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General 

  • NXTHVN—a newly-established, multidisciplinary arts incubator in New Haven, Connecticut—is currently recruiting for our 2020 Studio and Curatorial Fellowship Programs. The open call is live here, and the Fellowships run from January - December, 2020. Our first year of the program has been highly successful, and we are hoping that you can help us spread the word to the emerging artists and curators in your amazing network. If you have questions regarding the application criteria, please look here. Deadline is July 31.

  • The 2020 application for Zion National Park's Artist-in-Residence program is now live. Three month-long spots are available: February, September, and mid-October to mid-November, 2020. Applications are due by July 31, 2019. You can access the application directly here: https://zion.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/48730 In addition to uploading examples of your work, you'll also need to submit a statement of purpose for your residency (no more than one double-spaced page) and your resume.

  • Hera Gallery Presents the Exhibition, In God We Trust: Reflections on Religion in America, juried by: Nezka Pfeifer. The exhibition is an exploration of both the diversity and ubiquity of faith in America, and the complex ways in which religion intersects with American culture. At the junction of religion and culture in America, contemporary and historical issues of race, gender, politics, economics, law, medicine and science have been informed by religion. Religion has been used to justify cultural phenomena whose impacts have had both positive and negative consequences. Religion has been used to justify oppression, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and classism; yet it has also been a force of social good through community building, offering hope in dark times and providing a counterpoint to oppression. Application Deadline: August 1st, 2019. Open to works of any medium including performance and installation. 3D limited to 100 lbs and must fit through a 5’10” x 6’8” door. 2D must also fit through said door. Click HERE to Apply.

Film

  • The international Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival showcases young filmmakers from around the world sharing ideas about making peace at home. Because we believe peace is a human right, the Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival empowers young people everywhere in the world with access to any technology available to share their ideas, innovative approaches and individual voices with one another in their quest for a better world. Youth 18 and under are invited to make a video relating how to make Peace In The Streets. Films can be made on any device: phones, tablets, or video cameras. Films will be judged by the originality and creativity. Winners could go to the United Nations. Films are shown at the Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival. The Festival gives youth of the world a voice in world affairs – their opportunity to speak and tell their story of how they would make Peace in the Streets. Read the rules and learn more at http://psgff.org Submission deadline: September 15, 2019

Funding

  • The Arts Project grant program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with COA's READI framework. Grant requests must range between $5,000 - $15,000. Eligible Applicants: Connecticut Artist - must apply with a fiscal sponsor OR apply using their legal business entity; Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor; 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of offering publicly accessible arts-based program(s) or project(s)projects; Municipal Department; School District; College / University. Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Applicants should visit Arts Project's webpage for additional information and how to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to register for the Arts Project webinar to take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 3 - 4 pm. 

  • The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut's arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their mission. This type of grant is flexible rather than for specific projects or programs and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed. An applicant must be either an Arts Organization or a Municipal Arts Department. Please review the definition of and required criteria for an arts organization and a municipal arts department on the program's webpage. First-time applicants to the Supporting Arts program are required to confirm eligibility by contacting Rhonda Olisky. Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size. Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applicants should visit Supporting Arts webpage for additional information and how to apply.

Music

  • Hamden Symphony Orchestra seeks musicians interested in joining the group for its 2019-2020 concert-season. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:15 pm at Hamden Memorial Town Hall (2372 Whitney Avenue) beginning September 5th. All string instruments and Bassoon, Oboe, French Horn, Percussion are particularly needed, but please inquire for openings in other sections. If you are interested in joining, please e-mail info@hamdensymphony.org or fill out the contact form on our website, www.hamdensymphony.org. Please mention your instrument.

  • 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

  • Call for Musicians for the Oddfellows Circus Band! Oddfellows Playhouse seeks volunteer musicians for the Children’s Circus of Middletown. The Band is an integral part of the show, a spectacular outdoor circus performance for over 1,000 spectators! We seek musicians on woodwind, brass and other instruments, with a good attitude, sense of humor, and desire to play together in a creative way. The Circus band is a combination of adult and student musicians. The Band Director is Joseph Getter, a local musician, teacher and parent with over 20 years of experience as a member of this group. Rehearsals will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street in Middletown, beginning on June 19 from 7 to 9pm, and continuing with two or three practices per week. There is a mandatory all-day Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, August 1 from 9am to 3pm. The Circus performance will be on Friday, August 2 at 5 pm, with a band call at 4pm. The rain date is Saturday, August 3. For more information or to sign up, please contact Joseph Getter at the Playhouse by calling (860) 347-6143, or by email to info@oddfellows.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.

  • 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.
  • Studio Share Printmaking studio at Erector Square. Great light, well equipped, Charles Brand Press 51" x 36". 3'x 3' hotplate for encaustic work. Flat files. Great space to work! Contact Liz Pagano at  203-675-1105 or lizpagano@snet.net.

Theater

Visual Arts

  • Town Green District is opening a Call for Artist Proposals, inviting artists based in New Haven, Greater New Haven and beyond to submit designs of art installations ready to display in vacant storefronts in Downtown New Haven.  All submitted work will be reviewed by Town Green District and a panel of downtown neighbors. Proposals that feature light, vibrant color schemes, and a compelling visual story are encouraged. Artists whose proposals are selected will have up to two weeks to install their creations. Artists will retain the rights to the work and will be credited via a sign on the window and on the Windowed World website. Artists will receive a stipend and will be reimbursed for a budgeted amount of material costs. To apply, please prepare a proposal according to the Call for Artist Proposal PDF and send via email to the Special Projects Manager, Elizabeth Bickley: elizabeth@downtownnewhaven.com

  • 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.

  • The Farmington Libraries are calling for artists to submit for our summer/fall curated art show, running from August 12 through October 11, 2019. This season, we are getting back to basics with the theme “Primary Colors.” All types of hangable media are welcome. We will hold a reception for the selected artists on Thursday, September 26, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive. To apply, please submit up to four images and include a list that identifies each image by title, medium, and price. 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. The entry of your artwork constitutes your acceptance of these terms. Deadline for submission: July 29, 2019.

  • The Cambridge Art Association welcomes all artists working in a photographic medium to submit work for consideration for the open photo exhibit. All artists must live/work in the United States, and be 18 years of age or older. Submission Deadline is August 1 at 11:59pm. Click here for complete entry guidelines + entry link.

    The Cambridge Art Association welcomes all artists working in a photographic medium to submit work for consideration for the open photo exhibit. All artists must live/work in the United States, and be 18 years of age or older. Submission Deadline is August 1 at 11:59pm. Click here for complete entry guidelines + entry link.

  • Call for Artists The Madison Art Society will hold it's 44th annual juried exhibition and sale from July 29 - August 16 at the Mill Gallery in Guilford CT. All Connecticut artists are encouraged to enter two works of art. All medium accepted with the exception of crafts, prints using xerographic, digital or other photographic processes, reproductions or photography. For more information and to download the prospectus and entry forms, please go to the MAS website madisonartsocietyct.org. Questions may be directed to info@madisonartsocietyct.org.

  • International Talent Competition – 2019 Painting Contest For the 2019 painting contest, we are inviting the following entries: Watercolor, Oil Painting, Pastel and Acrylic, as well as Chinese Lian Huan Hua. The submission guidelines can be viewed at jointalents.com. The final western painting submission is due on July 20, 2019. Final Chinese painting submission is due on August 1, 2019.

  • WORK_SPACE is pleased to announce our “Auto-Fueled Art Exhibit” to take place in the Main and Loop Galleries. We invite artists who have work that displays, pays homage to, or is made out of automobile materials to join this celebration of all things auto. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis starting March 1, 2019. Email samples of your work or links to online gallery to: Info@WORKSPACEmanchester.com, subject heading: Auto Art. The WORK_SPACE manager along with a team of community members from the worlds of art and autos will be selecting which pieces to include. There is limited space for 3-D works due to the multi-purpose uses of the gallery space; however we encourage everyone to submit their favorite work as we are striving for a diverse and eclectic collection. For more information click here.

  • Spectrum Art Gallery has a call for artists for its Summer Show: Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers – a 7 week show. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season by featuring the interactions between some of nature’s best gardeners.  This show welcomes pieces in all mediums. Opens July 26, 2019. Closes September 15, 2019. Receiving is July 13, 14, 16, 17, 18. There will not be receiving on July 15 or 19. Please note receiving hours are 1-6pm. 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

  • Be a part of the 5th Annual Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Show in Hartford and join the high quality exhibitors that have been successful. Categories are limited so apply today!  Click here for the 2019 Application. 

  • Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery announce a Call for Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters for the 2019 Madison Town Green Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival (October 12th and 13th) and Gallery Group Show (September 27 – November 10). Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay. Ways to Participate - 1) Exhibit at the two-day Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival on the Madison Town Green, Madison, Connecticut. Demonstrate, discuss and sell your artwork. Participation required both days of Festival. 2) Submit work for consideration in the 6-week Spectrum Gallery Group Show at the Center’s Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT. Only Outdoor Arts Festival participants are eligible to exhibit in the Spectrum Show. For information -http://www.spectrumartgallery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Prospectus-2019-Autumn-Arts-Festival-Gallery-Group-Show-1.pdf

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. 

  • 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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