Find other creative opportunities and grants at Artsake, berkstage.com,Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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.
Call for Extras: Berkshire Playwrights Lab
Deadline: February 27, 2015
Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) is searching for twelve people to appear in two short films with award winning actor Treat Williams. The films -Love, Dad or Good-bye, Alan- are sequels to the short film Halftime which premiered at BIFF in 2013 and will be shot the second week of March. There are no lines to learn, though honest, on-camera reactions are required. While there is no pay, a nice lunch, a good time, and the experience of working with collegial long time professionals will be happily provided. The films will be submitted to festivals (including BIFF), networks and various other distribution outlets. If you’ve ever wondered, “How do they do that?” and/or wanted to be a part of it all, please send a photo (a selfie will do) to BPL at email@example.com.
Auditions: February 27 & 28, 2015
Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre seeks actors between the ages of 13-19 for roles in its summer 2015 production of Shrek The Musical TYA, to be presented July 22 through August 9 at Berkshire Museum (39 South Street) in Pittsfield, MA. Christine O’Grady returns to direct and choreograph. Auditions will be held in two-hour slots by appointment only at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA, on Friday, February 27 (4- 6pm or 6-8pm) and Saturday, February 28 (10am-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm, or 4-6pm) Callbacks are March 7.
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development is seeking submissions for performers for its 2015 3rd Thursdays. The 3rd Thursday outdoor street festival events run every third Thursday evening from May through October in downtown Pittsfield. Entertainment is booked according to the theme of the event, stage availability, performance space and audio compatibility. Submissions can include but are not limited to: music, dance, performance art, theatre, magic, poetry, and anything that may compliment the individual themed evenings. 2015 themes include Creative Youth (May 21), Healthy Pittsfield (June 18), #ArtsMatter (July 16), All The World’s a Stage (August 20), Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Sept 17), and Harvest Fest (October 15).
Deadline: February 28, 2015
The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. The final judge will be Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently Rough Likeness (essays, Saraband Books) and King Baby (poems, Alice James Books).
Deadline: March 1, 2015
The call for submissions is now open for feature, documentary and short films for possible inclusion in the 2015 Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF). Selected films will be chosen by the end of March and announced in April. The 10th annual anniversary festival will be held May 27 – May 31, 2015 at the Triplex Cinema, and the historical Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington, as well as the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and other venues throughout Great Barrington and Pittsfield. The 2015 festival will mark the 10th annual event and plans to showcase nearly 75 of the best films that are currently being produced in independent filmmaking as well as hosting dozens of filmmakers, special events and panel discussions.
Deadline: March 1, 2015
The purpose of the Hardman Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, is to enrich the lives primarily of the residents of North Adams, but also of the neighboring communities of Florida and Clarksburg, MA, and Stamford, VT. The fund supports projects that cover all aspects of these communities including the arts, culture, historic preservation, health, human and social services, education, and the environment. Grants, generally ranging between $500 and $3,000, will be awarded to organizations that demonstrate the potential to expand or deepen their impact, or to those that are already achieving a significant impact.
USA Applicant Deadline: March 2, 2015
The Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP) is an intensive arts management internship program that combines hands-on work experience with classes taught by arts administration faculty, TalkBacks with the area’s leading arts professionals, and the chance to fully participate in cultural events throughout Berkshire County. B-HIP offers educational and career advancement opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere! Students are placed at full-time upper-level internships tailored to their interests and skill sets. They have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in development, marketing, film editing, arts education, programming and more.
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2015
Creative Capital is a premier provider of risk capital in the arts, taking chances to support ideas that are bold and artistically rigorous, innovative and genre-stretching, articulates an original vision, and has the potential for great impact. Creative Capital’s pioneering approach, inspired by venture-capital concepts, surrounds adventurous artists in all disciplines with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers. Since 1999, Creative Capital’s awards program has committed $35 million in financial and advisory support to 465 projects representing 579 artists, and its Professional Development Program has reached nearly 10,000 artists in more than 400 communities through workshops and webinars.
Early Bird Deadline: March 4, 2015
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Start-up accelerator programs run from June – October. During this time, entrepreneurs have access to world-class mentorship, a motivated community of fellow entrepreneurs and supporters, expert training and networking events, and additional in-kind deals, marketing & media resources, funding opportunites, free office space in Boston, and more. To qualify for MassChallenge Boston, your company must be a seed- or early-stage startup. As MassChallenge defines it, this means you probably haven’t raised over $500K of investment, and probably don’t have more than $1M in annual revenue. You can still apply if you exceed these guidelines – a special judging panel will review your application to determine if you are ‘early stage.’
Deadline: March 10, 2015
The 30th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an opportunity for artists at all stages of their career present their artwork to a distinguished panel of jurors and, if selected, to gain valuable exposure to the New York art market. Awards include participation in a New York City exhibition, promotion, cash prizes and more.
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Darrow School is seeking an artist whose work is primarily focused in the visual arts. The Nathan Paulding ’89 Artist in Residency Program offers the selected artist the opportunity, time, and space to further develop their artwork within a supportive community. The residency—which will begin mid-August 2015 and run until mid-June 2016—will provide the guest artist with studio space and teaching/exhibition opportunities, and includes a generous stipend.
Deadline: April 1, 2015 or until all openings are filled
Barrington Stage Company launches a new Musical Theatre Conservatory (MTC) program for Summer 2015 from June 1-August 8. BSC is offering a select number of musical theatre students (in the areas of performance, direction and choreography) the opportunity to work and train with top-level New York directors, choreographers, and composers in the Berkshires. The program is limited to 20 outstanding pre-professionals, comprised of 16 Musical Theater Performance Apprentices (MTAs), 3 Directing Apprentices, and 1 Choreography Apprentice. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting January 2015 until positions are filled.
Deadline: April 1, 2015
The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute is a thirteen-day in-residence writing workshop for high school students. Held during the months of June and July the workshop offers young writers artistic development, recognition and respect, and peer support. Students work closely with professional writers, immersing themselves in poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, and the critical evaluation of each others’ work. Admission is limited and participation is determined by the evaluation of creative writing samples submitted as part of the application process. The SYWI is open to any high school student entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2015.
Deadline: April 17, 2015
Art of the Northeast (AoNE), in its 65th year, is one of the most anticipated annual regional juried shows at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT. The call for entries is open to all artists in any media throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland (D.C.). Michelle Grabner, who was one of three curators of this year’s Whitney Biennial (and its first artist curator) will co-curate the 65th annual Art of the Northeast with her husband, artist Brad Killam.
Deadline: April 30, 2015
The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.