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Our commitment: dismantle barriers and provide meaningful resources and training for creative and cultural professionals.

Erie Arts & Culture believes that creative and cultural professionals can play a central role in developing vibrant and healthy communities and neighborhoods when they are provided with access to Professional development, Resources, and Opportunities (PRO). 

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What are your needs?

Through the PRO Network Survey, Erie Arts & Culture is asking creative and cultural professionals in Northwestern Pennsylvania to identify the barriers that have the most immediate impact on their capacity or the scalability of their careers. If you are a cultural or creative professional in NW PA, please take a moment and complete our survey so we have a more in-depth understanding of your talents and needs. Using results from this survey, we will design programs and events specific to the needs of those living and working in our region.

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Erie Arts & Culture Opportunities

for Individual Artists

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Artist Fellowship Program

Applications open July 6, 2022 and close August 29 at 11:30pm.

In 2016, Erie Arts & Culture committed to making a greater investment in the artists living and working in Erie County by establishing the annual Artist Fellowship program. The agency saw a need to provide artists with unrestricted funding that could be used to pursue artistic development and growth.   

Originally, Erie Arts & Culture awarded three fellowships annually – two to emerging artists and one to an established artist. In 2020, the agency’s Grantmaking Committee reviewed the program’s eligibility requirement through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Upon further reflection, the Erie Arts & Culture Board of Trustees and Grantmaking Committee decided that it was necessary to revise program criteria and guidelines. Starting in 2020, the fellowship program includes three artist categories: Emerging, Mid-Career, and Established.

View all details and the application here

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Creative Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

Erie Arts and Culture is partnering with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to help creative entrepreneurs and their businesses. The Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (CEAP) matches eligible creative entrepreneurs with free local small business consulting services and financial resources up to $2,000.

Fifty-one percent of the funds available for distribution in this program will be reserved for Black, indigenous, or persons of color (BIPOC), or individuals residing in communities identified by the Small Business Administration’s low-income communities map

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Funding decisions will be made on a quarterly basis

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Become a Rostered Teaching Artist

Annual Deadline: May 31

Rostered teaching artists are eligible to participate in Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) funded Arts in Education residencies. Teaching artists champion the arts as a tool for both personal and community development by leading quality arts-based programs in schools and community settings.

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 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

Annual Deadline: April

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) provides grants to support folk and traditional arts apprenticeships as a means of preserving and promoting the diverse cultures found throughout the Commonwealth. Each grant award provides funding to form a partnership between a master traditional artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling the two to work together to share and develop advanced techniques or repertoire.

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Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

Creative and cultural professionals, which includes artists of all disciplines, who have experienced a disruption to their income stream can request up to $500 in assistance. Awarded funds can be used to assist with basic living expenses, such as housing, utilities, or groceries.

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Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Fund

Deadline: See the link below

As part of the Northwest Pennsylvania Arts Recovery Grant Program, Erie Arts & Culture offers a new funding opportunity to artists living and working in Erie, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, and Lawrence Counties. This program is made possible through a subgranting award that EAC received from the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan. The grants are intended to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are intended to help support artists and the broader arts and culture sector in its response to and recovery from the pandemic.

EAC’s awards will impact a broad constituency, and we encourage applications from artists of all disciplines. Through this project, EAC provides support to regional artists as they mitigate the impact of the pandemic while also encouraging the expansion of community access to the arts by (a) demystifying artistic practice and increasing the accessibility of arts programs to communities—especially communities that may have been underserved in the past by federal arts funding; and (b) supporting a wide range of arts activities developed in a variety of local settings.

EAC's Northwestern PA Arts Recovery Grant Program will provide artistic fees and stipends to artists for the production of artistic workshops or presentations that are free and accessible to community stakeholders.

Individual Artists

Arts Organizations

 Current External Opportunities
updated weekly

Erie Arts & Culture is committed to promoting opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and cultural organizations.  Our guiding policy is to only post opportunities that pay. The opportunities below are updated on a weekly basis.  If you'd like your opportunity listed or have any questions, please contact [email protected].

November Deadlines

Fellowship for Americans in the Nordic Countries

Call Type: Residency - Nordic Region

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Open to: Graduate students (preferably conducting dissertation research) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative-arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden)

Details: The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000. AFS’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden) and Scandinavians in the US engaged in study, research, or creative arts projects.

Review Opportunity 


Catapult Research Grant - Catapult Film Fund 

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: November 14, 2022

Open to: Nonfiction Filmmakers 

Details:  The Catapult Research Grant is the newest expansion of Catapult Film Fund’s on-going commitment to develop nonfiction films and filmmakers. With major support from XRM Media, we are excited to announce the continuation of the Catapult Research Grant. Our new program seeks to develop the voices of diverse filmmakers by providing five $10,000 grants plus six months of mentorship and professional development. The grant is open to US-based filmmakers only.

The grant can be used for a variety of needs for developing new nonfiction film ideas including: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to protagonists, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing early footage.

Review Opportunity 


Women’s Studio Workshop

Call Type: Multiple/See Below

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Open to:  Intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, darkroom photography, or ceramics (see individual opportunity)

Details: Women’s Studio Workshop has an artist-centered philosophy and a deep commitment to the individual’s creative process. We support this vision through providing time and space in the form of grants, residencies, and internships where artists can come to work with 24-hour access to our studios - intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, darkroom photography, or ceramics.

All applications (with exception to the Artist’s Book residencies, which must be postmarked by November 15th) must be submitted online by midnight EST of the date listed.

Studio Residency Grant
Studio Residency Grant
Legacy Residency Grant
Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Residency Grant
Artist’s Book Residency Grant
Studio Internship
Nonprofit Management Internship
Summer Internship

Review Opportunity 


Blackrock City Honoraria Program - Burning Man Arts 

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: November 17, 2022

Open to: Installation Artists

Details:  Every year Burning Man Arts issues a small number of grants for the purpose of partially funding artworks for installation on the open playa at the Burning Man event in Black Rock City. We look for work that stands on its own as a physical, sculptural installation, independent of performances or activities.

It’s important to know that making artwork for Burning Man is very challenging, due to the difficulties inherent in creating anything in a harsh wilderness setting with unpredictable weather, high winds, and lots of playa dust. You’re definitely going to want to know what you’re getting into (and for this reason, we recommend that you attend Burning Man once before applying for funding). 

Review Opportunity 


Black Rock City Temple Grant - Burning Man Arts

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: November 17, 2022

Open to: Installation Artists

Details:  Building the Temple is not simply about building a large art project at Burning Man. It’s about community. It’s about finding that place inside us where we can take the time to be introspective, to grieve and to honor those who have been lost to us. It’s a safe space where Burners are invited to find and feel love, joy, sadness, anger, fear and any emotion that rises to the surface. The Temple is a place where we all allow each other to do what we need to do and to truly be ourselves.

Before applying, please make sure you’ve read about the Black Rock City Temple Grant and check out the proposal instructions and FAQ below. It’s mandatory that you submit your proposal through our online process; we will not accept applications via email or mail. 

Review Opportunity 


Amplify Creative Grants 

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Open to: Podcasts and other creative media projects 

Details:  Over the next few months, we’re aiming to make grants to podcasts and other creative media projects that spread ideas to help humanity navigate this century.

We’re interested in applications that look to cover topics related to (i) reducing existential risk, (ii) helping fix pressing global problems, and (iii) putting humanity on a positive long-term trajectory. More details on all three below.

We want to amplify ideas associated with effective altruism and longtermism, but you don’t need to be actively engaged with effective altruism to apply.

We’re excited to support projects (new and existing) in English and other languages — sharing important ideas with new, global, audiences.

$500 - $10,000

Review Opportunity 

 

December Deadlines

VIA Art Incubator Grant

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Open to: Small visual arts organizations

Details: The VIA | Wagner Foundation Incubator Grant Fund provides two-year general operating support (that may also be directed towards a specific initiative) for small visual arts organizations across the United States. Each year, five organizations will receive a grant of $40,000, which will be disbursed in equal installments of $20,000 per year over the two years. Organizations with an annual operating budget of up to $2.2 million are eligible to apply for a grant. 

Review Opportunity 


Unity for Humanity

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: December 9, 2022

Open to: Real-time 3D creators 

Details:  Unity for Humanity seeks to empower real-time 3D creators to make the world a better place by helping bring their visions to life and amplifying their impact.

Through the program, creators will be awarded funding, mentorship, and technical support. In 2023, a total of $500,000 will be awarded. 

Review Opportunity 


Emerging Artist Grant - Fiber Art Now

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2022

Open to: Artists who have completed a degree program within the last two years or who have started working in fibers within the last five years.

Details:  Projects must be completed within one calendar year from the date they are awarded. Grants will be awarded within 30 days of their submission deadline. Images and periodic updates of project progress and a final report must be submitted for Fiber Art Now to share with the community. 

Award: $300

Review Opportunity 

January Deadlines

Art Omi: Dance

Call Type: Residency, Hudson Valley, NY

Deadline: January 2, 2023

Open to: Professional dancers and choreographers of all styles who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world,

Details: Art Omi: Dance brings together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Residents experience each other’s creative process and the freedom to play in this collaborative residency program.

The emphasis of the Art Omi: Dance residency is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration. This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making.

Review Opportunity 


Art Omi: Music 

Call Type: Residency, Hudson Valley, NY

Deadline: January 2, 2023

Open to: Composers and sound-makers working in all genres and from all backgrounds from all over the world.

Details: Art Omi: Music invites ten to twelve musicians and composers from around the globe to come together for two and a half weeks each summer for a uniquely collaborative music making residency.

Art Omi: Music encourages its participants to share ideas, perform each other’s works, and write music for one another, while exploring their own musical vision and broadening their artistic and cultural horizons.

Review Opportunity 


Film Production Grant - CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: January 5, 2023

Open to: API women or non-binary directors and writers

Details: CAPE has joined forces with Janet Yang Productions to provide short film production grants of $25,000 each to four API women or non-binary filmmakers, funded for Year 2. This call is for narrative live-action or animated short file scripts featuring an API woman or non-binary protagonist. 

The four awardees in the Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge will be offered unparalleled networking opportunities with Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning Hollywood producer Janet Yang and the CAPE network, along with the chance to submit films to potential buyers and platforms with access to industry professionals including agents, managers, producers and studio executives.

Fee: $25

Review Opportunity  


Hambridge Summer Residency

Call Type: Residency, Rabun Gap, GA

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Open to: Creative professionals of all backgrounds  

Details:  The oldest residency program in the Southeast, Hambidge provides a self-directed program that honors the creative process and trusts individuals to know what they need to cultivate their talent, whether it’s to work and produce, to think, to experiment or to rejuvenate. Residents’ time is their own; there are no workshops, critiques, nor required activities. Each resident is given their own private studio which provides work and living space with a bathroom and full kitchen. The studios are designed to protect the time, space and solitude that allows residents to focus on their work.

Review Opportunity  

February Deadlines

Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award 

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Open to: Artists working in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline and not currently enrolled as a student. 

Details:  The Virginia A. Groot Foundation established the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her work. 

The freedom of sculptural storytelling should not be limited by expenses, and that’s why the foundation aims to financially support artist expenses to live, travel, and create. Our grant winners’ work is honored to those who express features redolent to genuine passion, an unrelenting energy to the craft, dynamism of disciplinary delivery, and transcendence of form.

Three grants (First Place: $60,000, Second Place: $30,000, Third Place: $20,000)).

Fee: $7.

Review Opportunity


The Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: February 24, 2023

Open to: Artists and writers with at least one child under the age of 18 and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. 

Details:  The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children. We make annual unrestricted cash awards to individuals; at least half of these awards are made to applicants of color. We also support artist residencies in their efforts to make their programs more family-friendly. $5000 award.

Fee: $20 

Review Opportunity

 

March Deadlines

KHN Residency

Call Type: Residency, Nebraska City, NE 

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Open to: Working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

Details:  The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio. 

Application Fee: $35

Review Opportunity


Millay Arts Residency

Call Type: Residency, Hudson Valley, NY

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Open to: Multidisciplinary artists.

Details:  This gift of time and space allows our Artists-in-Residence to dive deep into their creative process and projects; works made possible in part by this gift enriches lives and communities globally. As an Artist-in-Residence, participation as an instrumental member of an intimate cohort -- designed to be both supportive and inspirational -- forges lifelong friendships as well as professional relationships and future collaborations. 

Fees: $40 application fee, $150 non-refundable deposit 

Review Opportunity


Keyholder Residency Program - Lower East Side Printshop 5

Call Type: Residency, NYC

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Open to: Emerging Contemporary Artists in all Disciplines

Details: The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long, starting on April 1st and October 1st each year, and they take place in the shared Artists’ Studio, including the solvent/etching area and the darkroom. Keyholders work independently, in a productive atmosphere alongside other contemporary artists.  

Review Opportunity

 

April Deadlines
May Deadlines
Rolling Deadlines

Annuity Freedom - Marketing Grant for Artists

Driving organic traffic from Google and Bing can be a meaningful way to grow sales for free. Given the economic pain being felt by so many artists due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to help you by providing a free SEO analysis and recommendations.

There is currently no cap on the number of possible marketing grant recipients per month.

Annuity Freedom - Micro-grant for Artists

(1) $100 monthly grant. Grant winner will be selected on the last date of each month, beginning February 28, 2021.

Review Opportunities 



Call for Work: Buffalo Arts Studio

Deadline: Rolling

Buffalo Arts Studio is looking for artist submissions for their 2022/2023 exhibition calendar. The series will reflect the belief that artists and curators can effect change through purposeful collaborations that balance community need with artistic insight. This series of exhibitions will be curated with the intent to not only display powerful visual statements, but to also spur dialogue between varied audiences and to open doors to social, economic, and environmental justice.

Buffalo Arts Studio is providing a $1000 honorarium to solo exhibiting artists for the 2022-2023 exhibition calendar to support their curatorial goal of economic and representational justice. Artists are encouraged to pursue ambitious, site specific installations that utilize the available assets of the space. 

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Shirley Verrico, Buffalo Arts Stufio Curator, at: [email protected]


Awesome Foundation Grants

Deadline: International Deadline: Recurring Monthly 

Description: Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Review Opportunity 

Local chapter: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/erie 


Public Art Archive

Call Type: Public Art

Deadline: Rolling

Open to: Established public artists

Number of Applications Allowed: 20

Details: This is a call for the inclusion of public art collections in the Public Art Archive, an online database of public art. To be considered for inclusion, you must be a professional artist who has completed and installed public artwork, or an administrator of an established public art program. There is no charge to submit entries to the Public Art Archive. Public art is defined here as art that is situated in a location that is accessible or viewable by the general public and was, in most cases, commissioned by a public art entity, typically using percent-for-art or public funding. Gallery art and art exhibited inside galleries and museums is not eligible. Works of art that were commissioned and/or gifted by corporations, museums, educational institutions, private parties, and other entities may also be eligible. Permanently cited, temporary, new media, performative, rotating, and portable works may be eligible if they meet the commonly known definition of public art or civic art.

Review Opportunity 


Artist in Residence

Call Type: Residencies - California

Deadline: Rolling

Open to: Artists of any discipline

Details: 6th Street Studios and Art Center is excited to announce our new Artist-in-Residence Program. Residency provides exposure to new audiences and a newly built, private workspace. An exhibition space is also provided, where dialogue between the artist and community is inevitable. A rare opportunity to propel the resident’s work forward!

Fee: $25.00 (6th Street Studios & Art Center)

Review Opportunity  


 


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Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Call Type: Grant

Deadline: Open, throughout the year

Open to: Visual artists who are painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers

Details: The Foundation provides financial resources for visual artists to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare for exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will review expenditures relating to an artist's professional work and personal expenses and amounts range up to $30,000. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces. 

 Review Opportunity 


Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund

Call Type: Grant

Open to:  Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators with active projects across all of Kickstarter’s categories: Arts, Comics & Illustration, Design & Tech, Film, Food & Craft, Games, Music, and Publishing.

Details:  Kickstarter, Creative Capital, and Skoll Foundation have partnered to launch a $500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund. The mission of this Creative Capital x Skoll Creator Fund is to increase the number of funded Kickstarter projects launched by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators through removing early financial hurdles. These funds will help bring more of their creative projects to life in the world, creating a more diverse and equitable artistic ecosystem overall.

Review Opportunity 


The Black & Brown Podcast Collective Grants

Call Type: Grant

Open to: Emerging podcasters and content creators of color. Must be a member to apply. FREE to join.

Details:  The Black & Brown Podcast Collective provides micro grants to further support the growth of podcasts and content.

Review Opportunity 


Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency Grants

Call Type: Grant

Open to: Writers seeking financial support due to the COVID-19 theatrical shutdown

Details: The Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness.

Review Opportunity


Dramatist Guild Foundation Housing Assistance Grant

Call Type: Grant

Open to: Professional dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists). If you hold a minimum of $15,000 in your combined bank accounts, we kindly ask that you refrain from applying at this time. 

Description: This is a one-time award that assists with housing expenses accrued as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. DGF is committed to preventing eviction and displacement among theater writers and to help dramatists rebuild their lives during the pandemic recovery period.

Review Opportunity 


Production Jobs in Film, TV, Digital, Media and Entertainment

Details: For those who work in filmmaking and television. Please filter by city to see opportunities near you.

Review Opportunity


 

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Professional Development

Creative Capital - Review professional development workshops HERE

College Art Association - Review professional development for student and emerging artists and national professional development workshops HERE

Fractured Atlas - Review information on funding, healthcare, education, and more HERE

Calls to Artists

Americans for the Arts - Review national public art opportunities HERE

Alliance of Artists Communities - Review national and international artist residencies HERE

CaFÉ (Call for Entry) - Register, upload your portfolio, and review open calls HERE

Art Deadline - Review opportunities ranging from competitions, grants, public art, and exhibitions HERE

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - Review national and international open calls HERE

ResArtis - Review national and international artist residencies  HERE

Burnaway - Review national and international opportunities HERE

Grant Funding 

Candid - Foundation Directory - Review online directory of funders and opportunities HERE

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