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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 email@example.com or 413-652-5029 with questions or to volunteer.
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market is seeking vendors for the winter extension of its market at The Boys and Girls Club, making it the only year-round farmers market in Berkshire County. Vendors may apply for the full season (second Saturdays of each month, November through April, from 9am to 1pm) or per market day. Farmers, specialty and prepared food producers, and farm product producers (ie: yarn, soaps, etc.) are all encouraged to apply.
Deadline: September 30, 2015
In March 2013, the Berkshire Museum launched a program to honor people who live in the greater Berkshires and who have made a significant contribution to creating, keeping, or promoting artistic, historical, and natural heritage in the Berkshires. The Berkshire Museum believes the Berkshire Award helps foster a community-wide appreciation for how quality of life is shaped by people, which will also inspire people to play a role in shaping quality of life in the future. See attached information.
Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts Deadline: October 5, 2015
Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting Deadline: January 25, 2016
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. Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines are awarded to primary creators of original works of art.
Deadline: October 15, 2015
In 2016, Green Fire Press will publish Strong Shoulders: The Loves and Labors of Women, edited by Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz. Strong Shoulders will be an anthology of women’s poetry, stories and personal narratives exploring the topic of LABOR from many different angles: labor of love, labor in childbirth, hard work, career work, care-giving,craft work or other vocations, glass ceilings, exploitation, and the labor of relationships. Maximum length 2,500 words.
Intent-to-Apply Deadline: October 30, 2015
Final Application Deadline: December 4, 2015 @ 5pm
The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) grants support projects that create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; expand access and education in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Entities that are eligible to apply for grants for Cultural facilities include nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities that own cultural facilities, and public or private institutions of higher education that own cultural facilities. MCC will announce the grants in the spring of 2016. If you are successful and will be the recipient of a grant, you will be able to pay for invoices dating back to September 1, 2015 with CFF funds.
Deadline: November 1, 2015
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers welcomes submissions of stories, poetry, essays or interviews, up to 1,000 words, for its new publication, a combined Festival Program Guide and Literary Magazine. Please include a short bio (100 words).
Call for Art: Berkshire Medical Center, North Adams
Berkshire Medical Center is seeking work from local artists to display at its Northern Berkshire Campus in North Adams, starting with the new Neighborhood Health Center. Loaned pieces would be displayed for at least six months. For more information or to find out how to display your work, email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-447-2776.
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 email@example.com.
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 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 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.