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Funding

  • 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 

  • The Public Art Learning Fund provides small grants of $500 to $2,000 to support professional development opportunities for New England artists to strengthen their public art practices. Through the Public Art Learning Fund, NEFA intends to foster the continued development of more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant public spaces and public life throughout New England.
  • The Creative Capital Award is designed to assist artists who are working at the vanguard of their fields, or who have ideas to propel their artistic practices forward. Each selected project receives up to $100,000 in total support: $50,000 in direct funding allocated at key intervals in project development, combined with $50,000 of deep mentorship and advisory services. The application opens on an annual basis every February. More information can be found here.

General 

  • Figure models needed for two art colleges. One college is in Hamden and the other is in Old Lyme Connecticut. The Hamden school pays $13:50 per hour and the Old Lyme school pays $17.50 per hour. Classes are 3 to 6 hours mostly daytime hours (8:30 am to 4pm) some evenings and Saturdays. Please contact Wendell Jones, Model Coordinater at (203) 287-3031, Ext.110.

  • Long Wharf Theatre is forming a STAGE SQUAD for our 2019-2020 season! We are seeking passionate and energetic student volunteers interested in assisting in our pre- show experience! The STAGE SQUAD members will engage with patrons and LWT staff. All STAGE SQUAD members are invited to stay and experience the full production for FREE. The Long Wharf Theatre STAGE SQUAD will act as our community hype team both at Long Wharf Theatre and in their schools, networks and communities! We will sign any and all volunteer slips for classes or graduation requirements. This program is open to those in grades 9 -12 and those enrolled in college/University! Students can sign up with this Google Form.

  • PVDFest is a free, four-day (June 11-14) festival in downtown Providence, RI. Whether you are a festival lover, a volunteer, a local performer, or international artist, PVDFest brings a world-class experience right into the heart of downtown Providence, RI. The City’s signature arts festival will return for its sixth year from June 11-14, 2020. We are currently looking for musicians, traditional and heritage performance, choreographers, dancers, young performers, happenings, and writers with more opportunities to come (public artists, vendors, artisans and craftspeople: your applications are coming later this month!). Regional artists and organizations are eligible to apply. Please visit https://pvdfest.com/ for details.

  • Coachman Square in Woodbridge is looking for energetic, creative and compassionate volunteers! At Coachman square we: Encourage self-expression; Foster emotional connections with others; Lessen any anxiety and irritability that Alzheimer’s may bring; Make people with Alzheimer’s feel more engaged; Stir memories. Some activities include: Bake or cook simple recipes together. Clean around the house. Sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment. Do arts and crafts, such as knitting and painting. Organize household or office items, particularly if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks. Play music or sing songs. Tend the garden. Work on puzzles. Play an instrument. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, please call or stop by at: 21 Bradley Rd. Woodbridge, CT. 203-397-7544.  Please ask for Karla, Mind and Memory Care Director.

  • Fine Arts Work Center Fellowships are open to writers and visual artists in the emerging stages of their careers.  Fellows may be citizens of any country.  Juries of working writers and artists make the admissions decisions.  The Work Center awards fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers a year.  In the visual arts, 2D, 3D and time-based work is considered, and 10 fellowships are awarded.  The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds. The deadline to apply for a 2020-21 Visual Arts Fellowship is February 1.

  • Oddfellows Playhouse is hosting the second annual Middletown Teen Talent Search on Saturday, January 25. The event is open to local performers ages 12 – 19, and there will be cash prizes of $300 - $100 for the top five acts. The final round will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, January 25 at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown, is open to the public, 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 23, and there is a $5 per person registration fee. Qualifying rounds will be held between 1 – 5 pm on January 25, 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.

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
  • The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the 42nd Young Artists Competition! Students are invited to register from November 4, 2019 through January 31, 2020. To be eligible, students must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 academic year, cannot be a previous first place winner of the HSO’s Young Artists Competition and must play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, alto saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, or bass. The preliminary pre-screening round will consist of an online registration (or mailed application) and judging process beginning on November 4, 2019 and running through January 31, 2020. Students will be able to access and submit all forms and an audio submission of pre-approved repertoire at https://hartfordsymphony.org/education-community/student-opportunities/yac/. Candidates must also mail a $75 non-refundable application fee to Hartford Symphony Orchestra, ATTN: Young Artists Competition, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 to be considered for the subsequent rounds. Information about the competition schedule is available at hartfordsymphony.org.

  • Thinking about joining a choir? Sing with the New Haven Oratorio Choir! We will be holding an "Open Rehearsal" on Wednesday, January 15th at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (830 Whitney Avenue, New Haven) from 8 to 10 pm. You are welcome to rehearse with us or to just observe as we work on new pieces. It's a great way to get to know the choir and to decide for yourself if you would like to join. We'll have refreshments too. For more information click here.

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

  • Madison Lyric Stage, a professional company entering its ninth season serving the Connecticut Shoreline, will hold auditions for its 2020 season on Saturday, January 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Madison, CT. The company is looking for singers and actors for its planned productions of: a double bill of Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica and Schoenberg’s monodrama Erwartung in March/April, Mart Crowley’s landmark play The Boys in the Band in July, and the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler masterpiece musical Sweeney Todd in October. All productions will be directed by Marc Deaton, and take place at the historic Deacon John Grave House in Madison in an immersive setting. Most roles are still open, ranging from leading to ensemble and understudy, including an emerging artist program. Diversity of age, gender and ethnicity are of paramount importance. Compensation is available for some non-union performers depending on experience. An Equity Special Appearance contract may be available for certain roles. Auditions are by appointment only. For audition consideration and information please email your photo and resume to info@madisonlyricstage.org. Please prepare a song or aria, and/or a one-two 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. More information about Madison Lyric Stage can be found at madisonlyricstage.org.

Visual Arts

  • The Bruce S. Kershner gallery is planning a Community Art Show with the theme Memories. We are asking artists to submit one piece of art exploring Memories as a theme. Show dates: January 25-March 21, 2020. Interested artists should mail the entry form with the entry fee of $25 made out to Friends of the Fairfield Library by January 17 and deliver their work to the library on Thursday January 23 between the hours of 9-11am or 5-7pm. Entry forms must be mailed to Kershner Curatorial Committee, 5 Lantern Hill Rd. Easton, CT 06612 Opening Reception will take place on January 31st from 6-8pm. We will limit the number of entries on a first come first serve basis. Entry forms can be found on the Fairfield Library website www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/our- community/bruce-s-kershner-gallery/ or by emailing bskgallery@gmail.com 

  • Spectrum Gallery announces a Call for Artists for their first exhibit of 2020 – Appreciating the Everyday. This show features imagery in all mediums of daily events and objects we may all take for granted and fail to appreciate for their ability to make our lives easier and more pleasurable, i.e. the family dinner, a bottle of wine, a fireplace or even a fan, etc.  Please contact barbara@spectrumartgallery.org for submissions and for more information please see http://www.spectrumartgallery.org/future-exhibitions/. Receiving: Jan. 12-17th except for Monday the 13th when we are closed. Receiving times are 1-6pm. Show opens: Jan. 24th with a reception from 6:30-9pm. Closes: March 15th

  • 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
  • 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

  • First Street Gallery 2020 National Juried Exhibition Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 yrs. old. 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: $40/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional work, max. 6. Online application only. See prospectus for details. Work must be received by March 31, 2020. Contact: njeinquiries@firststreetgallery.org; (646) 336-8053.

  • The Cambridge Art Association is pleased to announce its call for art for the 2020 National Prize Show, juried by Sharon Butler. Sharon is a painter, and publisher of the popular arts blog, Two Coats of Paint. The entry period for the 2020 National Prize Show opens on January 20th, with a March 9th deadline. Entries are open to all artists living/working in the United States, aged 18 and older. We cannot accept international entries. Click here to learn more!

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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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