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Friday, November 30th, 2012

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Public Art Works (PAW) a Rhode Island based Art’s Organization invites artists living and/or working in New England to apply for an exhibit of their work at the new Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island in Providence, RI.

Location: First Floor Gallery Wall

No Entry Fee

A stipend will be paid to each exhibiting artist

For full details on the project and to download an application form, visit www.publicartri.com

Nancy Gaucher-Thomas
Merle Mainelli Poulton
Kenn Speiser

Public Art Works


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Hive O’Clock Coordinator

Friday, November 30th, 2012

4 hours/month

- recruit artists to lead workshops

- coordinate supplies and locations

- welcome attendees and collect fees

- help facilitate the workshops

Hive O’Clock takes place on the third Tuesday of each month and meets at locations all over Providence.

To learn more about joining our team, email Danielle at the.hive.archive@gmail.com

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NEA Creative Writing Fellowship 2014

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce that application guidelines are now available for the FY 2014 Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose. Please feel free to share this information and encourage interested applicants to visit the NEA’s website for more information.

Creative Writing Fellowships encourage the production of new work and allow writers the time and means to write. The program offers $25,000 grants to published creative writers.

Please note that these grants are highly competitive. In FY 2013, the NEA awarded 40 grants out of 1,137 eligible applications. You can find out more about recent fellowship recipients in the NEA’s Writers’ Corner, which includes bios and excerpts of work by the winners.

Applications are evaluated through a process of anonymous manuscript review under the sole criteria of artistic excellence and merit. Panelists do not know the identities of the writers, their publishing histories, academic achievements or previous awards.

The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2014, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in prose are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2015 and guidelines will be available in the fall of 2013.You may apply only once each year.

The deadline for application submission is February 28, 2013. For full grant application information and guidelines, go to: http://www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Lit/index.html.

Through the Creative Writing Fellowships, the NEA has sponsored work resulting in more than 2,400 books, including many of the most acclaimed novels of contemporary American literature: Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, Oscar Hijuelos’s The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, William Kennedy’s Ironweed, and Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country. In addition, many recipients of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were previous NEA Literature Fellows with many receiving their NEA Literature Fellowships before any major national award, usually at least a decade earlier.

The NEA’s website highlights many recent recipients of NEA Creative Writing Fellowships:

· The Art Works blog features interviews with Creative Writing Fellows, including:

o Suzanne Buffam and Srikanth Reddy—Recipients of 2013 Fellowships, Buffam and Reddy are the first husband and wife to simultaneously receive NEA Literature Fellowships

o Debra Magpie Earling— A native of Spokane, Washington, Earling received a 2006 Creative Writing Fellowships from the NEA as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

o Benjamin Percy and Jennifer Percy— These siblings both received Creative Writing Fellowships from the NEA in 2012.

· The NEA’s weekly podcast includes interviews with leading artists and arts experts, including:

o Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz—Recipient of a 2011 Creative Writing Fellowship, Aptowicz is a legend in New York’s slam poetry scene.

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Call for Presenters Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

June 6-7, 2013
Portland, ME 2013

The CCX is a fast-paced event that gathers creative and cultural community leaders for networking and practical creative economy workshops prepared by their peers.

Hello, I’m Marc Goldring, Associate Principal of WolfBrown. I’ve been retained by NEFA to assist in identifying presenters for the third Creative Communities Exchange (CCX), to be held on June 6-7, 2013 in Portland, Maine and co-hosted by The New England Foundation for the Arts and Creative Portland.

We are looking for about 30 workshops that highlight successful and innovative community projects that deploy arts, culture, and creativity in support of local economic development goals. We are particularly interested in presenting a balance that represents our region fully – considering geography, community size, ethnic representation, and age of target audiences.

Presenters at past events have been able to promote their communities, be considered for regional awards, and connect with their peers. If this appeals to you and if you have a project that fits the description – or know someone who might be interested – please let me know. You can reach me at mgoldring@nefa.org. I can get answers to your questions and guide you through the application process.

Please visit the Creative Communities Exchange website for additional information: http://www.nefa.org/events/creative_communities_exchange_2013

Marc Goldring


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Call For Applications

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Washington, DC—The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve winning programs will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to accept their awards from First Lady Michelle Obama, the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2013, and recognition on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.

Afterschool and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards eligibility criteria.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 4, 2013, 5:00 p.m. PST.

Please click the following link to access the online national Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/.

Prospective applicants with questions should e-mail info@nahyp.org or call 202-682-5571.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov or follow @US_IMLS on Twitter.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Join the cast of The Chorus of Westerly’s
A Celebration of Twelfth Night!

A Celebration of Twelfth Night

The Chorus of Westerly is seeking dozens of child and adult actors, acrobats, and dancers for its annual production of A Celebration of Twelfth Night, running in the George Kent Performance Hall from January 11 through January 13, 2013.

Auditions for A Celebration of Twelfth Night, open to any member of the general public, will take place on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012 (a specific schedule is below) in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. The production requires cast members from all age groups. Children, teenagers, and adults are encouraged to audition for the show. Previous acting experience is not a requirement to audition for stage roles (experience is encouraged for prospective dance and gymnastic roles). Actors do not need to prepare anything for the audition and will be given lines from the script to read at the actual audition.

There are no advanced sign-up or audition reservations. Prospective cast members are requested to simply come during the appropriate audition period listed on the schedule below (and sign in on the lower level of Kent Hall). If cast, rehearsals from Twelfth Night will begin the evening of December 26 and last through the run of the show (January 11-13, 2013). Community cast members are not compensated. If there are questions regarding the process, please call the Chorus of Westerly, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, at 401.596.8663.

Please note: Prospective dance and gymnast cast members must arrive at 3 pm for the start of the audition cycle for this group as you will be taught a routine (please plan on being their for the entire time, however, you may be dismissed early).

The Twelfth Night audition schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 8, 2012
10 am to 12 pm: Actors for stage roles (all ages).
1 pm to 3 pm: Actors for stage roles (all ages).
3 pm to 5 pm: Gymnasts and Dancers (all ages – please note, all prospective Gymnasts and Dancers need to be at hall for 3 pm to learn routine).

Sunday, December 9, 2012
1 pm to 2 pm: Anyone who absolutely cannot come on Saturday.
3 pm to 5 pm: Callbacks.

Experienced actors and dancers who are unable to attend the auditions may send resume, photos, and video samples to Ryan Saunders by December 9, 2012, 119 High Street, Westerly, RI, 02891.

A CELEBRATION OF TWELFTH NIGHT, produced and performed by the Chorus of Westerly, has been a Westerly holiday tradition for three decades. The show, an original written musical stage play with a new script annually, features over 100 actors, acrobats, dancers, jesters, and other mirth makers, as well as the Chorus of Westerly and the Twelfth Night Festival Brass. Andrew Howell conducts the music, Derron Wood, of the Flock Theatre, directs the stage play. Robin Rice returns to the production this year as choreographer.

There are seven performances of A Celebration of Twelfth Night. A performance is offered on Friday, January 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Performances are also offered at 1 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2011 and Sunday, January 13, 2012 at 1 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm. A special Peasants’ Feast (a meal prepared and served by Chorus chefs in the performance hall with extra stage entertainment) is offered at 6 pm on both January 12 and January 13 (tickets are required). Tickets for any Twelfth Nightperformance or the Peasants’ Feast are available by calling the Chorus of Westerly at 401.596.8663 or online at www.chorusofwesterly.org.

Auditions and all performances take place in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. The George Kent Performance Hall is handicapped accessible.

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Free Lesson Day At RI Philharmonic 12/14/12

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Would you like to learn a new instrument, or take voice lessons? Maybe polish your skills on the instrument you play? Do you have a child who is interested in learning an instrument? We will be holding Free Lesson Day on Friday, December 14th from 2pm to 7pm. Come for a free 30 minute private lesson with a highly skilled faculty member.

Reservations required
To make a reservation, please go to riphil.org/musicschool and click on the “Free Lesson Day” link

More information
- Free lesson day is available only to new students to the RI Philharmonic Music School
- Please see our catalog for a full list of available instruments to study.
- All forms must be received by Friday, December 7th at 5pm.
- Confirmations will be emailed on Tuesday, December 11th at 7pm.
- Please check your spam file if you don’t receive an email response by the confirmation time.
- There is no obligation to enroll, but there will be an incentive offered if you decide to that day.
- You will be assigned a time based on the availability you indicate.
- Some instruments will be available to use on 12/14 free of charge. Please indicate if you
will need to borrow an instrument.

If you have any questions please contact the Music School at tmscentral@riphil.org


Annette Mozzoni

Director of Education & Music School

RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School

667 Waterman Ave

East Providence, RI 02914

Direct Line – 401.248.7032

Music School Desk – 401.248.7001


“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears…it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.

But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access even where no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author
“Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain”

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Mt Hope Farm Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Dear Artists and Artisans,

We hope that you will be a part of our first annual, 2012 Mount Hope Artisan Fair.

Located on the edge of Mount Hope Bay in Bristol, RI, Mount Hope Farm is one of Rhode Island’s last great country estates.  It includes The Governor Bradford Inn, built in 1745, and acres of pristine farmland with spectacular water views.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Farm is a sanctuary for walking or jogging. It is an enchanted location for a wedding, corporate retreat, weekend
getaway or special event like the 2012 Mount Hope Artisan Fair.

The Mount Hope Trust, a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, operates Mount Hope Farm and provides the public, visitors and guest with an extraordinary opportunity to explore and
enjoy five centuries of American history.  Mount Hope Farm is convenient to Newport, RI,
the Massachusetts south coast, Providence and Boston.

This event will be held rain or shine at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI.  There will be ample free parking.

Mount Hope Farm – Artisan Fair of Fine Arts and Crafts is a juried show and sale of work by over thirty (30) to forty (40) of the regions’ finest artists and fine craftspeople.

We are expecting hundreds of individuals and families to explore and enjoy:

  • The juried show and sale of Fine Artists and Crafters
  • Live music and tours of the farm
  • Locally sourced food vendors and trucks
  • Artists’ raffle to win works of art or a night at the Governor Bradford Inn

Booth space is 10’ x 10’. We are not providing tents. You may bring your own pop up 10’ x10’ tent and your own tables. Please make sure you have no more than three tables and two
chairs in your booth.

Set-up time: Exhibitors – Friday, July 20, from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  All vehicles must check in first to get their booth assignment.  All booths must be set and ready
to go by 5:30 PM.  The Preview Party starts at 6:00 PM.  Vehicles should be unloaded promptly from the south field and or the main drive and then moved to a
designated parking area in the south field. Please be considerate of those around you while unloading.  Exhibitors are responsible for the installation and
removal of their exhibition.

Beakdown:  No booth should be broken down before 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 22. Overnight security is provided.  Please make sure after your booth is broken down (on the last
day) your area is left completely clean.  Exhibitors will be issued a Loading Pass to enter the grounds for breakdown.  Exhibitors must complete their tax document for sales tax prior to being issued a Loading Pass.

On Friday, July 20, 2012, we will hold a members’ Preview Party from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Farm.  Approximately 150 members and guests will get a private first look at our
juried show and sale. Artisan participation is by approved application that is received no later than the last week in June 2012.  Booth fee is $200.

We look forward to counting you among our fine artists and fine crafters at our Mount Hope event.  If you have any questions or wish to share this information with other potential
exhibitors please call:  Anita Trezvant – 401- 924-2904 or Jeanne Drapeau – 401-683-3447.

Welcome to the First Annual Mount Hope Fine Arts & Artisans Show Mount Hope Farm, 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809


Friday, July 20 Preview Party, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 21, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 22, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Exhibitor Application Fee: $200

Artists are juried as the applications are received.

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Steel Yard Seeks Industrial Arts Instructor

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Start Date: rolling
Part Time

Job Description
The Steel Yard seeks experienced industrial arts instructors to teach community courses in foundry arts, jewelry, blacksmithing, welding and ceramics in 2013.  Instructors are needed for introductory and project based courses; new course ideas are welcomed. Times and dates vary, but Steel Yard courses typically run weekends and weeknights and range from 6 to 30 contact teaching hours during our spring, summer, and fall seasons.  Compensation is commensurate with contact teaching hours.

Steel Yard courses aim to give community members exposure to a range of industrial art forms in a safe, fun, welcoming, and creative environment.
Interested artist instructors must have proven experience in their medium and teaching. This includes understanding process, ability to see a project through, correct and safe use of equipment and ability to give clear directions to students of different ages with varying levels of experience and learning skills.

If you enjoy sharing your ‘how to’ skills and feel you have what it takes, please send your resume, examples of your work and a brief statement describing why you would like to teach at the Steel Yard at courses@thesteelyard.org

The Steel Yard is a 501 ( c ) 3 dedicated to the creative revitalization of Rhode Island’s communities through the cultivation of an environment of experimentation and a community strengthened by creative networks.

How to Apply
If you enjoy sharing your ‘how to’ skills and feel you have what it takes, please send your resume, examples of your work and a brief statement describing why you would like to teach at the Steel Yard at courses@thesteelyard.org

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NEA Chief Announces Plans To Retire

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Today, Rocco Landesman confirmed his plans to step down as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts at the end of the calendar year:

“My intention has always been to serve one term, and we have been able to accomplish more than I had ever thought possible: sparking a national movement around creative placemaking, forging significant relationships with other federal agencies, creating an unprecedented healing arts partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and increasing both the scope and impact of our research office.

“We have continued to support and strengthen the entire spectrum of arts in this country, and we have been able to expand the national conversation through convenings, traditional media, and new technology. I am proud and honored to have served alongside such an amazing group of dedicated public servants.

“The time has come for me to become a cliché: I turned 65, am going to retire, and cannot wait to spend more time in Miami Beach.”

NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa will serve as the acting head of the agency until a permanent successor is confirmed.

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Help Wanted At the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Program Associate, Fellowships & Visual Arts

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation seeks a Program Associate who will assist in the facilitation and management of the Foundation’s work in fostering support for individual artists and the visual arts. The Program Associate reports to the Deputy Director, Programs.


The Program Associate, Fellowships & Visual Arts’ primary responsibility is management of the contractual individual artist awards grant programs administered by the Foundation on behalf of state arts agency partners; the Creative Fellowships artist residency program; the On Screen/In Person regional film touring program; and the online Artist Registry. Tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
• review and refine program guidelines and applications
• work with Foundation marketing and program staff to promote programs
• recruit and supervise interns
• respond to public inquiries regarding respective programs
• provide technical assistance to potential applicants
• identify and solicit artists and arts professionals to serve as review panelists
• review applications for eligibility and completeness
• review work samples for functionality and eligibility
• prepare and distribute review materials for panelists
• coordinate and assist in application review panel meetings
• create grant recommendation materials for state arts agency partners, and Foundation staff and Board review
• work with Foundation grant management and accounting staff for processing and payment of awards
• coordinate panelist and filmmaker travel
• provide applicant feedback
• manage program schedules and budgets
• review grantee final reports
• work with Foundation development staff to create reports for program funders

Working closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors, the Program Associate also assists in the development of new programs supporting individual artists and the visual arts in alignment with the Foundation’s current strategic plan.

Minimum Qualifications

• A bachelor’s degree in the arts or a related field.
• At least two years of related experience.
• Experience in conceptualizing, managing and evaluating arts programs for a public or private agency.
• Knowledge of arts practice in a range of disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage large volumes of data with particular attention to detail and accuracy in information processing and report preparation.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain positive working relationships with constituents, clients and collaborating staff.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Experience in meeting and workshop facilitation techniques.
• Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Access and Excel applications.
• Demonstrated maturity and seasoned judgment.


Salary commensurate with experience. A full benefits package accompanies the position.


The position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date: January 1, 2013


Please email letter of application, resume, and names and contact information for three references to hr@midatlanticarts.org (please send file attachments as Word or PDF documents only) or mail documents to:

Executive Assistant
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles St., Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Foundation will not respond to telephone inquiries concerning this position.

The Organization

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (www.midatlanticarts.org) was founded in 1979 to support development of the arts and the sharing of arts resources in and among its nine member states and jurisdictions: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. The Foundation has built a core of program initiatives designed to effectively address specific objectives: Artist Support, Projects and Residencies; Presenting, Touring and Exhibiting; and Knowledge Building. The Foundation works regionally, nationally, and internationally to ensure these initiatives meet the needs of our constituents and serve the communities in which they live and work. Foundation programs move the arts and artists across state lines and international borders, provide new experiences for audiences throughout the region, and involve the public in the artistic process. One of six regional arts organizations in the United States, the Foundation is a private non-profit organization and is supported by the region’s state arts agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts, and various foundations, corporations, and individuals.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Invites Entries for New Writer and New Illustrator Children’s Book Awards

Monday, November 19th, 2012

In partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi’s  de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
is accepting submissions from publishers for the twenty-seventh annual
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards (known
collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award).

The awards are designed to recognize and encourage authors and
illustrators starting out in the field of children’s books who share
Ezra Jack Keats’ commitment to children and diversity.

The award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new
illustrator of picture books for children (9 years of age and under).
Publishers are encouraged to submit works by new writers and
illustrators who are committed to celebrating diversity through their
writing and art. To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had
no more than three books published.

A selection committee of early childhood education specialists,
librarians, illustrators, and experts in children’s literature will
review the entries, seeking books that portray the universal qualities
of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural
nature of our world.

The award includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each winner.

Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Web site for complete program
guidelines, entry procedures, and information on previous award winners.


Link to Complete RFP

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Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown offers a unique residency program for
emerging artists and writers. Provincetown, a historic fishing port with a
storied artistic heritage, is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of
spectacular natural beauty. Each year the Work Center provides seven-month
Fellowships–the gift of time and space-­-to ten artists and ten writers
selected from over 1,000 applicants worldwide. From October 1 to April 30, the
Visual Arts Fellows receive private efficiency apartments, separate studio space
and a monthly stipend of $750. Fellows pursue their work independently in a
diverse and supportive community of peers and meet with visiting artists
throughout their Fellowship. Additional facilities include a digital
media lab with editing software and large format digital printer, a basic
woodshop and a print studio with etching and lithography presses. The FAWC
facilities are handicapped accessible. Family members and partners are welcome
to live with Fellows and a few of the apartments can accommodate

For more information about the Fellowship program and our facilities visit www.fawc.org

The Fine Arts Work Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

24 Pearl Street | Provincetown, MA 02657 | 508.487.9960 I www.fawc.org

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Monday, November 19th, 2012

Hera Gallery Presents SANDY AND ITS AFTERMATH Artists and  Communities Respond to Hurricane Sandy
At the Hoxie  Gallery

Sandy and its Aftermath is open to artists and the  community, presenting a platform to simultaneously and holistically showcase the
hurricane’s effect on the area. The exhibition is conceived and organized by Dora Szekely in conjunction with Hera Gallery and will be juried by Dave Gilly Gilstein, co-owner and Director of The Charlestown Gallery and Szekely, Director of Hera Gallery.

The exhibition is seeking submissions of art based on or inspired by hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Work can be representational or
abstract, express the hurricane’s effect internally, within one’s community, observationally or speak broadly of a natural disaster’s effect on society and the environment. The exhibition encourages submissions of all media.

Artists may submit up to 5 pieces with a recommended $5 per piece that will be donated to relief efforts. Taking into consideration the
timeframe for this exhibition, we ask pieces to be able to be installed.

The exhibition’s community section will be open to anyone who wishes to submit stories, photographs, videos, poetry or pieces based
on Sandy and its aftermath.
SUBMISSION OF ART WORK: Wednesday,  November 28th from 6:00 to 8:00pm and Saturday, December 1st from 11:00am and
1:00pm. Call to make other arrangements. Artwork is to be dropped off at the Hoxie Gallery, located in the Westerly Library, at 44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI Work not accepted will have the option to be in the community section or be picked up Monday, between 3:30pm to 6pm.

During Westerly Library Hours, bring pieces to the circulation desk. Submissions may be brought until Tuesday, December 4th

December 5th to December 29th

OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00 to 9:00pm, coinciding with Westerly’s Art

HOXIE GALLERY In the Westerly Public Library 44 Broad  Street  Westerly, RI

For questions please contact Dora Szekely at dora@heragallery.org or 860.857.9835

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Call For Submissions

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art is happy to announce that Denise Duhamel will be the final Judge for the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry. All submissions will be considered for publication. Winners and finalists are invited to read at the Loft Awards Gala held on June 6, 2013 at the Grand Hall and Garden Courtyard, Providence Public Library, Providence, RI. For complete guidelines, visit

The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art

Open For Submissions: Nov. 1, 2012 – Feb. 1, 2013

Poetry Judge: Denise Duhamel

2013 Loft Prize for Poetry: $1000 and publication

Sponsored by the Providence Public Library (Providence, RI) and The Poetry Loft

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Music Is Cool

Friday, November 16th, 2012


Creative arts therapy plays increasing role in standard of care for patients in military settings

The National Endowment for the Arts expands its landmark arts partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to bring music therapy to patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center including patients at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) located on the campus of Walter Reed Bethesda. This new music therapy component of the NEA’s Operation Homecoming program reflects the growing use of creative arts therapy programs in healthcare settings. The NEA and Walter Reed have extended their commitment to partner on these efforts through 2015.

“The NEA is proud to join with the U.S. Department of Defense to significantly expand our mutual commitment to investigate how art works to help heal our wounded warriors who have sacrificed so much in service of our country,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The NEA is honored that this partnership will help design and test neurologic music therapy programs for our service men and women being treated at Walter Reed.”

“The President called on all Cabinet Secretaries to find better ways to provide our military families with the support they deserve,” said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “As one example of our work together, Operation Homecoming is providing writing and music therapy to demonstrate how the arts can improve the lives of service men and women suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and psychological health conditions such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.”

The expanded Operation Homecoming program will integrate music therapy into treatment plans for patients at Walter Reed Bethesda including patients at the NICoE. The NICoE is a DoD institute dedicated to providing cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research and education for service members and their families dealing with the complex interactions of the signature wounds from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions.

The new component will focus on Neurologic Music Therapy, which uses science-based music techniques to improve cognitive, sensory, and motor function in patients with neurologic diseases such as TBI, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Acclaimed music therapist Mia Maegan Morrow is a consultant for Operation Homecoming’s music therapy program at the NICoE and Walter Reed Bethesda.

The neurologic music therapy component at the NICoE joins the existing Operation Homecoming creative writing program for wounded warriors which launched in December 2011. Since then, more than 150 active duty military and their family members have taken part in writing workshops in both clinical and non-clinical settings, led by combat veteran and author Ron Capps, with programmatic support from The Writer’s Center. Both activities complement a visual arts therapy program for patients, and all of the creative art therapies are integrated with the NICoE’s unique array of alternative and conventional clinical treatments for patients.

“Time and time again, troops, their families, military and medical professionals tell us that art can make a difference in the quality of life for troops and their families,” said Rear Admiral Alton L. Stocks, Commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “We are excited to examine those claims through research and practice.”

Operation Homecoming is a partnership between the NEA and the Department of Defense. The Boeing Company has supported Operation Homecoming since its inception in 2004, and continues to support Operation Homecoming programs in non-clinical settings at Walter Reed.

The announcement about the additional music therapy was made alongside the Arts & Health in the Military National Roundtable at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a gathering of military, arts, and healthcare policymakers, and practitioners to advance the use of arts as a treatment method in military clinical and community settings. HHS Secretary Sebelius attended the gathering along with Rear Admiral Stocks and Chairman Landesman.

Operation Homecoming at Walter Reed Bethesda is one facet of the NEA’s larger push for more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life, including investigations of creative arts therapy in healthcare settings. Another example of the agency’s NEA’s work in this arena is the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, a group of 14 federal agencies and departments working together to help fill the research gaps and build a stronger evidence base to inform future policy and practices nationwide. Many public and private organizations — including the Department of Defense — are building bridges among arts, healthcare, and research communities, resulting in broader ways of thinking about, defining, treating, and measuring health and well-being.

Operation Homecoming was first created in 2004 by the NEA to help U.S. troops and their families write about their wartime experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, and stateside. Operation Homecoming is among several programs the NEA has created to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Blue Star Museums, Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour. The arts and the military is the focus of a recent edition of NEA Arts, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Arts, available at arts.gov.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

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Request For Proposals

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Catalyzing Conversations about Climate Change
Request for Proposals
Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy
The Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, in collaboration with TERC and the National
Science Foundation, is now accepting proposals for an exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Arts, and Math) opportunity. We are asking artists to respond in the medium of his or her choice to the question:
How might climate change affect the future you would like for Boston, New England, and/or the
larger planet?
The purpose of this project is to have innovative artists catalyze conversations amongst artists, scientists,
educators and students. Presentations of these responses will happen in a multidisciplinary setting in ways that
we hope cross boundaries between art and science, exploring new insights to complex phenomena.
The artist will exhibit his or her visual piece or performance a total of two times:
1. The first exhibition will be presented to and discussed with a small, multidisciplinary audience of youth,
educators, and scientists [Thursday, February 28, 2013, 4-6pm at the Museum of Science]
2. The artist will then have the opportunity to rethink/reform and will exhibit the piece once more at the
2013 International Summer Institute at the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, again
to a multidisciplinary audience [Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Boston Arts Academy]
In these exhibitions, the artist should be prepared to briefly explain their piece in response to the prompt.
• Up to 3 Artist/Scientists will be selected
• $1500 stipends for time and materials are available in 2 installments
• Artists of all disciplines encouraged to apply: visual arts, music, dance, theater and creative writing
• Performance and time-based pieces should be 3-5 minutes in length
Proposals must include:
1. 1-2 written pages addressing the following questions:
a. How does this project provoke you?
b. How do you imagine your piece providing new insights to this question?
c. How will you provoke deep questions for the scientific, artistic, education and youth
communities and the audience?
2. Resume and artists’ biography
3. Two references
4. Two samples of your work
Please submit your complete proposal to Alison Gross: agross@bostonartsacademy.org no later than
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
A committee will review proposals and announce up to 3 accepted proposals by Wednesday, December 19.
This project is funded by TERC through the National Science Foundation

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Calls For Entry From The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS: request for qualifications
Deadline: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 4:00PM EST
Proposal Honorarium: $5,500 (funding secured)
Project Budget: $100,000 (fundraising goal)

OVERVIEW: The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in downtown Boston, Massachusetts seeks artists’ and multi-disciplinary artist led teams’ qualifications. Up to three artists will be selected by year-end and awarded $5,500 stipends to develop proposals for a temporary, site-specific, light-based, winter art installation on the Greenway in 2014. This opportunity is open to artists internationally. The receipt deadline is November 28, 2012, at 4pm EST. For more information, visit www.rfkgc.org/publicart.

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS: request for qualifications
Deadline: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 4:00PM EST
Proposal Honorarium: $5,500 (funding secured)
Project Budget: $300,000 (fundraising goal)

OVERVIEW: The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in downtown Boston, Massachusetts seeks artists’ and multi-disciplinary artist led teams’ qualifications. Up to three artists will be selected by year-end and awarded $5,500 stipends to develop proposals for a temporary, site specific art installation in 2015 that will physically and/or experientially unite the segmented parks and connect the communities along the Greenway. This opportunity is open to artists internationally. The receipt deadline is November 28, 2011 at 4pm EST. For more information, visit www.rfkgc.org/publicart.

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Grant Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations: NEST & Presenter Travel Fund

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

CONTACT: Adrienne Petrillo Program Manager 617.951.0010 x527

Elizabeth Bouchard Program Coordinator 617.951.0010 x516

Read more about NEFA.


Apply for a NEST grant by December 3, 2012.


NEFA’s New England States Touring (NEST) grant program provides support to New England-based nonprofit organizations (known as presenters) for performances and community activities by select New England performing artists.



Applications are due by December 3, 2012 for projects beginning on or after March 1, 2013.


View grant program details and apply today.

Need travel support to attend the

2013 APAP conference* or other upcoming events?


NEFA’s Presenter Travel Fund supports travel costs for arts programmers or curatorial staff in New England so that they may research new or unfamiliar artists or ensembles.



Applications must be received by NEFA no later than one calendar month prior to the departure date of the proposed trip. It is strongly recommended to apply early as funds are granted on a first come, first served basis.


View grant program details and apply today.
* Visit NEFA at the 2013 APAP Conference in America’s Hall II, Booth #702!

NEFA’s New England States Touring and Presenter Travel Fund programs are made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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Become an ArtsCorps Artist

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Join ArtCorps and use your creative talents to strengthen communities in Central America.

theater, storytelling, music, visual arts, digital media and other
creative facilitation techniques, ArtCorps Artists educate and inspire
people to participate actively in improving their environmental, health
and social conditions.

Each ArtCorps Artist works directly with a
local development organization that is an expert in its field, training
their field staff and community members and leaders in our Art for
Social Action methodology.

How to Apply

are currently accepting applications for two positions (one in El
Salvador and one in Guatemala) that will start in December 2012 or
January 2013 and end in December 2013. Please send your resume and cover
letter (in Spanish) to


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