Creative Opportunities

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  • 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 

  • 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.


  • Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship At the intersection of art and social change, this five-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields. Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through a supportive environment of space, access, and community. The program accepts six national and international fellows in each cohort. Cohort 4- Fall 2020- Fellowship Dates: September 1, 2020 - February 14, 2021. Location: Halcyon Arts Lab, 1801 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007. Who should apply? Emerging artists who are interested in further investigating a socially engaged practice and creating lasting connections and partnerships in Washington, DC. Halcyon defines emerging artists as an early career artist has demonstrated promising artistic development and demonstrates dedication to their practices but is at a pivotal point in their career where they could benefit from further training and support. What is included? Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows have access to the following: Studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice. A competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs: $5000 Stipend and additional funding available for materials and program expenses. Five months of off-site residential accommodation. A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques. Opportunities for networking and critique from experienced professionals. Collaboration and networking with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs, and our program partner organizations in Washington, D.C. Presentation opportunities and ability to guide and build public programming. Visit for more information.

  • Summer Apprenticeship Program 2020 Calling all New Haven Public High School students! Apply for the 20th Annual Summer Apprenticeship Program this summer. Program Dates are July 6 – 24, 2020. The program runs Mondays-Fridays, 1-4pm. All materials, snacks and $175 work stipends provided. Deadline to apply is May 29, 2020 at 5pm. Students will be notified of acceptance by June 8, 2020. Learn More.

  • Aleshea Harris, the multi-award-winning playwright will lead the Annual Playwright Retreat at La MaMa Umbria International, August 17-27, 2020. She will inspire and provide feedback to playwrights from many countries who come to La MaMa Umbria to develop new plays or continue working on scripts they have begun. Aleshea Harris won the 2016 Relentless Award, an OBIE award for playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Harris was awarded the Next Step Award from Samuel French and has commissions with Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group and the Almeida Theatre. Over the past twenty years, La MaMa Umbria has hosted hundreds of mid-career artists who come to refresh their skills, learn new forms of making theatre and experience the restorative atmosphere of this historic artist residence created by Ellen Stewart. For application and more information:

  • CT Center for the Book accepting submissions for the 2020 CT Book Awards What is it? Connecticut Book Awards recognize the best books by authors and llustrators from Connecticut or books about Connecticut. Deadline: April 17, 2020. Entry Fee: Starts at $40.00. Categories Accepted: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers broken into three subcategories: Picture Books, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Special Category: The Bruce Fraser "Spirit of Connecticut"’ Award honoring the memory of longtime director Bruce Fraser. The awards ceremony will be held in October 2020. Final date is to be determined. GUIDELINES and APPLICATION.

  • 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.

  • Connecticut Center for the Book is Accepting Submissions for the 2020 Connecticut Book Awards. Connecticut Book Awards recognize the best books by authors and illustrators from Connecticut or books about Connecticut from the previous year. Categories include: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers broken into three subcategories: Picture Books, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The Bruce Fraser “Spirit of Connecticut” Award honors the memory of long-time director Bruce Fraser and celebrates Connecticut’s sense of place. The deadline for submission is April 17, 2020. Finalists will be announced in September and winners announced at an awards ceremony in October 2020. Criteria, guidelines and the online submission form may be found on Questions? Contact


  • 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

  • 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

Visual Arts

  • Call to Artists “Essex Festival Group Gallery Show” This is a group show for artists and artisans participating in the Essex Green Summer Arts Festival on June 20 and 21.  Only artists participating in the Essex Arts Festival are invited to submit for this show.  There is no specific theme.  Both the Essex Arts Festival and the gallery group show are wonderful opportunities to become involved with Spectrum Art Gallery. 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. Receiving: May 17th-May 22, 1-6pm except for Monday the 18th when we are closed. Show opens: May 29th, closes: July 12th.

  • Call to Artists The Providence Art Club invites artists from throughout the United States to submit their recent work for an exciting open juried exhibition opportunity. Each year, the Art Club welcomes non-member artists from across the country to submit work for an open exhibition. This year's show will celebrate the best in contemporary art by makers from throughout the United States regardless of theme, style, or media. Founded in 1880, the Providence Art Club is one of the oldest arts organizations in the nation and the first such Club to be co-founded by women and men. This year’s National Open Juried Exhibition will be juried by Dr. Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of the Yale Center for British Art. It will feature $6,000 in prizes include a $1,000 Best in Show award. For more information or to apply, please visit

  • 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:; (646) 336-8053.

  • 6x6 is an international phenomenon of thousands of artworks from all over the world and it’s completely free to enter. Simply fill out an entry form and mail, or deliver your 6-inch by 6-inch artwork to Rochester Contemporary Art Center by April 11 or postmarked April 10. 6x6 is hosted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), a small, non-profit art center in Rochester, NY! This annual exhibition, raises critical funds needed to pay artists, maintain our building and administer contemporary art programming. You can enter up to three artworks to be a part of this amazing project and support our mission. Learn more about 6x6 at and on social media using #roco6x6 and @roco137.

  • Open Call: BOT_ish An unjuried exhibition about tech and touch. May 3 – June 21, 2020. Submit online by noon Sun., April 26 | We invite all culture-producers to participate in Bot_ish — an exhibition that addresses issues of human agency, the body, and the environment as applicable to the field of robotics. Examining the increasingly nebulous lines between human and machine, and the interplay between human and AI (“artificial” intelligence), this exhibit will feature work inspired by and responding to the mechanization of modern life.

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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
  • 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
  • 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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