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Funding 

  • 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 

  • The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program as part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants will support arts engagement programming for military and veteran populations and family members, providing opportunities for creative expression and strengthening resilience. Creative Forces is an NEA initiative in partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs which seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. The deadline to apply for these new grants is December 15, 2021. For the complete guidelines and to apply for a Creative Forces Community Engagement grant, visit www.maaa.org/creativeforces

  • A new Atlanta-based nonprofit called The Goodmood Fund will begin accepting applications for emergency relief grants of up to $2,000 to independent touring artists nationwide who are facing financial hardship due to unforeseen emergencies such as a death in the family, natural disaster, serious illness and theft of gear. To qualify for a grant, artists must meet past and future touring criteria and receive at least 50% of their income from touring, among other criteria detailed in Goodmood’s application guidelines and process.

  • Call for Short Proposals for Grants for 2022-2023 The International Association of New Haven awards grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater New Haven area dedicated to enhancing and promoting cultural understanding in our diverse community. IANH grants support projects and programs that advance international, intercultural and global understanding in our community. Organizations are invited to submit a short proposal (no more than 200 words; no accompanying material). Based on the review of the short proposal, the IANH Board may extend an invitation to submit a full application, with a January 30, 2022 due date. Projects and programs selected for funding will be notified in April 2022. Short Proposals for the 2022-2023 cycle are due September 30, 2021, at 5:30pm, submitted via email to: ianewhaven@gmail.com. Visit ianewhaven.org/how-apply/grant-application for more information.

  • Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in need who are practicing in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography. Deadline October 4. APPLY HERE!

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  • The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is seeking professional NON-UNION performers of all types and ethnicities for lead, supporting and understudy roles in our “New Works” production of MAGIC: THE DANCE MUSICAL, directed by Broadway's Frank Root. This is a heavy dance production. A background in ballroom dance is a MUST.**ALL ROLES ARE PAID* Breakdown: Pam Chapman: 25-40, female, dance student stuck in a soulless marriage (Mezzo-Soprano, vocal range G3 to Eb5, singing & ballroom dancing intensive) Bob Sanders: 25-40, male dance student recently jilted by fiancée: (Baritone vocal range A2 to Eb4, singing & ballroom dancing intensive) Bailey: 25-70 male dance instructor (Baritone vocal range A2 to E4, singing intensive role, some basic ballroom dance included) Bryce Chapman: 30-40 male, Pam’s abusive husband (Brief speaking part only without dancing; will double as Santa. Brief singing. Vocal range B2 to C#4 range. Will double as Second Dance Instructor (brief speaking part only) The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage, awakening from its pandemic-imposed dormancy, will inaugurate a new season of plays and musicals by celebrating a new work by a new local author, Dr. Jim Gadzik. MAGIC – THE DANCE MUSICAL tells the story of Bob, recently jilted by his fiancée, and Pam, involved in a loveless marriage, who are offered free ballroom dance lessons by an intriguing instructor on a weekend before Christmas. Poignant and family-friendly, this holiday-themed musical, with a score of 25 selections, features new local talent under the guidance of a first-class creative team, led by Executive Producer, Hugh Hallinan and Directed by local Broadway veteran Frank Root. Rehearsals: November 15 – December 9 (Evenings) Preview Performance: December 9. Performances*: Friday, December 10 – 7:30p, Saturday, December 11 – 7:30p, Sunday, December 12 – 6:30p*One weekend of performances only*Compensation: Rehearsals: $250 per week, Performances: $100 per show, Total: $1300. Where: Downtown Cabaret Theatre at 263 Golden Hill St. Bridgeport, CT. When: September 15 and September 29 from 3:00 – 9:00. Please sign-up here for an audition appointment. Prepare to sing 16 bars of 2 songs (one up-tempo and one ballad) of your choosing. Please bring your headshot and resume. Please also be prepared for an on-sight dance call-back. LOCAL PERFORMERS ONLY (DCT does not provide housing or travel). The Downtown Cabaret promotes a fully vaccinated workplace. All employees will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to first day of employment and will maintain social distancing and sanitation protocols during rehearsals and performances.

  • NEW ENGLAND CREATIVE COMMUNITY FELLOWS Spark connections. Accelerate your work. Celebrate communities. Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. Creative Community Fellows brings together cultural trailblazers throughout New England for a ten month fellowship to be part of something bigger, learning life-changing skills collaborating to see dreams become reality. Learn more here. Application deadline: September 27, 2021.

  • We invite you to join the Mattatuck Museum Docent Program to participate as one of our talented tour guides. Docents play a critical role in fulfilling the mission of the Mattatuck Museum by being a direct link to the community and providing an opportunity for education and growth. No previous experience in history or art is needed as docents will be given opportunities to learn about the Museum’s Collection that is on view, as well as special exhibitions, and our recently updated history exhibit to help bolster their knowledge base. School tours run nearly every weekday from October through May, and occasionally during the summer months, while adult and group tours are given throughout the year. Prospective docents should enjoy working with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, and be able to communicate with them effectively. However, there are many learning and support opportunities to grow in these areas. The Benefits of Being a Docent: Individual Membership; Free general admission to any of our 8 partner museums throughout New England; Invitations to opening receptions and gallery talks to interact with artists, authors and curators; Discounts on Museum programs, events and trips; 10% discount in the Museum Shop; Up-to-date knowledge of exhibitions and programs through program brochures, invitations and e-newsletters; Special docent trips; Ongoing training led by exhibiting artists, museum experts, curators and the Mattatuck Museum Director, Bob Burns; Social Events and an Annual Holiday Party. No prior knowledge in Art or History is required! All that is required is: A love for learning and a passion for sharing knowledge; Able to attend a monthly meeting virtually or in-person; Can commit to one 4-hour day each week virtual or in-person tours available depending on group’s needs. If interested, please fill out our Docent Application Form here. For any questions, please contact Angel Bleggi (203) 753-0381 x 118 or angel@mattmuseum.org.

  • Vocalists sought for holiday caroling group The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will hold auditions, by appointment only, for the 2021 holiday season on Friday, September 10 starting at 6:30 pm and Saturday, September 11 starting at 1:00 pm. Auditions will be held at the Branford United Methodist Church, located at 811 East Main Street in Branford, CT. Contact info@ctyuletide.com to schedule an audition. The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers engage several Victorian a cappella quartets, costumed in Dickens-style costumes, to perform traditional and contemporary holiday carols at various holiday activities all around the state, including town holiday celebrations, senior residences and centers, shopping centers, private functions, and public events. We are seeing vocalists for the following voice parts: ALTO: Vocalist also serves as group leader – setting pitch/tempos, selecting music, coordinating breaks, collecting payment from client. Soprano, Tenor, Bass. We're looking for singers with great performance abilities who love to interact with their audience. Our professional carolers perform as a capella SATB quartets with impeccable 4-part harmonies, so tight harmonies and blend are an absolute must; ability to read music is important. We work with some of the best singers in the state, so we compensate our carolers accordingly. Adults only. Must be able to stand for 1-4 hours (with breaks). Must be vaccinated for COVID-19. You will provide your own transportation, although group does carpool when possible. 5 to 6 Sunday evening rehearsals during Oct/Nov to be held in Branford, CT. We are looking for singers from all areas of Connecticut (no out-of-state inquiries, please). More information about the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers can be found at www.ctyuletide.com.

  • 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 callforentry.org here: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8591 

  • 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

  • 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 molly.beigelman@uruglobal.org

Visual Arts

  • The virtual Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) call for artists is now open for adults and youth. SEASAM features 18 judges’ awards for adults, 10 awards for youth ages 14 and older and a People’s Choice Award. Artists must be from federally recognized Southeastern or Woodland tribes. The application deadline for competition entries is 5 p.m. CDT, Sept. 22. SEASAM and SEASAM Youth will be virtual beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through Dec. 31. Artists may continue to apply for the market through Dec. 31. For more information and to apply, visit SEASAM.net or call (580) 272-5520.

  • Call for Portrait Artist to sketch portraits from photographs of patients at the first CT Hospice in Branford. Please contact the Arts Director, Hannah Righter at 203 315 7522.
  • 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: http://workspacemanchester.com/art-culture/ 

  • 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. 

  • 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. Entry Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021. For more information and submittal forms: https://spectrumartgallery.org/future-exhibitions/ 

  • Preservation Connecticut (formerly the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation) is excited to announce our second juried photography contest, “Picturing History: Historic Landscapes of Connecticut.” In celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday in 2022, we are looking for photographs of Connecticut’s historic landscapes. Photo submissions will be accepted beginning in January 2022, but don’t wait to take those photos—anything taken in the past 2 years is eligible! What is an historic landscape? Historic landscapes are landscapes that have been shaped by human involvement. They may be associated with a person or event. They may be big or small; they may reflect conscious planning and artistic achievement, or they may have evolved through use and reflect the everyday lives of the people who inhabit or created them. Examples of historic landscapes include residential gardens and community parks; scenic highways; rural communities; institutional grounds; cemeteries; battlefields; and zoological gardens. They may contain water features such as ponds or fountains; circulation systems including roads, steps, and paths; buildings; or furnishings including benches, fences, lighting, and sculptures. While we are flexible in the definition of historic landscape for this contest, we do insist that photos show how the landscape has historically been used and shaped by people. Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions and ideas (contact@preservationct.org). Stay tuned to our website, www.preservationct.org, for more details!

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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
  • 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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