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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: The Berkshire Artist Museum
The Berkshire Artist Museum (BAM), a North Adams-based museum that showcases and preserves the art of Berkshire-area artists, seeks volunteer greeters Thursday through Sunday 12-5pm. Greeters will welcome visitors, explain the layout of the galleries in the two buildings, answer questions about the exhibits based on curators’ statements, and encourage visitors to contribute to the museum and local economy by participating in the vibrant downtown art and restaurant scene. Contact Brian Handspicker, BAM Director of Volunteers, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-652-5029 with questions or to volunteer.
RFP: Graphic Designer, 1Berkshire
The purpose of this contract position is to work hand and hand with the Director of Marketing Services to do all the design for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and 1Berkshire, including but not limited to online/print ads, eblasts, enewsletters, microsites, brochures, invitations, member info collateral. The scope of work is below and the estimated time needed per week is 3 days.
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Nomination Deadline: July 17, 2015
Application Deadline: July 24, 2015
The Berkshire Trendsetter Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations whose achievements and commitment have strengthened our economy and helped the Berkshires grow. Awards will be made in the following categories: Comprehensive Marketing Campaign, Creative Industries Innovation, Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year, Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy, Newcomer of the Year, Nonprofit Impact, and Under 40 Change-Maker.
Deadline: July 23, 2015 (click deadlines link for more details)
Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000 and deadlines vary depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works.
BART Charter Public School is Seeking Proposals from Artists, Designers and Makers
Deadline: July 27, 2015
Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (BART) is applying for a NEA Grant, that if funded (2016-17 school year), will engage artists, designers and makers to work with BART teachers and students in a year-long course that will explore the relationship between utility, aesthetics and the pursuit of the “ideal.” We are seeking proposals from professionals in the field to work as visiting artists to guide our students through the design process—from concept to production—culminating in the creation of a model or prototype of an object, constructed space or environment that represents the student’s vision of the union between beauty and utility. The majority of the work will be done in BART’s new MakerSpace, using traditional media and tools as well as digital fabrication technologies. Interested individuals should send their proposals, explaining how they believe their skills and experience could contribute to this project, along with work samples and resumes. All materials should be sent via e-mail by July 27th to email@example.com.
MONDAYS from 5:30 – 7 pm, JULY 27 – AUGUST 17, 2015
NU Arts Studios, 311 North St, Pittsfield MA
This group will examine creative process in a supportive yet playful atmosphere. Loosen up with a warm up or group art activity. Enjoy short readings about creative theory and practice and share in conversation about your art. Get inspired. Build community. Create support with other artists.
$30 advance registration. Space limited to 6 artists.
Deadline: July 27, 2015
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the gallery’s 5th Annual “Nature” Juried Online Art Competition for the month of July 2015. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s August 2015 online group art exhibition.
Nature subjects would be considered to be any 2D or 3D art by depicting the physical world and is considered to be anything that was not created by or has been substantially altered by man. Subjects that would encompass the “Nature” theme would include geographical subjects, landscapes, natural objects, wildlife and natural environments.
Deadline: August 1, 2015
The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2015 Biennial Exhibition, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 2 through October 30 2015. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art show with free entry open to artists from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. This year’s theme, Motion-Emotion, can be interpreted freely and all two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art, will be considered. The Arts Council encourages submissions of large three-dimensional and performance weather-tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Artist’s Resource Trust was established in 1996 to provide grants to talented mid-career visual artists who have demonstrated substantial commitment and who have a financial need. A.R.T. supports artists (aged 35 or older) living in New England, or Columbia or Northeast Dutchess Counties, NY. Grants awarded range from $1,500 to $10,000.
Deadline: August 15, 2015
Calling all artisans, designers, and food producers… we are now accepting applications for the 2015 Handmade Holiday Festival.
The Handmade Holiday Festival is a curated holiday fair featuring contemporary artisans, farmers and food producers. From pottery and jewelry to gourmet sauces and locally roasted coffee, it is a one-stop spot for holiday shopping in the Berkshires. Showcasing handmade goods by local and regional artisans, we give shoppers the opportunity to meet and support the makers of their gifts AND keep their holiday spending in the community!
Deadline: August 31, 2015
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA is pleased to announce The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence, a two-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat. The program is open to writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on July 1, 2015 and will be accepted through August 31, 2015. For additional information including submission guidelines, please visit EdithWharton.org.
Deadline: September 1, 2015
NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state. CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding (called NEST artists). Therefore, all artists who wish to qualify for NEST funding must maintain an artist profile on CreativeGround. NEST grants are awarded through a competitive selection process. Grants are available in amounts of up to 50% of the artists’ fees, and typically range from $400 to $4,000. Requests below $400 will not be accepted. Artists’ fees may include costs for creation of new work, travel, and per diem. Applications for projects beginning on or after December 1, 2015 are due on September 1.
Deadline: September 5, 2015
Submissions are limited. Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received.
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) is proud to announce a new partnership with The Berkshire Edge, the online newspaper published by Marcie Setlow and David Scribner. The Edge will publish Edge Wise: Voices, Views and Visions of Women in the Berkshire Region, a weekly column curated by Festival Director Jennifer Browdy. Your column can be on any topic written in any style, from personal narrative, to creative non-fiction to fiction or poetry. BFWW invites writers to think of your columns as a community service and a chance to get your voice further out into the public sphere.
413 Glassworks is actively seeking new artists in pottery, woodwork, glass, fiber, drawing, painting, photography, jewelry and other functional objects for consignment. Our mission is to sell high quality, unique, and handmade works of art by regional artists. To be considered, please email a description of your work, a brief bio, and images to Brittany Gabel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Berkshire Carousel is to create a form of family entertainment and work of art by building an authentic classical wooden carousel. The project involves residents of the entire Berkshire Community who are carving and painting the carousel figures (“ponies”) and creating the artwork on the ride. All are invited to be a part of this collaborative community project, whether you are an experienced artisan or just someone who would like to learn and is willing to devote time to the project. Opportunities exist for people to carve, sand and paint. Professional carvers and painters will be teaching and working side by side with volunteers to provide both a great learning experience and to create exquisite figures and parts of our carousel.
The Cambridge Arts Council encourages artists to add samples of their work and biographic information to their Public Art Registry at cac.slideroom.com. Once registered, artists are considered for all future Cambridge public art commissions. With 200 permanent artworks throughout the city, Cambridge has the largest contemporary public art collection in the Commonwealth.
The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside (CAC) provides 2-wk to 3-month long artist residencies in Troy, NY. Emerging artists of all disciplines and from all over the world live and work in a historic Neo-Gothic chapel, featuring 20-ft. high ceilings, adaptable 24-hour studios, lofted bedrooms, kitchen facility and a growing body of specialized tools. Situated just 2.5 hours north of NYC, CAC is conveniently accessible by bus, train or airplane. We encourage creativity, dialogue, experimentation, and a diversity of styles, concepts, and practices (2D, 3D, 4D). All artists receive some form of financial assistance.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts is accepting submissions for interior and exterior three dimensional work to be displayed in their art galleries. The upper gallery of the theater features 60 linear feet of space dedicated to sculpture, pottery and other work which may be displayed on pedestals. These interior shows rotate approximately every 5-10 weeks. The Center also seeks work to be displayed on a long-term basis on the exterior grounds of the Center’s campus. All work, inside and out, may be offered for sale under the standard terms of the gallery. Any artists interested in being considered by the Center’s curatorial committee for a solo or group invitational show should submit inquiries and website links to email@example.com.
The combination of artist-driven content with new, high-end technology stands at the center of EMPAC’s artistic activities. Artists’ projects will intersect with research in science, engineering and the humanities, challenge and inform each other, and lead to new approaches and insights in all these disciplines. To this end, EMPAC provides an environment that supports the realization of complex works at any stage from inception to completion. Along with a state-of-the-art facility, EMPAC offers residents the support of a staff of experts in audio, video, interactive interfaces, and stage technologies.
Montserrat College is looking for installation artists located in the greater Boston area. They seek site-specific work to be exhibited monthly in its alternative, street-side gallery window, located in downtown Beverly, MA. Frame 301 hosts a variety of artistic mediums and motives that strive to connect to the innovative and energetic Beverly and Montserrat communities. Proposals must include artist’s written concept, visual examples of how the artist intends to use the space, and a resume with complete contact information.
Premium crafters and culinary artisans interested in a unique combination of production and retail space are wanted for a watch-it-being-made destination under development that will build visibility for artisanal products and generate sales through wholesale and other channels. North Adams partners -including MASS MoCA, the City of North Adams, the state, and private investors with over $1.5 million committed to the project- are planning to transform Heritage Park into this vision for a unique mixed-use artisan center closely linked to MASS MoCA and Mount Greylock. Tenant-partners will be carefully selected to achieve the most exciting mix of offerings including glassblowing, craft brewing & distilling, cheese-making, weaving, artisan baking, etc. Greylock Market is looking for only the very highest caliber makers. “Like” the Facebook page to stay in the loop.
Hilltown Families welcomes writings that reflect the positive work and educational efforts activists, families, teachers, and artists work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families.
Kit & Kaboodle is relocating to 26 Holden Street in North Adams and, with that, is accepting new vendors. Kit & Kaboodle showcases handmade and artistic items -from crafts and music to books and more- featuring emerging artists and gift producers from across the region. Each vendor will pay a low price of $30/month for a great sized spot. The store’s interests are participating in the local economic ecosystem by promoting and selling regional artists’ work. Items will be selected on a first come first serve basis – no duplicate items will be stocked. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Carol at 413-652-1645 for more information.
In July 2010, Massachusetts passed legislation to establish state-designated cultural districts in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. The legislation calls for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to carry out this mandate by establishing criteria and guidelines for cities and towns to apply for state-designated cultural districts. The statute that created cultural districts has specific goals: to attract artists and cultural enterprises; encourage business and job development; establish the district as a tourist destination; preserve and reuse historic buildings; enhance property values; and foster local cultural development.
The Red Lion Inn is seeking more locally made Berkshire products for its gift shop. Local artisans, crafts people and small businesses are invited to present their Berkshire wares for consideration. All items must be the product of Berkshire Based Artisans or Companies.
Salon 241 is looking for artists to display art in their salon located in downtown Northampton, MA. To be considered, email your Web site and/or 4-6 jpgs to email@example.com. Be advised that their preference is to display artwork on the walls of their salon due to limited floor space. Artists take 100% of the proceeds of any sales of work that result from exhibiting at Salon 241.
Storey Publishing reviews new proposals on a rolling basis, offering both work-for-hire and standard royalty contracts. Selected topics may include gardening, small-scale farming, building, cooking, homebrewing, crafts, part-time business, home improvement, woodworking, animals, nature, natural living, personal care, and country living.