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New England Foundation for the Arts- CreativeGround Office Hours – For Rhode Island visual or performing artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses

August 27th, 2015

On Thursday, September 10th from 11am – 4pm at
The Coleman Center for Creative Studies at the Newport Art Museum
26 Liberty Street, Newport RI 02840

Sign up for a one-hour time slot to work with a NEFA staff member to walk through how to create or update your
CreativeGround profile and use CreativeGround to locate others for potential collaborations. To register, visit
www.nefa.org/blog/creativeground-office-hours. For more information, call 617-951-0010 x535 or email
creativeground@nefa.org. Computers will be provided. Space limited.
CreativeGround is a free online directory that spotlights
the creative people and places at work in New England,
including cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters,
creative businesses like recording studios and design
agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing
arts, visual arts, and crafts.

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2015 Alliance for Artist Communities Conference Scholarships

August 26th, 2015

Join arts leaders, funders, policy makers, community organizers, and artists from across the globe for the Alliance of Artists Communities 2015 Conference – October 13-16, 2015 in Providence, RI. This annual event features three action-packed days of conversations, talks, tours, and performances exploring how we can advance today’s artists and artist-centered community development. RISCA is offering eight conference scholarships to support Rhode Island-based arts leaders in attending the conference. Applications are due September 10th and results will be announced September 15th. Questions? Email Cristina DiChiera. To apply, create a username and password or sign-in to RISCA’s online grants system here.

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The Learning Community Seeks

August 26th, 2015

www.thelearningcommunity.com

The Learning Community   K-8 public school is looking for someone interested in TEACHING who wants to work full-time teaching K-1 art and also supporting small groups of students in reading. This is an Americorps position and is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants to learn about teaching and support early childhood creativity!  Interested applicants should contact heather@thelearningcommunity.com

 More on our Americorps program here:  http://www.thelearningcommunity.com/site/edfellows/

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SUBMIT YOUR POETRY

August 26th, 2015

feather-and-lettersSUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
(Poetry contest guidelines are different. Click here for our annual poetry contest).

Crosswinds Poetry Journal seeks English language poetry, without restrictions as to form or content. Although we have a weakness for well-done nature oriented poetry, we seek poetry of all kinds. Please send us up to THREE (3) poems.  No postal submissions. Reading fee is $3, which covers up to three poems.

Poems should be in 12 point font and there is a 65 characters per line limit, (including spaces and punctuation). We prefer poems that will fit on one page (34 lines including stanza breaks) but will, in very rare cases, publish longer poems that we deem exceptional. Reports in 2-4  months. Sometimes comments on rejections.

Thank you for supporting Crosswinds.

Carpe Diem.

David Dragone, Editor

http://www.crosswindspoetry.com/?page_id=10

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National call to artists from TN: RFQ for David Crockett Bust

August 26th, 2015
DEADLINE APPROACHING: NATIONAL CALL FOR CROCKETT BUST

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

TO COMMEMORATE ONE OF TENNESSEE’S MOST NOTABLE NATIVE SONS, DAVID CROCKETT

 

 

 

 

Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Budget: Up to $45,000

The Tennessee Arts Commission on behalf of the Tennessee State Capitol Commission and the Tennessee General Assembly requests qualifications from professional artists to create a bust to commemorate David Crockett.

This memorial four-foot bronze bust will be displayed on the 2nd floor of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville for visitors to appreciate. The project is open to established visual artists living in the United States with a minimum of five (5) years professional experience working on public art projects. Applicants must have knowledge of fabrication and installation of busts or similar sculpture in bronze. Three (3) references familiar with previous projects are required.

This RFQ/National Call to Artists will result in a short list of finalists, who will then be asked to develop final proposals for the David Crockett bust and make a presentation to the selection committee in Nashville.

Click here for RFQ requirements and application guidelines.

Image: Portrait of David Crockett, Chester Harding (1792-1866), oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches, on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

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Deadline Reminder: USArtists International Round 1

August 26th, 2015
 

REMINDER

First Round Deadline:
September 4, 2015

 

The guidelines and online application are now available for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s 2015-2016 USArtists International program. The program supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.
The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, September 4, 2015 for projects taking place between December 15, 2015 and December 14, 2016.
Additional deadlines for the 2015-2016 program cycle include:

  • December 4, 2015

for projects taking place between March 15, 2016 and March 14, 2017

  • April 15, 2016 for projects taking place between July 15, 2016 and July 14, 2017

To access the program guidelines and online application, click here. Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org.

 

USArtists International is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

 

Contact Us

 

email: robyn@midatlanticarts.org

web: www.midatlanticarts.org

 

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The Clark Hulings Fund 2015 Business Accelerator Grant

August 25th, 2015

The fund offers targeted financial assistance and business support to professional visual artists to help them boost their careers and succeed as managers of their art businesses. Applicants must detail exactly how the grant would help them undertake, improve, or expand a specific project. Examples of activities covered by the grant include mounting, casting, creating marketing materials, and transporting work to an exhibition. The fund does not support performance, literary or commercial work.

Timing: Applications accepted from September 1 through 30, 2015

Winners and finalists announced in November 2015

 

Amount:Two $5,000 grants (no fiscal sponsorship required)

Additional Benefits for Winners & Finalists:

  • Free 12-month subscription to ArtWorkArchive.com, a cloud-based inventory- and collection-tracking system that includes a public page for showcasing an artist’s work
  • The chance to interview an industry leader for our podcast, gaining knowledge and a networking connection
  • Exposure through the fund’s podcast, blog, and PR outreach efforts

Requirements: Applicants must be professional painters, artists working on paper, and/or sculptors who:

  • Employ traditional media (not including photography, film, or video)
  • Have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally
  • Are pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which financial support from CHF would make a substantive difference.

For submission guidelines and additional information, please visit www.clarkhulingsfund.org/guidelines

Contact email: grants@clarkhulingsfund.org

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THE AIRPORT GALLERIES – Call for Art

August 25th, 2015

The gallery spaces at the Block Island Airport and T.F. Green Airport are accepting art submissions for their 2016 exhibitions.  The gallery program, which includes Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE, is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered.  Note that the Block Island Airport Gallery is best suited to moderately sized works, while GREEN SPACE includes several large walls and open spaces that are particularly suitable for large scale works.

Eligibility:  All participating artists must be RI residents.  No students please.

Entry Deadline:  October 1, 2015

Selection:  Artists will be selected for the 2015 exhibitions by a review panel that will include practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in the 2016 exhibitions will receive a $100 stipend for participating in the program.

Artists are encouraged to submit for consideration to both galleries. Artists are encouraged to re-submit to the galleries, even if not selected in previous cycles. Artists who have exhibited previously are ineligible for new consideration for a period of two years.

To apply, please submit the following via email:

-A link to your current web site that includes images with captions (title, year, media, size), a current bio and artist’s statement;

Or

-A link to a Flickr page showing images of one’s artwork with captions  (title, year, media, size) and attach to the email a current bio and artist’s statement.

To apply, please email submissions to AirportArtsRI@gmail.com. Please note which gallery you are applying to in the subject line of the email. Note that GREEN SPACE exhibits three group shows per year, while the Block Island Airport Gallery hosts four solo exhibits through the year.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare their artwork for display at their own expense. Works for Block Island must be 34” x 46” or smaller, and packaged by the artist for safe transport via ferry. Artwork is hung at gallery coordinator’s discretion, and gallery coordinator reserves the right of final selection of artwork and approval of installation. Artwork is not insured by the galleries during exhibition; artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance. Artwork may be listed for sale if desired, and any sales are direct without commission to the galleries.

To learn more about this opportunity and view photos of the exhibition space, please visit: http://www.arts.ri.gov/public/airports/  Please address any questions regarding this call to Molly Dickinson, Coordinator, at AirportArtsRI@gmail.com or 401-845-0890.

About RISCA:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.


About RIAC:
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and is a supporter of the arts in Rhode Island and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island.  A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green Airport.

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Rhode Island Outsider Art – Call for Participants

August 25th, 2015

Where: RHD-RI, 24 Commerce St. Pawtucket

When: Saturday, Sept. 19th, 10am – 4pm.

RHD-RI is an arts based non-profit located in downtown Pawtucket that works with artists and musicians with disabilities in order to promote them and their creations and to raise public awareness of their diverse skills and voices. In conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, RHD-RI is excited to be hosting the First Annual Rhode Island Outsider Art Fair, showcasing the work of a wide ranging neuro diverse and uniquely abled group of nationally and internationally shown and recognized artists. The festival will include art by members of local programs like RHD, Top Drawer and Flying Shuttles Studios and feature numerous other esteemed New England and New York based programs and individual artists who have shown at such prestigious events as the INTUIT Art Fair in Chicago, the St. Louis Outsider Art Fair, the New York Outsider Art Fair and the Museum of Everything. This event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19th from 10am to 4pm and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/rhdri or contact Nate @ RHD: (401) 724-2300 or online: nate.secondsight@gmail.com

Rain or Shine

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MASS MoCA Studios – An Assets for Artists Program

August 25th, 2015

A new initiative from MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program offers artists and writers opportunities to…

Get inspired.
Be productive.
Focus on the future.

The Studios at MASS MoCA will offer two tracks: artists can apply for self-directed professional development residencies of 1-4 weeks in length, and/or enroll in week-long “workshops-in-residence” with individual studio space and housing complemented by instructor-led programming.

Track 1: Self-Directed Residencies for Artists & Writers

Assets for Artists invites artists and writers at all career stages and in all disciplines to apply for professional skill and career development residencies at MASS MoCA in October/November 2015.

Artists- and writers-in-residence will receive:

Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7;
Free access to Makers’ Mill (a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams, offering shared use of letterpress, silkscreen and book-making equipment, as well as looms, sewing machines and work tables);
Housing (private bedroom, shared kitchen & bath) directly across the street from the museum;
Seven communal meals per week;
MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases;
Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business counseling through MASS MoCA’s renowned Assets for Artists program.
 CLICK HERE to download the residency application, due September 14, 2015, and to learn about fees, financial aid, and a related grant opportunity for Massachusetts and Connecticut artists.

If you have any difficulties with the fillable PDF application, email Briana Halpin at studios@massmoca.org to request a Word version.

Track 2: Week-Long Workshops-in-Residence

Take your work to a new level with a one-week workshop-in-residence at MASS MoCA. You’ll soak in the creative energy of MASS MoCA and North Adams, experience the culture and natural beauty of the Berkshires in the fall, and leap forward with the help of expert instructors.

With no more than 8 participants per session, you’ll enjoy plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor, plus 24/7 access to a private, furnished studio at MASS MoCA, and 7 nights of lodging directly across the street from the museum.

Session 1
October 30 – November 6              Debi Pendell: Visual Artist Independent Study & Critique

Session 2
November 6 – 13                                Daniel “Danny O” O’Connor: Painting North Adams

Session 3
November 13 – 20                            Jeffrey Levine & Jim Schley/Tupelo Press: Poetry Workshop

CLICK HERE for descriptions of each workshop, fees, and sign-up instructions. Enrollment in the workshops is first-come first-serve, so act fast!

Contact Briana Halpin at studios@massmoca.org with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to North Adams.

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DDCF Accepting Grant Proposals to Strengthen Performing Arts

August 25th, 2015

Through its Fund for National Projects, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awards up to $1 million in grants annually in support of important national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Specifically, the fund supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the nonprofit performing arts fields and those that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater.

Eligible projects must engage a broad constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field, including research projects aimed at assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for an entire field (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and projects that address unique circumstances affecting an entire field. Highest priority will be given to projects that improve the health of the foundation’s priority performing arts fields and do not duplicate ongoing efforts or existing services.

Grant amounts will range between $60,000 and $200,000.

The fund does not support projects by single performing arts entities; ongoing annual conferences; individually produced conferences, performances, or symposia; re-granting programs; translations or commissions of new works; production start-up activities/production costs; arts education; avocational arts activities; capital projects; or endowments.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s website.

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Heritage Preservation Seeks Nominations for Collection Preservation Award

August 25th, 2015

Heritage Preservation, in partnership with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, is seeking nominations for the AIC/Heritage Preservation Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections.

The award is presented annually to an organization in North America that has been exemplary in the importance and priority it has given to conservation concerns and in the commitment it has shown to the preservation and care of its cultural property within the context of its broader mission, which may include interpretation, research, scholarship, education, and/or public outreach.

Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominees should be an organization of any size responsible for cultural property that includes collections, historic sites, and/or structures. Cultural property is defined as material that may be artistic, historic, scientific, religious, or social and constitutes an invaluable and irreplaceable legacy that must be preserved for future generations. Collections can include fine arts, library and archival materials, natural history, natural science, musical instruments, textiles, technology, archaeology, ethnography, and photography.

Visit the Heritage Preservation website for complete program guidelines, information about past recipients, and nomination instructions.

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RISD Museum Accepting Applications for Artist Fellowship

August 25th, 2015

The RISD Museum at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Artist Fellowships.

Through the program, two artists will receive stipends of $10,000, professional development support, and the opportunity to work closely with the museum’s collections and staff members to explore new ideas and ways of working. With support and mentorship from curatorial staff, conservators, and educators, artist fellows will investigate the museum’s collections in their proposed areas of interest and engage in research that benefits their personal practice and delves deeply into ideas, materials, and processes. Fellows also will be provided with access to RISD faculty, technicians, and libraries; may audit select RISD graduate courses; and will receive full scholarships to specific RISD continuing education courses. In collaboration with museum staff, fellows will share their work with the public through talks, demonstrations, performances, publications, and other formats.

The goals of the program are to enable artist fellows to carry out object-based research, learn new skills, and create new work; foster public interest in dynamic creative practice by connecting artists with the museum’s audiences; provide professional development opportunities to artists, including workshops in financial management, writing, documentation, and presentation; and create links between the RISD Museum’s collection and current practices in art and design.

To be eligible, artists must have resided in the Providence area for at least a year prior to the application deadline. Artists and designers working in any medium are eligible to apply. In addition, artists should be at or approaching a critical shift, transition, or change in their career. This could mean an emerging artist establishing a practice or an established artist at a significant moment of creative or professional development.

The program application will become available on September 1, 2015, and must be received no later than October 1, 2015.

See the RISD website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.

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Aaron Copland Fund for Music Invites Applications for Contemporary American Music Recording Projects

August 25th, 2015

In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, American composer Aaron Copland created the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. Officially launched in 1992, the fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

To advance this mission, the fund’s Recording Program is designed to support projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers and/or develop audiences for contemporary American music through the distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media, as well as the production of new recordings of contemporary American music and the reissuance of significant recordings that are no longer available. Preference will be given to first recordings, although reissues of significant recordings are eligible if the music is not available from other sources such as ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other Internet services at the time of application. The fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased and favors works that were composed more recently.

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000.

Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals and students are not eligible. Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible.

Visit the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.

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FirstWorks seeks Grant Writer-Full Time

August 25th, 2015

FirstWorks seeks a strategic-thinking, detail-oriented individual with superior writing skills to serve as a grant writer. The successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a succinct form. Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential.

FirstWorks is a growing non-profit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performances, festivals, and education programs. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and write grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, effectively communicating FirstWorks’ mission and programs.
  • Maintain calendar of grant activities (letters of inquiries, application deadlines, and reports). Track, coordinate, and complete activities to ensure timely submission of proposals and reports.
  • Manage a broad portfolio of funders from foundation, corporate, and government sectors.
  • Initiate and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation staff and program officers.
  • Create written communications to consistently message FirstWorks’ value, including acknowledgements, individual contribution letters, reports, program descriptions, donor profiles, and invitations.
  • Research, identify, prospect, and cultivate new funding sources from local and national foundations, corporate, and government agencies.
  • Work closely with the Executive Artistic Director to incorporate program development and long-range goals into organizational messaging.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 3 years of experience working with cultural nonprofits, including development and writing experience
  • Excellent writer, creative and strategic thinker with ability to clearly articulate organizational mission, programs, and present FirstWorks in a compelling and effective manner
  • Familiarity with issues related to arts and education trends; understanding of and belief in FirstWorks’ mission
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and initiative
  • Welcoming presence: ability to generate enthusiasm for the organization, elicit cooperation, and get information over the phone, via email, and in person
  • Facile knowledge/user of software applications (i.e., word processing, spreadsheets, email, search engines, prospect research tools; databases), familiarity with SalesForce/Patron Manager a plus
  • Commitment to mission of FirstWorks

 

Salary is commensurate with professional experience.  Benefits include health & dental care (full-time only) and vacation; an excellent working environment; and the ability to have an impact on creating access and engagement with the arts and bettering the lives of children in Providence and across Rhode Island.

 

Interested applicants should send:

  • A cover letter, resume, and three multi-page writing samples, including an example of a successful grant proposal authored by applicant
  • The names and contact information of 3 professional references

 

Send applications to:

Email to: annette@first-works.org (include the position title in the subject line)

Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 270 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

 

FirstWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to a diverse workplace.  Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Writing Courses from Frequency Writers

August 25th, 2015

Now in its fifth year, Frequency is a growing community of writers based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through workshops, free events, talks, readings, and open mics, we engage writers of all levels of experience, ages, and backgrounds.

For a complete list of course offerings, you can visit our website: frequencywriters.org  or email frequencyprovidence@gmail.com.  

Everyday Fiction

In this eight-week course we will explore the possibilities of short fiction. As fiction writers we are tasked with the conundrum of living our lives in the world as we also endeavor to create new realities on the page. Yet we may allow the lived world to enter our fiction, and perhaps vice versa—and find each realm enriched as a result.

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Tourjee DATE: Wednesdays, Sep 16–Nov 4 TIME: 7-9:30pm.

Radical Forms of Kindness

All are welcomed to this poetry workshop that will challenge its participants to write of small, ordinary, animal, vulnerable, ugly, and minor things.  We will write and share poems that work to feel a kinship with– a kindness towards– minor beings and feelings, as well as minor, messy, or “unsuccessful” modes of writing. 

INSTRUCTOR: Darcie Dennigan DATE: Sundays, Oct 4 – Nov 8 TIME: 1:30-4:00pm.

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Arts Alive! Seeks Costume Assistant Intern

August 25th, 2015

Job Title: Costume Assistant Intern
Organization: Arts Alive!
Location: Barrington, RI
Salary:
Start Date:
Part Time
Temporary

Job Description
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Arts Alive!, a school theater program located in Barrington, is seeking a Costume Assistant Intern for the 2015/16 school year.

Responsibilities, working under the guidance of the Costume Designer:
• Assist with costume research including the ordering/purchasing of costumes, pulling from Arts Alive storage, and fabric /pattern shopping
• Assist with costume fittings including pinning, measuring and altering of costumes as well as helping keep track of all items
• Organization of Arts Alive storage space, including breaking down and putting away shows
• Tag and organize children’s costumes for all 5 school productions
• Help with laundry before and after shows (minimal)
• Communicate with Directors as related to costumes
• Help coordinate and communicate with parent volunteers
• Utilize creativity to assist with the making of costumes and props (minimal)
• Attend rehearsals when needed for any fittings
• Help transfer costumes from storage facility to performance venue
• Provide backstage assistance at tech and dress rehearsals as well as performances, if needed

Qualifications:
• Must be energetic and creative with a willingness to learn
• Experience working with costumes and children
• Ability to use and apply creativity
• Ability to become familiar with costume stock and props at storage facility
• Flexibility –  Qualified candidate must be able to work flexible hours between 10:00a-2:00p Monday-Friday (can set own hours) with some occasional evening and weekend work required. Typical season runs from October thru June . Storage facility is located in Warren, RI.
• Computer savvy with Word and Excel helpful
• Machine sewing and drawing skills helpful

About us:
Arts Alive! is a 501(c)3 charitable organization providing an opportunity for children and teens to experience the performing arts through their schools and local community. In working directly with parent-teacher organizations and community partners, Arts Alive creates a theatre arts experience through school productions, community theatre activities and workshops.

The Arts Alive! school theatre program is aimed at bringing the Performing Arts experience to children at a young age. This experience can be life changing for these children, as it is not only identity-building, but also helps to develop their creativity, problem solving abilities, confidence, public speaking, and teaches the value and satisfaction of hard work! Children gain practical experience in voice, singing, acting, dance, stage movement and teamwork.

How to Apply
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Contact:
Resumes may be submitted to: dzavada2@gmail.com

Willing to work with academic institution in order to make internship comply with requirements for credit.

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Providence CityArts for Youth Seeks AmeriCorps Teaching Artist

August 25th, 2015

Job Title: AmeriCorps Teaching Artist
Organization: Providence CityArts for Youth
Location: 891 Broad Street, Providence Rhode Island
Salary:
Start Date: August 31st, 2015
Part Time
unspecified

Job Description
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The CityArts AmeriCorps Program is recruiting teaching artists who are interested in part-time AmeriCorps service.   Apply your creative teaching skills to AmeriCorps, and join CityArts everyday afterschool to improve outcomes for Providence middle school youth!

Providence CityArts seeks 8 part-time after-school teaching artists to join our AmeriCorps Turnaround Teaching Artist Project (TTAP).  This AmeriCorps program supports urban public schools, during out-of-school time, to expand and enrich student learning through the arts.  CityArts AmeriCorps team will serve as teaching artists in 3 Priority Providence Public Middle Schools.  By introducing project-based art and design classes, and making connections to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEAM), CityArts AmeriCorps team will help to improve student engagement and skills for success in school.  CityArts AmeriCorps team will lead TTAP school-based afterschool classes in “Creative Scholars Studios”, and collaborate on projects with science/math/technology classes as part of the school day. 

The CityArts AmeriCorps TTAP program is ideally suited for teaching artists who are passionate about serving communities and making a difference in public school education.  Prior art teaching experience in school or community setting is preferred (visual and design, music, theatre, dance), and a strong interest in the intersection of art and other subjects including science, technology, engineering and math, is preferred.  Work with middle school youth is preferred.  A strong art practice is required. 
A typical schedule is M-TH from 1:30-5:30 for site-based instruction, and F 1:30-5:30 for cooperative planning and trainings.  Two members will have an opportunity to support STEAM activities more intensively during the school day and afterschool, with a two-day schedule from 9:30-5:30, and F 1:30-5:30 cooperative planning/training time.

CityArts TTAP Teaching Artist Responsibilities:
- Establish a school-studio that actively showcases ongoing Creative Scholars work
- Work independently and as a team to develop and implement project-based arts
   curriculum in CityArts Afterschool Creative Scholars Studios
- Co-teach and mentor 30-60 students a week, in a dynamic school studio environment
- Co-plan and collaborate with school educators on in-school STEAM activities, to connect
   school day curriculum and afterschool learning goals
- Collect, document, and survey student progress, and your own professional practice using
   CityArts tools/instruments
- Participate in CityArts out-of-school time camps / teaching and learning labs
- Attend all pre-service and weekly trainings, team-building activities, and scheduled AmeriCorps
   service days
- Submit timesheets and monthly reports on a regular timely basis

CityArts TTAP AmeriCorps Service Requirements:
-Serve 20hrs/wk from August 31, 2015 to June 24, 2016 and complete 900 hours of
service.
- Standard hours (M-F 1:30-5:30 during school session); school vacation weeks (M-F
               8:30-12:30)
-Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma
- Complete a state criminal background check and FBI fingerprint check
- Have a strong interest and passion for art/design and working in urban public schools
- Have reliable transportation to service site(s)
- Have experience in college-level instruction in an art discipline (art/design, music, dance
                and theater)
- Have experience teaching arts to youth in a community or school setting
- Ability to speak Spanish and/or experience with middle school youth is a plus

CityArts TTAP AmeriCorps Member support

The CityArts AmeriCorps program helps members build/strengthen their teaching practice through trainings, observations and coaching.  Members will gain an understanding of urban school reform, curriculum development, skills in classroom management, problem solving and leadership.  Two weeks of intensive skill development training plus weekly feedback and reflection sessions will support the member’s professional growth.  Trainings are conducted by CityArts, faculty from RISD Dept. of Teaching and Learning in Art and Design and Brown University, Providence Afterschool Alliance, Providence Public Schools, and more.

Mandatory two-week pre-service orientation and training will take place August 31-September 11, and weekly trainings/reporting throughout the academic year on Friday afternoons.  Members will be directly supervised by the CityArts AmeriCorps Program Director, and overseen by PASA Site Coordinators at each school.  Co-planning and prep are built into weekly meetings.

Program Benefits: Living stipend of $5,600, paid on a bi-weekly basis; Education award of $ 2,865, upon successful completion of 900 service hours; Training.  Other AmeriCorps benefits include loan forbearance.  For volunteers 55 and older, awards are transferable to children, foster children and grandchildren.

How to Apply
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If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Vanessa DeNino,  CityArts AmeriCorps Program Director at Vanessa@providencecityarts.org

Reasonable accommodations can be made for applicants.

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2016 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards

August 19th, 2015

Levitt Pavilions announces an exciting grant opportunity serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. 10 grantees will be awarded up to $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series–an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 20 finalists. Grant applications open on July 15 and are due by October 15, 2015. For more information, visit www.levittamp.org.

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