Find other creative opportunities and grants at Artsake, berkstage.com,Massachusetts Cultural CouncilNew England Foundation for the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

SEPTEMBER

2014 Handmade Holiday Festival

Deadline: September 20, 2014

Calling all artisans, designers, and food producers – Alchemy Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2014 Handmade Holiday Festival. The Handmade Holiday Festival is a curated, modern craft fair featuring contemporary makers, artisans, designers, and other vendors. From pottery and jewelry to chocolates and quilts, 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!

Call for Art: 6th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show

Deadline: September 26, 2014

The Retreat’s 6th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show invites artists worldwide to compete for a gallery showing while simultaneously raising funds to end the cycle of domestic violence. The competition culminates in the top 25 entries being displayed in a group art show at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY later this year and is open to all artists with work in artistic media other than video art. The top three picks win a separate group exhibition at the gallery to be held in 2015.

Call for Nominations: The 3rd Annual Berkshire Awards

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Nominations are open for the 2015 Berkshire Awards! The Berkshire Award celebrates people such as artists, writers, journalists, musicians, performers, historians, naturalists, scholars, preservationists and/or those who have advanced and/or supported the arts, historic preservation, environmental conservation, etc., whose contributions are deemed significant. Designed to recognize doers as well as supporters, The Berkshire Award will honor those who have quietly made such contributions without much recognition, as well as those who are well known throughout the community. Presented by the Berkshire Museum.

Call for Submissions: Tanglewood Picnic Book

Deadline: September 30, 2014

The public is invited to submit personal snapshots of Tanglewood picnics, along with favorite Tanglewood picnic recipes and tips from all eras of the festival’s eight-decade history, for a gift book titled The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires. The project’s creator, author Gina Hyams, envisions the book as a collective love letter to the quintessential Berkshire summer experience of picnicking on the lawn. It will celebrate both over-the-top Tanglewood picnics with candelabras, bouquets, and little red wagons filled with champagne and beloved simple picnics featuring classic deli sandwiches. Submissions will be considered for both print publication and posting on the project’s blog.

Call for Submissions: Berkshire Shorts

Early Bird Deadline: September 30, 2014
Late Deadline: October 10, 2014

Berkshire Shorts is a night of local and independent films made by up-and-coming filmmakers, students, and animators. Submission is free. Local submissions in any genre (narrative, documentary, experimental, student, music video, etc.) are welcome, but all films must be 20 minutes or less. Chosen films will be screened on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, Mass.

OCTOBER

CRI Healthy World Scholarship

Deadline: October 1, 2014

Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI) is pleased to offer CRI Healthy World Scholarships to outstanding individuals who work or volunteer to enhance the health and well-being of low-income and medically underserved communities. The 25 scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Canyon Ranch in celebration of its 35th anniversary and to help further CRI’s community efforts. Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary five-day, four-night stay at the world-class Canyon Ranch health and wellness resort in Tucson, AZ. Stays at Canyon Ranch are specific to each of the five CRI Healthy World Scholarship categories available. Applicants can select up to two categories to apply in: Richard H. Carmona Scholarship for Returning Veterans, Arts and Health Scholarship, Healthy Garden Scholarship, Healthy Schools and Communities Scholarship, or Healthy Table Scholarship.

MCC’s Artist Fellowships

Deadline: October 6, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting 2015 Artist Fellowships applications in the following categories: Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. The Artist Fellowships provide competitive grants of $10,000 and finalist awards of $1,000.

New Lebanon Arts and Humanities Fund

Deadline: October 8, 2014

Managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Fund of the New Lebanon Foundation is an endowed fund whose purpose is to enhance and enrich the experience of the arts and humanities of students and teachers in the New Lebanon Central School District (NLCSD). Possible projects in the arts and humanities include, but are certainly not limited to: new programs; extracurricular activities; individual creative projects, in or outside the classroom; visiting speakers; artists-in-residence; professional development for teachers; library resources; and class field trips. Grant applications will be accepted from students, teachers, administrators, parents, and members of the broader community.

Call for Submissions: NEPR’s Art Mug

Deadline: October 10, 2014

New England Public Radio (NEPR) is seeking submissions from local artists for their 9th Annual Art Mug! The limited-edition mug will be available to NEPR’s contributing listeners during the station’s on-air fund drives from September 2014 through June 2015. NEPR is looking for a design created exclusively for the organization that reflects your interpretation or appreciation of the station, programming, or even its location in western New England. NEPR welcomes all submissions from collage, to pen and ink, to photography – as long as it translates well on a coffee mug.

Central Berkshire Fund

Deadline: October 10, 2014

Managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, this endowed fund is open to non-profit organizations, public agencies or community organizations that provide services to the residents of the communities of Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington and Windsor and improve residents’ quality of life. Projects that benefit the community in any of the following areas will be considered: arts and culture, education, the environment, and health and social services.

MCC’s Local Cultural Council Programs

Deadline: October 15, 2014

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen. Berkshire County MCCs include the Pittsfield Cultural Council, Great Barrington Cultural Council, Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, and Becket Cultural Council.

MCC’s Cultural Facilities Fund

Intent-to-Apply Deadline: October 21, 2014
Final Application Deadline: November 21, 2014

Governor Deval Patrick has allocated a new appropriation for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. These funds will allow the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and MassDevelopment to support capital projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences that expand access and education; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The Fund provides Capital Grants to promote the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities in Massachusetts. All grants from the Fund must be matched with cash contributions from the private or public sector.

Call for Submissions: 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is seeking submissions for the 4th annual festival which will be held throughout the city’s Upstreet Cultural District from February 12-22, 2015. Artists, performers and cultural organizations are encouraged to propose programming for inclusion in the festival. All programming must occur within the Upstreet Cultural District during the festival dates and must relate to the festival’s theme of “ten.”

NOVEMBER

Taconic Hills Arts and Humanities and Education Enrichment Funds

Deadline: November 1, 2014

For the first time this year, the Taconic Hills Arts & Humanities Fund and the Taconic Hills Education Enrichment Fund will appraise applications jointly. Both these funds, managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, work to enhance and enrich the educational experience of students and teachers in the Taconic Hills Central School District (THCSD). Students, school personnel and community members are invited to apply for initiatives that enrich the experience of all students in the THCSD. Possible projects include but are not limited to: independent study; new programs; extracurricular activities; individual creative projects, visiting speakers, artists in residence, professional development for teachers and program costs for field trips.

Call for Entries: Open Call NNE (North-Northeast)

Deadline: November 14, 2014

Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) is a juried exhibition organized by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) that showcases established, mid-career, and emerging artists working in all media. In a departure from BMAC’s previous juried exhibitions, which featured large bodies of work by a small number of selected artists, Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) will showcase dozens of artists with 1-4 works each. All submissions will be reviewed and selections made by juror Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

ROLLING

413 Glassworks

Deadline: Rolling

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 info@413glassworks.com.

BERKSHIRE CAROUSEL: Call for Volunteers

Deadline: Rolling

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: Call for Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

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

Deadline: Rolling

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.

Cotuit Center for the Arts Call for Large Sculpture

Deadline: Rolling

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 gallery@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.

EMPAC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM: Call for Applicants

Deadline: Rolling

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.

FRAME 301, MONSERRAT COLLEGE OF ART: Call for Installation Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

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.

Greylock Market: Call for Vendors

Deadline: Rolling

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: Call for Submissions, Writing and Photography

Deadline: Rolling

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.

Indearts Call for Writers

Deadline: Rolling

Wodahs Press at www.indearts.org is dedicated to introducing the most eclectic and innovative (short) writings from around the world. To submit your 3 Line Poetry, monologue (< 149 words), poetry (< 19 lines) or flash fiction (<199 words), send it  along with a one line bio in the body of an email, not as an attachment, to indearts@aol.com.

Kit & Kaboodle: Call for Vendors

Deadline: Rolling

Vendors needed for a new store opening soon in Adams, Mass. The store, Kit & Kaboodle, will showcase 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 $25/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 kkdesigns33@yahoo.com or call 413-652-1645 for more information.

MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL DISTRICTS INITIATIVE: Call for Applications

Deadline: Rolling

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 GIFT SHOP: Call for Local Wares

Deadline: Rolling

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: Call for Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

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 salon241@gmail.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: Call for Proposals

Deadline: Ongoing

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.

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