Creative Opportunities

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  • The International Association of New Haven invites organizations in the Greater New Haven area to submit proposals for grants that support international, intercultural and global understanding. The mission of the International Association of New Haven remains to support and fund innovative projects and programs that - Support the international community in Greater New Haven | Foster intercultural understanding | Encourage global thinking for all age groups. You are invited to submit a brief proposal (no more than 200 words, no graphics, no images) of a program or project by September 30, 2020. Please send proposal to If selected, you will be notified by November to submit a full application, with a January 30, 2021 deadline. Application process | Eligibility and Guidelines

  • 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. Deadline: November 16, 2020.
  • 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.

  • City Economic Resiliency Grants The City is accepting grant applications from organizations that wish to promote economic resiliency for New Haven businesses and residents through economic development, commercial revitalization, or job creation. To apply, please download the application at Economic Resiliency Grants, and then email it, along with any backup documentation, to by September 11 at 5:00 pm. For questions, please contact Ron Gizzi, 203-946-8358, or Allison Champlin or 203-946-6034.


  • First Night Hartford 2021 Call to Artists Event Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2020. 2PM-Midnight. Please submit the application at Deadline for application submission is September 30, 2020. First Night Hartford will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis and will contact accepted applicants by no later than November 1, 2020. This is an open invitation to any and all artists, performers, and entertainers - as per the spirit of First Night Hartford. Acts must be family-friendly. For the most part acts are geared toward youth in the afternoon/early evening and then for adults and teens in the evening. We welcome any appropriate performance type. Listed below are a few suggestions although performance types are not limited to this list. Art Installations, Dancing, Fun Games, Magic, Music, Theater Comedy, Improv, Artistic Demonstrations, Interactive Performances, Poetry, Storytellers, Street Buskers, Tours, Crafts, Face Painting, Juggling, Puppetry, Street Performers, Fortune Tellers, and more.

  • Come Sing With Us! The New Haven Oratorio Choir, a community-based chamber choir, invites singers of all voice parts to audition for a position in the choir.  Join us for a virtual season and a safe and enjoyable way to keep singing and be ready to return to live performances. Our fall season will consist of works by living composers including a couple of world premieres and these composers will have a chance to discuss of their works when we present our virtual concert late in November. Auditions will also be virtual and no fancy equipment is needed, just a smartphone, headphones and computer. Please contact Gretchen by phone (203-506-4813) or by email ( to schedule an audition or for more information. 

  • Submissions for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival are officially open, and we can’t wait to see the stories you’ve all worked so hard to tell. For two decades, we’ve given space to creatives from around the world to share their perspectives and ideas, and this year, our mission continues. We hope you’ll join us! There are two ways to submit your project: through Tribeca’s Extranet or on FilmFreeway. The early deadline for submissions is October 21, 2020, with entry fees starting at $20. Need more time? Fear not! The final deadline isn’t until January 13, 2021, and we accept rough cut submissions across all categories. In fact, many of the projects submitted to us are works in progress, so don’t be afraid to show us what you’ve got so far! Plus, new for 2021, we’re thrilled to announce a virtual film festival specifically for feature and short work looking to make their online premiere — bringing the Tribeca experience and the best in independent film to online audiences. For more details on eligibility requirements across categories, please read our full submissions page or email with any questions. Good luck!

  • Now looking for more vendors to sell at Hamden Farmers Market, Thursdays from 4-7pm in front of Red Barn. Market fee (for sales vendors) is $75 for half season Aug 13th - Sept 24th. Must get checked out with Hamden Police (vending license) and if selling food must be set with QVHD (health inspection. Non-sales organizations are invited to table at no cost and do not need police vending licenses or health inspections. Email to register.

  • Shubert apART Together Performance Series The apART Together series is meant to bring together performers and members of the community though a shared experience. While we are unable to host live performances in our space, we can provide virtual entertainment while helping local talent gain recognition and much-needed income. For 3 Saturday nights in September, we will stream a 30-40 minute performance from a local artist via Facebook Live. How it works:  The Shubert will reach out to local artists to recruit talent, primarily musical acts. Artists will be selected based on their broad-range appeal. Each artist that is chosen for this series will receive a $100 honorarium after the performance airs. Artists will also be able to receive tips though a virtual tip jar that will be added to the video before it goes live. Artist Provides: The artist will be asked to record a performance of 30-40 minutes. The artist will send the recording to the Shubert to air via the Shubert apART Together Performance series livestream. The artist gives the Shubert the right to air this performance and house it on Shubert digital platforms. The artist will also agree to cross-promote on their own social media platforms. Shubert Provides: The artist fee, along with the opportunity for the artist to receive donations on the personal platform of their choosing. We will also promote the performances and the artist via social media outlets. Submitting Videos: Artists can reach out to Lew Michaels, Director of Operations for the Shubert for more information or to request to submit a video, Lew can be reached via email at

  • NXTHVN is thrilled to announce that the Open Call for 2021-2022 Studio and Curatorial Fellowships has officially begun as of July 1, 2020. Each year, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a unique curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers. Open call ends on November 1 at 11:59pm. Click here to Apply now, or visit

  • Open Call: What Now? Call for Relevant Responses- all media welcome. 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 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.

  • Call for Submittal of Poems for a Green Poetry Anthology All poets who live in Connecticut are invited to send poems to be considered for inclusion in an anthology funded by an Academy of American Poets Grant to the State Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson. The anthology will be published by Grayson Books in Hartford and will be released in time for Earth Day, 2021. The anthology will be comprised of poems that take as their focus the living world that surrounds us in this time of climate crisis. Such poems are called by various names: climate crisis poetry, eco-poetry, nature poetry, “green” poetry. We are looking for poems that explore what you experience and respond to in the natural world around you, remembering that the natural world is impacted by human choices and actions. Wherever we live— city, town, village, country, woods, seaside, mountain—is affected by our social and political and spiritual choices. Pesticide run-off spoils rivers; industrial waste creates brown fields; incinerators get put in poor neighborhoods; as species go extinct, our lives also become endangered. In a time of crisis, it is crucial to write “love poems to the earth”— poems that praise and respect what it is to live on this earth and that pay attention to specific living beings. But “Nature” is not all primroses and otters. It is equally crucial to write poems that warn of the dangers as temperatures rise, oceans rise, weather pattern alter, and cities begin to sink. Making connections between racial and social injustice and environmental injustice, between ecosystems and social systems, between human and other living beings—all this is “Nature” poetry. We welcome poems from poets of every racial and cultural background and experience: we all live on this earth together. Submissions open August 1, 2020, and conclude on October 10, 2020. Poems will not be considered outside of this time period. Send no more than 3 poems of any length on a single document. You may send previously published poems IF you hold the rights to republish. Please number the pages and put only your name on the poems themselves. Electronic submissions only, via submittal to Grayson Books. Here’s the link for submission: Your poems will be read by several readers. The final judge for the anthology will be Margaret Gibson. Advisors for the anthology include Marilyn Nelson, Bessy Reyna, David Leff. Payment will be a copy of the anthology.

  • 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 for more information.

  • CT Dance Alliance is currently accepting nominations from the state-wide dance community for the CDA 2020 Distinguished Achievement in Dance Awards and the Jill Henderson Award for Outstanding Services and Dedication to the Dance Community as a Volunteer. Distinguished Achievement in Dance Award: You can nominate a person, organization or event up to September 15, 2020. When all the nominations are in, the CDA Board of Directors will meet to choose this year's awardee(s). We know that there are many dancers, dance teachers, choreographers, dance company directors, dance presenters and dance organizers out there who deserve this very special recognition. Also please consider your brilliant "techies" who quietly, in the background, do a brilliant job e.g. your lighting designers, set and costume designers, and dance video artists. And... in addition, last but not least, give thought to your dance writers; those people who have consistently supported dance through their featured articles and reviews. Our criteria for successful nominees: Nominees should have at least two decades in the professional activity for which the person is being nominated at least five of which should have been in Connecticut; made an outstanding contribution in teaching, performing, promoting dance, designing and/or "teching" for dance, or writing about dance; have had a transformative effect on more than one of the following: audiences, individual dancers (in terms of, teaching them, or promoting them), a dance ensemble (as artistic, executive or technical director), the prosperity of our dance scene, perhaps by raising funds and a legacy of their work is likely to continue to affect the CT dance scene in recognizable ways after their lifetime. The Jill Henderson Award for Outstanding Services and Dedication to the Dance Community as a Volunteer: All of you have wonderful volunteers within your organizations who consistently give their time and expertise with remarkable generosity. Criteria for successful nominees for the volunteer award: This award will be given annually to an individual who has given a significant contribution of their time, talents and service within the Connecticut dance community. Efforts by a nominee can be for any one organization or multiple organizations in the state of Connecticut and must align with the mission statement of the Connecticut Dance Alliance to increase the public's awareness of dance in all its forms and serve the need of the state-wide dance community. For nominations, please email a letter stating the name of the person you would like to nominate with an explanation of why you feel this person deserves the award; include contact information for the nominee and the name and contact information of the person/s submitting the nomination. Please also include your nominee's resume (if appropriate) with your letter of recommendation to: by September 15, 2020


  • 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

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  • 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:  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.

  • Greenwich Art Society's 103rd Annual Juried Exhibition Call for Artists This exhibition is open to both members and non-members. Works are not eligible if previously accepted for one of our juried exhibitions; if they have been exhibited in the Bendheim or GAS Galleries; or if completed prior to 2018. All submitted work must be attractively and appropriately matted, framed and/or presented. All works must be for sale. If a portrait, the price of a similar commission must be stated. No PORs. The Bendheim Gallery reserves the right to final approval of the selection of artwork for the exhibition. Entry fees will not be returned if the Bendheim chooses to remove a work from eligibility for exhibition. Categories: Oil/Acrylic, Drawing, Pastel, Watercolor, Sculpture, Photography, Computer Art, Fiber Arts, Other Media. Wall-hung works are limited to a 5’ height and 5’ width including frame.  Works must be dry and wired securely for hanging. WORKS NOT ON CANVAS MUST BE FRAMED. Freestanding sculptures are limited to 8' in height mounted and 12' square floor area. Sculptors must provide bases if needed, secure small works firmly, and install difficult to handle pieces.  Works not meeting these requirements will not be accepted. Entry fee: $35 for one piece, $20 for a second. Fees must be paid online when entering via credit card. Entry is September 8th – 15th. Link for entry on our website: For further information call 203 629-1533 weekdays 9:30am -3:30pm.

  • Call to Women Artists residing in Connecticut Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) would like to invite you to join our community of talented women artists by submitting samples of your work for consideration for membership. All fine art media are acceptable including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, mixed media, fiber art and the applied arts when presented as fine art. Submissions begin now. The deadline for the 2020 applications is the end of August. Candidates are notified by their email in early September. Please see our website under ‘Membership’ for all the information you need to apply.

  • Artspace City Wide Open Studios registration is open. Cost to participate in each weekend: $25 - Online Viewing Room only October 1-30, 2020, $40 - Online Viewing Room and 1:1 studio visit scheduling (in-person or remotely using your preferred online conferencing software). How do we get in touch with someone if we have a question? 

  • Call for Proposals Creative Arts Workshop seeks to explore issues of our time and of our city and region through our summer-fall exhibition program. Even as our building is closed, our most public stage -- our street-to-roof curtain wall, looking into our two-floor gallery space -- is wide open. We are excited at the opportunity to invite proposals for site-specific window installations. Find details, including stipend amount, window specs, and deadline, on our website: This exhibition program is made possible with the generous support of the Neighborhood Cultural Vitality grant program of the City of New Haven. 

  • The Loft Artists Association is pleased to announce our 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Multiplicity: Psyche, Culture and Change in 2020. Artists from the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are invited to enter here. Click here for exhibit prospectus. Entry deadline is October 14, 2020. This will be a virtual exhibition only. Please visit our website for additional information.

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  • 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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