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.
*Just Announced* Greylock Market
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.
*Just Announced* Vendors Wanted
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-652-1645 for more information.
Deadline: November 30, 2013
The Berkshire Museum is seeking design proposals for the new children’s book In Kindergarten, developed as a free publication distributed at kindergarten registration and WeeMuse events. WeeMuse, an early childhood education program launched by The Berkshire Museum, is designed to prepare children to enter school ready to learn and with the foundation to achieve reading proficiency by the third grade. Developed in collaboration with the Transition Team, a consortium of educational, social, and health organizations, WeeMuse will be available to all 1,200 to 1,500 Berkshire County children who enter Kindergarten each year. The book will introduce both vocabulary and visual images in an interactive format that takes a child through a typical day in Kindergarten, including what the child will experience, how to behave, and people he/she will meet. Parents and educators will also use the book to assess the child’s understanding, adaptation, and progress after school begins.
Deadline: December 2, 2013
NEST (New England States Touring) funds presentations of New England-based performing artists from outside of a presenter’s state. 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. MatchBook.org houses the directory of all artists who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding. Therefore, all artists who wish to qualify for NEST funding must maintain an artist profile on MatchBook.org.
Deadline: December 6, 2013
The City of Pittsfield’s public art committee, Artscape, invites artists to submit existing and proposed work for a 2014 public art exhibition in the hub of the culturally vibrant Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Public art and installations will be featured throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, which attracts over 500,000 people each years to its galleries, theatres, restaurants and cultural hotspots. The 2014 show will be part of a larger initiative called ART+INDUSTRY, which celebrates Pittsfield and the Berkshires’ industrial heritage: past, present and future.
Deadline: January 7, 2014
The Berkshire Leadership Program seeks to prepare, involve and sustain leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed and competent to address community challenges and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires. BLP is seeking participants with demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, serving the Berkshires in a leadership role; willingness to commit time and energy to completing the program; and are residents of the Berkshires or can demonstrate significant current community involvement in the region. The program will prepare participants for community leadership by heightening awareness of key issues affecting the Berkshires, and build creative problem solving and collaboration skills.
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Women of any age, writing in any genre, are encouraged to enter the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers writing contest, curated by Michelle Gillett and Nina Ryan. This year’s theme takes aim at the subject of “weather,” keeping in mind the special focus of the 2014 Festival, “Writing the Self, Righting the World: New Visions of Personal and Planetary Health.” Writers may interpret the topic in various ways, for example: weather of the heart, weathering the storm, being under the weather, internal weather, climate change, how weather extremes are affecting us personally, politically, socially, culturally, environmentally.
Triple S: Sensual, Sexual, Smut Exhibit
Deadline: January 26, 2014
Nina’s Nook, of Turners Falls Mass., is calling all artists to apply for it’s third annual “Triple S: Sensual, Sexual, Smut” erotic art exhibit. Looking for art from mild to wild to create an exciting continuum of erotica down the length of the gallery space. Preference given to smaller works, but show me what you have. Submit images by email to email@example.com.
Deadline: February 28, 2014
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts offers funding to organizations and programs that benefit women and girls in the four counties of western Massachusetts. The Women’s Fund supports diverse programs and projects that directly impact individual participants, but is especially interested in efforts that address the broader social issues affecting women and girls, including advocacy and efforts to change systems and policies. The Women’s Fund has shifted its grantmaking strategy to one $20,000 grant per county, selected from among eligible applicants. Applicants may be single nonprofit organizations or coalitions with a nonprofit agency serving as a fiscal conduit. These grants will be multi-year grants, renewable each year for three years. In focusing on longer term and targeted funding, the foundation seeks to make an impact on social issues affecting communities, as defined by residents and organizations in all four counties.
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.
Open to individuals in any creative practice, including (but not limited to) the Visual Arts, Literature, Natural Science, and creative mountain top daydreaming. Bascom Lodge is a rustic stone and wood lodge perched atop Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts.
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.
Deadline: June-October 2013
Art About Town invites all regional and performing artists to explore hands on projects in their pop-up art center at 107 Main Street, North Adams. The space will house ongoing creative projects that artists can work on throughout the summer. Artists are needed to donate time, and demonstrate and share their talents with the community. Space is provided – materials are not. Give yourself or your organization the opportunity to increase your community profile while contributing to the growth of the North Adams arts scene and -above all- provide instructional, experiential, educational and of course creative opportunities to the North Adams community.
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.
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.
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.
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seeking a web designer to create an independent website for HAHS, in order to strengthen public recognition of HAHS and its member sites, and internal communications among its members.
Deadline: November 15, 2013