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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.

  • The Guilford Performing Arts Festival will now be offering six Artists' Awards and a total of $15,000 in grants to Connecticut performing artists who create original, new work for premiere at the 2021 festival. Awards will be given in music, dance, drama and spoken word. If you're a performing artist and meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply for an award. There will be six Artists' Awards—one or more in each of four categories: dance, drama, music and spoken word. Each award comes with a $2,500 grant for the creation of original, new work to be premiered at the next festival in September 2021. Applications open May 31 and close on July 31. Recipients will be announced in late summer or early fall this year. Click here to learn about and apply for the 2020 Artists' Awards.

General 

  • Arte is looking for instructors to conduct virtual programs in July. Individual instructors will teach 2-4 sessions per week for four weeks.  Each session will run 45-60 minutes depending on topic.  ARTE will pay $50 per session. The program is for at-risk high school youth. We are interested in offering a variety of topics and sessions. Sessions can be art, cooking, physical fitness, technology, graphic design, photography, music, web design, social media, poetry, prose etc.… We are open to ideas and suggestions.  Sessions or topics focusing on social justice are of particular interest. Please contact David Greco, Co-Founder/Director, Arte, arteinc@comcast.net 

  • The Mattatuck Museum is collecting and documenting how COVID-19 has affected our local community. By preserving local responses and the impact on Waterbury and surrounding residents, the Mattatuck Museum will be helping future researchers understand the local impact of these trying times. To complement newspaper articles, local government press releases, and other traditional archival material that we will be collecting, the Mattatuck Museum is also looking to document people’s everyday lives and how COVID-19 has affected them. What does your life look like now? How are you protecting yourself/your family? What kinds of activities are you doing to pass the time? How are you celebrating birthdays/holidays? What do you think people should remember about this time? What we are looking for: Written narratives about your and/or your family’s experiences during COVID-19; Photographs of you and/or your family during isolation; Photographs of artwork about COVID-19, or artwork created during COVID-19; Short videos can also be included. Please don’t include specific and personal medical information. Medical information is protected and private. If you have a physical object that you would like to donate to the museum that either represents your experiences with COVID-19, or is an object you've used to protect yourself, please email Collections Manager, Wayne Eldred at wayne@mattmuseum.org. (Please include image(s) and description of the objects(s) in email correspondence.) Participate Here.

  • The Connecticut Dance Alliance is proud to announce the 2nd annual Jump Start Award! The Connecticut Dance Alliance Jump Start Award provides multi-layered support for Connecticut's choreographers creating original work in any dance genre and at any career level. With a mission to strengthen the field of dance in Connecticut, the Connecticut Dance Alliance Jump Start Award seeks to support dance makers move forward and "jump start" their careers by providing artists with: A maximum of $500 in implementation funds to create or complete a project or "jump start" their work or career. 3 hours of consulting/mentorship with a mentor in a chosen area of need and/or interest to the artist such as artistic, technical, marketing and communication, or business planning to assist in project implementation. A series of cohort (awardees) meetings to connect choreographers, build relationships and allow for co-learning. 1-year free choreographer membership in The Connecticut Dance Alliance. An opportunity to showcase your work at the Jumpstart Studio Showcase Event. Each year between two and four awardees are selected by CDA's selection panel. With an emphasis on diverse genres and dance styles, the selection panel looks for choreographers who are at any phase of their careers. From emerging choreographers to established dance creators, all artists are encouraged to apply. More information and applications are available on our website. Applications are due June 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Questions can be directed to Erica Nelson at enelson522@verizon.net 

  • 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.

  • Homewatch CareGivers of New Haven in partnership with J. Mane Gallery, is launching “The Art of Aging,” a virtual Art Exhibit and Contest for 2020. The exhibit and contest invites artists with a creative spirit to share their vision of aging for a chance to win cash prizes. The competition is national, allowing people from across the United States to create and submit art that celebrates the diversity, dignity, and beauty of the aging experience. “Aging impacts us all. Photographs and paintings are a meaningful way to show the to show both the beauty and realities of aging. They can help us understand older adults and the aging experience in a positive and refreshing new light.” — Mary Elizabeth Peterson, Co-Owner of Homewatch CareGivers of New Haven, a local professional abstract artist with a studio at Erector Square and show juror. “The Art of Aging” is designed for hobbyists to showcase their creative talents and for professional artists to share their passion for making art. “The Art of Aging” entries are juried by a panel of distinguished judges to select the winners. The show will be displayed online with J. Mane Gallery and at a special exhibit in the gallery of Homewatch’s Foundry Square New Haven location during the summer of 2020. “The Art of Aging” contest runs from May 13, 2020 to July 11, 2020 with winners announced and the online exhibition to open on July 18, 2020. The deadline for submission is July 11, 2020. The contest is open to participants 18 years and older who live in the United States. For a complete list of dates, prizes and rules, please visit: https://www.jmanegallery.com/the-art-of-aging-call-for-entries 

  • Collecting Your COVID-19 Experiences The New Haven Museum is known as the repository of our shared local history. Did you know that we also document history as it's happening? We are reaching out to our community and asking them to share with us their lives in New Haven during this unprecedented time. Simply complete the form accessible through the link below. The stories we capture today will be preserved for our children, our grandchildren, and unknown generations to come. When it is safe to do so, the New Haven Museum will also be collecting objects relating to this time. Be sure to save your schoolwork, artwork, takeout menus, window hearts, and more. Share 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 https://halcyonhouse.org/arts-lab/apply for more information.

  • Adult and Teen Volunteers Needed for Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Art Gallery. Volunteers sought to assist at gallery opening receptions, gallery show installations, summer camps (counselors and models needed), and arts festivals and expo tables throughout the year. Teens earn community service credit. No experience necessary.  Call (860) 663-5593 or email artscenterkillingworth@gmail.com. Visit the volunteer page for more information and other volunteer opportunities at artscenterkillingworth.org/volunteer 

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

  • Madison Festival and Group Gallery Show 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 2020 Madison Town Green Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival. Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay. This is a group show for artists and artisans participating in the Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival on October 10 and 11, 2020. Only artists participating in the Madison Arts Festival on the green are invited to submit for the gallery show.  There is no specific theme.  Artists now have the option to use their own tents or rent space under one of our larger ones.  We will have 4 group tents this year so space is limited under these tents. Both the Madison Arts Festival and the gallery group show are wonderful opportunities to become involved with Spectrum Art Gallery. Put in the subject line Madison Green Arts Festival. To view the Prospectus go to: http://spectrumartgallery.org/Prospectus-2020-Autumn-Arts-Festival.pdf Receives: Sept. 13-Sept. 18 except for Monday the Sept. 14th when we are closed. Receiving times are 1-6pm. Show opens: Sept. 25th. Closes: November 8th

  • Spectrum Art Gallery issues a Call for Artists for a summer exhibit – “Resurgence and Regrowth”. In this new Summer show we are looking for images in all mediums that reflect the season’s resurgence and regrowth giving us all hope for a happier and healthier future.  Resurgence opens July 17th and closes Sept. 6th.  Spectrum is always looking to form new relationships with artisans in the store. Receiving: July 7-10th For information on how to submit please see: https://www.spectrumartgallery.org/future-exhibitions/ 

     

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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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