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Film 

  • Submit to the Tribeca Film Festival A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance. For more information go to http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions

Funding

  • Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program. Performances, festivals, public art projects (proposed mural or other public art projects must be reviewed and discussed with Arts, Culture & Tourism staff prior to submission of an application), film, apprenticeships, workshops or training. Individuals who are presenting, teaching or practicing artists and non-profit arts or cultural organizations working with undeserved neighborhood-based communities in the City of New Haven are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000 in financial support. Letter of Intent due November 20 and Application packet deadline December 18. Click here to find out more.
  • New England Foundation for the Arts - Public Learning Fund. New: The Public 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 Learning Fund, NEFA intends to foster the continued development of more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant public spaces and public life throughout New England. Application Deadline: November 12, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern. Click here for more information.

  • 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 
  • Support for Live Performance Projects Nationwide The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining—and ultimately co-creating—a more equitable and vibrant society. Each year MAP supports original live performance projects throughout the United States that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. MAP has a particular interest in supporting artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape, including issues of class, sexual orientation, gender, generation, religious affiliation, and other aspects of cultural difference. Up to 45 grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 will be awarded in the upcoming grant cycle. The application process opens on October 21 and closes on November 25, 2019. (During the last three weeks of October, MAP offers support to applicants who would like staff to read and respond to a project description draft prior to submitting an application.) Visit the MAP website to download the 2020 Application Guide.

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.

  • Elm City Dance Collective and New Haven Pride Center will collaborate on a month-long process & performance workshop with a community of trans-identified people, non-dancers and dancers alike, to explore meaning, making and movement within the context of transgender identity, history and corporeality. The project asked the questions: How do we embody and perform our own history? How do we tell stories about ourselves through movement? How can we express trans-identity through dance? Want to participate? We are looking for 10-15 trans-identified people to participate in the creation and performance of work. Participants will be asked to attend three exploratory rehearsals and one performance. Email: elmcitydance@gmail.com. Rehearsal Dates: Sunday: Nov 3 & 10, 12:00 - 3:00pm Sunday: Nov 17, 4-6pm. Locations: NLTN Holistic Personal Training. 319 Peck St. Erector Square. New Haven. Building #2. Performance: Tuesday, Nov 19 @ 6pm // Location: TBD. If you have a conflict with one of the dates please let us know. We would still love for you to participate.

  • 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 Writing Fellowship is December 2. The deadline to apply for a 2020-21 Visual Arts Fellowship is February 1.

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

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 will be holding local Connecticut Equity auditions for its 2020 Goodspeed and Terris seasons, on Sunday, November 10 starting at 10 a.m. in East Haddam, Conn. Goodspeed is seeking adult male and female actors. All auditions are by appointment only. Appointments may be made starting immediately. Please call Company Management at (860) 873-8664, ext. 721, Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 p.m. Candidates must be available for 2 to 4 weeks of rehearsal and a 2 to 12-week performance run between March 17, 2020 (first rehearsal for South Pacific) and November 22, 2020 (close of Candide). Interested local performers should bring a resume, photo and sheet music for a 32-bar cut of an up-tempo song and a ballad.  Music must be legible and in the proper key (No lead sheets please). An accompanist will be provided. Goodspeed reaffirms its commitment to non-discrimination and a flexible, imaginative casting policy.  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
  • Spectrum Gallery is issuing a call for artists for their holiday show – “Let’s Celebrate!” We all celebrate in different ways for many occasions, including various holidays, births, anniversaries, weddings or just because we’re happy! We are calling for abstract and representation art in all mediums including photography which illustrate through imagery, color, pattern or subject matter this idea. This is an extremely popular show at Spectrum and space is limited.  The gallery store will be looking for seasonal items including ornaments for the gallery’s annual tree. Store items do not need to follow the theme. Opens November 22 , 2019. Closes January 12, 2019. Receiving begins Sunday Nov. 10-15 (no 11/11). 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

  • 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. 

  • Arte's 2nd Annual Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest. You could win $100! Here’s your chance to show your inner artist. You must be enrolled in a New Haven Public School and in good standing. Must have passing grades, good attendance and no disciplinary issues. Finalist’s records will be checked prior to award. What to Enter: A Holiday Design which captures the spirit of the season, is not religious and is inclusive of all groups and people. Must be original work, photo, illustration or computer graphic. Complete the entry form & email it with your design as jpeg or pdf. Entry Deadline: November 13, 2019. More info and entry form at arte-inc.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

  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art Open Call 2020 Apply now! Artist submissions will be considered for a wide range of opportunities, including an exhibition guest curated by Two Coats of Paint’s Sharon Butler, solo and project spaces, online exhibitions, and other off-site programming. Deadline to apply: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.

  • Mark Twain Library Art Show December 6-15, 2019. A Fundraiser for the Mark Twain Library. Artwork will be received Wednesday, December 4 at Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road, Redding, CT 9am-12pm. 2019 celebrated juror: Del-Bourree Bach. Details and rules at http://marktwainlibrary.org/fundraising/art/artists/ Entry Form must be submitted by midnight, Friday, November 29th. 

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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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