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Funding 

  • Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant: Provides support to arts and cultural programming and services within the city of New Haven. Communities include under-served populations, mental health programs & facilities; youth & senior programs and centers; hospitals and mixed or lower income housing are especially encouraged to apply.  Applicants should also consider use of New Haven’s public parks and spaces. Click here for guidelines. Deadlines: March 1 - Letter of Intent | April 1 - Application
    • Program Changes 
      • Virtual programming and performances are permitted

      • A minimum of one (1) program collaborator is required (2 maximum)

      • The application is now to be completed online (please contact kfutrell@newhavenct.gov if computer access is unavailable) 

    • How to Apply

      1. Visit https://newhaven.smapply.io/ to set up your account.
      2. Once the account has been verified a Letter of Intent to Apply can be completed.
      3. Approved Intent to Apply submissions will be invited to complete the full application for the grants program.
  • New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) - Upcoming Grants
  • 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 hildingsalorioa@easternct.edu 

  • USArtists International (USAI) funds U.S. performing artists, both individuals and ensembles, traveling to or performing virtually at international festivals and arts markets. If that sounds like you, apply for up to $15,000 to support your engagements between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)has launched a new relief effort to support our Latinx community as we collectively work through challenges created by COVID-19. Executed in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) partners, Actos de Confianza is a COVID-19 relief program which exclusively supports Latinx art and culture makers. The $2,500 artist grants and $5,000 organization grants aim to provide relief to those facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19 in the United States and Puerto Rico. The 2021 Actos de Confianza relief grant program continues with its second cycle launching in Eastern U.S. and Puerto Rico. The application is open now for Latinx artists and organizations within CT. The Open Call will run from March 3rd, 2021 to March 17th, 2021. More information including the Actos de Confianza Guidelines can be found on NALAC’s website, and you can read our full press release here. NALAC staff will evaluate applications from Latinx individuals and organizations through the lenses of social, racial and geographic equity and justice. In addition to assessing the urgency of need, this includes: Latinx artists and organizations that identify as Black and Indigenous. Latinx artists that identify as disabled. Diversity in the geographic location and landscape. Diverse representation of gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. Diverse representation of artistic discipline. Diverse representation of age and stage of artistic career (emerging, mid-career and artistic or cultural elders).

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General 

  • Organizers are seeking original designs for a Rock to Rock 2021 t-shirt. Interested individuals should create a design making sure to incorporate the basic element of the wheel that is on the flyer. Preference will be given for designs that highlight this year's theme, "Save the Seas." The deadline for t-shirt design submissions is March 5. Designs will be voted upon at the launch event on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in the Newhallville park at the corner of Hazel Street and Shelton Avenue from 2:00-4:00pm. The launch party will be an all-outdoor event featuring music, local speakers and prepackaged snacks on a first-come, first-served basis. The launch party is an opportunity for event organizers to get the word out on the modified format to accommodate public health guidelines around Covid-19. This year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, April 24, allows registrants to cycle, walk or run across the region in support of their favorite nonprofit dedicated to making the New Haven region a healthier, greener community.

  • 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: composerschoirct@gmail.com

  • The Governor’s Council on Women and Girls arts subcommittee has launched a Facebook page celebrating Women and Girls in the Arts. We are looking for submissions of artwork to showcase on the page during the months of February and March. If you or someone you know has work you’d like to be seen on social media, please send it ASAP to Connor for consideration – cgeary@paier.edu.

  • Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Connecticut Book Awards. Connecticut Book Awards recognize the best books by authors and illustrators from Connecticut or books about Connecticut. Categories include:  Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers broken into three subcategories: Picture Books, Fiction, and Nonfiction. A special category called the Bruce Fraser Spirit of Connecticut Award is in memory of longtime director Bruce Fraser and celebrates Connecticut’s sense of place. Entry fees start at $40 for a 2,000-copy-or-less print run. Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2021. Learn More.

  • Applications are open for the Collab Spring Accelerator 2021. The Collab Accelerator is a 11-week program for entrepreneurs who want to create positive change in their communities by building unique businesses and organizations. The deadline to apply is March 7, 2021, 11:59pm. For further information on the program, tips on applying, and more, attend our info session on February 22nd at 4pm. Click here for more information.

Visual Arts

  • CUE is currently seeking Solo Exhibition and Curatorial Project proposals for the 2022 exhibition season. The Open Calls provide emerging and under-recognized artists and curators the necessary resources to realize an exhibition at CUE's storefront gallery in 2022. Each year, a panel of established artists and curators select two to three solo exhibitions and one curatorial project to be realized at CUE. Finalists are paired with a member of the selection panel, who works with them as a mentor throughout the process of planning and mounting the exhibition. CUE provides generous honoraria—$5,000 for artists presenting solo exhibitions and $2,500 for curators organizing curatorial projects—in addition to mentorship, institutional guidance, a shipping budget, and an exhibition catalogue with a critical essay by a participant in CUE's Art Critic Mentoring Program. The deadline for the current Open Call is March 12, 2021.

  • Artspace invites artists to create one-of-a-kind works of art on paper to be sold for the benefit of Artspace. This new event, Love Notes, will become our annual community-based fundraising moment, providing critical support for our future exhibitions and programs. Love Notes will take place April 30-May 2, 2021, with a VIP reception (online and in-person) on Thursday, April 29. Inspired by similar art events, we will install every submission we receive in our galleries salon-style, covering as many of our walls as possible from top to bottom. In addition, we will build a website to allow all guests to be able to participate in the event. All submissions will be note-sized (5 x 8”) identified only by a number. We ask that artists not sign the front of their work. Collectors will make choices based solely on what artists make and will be given the artist’s name only after purchase. Each “note” will be available for $95. Artists work will be sold with the proceeds going to support our general operating costs and programs. Artist donations would help pay for exhibition installation costs, staff salaries, artist fees, educational initiatives, and public speaker honorariums. We are delighted to be able to celebrate the vibrant role of Artspace in our community. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 24 at 5pm EST. More information can be found here.

  • 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: creativeartsworkshop.org/gallery/calls-for-artists/ This exhibition program is made possible with the generous support of the Neighborhood Cultural Vitality grant program of the City of New Haven. 

  • Window Art Stroll & Contest 2021 Call for Artists The Shops at Yale and Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District are inviting artists to submit applications for the inaugural Window Art Stroll & Contest taking place in downtown New Haven from Saturday, May 15 (rain date May 16) through Sunday, June 27. This event is designed to showcase the amazing talent in Connecticut, and help artists promote their businesses, products and/or services by bringing art outdoors, directly to the public in a safe and responsible manner while creating a welcoming and vibrant downtown community. We are looking for thoughtful and impressive summer themed artwork proposals. Artists will create exterior window art using acrylic paint on retail and restaurant windows in a frame, border or edge design format. Each artist or team of two will work in collaboration with their assigned merchant location in advance of the event, which can be done virtually. Artists will paint their designs on Saturday, May 15 (rain date May 16) beginning at 10:00am and should be completed by 6:00pm. A name plate with contact information for each artist will be installed during the week of May 17 to help encourage new business. Upon arrival at their installation location on May 15 (rain date May 16), artist’s will be given a gift card to a local eatery for a snack, a canvas drop cloth, a parking pass and a supply of acrylic paint. Prizes include $500 to L.L.Bean New Haven for first place, $250 to Patagonia New Haven for second place, $150 to Sneaker Junkies for third place, $100 to J.Crew for Best Summer Theme on Broadway, $100 to Raggs for Men & Women for Best Summer Theme on Chapel Street and $100 to Walker-Loden for Best Summer Theme on Whitney Avenue. Winners are chosen via people’s choice and will be announced during the week of June 28. Applications are due by Saturday, March 6, 2021 - TheShopsatYale.com/WindowArtStrollSignUp

  • Shoreline ArtsTrail Call For Artists 2021 Are you a professional artist looking to increase awareness and sales opportunities for your work? If so, come join a supportive, engaging, like-minded group of accomplished artists and peers participating in the Shoreline ArtsTrail’s 21th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 13 and 14, 2021. Get exposure, interact with buyers of all ages, and share your time and talents with art lovers in your own studio. Approximately 40 plus member artists who live and work in Branford, Guilford and Madison show and sell their work during this weekend, now a tradition for so many families and followers! Artists with media such as paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography, textiles, paper and wood are invited to apply for this event. Artists will be considered based on their mastery of methods and materials and professionalism. All considered art must be handmade by the artist. Potential members will be juried by a panel of artists for acceptance into the group. Among the benefits of becoming a member are: inclusion on the ArtsTrail brochure/map and website, statewide publicity via print and online,15,000 brochures/maps distributed throughout Connecticut, and year-round marketing, networking, and social media opportunities. If you would like to apply for this Call for Entry go to www.shorelineartstrail.com under ‘Call to Artists’. Fill out the online form and submit via email five images of your work (jpgs) and resume to: janinemr1@yahoo.com. Deadline for application is April 15, 2021. For more information call 203.605.2440.

  • Call for Artists New Haven Paint and Clay Club 120th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Date: May 3-30, 2021. Location: Ely Center of Contemporary Art, 52 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT 06510. Juror: Hollis Dunlap, Award Winning CT Artist. Submission deadline: March 1-April 1, 2021. Prospectus and exhibit registration: www.onlinejuriedshows.com Awards: $4,000. Opening Reception: May 9, 2-4 PM, Awards at 3 PM. Gallery Hours: Sun, M, W, Sat 1-4pm, Th 1-8pm. During the Gallery Exhibition…All Accepted Works Will Also be Displayed. Online on the NHP&CC Website: http://www.newhavenpaintandclayclub.org. For more information reach out to Nancy Whitcher at nawhitcher@cox.net

  • 6x6x21 is here! 2020 was a tumultuous and unpredictable year. As we look forward, we're taking comfort that 6x6 WILL take place and WILL be installed! We hope you will participate, make artworks, and share our call for entries with your friends, family and art communities across the globe! Here at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, we feel that art plays a great role in connecting people, ideas, and communities. Art can help us to better understand ourselves, each other, and our shared experience through the universal language of creativity. By creating artworks for this exhibition you’ll be adding your voice to thousands of others and helping to create something truly phenomenal. Entries accepted now through April 10. Find helpful FAQs, the printable artwork entry form, and 1000s of past year 6x6 artworks at roco6x6.org.

  • Call for Entry: 2021 National Prize Show Juried by Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator, 21c Museums. On view May 11 – June 25, 2021. Presented in two parts at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery & Online: Show 1: May 11 – 29, 2021, Show 2: June 2 – 25, 2021. Virtual Opening Reception & Awards Presentation | Thursday, May 13, 6:30-7:30pm on ZOOM. This call is open to all artists, 18 and older, living and working in the United States. We cannot accept international submissions for this exhibit. Submission Deadline - March 14, 2021 at 11:59pm EST. Click here for the exhibition page and complete entry details. Have questions about the National Prize Show? Contact Rebecca Schnopp, Assistant Director, at rschnopp@cambridgeart.org.

  • Call for Artists Spectrum Art Gallery of Centerbrook, CT is seeking art for their new exhibit “Entanglements”. The 6-week show opens March 19 and continues through May 2, 2021. Spectrum is calling for art including photography both representational and abstract that illustrates the complexities of how we can intertwine ourselves with objects or other people. The images can be imaginative or realistic…circus performers and dancers are some examples. Surprise us with your take on this idea. 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. To submit work for consideration please view submittal information at https://spectrumartgallery.org/artist-submission-form/ and e-mail Barbara@spectrumartgallery.org. Please put the title of the show in the subject line when submitting.

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Resources

 

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
  • ArtDeadlines.com 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
  • TheArtCareerProject.com 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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