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Work-Shop seeks Digital Designer/Developer

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Digital Designer / Developer

We’re looking for a full-time Digital Designer / Developer to join our team and help us grow. As a Digital Designer / Developer, you’d be working on the digital side of Work-Shop’s projects. On the design side – this includes concepting, UI/UX design, and web design. On the development side – you’d be contributing to the front end development of websites and web applications. You’ll also help develop design and technical strategies in the early stages of a project.

Learn more at  workshopri.com/jobs/designer-developer/

Work-Shop is an interdisciplinary design studio comprised of designers, makers, thinkers, and creative technologists. Click here for more information.


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FirstWorks seeks Senior Director

Monday, April 10th, 2017

FirstWorks Senior Director

FirstWorks is a private nonprofit [501c(3)] organization, that enhances the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs.

Since its founding in 2004, FirstWorks has served over 375,000 people. With a budget of $1.5M, annual programs include PVDFest, the Artistic Icon Series, the Frontiers Series, and an arts education program which reaches over 4,000 Rhode Island students in 32 schools.

FirstWorks seeks an individual with superior management skills to serve as Senior Director. Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director and serving as a key member of the management team, the SD will lead the team in finance, administration, and technology, and assume other duties, including operations, business planning, and marketing.

The SD will play a critical role in partnering with the Executive Artistic Director to implement strategic programs as FirstWorks continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for an individual having management expertise and a track record of creative, strategic thinking to join a well-respected, mission-driven organization.

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Start Date:  June 2017

Primary responsibilities:


●      Oversee overall financial management, planning, systems and controls

●      Create timely financial reports and analysis

●      Develop financial projections; project/program ROI

●      Manage organization budget

●      Facilitate budgeting process

●      Day-to-day accounting, including invoicing, donor tracking, and Box Office reconciliations

●      Streamline operational systems, processes and policies for Development, Marketing, Box Office, IT, and Finance

●      Manage and make improvements to CRM database, creating records and utilizing system capabilities

●      Implement a robust contracts management/procurement, reporting, contract billing and collection systems

●      Coordinate the annual audit process with auditors and FW finance committee

Administration and Human Resources

●      Oversee administrative functions to ensure efficient operations

●      Monitor implementation plans, adherence to deadlines, and metrics

●      Develop systems and accountability procedures

●      Manage employee handbook updates, employee benefits, subcontractor agreements, payments, and performance review process

Secondary responsibilities


●     Budget development and tracking

●     Website operations and social media investments

●     Sales strategies

●     Evaluation tools to measure campaign effectiveness


●      At least 5 years’ experience in management

●      Degree in business or related field

●      Excellent computer, database management, and proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, QuickBooks online, project management tools, and knowledge of SalesForce based CRM tool is helpful

●      Experience in marketing, web and social media communications

●      Excellent verbal and written communication skills

●      Budget oversight experience

●      Knowledge of tax and other compliance implications of non-profit status

●      Ability to work independently and as part of a team; outstanding organizational skills

●      Affinity for the arts

●      Commitment to connecting art with audiences and FirstWorks core values:

~Creativity and artistic excellence


~Arts and social impact


Salary is commensurate with professional experience.  Benefits include health & dental care 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 1 to 3 multi-page work/writing samples—include one example of a project management document

●      The names and contact information for 3 professional references

Send applications to:

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

Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 275 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903


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Call to Artists – Barrington Arts Festival

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Barrington Arts Festival

June 11, 2017
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Located on the historic Town Hall property

Deadline for submission, April 25, 2017

Artists are invited to submit works of art for the third annual Barrington Arts Festival. Jurors will choose artists who are creating innovative and original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, illustrations, photography, glass, mixed media, wood, metals, jewelry and textiles. All work must be original and not mass produced.

The Town of Barrington continues to honor the thriving RI arts community by providing a venue for showcasing their work. Let’s celebrate the power of the arts.

For more information and application, e-mail cvillucci@barrington.ri.gov
Or call 401-247-1900 x 381


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Arts Opportunities

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

ArtPlace America, 2/14 to 2/17/2017

National Creative Placemaking Fund is a collaboration of national and regional foundations working to include art and culture as a core element of local planning and development. Eligible: Individuals and organizations in the US. There are geographic priorities. Awards: $50,000 to $500,000

National Endowment for the Humanities, 4/12/2017
Fellowships support production of articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication are also available. Eligible: Researchers, teachers, and writers. Awards: $25,200 to $50,400

National Endowment for the Arts, 4/13/2017
Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Eligible: Tax-exempt nonprofits, tribes and government organizations with a three-year history of programming ; other restrictions apply. Awards: $10,000 to $50,000

National Endowment for the Humanities, 5/2/2017
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions supports special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects and digital materials. Eligible: Government, academia, nonprofits Awards: Up to $6,000

National Endowment for the Arts, 5/4/2017
Art Works: Creativity Connects grants support collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business and Economic Development, Science, Technology, Healthcare, Community Education, Environment, Military, and Transportation. Eligible: Tax-exempt nonprofits, tribes and government organizations with a three-year history of programming ; other restrictions apply. Awards: $20,000 to $100,000

Princess Grace Foundation, 6/12/2017
Accepting applications for student thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. Eligible: full-time or matriculated student s who have not yet completed his or her film; have completed at least one film as a director; and is the director of the proposed film project. Awards: Scholarship for the film budget.

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 9/19/2017
The annual fellowship program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and/or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions. Eligible: Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Awards: The amounts of grants vary, and the Foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.

American Academy in Rome, 11/12/2017
The Rome prize is awarded annually to artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who exemplify the highest standard of excellence in arts and humanities scholarship. Eligible: US citizens  Awards: Each winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under 18 live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Winners of half-term and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively. Winners of the Two-Year fellowships receive $28,000 annually.

Surdna Foundation, No deadline for Letters of Inquiry
The Foundation offers grants to organizations that believe communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. The Thriving Cultures Program seeks to create just and sustainable communities in four ways: cultural advancement, educational development, community engaged design, and social change. Eligible: U.S. Nonprofits Awards: Not specified.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, No Deadline
The foundation welcomes applications year-round from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a period of a year and will be considered for all legitimate expenditures relating to professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. Eligible: Visual artists. Awards: The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.

Japan Foundation; Deadline: 3 months before project starts
This grant aims to support projects that will further understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Eligible: Eastern US nonprofits Awards: Up to $5,000

Fender Music Foundation, No Deadline
Eligible: Nonprofit music instruction programs Awards: The Foundation is currently awarding acoustic, bass and electric guitars and the equipment necessary to play them. String, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and keyboards are sometimes available.

Classics4Kids Foundation, 6/30/2017; quarterly
If your school or non-profit organization believes in the role of fine instruments in your program, and can show evidence of need and commitment to raising matching funds, you are a strong candidate for the Classics for Kids matching grant program. Eligible: Nonprofits and schools


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Artist Vendors Wanted

Monday, March 6th, 2017

William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Tech is currently seeking vendors and artisans for our Spring Bazaar, to be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The event will be held on campus at Davies, 50 Jenckes Hill Road in Lincoln.

To be a part of our Spring Bazaar, please CLICK HERE to download our vendor agreement form. The form, as well as payment, must be returned to Davies by Wednesday, March 22, at the address listed above. Please send “Attention to Paula Carlton” with checks made payable to “Davies.”

Vendor Agreement Terms and Conditions:

  • No refunds if the vendor chooses not to show up on the day of the event for any reason.
  • If the organizers of this event cancel for any reason, the fee paid will be returned to the vendor.
  • Spaces are 10′ x 8′, vendor must supply their own furniture and/or displays, max table length allowed is 8′.
    • 10′ x 2.5′ cafeteria tables with fixed benches can be rented for an additional $10 each.
  • There are limited spaces with power outlets, to be considered for one of these spots, you must indicate so in your vendor form.
    • Vendor is responsible for their own extension cords if needed.
  • Vendors may not sell any type of alcoholic beverages nor items of a sexual or erotic nature.
  • Doors will open for vendor set-up at 8:00 am (follow signs to vendor parking area at the back of the building).
  • Vendors will receive their assigned location number upon check-in the morning of April 8th.
  • Each vendor to contribute one vendor-specific item to the Davies Raffle Table upon check-in, proceeds to benefit the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) program at Davies.

Because we want this to be a great experience for guests and vendors, we reserve the right to restrict the number of vendors in a particular category (ex: food, jewelry, etc.), so please be sure to DOWNLOAD your vendor form and send it to us today!

Also note: This Bazaar is a fundraiser for the Davies Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) program. An important component of our education is ensuring that students enter the workforce not only with the right academic and technical skills, but with the right soft skills. Davies, as part of our PBIS initiative, focuses on teaching students appropriate behaviors by motivating them with meaningful reinforcement such as verbal praise, school privileges, and tangible items.

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ARTIST CALL OUT A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil March 21-April 21, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017


A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil

March 21-April 21, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Artist: Tiago Gualberto


The dialogues between the United States and Brazil are intense. They involve a shared past and common challenges for the future. In this exhibit, Tiago Gualberto proposes a conversation with the community of Rhode Island through images about the possible connections and disconnects between the two countries.


Gualberto is an Afro-Brazilian contemporary artist who frequently explores the fraying of identitarian, temporal and authorial notions in his artistic research. In this proposal entitled “A Clothesline to the Past”, the artist invites the entire community of Rhode Island to participate in a collaborative artistic experiment.


By his initiative, the artist proposes a showing of visual arts made up of multiple images that will result from his interventions upon images sent by those who make up this larger American community. Unlike traditional curation, this proposal will not be extended only to visual artists, but seeks to include any individual who shows interest in sending their images and agrees to participate in this project.


In order to participate, each participant should send maximum three digital, high-resolution images by February 19, 2017 to the following e-mail address: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com


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Fusionworks Dance Company – NECF 2017 – Call to Artists

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Call to Artists

Fusionworks Dance Company invites choreographers to submit their work to NECF 2017. The Nationally Emerging Choreographers Festival (formerly Northeast Choreographers Festival) will be presented in November of 2017 in Providence, RI.  This year’s festival will showcase the works of at least two emerging and/or established choreographers from across the U.S.

“The NECF residency with Fusionworks Dance Company could not have been a more positive experience. It was my first choreographic residency, and the Artistic Director, Deb Meunier, and the dancers of the company welcomed me with open arms. All details were laid out ahead of time, my expectations as choreographer were organized and articulate, the dancers were such hard working and wonderful people to work with, and it was just an incredibly worthwhile and rewarding opportunity. I would love to be able to work with this company again and I cherish this experience.”

2016 NECF Chorographer Winnie Berger

Finalists will be paid a $1,000 stipend to do a five day residency in either July, August or September, during which they will set their work on Fusionworks Dance Company.  All chosen artists will also teach a master class open to the community. Housing and rides to and from the airport or bus/train station will be provided by Fusionworks Dance Company for finalists. All invited choreographers are required to promote the project and to encourage community support.

To apply, please submit the following via e-mail to AD@Fusionworksdance.org or by mail to Fusionworks Dance Company, PO Box 402, Lincoln, RI 02865.

  • A video link or DVD of a finished work (must be between 8-15 minutes and not require more than 5 dancers – priority will be given to dances with four or less dancers). No edits with the dance clearly visible at all times. A studio filming may be submitted as long as the dance is clear throughout.
  • A brief written description of your work and where it has been presented.
  • A biography or resume
  • Links to all social media platforms where your work is represented, such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • A $25 submission fee. Can be paid by check (made out to Fusionworks Dance Company) or online at: www.fusionworksdance.org/ne-choreographers-festival.html

Incomplete materials or those exceeding the Festival time limits will not be processed.
Multiple submissions may be submitted using separate and $25 submission fee.

Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.  Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Notices will be sent out by April 15, 2017.

For questions, please e-mail artistic director Deb Meunier at AD@Fusionworksdance.org or call her at (401)334-3091.

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Pawtucket PAINTBOX Call for Artists

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture are pleased to announce a call for artists for our annual PAINTBOX program.  Interested artists are encouraged to submit up to three design proposals to paint utility boxes located throughout the City of Pawtucket.  $300 stipends are available to offset the cost of supplies and up to fifteen proposals will be accepted by the City.

The deadline to submit design proposals is March 6, 2017 and selected artists will be notified in the spring of 2017.
Additional details and design applications are available on the Pawtucket website here.

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Practice//Practice, AS220′s professional development program for arts administrators – Spring 2017 applications open NOW

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Marina Balko

Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts
administrators, Spring 2017 dates announced: May 3rd to 6th!
Applications open until March 1st.

Practice//Practice, AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators,
returns to AS220′s campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island from May 3rd to
6th! Applications are open until March 1st. There is no fee to apply. Tuition cost is
sliding scale, $500 to $1,000. Visit our website for full details, but don’t take our word for
it – check out what other Practitioners have to say about the program!

offers the arts and culture field an intensive learning alternative to
large scale conferences or semester-based higher-education courses. The program is
for anyone who works in the arts and culture field regardless of position. From those
who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program
coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other
given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in
a fertile environment to share and learn from each other.

The 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions,
presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations,
hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and, of course, a party! Workshops will
include presentations and breakout sessions with AS220 staff and expert visiting
faculty, and will allow plenty of time for discussion and debate. In the spirit
of Practice//Practice, some workshops also involve working sessions, bringing
theoretical discourse into the practical realm.

Using AS220’s history and practices as a jumping off point, topics covered
include: organizational sustainability (finances, structure, fundraising); strategic
development (mission/vision/values development, leadership,
transparency); property (the issues involved in acquiring and owning a
building); accessibility (affordability and diversity); and collaboration (building internal
and cross-sector partnerships). A final schedule is decided based the goals of each
session’s particular cohort.

Registration for Practice//Practice is limited to 20 spaces in order to encourage open
and meaningful dialogue among participants. Applications are open until March 1st.

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RI artists – Travel to Tuscany painting scholarship for adult artists

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

An offer from Donna Drago of Cozy Holiday Rentals in Jamestown, Rhode Island, to the Rhode Island visual artists

Although we are not visual artists, after twenty years of visiting, the Tuscan landscape still inspires and fills us with hope each time we look out over endless velvet hills, rippling rooftops, proud castles and silvery olive groves. Because we know the life of an artist can bring financial challenges, we would like to start an annual scholarship for talented adult visual artists who may not be able to afford the accommodations cost of a stay in Tuscany, but who would personally benefit from witnessing the pristine Val d’Orcia landscape.

Painters and illustrators who would like to spend two summer weeks at our house in the village of Castiglione d’Orcia are invited to send us a letter with three samples (jpeg) of their work for consideration of this year’s scholarship, which will be awarded on April 1, 2017. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. Email for submissions is cozyholidayrentals@gmail.com.

The winning artist, who may bring one companion, will be asked to paint or draw the scene or the nearby landscape that most inspires them, which will remain on display at Casa Castigliana. Transportation and other travel costs will be the responsibility of the winning artist.

Visit the website www.cozyholidayrentals.com for photos and information about the house and area.

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Susan Freda Studios & Arn Krebs Arts seeks Studio Manager

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Susan Freda Studios and Arn Krebs Arts are looking for a Studio manager:

To apply please email suefreda@yahooo.com with your experience and any resumes or support material that you feel is relevant.

We will teach the right candidate, however some things like having your own transportation, being able to streamline information and work in a conscientious way are needed to start. This is a long term position only, please do not apply if you are looking for short (less than 1 year) term employment. Any experience running an Etsy shop or a working studio is very useful as is social media and general comfort on a mac platform.

Studio Manager Tasks:

  • Assistance maintaining the website includes posting new listings on our site, writing brief item descriptions, posting measurements of the work, updating records of the location/status of each artwork, and generally keeping the site organized.
  • Photographing finished work (both sculptures and jewelry) and editing the photos for online and promotional uses.
  • Packing, scheduling, and shipping work to go out to customers and galleries
  • Social media upkeep includes posting and listing on Etsy, Shopify, instagram, pinterest, making facebook announcements, and assisting with monthly or bi-monthly email announcements to our mailing list.
  • Jewelry organization includes cleaning jewelry, helping organize the display of jewelry, packaging and tagging jewelry, creating invoices of wholesale orders or gallery inventories, keeping track of and updating jewelry inventory list, and shipping orders.
  • General studio maintenance includes cleaning, trash removal, watering plants, filling work orders and other papers, checking for mail.  Accompaniment to trade shows and help with sales, if applicable.

Skills we are looking for:

  • Experience with Shopify, Etsy or other e-commerce sites.
  • Organized, able to intake information and streamline it efficiently
  • Self motivated
  • Confidant in making decisions and conscientious
  • Can work alone
  • A background in or experience in sculpture, jewelry, or running an etsy shop or other online platform. Office or studio management experience.
  • An understanding of spacial relations
  • Good work ethic
  • Communicative, able to collaborate/cooperate
  • Mindful of clean presentation (digital as well)
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Has own transportation
  • Aesthetic sensibility

Benefits and Pay:
Pay is determined by experience but 11-15$ hourly. There is an option of free studio or office space with the position. Hours are flexible. Roughly 10-15 hours to start. Mellow and friendly environment. Some of the work can be done from home.

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2017 I-Park Artists-in-Residence Program

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

2017 I-Park Artists-in-Residence Program
Application Deadline: January 30, 2017

I-Park, dedicated to nurturing artists and the creative process, is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2017 General Residency Program season. Artists working in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply: visual arts, creative writing, architecture, music composition/sound art, moving image and landscape/garden/ecological design. Located within an inspiring 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, CT (USA), I-Park will be awarding 40 fully-funded residencies between June and November.

Fellows are provided with comfortable living quarters in a renovated 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio and an inspired meal program. Additional resources include: workshop space, access to a wide array of tools, equipment and materials – and I-Park’s infamous Junk Trail.

For program details and application materials, go to http://www.i-park.org/general-residency-program. There is a $30 processing fee. Write to info@i-park.org, or call 860-873-2468 (M-F, 9:00 – 5:00), if you have questions.

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2017 NALAC Leadership Institute San Antonio, TX | July 10-15, 2017- Deadline to apply: January 26, 2017

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017


The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. The dynamic learning environment cultivates a familiar, inclusive cultural space that provides multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters the support, knowledge, and agency to confidently respond to and initiate solutions to complex cultural questions.

The goals of the Institute are to:

    • develop core capacities in the areas of arts management, networking, marketing, fund development;
    • deliver training via interactive group learning, consultations, and leadership simulations;
    • advance knowledge in the field of Latino artistic expressions, research and policy;
    • contextualize the frameworks that inform and affect Latino cultural production;
    • strengthen and expand the NALAC professional network;
    • promote awareness for planned organizational legacy and artistic/executive succession;
    • provide effective tools and research that optimize leadership competence; and,
    • prepare creative, strategic and nimble cultural leaders.

Applicants to the NLI are accepted from multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development.  A group of 15-25 participants will be selected to attend the NLI in San Antonio, TX.

Deadline to apply: January 26, 2017

More information at http://nalac.org/programs/nalac-institutes/nli

Questions? Reach out to Gabriel Magraner at gmagraner@nalac.org.


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MAPC seeks Artist-in-Residence

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) to serve as a key member of a new team focused on advancing the arts and cultural goals in the MetroFuture regional plan. The AIR will serve an 18-month term with MAPC. The AIR will work with other staff at MAPC, as well as external partners, on local and regional planning projects that aim to help cities, towns, and neighborhoods become more culturally vibrant, open to artistic expression, and welcoming to people of many backgrounds. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston.

About MAPC
MAPC, established by statute in 1963, is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston, an area of 3.2 million people with 101 cities and towns. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities. In addition to our local and regional planning work, MAPC maintains an active effort to influence public policy, program design, and spending priorities on the state and federal levels. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional policy plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit www.mapc.org/about-mapc and www.mapc.org/metrofuture; for further information about MAPC’s arts and culture work, see www.mapc.org/art.

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) provides an exciting opportunity to engage in public sector work at the regional level. The AIR will be an important partner in the implementation of the MAPC Arts, Culture, and Planning Initiative – a cross-sector strategy to advance the arts and culture goals in MetroFuture. The AIR will work across MAPC’s departments and divisions to explore socially-engaged art-making that advances innovation at the intersection of arts, culture, and planning. The AIR will have opportunities to help establish MAPC’s creative community placemaking practice and to develop and test creative approaches that can creatively impact the planning and community development work of MAPC and the cities and towns in our region. The AIR will also participate in the scoping and implementation of planning projects involving a range of planning disciplines, including arts and culture; economic development; housing; transportation; climate change; and public health. Responsibilities include:

  • Staffing select planning projects, engaging in arts and culture-focused activities such as: design/scoping and implementation of creative placemaking activities, outreach and engagement through social engaged/social practice art-making, and advising on arts and culture-focused planning and policy recommendations;
  • Advising on changes and additions to the Arts and Planning Toolkit;
  • Conducting research and writing to develop and document AIR arts activities;
  • Participating in art and culture-focused professional development trainings for MAPC and MAPC-region planners in partnership with the Manager of Arts and Culture, the Arts and Culture Planner, and consultant(s); and
  • Attending select MAPC staff meetings, evening meetings and occasional weekend meetings for projects, and engaging in local and regional travel.

Typical Qualifications
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in the fine arts, arts administration, urban design/architecture, or other arts-related discipline and 3-5 five years of relevant experience in socially engaged/social practice art. Experience working with the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and community-based voluntary groups is desired.

Successful candidates will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • An active artistic practice and a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of arts disciplines;
  • Experience with various arts and culture fields of practice, such as: public art, social practice art/socially engaged art, and creative placemaking;
  • Knowledge of or experience with at least 1-2 of the following topic areas: creative community engagement, civic engagement, community development, cultural planning, cultural asset mapping, housing, economic development, land use planning, transportation, climate change, sustainability, public health, and food systems;
  • Experience working effectively with community groups and the arts and culture community, including artists, arts organizations, as well as local elected and appointed officials;
  • Ability to work with people in a range of settings, including diverse urban neighborhoods, developing suburban centers, and/or small or rural communities;
  • Working knowledge of and enthusiasm for a wide range of artistic disciplines and styles, and commitment to collaboration with individuals from other fields of practice; and
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong research, writing, and communication skills.

Compensation and Benefits
The salary is $30,300 annually for 22.5 hours/week, or 25.90 per hour. This is a part-time exempt position. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment and a commitment to continued professional development.

Apply To
Apply online at www.mapc.org. Please attach a cover letter, resume, a brief artist statement, and 3-5 work samples in a digital format, e.g., a website, DropBox or Google Drive link, Flickr, Tumblr, or similar service. In the cover letter, please provide a link and details for accessing work samples. In the artist statement, please address how your work might creatively advance the implementation of MetroFuture. A review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply.

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Newport Art Museum & Barrington Public Library Hosts “Write Rhode Island”

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Write Rhode Island: A Writing Competition for RI Students

RI Students are invited to participate in Write Rhode Island, a short fiction competition presented by School One High School and Goat Hill. Competition deadline: December 10, 2017.

Students can read the contest rules, download guidelines and a complete list of free writing workshops by visiting the School One website, www.school-one.org.

Write Rhode Island: New Writing Workshops for Students Announced

Newport Art Museum will host a four part workshop that offers students an introduction to short stories, RI History, a private tour of the Newport Art Museum and Redwood Library.  Workshops will be held on November 7, 14, 21 & 28th at 3:30pm.  Please contact Maggie at Newport Art Museum to sign up,  call (401) 848-2787 or email: registration@newportartmuseum.org

Barrington Public Library will offer a three part workshop beginning November 3 at 3:30pm at the library. Interested teens can contact Tanya at (401) 247-1920.

For more information or a list of complete workshops in libraries in Cumberland, Johnston, Fox Point and Warwick visit www.school-one.org.


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Strokosch Fellowship for Emerging Leaders at the Alliance of Artists Communities Annual Conference

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Spread the word! The Alliance of Artists Communities is now accepting applications for the Strokosch Fellowship Program. Fellowships will be awarded to three emerging ALAANA (African, Latin@, Asian, Arab or Native American) residency leaders to support their participation in the 2016 Alliance of Artists Communities’ Conference in Portland, OR – October 4-7.

The Conference will bring together over 350 artist residency leaders, funders, community organizers, educators and artists from around the globe to explore support for today’s artists. Fellows will receive a $1,000 award to be used toward travel, lodging and professional development opportunities. More information about the conference is available here.

Guidelines: Emerging ALAANA leaders from the United States who have worked within the residency field, or associated roles, for one to five years are encouraged to apply.

Apply at: artistcommunities.org/conference/scholarships
Deadline: July 15, 2016

For more information, contact Deb Dormody, Director of Operations + Programs at ddormody@artistcommunities.org.


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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The GRAMMY Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2017 grant cycle. 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. In the past, nearly $7 million in grants have been awarded to more than 380 recipients.



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 2017 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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Frequency Writers offers scholarships for Latinx and LGBTQ-identified writers

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Many voices were silenced last weekend in Orlando. In response, to empower voices in our community, and with support from an anonymous friend, Frequency Writers offers two scholarships to LGBTQ-identified writers and writers-to-be. All levels of writing experience are welcome.

One scholarship is offered to an LGBTQ-identified individual aged 25 or younger.

One scholarship is offered to a Latinx and LGBTQ identified individual of any age.

Recipients will receive a scholarship covering the full cost of any Frequency class that takes place within the next year.

To apply send an email to Frequency with the following:

NAME (we will only announce awardee names with your permission)


Please attach a two page writing sample in any genre.


Respond to the question: How will a scholarship benefit your writing life at this time?

Submit your application to frequencyprovidence@gmail.com.

**Frequency considers need-based partial scholarships on a rolling basis. Those applicants who are not selected for these particular scholarships will be considered in our general scholarship pool.

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2016 Ocean State Summer Writing Conference – Advanced registration by June 19

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

featured writers

margo jefferson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Cultural Critic

rigoberto gonzález

American Book Award Winner

julianna baggott

New York Times
Notable Author

the deadline for advanced workshop applications has been extended to june 19th!

located within surfing distance of the atlantic ocean, in kingston, rhode island.

By day, absorb the wisdom and insights of some of today’s finest writers. By night, explore the area’s colonial history, natural landscapes and seascapes, or the art galleries, museums and world-class dining in Narragansett, Newport, and Providence. Writers of all levels will find master classes, craft sessions, workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting to suit their needs.


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Meet, Greet & Celebrate Fellow RI Teaching Artists – June 10

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
June 10, 7pm - 9pm
at The Gamm Theatre
172 Exchange Street

A key part of RITAC’s mission is connecting RI teaching artists in order to support and learn from each other. And…we need to CELEBRATE our work as a community!

7pm   One minute introductions-what you do or share a teaching highlight from the year.
7:30   Hor’s doervres and drinks



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