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Dance 

  • The Danbury Music Centre invites performers of all ages from area communities in Connecticut and New York to audition for the Nutcracker Ballet, now in its 52nd year. Auditions are held based on age beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 20th OR at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st. Dancers should fill out an audition form online at http://danburymusiccentre.org/programs/nutcracker-ballet/ and attend an audition at Danbury High School. Additional audition and program information are available on the website. Danbury Nutcracker Performances are scheduled on December 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2019 at Danbury High School. Each performance features the live accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra. For more information about the production, please contact the Danbury Music Centre at (203) 748-1716.

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.

  • 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 City of New Haven, CT is now accepting qualifications from interested consultants and artists to assist the City with the design, fabrication, and installation of a William Lanson silhouette sculpture for the William Lanson Memorial Plaza! The William Lanson Memorial Plaza aims to honor the life and accomplishments of William Lanson (1776-1851), a former slave and one of the earliest black entrepreneurs in Connecticut. Lanson’s significant contributions to City of New Haven include, but are not limited to, the development of an extended harbor at Long Wharf, the construction of a retaining wall for the harbor basin of the Farmington Canal, and cofounding the Temple Street Church, known today as the Dixwell United Church of Christ. If interested, we welcome you to submit your qualifications and requested materials via the New Haven Purchasing Portal link (and follow the “William Lanson Memorial Art Installation” Solicitation link). Supporting documentation, including site location, existing site survey, concept drawings, and a conceptual site plan are provided on the purchasing portal. New Haven Purchasing Portal: https://newhavenct.bonfirehub.com/portal/?tab=openOpportunities

  • National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures: Fund for the Arts The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is dedicated to the promotion of the Latino arts field in the United States. The NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to assist Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation, and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. The Fund is open to U.S.-based Latino working artists, ensembles, and Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts. The application deadline is September 25, 2019. Visit the NALAC website to review the guidelines for each type of grant offered by the Fund for the Arts.

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

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
  • The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will hold auditions, by appointment only, for the 2019 holiday season on Friday, September 6 starting at 6:30 pm and Saturday, September 7 starting at 1:00 pm. Auditions will be held at the Branford United Methodist Church, located at 811 East Main Street in Branford, CT. Contact info@ctyuletide.com to schedule an audition. The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers engage several Victorian a cappella quartets, costumed in Dickens-style costumes, to perform traditional and contemporary holiday carols at various holiday activities all around the state, including town holiday celebrations, senior residences and centers, shopping centers, private functions, and public events. We are seeing vocalists for the following voice parts: ALTO: Vocalist also serves as group leader – setting pitch/tempos, selecting music, coordinating breaks, collecting payment from client. TENOR: Must have weekday daytime availability. Adults only. Must be able to stand for 1-4 hours (with breaks). You will provide your own transportation, although group does carpool when possible. 5 to 6 Sunday evening rehearsals during Oct/Nov to be held in Branford, CT. We are looking for singers from all areas of Connecticut (no out-of-state inquiries, please). More information about the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers can be found at www.ctyuletide.com.

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

  • Goodspeed Musicals is holding auditions for local Non-Equity child actors between ages 7-10 for its upcoming production of A Connecticut Christmas Carol. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Alice Hammerstein Mathias Rehearsal Studio in East Haddam, Conn. The role of Tiny Tim will be played by a fragile boy ages 7-10.  Candidates must be a strong actor and the boys need a solid unchanged singing voice. All auditions are by appointment only.  Appointments may be made starting immediately.  Please call (860) 873-0021, Monday through Friday, 10 am - 5 pm to schedule an appointment. Interested performers should prepare one 16-bar cut up-tempo song and one 16-bar cut ballad.  Bring a resume, photo and sheet music.  Music must be legible and in the proper key (no lead sheets please). An accompanist will be provided. Candidates must be available for rehearsals, November 13th – December 4th, and performances, December 5th – December 29th.  Rehearsals occur in East Haddam, Conn. and performances occur in Chester, Conn. Performers of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.

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 Woven Tale Press hosts our annual art competition, with this year’s category being painting (can include mixed-media). Winners are awarded cash prizes, and the first place award: a one-week stay in our expanded 1909 charming retreat house in the legendary Hamptons, NY. A destination to artists from around the world—home to the Pollack-Krasner House, Parrish Art Museum, and contemporary art galleries. One block to NYC train, Atlantic ocean beach and town; accommodations for two; full amenities; flexible bookings. Submissions open August 15, 2019-Oct 15, 2019. This years judge: Emilia Dubicki, who has been awarded artist residencies from the I-Park Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center; and the Wurlitzer Foundation. For more information go to https://www.thewoventalepress.net/wtp-literary-art-competitions/

  • 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.

  • 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

  • First Street Gallery announces a unique exhibition opportunity, "9 for 19," opening January 9th, 2020 held in our Chelsea gallery located at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, NY 10001. The show will highlight a select group of nine artists, who will have an exhibition area of approximately 12' x 12' of wall space (not necessarily contiguous). Artists with 3D work will be given the equivalent amount of floor space. Selected artists may, within reason, use their space in whatever manner they feel shows their work to its best advantage. Artists will be required to submit a planned layout prior to installation and are strongly encouraged to install their own work. Apply Now! Deadline is September 15.

  • The New Haven Free Public Library seeks proposals for exhibitions in the Ives Gallery to take place during 2020. The Ives Gallery is proud to exhibit work that reflects and celebrates the rich diversity of greater New Haven’s cultural community. The Library is excited to receive proposals from the greater New Haven community. Eligible applicants include: Individual, pairs or groups of artists, Independent curators, Nonprofit organizations, Public or Private K-12 Schools, Colleges, Universities as well as associated teachers and students. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of members from the New Haven Free Public Library and the New Haven arts and culture community.  During review of proposals, panelists will consider the following: Artistic experience, Work is appropriate for Ives Gallery and public community, Work reflects the diversity of the community and/or provides opportunity for community enrichment or engagement, Exhibitor(s) has/have sufficient pieces for a gallery show, Quality and completeness of application. For more information and to download the Guidelines and Proposal, please visit nhfpl.org/ives-gallery-open-call. Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019.

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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