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Funding

  • Good to Great grant program provides funding for Capital Projects that link art, history and tourism in ways that enhance the visitors’ experience of a cultural venue and/or historic site.  Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) organizations that own, operate and/or sponsor a cultural venue or historic site in Connecticut.  This funding is targeted for small to medium-sized organizations with an average annual income of $500,000 or less and which have received limited state funding in the recent past.  The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) seeks applications which look beyond basic facilities repair, rehabilitation or expansion towards new means of telling the stories of our state’s rich history and culture in engaging, meaningful, and relevant ways. Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, October 1, 2018

General

  • Caregivers Looking to Perform Are you a caregiver? Hospice worker? MD? Health insurance broker? Social worker? Have you worked in the health sector? Do you have any experience with caregiving—whether with family or in a professional capacity? Are you in any way connected to helping people recover or live in good health? Do you want to perform in a professional dance? Join us for six weeks this fall to work with a diverse group of TEN individuals from across the healthcare sector in greater New Haven. You will work with professional artists to create a work for movement and song based around your experience and philosophy with healing. We will work together to create a work that touches us in a more abstract and spiritual sense. In the process, you will have a chance to reflect on your role in our societal health and create meaningful relationships. Open minds and no performance experience required. 2 hr rehearsals once per week from September through October 2018 (16 hrs total). Will be scheduled during evenings/weekends based around availability. Performances: October 26, 27, 28. $200 honorarium for participation. Interested? Contact: Rachel Bernsen at rachelbernsen@gmail.com.

  • Video Essay Contest Here at the Marcus Harris Foundation, we not only strive to raise awareness of various cultural, political, and social issues, we aim to provide effective solutions for those affected by them. To help us do so, we've created a video essay contest to address these issues with millions of viewers worldwide, through social media, blogs, and other online platforms. The topic of this cycle's contest: The need to end cash bail in America. The winning video will not only address the problems with the cash bail system, but also propose how to amend the system within the scope of overall criminal justice reform. The contest winner will receive a $250 prize. All entries must be received by no later than midnight (EST) on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The winner will be announced in November 2018. More details can be found at https://marcusharrisfoundation.org/video-essay-contest

  • Collab Accelerator Are you a Connecticut builder, entrepreneur, or activist? The Collab Accelerator is a 10-week program for anyone with an idea and the passion to see it through. The program provides access to funding, workshops, mentorship, co-working space, and more. Join a movement and a network of entrepreneurs working to make our communities more joyful. Collab provides childcare, transportation, and interpretation for entrepreneurs who need it. Sign up for a 1-on-1 session: https://collabnewhaven.org/office-hours Apply now: https://collabnewhaven.org/collab-accelerator

 
  • Vendors Wanted Crafters, Artisans, and Vintage Dealers showcase and sell your wares in Downtown New Haven storefront. Items must be priced and labeled with vendors name. Vendor must make an appointment to choose a space for rent, from one shelf to small area. You don’t have to be there, there are no obligations to work. A monthly flat fee applied plus a deposit. No additional commission taken. Checks for sold items distributed once a month. All submissions should be made to Carmella Ricciardelli via text: 203.988.9117, email: mamacantsing@gmail.com, mail: 112 Atwater Street, New Haven, CT 06511 or in person by appointment: 203.988.9117

Music

  • SATB Singers The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, CT’s premiere Victorian Christmas caroling group, is looking for SATB singers for The Connecticut Mistletones, a new a capella group to perform contemporary, jazzy Christmas songs in the style of The Manhattan Transfer/New York Voices. Group will perform a fully memorized 50-60 minute show at each gig, dressed in contemporary/festive costumes. Need: Good availability during Nov. and Dec. (including some daytime/weekends). Ability to perform tight harmonies. Ability to do simple movement/choreography. Transportation to/from the gigs. PAID JOBS. Send resume to info@ctyuletide.com

  • Women's Chorus Silk ’n Sounds a’ Capella women’s chorus is looking for new members to join us on our amazing journey of musical discovery! Come meet us (we are very friendly) and our award winning director, Christine Lampe-Onnerud, at one of our Tuesday night rehearsals from 6:15-9:15pm at the Spring Glen Church located at 1825 Whitney Ave in Hamden. You can contact Lynn at (203) 623-1276 for more information or check us out online at www.silknsounds.org or on Facebook.

  • Seeking Musicians Constellation Hospice is seeking musicians to offer the gifts of music to hospice patients in the greater New Haven area. Hospice Volunteers will receive special training (mostly on-line) and will be assigned to hospice patients in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Musical connections are especially joyful for patients with dementia who enjoy hearing songs from their past. Contact Catharine LLoyd 203-497-3886

  • Emerging Jazz Artists In an effort to increase exposure to up and coming jazz musicians, the Hartford Jazz Society will present its second Emerging Jazz Artists Showcase. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform at the Hartford Jazz Society 57th Annual Jazz Cruise. The Hartford Jazz Society will accept a maximum of sixteen entries. The Emerging Jazz Artists Showcase is open to musicians that have never been signed to a recording contract and have not released any widely distributed recordings as a leader. You must be 18 years of age to qualify. Prior winners are not eligible. The Hartford Jazz Society reserves the right not to accept any submissions that it determines not to meet minimum standards for the competition. Submissions can be made via the Hartford Jazz Society website (www.hartfordjazzsociety.com) or by sending your name, video link (YouTube preferred), and brief bio to jazz.beyond@gmail.com.

Residencies & Fellowships

  • The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, an American owned and operated artist studio located on the Greek Island of Skopelos is offering artist residencies for 2018. The studio is equipped for painters, printmakers, clay artists, digital photographers, and videographers. The length of residence is from 2-4 weeks from March-October. The studio is perched high on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea near the village of Skopelos. Application information: https://.www.skopartfoundation.org.

  • Spruceton Inn Artist Residency Every fall we accept applications online from writers and 2D artists, about seven of whom will be awarded a no-cost, 5 day, solo Artist Residency here at the Inn between January and March. We do not require that you produce anything in particular or show us your work when you're here. That said, one of favorite parts of this Residency is spending time with the Artists at the bar in Room One and learning about what they're up to. More details, including how to apply, on our website here.
  • The Marcus Harris Foundation is pleased to announce the launching of the Marcus Harris Poetry Fellowship. Established by internationally renowned poet and philanthropist Marcus Harris, the fellowship is designed to encourage young poets to pursue further writing and publishing efforts. One (1) $500 fellowship will be awarded based on the quality of the applicant’s writing sample. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and no older than 30 years of age as of June 30th. Applicants must include 10 typed self-standing poems highlighting at least 3 different topics (e.g. politics, love, current events, etc.). Previously published poems may be submitted. Poems must be accompanied by a cover sheet featuring your name, address, email address, brief bio (no more than 3-4 lines), and a statement of how you intend to spend the fellowship funds. Materials must be received by no later than September 30th.Please email all application materials to info@marcusharrisfoundation.org

Space

  • Kehler Liddell Gallery With 2,000 square feet of open exhibition space, Kehler Liddell Gallery is a unique venue for hosting events. We tailor to the special interests of private parties, corporate groups, arts organizations, charities and academic institutions. Our inviting, contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for your guests to relax, mingle and enjoy the company of friends. We provide a warm atmosphere filled with paintings, drawings and sculptures by CT contemporary artists and free parking, with front door wheel chair access. Contact Kehler Liddell Gallery at 203-389-9555 or kehlerliddell@gmail.com.

  • Waterbury Calling all Artists, Performers, Dancers, Musicians and Designers. Looking to lease space to expand your talents? Now available the perfect, unique and affordable space in Waterbury CT. 6,000 sq. ft. of large unobstructed space with high ceilings and large windows. This retail office building also includes the use of a conference room and kitchenette. Excellent location. Surrounded by many restaurants with easy access to public transportation, close to I-84 and Route 8 with plenty of parking. $2,700 per month, excluding utilities. It’s a must see to appreciate! Bring a friend and your vision! Please call for more information or to set up an appointment, 203-226-1363.

  • Studio Space for Dance, Performing Arts, Events Hall A 1,500-square-foot space with adjoining rooms in a turn-of-the-century mansion in a historic district. Hardwood floors. Vintage stage with curtains. Mahogany woodwork and glass doors. Ample natural light. Chairs and tables on premises. Contact whitneyartsctr@aol.com.

Theater

  • POW Festival Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc, a professional not-for-profit theatre for family audiences in Milford, Connecticut is now accepting submissions for its “POW” (Pantochino Original Works) Festival of new musicals by early career and emerging playwrights, composers and lyricists. Submissions of new musicals will be open from June 1 – December 1, 2018. Three works will be chosen to be performed as staged readings during a weekend-long festival in March 2019. Committee selections will be made by January 30, 2019. Winning writing teams will be invited to attend the performance weekend and the selected musicals will be considered for full production by Pantochino in 2020. Full details on the submission process and requirements for the POW Festival can be found online at www.pantochino.com/pow-festival/

Visual Arts

  • The Woven Tale Press is a monthly online literary and fine arts magazine. The Press’ mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the Web. We link contributors works directly back to their websites or blogs. The Press welcomes submissions of painting, mixed media, crafts (including fiber), sculpture, photography, printmaking, and experimental. We pride ourselves on being eclectic. For submission guidelines visit http://thewoventalepress.net/how-to-submit/. Please review current issues before submitting. No entry fee. Submissions due by December 31, 2018.

  • Art league of New Britain Call for Art Carriage House Exhibition October 12- 28, 2018. This is a juried for prizes exhibition, open to ALNB members. Juror: Vincent Stryeski, Adjunct Faculty Paier College of Art, Art Director/Instructor, Design Consultant, Stryeski Design Works. Prospectus.

  • Farmington Libraries Call for Artists The Farmington Libraries are calling for artists to submit for our fall gallery show, running from October 15 through November 30, 2018. The theme of this show is “The Great Outdoors.” All types of hangable media following this theme are welcome. To apply, please submit four images and include a list that identifies each image by number, title, size, and medium. Each artist is limited to four pieces; the selection process requires viewing the four items proposed for display. These images can be submitted via email to: lfarrell@farmingtonlibraries.org. Do not send original artwork. All work must be for sale, be framed and wired for hanging. All work will be juried with no guarantees. Decisions by the jury are final. All submissions of work and materials are the artist’s sole risk. The Farmington Libraries assume no responsibility for loss or damage during the exhibition or subsequent storage at the close of the show. Artists agree to commit accepted works for the duration of the exhibition. The Farmington Libraries reserve the right to remove or not accept any art for any reason at any time. There is an exhibition fee of $50.00. Deadline for submission: September 27, 2018.

  • Art league of New Britain is now accepting proposals for group and solo shows! Submissions to be considered for summer 2019. Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, September 26th. Submission form can be found here.

  • The Voice of Art Gallery is inviting emerging and mid-career artists to its Juried Exhibition with artworks that speak and share the personal meaning/interpretation of a theme of "Breath of Life." The image can be generated from natural scenes to physical, psychological, or spiritual content by interpretation. Up to three artworks of 2-dimensional work in ANY medium, style, and subject matter based on the theme will be considered by the jury panel. The entries can be submitted in digital format via email (deadline October 1) or can be dropped off (deadline October 8). For More details and prospectus, please visit: https://www.thevoiceofart.org/call-for-entry-breath-of-life

  • Call for Work: Family Photographs Flower City Arts Center is seeking original photographic work exploring the idea of a family photograph. Open to all U.S. residents at least 18 years of age working in photography. Entry Deadline (postmark & email): September 23, 2018. For guidelines and to submit go to: https://www.rochesterarts.org/family-photographs/

  • RED 2018 For nearly 20 years, the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) has hosted a fall exhibit, open to artists from the New England states, centered around a color – RED or BLUE, depending on the year. Both the success of the exhibit series, and the challenge to participating artists, lies in channeling the varied meanings of a color like RED. It is the color of action, violence, heat. It is the color of luck, happiness, and passion. RED is more than a color. Entry Deadline: September 21, at 11:59pm, EST. All applicants may enter up to 3 pieces of original work. Open to artists age 18 and older living and working in the New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) open to all media. All work will be juried from digital images submitted through Slideroom. Click here for complete entry guidelines + entry link.

  • Greater Denton Arts Council presents the 32nd annual Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. The call is open to craft artists who have created works in the past 2 years (2016-2018) in the following media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media. All work must be ready for installation and are restricted to a weight limit of no more than 75 pounds. Artists are responsible for shipping costs. Selected artists will receive 1 copy of the exhibitions catalog. This year’s juror is Janet McCall of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She will select about 70 pieces for the exhibition. Juror awards will be given out in the following amounts: $1,000, $750, $500, and $250. Exhibition runs from February 1 – May 4, 2019 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. Deadline for entries is September 30, 2018. For more information visit: Dentonarts.com/mhscall Or contact the exhibition coordinator at: exhibit@dentonarts.com or 940-382-2787.
  • Opportunities for artists to present work in Downtown New Haven storefront. Artists may display any type of artwork that can be hung on the wall. Accepted pieces will remain on the wall for one month with no cost. Sold pieces will be paid at the end of the month. No commission taken. Pieces that are accepted need to be priced and labeled with artist name, contact info, date,  and dimensions. This is ongoing so you may apply monthly. All submissions should be made to Carmella Ricciardelli via text: 203.988.9117, email: mamacantsing@gmail.com, mail: 112 Atwater Street, New Haven, CT 06511 or in person by appointment: 203.988.9117

  • Seeking fine artists and crafters in all mediums to exhibit at the 2018 Indoor/Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival October 6-7 at The American Legion Hall in Madison, CT. Opportunity to also participate in a 6-week Gallery Group Show for Festival Participants (September 21 through November 4) at Spectrum Gallery and Store in Centerbrook, CT. For more information call (860) 663-5593. For Arts Festival Prospectus visit spectrumartgallery.org.http://www.thecarouselmuseum.org

  • Connecticut Women Artists 89th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition This show is open to all women artists of the USA. Original work in painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture. For complete information see prospectus online. Submissions: Onlinejuriedshows.com. For more info go to: www.ctwomenartists.org

  • The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery of the Fairfield Public Library would like to invite visual artists to apply to show their work in its dedicated gallery space during the upcoming calendar of rotating exhibitions. Artists interested in applying should visit the website for full information about submitting an application: http://fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/our-community/bruce-s-kershner-gallery/ Also follow us on Instagram to see the gallery and our recent exhibitions.

Volunteers

  • Interested in being a part of a study exploring new ways to navigate virtual space? Volunteer for a short user experience survey and get the chance to walk around in an imaginary world! We are seeking volunteers to participate in a private study, no personal information required, interested in people with a lot of gaming experience, as well as those with very little or none at all. Please fill out this form in order to let us know what days and times will work for you. The study itself will take less than an hour, but we are using one hour time blocks to prevent overlap between participants. At the end of the study you will have some time to explore some commercial VR experiences in the gaming or content creation field. The study will take place at 149 York St, at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. Again, the study will not be collecting any personal information and is designed solely to get user feedback on different modes of navigation in VR.

  • Numerous opportunities for volunteers with The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery and its affiliate, Arts Center Killingworth. Learn new skills, meet new people, and be part of a creative organization that gives to the community. Opportunities exist throughout the year for a variety of events and ongoing programs. Teens are welcome and can earn community service credit. Email Barbara Nair, Director, at barbara@spectrumartgallery.orgor call 860-663-5593.

  • Interested in working with theatre artists in a thriving New Haven Arts Community? If the answer is yes, join Collective Consciousness Theatre’s volunteer team today! Ushering, House Management, Social Media Consulting, Marketing. Please email us at ccttheatreorg@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a part of CCT.

  • Masonicare Home Health and Hospice is seeking hospice volunteers to visit our hospice patients. We are looking for singers who can sing in small groups at bedside. We are also looking for volunteers with a variety of artistic talents for our expressive arts program. We are a community based program and have needs in many towns and communities. Please call Jolan at 203.679.5342 or jszollosi@masonicare.org to find out how you can make a difference in someone’s life.

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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 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

 

Health Insurance

  • Chamber Insurance Trust Offers free health insurance consultations to Arts Council members
  • Fractured Atlas Membership organization that offers healthcare options and liability insurance for CT artist members

 

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