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General 

  • Call to Connecticut Authors and Illustrators Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards! These awards recognize the best books of 2018 by authors and illustrators who reside in Connecticut. Categories include: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young Readers. Entry fee starts at $40 for a 2,000 copy or less print run. Submissions will be accepted through April 19, 2019. For guidelines and to submit, please visit https://ctcenterforthebook.org.

  • 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 Connecticut Office of the Arts introduced Arts Hero Awards to honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary work in the arts, for the arts, or through the arts in Connecticut. The Arts Hero Awards have introduced us to remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts - some publicly and some behind the scenes. If you know a special someone who is an ARTS HERO, we hope you will take a moment to nominate them for a 2019 Arts Hero Award! The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Funding

  • The Bitsie Clark Fund for Artists (The Bitsie Fund) is inviting Greater New Haven artists to apply for its 2019 grants. The Bitsie Fund was recently created to honor Francis “Bitsie” Clark. Clark was the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven for 20 years, one of the founders of the Audubon Arts District, and a driving force in establishing the arts as an important economic industry in the region. The Bitsie Clark Fund for Artists will empower individuals from all art disciplines (visual, performing, literary and film). Each individual will work in tandem with a non‑profit organization that will provide institutional support. Together, they will pursue a meaningful arts or cultural project. For more information and to apply go to https://thebitsieclarkfund.org. Application deadline: May 1, 2019 at 5pm. 

Music

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • La MaMa Umbria: International Playwright Retreat August 18 - 28, 2019 Playwrights, both professionals and students, are welcome to spend their summer with La MaMa Umbria International in beautiful Spoleto, Italy. The selected group of playwrights will participate in writing workshops led by an award-winning playwright while enjoying the peaceful surroundings of the Italian countryside. In 2019, Award-winning playwright Lisa Kron (Fun Home, Well] will be in residence to inspire your writing. For Applications and More Information: http://lamama.org/playwright_retreat/ The deadline for applications is May 15, 2019.

  • The Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company announces auditions for This Is Important!, an original, ensemble-created play with music. Auditions are open to anyone ages 14 – 20 and will be held March 25 and 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Oddfellows at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. This Is Important!is devised from a series of workshops that Oddfellows held this winter under the title "This Is Important". The participants (ages 14 - 19) worked with Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller and Playhouse Artistic Director Dic Wheeler over five weeks to generate performance material around the issues that the participants felt were most important to themselves and to our culture/world. Participants are only required to come to one of the two audition evenings. Everyone who attends one of the audition nights and commits to the rehearsal and performance schedule will be cast into the show. Please arrive on time, dress to move, and plan to stay for the entire two hours. Rehearsals will be Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 - 9 pm, starting April 1. Performance dates are May 16 - 18 & 24-25. There will be additional rehearsals April 28 & May 11, then every evening May 13 - 15. New material for the piece will be generated during rehearsals by the cast members, so each performer will be part of the creative team for the production. It will be a play with music, not a musical. There will be some songs, and a live band, but not everyone will be expected or required to sing. The show will have the flexibility to play to the strengths of the people who are in it. There is a $250 tuition fee for the Teen Repertory Company, but full or partial financial aid and work-study are available. It is Oddfellows policy that programs should be available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. To register, or for more info, go to www.oddfellows.org, call (860) 347-6143 or email info@oddfellows.org.

Visual Arts

  • Annual Juried Show - 20/20 ... 2020 ... 20|20 What do these numbers / what does this number call to mind? Impeccable eyesight? Fully knowledgeable hindsight? A prophetic projection of foresight? Or a particular year in the near future that looms large in the mind's eye? (Visual) Artists enable us to frame history with clarity and perception, to dream and conceptualize, to visualize futures, preparing us for what may come, or helping us manifest worlds we look to create. Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) invites artists working in all media to share your vision – personal or political, practical or perplexing – offering the acuity of your hindsight or the visionary audacity of your farsightedness. We encourage you to envision this them as broadly or as narrowly as you wish. All we ask is that you give us more to see. The exhibition will run from April 25th – May 26th, 2019, a timeframe that includes Westville's Annual Artwalk. Deadline: March 22nd @ midnight. Submission Details: www.KehlerLiddellGallery.com/opportunities
  • 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.

  • CUE Art Foundation is currently seeking Solo Exhibition and Curatorial Project proposals for the 2020 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 2020. Each year, a panel of established artists and curators select 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 22, 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pastel Society of America 47th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! September 3 - September 28, 2019, Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY. Get the Complete Prospectus Here. Entry Deadline: June 17, 2019.

  • Essex Festival Group Gallery Show 6-week show at Spectrum Art Gallery in conjunction with the Outdoor Summer Arts Festival, Essex CT. This is a group show for artists and artisans participating in the Juried Essex Green Summer Arts Festival on June 15 and 16. Only artists participating in the Essex Arts Festival are invited to submit for this show. There is no specific theme. Note the Essex Green can only display a limited number of booths so, please, submit early to the festival and then after acceptance into the festival submit as soon as possible to the gallery group show which opens two weeks ahead of the Essex Green Festival. Put in the subject line Essex Arts Festival submissions. Opens May 31, 2019. Closes July 14, 2019. Receiving is May 19-May 23. Receiving hours are 12:30-6pm. For the event prospectus please go to: http://artscenterkillingworth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Prospectus-2019-Summer-Arts-Festival-Gallery-Group-Show.pdf. 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.

  • The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), in partnership with the U.S Coast Guard (USCG) and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of the American States (CIP-OAS), is excited to announce that our 10th annual bilingual art contest is open for submissions! The art contest is open to all students in grades K-12 residing in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean or to students outside the Americas with a parent serving active duty in the U.S Coast Guard. Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, March 31st at 11:59 pm. Six finalists from the K-5 category and 6 finalists from the 6-12 category will be featured in NAMEPA’s 2020 calendar and will receive free copies of the calendar. In addition, one Grand Prize winner from each category will also receive a $100 cash prize and gift package. The theme for this year’s contest is “All aboard! There’s a place for you in the maritime community!” which aims to highlight diversity and inclusion in the maritime community and the broad range of opportunities the industry has to offer. For more information and to submit go to www.namepa.net/art-contest. En Español:  www.namepa.net/concurso-de-arte

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. 

  • The Yale Center for British Art welcomes applications for Information Volunteers. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution by helping to carry out our mission to inform and educate the public about our collections. Following training, volunteers commit to the program for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive special benefits including private tours and a museum shop discount. If you would like to be part of a committed corps of individuals, possess a love and appreciation of art, and a fondness for interacting with the public, please email ycba.volunteer@yale.edu or call 203 432 9491 for more information.

  • 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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