Black Empowerment Advisory Council Black artists in Massachusetts are invited to join and participate in a listening session with Governor Maura T. Healey’s Black Empowerment Advisory Council (BEAC). The council has organized listening sessions throughout the Commonwealth to discuss the critical concerns and challenges affecting the Black community. Your voice and feedback will help advise the BEAC and Healey-Driscoll Administration to produce solutions and advance the interests of the Black community in Massachusetts. The Black Empowerment Advisory Council Boston Listening Session will take place: October 2nd, 2023 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at The Thelma D. Burns Building, 575 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02121. Register here.
Take the Survey Massachusetts State Seal and Motto Survey Closing Tomorrow! 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. This web-based survey closes on September 27, 2023.
Call for Exhibitions, Proposals The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts has two open calls around the theme of “folklore”: The exhibition open call offers a $12,000 curatorial budget for a six-week exhibition at the space. The projects open call is based on bi-weekly group gatherings for three months. Projects can include thematic conversations, poetry readings, music, movement and dance exercises, activism, and various workshops. Learn more.
Deadline: September 29, 2023
Call for Artists Entries are being accepted for the SOLO 2024 exhibition at the Bromfield Gallery, a juried Competition for New England Artists. Juror: Ben Sloat, director of the MFA in Visual Arts program at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. SOLO 2024 awards two solo exhibitions, all gallery expenses paid, to two New England artists who have not previously had a solo show in a commercial gallery (group shows, universities, libraries, etc. do not disqualify). All media are welcome. Learn more.
Deadline: October 1, 2023 midnight
Call to Dancers/Movers Laila Franklin and Simon Montalvo, grantees of Boston Dancemakers Residencies (a special partnership between Boston Dance Alliance and Boston Center for the Arts) are seeking dancers and movers to collaborate on their 2023-2024 projects at Boston Center for the Arts. Collaborators will paid an hourly stipend for rehearsals that will run from October through June 2023 and culminate in performances in May/June 2023. Applicants must complete this form by September 30th to be considered and will be notified of their candidacy by Tuesday October 10th. Collaborators selected for call backs must be available for the times listed below to experience Dancemakers’ choreography in-person.
Local Cultural Council Grants for Individuals The Local Cultural Council Program is currently accepting grant applications. Every community in Massachusetts is served by a Local Cultural Council (LCC), led by municipally appointed volunteers who administer an annual grant program to support local cultural projects. Grant amounts vary and applications are submitted directly to each LCC. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2023
Art for Social Justice Grants Art for Social Justice Grants ($7,500) support projects that present the themes and ongoing work of social justice to the Cambridge public through the arts. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2023
STARS Residencies Applications are being accepted starting September 21, 2023 for the STARS Residencies program. Residencies that bring students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists, and humanists to create rich cultural experiences in Massachusetts K-12 classrooms. Schools, individuals, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply. Residences must last a minimum of three days. Grants range from $2,500 to $6,100. Learn more.
Deadline: October 24, 2023
Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High Schoolers The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), is an opportunity for high school students all across the country to develop and showcase musical compositions that could be part of a musical theater production. Submissions will be judged by a panel of leaders in the musical theater field — including NAMT members and festival of New Musicals Alumni Writers, among others — who will select the Challenge’s winning writers/writing teams. Those writers will be invited to New York City in June 2024 to work with mentors, culminating in a concert of their songs. Learn more.
Deadline: December 4, 2023
Filmmakers Submit your narrative or documentary features and shorts to the 26th Provincetown International Film Festival, coming June 12-16, 2024! PIFF is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers, and actors. Taking place in America’s oldest art colony, PIFF continues a long tradition of supporting and connecting artists by providing easy networking opportunities and access to filmmakers and industry in one of the most culturally rich and naturally beautiful towns on earth. Learn more.
Deadline: December 15, 2023
Image credit: Venezuelan pianist, singer, and composer Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) at the piano. Photograph in public domain.