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Jamestown Arts Center Seeks Administrative Assistant (part time)

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Job Title: Administrative Assistant (part time)
Organization: Jamestown Arts Center
Location: Jamestown, RI
Salary: $15/hr
Start Date:
Part Time
Permanent

Job Description
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The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC), a dynamic visual and performing arts organization, is seeking a highly organized and efficient Administrative Assistant to join the team in a part-time capacity (15 hours per week).  

In addition to being a creative thinker, the ideal candidate has experience with office management systems, possesses excellent computer skills (Office: Mac, DonorPerfect and Google Drive/Docs), accurate data entry skills, and is energized by interacting with art enthusiasts and the general public.

The mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences.

Summary
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director this position provides administrative support for the Executive Director, Director of Marketing and Communications, Education Coordinator, and Exhibition & Events Coordinator. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload, as well as recommend changes in office practices and/or procedures.
Essential Functions
•    Utilizes DonorPerfect to track donations from various fund raising campaigns, record new memberships, and capture key constituent information.
•    Creates and mails appropriate thank you letters acknowledging donations and memberships in a timely fashion.
•    Ensures that the membership, mailing, and email lists are up-to-date and accurate through the maintenance of the Excel file, MailChimp and DonorPerfect records.
•    Notifies members when their memberships are ready to expire and directs them to the JAC website for renewal.
•    Supports the Marketing and Communications Director to expand the reach of Center sponsored events by updating sandwich boards, posting flyers in Center lobby, front desk, and designated Jamestown locations.
•    Answers phone and receives Center visitors.
•    Remains informed of all Center activities in order to provide accurate and timely information to callers and visitors.
•    Assists Education Coordinator with class and workshop registrations including the updating of class lists/Google Docs, receiving and processing online registrations, accepting and processing payments in person and via telephone.
•    Provides support to Exhibit & Events Coordinator by executing a variety of duties and tasks associated with launching and wrapping up exhibits and events.
•    Establishes, develops, maintains and updates both the hard copy and electronic filing systems ensuring ease of use when retrieving files/information.
•    Generates general correspondences and proofreads copy for spelling, grammar and layout, making appropriate changes. Responsible for accuracy and clarity of final copy.
QUALIFICATIONS:

•    Excellent computer skills: Proficient with Office:Mac ,DonorPerfect and Google Drive/Docs, and mail merge: Ability to upload/download software programs and troubleshoot minor computer issues.
•    Excellent interpersonal and phone skills; professional appearance and demeanor.
•    Strong verbal and written skills.
•    Self-motivated, takes initiative, has ability to learn quickly.
•    Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with emphasis on accuracy and quality.
•    Ability to develop and maintain office and file systems (paper and electronic).

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
HOURS/Compensation: This is a part-time, non-exempt position. Specific days and hours are to be determined although the Center’s greatest need is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30AM to 2:30PM. Occasional additional hours (including evenings and weekends) may be requested for special events and meetings. $15.00/hour.

Education and Experience Requirements:

•    Bachelor’s degree preferred.
•    3 years of work experience in an office administrative support position.
•    Non-profit experience strongly preferred.

EEO Statement
The JAC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the JAC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

How to Apply
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TO APPLY: Email resume, cover letter and references to jamestownartscenter@gmail.com OR mail to: Administrative Assistant Position Jamestown Arts Center P.O. Box 97 Jamestown, Rhode Island  02835

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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Rhode Island School of Design Seeks Case Manager

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Location: Providence, RI
Salary:
Start Date:
Full Time
Permanent

Job Description
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Summary:

The Case manager maintains high student contact and an ongoing caseload to address the needs of students who have problems in areas such as mental or physical health, finances, discipline, and social adjustment that may affect their academic performance or other aspects of their RISD experience – using a variety of interventions, referrals, and follow up services. Responsibilities will include student contact via regular meetings, triage, case management, and engaging and consulting with RISD staff, faculty, administration, and outside treatment providers to ensure optimal student care.

Qualifications:

Master’s degree in social work or counseling required; Rhode Island license required (LICSW or LMHC).

Three to five years of case management experience, at least two years of which must be with mental health clients; previous work in a college or university counseling center environment is highly preferred; appreciation for the arts; and experience with and commitment to working with diverse clients including international students, individuals from ethnically/racially diverse backgrounds, and individuals representing various sexual orientations and gender identities.

Experience managing response to crisis situations.

Experience working as part of a case management support team, and experience navigating complex, decentralized environments.

Demonstrated experience with computer information systems, Datatel and/or Titanium preferred.

Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, ability to quickly synthesize information from a variety of sources in order to make informed recommendations for the best welfare of the students.

Knowledge of current case management trends and literature preferred.

Commitment to the developmental orientation of CAPS.

How to Apply
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www.risd.edu/jobs

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Avenue Concept – Star Wars Art Competition

Monday, December 21st, 2015
What do you think about StarWars? We are giving away 100 cans of Montana paint from our paint bar to find out.

For a chance to win, create an original Star Wars inspired piece of art at home or on our legalwall at 304 Lockwood St. and post a photo of it with the hashtag #staRIwars to your Instagram page and tag us, @avenuepvd.

All entries must be submitted by 5pm January 1st. We will select two winners (50 cans each) based upon most likes and the quality of art

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

Have you seen the new movie yet? Let me know if you are thinking about creating or designing anything for the contest.
Yarrow

Artistic Director and Founder | The Avenue Concept

Learn more about all the projects we have happening as a part of INFLUX here.

The Avenue Concept

304 Lockwood Street, Providence, RI

Providence, RI 02907

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Congrats to the designer businesses who received support through PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST

Friday, December 18th, 2015

PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST

We are excited to announce…

After a highly competitive application process, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the PROVIDENCE DESIGN CATALYST program – the first design business grant program aimed at catalyzing small design businesses in the City of Providence by providing seed capital, mentoring and technical assistance.

They are:

  • Atelier Rosenkrantz
  • AV Productions
  • Bela Monde
  • Christian Thomas Designs
  • Fulcrum Product Development
  • Heather Guidero Jewelry
  • ILOROM
  • Increment
  • Joshua Shockley Interior Design
  • Linkmount Systems
  • LLAMAproduct / Headmaster Magazine
  • Nest Homeware
  • Oblique Studio
  • Spirare Surfboards
  • Sproutel
  • Studio Endo
  • There Will Be Cake

The awardees range in types of design businesses and include a cast iron homeware company, a luthier, furniture design, architecture and design/build companies, a smartphone accessory company, jewelry and textiles companies, as well as graphics and interior design firms.

Grant awards to these businesses range between $12,000 – $35,000. Awardees will also be partnered with a mentor, take part in educational workshops and meet monthly for peer to peer engagement during a four month program running January to April 2016.

We were incredibly excited by the quality and quantity of applicants! The program received 42 applications. Applicants were evaluated based on selection criteria including experience of business owner, project’s ability to sustain, strengthen or grow business, probability of success and potential contribution to the economic development of Providence. Each awardee showed clear business acumen and presented viable projects that would catalyze their small businesses into the next phase of development.

The 17 awardees represent an exciting group of design businesses in our city in the ideal position to strengthen, sustain, or grow their ventures.

Congratulations to the Providence Design Catalyst awardees!

The Providence Design Catalyst program is funded by $500,000 of federal funds through the City of Providence. This first time program is being administered by DESIGNxRI in collaboration with an advisory committee comprised of program partners and the City. Providence Design Catalyst is a partnership between DESIGNxRI, Rhdoe Island School of Design, City of Providence and Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

 

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The RISD Museum Seeks Summer Interns

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The RISD Museum’s summer internship program is open to currently enrolled college and university undergraduate and graduate students; students graduating in the spring of 2016 are also eligible.

Applicants should have a strong interest in museum work and the topics related to the specific internship projects, although no previous museum work or experience in art history is necessary. The ten-week internships begin June 6, 2016, and end August 12, 2016. Interns are expected to spend 20 hours a week in the Museum. Participation in group seminars and workshops focusing on museums and professional practice is included in their weekly hours. Mellon interns receive a $2,500 honorarium.

For more information click here.

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Opportunities at the Providence SteelYard

Friday, December 18th, 2015

We wanted to let you know that our winter/spring courses are now online and open for enrollment

We’d love to get you into the shop, and have some great educational opportunities to help facilitate your creative endeavors. This spring, courses include Technical-ish Welding Skills and Terms, Reliquaries and Custom Containers, Intro to Stone Setting, and a ceramics class: Off the Wheel: Slab Built Boxes.

Be sure to visit our website to get the full list of offerings and to enroll.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES – Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition

Friday, December 18th, 2015

April 6 – May 7, 2016

Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

In celebration of the expansive vision and myriad techniques employed by monotype and monoprint artists throughout the US, the Monotype Guild of New England announces its Fourth National Juried Exhibition.

Entry Deadline: February 1, 2016

Juror: Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Awards: $1800 in Prizes
Fee: $30 for MGNE members, $45 for nonmembers.*
*To join MGNE or renew your membership, visit mgne.org/membership.

Eligibility: Entry is open to all U.S. artists working in the monotype/monoprint medium. Submissions must be original, one-of-a-kind prints created in the last five years. The Exhibition Committee and the Juror may reject any piece that differs significantly from the accepted digital image, does not fit the criteria, or is not framed in a suitable manner for museum display. Only work that has not been previously shown at the Attleboro Arts Museum will be displayed.

http://mgne.org/4thnational/

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Call to Artists: Imago Foundation for the Arts invites submissions for its ‘Open Community Exhibit’ on display January 14 – 30

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Imago Foundation for the Arts invites artists to submit work for its annual “Open Community Exhibit” that will be on display January 14 – 30 at Imago Gallery at 36 Market Street. A free, public reception for the exhibiting artists will be held on Friday, January 15 from 6 – 8 p.m.

The exhibit is open to all interested artists and all media. Work must be submitted on Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10 between 12 noon and 3 p.m. Artists may submit up to three pieces measuring no more than 36 inches in any direction. All work must be original and not have been shown previously at Imago. Work also must have been created within the last three years and be ready for display. Submitting artists must be at least 18 years of age. The exhibit will be installed salon-style.

The submission fee is $10 for one piece, $20 for two or $25 for three pieces.  All submissions must be for sale and all sales will be subject to a 25 percent commission that will be used to support future community arts programs organized by IFA.

At the close of the exhibit, participating artists must pick up their work after 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 30 or between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 31.  

The Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) supports community involvement in a wide range of cultural activities related to the arts. Please visit www.imagofoundation4art.org to learn more about IFA and its mission as well as opportunities for community and artist memberships.

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2015 PCFF Youth Filmmaking Workshop Registration Now Open!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Want to learn how to make a movie? Registration is now open for the 2016 PCFF Festival Filmmaking Workshops for ages 6 to 14. Learn the art of animation, how to make sounds, create special effects and more! All participants’ films will be included in the 2016 PCFF Group Workshop Reel and screened during the Festival. 

Last year ALL the workshops sold out. Don’t wait! Register today!

 Saturday February 13th

 LIVE ACTION! Foley and Field Audio

Saturday, February 13, 9:30am-12:30pm

Ages 10 – 14

Ever wondered how a soundtrack is scored for your favorite animated movie or film? Learn, experiment, and create sound effects and sounds in this exciting class.

Claymation

Saturday, February 13, 1:00-4:00pm

Ages 6 – 10

Explore the art of claymation. Make things grow, disappear and smile…in clay! Using clay, students experiment with simple forms and textures.

LIVE ACTION! Green Screen

Saturday, February 13, 1:00-4:00pm

Ages 10 – 14

Ever wondered how a green screen works? In this workshop students learn the fundamentals of green screening special effects and take turns filming themselves in front of a green screen first then constructing backgrounds based on their own artwork to place themselves in. 

Sunday February 14th

Lightpainting

Sunday, February 14, 9:30am-12:30pm

Ages 8 – 14

Simple flashlights become our paintbrushes in this workshop. Using a dark room, and flashlights students generate moving light with long exposure photography. Make simple, repeated shapes with light source to generate the illusion of glowing, animated light.

Sci-Fi Adventure Animation

Sunday, February 14, 1:00-4:00pm

Ages 6 – 10

Ever dreamed about flying to outer space to see new worlds? Bring your imagination and learn the art of animated storytelling.
 

LIVE ACTION! Special Effects and Camera Tricks

Sunday, February 14, 1:00-4:00pm

Ages 10 – 14

Discover the world behind practical special effects using common ingredients. Concoctions of slime, blood, and alien drool will be made in class. Learn how to use a camera to, fly, slide, and teleport.

FEE: $55 per 3-hour workshop. Includes material / equipment fee and Festival T-shirt PLUS two tickets to the 2016 Youth Filmmaker Showcase (with 2016 Workshop Reel). Last year ALL the workshops sold out. Don’t wait! Register today!

Note: This year, workshops will run concurrently with Festival film screenings. Film schedule will be available on January 12, 2016.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

All workshops take place in the RISD Auditorium Building (entrance on Market Square, across from RISD Museum), next to 30 N Main St., Providence, RI 02903. 
For more information regarding workshops, please contact:

Carissa Abitabilo, PCFF workshop coordinator

phone: 508.212.6242

email: cabitabi@risd.edu

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Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program 2016-2016 Artist Residency Application

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free, private studios to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists to support the development of new works of art. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

Our studios are located at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York in the robust arts community of DUMBO. The program is open to professional visual artists, 21 years or older with legal US Permanent Resident status or US citizenship. We look forward to welcoming artists from across the United States to our studios this fall.

The application for the 2016-2017 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program residency will be live January 1, 2016. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2016. See here for full details and to apply.

Website: http://thestudioprogram.com
Link to application: https://swstudioprogram.slideroom.com

Application period: January 1 – February 15, 2016
Residency Period: September 2016 – August, 2017

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Grant Opportunities from the New England Foundation for the Arts

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upcoming application deadlines: (learn more at  www.nefa.org
FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Creative City Grant

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

Expeditions Touring Grant

Expeditions Tour Planning Grant

MARCH 1, 2016
National Dance Project Production Grant
New England States Touring (NEST) Grant

MARCH 8, 2016
National Theater Project Creation and Touring Grant

ROLLING DEADLINE 

National Theater Project Presenter Travel Fund 

New England Presenter Travel

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National Endowment for the Arts Offers New Funding Opportunity, Creativity Connects

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

 Guidelines Available for Arts Funding Programs

 

 

Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the nation’s only arts funder to award grants in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. As the first step in its funding process, the NEA has posted application guidelines for the Art Works and Challenge America categories for art projects anticipated to take place in 2017. New in this fiscal year is a pilot grant opportunity that is part of the NEA’s 50th anniversary initiative, Creativity Connects.*

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, and promoting public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2015, the NEA awarded 1,870 grants totaling more than $52 million through this category.   Creativity Connects: Additional funding opportunity through Art Works The Creativity Connects pilot grant opportunity supports partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors. Those sectors may include business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. Selected projects should: ·       Demonstrate the value of working with the arts ·       Support the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors ·       Build bridges that create new relationships and constituencies ·       Create innovative partnership projects to advance common goals   An organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts categories including other areas of Art Works and Challenge America. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project from the other application.

 

Challenge America offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The program offers matching grants of $10,000. In fiscal year 2015, Challenge America funded 163 projects totaling $1.63 million.

Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the arts.gov website.

 

The impact of the NEA’s direct grants are significant. By the end of the current fiscal year 2016, the NEA anticipates it will support:

  • More than 30,000 concerts, readings, and performances and more than 3,000 exhibitions of visual and media arts with annual, live attendance of 20 million.
  • Performances on television and radio with additional audiences of at least 300 million.
  • Projects that generate more than $600 million in matching support through a ratio of matching to federal funds approaching 10:1.

 

WEBINARS

In order to offer applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works and Challenge America funding categories, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff. The schedule below indicates Eastern Standard Time. To join any of the webinars, go to the webinar section of arts.gov.


Art Works guidelines workshop
 

Date: January 20, 2016 3:00 pm

 

Art Works: Creativity Connects guidelines workshop

Date: January 27, 2016 3:00 pm

 

Challenge America guidelines workshop  

Date: March 9, 2016 3:00 pm

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Open Call for Entries – Juried exhibition of Furniture and Textile Arts

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative announces an Open Call for Entries for a Juried exhibition of Furniture and Textile Arts, “Future Traditions.”

The Furniture and Textiles industries are deeply rooted in Rhode Island’s past and present.  Central to these traditions is the artistic and technical mastery of materials and functionality.  For the first time, the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative will showcase the wide range of contemporary furniture and textile arts being created by artists, designers and craftspeople throughout New England.  Jurors, Shaun Bullens and Brooke Goldstein will create a visual time line of traditional and nontraditional approaches, techniques and applications, including, but not limited to, all types of functional and conceptual furniture as well as art and design based textile or fiber work and surface design.  There are possibilities for exhibiting small and large-scale work, 2D and 3D, solo pieces, series and installations in the spacious and historic Mill Gallery at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket.

Opening reception: “Future Traditions: A Furniture and Textiles Show” will open on Thursday January 21st, 2016 at 5:30 pm.  Music and refreshments.

Online entry deadline:  Monday January 4, 2016 at midnight.   

Entry fee:  $20 for up to three works.

Notification to artists: January 8 – 10, 2016

Drop off of work:  Friday January 15, 2016  4 – 6 pm and Saturday January 16, 2016 10 – noon to the Mill Gallery, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, first floor. 

Link to entry form here

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Biennial 2016: Call for Visual Arts Works

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

    PFAC invites all artists and craftspersons over 18 years of age to submit visual arts works for the Biennial juried exhibition, held since 1975. Previous jurors have included Directors and Chief Curators of the Corcoran Gallery, Guggenheim, National Museum of American Art, and the Whitney. 

       Biennial 2016 is juried by Valerie Fletcher, Senior Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

       All visual arts media from all 50 states welcome.
       Awards totaling $4,000 include a $2,000 Best in Show. 

Deadline for entries is January 15, 2016 in digital image. 

For full prospectus, visit the Exhibitions section of pfac-va.org. For questions, contact Biennial2016@gmail.com

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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How do I participate in International Jazz Day?

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Participation in International Jazz Day is open to any person, organization, radio station, business, educational institution, or musical ensemble who wishes to celebrate jazz as a musical art form and agent

of social good.

There is no fee or monetary commitment to participate. Simply visit http://jazzday.com/register/ to register your event.

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Artists of the Eastern Woodland Tribes – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Monday, December 14th, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26th!
Tradition & Innovation: Artists of the Eastern Woodland Tribes

Concept: Through this collaborative venture, Hera Gallery and the Tomaquag Museum seek to promote a dialogue about Native American arts & culture and its role in the contemporary arts.

We are looking for work that represents traditional approaches to Native American arts, specifically those from the Eastern Woodland tribes, as well as contemporary approaches and media.

All fine arts and crafts media will be considered.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 26th, 2015

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, March 5 – April 2, 2016

Juried by Committee: Representatives from the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum in Exeter, RI and Hera Gallery will select works for the exhibition

Entry Fee: No FEE!

Eligibility: Open to artists affiliated with Eastern Woodland Native American Tribes working in any medium. 3D limited to 100 lbs and must fit through a 5’10” x 6’8” door. 2D must fit through said door. Jewelry or fragile work must be displayed in shadow boxes.

Prospectus attached for more information and also available here.

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Hera Gallery Announces a Call to Artists – Contemporary Artists Exploring Gender

Friday, December 11th, 2015

SPECTRUM

Contemporary Artists Exploring Gender

 

Juror: J.R. Uretsky, Exhibition Manager at New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!

Concept: Gender is a primary facet of human identity. As the understanding of gender identity begins to encompass the entirety of the gender spectrum we are interested in artists’ responses to the question, how is gender depicted in the visual arts?

This national juried exhibition seeks to explore the ways artists respond to gender identity. We are looking to represent fixed, fluid, cis, trans, non-binary, and all other identities.

 

Application Deadline: Friday, March 11th, 2016. 

 

Exhibition Dates:  Saturday, May 14th – Saturday June 11th, 2016

 

Entry Fee: Each artist may submit 3 entries for $30. Judging will be done from digital files. Fees are non-refundable.

Prospectus Attached!

Abigael McGuire
Gallery Director

Hera Gallery, Hera Educational Foundation
PO Box 336
Wakefield, RI 02880-0336

401-789-1488
info@heragallery.org, amcguire@heragallery.org

Hours: Wed-Fri (1-5), Sat (10-4)

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Expansion Arts Program Coordinator Position

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

This part-time position will support EAP grantees’ organizational development
The Expansion Arts Program (EAP), supported by a collaboration among the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations. The Expansion Arts Program Coordinator, a part-time position, will work with the four EAP grantees and the funding organizations to support organizational development and program goals over the three-year grant period. To learn more and to apply by December 14, please see the Expansion Arts Program Coordinator job posting at

http://rihumanities.org/seeking-expansion-arts-program-coordinator/

Applicants send their resume and cover letter by December 14, 2015 to:

Carole Ann Penney
Director of Operations
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
caroleann@rihumanities.org

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NEFA Seeks your input for their Dancemaker Survey

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

As the National Dance Project (NDP) approaches our 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, we are using this opportune moment to reflect on NDP’s impact over the years and to consider how NDP can best support artistic and presentation practices in the years to come. We are working with Metris Arts Consulting and RMC Research to evaluate the comprehensive impact of NDP on the dance landscape in the United States. Our work with Metris Arts Consulting involves a two-part research project–a retrospective impact evaluation of NDP and a field scan of the larger dance ecology. The scan explores the larger current support systems and challenges related to the creation and touring of dance works. Once completed, Metris’ research report will be publicly available at metrisarts.com and nefa.org, and we look forward to sharing the results in person at future dance and grantmaking convenings next year during NDP’s anniversary season. Will you help us reach as many dancemakers as possible? The evaluation will help us identify possible ways in which NDP might strategically evolve over the next five to ten years, and will also provide the field with objective data around dance touring which may point to opportunities to strengthen the dance ecosystem for all. Dancemakers, please help us by sharing your views in a brief (20 minute) survey; it’s available by cliking on this link and will be live through January 22, 2016. It’s open to U.S.-based dancemakers working inside or out of formal company structures. You may work in any aesthetic genre or tradition, as long as work is intended for presentation in the non-commercial sector. Earning a living from dance is not required, though respondents should not be full-time college or high school students. Knowledge of NEFA and NDP is not necessary. To thank you for you time, you will be entered to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards. All responses will be confidential—the results will only be shared in summary form and will not contain any personal information. We hope to capture as many different perspectives and experiences as possible, so please forward this link to other dancemakers. We plan to share preliminary research results in conjunction with Dance/USA’s Dance Forum and APAP/NYC convening in mid-January 2016, so stay tuned for updates on this opportunity to shape the final research findings! Survey closes 1.22.16

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDP_Research

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