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.
Deadline: March 14, 2014
WAM Theatre announces a call for actor submissions for Fresh Takes, a series of five play readings that will take place on select Sundays between April-September. The series seeks to give a stage to new and reimagined works that tell women’s stories. The readings will feature local professional actors and directors and will be held in the gallery at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café at 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. The series consists of: Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (May 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann (June 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George (August 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), and Waxworks by Trina Davies (September 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.).
Early Bird Deadline: March 15, 2014
All Other Applications: April 15, 2014
The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market will return Saturday, May 10 from 9am to 1pm and will continue every Saturday through October 25. The Market is held in the First Street parking lot in downtown Pittsfield (overlooking the Common). The Market is offering an early-bird rate to returning vendors if applied, accepted and paid by March 15, 2014. All other applications are due by April 15, 2014. Full season, half season and day rates are available. Booths are approximately 10′ x 10′. Vendors must provide their own set-up (tents, tables, etc). Last year’s 25-week market included 50 vendors and saw over 5,000 shoppers. The Market also presented 18 workshops and events, 16 musicians and performers and hosted 10 community organizations.
Deadline: March 15, 2014
The Fund for Williamstown, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, will be accepting letters of intent for this year’s applications by March 15, 2014 . The fund invites applications for innovative projects and services that benefit residents of Williamstown and help create a vibrant community responsive to diverse needs and voices. The Fund supports proposals from both nonprofit organizations and individuals that will strengthen, enliven and enhance Williamstown. With an eye toward meeting the needs of a wide spectrum of residents, the Fund awards grants for health and human services, cultural, recreational, and community-building programs. The fund is a catalyst for collaboration and for dynamic thinking about the community.
Deadline: March 15, 2014
The Simple Gifts Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, is accepting applications through March 15, 2014. The Fund awards grants to young people ages 13-21 for participation in cultural or creative summer programs, such as theater internships, music and art camps, or language immersion programs. Residents of Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties may apply.
Auditions: March 22, 2014
The Theater Barn, a non-union theater in New Lebanon, NY is holding an open call for their 2014 summer and fall seasons on Saturday, March 22 from 1-3pm at The Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 732 State Rte. 20, New Lebanon. Actors needed from 18-70 years old for all roles. A child actor age 10-14 is also needed for the musical The Addams Family for the role of Pugsley Addams, who looks age 12. The child actor should be husky, chubby, adorable and funny, with a strong singing voice (think Ethel Merman). The theater is also seeking male musical actors to play the roles of Mal (age 40-50) and Lurch (age 20-40: over 6 feet tall) in The Addams Family.
Deadline: April 1, 2014
The Jamie Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, is a scholarship for graduating high school seniors who are residents of Berkshire County for at least two years who will attend an accredited college, university, vocational-technical or professional institute in the United States to study music or the vocational arts (automotive/mechanical/electrical technology or any of the trades).
Deadline: April 1, 2014
The Women’s Club of the Berkshires Scholarship Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, awards scholarships to female students who are residents of Berkshire County. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to pursue a career that will benefit girls and women in Berkshire County. Guidelines and application information are available online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchScholarships.
Deadline: April 5, 2014
The Arts Fund for Region One was established in 1992 with the mission to create a pool of private funding to enhance the arts curriculum of Region One. The Arts Fund supports students in their pursuit of arts experiences, brings the arts to the doors of those whose only exposure to the arts is time allotted for the arts in school, and creates bridges between schools, artists, teachers and the community. Through the Fillman Scholarship, The Arts Fund, in conjunction with the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, provides scholarships for students who reside in Canaan (Falls Village), Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury or Sharon Connecticut to pursue summer study in the arts.
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Darrow School is seeking an artist whose work is primarily focused in the visual arts. The Artist 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 2014 and run until mid-June 2015 will also provide the guest artist with housing, meals, a studio space in the Darrow School’s Joline Art Center, exhibition opportunities, and a generous stipend. In exchange, the selected artist will be responsible for teaching, offering a community weekend workshop and an evening lecture per semester, serving as a House Parent on a four person rotating dorm team, and some faculty functions.
Deadline: April 20, 2014 (Postmarked by April 19)
Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo), international small art phenomenon returns for the 7th year! Help build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6×6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted; exhibited in the gallery & online June 7 – July 13, 2014, and offered for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo.
Deadline: April 25, 2014
Art of the Northeast is a competition/exhibition highlighting the diversity of work that is currently being made in the Northeast by emerging and established artists. This year the exhibition will be a tightly curated show, comprised of approximately 25 artists, depending on scale. The juror will have at his discretion the ability to select a suite of three to five works by an individual artist. The Best in Show Prize is a solo exhibition at Silvermine Arts Center with a $3,000 stipend for show related expenses. To be considered for the Best in Show Prize, artists are required to enter a minimum of three works. Curator is Andrew Russeth is an art critic based in New York. He writes for The New York Observer, edits its visual art website “Gallerist” and publishes 16 Miles of String, a blog about contemporary art that has been supported by the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Applications for the 31st Annual A Closer Look at the Berkshires photo contest are now available at Qualprint headquarters, all Berkshire County Chambers of Commerce, and other locations across the Berkshires. This contest is open to amateur and professional photographers and artists who adhere to contest rules. Images may portray people, animals, activities, landscapes, buildings, attractions, or nature found in Berkshire County. Limit 15 photos per entrant. For a full list of locations, or to apply for the photo contest online, visit www.qualprint.com/contest.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 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.