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City of Pawtucket Seeks Arts Festival Director

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The Pawtucket Arts Festival produces a month long Arts Festival every September. The arts festival celebrates the arts in their many forms – dance, film, music, theatre, and visual. Festival programming encompasses emerging and established artists at performance venues and exhibit spaces throughout the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The organization is guided by a Board of Directors (5 members), with an operations team of local volunteers, with the assistance of City officials, working year round. The Pawtucket Arts Festival has operated within a balanced budget from $140,000 to $160,000) since its beginning 18 years ago. It is the goal of the Pawtucket Arts Festival is to expand appreciation for the arts and to enhance the City of Pawtucket’s reputation as a vibrant center of the arts. The organizers work to expand arts audiences in the New England region with the expectation of growth in the future, to promote the arts with our art and cultural partners throughout the festival and year-round support, and to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the organization. This solicitation covers a one year contract, May 2017 through October 2017. The City of Pawtucket reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to extend this commitment for one (1) additional season (May 2018 to October 2018) at the pre-determined rate of $19.608 per hour.

Pawtucket Arts Festival website: https://pawtucketartsfestival.org/

For more information: smara@PAWTUCKETRI.com

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Old Slater Mill Association RFP – Videography, Editing Services

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Call to Artists Videography and Editing Services The Old Slater Mill Association (OSMA) is requesting Letters of Interest from experienced videography / editing artists, emerging or established, individual or team, to supply production services associated with an interpretive video with a manufacturing theme, incorporating images and sensations of sound. The product will be an 10 minute multiple-channel HD video that will be screened as a 10- week art installation inside the historic 1793 Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, situated within a National Historic Landmark District, and part of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. The video will be based on direction provided by an OSMA creative team. OSMA has received preliminary grant support for the creation of the exhibition, a portion of which is earmarked to support production services. OSMA will coordinate the project, convene a creative committee, and construct the exhibition and viewing infrastructure. The videography/editing contractor(s) will be responsible for production services required to capture content in the field and in multiple manufacturing environments, advising the team on pre-production and location needs, and sound and video editing post-production for final product assembly and delivery. Letters of Interest of maximum 2 to 3 pages in length must include: 1. A Statement of qualifications, relevant experience and resources 2. A Statement of your preparedness to commit to the completion of the project within eight (8) months from contract execution 3. Your proposed fees and preferred payment schedule, indicating specific milestones, with narrative explanation 4. URL link(s) to view work samples online 5. Professional references Letters of Interest may be submitted electronically to info@slatermill.org, ATTN: Lori Urso, Executive Director, or by USPS to OSMA, P.O. Box 696, Pawtucket, RI 02862-0696. Letters will be accepted through Monday, March 13, 2017 at 5 pm (EST).

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All Kinds Of Magical Arts Funding Opportunities, (Thank You, City Of Boston)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

US Department of State, 4/10/2017
Creative Arts Exchange initiatives are arts-based, international, people-to-people exchange programs. They create partnerships through artistic collaboration and professional development that enrich both the international participants and the Americans with whom they meet. Four themes: DanceMotion, USAAmerican Film ShowcaseAmerican Music Abroad, and One BeatEligible: Academia, nonprofits Awards: One cooperative agreement in each category, up to $1.75M

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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Call For Art for Reproductive Freedom in Rhode Island

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Call For Art for Reproductive Freedom in Rhode Island (Please Share)

The right to a legal and safe abortion is not a guarantee to citizens of Rhode Island. If Roe Vs. Wade is overturned Nationally we may loose access to legal abortion in our state.
There is a bill in the house, The Reproductive Health Care Act, H-5343 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText17/HouseText17/H5343.pdf that would guarantee reproductive freedom in our state.
Lets let our state legislators know that we fervently support this very important bill.
Artwork by RI women artists that addresses reproductive freedom to be made into a postcard for a postcard campaign. The first postcard signing event will be on March 8, 2017 in PeaceDale, RI at the Unitarian Universalist Church as part of the International Women’s Day event we are planning. We hope to expand this campaign to the entire state so if you know of a venue that may host a signing event or if you want to have a postcard party please reach out.
At this time we are unable to pay you for your work, (all funds collected from sale of cards will go to printing more cards, we will see them for 1.00 each) so please use this as an opportunity to promote your work. See submission info.
We will begin by making 5 different postcard images, and then plan to expand…
Deadline for first round of images is February 25…
Please send a 4”x6” 300dpi, image to mara@cox.net.
Include with your submission, your name, your website address, social media handles and any other relevant contact information you would like to be on the back of the card.
Thank you so very much.
The Woman Project, RI
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Some Public Art Opportunities Brought To You By 4Culture: http://www.4culture.org/

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Seattle, WA + Center City Connector Project

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-specific, permanent artworks for four streetcar platform stations for the future Center City Connector Streetcar. The successful artwork will celebrate a sense of place, promote wayfinding, and create a visual identity for the Center City Connector. The selected artist(s) will work with SDOT and SDOT consultants from design through construction of the new streetcar line.

Eligibility: Professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Artists with no prior public art experience are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 21, 2017
Budget: $250,000
Information: www.seattle.gov/arts

Pike Township, IN + Exterior Artwork at YMCA

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, requests the qualifications of artists interested in completing a permanent, exterior artwork for the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA. The goal of the artwork is to acknowledge the contribution of military veterans and service members to the American experience in a contemporary and imaginative way.

Eligibility: Artists and artist-led teams with all members over 18 and living in the United States are eligible to submit their qualifications.

Deadline: February 27, 2017
Budget: $100,000
Information: www.indyartsguide.org

Pasadena, CA + Glenarm Power Plant

The City of Pasadena and its Department of Water and Power are seeking an artist or artist team who can create an experiential artwork, improving the visual impact of the Glenarm Power Plant day and night, enhancing it with light, color and/or motion activated artwork. The project is intended to celebrate the entrance to Pasadena but it cannot create light pollution or a traffic distraction.

Deadline: March 06, 2017
Budget: $745,000 (Note: $5,000 will also be paid to each finalist for their design proposal)
Information: www.callforentry.org

Redmond, WA + City Artist-in-Residence

The city of Redmond is seeking an artist-in-residence who will challenge residents to become active participants in civic life and cultural advocacy. The city is interested in collaborative artists working in all mediums, with an emphasis on the participatory arts, especially those who challenge the boundaries of architecture, sculpture, performance, sound, digital, film, photography, music, painting, and drawing.

Deadline: March 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
Budget: $32,500
Information: www.redmond.gov

Memphis, TN + I Am a Man Plaza

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning a public art installation as part of a city-wide commemoration of the Memphis Sanitation Worker’s strike and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The selected artist will work closely with a landscape architect in coordinating the plaza design with the art installation.

Eligibility: Artists currently living in the United States of America.

Deadline: March 16, 2017
Budget: $700,000
Information: www.urbanartcommission.org

Kettering, OH + Schantz Avenue Bridge/Dixie Highway

The City of Kettering CitySites Public Art Program invites artists, artist teams, designers, or architects to submit qualifications for a permanent work of art to be located at and around the Schantz Avenue bridge and the corresponding South Dixie Highway corridor.

Eligibility: Artists and/or artist teams who have previously created public art, large‐scale works, or exterior projects.

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Budget: $250,000
Information: www.playkettering.org

Provo, UT + Fourth District Court Facility

Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new 4th District Court Facility in Provo, Utah.

Eligibility: Resident American or legal resident artists / artist teams

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Budget: $330,000
Information: heritage.utah.gov


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Some Public Art Opportunities Brought To You By Forecast: http://forecastpublicart.org/

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, providing $20,000 for artists in all stages in their career, along with work space and housing, is accepting applications for 2018. Deadline March 1, 2017

The San Dieguito River Park Project Joint Powers Authority is seeking an artist to conceptualize, design, fabricate, and install an artistic monument called the Founders Tribute next to the Coast to Crest Trail in San Diego, CA. Deadline March 6

The City of Pasadena and its Department of Water and Power are seeking an artist or artist team who can create an experiential artwork for the Glenarm Power Plant. Deadline March 6

The Broomfield Public Art Committee seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create artistic screening for the Xcel Energ facilities at the McKay/Lambertson Open Lands site. Deadline March 9

DOT Art in collaboration with New York Cares is accepting submissions for an open call for Barrier Beautification. Deadline March 10

The Urban Art Commission in Memphis, TN has just opened a Request for Qualifications for a significant project tied to the development of a new plaza downtown commemorating in 2018 the 50th anniversary of the Sanitation Workers Strike and the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Deadline March 16

The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Experimental Sciences Building II in Lubbock, TX. Deadline March 23, 3:00pm CST

The City of Kettering CitySites Public Art Program is seeking artists, artist teams, designers, or architects to design a site-specific public artwork for the Schantz Avenue Bridge and the adjoining Dixie Highway corridor. Deadline March 31

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Illuminating Trinity Square – Open Request For Proposals

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The City of Providence Arts Culture + Tourism Department is beginning our final phase of the Illuminating Trinity Square project and are thrilled to announce an open call for public art in the square with the support of RI LISC, Artplace America, and LISC’s Creative Placemaking Initiative.

Please find linked via google drive, an RFP from our department for Illuminating Trinity Square Public Art.

Applications are due to me on March 15, 2017.

It would be fabulous if you applied and/or had all your favorite publicly engaged artists in Providence apply.



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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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How to Fix the World Festival CALL TO ARTISTS

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Somerville Arts Council seeks artists, musicians, performers, dancers and makers to present work at the How To Fix The World Festival. The event is a free, one-day, outdoor festival taking place in Somerville’s Union Square on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Imagine a mini world’s fair about how we can save the world. We’re looking for art projects that: – Identify social problems in the world. – Analyze social problems in the world. – Propose or provide solutions to these problems. We’re looking for art that addresses racism, sexism, global warming, capitalism and other major problems. Make your art serious, critical, humorous, etc. We want art that asks questions as well as art that provides answers. We’re interested in broadsides, healing therapy, protest raps, disconcerting installations, upsetting poetry, visionary paintings, incisive comedy, mobilizing dances, affirming theater, afrofuturism, games, parades, rants, exorcisms. We want art that represents the rich diversity of our community. We’re especially interested in projects in which the audience can participate. We like unusual ideas, intersectionality, and things we haven’t thought of. Surprise us! Participating artists will be paid a small stipend. Those looking to sell their work will be asked to pay a vendor fee. Applicants must be available to present their projects on Sunday, June 18 as well as on the rain date three weeks later, Saturday, July 8. To apply: Send a short proposal (one or two paragraphs), your name, email, phone, a link to samples of past work, and requested payment to weloveyoursubmissions@gmail.com

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Tiny Great Outdoors Festival CALL TO PRESENTERS

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Somerville Arts Council and outdoors-type-person Greg Cook are looking for biologists, naturalists, global warming researchers, poets, philosophers, comedians and other deep thinkers to offer short narrated nature walks at the “Tiny Great Outdoors Festival.” The April 23 event (rain date: April 30) is a free, one-afternoon celebration of urban wildlife and the return of spring, outdoors at the Quincy Street Open Space, Somerville’s smallest “urban wild.” The event will be part of the city’s Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities. We’re looking for expert guides who can identify and speak about flowers, trees, animal tracks, birds, bugs, etc. that can be found in urban Somerville—with particular note of wildlife returning to urban communities (think turkeys and coyotes). We’re seeking people who can talk about gardening with native plants. We’re looking for guides who can address how global warming is changing wildlife in our neighborhoods—affecting when plants blossom, birds migrate and insects appear in spring. These are meant as examples, we’re also open to other ideas. We want presentations that represent the rich diversity of our community. We’re looking for serious science—but it can be told with a sense of humor. We like unusual ideas and approaches. Surprise us. The festival is timed for spring blooming, when the park is (usually) filled with tulips. The small park is just 5,000 square feet of “sustainable woodland landscape” on reclaimed land where a house burned down in the late 1980s. Speakers must be available to participate on both the date of the festival, April 23, and the raindate, April 30. To apply: Send a short proposal (one or two paragraphs), your name, email, phone, a link about your relevant experience, and requested payment. To weloveyoursubmissions@gmail.com

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Greetings from Nomad/9!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Friends, you may not have heard about us yet.
We are a new MFA program with an innovative philosophy on the education of artists for these times.

  • We believe artists need an engaged, hands-on curriculum based in field work in diverse locations.
  • We know that cross-disciplinary learning is crucial for artists, including having an understanding of ecology, social practice, craft, and practical business skills.
  • We provide an open outcome curriculum so that diverse art practices are represented in our students and faculty.
  • We are committed to regenerative culture and building a world that is just, nurtures resilience, and fosters sustainable life ways.
  • We are a gathered faculty and staff with a shared set of values, and a commitment to providing a rigorous, accredited MFA made by and for artists.

As we accept applications for our second cohort of students, we thought you could help us spread the word. Our visiting artists and faculty members include John Bielenberg, Mark Dion, Christy Gast, Hope Ginsburg, Pablo Helguera, Amanda Lovelee, Ernesto Pujol, Allison Smith, Linda Weintraub, and Caroline Woolard among others. We are low residency and meet at sites in the western hemisphere.

Many of our students had given up on grad school until they found us. We are a renegade program built for times like this! We think you may know some artists who are seeking such a program.

Won’t you please help us spread the word, by forwarding this to people you think may be interested? Our admissions process is happening now, and we do have generous scholarship money to award.

For more information: http://www.nomad9mfa.org/

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