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Funding

  • Grants to ensembles and individual performers Committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets abroad. Determine if you are eligible by reviewing the program guidelines. The USArtists International application is open and the second deadline of the 2018-2019 program cycle is Friday, November 30, 2018 for engagements taking place between March 15, 2019, and March 14, 2020.

  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is pleased to release the guidelines for the FY19 Connecticut Arts Endowment program. An applicant must be a Connecticut arts organization that has raised more than $15,000 in private-sector contributions, from non-governmental sources, for two (2) consecutive fiscal years. Grant awards are calculated solely on a formula which compares the amount of private-sector contributions received by the applicant in its two (2) most recently completed fiscal years. Application Deadline on or before 11:59 pm, December 15, 2018. For more information and to apply click here.

General 

  • Collab Accelerator Are you a Connecticut builder, entrepreneur, or activist? The Collab Accelerator is a 10-week program for anyone with an idea and the passion to see it through. The program provides access to funding, workshops, mentorship, co-working space, and more. Join a movement and a network of entrepreneurs working to make our communities more joyful. Collab provides childcare, transportation, and interpretation for entrepreneurs who need it. Sign up for a 1-on-1 session: https://collabnewhaven.org/office-hours Apply now: https://collabnewhaven.org/collab-accelerator

  • Vendors Wanted Crafters, Artisans, and Vintage Dealers showcase and sell your wares in Downtown New Haven storefront. Items must be priced and labeled with vendors name. Vendor must make an appointment to choose a space for rent, from one shelf to small area. You don’t have to be there, there are no obligations to work. A monthly flat fee applied plus a deposit. No additional commission taken. Checks for sold items distributed once a month. All submissions should be made to Carmella Ricciardelli via text: 203.988.9117, email: mamacantsing@gmail.com, mail: 112 Atwater Street, New Haven, CT 06511 or in person by appointment: 203.988.9117

  • Contest for young writers and illustrators Stone Soup magazine and Mackenzie Press, in association with Nancy Gee books, announces an exciting new contest for young writers and illustrators of all ages. The Secret Kids Contest is a chance for kids between the ages of 5 and 18 to become a published author and see their own book on sale in bookstores and stocked in libraries across the country. Prizes will be awarded in three entry levels: Elementary, Middle Grade, and Teens. To enter visit www.anancygeebook.com. Click on Secret Kids Contest. Follow guidelines. Write and illustrate—both or either. Read and read again ... make it your best. Submit your entry. Submissions will be accepted until January 1, 2019.

  • CCX 2019 will bring people from around New England to Montpelier, VT, a unique state capital where the opportunities and challenges of integrating creativity into advocacy and the daily life of a small setting are immediate and acute. CCX participants will be invited to engage in spirited dialogue about the past, present, and future of the creative sector and its inclusion in building community and identity. To Post an initiative for sharing in a CCX workshop click here. Submission deadline: December 20, 2018.

  • Apply for a Yale Public Service Fellow The Fellowship places student Fellows in positions designed by community partners. Yale University pays the student Fellows directly for their full-time work during the summer. Information about the program, along with the PPSF 2019 application, can be found here. A completed application should be submitted by e-mail as a Word document attachment to ppsf@yale.edu no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018. The application and instructions can also be found on our website: ppsf.yale.edu. 

  • New Paradigm Theatre and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra are seeking to partner with a nonprofit agencyfor their February 23, 2019 production of West Side Storyat the Norwalk Concert Hall. New Paradigm Theatre is well-known for combining its multi-cultural productions with social justice concepts. For each show, New Paradigm Theatre has chosen another local community nonprofit that reflects the theme of each show to "share" the stage and to highlight that nonprofit's mission. Now, as producing partners for West Side Story, New Paradigm Theatre and The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will continue this collective impact concept and choose another local nonprofit partner. Powerful music and a powerful message for the community. Responses are due November 13, 2018.To inquire about more info or to apply please contact New Paradigm Theatre: Artistic Director Kristin Huffman, info@nptheatre.org or call 646-342-3200.

Music

  • SATB Singers The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, CT’s premiere Victorian Christmas caroling group, is looking for SATB singers for The Connecticut Mistletones, a new a capella group to perform contemporary, jazzy Christmas songs in the style of The Manhattan Transfer/New York Voices. Group will perform a fully memorized 50-60 minute show at each gig, dressed in contemporary/festive costumes. Need: Good availability during Nov. and Dec. (including some daytime/weekends). Ability to perform tight harmonies. Ability to do simple movement/choreography. Transportation to/from the gigs. PAID JOBS. Send resume to info@ctyuletide.com

  • Women's Chorus Silk ’n Sounds a’ Capella women’s chorus is looking for new members to join us on our amazing journey of musical discovery! Come meet us (we are very friendly) and our award winning director, Christine Lampe-Onnerud, at one of our Tuesday night rehearsals from 6:15-9:15pm at the Spring Glen Church located at 1825 Whitney Ave in Hamden. You can contact Lynn at (203) 623-1276 for more information or check us out online at www.silknsounds.org or on Facebook.

  • 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

  • Young Artists Competition The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the return of its acclaimed Young Artists Competition during its 75th anniversary season! Students are invited to register beginning Wednesday, October 10, 2018. To be eligible, students must be Connecticut residents in grades 9-12 during the 2018-19 school year, cannot be a previous first place winner of the HSO’s Young Artists Competition, and must play one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, piano, or harp. The preliminary round will consist of an online registration and judging process beginning Wednesday, October 10 and running through December 31, 2018. Students will be able to access and submit all forms and an audio submission of pre-approved repertoire at www.hartfordsymphony.org/education-community/student-opportunities/YAC. Candidates must also mail a $75 non-refundable application fee to HSO Young Artists Competition, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT to be considered for the subsequent rounds.

  • Emerging Jazz Artists In an effort to increase exposure to up and coming jazz musicians, the Hartford Jazz Society will present its second Emerging Jazz Artists Showcase. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform at the Hartford Jazz Society 57th Annual Jazz Cruise. The Hartford Jazz Society will accept a maximum of sixteen entries. 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. Prior winners are not eligible. The Hartford Jazz Society reserves the right not to accept any submissions that it determines not to meet minimum standards for the competition. Submissions can be made via the Hartford Jazz Society website (www.hartfordjazzsociety.com) or by sending your name, video link (YouTube preferred), and brief bio to jazz.beyond@gmail.com.

Residencies & Fellowships

  • Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Accepting Applications for 2019-20 Writing Fellowships. Seven-month residency for emerging writers of fiction and poetry. Housing and modest stipend provided. Live and write in a community of 20 visual artists and writers. Meet and learn from distinguished visiting poets and novelists. Be inspired by Cape Cod's National Seashore and the artistic legacy of Provincetown. Complete immersion in your project: no teaching or work commitment. Next session: October 1, 2019 to May 1, 2020. Deadline: December 2, 2018. To apply submit 15 pages of poetry or 35 pages of fiction, along with a CV, optional personal statement, and $50 application fee. Application available at www.fawc.org/apply. For more information, see www.fawc.org/program, or contact  Sophia Starmack, Fellowship Writing Coordinator, at sstarmack@fawc.org.

  • The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, an American owned and operated artist studio located on the Greek Island of Skopelos is offering artist residencies for 2018. The studio is equipped for painters, printmakers, clay artists, digital photographers, and videographers. The length of residence is from 2-4 weeks from March-October. The studio is perched high on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea near the village of Skopelos. Application information: https://.www.skopartfoundation.org.

  • Spruceton Inn Artist Residency Every fall we accept applications online from writers and 2D artists, about seven of whom will be awarded a no-cost, 5 day, solo Artist Residency here at the Inn between January and March. We do not require that you produce anything in particular or show us your work when you're here. That said, one of favorite parts of this Residency is spending time with the Artists at the bar in Room One and learning about what they're up to. More details, including how to apply, on our website here.

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.

  • Waterbury Calling all Artists, Performers, Dancers, Musicians and Designers. Looking to lease space to expand your talents? Now available the perfect, unique and affordable space in Waterbury CT. 6,000 sq. ft. of large unobstructed space with high ceilings and large windows. This retail office building also includes the use of a conference room and kitchenette. Excellent location. Surrounded by many restaurants with easy access to public transportation, close to I-84 and Route 8 with plenty of parking. $2,700 per month, excluding utilities. It’s a must see to appreciate! Bring a friend and your vision! Please call for more information or to set up an appointment, 203-226-1363.

  • 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.

Theater

  • POW Festival Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc, a professional not-for-profit theatre for family audiences in Milford, Connecticut is now accepting submissions for its “POW” (Pantochino Original Works) Festival of new musicals by early career and emerging playwrights, composers and lyricists. Submissions of new musicals will be open from June 1 – December 1, 2018. Three works will be chosen to be performed as staged readings during a weekend-long festival in March 2019. Committee selections will be made by January 30, 2019. Winning writing teams will be invited to attend the performance weekend and the selected musicals will be considered for full production by Pantochino in 2020. Full details on the submission process and requirements for the POW Festival can be found online at www.pantochino.com/pow-festival/

Visual Arts

  • The Woven Tale Press is a monthly online literary and fine arts magazine. The Press’ mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the Web. We link contributors works directly back to their websites or blogs. The Press welcomes submissions of painting, mixed media, crafts (including fiber), sculpture, photography, printmaking, and experimental. We pride ourselves on being eclectic. For submission guidelines visit http://thewoventalepress.net/how-to-submit/. Please review current issues before submitting. No entry fee. Submissions due by December 31, 2018.

  • UPPERCASE cover contest One talented reader will be selected and published on the cover of issue #40 (Jan/Feb/March 2019) and profiled within the issue. They will receive payment of $500 CAD, an UPPERCASE gift card of $100 store credit and a complimentary subscription or renewal (value $80-120). They will also receive a carton of magazines and 250 postcards with their winning submission to use as self promotion. The best submissions will be published in print and all submissions will be shared in a digital gallery of submissions. Get all the details for the cover contest and its theme here!

  • Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology Cover Art Contest The Guilford Poets Guild is hosting an art contest for the cover of its 20th Anniversary Anthology, to be published in 2019.The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and artists are encouraged to submit images that fit the theme in its vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal). All mediums will be considered. For reference, the printed Anthology book will  measure 8" x 8" square. Images can be sized to fit or will be cropped to fit as needed. Deadline: December 1, 2018. Please submit your image as a high-resolution JPG and email to guilfordpoets@gmail.com with your name, address, and a short 3-4 line bio to guilfordpoets@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.guilfordpoetsguild.org.

  • Spectrum Art Gallery Call for Artists Calling all artists and artisans to submit for our holiday show, running from Friday, November 16th to Sunday, January 13th. The theme of the Holiday Show is Myths, Fairytales and Fantasies. Every culture has its stories to illustrate the animal life cycle and hands down the culture’s values, and they are especially prevalent during the holiday season. This 8-week show would like to give the best gift of all to our clients - imaginative stories visually illustrated in all mediums: mixed media, illustration, book art, painting, photography and sculpture. Since Spectrum shows the works of many artisans in our gallery craft store, we are excited to start and continue relationships with artisans working in all mediums. Also, and most important, our featured six-foot holiday tree needs endless hand crafted ornaments. Receiving begins November 4, please submit early for this very popular show and for more details please go to www.spectrumartgallery.org or contact barbara@spectrumartgallery.org.
  • Opportunities for artists to present work in Downtown New Haven storefront. Artists may display any type of artwork that can be hung on the wall. Accepted pieces will remain on the wall for one month with no cost. Sold pieces will be paid at the end of the month. No commission taken. Pieces that are accepted need to be priced and labeled with artist name, contact info, date,  and dimensions. This is ongoing so you may apply monthly. All submissions should be made to Carmella Ricciardelli via text: 203.988.9117, email: mamacantsing@gmail.com, mail: 112 Atwater Street, New Haven, CT 06511 or in person by appointment: 203.988.9117

  • Connecticut Women Artists 89th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition This show is open to all women artists of the USA. Original work in painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture. For complete information see prospectus online. Submissions: Onlinejuriedshows.com. For more info go to: www.ctwomenartists.org

  • 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.

  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art announces Open Call 2018/19 Artists of all backgrounds and working across disciplines are invited to submit their work for consideration in the 2018 – 2019 programming, including online, solo, pop-up, and group exhibitions, off-site exhibitions at the Whitney Center, and work-space within the Project Room.Open Call submissions are considered for 2019 with guest juror, Julie Torres, curating an exhibition to run January 13 – February 21, 2019. Deadline to apply: November 1, 11:59 pm EST. Click here for the application.

  • The New Haven Free Public Library invites artists, curators, nonprofit organizations and students to exhibit their (2D) work at the Ives Gallery. Display your art and help the Library celebrate our creative community! The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 31 and the application is short!  All information can be found here.

Volunteers

  • Interested in being a part of a study exploring new ways to navigate virtual space? Volunteer for a short user experience survey and get the chance to walk around in an imaginary world! We are seeking volunteers to participate in a private study, no personal information required, interested in people with a lot of gaming experience, as well as those with very little or none at all. Please fill out this form in order to let us know what days and times will work for you. The study itself will take less than an hour, but we are using one hour time blocks to prevent overlap between participants. At the end of the study you will have some time to explore some commercial VR experiences in the gaming or content creation field. The study will take place at 149 York St, at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. Again, the study will not be collecting any personal information and is designed solely to get user feedback on different modes of navigation in VR.

  • 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.

  • Interested in working with theatre artists in a thriving New Haven Arts Community? If the answer is yes, join Collective Consciousness Theatre’s volunteer team today! Ushering, House Management, Social Media Consulting, Marketing. Please email us at ccttheatreorg@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a part of CCT.

  • 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 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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