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GRAMMY FOUNDATION® GRANT PROGRAM: 2016 LETTER OF INQUIRY ONLINE

August 3rd, 2015

The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects. 

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients.

HOW TO APPLY:

A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit  www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

2. Archiving And Preservation Projects:

·         A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award

·         B. Assistance, Assessment And/ Or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award

For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

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The application period for CraftBoston Spring and Holiday 2016 is now open

August 3rd, 2015

For more information about the shows, eligibility, booth packages, pricing*, etc., click here for the CraftBoston 2016 Prospectus.
* Booth packages and pricing are subject to change.

How to Apply:
There is only one application, fee, and deadline to apply to CraftBoston Spring and/or Holiday 2016. Applications will be accepted via www.juriedartservices.com through September 12, 2015.

Application Requirements:

Artists are asked to submit an artist statement and a total of five digital images that best represent their work. Work will be juried based on originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities. Artists are encouraged to submit high resolution, high quality photography for consideration for inclusion in show marketing materials and advertising if accepted.


About CraftBoston:

For information about CraftBoston visit our About CraftBoston page.

If you have any questions in regard to applying to CraftBoston, please contact:

Alyce Delbridge
CraftBoston Director
show@craftboston.org
617-266-1810 ext. 12

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Associate Director for Development

July 30th, 2015

FirstWorks seeks a strategic-thinking, detail-oriented individual with superior writing skills to serve as Associate Director for Development.  The Associate Director is responsible for the full grant writing process and must rapidly synthesize data, strategy, and programmatic goals to create compelling cases for the support of FirstWorks.

Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director, s/he will work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment along with the Development Manager and key staff to achieve fundraising goals for organizational growth.  S/he will contribute to all aspects of the organization’s fundraising strategy including the Annual Fund campaign, donor cultivation/fulfillment, evaluation and reporting.

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. 

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Start Date:  Immediately

Primary responsibilities:
• Manage a broad portfolio of funders from foundation, corporate, and government sectors
• Write grant proposals, appeals, and applications including development of attachments and budgets for grant requests
• Create written communications to consistently message FirstWorks’ value, including acknowledgements, reports, program descriptions, donor profiles, and invitations
• Coordinate submission of proposals and meet all deadlines and requirements
• Develop communications for prospecting, annual appeal, donor recognition, and cultivation
• Research, identify, and cultivate prospective funding sources from local and national foundations, corporate and government agencies, and individual donors
• Work closely with the Executive Artistic Director to incorporate program development and long-range goals into organizational messaging
• Support the FirstWorks Board Annual Fund campaign
• Create end-of-year Annual Impact Report
• Oversee day-to-day fundraising operations
• Help to develop turn-key systems and templates to advance effectiveness and efficiency
• Oversee the creation of effective evaluation tools
• Contribute to ongoing refinement of database
 
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) 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
• Ability to represent the organization in donor conversations, and to identify and cultivate new donors
• Familiarity with issues related to arts and education trends; understanding of and belief in FirstWorks’ mission
• Entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and a sense of humor
• 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.
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.

Interested applicants should send:
• A cover letter, resume, and three multi-page writing samples preferably 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

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FIRSTWORKS MARKETING MANAGER

July 30th, 2015

FirstWorks seeks a detail-oriented individual with superior writing, editing, and strategic communications skills to serve as Marketing Manager.

FirstWorks is a fast-paced, growing non-profit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs.  Since 2004, FirstWorks has produced 24 groundbreaking arts festivals, attracted 265,000 participants, presented over 1,000 artists and innovators and engaged more than 100 nonprofit community organizations and schools. 

The Marketing Manager oversees all marketing, advertising and promotional activities for FirstWorks programs.  The Marketing Manager reports directly to the Executive Artistic and Managing Directors and is the lead member of FirstWorks’ marketing team, operating across multiple marketing functions in a fast-paced non-profit environment. He/she works closely with the content and production coordinator, PR representative, and graphic designer and manages the Marketing Committee.

This is a ¾ to full-time position with benefits.  Start Date:  September 2015

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: CORE MESSAGES
• Achieve ticket sales goals for season
• Ensure effective, branded marketing communications across the company website, print communication, and advertising
• Develop, implement and evaluate marketing communication plan, campaigns and projects to engage FirstWorks diverse audience segments, partners and constituents
• Write copy for press releases, story pitches, performer descriptions, e-newsletters, web, season collateral and ads
• Manage design, development and production of promotional materials for the season, including season brochures, season postcards, posters and flyers. Design and create education flyers as needed.
• Oversee and expand online presence in collaboration with web/production coordinator including: website usability improvements, content updates and messaging across partner and social media outlets
• Develop and track marketing budgets
• Expand social media presence overseeing intern or contracted support
• Develop cross-promotional strategies with arts, hospitality, retail and community organizations
• Develop strategy in collaboration with team
• Administrative tasks, including maintaining and updating media lists/contacts, archives, assembling press kits, coordinating the marketing committee, managing mailings and timelines. Distribute press releases, photos and calendar listings

QUALIFICATIONS:
• 3-5 years experience in marketing and/or public relations;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail;
• Ability to work with deadlines;
• Enthusiasm for working as part of a team;
• Strong problem analysis and problem solving skills;
• Experience managing vendor relationships and tracking budgets;
• Knowledge of and passion for the performing and visual arts;
• Strong computer skills (PC & MAC) and software applications (Office 365, Excel, Word, PowerPoint;
• Working knowledge of HTML, CMS and electronic marketing platforms and databases, such as Word Press, Patron Manager, Patron Chimp/Mail Chimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
• Basic working knowledge of common design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Creative Suite a plus.

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. 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.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants should send:
• A cover letter, resume, and 3 work/writing samples—include examples of original copy and at least one example of a project management document, one press release and one design piece
• The names and contact information of 3 professional references

Send applications with all materials 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

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The AS220 Community Printshop is excited to now offer Photogravure w/ Copper Plates!

July 30th, 2015
August 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th; 6pm-10pm, $200

The AS220 Printshop is VERY pleased and proud to welcome back Keymember Alum Henry Brown. Henry just finished his MFA at RISD, where he produced a multitude of photogravure works.

Photogravure is an antique photographic process that bridges together the mediums of photography and copper plate etching. Photogravure is unique among printmaking processes for its ability to achieve a wide range of tones and incredibly high image resolution. A notoriously involved and sensitive process, participants are required to have at least an intermediate level of skill in either darkroom photography or copper plate etching. The class will cover all aspects of the process from photosensitizing the gelatin medium, exposure and development, etching the plate, and printing the image.

In the workshop Participants will be able to make and print two 8” x 10” plates from digital files that are prepared ahead of time. (No print experience required, but basic Adobe Photoshop skills necessary). Plates will be made, inked and printed by the students.

Register for the class at the AS220 Shop.

Please send any questions to brian.whtiney@as220.org

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Artists’ Exchange 8th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival – Call for Musicians, Vendors, and Volunteers

July 29th, 2015

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 20th, with a rain date of the following Sunday, September 27th. We are in need of  musicians, artisans, vendors, and volunteers!  
 
MUSICIANS NEEDED
Artists’ Exchange is currently seeking volunteer performers for its 8th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival, scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2015, with a rain date of Sunday, September 27th.
If you are interested in performing, please send an email with your availability on the festival date and rain date, and a sample of  your music, to Elaine at elaine.yeaw@artists-exchange.org.

All performers will be reviewed by the festival committee, and selected bands will be notified by Friday, August 14th. 

We hope you can join us for this year’s festival! 

ARTISANS & VENDORS NEEDED 
Artists’ Exchange is currently seeking vendors for its 8th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival, scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2015, with a rain date of Sunday, September 27th. Registration is $50, and only $35 if you register by Friday, August 7th. We hope you can join us for this year’s festival!
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Tuesday, August 31st 
($50 registration) 

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE:
Friday, August 7th
($35 registration)
 
Download application
 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  
We are in need of volunteers to help us set up and clean up, help run games and contests, sell tickets, hand out prizes and more! If interested, send an email to volunteering@artists-exchange.org with any questions or to sign up for a shift. Include your availability on the rain date and your t-shirt size.
                Preferred shifts are:
8am – 1pm
11am – 5pm
  2pm – 7pm
      
This is a great volunteer opportunity for students who need to complete a required number of hours, and for local folks and families looking to lend a hand!
  
Our volunteers have a blast all day and leave with a feeling of accomplishment and contribution. Plus, every volunteer gets breakfast or lunch, water and a free t-shirt! It’s a win-win!
 
Please forward to friends and family!      
 
 
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL  
Now in its 8th year, The Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival is an all day outdoor event in the lots surrounding Artists’ Exchange, complete with live music and theater, art activities and contests, food and fun!
 
Art activities include a Street Art Contest, in which contestants are armed with colored chalk, a section of pavement and the potential for limitless creativity. Entries are judged by festival attendees and winners will receive a prize!

The festival also includes a series of original and “artsified” carnival style games such as the Escher Tessellation Toss, Mondrian Mini Golf, Warhol Ball and more!
 
PROMOTION FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL
The Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival offers a great opportunity to showcase, advertise and sell your wares. Last year’s event approached 4,000 in attendance!
 
 Promotion for this year’s festival will include: a street-sized banner over Park Avenue (hung for two weeks prior to the festival), sandwich boards in high traffic spots around Cranston, press releases, listings in all the local papers, inclusion in the Motif Fall Guide, email blasts, flyer distribution to four local surrounding school districts, send-home flyers to all of our summer camp participants, promotion on Artists’ Exchange’s Facebook and Twitter feed, a large banner in Artists’ Exchange’s window and posters at local hotspots.

With all of this promotion, we expect a great turn-out!
THE ARTS AND COMMUNITY
 Participating in our events allows you to join our growing community and to be a part of something truly extraordinary. All of our events are geared to accomplish many things: to raise awareness of Artists’ Exchange’s programs, to provide opportunities for artists to share and sell their work, to help revitalize the community we call home and to provide opportunities for the interaction of all kinds of people, with and without developmental barriers, with art acting as the unifying force that brings us together.

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CALL FOR STAGE MANAGER

July 29th, 2015

SEEKING AN ENTHUSIASTIC, HARDWORKING THEATRE PROFESSIONAL for  The Artists Exchange’s 12th Annual production of A Christmas Carol.               
Show runs December 10-19, 2015 – (10) total performances at Two Venues: Theatre 82 and The Park Theatre. If interested in the position, please send your Resume and Letter of Interest to Jessica Chace, Director of the production and Artists’ Exchange Theatre Director, at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org. For more information about the position and the production, please visit www.artists-exchange.org.

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Radar Collective looking for artists!

July 29th, 2015

Developed through the Rhode Island School of Design, AS220, and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, Radar Collective is a new curatorial program that brings the work of local and international artists into commercial properties (hotels, restaurants, etc.) throughout the East and West coasts. Radar is currently on the lookout for dynamic, engaging artists to join its roster. If accepted, artists’ work will be exposed on a national scale, displayed in commercial venues to thousands of guests and enthusiasts.

HOW IT WORKS: Radar produces gallery-quality prints, which are then framed and installed into a commercial venue’s rotating collection. Artists only need to handle original works when sold, and will receive a 50% commission of all work sold. Radar Collective is a gallery, anywhere. To learn more, visit www.radar.gallery.

If you are excited by the opportunity for your work to be experienced nationwide, Radar encourages you to submit. To apply, send an email to artists@radar.gallery with the following attachments, with “SUBMISSION” as the email header: 

  • A brief bio (500 char. max.)
  • City of residence
  • 3 high-resolution images of your work
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The Warwick Museum of Art (WMOA) Call For Artwork

July 27th, 2015

Call For Artwork 29th Annual RI Open Juried Exhibit
 

“Shell Game” by Robin Beckwith (28th Annual RI Open)
 
 The Warwick Museum of Art (WMOA) is looking for original works for the RI Open Juried Exhibit, which runs from September 1 – October 23, 2015.  All pieces exhibited at WMOA will be for sale.
 
Juror: Francoise McAree, Providence based artist, independent curator, educator, and arts administrator. She is a painter/collagist and has exhibited her work both nationally and abroad.

 Awards: 2 “Excellence Awards” will be presented for $200.00 each; 4 non-cash Honorable Mentions will also be presented. We reserve the right to add prizes if needed.
 
Entry Deadline:  Required “Artwork Submission Form” must be emailed with JPEGS to Manager Taylor Terreri (Taylor@warwickmuseum.org) by Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

For more information and for the official entry form, click here.

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FAR-SITED

July 27th, 2015


The 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium, held on the CSULB campus, was the first international sculpture symposium to be held in the United States, the first to occur on a college campus, and the first to build partnerships with industry to create innovative sculptures using new industrial materials and new technologies. Internationally recognized artists worked with industrial partners, such as Bethlehem Steel, Fellows and Stewart Shipyard, and North American Aviation in the creation of these landmark works.

For the fiftieth anniversary of the sculpture symposium, the University Art Museum presents FAR−SITED. This project includes the Fall 2015 exhibition (September 8 − December 13) celebrating the symposium and examining its historical importance, a conservation initiative, and a conference on issues in public art. The Getty Conservation Institute is partnering with the UAM to conserve selected sculptures from the CSULB outdoor sculpture collection, as well as the organize the conference FAR−SITED: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places.

October 16-18, 2015 | Long Beach, CA

The University Art Museum CSULB, Getty Conservation Institute, and Museum of Latin American Art present FAR-SITED: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places, a three-day conference examining new trends in public art, the use of new materials and technology, and the role of conservation for art in the public realm. Nationally renowned arts professionals will engage in curated panels and presentations for an audience of artists, conservators, arts administrators, scholars, and students.

Using the 50th anniversary of the historic 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium as the catalyst for the conference, it seeks to explore the possibilities and the challenges of creating and presenting public art for the 21st Century. The conference will be held on the campus of California State University, Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art.
Early bird registration is now open! Visit www.regonline/far-sited to secure your place. Lodging is available at the historic Hotel Queen Mary. A link is available with registration.

We are pleased to be able to offer 100 student scholarships to cover the cost of conference registration. To apply, download the application.

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Coggeshall invites artists to create and share their work

July 27th, 2015

Coggeshall Announces Arts on the Farm Month Living history museum invites artists to create and share their work
BRISTOL, RI — August is “Arts on the Farm Month” at Coggeshall Farm Museum, a living history museum in Bristol, Rhode Island depicting the lives of 18th-century tenant farmers.
“We invite artists working in all media to use Coggeshall as a place of inspiration,” says Cindy Elder, Executive Director of Coggeshall Farm Museum. “Set up your easels or tripods. Bring your notebooks, laptops or instruments. Find a quiet place of contemplation or mingle with our historic interpreters.”
Coggeshall is seeking visual, literary and performance artists to participate. Details can be found on their website at www.coggeshallfarm.org.

Arts on the Farm Exhibit at Harvest Fair
Artists are invited to submit their Coggeshall-inspired work to the first ever Arts on the Farm Exhibit, which will be displayed at Coggeshall’s Harvest Fair on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20. Entries will be judged by a panel including representatives of the Bristol Art Museum and Bristol Art Night, and artists identified by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 pm. Entries may be emailed to Cindy Elder at c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org or delivered to Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809. Performance artists may email Elder to arrange a time to perform their piece if it is not possible to send a sound file. Winning artists will be invited to exhibit or perform their work at Harvest Fair on Sept. 19 and 20 and will be given the opportunity to offer their work for sale at the event.
Participating artists may pay regular admission when they visit Coggeshall Farm Museum (adult admission is $5 on weekdays, $7 on weekends) or they may purchase a membership which provides free access to the farm during all regular open hours, Tuesday through Sunday, year-round (an individual membership is $25). There is no entry fee to submit work to the Arts on the Farm Exhibit.
For more information, visit www.coggeshallfarm.org or email c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org.
Coggeshall Farm Museum is a nonprofit living history museum set on 48 acres of coastal farmland in Bristol, RI. The mission of Coggeshall Farm Museum is to preserve the 1790s salt marsh farm and serve as a vital educational resource to the community and beyond through daily demonstration of farm activity.

Cindy Elder
Executive Director
Coggeshall Farm Museum
1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809
c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org
401-253-9062
cell: 508-733-2443
www.coggeshallfarm.org

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THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY Seeks PATRON SERVICES MANAGER

July 27th, 2015

THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY
GEORGE KENT PERFORMANCE HALL
119 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891
POSITION OPENING – PATRON SERVICES MANAGER
Posted: June 25, 2015
Title: Patron Services Manager
Supervisor: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt
The Chorus of Westerly seeks applicants to become Patron Services Manager, a newly created full-time position.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Patron Services Manager will be responsible for administration, vision, and
direction of all Chorus Patron Services and the Kent Hall Box Office. The Manager will manage the singing membership,
supporting them administratively. The Manager will serve as both the organization’s volunteer coordinator and a primary
event manager for Chorus concerts and other events. Finally, in addition to the Executive Director to whom the position
reports, the Manager will support the Music Director, the Director of Advancement, and the Director of Music
Education clerically or with other tasks as assigned.
Principal Activities
1. Manage and direct operations of the Box and Events Office in Kent Hall ensuring that it is functioning
properly at all times and properly staffed (using volunteers).
2. Develop and execute successful systems of ticket sales and customer service. Recruit and properly train
all volunteers in such systems. Develop subscription plans and subscriber relationship strategies,
coordinating with the Director of Advancement on the marketing and advertising of these plans. Become
expert in the Standing Room Only Patron Services System and train others in said system.
3. Recruit, manage, and direct organization’s volunteer force – made up of community members, singers,
parents, and alumni. Manage volunteer teams for concerts, events, and special projects.
4. Manage the singing membership. Duties include organizing auditions, member meetings, member
registration, member lists, and member dues. The manager will also meet, interact, and support Chorus
parents and Chorus children, and also attend regularly scheduled Chorus rehearsals and all concert
week rehearsals. Additionally, the Manager will organize the Parent Team and Sunshine Committee, and
handle all communication between the Chorus and its singers, parents, board and alumni.
5. Serve as a primary events manager for Chorus events. This includes managing logistics for Chorus
events both in Kent Hall and at other venues. The Manager will also assist in the planning and execution
of the Children’s Camp Program, performance tours, run-out concerts, and other off-site ventures.
6. Perform typical office clerical duties as needed and other related duties as assigned, and support
projects of the Executive, Music, Education, and/or Advancement Directors as needed. Schedule and
coordinate tasks for the Facility and Events manager and the Kent Hall Housekeeper.
Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in arts administration, not-for-profit management, or a related arts,
development, or humanities field preferred.
1 to 3 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: public relations, e-communications, volunteer
management, special project management, concert management, or a related arts or development field.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills with ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization.
Excellent communication skills and comfort talking on telephone and dealing with patrons, singers, parents.
Experience working in a box office or fast paced operations office preferred.
Ideally be able to work Monday evenings between September and the end of June and be able to work Chorus of Westerly
concert weekends.
About the position
The position is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Some weekend work is required related to Chorus of Westerly
activities and events. Salary commensurate with experience.
To apply
Send cover letter, resume/CV, two writing samples, and your salary requirements via EMAIL ONLY to Ryan Saunders
(ryan@chorusofwesterly.org). In your email subject line please put: Chorus of Westerly – Patron Services Manager
Application. Please email all materials as PDF files only. Do not mail, fax, or drop off application materials. The
packet must be emailed. If you have questions about applying, you may email Mr. Saunders at the above address. No
phone calls. Review of applications will begin July 15. Position will be open until filled and search may close at any time.
The Chorus of Westerly is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.
About the Chorus of Westerly
The Chorus of Westerly harnesses the power of music to nurture the soul of the community.
Based in the seaside town of Westerly, RI, the Chorus of Westerly is one of the nation’s only intergenerational choral
organizations. An acclaimed auditioned chorus of 190 members with an extensive performance season, the Chorus is unique in
that approximately half of its singers are children ages 8 to 18. These children sing alongside their adult counterparts on every
performance of the symphonic season. Chorus children sing regardless of the works programmed or a particular work’s difficulty
and are musical members of equal rank with the adults. An expansive music education program helps prepare the children to
sing these major works in performance at a high artistic level. The children’s program begins at a special music training camp
held each August in New Hampshire and continues as part of their regular Chorus curriculum and rehearsal process during the
academic year. In its 56-year history, the Chorus of Westerly has now trained several thousand children and adults in music,
choral singing, and high-level musical performance.
Since its founding in 1959, the Chorus has performed nearly 700 concerts for over 1.2 million people both in Rhode Island and
abroad. Beyond Westerly and Providence, Rhode Island, the Chorus has performed extensively across England, Scotland,
Wales, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic as part of four major international tours. The Chorus has performed in
such venues as Westminster Abbey, Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England,
Canterbury Cathedral, and the Duomos of Milan, Florence, and Venice. In 2014, as part of a Central European Tour, the Chorus
sang in Smetana Hall in Prague, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and the Matthias Coronation Church in Budapest to
thousands of audience members.
Andrew Howell, who has served as music director since founder George Kent retired in 2012, has recently completed his third
season as music director. A noted area musician, Howell is a former child singer of the Chorus of Westerly having begun his
training in music as a treble (boy soprano) under George Kent. In addition to his current work with the Chorus of Westerly, Mr.
Howell also serves as music director of Saint James Episcopal Church in nearby New London, CT, and music director of the
Watch Hill Chapel. He is a graduate of the choral conducting and music education programs at the University of Rhode Island.
Under both Kent and now Howell, the Chorus of Westerly has presented many of the major choral works in history. These works
have ranged from the Bach B Minor Mass to the Verdi Requiem. In addition to doing the ‘classic’s of choral music, the Chorus
has presented more than 15 American premieres of major English choral works including Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet. The
Chorus of Westerly’s “home” concert season now includes two to three symphonic concerts a year (featuring masterworks with
fully professional orchestras), a Christmas Pops holiday concert series with orchestra, and Summer Pops Westerly. Summer
Pops is a free community concert offered each June in Wilcox Park in downtown Westerly. Audiences of up to 25,000 attend
Summer Pops each year.
The Chorus of Westerly is one of the few independent choral organizations in the United States to own and operate its own
facility. The Chorus is the owner and operator of the historic George Kent Performance Hall located at 119 High Street in
downtown Westerly. The facility is home to the Chorus and serves as a guest performance home to many other smaller arts
groups and often hosts local high school choir concerts. In November 2014, the Chorus of Westerly was awarded $1.1 million
from the state of Rhode Island for renovation and repair work on Kent Hall over the next several years. The grant award was the
result of the passing of statewide referendum Question 5, the $35 million Cultural Facilities Economic Bond. The effort to get the
bond passed was directed by the RI Coalition of Performing Arts Facilities of which the Chorus of Westerly was a leading
member along with other such groups as Trinity Repertory, WaterFire, AS220, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
The Chorus of Westerly is a certified 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization and contributions to the Chorus are tax-deductible.
Web http://chorusofwesterly.org
Facebook http://facebook.com/chorusofwestery
Twitter @choruswesterly

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THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY Seeks DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

July 27th, 2015

THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY
GEORGE KENT PERFORMANCE HALL
119 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891
POSITION OPENING – DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Posted: June 25, 2015
Title: Director of Advancement
Supervisor: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt
The Chorus of Westerly seeks applicants to become the Director of Advancement, a new full-time position.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement will be responsible for developing and
implementing successful programs and plans that achieve the organization’s annual fundraising goals. In addition,
and directly paired with fundraising activity, the Director of Advancement will develop successful marketing and
communication plans that promote the Chorus’s regular seasonal activities, as well as advancing the organization on
a broader level – regionally and nationally – for a greater identity and marketing reach.
Principal Activities
Development (65%)
1. Direct all individual giving programs of the Chorus and the George Kent Performance Hall. This
includes the Annual Fund Drive, the Continuo Society, concert sponsorships, major giving, and other
relevant activity. Ensure that these activities meet their annual budget goals while continuously
developing new prospects for future activities.
2. Solicit, secure, and manage corporate and business sponsorships for all Chorus concerts, events,
programs, and capital needs. Develop direct and personal relationships with relevant local and regional
corporate/business leaders responsible for marketing sponsorships and/or philanthropic support.
Ensure sponsorship goals are met annually and new corporate relationships are created.
3. Develop, oversee, and execute special fundraising events throughout the Chorus season including the
Charitable Gala, Conductor Circle dinners, several small fundraising “guest” concerts, and innovative
fundraising programs with the singers. Ensure systems are in place to execute these events smoothly,
to meet their budgetary goals, and to evaluate the special events success/value for future seasons.
4. Manage and write grants for Chorus programs, concerts, events, and capital needs through private and
corporate foundations. Continuously prospect and identify potential grant and foundation funders
locally, regionally, and nationally. Manage local, state, and national grant programs and applications
(such as grants through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts).
Communications (35%)
1. Develop, oversee, and execute marketing and communication plans for the Chorus season (and all
events on the season), the Chorus as an organization, Kent Hall, and member recruitment. Specific
areas of focus and management within these plans will include such items as press release and media
alert management, story pitches to editors, online PR management (social media, main website, ecommunications).
Also ensure proper vendors, volunteers, singers, and/or parents are part of a team
assembled to support these efforts and manage them appropriately.
2. Oversee and support special communications projects such as website evaluation, video, audio, and
film projects (such as the upcoming Chorus documentary and recording project).
Related Duties
The Director of Advancement will be expected, for all of his/her projects noted above, to actively recruit in volunteer
teams of support working in tandem with the Manager of Patron Services. The Chorus of Westerly has a broad
volunteer base able to support many of the projects above (and, as needed, to help with leadership of projects). The
Director of Advancement will be responsible for managing volunteers for his/her projects, for stewarding and
supporting them, and for providing them clear and concise direction and vision. Working with the other members of
staff, the Board, and the singing membership itself, the Director of Advancement will assemble project based
committees as needed for projects, and complete other advancement tasks as necessary.
Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree required. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in arts administration, not-for-profit
management, public policy, or a related arts or development field.
Minimum of 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible and successful leadership and management experience.
Demonstrated success in developing and delivering a comprehensive program in one or more of the following areas:
annual giving, foundation and/or corporate grant writing, capital development.
Experience in some area of marketing, public relations, e-communications, or related fields, ideally for an arts
organization or non-profit organization.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills with ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization.
Excellent communication skills.
Experience with programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Convio Luminate, Blackbaud Raisers’ Edge, Blackbaud
Standing Room Only, or similar programs, and/or an ability to quickly learn new software programs preferred.
About the position
The position is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Some weekend work is required related to Chorus of Westerly
activities and events. Salary commensurate with experience.
To apply
Send cover letter, resume/CV, two writing samples, and your salary requirements via EMAIL ONLY to Ryan
Saunders (ryan@chorusofwesterly.org). In your email subject line please put: Chorus of Westerly – Advancement
Application. Please email all materials as PDF files only. Do not mail, fax, or drop off application materials. The
packet must be emailed. If you have questions about applying, you may email Mr. Saunders at the above address.
No phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will be open until filled and search may close
at any time.
The Chorus of Westerly is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.
About the Chorus of Westerly
The Chorus of Westerly harnesses the power of music to nurture the soul of the community.
Based in the seaside town of Westerly, RI, the Chorus of Westerly is one of the nation’s only intergenerational choral
organizations. An acclaimed auditioned chorus of 190 members with an extensive performance season, the Chorus
is unique in that approximately half of its singers are children ages 8 to 18. These children sing alongside their adult
counterparts on every performance of the symphonic season. Chorus children sing regardless of the works
programmed or a particular work’s difficulty and are musical members of equal rank with the adults. An expansive
music education program helps prepare the children to sing these major works in performance at a high artistic level.
The children’s program begins at a special music training camp held each August in New Hampshire and continues
as part of their regular Chorus curriculum and rehearsal process during the academic year. In its 56-year history, the
Chorus of Westerly has now trained several thousand children and adults in music, choral singing, and high-level
musical performance.
Since its founding in 1959, the Chorus has performed nearly 700 concerts for over 1.2 million people both in Rhode
Island and abroad. Beyond Westerly and Providence, Rhode Island, the Chorus has performed extensively across
England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic as part of four major international tours.
The Chorus has performed in such venues as Westminster Abbey, Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, King’s
College Chapel in Cambridge, England, Canterbury Cathedral, and the Duomos of Milan, Florence, and Venice. In
2014, as part of a Central European Tour, the Chorus sang in Smetana Hall in Prague, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in
Vienna, and the Matthias Coronation Church in Budapest to thousands of audience members.
Andrew Howell, who has served as music director since founder George Kent retired in 2012, has recently completed
his third season as music director. A noted area musician, Howell is a former child singer of the Chorus of Westerly
having begun his training in music as a treble (boy soprano) under George Kent. In addition to his current work with
the Chorus of Westerly, Mr. Howell also serves as music director of Saint James Episcopal Church in nearby New
London, CT, and music director of the Watch Hill Chapel. He is a graduate of the choral conducting and music
education programs at the University of Rhode Island.
Under both Kent and now Howell, the Chorus of Westerly has presented many of the major choral works in history.
These works have ranged from the Bach B Minor Mass to the Verdi Requiem. In addition to doing the ‘classic’s of
choral music, the Chorus has presented more than 15 American premieres of major English choral works including
Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet. The Chorus of Westerly’s “home” concert season now includes two to three symphonic
concerts a year (featuring masterworks with fully professional orchestras), a Christmas Pops holiday concert series
with orchestra, and Summer Pops Westerly. Summer Pops is a free community concert offered each June in Wilcox
Park in downtown Westerly. Audiences of up to 25,000 attend Summer Pops each year.
The Chorus of Westerly is one of the few independent choral organizations in the United States to own and operate
its own facility. The Chorus is the owner and operator of the historic George Kent Performance Hall located at 119
High Street in downtown Westerly. The facility is home to the Chorus and serves as a guest performance home to
many other smaller arts groups and often hosts local high school choir concerts. In November 2014, the Chorus of
Westerly was awarded $1.1 million from the state of Rhode Island for renovation and repair work on Kent Hall over
the next several years. The grant award was the result of the passing of statewide referendum Question 5, the $35
million Cultural Facilities Economic Bond. The effort to get the bond passed was directed by the RI Coalition of
Performing Arts Facilities of which the Chorus of Westerly was a leading member along with other such groups as
Trinity Repertory, WaterFire, AS220, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
The Chorus of Westerly is a certified 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Web http://chorusofwesterly.org
Facebook http://facebook.com/chorusofwestery
Twitter @choruswesterly

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Public Art Opportunity: Century College, Minnesota

July 27th, 2015
RFP for Public Art at Century College

The Minnesota State Arts Board, on behalf of the site selection committee at Century College, requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork at the Century College Academic Partners Classroom Addition in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Eligibility: U.S. residents, at least 18 years of age
Budget: $32,400, all-inclusive
Deadline: 4:30 P.M. (CDT), September 8, 2015

 

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Public Art: Inglewood Growing Artists Projects

July 27th, 2015

The City of Inglewood, California invites professional artists to apply to Inglewood Growing Artists Projects (IGAP), creative services contracts supporting original artistic projects providing a cultural benefit to the City of Inglewood.  To download the Request for Proposals visit:
http://www.cityofinglewood.org/rfps

Four contracts are available:
Three visual arts contracts will be made: one at $25,000, one at $17,500 and one at $12,500.  The City is seeking proposals from visual artists to create one or more unique works of permanent art for the City Art Collection. We are especially interested in artworks for Inglewood’s Imperial Crenshaw Branch Library. Work may be proposed for the exterior or interior of other city facilities as well.

One performance or time-based art contract will be made at $10,000 plus up to three months’ access to a rehearsal space in Inglewood.

Artists may apply to any or each funding level, but only one award will be made to each artist. For collaborations, a lead artist must be identified to manage the Project, receive and report on the funds.

Artists are invited to attend a free How to Apply Workshop on Thursday August 6, from 6:30 to 8pm at the Inglewood Public Library Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester, Inglewood, for more information.  Register for the free event: http://inglewoodartistgatheringaug6.eventbrite.com

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Saint Mary’s Home for Children Seeks Art Teacher 1 day per week- Special Education

July 15th, 2015

Location: North Providence
Salary: Competitive rate
Start Date: July 2015
Part Time
Permanent

Job Description
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St. Mary’s Home for Children

Position: Art Teacher (1 day per week)

Schedule: Immediate opening / 1 day per week

St. Mary’s Home for Children is a family of professionals dedicated to providing maximum opportunities for growth and development to children and families. Since 1877, we have been committed to serving the changing needs of children and families through the work of dedicated, caring, and creative professionals.

The George N. Hunt Campus School at St. Mary’s Home for Children is seeking a reliable, flexible, self-motivated Art Teacher to join our dynamic community of professionals.

The Teacher will assume responsibility for planning, conducting and evaluating the assigned art activities of the classroom under the direct supervision of the Director of Special Education.

RIDE Certification in Art Education required.

This is a one day per week position.

Experience with students with behavioral and socio-emotional challenges preferred. Background check required.

Bilingual candidates: English/Spanish encouraged to apply.

EOE.

How to Apply
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Please send cover letter and resume to:

hr@smhfc.org

or my mail to:

Human Resources
St. Mary’s Home for Children
420 Fruit Hill Avenue
N. Providence, RI 02911

No Phone Calls Please!

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The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre Seeks Subscription Sales Representative

July 15th, 2015

Location: Pawtucket, RI
Salary:
Start Date: 7/21/15
Part Time
Temporary

Job Description
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Do you enjoy talking about theater? At The Gamm Theatre, you can make money doing just that! Training and materials provided, sales/fundraising experience is a plus!  No cold calling. Salary, commissions and bonuses as well as two complimentary tickets to each show in the season!  Evenings Mon-Thursday through the first week of October. Please send your resume to tracy@gammtheatre.org.

How to Apply
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Send your resume to tracy@gammtheatre.org

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Community String Project Seeks Executive Director

July 15th, 2015

Location: Bristol, RI
Salary: Part-time
Start Date: ASAP
Part Time
Permanent

Job Description
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Background: The Community String Project (CSP) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with the goal of serving all youth in the East Bay area, regardless of income, through an innovative, after school music program centered on string instruments. In addition to the value of learning how to play an instrument (which has been shown to increase academic performance), students also benefit from being involved in a supportive activity that assists with dropout prevention, fosters community engagement, and increases self-esteem.
Position Available: The Community String Project seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director to advance the mission and agenda of the organization. As CSP expands, the current part-time position is anticipated to grow into full time.
Responsibilities: The Executive Director serves as the chief operating officer of the Community String Project, working with and reporting to the Board of Trustees. He/she will serve as the face of the organization, acting as a liaison between the organization and external stakeholders. The Executive Director directs and administers all programs, operations and policies and supervises the Program Director, Volunteer Coordinator and volunteers
Primary areas of responsibility include:
Strategic Planning: Contributes to the development and implementation of a Strategic Plan and Fund
Development Plan supporting the mission and advancement of the organization; the cultivation of long-term strategic partnerships and/ or donor relationships and advancement of all organizational values as set forth by the Board of Trustees.
Non-Profit Financial Management: Together with the Board, develops and manages an annual budget;
oversees budget tracking and fund development; serves as lead in all aspects of grants administration; seeks out alternative revenue streams including potential grants, new organizational/institutional partners and donors.
Operations: Leads all aspects of operations including but not limited to office administration; Human
Resources management; asset and inventory management; website management; and communications, including quarterly newsletters and electronic and /or postal dissemination of CSP materials and/or information as needed.
Governance: Attends all meetings of the Board of Trustees; provides scheduled written reports to the Board on operations and activities to include: financial reports, public relations, and program development. Advises Board of Trustees of significant problems/issues affecting operations and plan and proposes actions to address those problems whenever possible.
Community Relations: Develops effective relationships within the community and region, working to ensure CSP outreach and engagement in the community-at-large, as well as recognition by and for the constituency that CSP serves.

Desired Experience/Qualifications:
College graduate with at least 5 years non-profit management experience, with demonstrated success in fund development.
Master’s degree preferred
Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Strong planning and organizational skills; attention to detail.
Solid computer skills with website development and design a plus.
Ability to deal with ambiguity.
Ability to work collaboratively with all sectors of the community.
Ability to effectively manage and motivate staff, board and volunteers and build consensus.
Conducts all business in accordance with the organizational values and acts with integrity beyond reproach.

How to Apply
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Please submit cover letter and resume, including the names and contact information for three references to Katelain Tavares, President, Board of Trustees.
Applicants who meet these qualifications and those of the Program Director could be considered for a full time position
No phone calls please.
Application period closes on July 29, 2015.
For more information about the Community String Project, visit www.communitystringproject.org.
The Community String Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Shubert Foundation Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Grants

July 10th, 2015

The Shubert Foundation  in New York City is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit, professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that  support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a track record of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).

Applicants may not request a specific grant amount; if the foundation determines that it will fund an organization, it will also determine the amount of the grant.

The foundation has two grant application timetables. Applications in the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted by October 15, 2015. Theater applications must be submitted by December 1, 2015.

Visit the Shubert Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application materials.

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Kress Foundation Accepting Proposals for Art Conservation Grants

July 10th, 2015

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation supports projects that illuminate European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early nineteenth century.

As part of that mission, the foundation’s Conservation Grants Program provides support for the professional practice of art conservation. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focused on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants also are awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broader audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit institutions  based in the United States that have 501(c)(3) status, including supporting foundations of European institutions.

Visit the Kress Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and information about previous grant recipients and application procedures.

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