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  • CT State Department of Education Launches Grant Applications for Summer Enrichment Programming. Following an announcement by Governor Ned Lamont regarding his vision to dedicate up to $11 million in federal funding Connecticut has received for COVID-19 recovery efforts toward the expansion of summer programs, the Connecticut State Department of Education has launched the related links for programs to apply for these funds. This competitive grant application will award Expansion Grants and Innovation Grants to eligible organizations to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. Grant application materials were created in collaboration with dozens of key stakeholders across the state – including leaders of summer programs – and will enable the state to identify and support high-quality programs that are able to expand capacity for summer 2021. Providers are encouraged to collaborate with local school districts and municipalities in order to maximize funding and school districts and municipalities are encouraged to leverage the state’s investment as appropriate, to serve even more students. Applications and additional details can be accessed here: 

  • Sustainable CT - Community Match Fund. Through an innovative partnership with ioby, Sustainable CT is offering matching funds and one-to-one fundraising support to CT residents with ideas for sustainability projects. Municipalities, nonprofits, public schools, community groups, and individuals are all eligible to access funding through this program. Click here for more information or contact their Community Outreach Manager, Abe Hilding-Salorio at 860-465-0256 or 

  • Jazz Road Creative Residencies Jazz artists, apply for a grant to explore your work in new ways. Grants of $5,000-$40,000 available to support a residency you propose & develop for artistic creation or connecting with audiences. Application deadline is July 1, 2021.

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  • Who is your hero? The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) is asking students across the US to share personal stories of their heroes, so they can be transformed into cartoons with an instrumental soundtrack. Inspired by the heroism of American veterans, the animated shorts will be premiered on Veteran’s Day 2021. The competition is sponsored by Frontier Communications. Now through July 31, students in grades K-9 can submit their original story about their hero. A panel of judges will choose 20 winners across multiple age categories and the NHSO will work with the students to turn their story into a 3-minute cartoon with a solo instrumental soundtrack. Using an audio or video format, students can submit the story verbally, in ASL, or using a text-to-speech interpreter, and non-English submissions will be accepted. The final My Music Movies will premiere at an event on Veteran’s Day (details about this event will be announced later this summer.) Students can submit their story and view the official contest rules at

  • Now accepting nominations for CT State Troubadour The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) appoints an individual resident singer-songwriter as the State Troubadour based on the recommendation of a review panel. Singers and songwriters from all genres of music are welcomed. Those interested in serving at the State Troubadour must be nominated on or before the nomination deadline, August 10, 2021. Who May be Nominated: An individual Connecticut resident singer-songwriter with a minimum composition and performance history of five years. A singer-songwriter is defined as a musician who writes, composes and sings his/her own material including lyrics and melodies. Singer-songwriter must have a significant body of work which the artist has composed, recorded, and performed. Singer-songwriter must have composed, recorded, and performed at least one song that promotes Connecticut. Professional studio recordings are not required. Singer-songwriter must be able to perform both music and lyrics solo - without accompaniment by another individual. Eligible Nominee: Must be full-time Connecticut resident (for at least two years prior to application deadline). Must display excellent musicianship and experience in singing and songwriting. Must be professionally active and available to travel and perform in a variety of educational and community settings. Nomination Process: Any Connecticut citizen may nominate one (1) singer songwriter for the State Troubadour position. A self-nomination will not be accepted and no award will be given posthumously. (A nominee may have multiple nominators.) Nominators must submit the requested information listed below electronically at Review the full Connecticut State Troubadour program guidelines on our website and contact Bonnie Koba by email at for questions

  • NHdocs Student Quarantine Film Challenge One of the major impacts of Covid-19 on the New Haven Documentary Film Festival has been on our student competition. Students usually are completing their films during the Spring semester, now they find themselves at home, without access to the resources in their schools. Last year, the New Haven Documentary Film Festival created the NHDocs Student Quarantine Film Challenge. Due to its success last year, we’re bringing the challenge back, with a slightly different take, in 2021. The Challenge: We are calling on all Connecticut Middle School, High School, and College students to make a short documentary (5 minutes or less) with the resources you have in your home. The theme this year is “The New Normal.” Students can interpret the theme however they like as long as the film is a documentary and is less than 5 minutes in running time. Students can answer the questions: What is the new normal for school? For their parents at work? For their favorite restaurants or activities? How has life changed as we slowly move past the past year? What is normal now? The Perks: Participants in the NHdocs Quarantine Student Film Challenge can sign up for up to three 15-minute video-chat mentor sessions with professional filmmakers during the process of making their films. The goal of these mentorship sessions is to equip students with creative ideas for telling their stories within the confines of their current limited resources. (It is not required that students meet with a mentor to submit a film, but we encourage students to make use of this unique opportunity.) PLEASE be safe while you make your movie! We ask that you follow state regulations for Covid safety. That being said, now is the time to get creative! Can you hold an interview over Zoom or Skype instead of in person? Can you animate a scene instead of going out to film it? Can you use photos from old family albums as background video? Use the mentor conversations as a tool to make your film safely AND break new creative ground. The NHdocs Student Film Competition is open only to students who are residents of Connecticut OR are enrolled at a Connecticut-based school. The Rewards: Have your film screened at the festival on a large screen for an audience. There will be a special prize category for these films, with first, second, and third place prizes. Winners will be recognized on our website. All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway by July 1, 2021. Please submit under the Connecticut Student Filmmaker NEW NORMAL Challenge category. Submission is free. Limit one film per student. Questions or to set up a mentorship? Contact Lindsay Thompson at or Katherine Kowalczyk at, or visit:

  • Public Art Commission Landmark Public Art at the Providence Innovation District Park. This inaugural, large-scale, signature, permanent work of art will be the first of its kind in the City and is the first activation of Providence’s Art in City Life Ordinance, also known as a percent for art allocation. Successful proposals will grapple with the historic complexity of the site. A site brief outlines both the current site condition and use as well as historical context. This call for qualifications is open to professional artists within the United States. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, gender nonconforming persons, LGBTQIA+ community members people with differing physical abilities, and Rhode Island artists are highly encouraged to apply. Total project budget: $850,000. Qualifications must be submitted through here: 

  • Singers needed for demo recordings of a new musical “Scientific Method” by composer Ted Vives. All singers will perform multiple parts and/or chorus. These recordings will be used to promote musical  to various production companies with the ultimate intent of getting a performance on/off Broadway. Singers with stage and acting experience are preferred. Payment is a flat rate of $55.56 per song per role portrayed. For more information, contact Daniel Shaw at:

  • We believe that change can happen when we hear stories of positivity; of people overcoming obstacles, learning to thrive, and supporting their communities. This is why we want to hear about you, from you. To create a forum for you to tell your stories of resilience, faith, and determination, we at URU are activating our Wall of Truth. We want to create a platform to highlight you, the inspiring people at the center of our work. Not everyone understands what the triumph of the human spirit looks like. We are asking you to share your stories from the comfort of your own home to illustrate just how powerful people can be, even in the face of great strife. If you are interested in being filmed via video conference and sharing your truth, please contact Molly Beigelman at

  • The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing inspiring things in, for or through the arts in Connecticut. Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to an array of remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts - some publicly and some behind the scenes. If you know a special someone who has contributed significantly to the arts in Connecticut, please take a moment to nominate this individual. The deadline to submit a nomination is Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. We look forward to learning about YOUR Arts Hero!


Visual Arts

  • Call for Art CONNECTICUT WOMEN ARTISTS INVITES WOMEN ARTISTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO ENTER ITS NATIONAL OPEN JURIED EXHIBIT. Artists may submit up to three images of original work in painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, and sculpture. $2000 in cash prizes will be available. Opening Reception & Award Ceremony: Saturday, August 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Admission to two of Connecticut Women Artists’ National Open Juried Shows entitles successful participants to membership in Connecticut Women Artists. For more information, see the prospectus for the National Open Juried Exhibition on the Connecticut Women Artists Website at Submission deadline: July 7, 2021. Exhibit runs from Saturday, August 21 to Friday, September 10, 2021 at The Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT.

  • Call for Artists Spectrum Art Gallery is calling for art for their next show – “Splashes, Drips and Drops”. This show calls for imagery both representational and abstract in all mediums including photography that shows the creativity and spontaneity of liquids (not just water)….have fun with this one and think out of the box. This is a 7 week show that opens July 16 and closes September 5, 2021. Receiving begins on July 3 (no July 4th) through July 9th, 1-6 pm. To submit work for consideration please view submittal information at and e-mail Please put the title of the show in the subject line when submitting. Submit early since the gallery can fill quickly. The gallery store is always looking to expand its relationships with artisans who do not need to follow the gallery show themes, however, seasonal items are encouraged.

  • The Loft Artists Association in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, is calling for pieces of art that capture and memorialize the inflection point we find ourselves in as a community and a country. Aimed at celebrating the artistic voices and perspectives of the many talented Black artists in Connecticut, we are hosting a juried exhibition in which all accepted submissions will be hung in the LAA gallery and made available for purchase. Among the exhibiting artists selected by the jury, three “featured entries” will receive additional recognition in the form of a one-year LAA membership and/or monetary awards, and one additional artist from the show may be selected for a separate commissioned piece which will be showcased at McKinsey’s office in Stamford, Connecticut. Click here for information and to enter.

  • Call for Artists The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE (903 Main Street, Manchester, CT) invite New England artists of all levels of experiences and all mediums to submit to our upcoming themed exhibits in the Main Street Gallery as well as to have their work displayed in our non-traditional art spaces throughout our coworking, meeting and gallery space in the heart of downtown. Exhibit info & submission form: 

  • Call for artists: Litchfield Art Festival. Saturday, June 19, 2021 (10am-5pm). The Litchfield Inn. Virtual Exhibition:  June 15– 30, 2021. The Voice of Art is thrilled to announce its very first outdoor juried fine art show, “Litchfield Art Festival” that will be a highlight for collectors and residents from the Tri-State region, New England and beyond. The Litchfield Hills has a history and reputation for featuring top fine artists from across the country, and also many well-known and beloved New England and CT artists widely admired by art enthusiasts. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors, the festival will provide an exciting platform for artists to engage with attendees and sell their work. Applicants will be juried on a rolling basis. Learn more:

  • Call for Proposals Creative Arts Workshop seeks to explore issues of our time and of our city and region through our summer-fall exhibition program. Even as our building is closed, our most public stage -- our street-to-roof curtain wall, looking into our two-floor gallery space -- is wide open. We are excited at the opportunity to invite proposals for site-specific window installations. Find details, including stipend amount, window specs, and deadline, on our website: This exhibition program is made possible with the generous support of the Neighborhood Cultural Vitality grant program of the City of New Haven. 

  • Call for Artists Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival sponsored by the Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Art Gallery. Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th, 2021. This 2 day outdoor arts festival is on the historic Madison Town Green and draws visitors from all over Connecticut and New England. Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters for the 2021 Madison Town Green Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival. Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay. For more information and submittal forms: 

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For Artists

  • Actors Fund Offers a broad spectrum of programs, a calendar of workshops and online resources to support the unique needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts
  • Alliance of Artists’ Communities Residency opportunities for artists of all disciplines
  • Public art commissions, art competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, residencies, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities
  • Artist Help Network Resources on artist housing, legal matters, insurance and career help
  • CODAworx World’s largest listing of RFPs and RFQs for private and public commissioned art projects
  • Connecticut Dance Alliance A non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the statewide dance community and increasing public awareness of dance in all its disciplines
  • Connecticut Visual Artist Resource Guide The Visual Artist Resource Guide includes a variety of opportunities and resources that are available to Connecticut artists. While the Guide is focused on visual artists, a number of the resources are also relevant to artists of all disciplines
  • Creative Capital Supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services
  • Creative Placemaking This Canadian site features a creative placemaking toolkit, free webinars, case studies and more
  • Creativz Research and conversation about what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers and contribute to their communities
  • Drama and Theater Resource Guide Resources about the history and craft of drama and theater, teaching and study resources and theatrical production resources, among many others.
  • Department of Economic & Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts The Office of the Arts develops and strenthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors.
  • Freelance Taxation Offers articles and tools to help freelance artists with financial management, record keeping and tax preparation
  • Freelancers Union Nonprofit organization that offers group insurance plans and individual market insurance plans to its members
  • National Association of Independent Artists  A forum for artists to communicate with one another and other people in the arts community
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Comprehensive listing of funding, learning, and exhibition opportunities
  • Professional Artist A business magazine for visual artists
  • Res Artis An association of organizations offering residencies in over 70 countries
  • Taking Care of Business Workshop Series Hear presenters from the 2010 workshop series
  • An authoritative website on art careers, schools, and artistic professional growth
  • Poets & Writers Primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers


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