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General 

  • Change the Game Design Challenge. Girls Make Games has joined forces with Google Play Change the Game to challenge teens to use their creativity and skills to develop a game idea, and to take their first step towards change. We're calling on the next generation of game-makers to share their mobile game design ideas and what they want to see for the future of gaming! The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and $15,000 donation to their school or community center’s technology program. The five finalists will have their game made in partnership with Girls Make Games, and launched on the Google Play Store for everyone to play. Winners also get a VIP trip to showcase their game design at a special event, receive mentorship from leaders in the industry, and join the celebration of women in gaming. The 2019 Change the Game Design Challenge is open to US based teens ages 13-18, and ends on June 7, 2019. Submit Your Game!

  • Call for Artists to Paint Pianos The Free Keys CT Piano Trail is looking for artists who are interested in painting a piano for our summer 2019 program. This year Free Keys is placing 13 pianos in New Haven, Branford, Guilford, and Madison. Pianos will be painted the week of June 17 at the historic C. Cowles Company Factory building in New Haven, CT. If you are interested in working on a piano please send an email with samples of your work to freekeysct@gmail.com.

  • Each year, NXTHVN selects seven emerging artists, two curators, and five high school apprentices to participate in its highly-competitive Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. With a focus on mentorship, professional development, and hands-on training, the cohort works collaboratively to cultivate their practices within the context of New Haven’s creative community. The NXTHVN team, with Deborah Berke Partners, has designed a unique shared environment—within a state-of-the-art facility—where artists, curators and the local community converge to make art, exchange ideas, and extend their networks. For more information visit nxthvn.com

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

  • Site Projects’ Public Art Fellows 19 Video Arts Bootcamp – A month of making videos on the topic of New Haven’s Roads, Rivers & Rails. A competitive program for public high school students, grades 9-12. 10-12 young artists will work with professional videographers. July 2 - Aug 8. Final screening at CanalDock Boathouse, Sept 15th. Those who finish will be paid $200. Teacher’s recommendation required and submission of works of VideoArt. Deadline to apply is June 6, 2019. For more information go to http://siteprojects.org.

  • Kopkind CID Film Camp At a time when you feel overwhelmed by everything it takes to make your film, this is the week to assess what filmmaking is to you and what it will take for you to succeed on your terms. Join us to recharge your creative battery with a special brand of radical relaxation: great films, great food and deep discussions on the art, politics and plain fun of filmmaking. Applications due May 30th. For more information go to https://www.documentaries.org/kopkind-cid-film-camp/

Funding

  • The Regional Initiative (REGI) grant program encourages and supports small arts-based projects that are relevant to a community's current society, culture and trends. REGI is a good fit for applicants that have a small arts-based project that targets a specific community matter, reflects on personal experience(s), and/or projects that bring neighborhoods together. REGI grants must be aligned with COA's READI framework. Grant requests must range between $1,000 - $4,000. Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019. Applicants should visit REGI's webpage for additional information and how to apply.

  • The Arts Project grant program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with COA's READI framework. Grant requests must range between $5,000 - $15,000. Eligible Applicants: Connecticut Artist - must apply with a fiscal sponsor OR apply using their legal business entity; Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status or with a fiscal sponsor; 501(c)(3) non-arts organization with a history of offering publicly accessible arts-based program(s) or project(s)projects; Municipal Department; School District; College / University. Application Deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Applicants should visit Arts Project's webpage for additional information and how to apply. Interested applicants are encouraged to register for the Arts Project webinar to take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 3 - 4 pm. 

  • The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut's arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their mission. This type of grant is flexible rather than for specific projects or programs and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed. An applicant must be either an Arts Organization or a Municipal Arts Department. Please review the definition of and required criteria for an arts organization and a municipal arts department on the program's webpage. First-time applicants to the Supporting Arts program are required to confirm eligibility by contacting Rhonda Olisky. Funding allocations are made according to organizational budget size. Application deadline: on or before 11:59 pm, Friday, June 28, 2019. Applicants should visit Supporting Arts webpage for additional information and how to apply.

Music

  • 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 Hartford Jazz Society is presenting its third Emerging Jazz Artists Showcase, an annual contest held to increase the exposure for our area’s next generation of up and coming jazz musicians. All participants will be featured on the HJS website, the winner will receive a $500 cash prize and an opportunity to perform at the Hartford Jazz Society 58th Annual Jazz Cruise in September. The rules of the contest are simple: applicants submit a three to five minute solo or group video performance along with a brief bio via the Hartford Jazz Society website (www.hartfordjazzsociety.com/eas). During the months of June and July, each week the Hartford Jazz Society will feature up to four videos on its website and invites the jazz audience to vote on its favorite solo artist each week. Four finalists will be selected and invited to perform one song as a soloist during the intermissions at the 2019 Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series (optional). The finalists will also be featured on the Hartford Jazz Society website during the months of July and August, and the jazz audience is again invited to vote on its favorite solo artist. On August 12, the Hartford Jazz Society will announce the winner of the Emerging Jazz Artist Showcase. That artist will be invited to perform as a soloist for a fifteen minute feature on the 58th Annual Hartford Jazz Society Jazz Cruise to be held on Saturday, September 7th. The winner will also receive a $500 cash prize and two tickets to the Jazz Cruise. The Emerging Jazz Artists Showcase is open to musicians that have never been signed to a recording contract and have not released any widely distributed recordings as a leader. You must be 18 years of age to qualify and prior winners are not eligible. The rules and entry form for the Emerging Artist Showcase can be found at the Hartford Jazz Society website. http://hartfordjazzsociety.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.

Visual Arts

  • Creative Arts Workshop seeks artists for the 50th Annual Celebration of American Crafts, taking place in CAW's gallery from November 23 through December 24.  Artists working in all media are encouraged to submit an application for the jury. For questions contact celebration@creativeartsworkshop.org. For more information and to complete an application, visit creativeartsworkshop.org/celebration. Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

  • The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery of the Fairfield Public Library would like to invite visual artists to apply to show their work in its dedicated gallery space during the upcoming calendar of rotating exhibitions. Artists interested in applying should visit the website for full information about submitting an application: http://fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/our-community/bruce-s-kershner-gallery/ Also follow us on Instagram to see the gallery and our recent exhibitions.

  • Loft Artists Association presents our 6th Annual Tri-State Juried Exhibition "The Shape of Memories". August 24 to September 22, 2019. Deadline for entries: July 15, 2019. Memories are often said to be our link to the past, while at the same time helping to shape our future. Memory is defined, in part, as being vital to experiences and important for the retention of information over time, which influences future action. Our memories make us who we are and differentiate us from others. The power of memory has been expressed through the arts for centuries. Artists often draw on their memories or the memories of others as inspiration for their work. Click here for the complete prospectus and entry information. Click here for a link to our website.

  • Pastel Society of America 47th Annual Exhibition: Enduring Brilliance! September 3 - September 28, 2019, Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY. Get the Complete Prospectus Here. Entry Deadline: June 17, 2019.

  • International Talent Competition – 2019 Painting Contest For the 2019 painting contest, we are inviting the following entries: Watercolor, Oil Painting, Pastel and Acrylic, as well as Chinese Lian Huan Hua. The submission guidelines can be viewed at jointalents.com. The final western painting submission is due on July 20, 2019. Final Chinese painting submission is due on August 1, 2019.

  • Spectrum Art Gallery has a call for artists for its Summer Show: Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers – a 7 week show. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season by featuring the interactions between some of nature’s best gardeners.  This show welcomes pieces in all mediums. Opens July 26, 2019. Closes September 15, 2019. Receiving is July 13, 14, 16, 17, 18. There will not be receiving on July 15 or 19. Please note receiving hours are 1-6pm. 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

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. 

  • The Yale Center for British Art welcomes applications for Information Volunteers. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution by helping to carry out our mission to inform and educate the public about our collections. Following training, volunteers commit to the program for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive special benefits including private tours and a museum shop discount. If you would like to be part of a committed corps of individuals, possess a love and appreciation of art, and a fondness for interacting with the public, please email ycba.volunteer@yale.edu or call 203 432 9491 for more information.

  • 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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