Creative Opportunities

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  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Madison Lyric Stage, a professional company entering its tenth season serving Connecticut, will hold auditions for its 2022 season in Madison, CT on Saturday, December 18 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., with callbacks on Sunday, December 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The company is looking for singers and actors for two of its planned productions: the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin in July and Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in September.  They are especially seeking a singing actor, age 9-12, to portray “Theo” in Pippin.  Madison Lyric Stage is also looking for Guild volunteers for its 2022 season, which will run from May through September. Auditions are by appointment only. For audition consideration and information please email your photo and resume to Please prepare a song and/or a one-two minute monologue. Selections from planned shows are welcome. An accompanist will be provided. Volunteers may also write to the same email address. More information about Madison Lyric Stage can be found at

  • The Future Art Awards is an annual open call to all U.S. artists of all creative expressions and backgrounds, designed to give critical financial support, exhibition exposure, and literary coverage to 50 artists through a blind review of their art by a jury of their peers. You can learn more about our current open call, closing December 1, 2021: This year’s theme is Ecosystem X—an arts-based reimagining of life on planet Earth. We’re offering $5,000 awards to ten selected artists, in addition to a $5,000 student scholarship/stipend to a winning student artist. All artists will showcase their work in a curated virtual exhibition opening free to the public in early 2022. There is no cost to submit. Previous featured artists include photographers, painters, sculptors, street artists, muralists, mixed-media artists, visual, multi and interdisciplinary artists, illustrators, animators, 3D artists, cartoonists, technologists, short filmmakers, poets, composers, weavers, dancers and creative performers, among others.

  • 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:

  • Hygienic Artists Collective Live. Work. Volunteer! The Hygienic Artist Collective will offer opportunities to participate in Gallery Shows and Hygienic programming. The Collective offers a supportive environment for artists to explore their skill set, gain feedback and expand their professional network. Being a member of the Collective, is a self-driven experience. While we are here to help you fulfill your goals and provide direction, it is up to you to reach out to others, ask for the help you need, and to discover new opportunities. There is a lot that happens here, and things move very fast at times. Living above the Galleries: Each of the Hygienic studio apartments includes a bedroom with flexible living/studio space, a full kitchen with dishwasher, and private bathroom. Not all apartments are lofted. Artists are expected to maintain their apartments and communicate with Board Members for repairs. Common space and Garden of Hygienia is maintained by Hygienic Artist Collective and community volunteers. For more info go to: 

  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), is pleased to announce The Incubator for Arts and Culture Leaders of Color in the Tri-State Area, a free program that will provide leadership training and community support for up to 18 arts administrators from CT, NJ, and NY (outside of NYC Metro Area) from January 2022 to June 2022. It is free to apply, and NYFA is accepting applications to the program through December 6, 2021. By fostering the professional development of local arts and cultural leaders of color and strengthening their work in the field, the incubator aims to encourage the sustainability and success of their organizations as well as the equitability and diversity of the arts industry. Full details here: 

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  • The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association (USCGAAA) has issued a request for qualifications from talented muralists and artists to create a large-scale art installation at the Maritime Center of Excellence (MCOE). The project seeks to develop artwork that will be prominently displayed in the MCOE, which is currently under construction along the waterfront of the Coast Guard Academy in New London. The artwork will be displayed above the entrance on the north side of the building covering a space approximately 40-feet by 16-feet. Similarly, there is a corresponding southern wall on the building of like size that will also be used to display the developed artwork. The USCGAAA reserves the right to select one artist/firm to complete both displays or two artists to complete one display each. Proposals must be submitted no later than November 25, 2021. For details click here.

  • 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 Photographer The New Haven Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism is looking for a talented photographer to capture 5 works of public art in New Haven. Works include outdoor artwork, artwork in New Haven Public Schools and store fronts. Deadline for interest: December 3. Please contact Kim Futrell at

  • 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 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. 

  • 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 ( Stay tuned to our website,, for more details!

  • Mattatuck Museum MIXMASTER 2022 Juried Members Exhibition Call for Artists The Mattatuck Museum’s annual MIXMASTER is an exhibition that seeks to discover and recognize the talents of the Museum’s artists members working in New England and the Tri-state region. Initiated to support and recognize contemporary art, MIXMASTER provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their most recent work, done in the last three years. Current Mattatuck Museum membership at any level required at time of submission. MIXMASTER is open to all Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont resident artists 18 years and over. Original works accepted in all media. Work submitted must have been executed in the past three years and not previously exhibited in a Connecticut Museum. A $20.00 entry fee will be charged for each submitted work. Up to three works per artist may be submitted. All entrants must have a current Mattatuck Museum membership to be eligible to submit work. Artists can learn more about MIXMASTER at the Museum’s website,, and submit entries on Submissions will be open on Monday, October 18 and the deadline for submissions will be Friday, December 17, 2021.

  • Call for Artists – Holiday Show – Spectrum Art Gallery – “PEACE ON EARTH” The holiday show theme is Peace on Earth. The Gallery seeks art in all mediums (including photography and sculpture) that explores this powerful idea of our personal, geographic and economic worlds at peace. Fine Art pieces do not need to be holiday related but can incorporate these themes as part of the composition of the artwork. Artisans interested in showing in the Gallery Store do not need to follow the theme of Peace on Earth, however, their pieces should reflect the season! For the Artisans Store, we seek work in fabric, leather, glass, wood, pottery and ceramics, jewelry, home décor including holiday décor, puzzles and games, toys, and children’s books. We always are interested in starting new relationships with artisans. (In general, submissions to the Store do not need to follow themes of Gallery shows.) Always for the holidays, we also seek submissions for our celebrated 6-foot Holiday Tree displayed in the center of the Gallery and adorned with hand-made ornaments. (Again, there is no “theme” to follow to contribute to the tree, except for the beauty and joy of the season.) In order to properly plan the displays, the staff and Gallery Director know ahead of Receiving what is coming into Spectrum, so submit as soon as possible. Submissions should be 3-4 samples (minimum) of your work in JPG form with title, materials used, dimensions (framed or unframed), and your price point which can be discussed. Size of image submissions, whether for the Store or Gallery, should be approximately 1MB for use in the Show and possible print media opportunities. Submit directly to the Gallery Director, Barbara Nair: Please put “submissions for holiday show” in the subject line. Receiving is November 7-11, 2021 from 1:00-6:00pm. Opening Weekend: Saturday, November 20-Sunday, November 21, 2021. Closes: January 9, 2022.

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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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