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Funding 

  • The CT CARES Small Business Grant program is being offered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). It is a $50 million grant program to help small businesses and non-profits in Connecticut recover from the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.  Through the CT CARES Small Business Grant program, eligible businesses and nonprofits can receive a one-time $5,000 grant and all funds will be disbursed to approved applicants by December 30, 2020. Although minimal, there are specific eligibility requirements to receive the grant. Please review the eligibility requirements to make sure your business or nonprofit meets the requirements before you apply.  Program Overview | Frequently Asked Questions | Contact Information and Additional Support | Click HERE to view this content in Español.

  • 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 
  • Entrepreneurship Foundation Creative Industry Competitions. $25,000 in Encouragement Grants. Online submissions due Dec. 3, 2020. There are two competitions: one for the best artists and one for the best plans for creative businesses. You may enter either or both. Judging will be based on online application and uploaded portfolio. Competition information is available at this site. Entrants must be a Connecticut resident or attending an institution of higher education in the state.

  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has opened the fourth and final cycle of the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts. For this final cycle, NYFA has extended the eligibility categories to include Arts Educators: within the fine art and art history fields, specifically non-tenured, adjunct professors and lecturers in colleges, universities, as well as art educators within museums, art foundations, and other cultural organizations. Arts Publication Editors: who have a clear track record of contributing to arts publications. Arts Curators: who have a clear track record of making regular, curatorial contributions. Administered by NYFA with funding from The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and The Cy Twombly Foundation, this Fund will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/fine art photographer's assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, registrars, arts educators, arts publication editors, and arts curators in CT, NJ, and NY. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 14 at 11:59 PM EST.

General 

  • Big news, podcast fans and creators! For the first time ever, Tribeca Film Festival is opening up submissions for podcasts, our new vertical dedicated to audio storytelling. We’re looking for engaging fiction and narrative non-fiction audio stories and podcasts to showcase during our 20th-anniversary festival, taking place June 9-20, 2021. Submissions open December 2, 2020 for Official Selection consideration, with juried awards being granted to one fiction project and one narrative nonfiction project. The initial deadline for podcast submissions is January 13, 2021, with a final deadline of January 29. In the meantime, click here to learn more about all our submission categories, or click here to browse original Tribeca podcasts you can listen to right now.

  • Connecticut! Real Art Ways wants to share your ideas in our exhibition on monuments, Statues Also Die. As confederate and colonial monuments are toppled, defaced and forklifted into storage, the question arises: what (if anything) might take their place? Do you have thoughts about monuments? What story would your monument tell? Where would it live, what would it look like? We will take your idea – in words, and/or in images – and include it in Statues Also Die. Everyone can participate. (You do not have to be an artist.) Every submission will be included in the exhibition. For more information click here. We will receive submissions through January 21, 2021.

  • Come Sing With Us! The New Haven Oratorio Choir, a community-based chamber choir, invites singers of all voice parts to audition for a position in the choir.  Join us for a virtual season and a safe and enjoyable way to keep singing and be ready to return to live performances. Our fall season will consist of works by living composers including a couple of world premieres and these composers will have a chance to discuss of their works when we present our virtual concert late in November. Auditions will also be virtual and no fancy equipment is needed, just a smartphone, headphones and computer. Please contact Gretchen by phone (203-506-4813) or by email (membership@nhoratorio.org) to schedule an audition or for more information. 

  • Submissions for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival are officially open, and we can’t wait to see the stories you’ve all worked so hard to tell. For two decades, we’ve given space to creatives from around the world to share their perspectives and ideas, and this year, our mission continues. We hope you’ll join us! There are two ways to submit your project: through Tribeca’s Extranet or on FilmFreeway. The early deadline for submissions is October 21, 2020, with entry fees starting at $20. Need more time? Fear not! The final deadline isn’t until January 13, 2021, and we accept rough cut submissions across all categories. In fact, many of the projects submitted to us are works in progress, so don’t be afraid to show us what you’ve got so far! Plus, new for 2021, we’re thrilled to announce a virtual film festival specifically for feature and short work looking to make their online premiere — bringing the Tribeca experience and the best in independent film to online audiences. For more details on eligibility requirements across categories, please read our full submissions page or email entries@tribecafilm.com with any questions. Good luck!

  • Open Call: What Now? Call for Relevant Responses- all media welcome. www.elycenter.org/what-now-call Join our global call and share your response! Amid the current health crisis, we are all left looking not only at our present, but ahead to our future - what do we do now? How is the current health crisis affecting you, and what does the future look like? Novels such as  Brave New World, Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 describe surreal and dystopian futures that now seem eerily all too real—so what is the new normal? What Now?

  • Open Call: Your Pet Here Call for Pet-Centric Art in All Media www.elycenter.org/your-pet-here-call Now more than ever, the support and love we are offered from our pets is essential to our well-being and overall morale. In times of overwhelm, we can look forward to the unconditional love we receive from our animal companions. ECOCA wants to see your furry, feathered, slithery, and slimy family members in celebration of the pure joy they offer us in times of difficulty.

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

Visual Arts

  • Artists Sunday™ Artists Sign-up Artists Sunday is an arts-focused shopping day the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, the largest shopping weekend of the year! The goal is simple: to help artists sell more of their work during the fall holiday season and to help shoppers find unique, personal and hand-made gifts for their loved ones! You must be an original artist or craftsmen to participate as an artist. Participation is free. If you are not the artist (such as stores or galleries), then you do not qualify as an Artists Sunday Artist. Artists who join receive: A listing on the Artists Sunday Artists Directory. The Artists Sunday Toolkit – The marketing toolkit, available in early October, provides digital materials to generate buzz and awareness to promote to consumers and the media during the fall holiday season. Benefit from the Artists Sunday nationwide public relations campaign during the fall. Benefit from outreach of Artists Sunday Partners’ promoting Artists Sunday across the country. Use of the Artists Sunday logo, name and marketing materials. Please view the Artists FAQ for all the details. Any questions? Contact Artists Sunday here. Sign-up Today!
  • 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. 

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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

 

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