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Dance

  • The New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds who identify an opportunity that will advance their careers in dance. The deadline is February 8, 2019.

General 

  • Oddfellows Playhouse is hosting the first Middletown Teen Talent Search on Saturday, January 19. The event is open to local performers ages 12 – 19, and there will be cash prizes of $500 and $250 for the top acts, as well as other exciting prizes. The final round will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, January 19 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown and will be hosted by Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller. Anyone ages 12 – 19 from Middletown or surrounding towns is welcome to compete in the Teen Talent Search. The registration deadline is January 17, and there is a $5 per person registration fee. Qualifying rounds will be held between 1 – 5 pm on January 19, and the top twelve acts will compete for cash prizes in a public performance at 7 pm. All performance forms are welcome – music, dance, theater, circus, magic, comedy, etc. Professional sound and lighting will be provided for all performers. To register for the Talent Search, or for more information, call (860) 347-6143, email info@oddfellows.org, or go to www.oddfellows.org. You will find the full Talent Search guidelines on the website.

  • Assets for Artists is now accepting applications from Connecticut artists for its 2019 Matched Savings Grant Program. The Matched Savings Program is about strengthening an artist's career by growing their business know-how and financial capacity. Artists selected for the 2019 Matched Savings Grant Program will receive a "matched savings" grant of $1,000 or $2,000, free professional development services, and free one-on-one coaching. This application is for artists of ALL creative disciplines, and ALL financial circumstances, based ANYWHERE in Connecticut. For details on the program, eligibility, and to apply, visit Assets for Artists. Assets for Artists is a project of MASS MoCA, ArtBuilt, and the Midas Collaborative. This Connecticut-specific opportunity is made possible with direct funding from COA.

  • African American History Month 2019 Arts and Writing Competition for Students Grades 8 to 12. The Great Migration: Then and Now, Fleeing Terror - Searching for Jobs and Equality. Express in artwork, essay, poetry, rap or song: Do you know someone with a story about migration? A story about grandparents or great grandparents who came up from the South to flee lynchings and look for jobs and a better life in New Haven? Do you know someone who came up from Latin America or elsewhere in recent years? What did they find? How can we continue the struggle for good jobs and equal rights to fulfill the dreams of those who came and made New Haven home? What are your dreams for a better life? Requirements + Art work – Two dimentional (Drawings, paintings, collage, prints, photographs, etc.) Paper size not larger than 18” x 24”+ Essay, poem, rap or song – Not longer than 2 pages. Entries must be received by 5 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Name, address, phone, e-mail, age, school, teacher's name (where applicable) must be included. Submission Electronic: ct-pww@pobox.com. Mail: CT People's World, 37 Howe Street, New Haven, CT 06511

  • 2019 Arts Workforce Initiative Program Now Accepting Applications for Host Organizations! The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is excited to launch its 2019 Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI) Program! AWI provides internship opportunities for Connecticut college students, emerging creative professionals and military veterans at Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. COA is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in serving as an AWI Host Organization. Selected host organizations will receive a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts in the amount of $3,750 and will pay the intern at the rate of $15 per hour. Applications must be received by 9 am on Monday, February 11, 2019.

  • MAP Fund Invites Applications for 2019 Grants Cycle. The Multi-Arts Production Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately co-creating — a more equitable and vibrant society. To that end, MAP awards $1 million annually to up to forty projects, with grant amounts ranging between $10,000 and $45,000 per grant. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy. Funded projects must address these concerns through the processes involved in creating and distributing live performances to the public and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. The proposed project must include the creation, development, and/or the initial presentation of a new, live performance. Funding requests for project touring or documentation expenses are not eligible for a grant, and MAP does not fund projects retroactively. Works that have been fully realized prior to July 1, 2019, also are not eligible.For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the MAP Fund website. Deadline: February 15, 2019

  • Women’s Campaign School at Yale Get Inspired, Get Trained, Get Elected! Our Online Application Is Now LIVE! Applications will close Monday April 15, 2019. Apply online via WCSYale.org/Application. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply early. The Women's Campaign School at Yale's Summer Session will be held at Yale Law School: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 2019
  • The Could Be Fund aims to financially support public art, infrastructure, and design projects that link three of New Haven’s neighborhoods to each other and surrounding neighborhoods. The grant covers 50% of cash costs. We have two information sessions coming up: Newhallville: Tues Jan 22 @ 6pm. Details and FB event here. Downtown: Mon Jan 28 @ 6pm. Details and FB event here.

Music

  • 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.

  • Applications are now being accepted for the 13th annual Voices For Hope vocal competition and community outreach scholarship  for New England vocalists ages 11-19, to benefit social service programs providing food and shelter to those in need through  Local United Network to Combat Hunger (LUNCH). Voices For Hope, combining music and community outreach, gives aspiring vocalists an opportunity to use their talent and love of singing to benefit those in need, while also giving themselves an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship and professional performance and recording opportunities. The deadline for early submissions and early decisions is March 1 and the final deadline is April 1. Any eligible vocalist interested in participating in the competition may obtain details and entry forms from the LUNCH website at www.lunchensemble.com,  or by calling 860-572-9285. before the entry deadline.

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

  • Madison Lyric Stage, a professional company now entering its eighth season serving the Connecticut Shoreline and its neighboring communities, will hold auditions for its 2019 season on Saturday, January 12 in Madison, CT from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., with callbacks on Sunday, January 13. The company is looking for singers and actors for its planned productions of the opera Of Mice and Men in June, the musical Cabaret in July, and a young artist production of the opera Hansel and Gretel in October. Auditions are by appointment only. Exact time and location of the audition will be provided. To be considered for an audition, please email your photo and resume to mlsartisticdirector@gmail.com. Please prepare a song or aria, and/or a 1-2 minute monologue. Selections from planned shows are welcome. If you are auditioning for more than one genre, you may have two musical selections. An accompanist will be provided. Full audition information with cast breakdowns can be found online at madisonlyricstage.org.

Visual Arts

  • 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

  • Rochester Contemporary Art Center is accepting artworks now through April 14, 2019 (or postmarked by April 13) for 6x6x2019. You can enter up to 3 pieces and use any medium, as long as there is NO glitter. It’s also free to enter! Just keep your artworks 6 inches long by 6 inches wide, and no thicker than 3/8 inches (if your piece is 3D, keep the board it is attached to 3/8” or thinner). Shy? Don’t worry! All artworks are anonymous until purchase. Visit roco6x6.org to learn more and experience the phenomenon by finding us on social media using #RoCo6x6.

  • 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.

  • Call for Artists Time Passages at Spectrum Art Gallery This show features pieces in all mediums including painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture that show the passage of time.  Examples might be new to old, young to older, day to night, etc. Opens January 25, 2019, Closes March 17, 2019. Receiving is January 14-18th 12:30-6pm. Gallery Director always knows ahead of receiving what pieces will be in the show both in the gallery and store so please submit early.  Put the title of the show in the subject line and submit to Barbara@spectrumartgallery.org. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main Street, Ceneerbrook, CT 06409.

  • First Street Gallery 2019 National Juried Exhibition - Submissions Open! Open to artists residing in the U.S. 18 yrs. or older. Exception: Artists currently represented by First Street Gallery. Eligible works include original oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, photography, mixed media, and sculpture in any medium.  No video, film, installation, giclées or similar reproductions. Entry fee: $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional work, max. 6. Eligible works: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Online application only. See prospectus for details. Contact: njeinquiries@firststreetgallery.org; (646) 336-8053 www.firststreetgallery.org/njeprospectus19 Must be received by April 2, 2019.

  • Hera Gallery Call for Entry The exhibition SHAME attempts to lift the veils of submission and silence by exploring shame in its many dimensions. The concept of shame has reached a new level of urgency as we witness shaming being used as a strategic tactic in the current political climate where it has become common place and legitimized. Rather than purposefully confronting shame we are prone to step away from taking a close look at it’s nature and manifestations. To feel shame is an act of self-erasure. To be shamed is a means of controlling others. To act shamelessly is a misguided path of self-empowerment. Shame has different cultural connotations yet is understood universally. Application Deadline: February 10th, 2019. More information can be found here
  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art presents Our Bodies Ourselves open call and unjuried exhibition. Exhibition Dates: Sunday, March 7 – Thursday, April 10. Deadline to complete online entry form: February 25, 2019, by 10 am. Click here for more information and to participate.

  • Cambridge Art Association’s 2019 National Prize Show All applicants may enter up to 3 pieces of original work. General | $40 Early Bird Rate - through February 18; $50 after February 18 Cambridge Art Association Members (Artist, Associate, Student | $25 Early Bird Rate - through February 18; $35 after February 18. Open to artists age 18 and older living and working in the United States. The NPS is open to all media. All work will be juried from digital images submitted through Submittable. Click here for complete entry guidelines + entry link. Submission Deadline | Monday, March 11 at 11:59pm.

  • Shoreline ArtsTrail Call For Artists 2019 Are you a talented 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 friends participating in the Shoreline ArtsTrail’s 18th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 16 and 17, 2019. Get exposure, interact with new buyers of all ages, and share your time and talents with art lovers right in your own studio! Approximately 40 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 ceramics and pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, prints, photography, textiles, quilts, paper and wood are invited to apply for this event. Artists will be considered based on their mastery of methods and materials and originality of concept. All considered art must be handmade by the artist. To apply for this Call for Entry, please register at https://youjudgeit.org/sat/ by creating a free profile, filling out all the requested information, and uploading three high-resolution images. The entry deadline is April 22, 2019. Jurying will take place in April and artists will be notified by April 29, 2019. Please contact Barbara Shulman-Kirwin at bsk@bskdesign.net or 203.314.3250 with any questions.

  • The Voice of Art Gallery is inviting emerging and mid-career artists to its Juried Exhibition with artworks that speak and share the personal interpretation of the theme of "Sound of Colors."   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 or can be dropped off. For more details: please visit www.thevoiceofart.org/call-for-entry-sound-of-colors

  • Real Art Awards Emerging artists in New England, New Jersey, and New York can apply. Artists working in all media are welcome. No entry fee. Six artists will receive: $2,500 prize; Solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in 2019 or 2020; Exhibition publication with commissioned essay and documentation; Curatorial assistance; Opportunity for an artist talk. Deadline is March 29, 11:59 EDT, 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.

Volunteers

  • 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 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

 

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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