Call to Artists The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture Boston is looking to commission artists to redesign City-owned neighborhood signs. The City will be offering a stipend of $1,000 in addition to credit to the artists for designs that are chosen. You must either live or work in the City of Boston and be at least 18 years old. Selected artists will be commissioned for no more than 1 sign. Preference will be given to artists who live or work in the neighborhood where the sign is located. Learn more.
Deadline: March 3, 2023
Call for Artists Applications are currently being accepted for the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, Saturday, June 3 2023 – 11 am – 6 pm. Brookline, MA. Each spring, the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival draws artists, craftspeople and artisans from around the Northeast. This one-day celebration takes place in the heart of Brookline’s Coolidge Corner and features 80+ juried exhibitors of 2D and 3D art, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather, paper, wood and mixed media. In addition to 80+ arts and crafts booths, guests will be able to enjoy a live DJ, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and patio dining. Learn more.
Performing Artists The Western Arts Alliance Showcase is currently accepting applications. Eight artists/ensembles will be selected to perform at the showcase for an audience of presenters, agents, and other performing arts professionals from the West and beyond. The showcase will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall on September 6 and 7 and will highlight artists from across dance, theater, and music disciplines. Performing artists from all traditional, classical, contemporary, and culturally specific art forms are eligible to apply and applications will be reviewed by a peer jury of arts practitioners representing a broad range of disciplines, aesthetics, and identities. Learn more.
Deadline: March 8, 2023 at 5pm
Poems The City of Cambridge is seeking poems for its 2023 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Five winning poems will be imprinted into the fresh concrete of new sidewalks around the city beginning this fall. Winners will also each receive a $100 prize. Cambridge residents of any age are invited to submit one poem of their own work to the City’s eighth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. It’s free to submit a poem. City of Cambridge employees, staff, or appointed or elected members of city councils, boards, or commissions, are not eligible to apply. New this year, applicants are allowed to submit poems in any language.For full entry guidelines and more information about the project, visit cambridgema.gov/sidewalkpoetry. Have questions? Contact Cambridge Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-349-4388. Learn more.
Deadline: March 10, 2023 at noon
Call for Performers The Harvard Ed Portal is hiring family-oriented musical acts and stage performers to perform a 75-90 minute outdoor show on select Wednesday afternoons, June 14–October 25, 2023 at the Brighton Farmers Market. These free family-friendly concerts present an eclectic soundscape of live music and can include acoustic or amplified music, dance, storytelling and/or educational entertainment. Learn more.
Deadline: March 17 at 11:59pm ET
Call to Artists Artists wanted for Newton Artful Pianos 2023. They’ve collected donated pianos from Newton neighbors and are looking for individual artists or artist teams to transform them. These gorgeous and playable works of art will be delivered to community gathering spots across the city early this summer, ready for all to admire and play. Learn more and apply.
Call for Artists Now Seeking Spring 2023 Artists-in-Residence. Urbano Project is accepting applications for Artists-in-Residence (AiRs) for spring 2023. AiRs will devise and facilitate original artistic programming that centers on our current curatorial theme: “Our Planet, Ourselves.” Learn more.
Deadline: March 21, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET
Pittsfield Artists Capacity-Building Grant Applications are currently being accepted for the Pittsfield Artists Capacity-Building Grant program. The cohort of 10 artists will receive: an unrestricted grant of $2,000 paid upon completion of a simple written plan; free, priority access to Assets for Artists online workshops for the year specifically selected with this cohort in mind; at least one free individual coaching session with an A4A trainer of their choice; a Pittsfield peer-mentor, specially selected by our community advisory team with your personal career goals in mind; support for setting goals and making an action-oriented written plan to reach them; peer-networking opportunities within their cohort of fellow grantees and among the broader Pittsfield creative community. In addition to our grant cohorts, stay tuned for a series of workshops specifically chosen for and by Pittsfield artists. This programming was designed in partnership with a group of 10 local artists and activists with funding from the City of Pittsfield. Learn more.
Deadline Extended: March 22, 2023
Call to Artists The Twentieth ArtsWorcester Biennial has included some of the region’s best visual art since 1985. This exhibition has no theme. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, fine craft, digital art, and video. This year’s Biennial will be juried by Conor Moynihan, Assistant Curator, Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the RISD Museum. Major prizes include Sally Bishop Prize ($1,000 award and a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum). Additional honors include the Evelyn Claywell Absher Award for Abstract Art and the Ruth Susan Westheimer Prize for Fine Craft, both of which come with $1,000 prizes. Another $2,000 in prizes will be awarded. Learn more.
Deadline: March 22, 2023 at midnight
Call to Artists The Southborough Open Land Foundation and Art on the Trails Program Director Catherine Weber invite artists in all genres and disciplines to respond to the theme Transformation for the 7th annual juried exhibition, Art on the Trails. The exhibition will be juried by Hopedale artist and teacher Sarah Alexander. With the generous support again this year from Southborough Community Fund, all accepted artists will again receive $100 stipends for exhibiting. Learn more.
Deadline: April 15, 2023
Massachusetts Statewide Artists Capacity-Building Grant Assets for Artists is offering their new Massachusetts Capacity-Building Grant. As part of their artists by artists approach to supporting creatives, this year’s program was designed through consensus by our 2023 Statewide Advisors, a group of five program alumni from different disciplines and regions of the state. This is part of A4A’s for artists by artists approach to supporting creatives. Applicants must live or work in Massachusetts and currently self-identify with as one of the following: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color), an active caretaker of a child or adult, an immigrant, or veteran, LGBTQIA+, formerly incarcerated, or living with a disability or housing insecurity. Learn more.
Deadline: April 17, 2023
Call to Artists Gallery 263 invites artists of all media and experience levels to apply for our Artist-in-Residence program, which will take place this summer. The residency is a non-live-in opportunity and will be awarded to one artist who will have sole use of our 700-square-foot space and amenities. This program includes a $250 stipend and culminates in a one-week solo showcase. Learn more.
Deadline: Sunday, May 21, 2023
Of Note: Studio Artists at The Umbrella Arts Center will open their doors March 18 & 19, 2023 to welcome the public into their recently renovated home at 40 Stow Street in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. A Concord tradition, Open Studios annually draws over a thousand visitors to The Umbrella, which houses more than 60 working artists skilled in a variety of fine and applied arts including ceramics, glass, fiber arts, jewelry making, illustration, mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, woodworking, writing and more. In addition to studio visits, there will be scheduled art demos in print-making, weaving, woodwork, oil painting and pottery, live music performed by Them City Ducks and Backwards Hats, as well as a Ceramics Studio Spring Sale and a mixed media visual art exhibition, Openings: New Works by Umbrella Studio Artists, on view from Feb 17-Mar 19, 2023. Open Studios will take place between 12-5PM both days. The Umbrella is ADA accessible, with free public parking lot and street parking.
Image credit: H. Lyman Saÿen, Trees, oil on canvas, 21 1/8 x 18 1/8 in., ca. 1912-1914, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of H. Lyman Sayen to his nation.