SPECIAL COMMISSION RELATIVE TO THE SEAL AND MOTTO OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:00PM, Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams. This is a meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth with the purpose to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto.
I. Welcome & Call to Order
II. Chairs’ Report
III. Update on Survey
IV. Discussion on Educational Framework
V. Drafting Recommendations
VI. Other Business
Please be advised that the schedule and agenda are subject to change at the discretion of the Chairs of the Commission. A livestream of this virtual meeting will be available to the public under the Hearings & Events section at www.malegislature.gov.
Requests for minutes and other questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Free Workshops for Cambridge Artists: How To Start Your Art Career Are you starting your career as an artist in Cambridge? Cambridge Arts and the city’s Community Development Department are offering free workshops to help emerging artists with financial literacy, artistic identity, grant writing, marketing, advocacy, and wellness. Workshops will be offered online during the months of October and November 2023 and February 2024. Learn more.
Local Cultural Council Grants Deadline Approaching Local Cultural Council grants fund a broad range of projects and programs, such as operating support, ticket subsidies, field trips, artist residencies, public art, fellowships, community events/programs, site specific projects, and other activities, based on local priorities. Learn more.
Deadline: October 17, 2023
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans This fellowship supports thirty New Americans – immigrants or the children of immigrants – with one to two years of graduate study funding in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the U.S. up to a total of $90,000. Learn more.
Deadline: October 26, 2023
Call to Emerging Boston Artists The City of Boston is seeking submissions for the annual Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition at Boston City Hall, a celebration of the Boston visual arts community. Artists that live, work, or create in the Greater Boston area are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Fay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition will feature fresh, original and contemporary works of art created by Greater Boston area artists. The art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery and other galleries November 15, 2023 – December 30, 2023. This year’s ay Chandler EMERGING Art Exhibition will be curated and judged by the founders of *Juniper Rag, an art and lifestyle magazine. Learn more.
Deadline: October 27, 2023
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park May 2024 Artist in Residence Program The National Parks Arts Foundation invites artists in all artistic media to join their residency programs at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, which offer a $4,000 stipend, housing, and artist events. Learn more.
Deadline: October 30, 2023
Craft Artists Applications for CERF+’s Get Ready Grants for craft artists will open October 10, 2023. CERF+’s Get Ready Grants award up to $500 to individual artists working in craft disciplines to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers, plan their legacies, and prepare for emergencies. Artists are encouraged to use the Risk Assessment activity to generate ideas. Learn more.
Deadline: October 31, 2023
PEN America Literary Awards Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers 12 emerging writers will be recognized for their debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website. The winning writers each receive a $2,000 cash prize and will be published by Catapult in their annual anthology. Learn more.
Deadline: November 1, 2023
Massachusetts Family Fellowship This fellowship will award one Massachusetts-based parent artist working in any discipline a fully funded 2-week residency and they will be invited to bring their family. The awarded artist (or artist-couple) will receive a private 3-bedroom apartment, and the use of up to two studios on the MASS MoCA campus (24/7 access to studio). We have also reserved slots in “Camp MASS MoCA” to provide care and entertainment for the artists’ children on weekdays during their 2-week residency, so we will specifically seek artist-parents with children currently in grades K – 4 so they can take advantage of the summer art camp opportunity. Because of the set dates for MASS MoCA’s Camp, the Massachusetts family residency will only be available during the dates of August 7th – August 19th, 2024. These days are not flexible, so you must be available for the full residency to be awarded this fellowship. Additionally, the awarded artist will receive a $1,000 general stipend. There is no separate application for this opportunity. Artists can apply through the General Application. Be sure to also indicate whether you would like to be considered for a regular, partially subsidized residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA if you are not awarded one of these special fellowship residencies. Learn more.
Deadline: November 8, 2023
MASS MoCA Artist Residencies The Studios at MASS MoCA has a current open call for artist residencies June – December 2024. Fully-funded fellowships are available for two or four-week residencies, including General Fellowships (anyone expressing financial need will be considered), and fellowships for Black or Indigenous Visual Artists or Writers, Massachusetts Family Fellowship Artists, and Oregon Visual Artists. We also have a number of University-sponsored Fellowships. Free to apply. Interested applicants should check our website to learn more about what the program offers and the eligibility criteria for the fellowships. This opportunity is open to both national and international artists. Our general fellowship application is available both in English and Spanish. Learn more.
Deadline: November 8, 2023
Call for Crisis Coaches The National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response calls arts administrators to apply to be coaches in its Crisis Analysis & Mitigation Coaching Program. The program is a nationwide network of arts responders trained to coach distressed communities in developing or expanding crisis mitigation efforts using the arts and creativity. Applicants should be employed in a national, state, or local arts agency or organization with the ability to add arts responder duties to their job responsibilities for at least one year. Learn more.
Deadline: November 20, 2023
Free Video from Practice Best Practice Tax Planning and Schedule C for Creatives: Filing as a Business Since You Are One. When you receive a grant for a project that is paid to you as an individual your first reaction is to rejoice: you got funding! Your next should be how am I going to track the income and expenses so I don’t pay too much of the money as taxes. This workshop provides info to help you understand planning for taxes, organizing record keeping and what you can write off against your 1099 (grant & other) income. Practice Best Practice focused on how to manage tracking what should be declared on your Schedule C or other tax records filed under your own tax id. Learn more.
Touring Grants The New England States Touring (NEST) funds performances, readings, and screenings of work by regional, national, and international artists presented by New England-based nonprofit organizations. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact NEFA staff to confirm that their project fits the program guidelines. Learn more.
Deadline: December 1, 2023
Image credit: Bernice Abbott, Elizabeth McCausland at her printing press, photographic print, 26 x 21 cm., ca. 1935, from the Elizabeth McCausland papers, 1838-1995, Smithsonian Archives of American Art.