Typewriter belonged to Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), who wrote science fiction when few black writers did. Butler began writing at age 10 and eventually used a computer to compose, but noted, “I didn’t always. I wrote my first ten books on a manual typewriter of one kind or another….She [my mother] did day work; she made not very much money….here she had a daughter begging for a typewriter.” Butler’s blue typewriter dates to the 1970s. It is manual, not electric; fingers must make metal letters leap to leave an inky imprint on paper rolled into the machine by hand. Though this model was made in Spain, Olivetti is an Italian company known for design. The red “Tab” key, for instance, stands solo in a field of creamy white. A case protects the machine from dust; its handle makes the typewriter portable. The exhibition, “All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak,” featured the typewriter in 2004. From the Anacostia Community Museum Collection. Public domain.