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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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Want to know more about budgeting and financial planning? Uncertain of what your intellectual property rights are as an artist? Trying to determine the best ways to market yourself? Exploring virtual performative and teaching opportunities? Interested in the methodology of creative placemaking and community engagement? We can help! 

Upcoming PRO Network Webinars

For your convenience, we also record and post past webinars. View our catalog of past webinars using the link below.

Recorded Past Webinars

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

2022 deadline: TBD

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.

Application Guidelines



Creative Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

Deadline: Rolling

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, in April 2022, July 2022, October 2022, and January 2023.

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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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 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

January Deadlines
February Deadlines

Nicole and Harry Martin Spring Show 2022 - Erie Art Museum 

Call Type: Exhibition

Open to: All artists living, working, or studying within 250 miles of the City of Erie, PA

Deadline: February 22, 2022

Fee: Each artist may submit up to three works. Museum members pay $20 for the first submission and $10 for any additional entries; non-members pay $30 for the first submission and $20 for any additional entries. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Description: The Erie Art Museum, in partnership with the Edinboro University Art Department, is excited to announce Jessica Hong as the Spring Show 2022 juror. Hong is the new Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). where  she is responsible for broadening art historical narratives and shaping a dynamic collection and exhibition program.  

Review Opportunity 

Graham Foundations Production and Presentation Grants for Organizations

Call Type: Grant

Open To: Journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.

Deadline: February 25, 2022

Description: These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs. Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.

Production and Presentation Grants to organizations do not exceed $30,000 and are likely to be much less. 

Review Opportunity 

Fiber Art Now - Emerging Artist Grant

Open To: This grant is available to artists who have completed a degree program within the last two years or who have started working in fibers within the last five. Must be a member of the Fiber Art Network to apply.

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Description: These grants help to fund emerging artists, yarn bombing, special projects, cultural commentary/social change, teacher projects, operating expenses, and public installations. Artists who are addressing challenging issues within underserved communities and diverse cultures are encouraged to apply. Award $300

Review Opportunity  

March Deadlines

Fiber Art Now -Yarn Bombing Grant

Open To: All artists working with yarn will be considered. Must be a member of the Fiber Art Network to apply.

Start date: February 1, 2022

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Description: These grants help to fund emerging artists, yarn bombing, special projects, cultural commentary/social change, teacher projects, operating expenses, and public installations. Artists who are addressing challenging issues within underserved communities and diverse cultures are encouraged to apply. Award $200

Review Opportunity 

April Deadlines

 Harpo Foundation - Visual Artists Grant

Open To: Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older. 

Deadline: April 29, 2022

Fee: $15 Application fee

Description: Applications are evaluated based on the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the ability to promote the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. Award up to $10,000.

Review Opportunity 

Rolling Deadlines

Public Art Archive

Deadline: Rolling

Description: Eligibility Public artworks and public art collections completed and installed within the last 100 years in the 50 United States and Canada may apply. These include: -- Works by artists who have completed and installed publicly funded civic and public art projects. 

Timeline:  This project has no deadline, and the PAA™ team will make ongoing determinations regarding when accepted submissions to this call will be imported into the Archive™ database.

Review Opportunity

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 2021/2022 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 2021-2022 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:

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: International Link:

Local chapter: 

Sony Alpha Female Grants

 Sony Alpha Female provides a platform for photographers and videographers to share their stories and inspire the world with their creativity, passion, and drive. We aim to make the world a more equal, more representative, and more open place. 

The ideal candidate meets the following foundational criteria:

  1. Passionate photographer or videographer, looking to amplify their creative voice.
  2. They have a specific project in mind that represents the perspective of women and/or minorities, and a plan for completing it within the grant parameters.
  3. They are willing and able to complete all the steps in the application process.
  4. They are excited to document their process and having their completed project featured on

There will be twelve (12) Grant winners each of the twelve (12) Grant winners will receive:

  • Grant winner shall participate in the Sony Electronics’ Alpha Female Plus 2021 Grant Program for the Participation Period;
  • $5,000 to use for the Grant winner’s Project (payable in U.S. Dollars by check):
  • Sony Electronics Inc. digital imaging products valued at $3,000 (based on estimated retail value) (“Sony Products”);
  • One (1) year Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription (ARV $636.00)
  • ARV of each Grant for each Monthly Period winner is: $8,636 USD. 

Review Opportunity 

Public Art Archive

Entry Deadline: Rolling

Call Type: Public Art

Eligibility: National

State: Unspecified

Number of Applications Allowed: 20

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 

UF ASB 619 Institute of Black Culture (IBC)

Entry Deadline: Rolling

Event Dates: 9/30/20 - 9/30/21

Call Type: Public Art

Eligibility: International

State: Florida

The Art in State Buildings Program at the University of Florida seeks to commission an interior, site specific, work of art for the Institute of Black Culture (IBC), a cultural center and hub for student engagement at the University of Florida. The IBC serves as an ongoing resource for students, Black affinity groups and all members of the UF campus community through its educational, cultural, community building, academic and social programming and events offered throughout the school year.  The IBC's founding legacy is grounded in advocacy and inclusion.

The sites for art are the 1st and 2nd story curved “Beacon” walls and curved window wall.  All appropriate media, installed for the budget, will be considered.  Artists applying for this project should explain their affiliation with the cultures of the IBC in their statement of intent in order to be fully considered.

The art budget is $20,000

Review Opportunity 

 Artists Who Teach 2021

Deadline: Rolling

Event Dates: 10/22/21 - 12/11/21

Call Type: Exhibitions

Eligibility: National

State: North Carolina

Fee: $35.00 (Entry Fee)


Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery (EWCG) and the Arts Council Fayetteville/Cumberland County invite current and former Visual Art Education Professionals to submit entries for this national juried exhibition to showcase the arts as an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. That students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating Arts in Education with this national exhibition and virtual events is a way to recognize the impact of visual arts and share the message “that the Arts matter.”

Review Opportunity  

Artist in Residence

Deadline: Rolling

Call Type: Residencies

Eligibility: National

State: California

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

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!

Review Opportunity  

Go BIG or Go Home

Deadline: Rolling

Call Type: Exhibitions

Eligibility: International

State: California

Fee: $15.00 (JCO'S Art Haus)

A BIG opportunity is knocking. Will you answer?

Our collectors are calling for BIG change: They are looking for bigger work than ever before, so we’re rising to the challenge. We’re going big, and they’re taking it home.

This Fall, JCO’S Art Haus is calling for room-defining art: works must be four feet long or wide, minimum. Let’s make a statement, shall we? 

Our gallery has been established on the West Coast for over 9 years, and our following is dedicated. Our marketing is innovative. Our professional team of preparators, marketers, and salesfolks is tight-knit, charismatic, and just-the-right-kind-of-pushy. 

Let's collaborate and sell some art!

Review Opportunity  

No Deadlines

Art Business Accelerator Grant

The application cycle opens on March 1, 2021.

Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers. The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork.

Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator grants resources to invest in your art business as well as six weeks of career-building modules that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge and more.

Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice.

Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance.

Grant Amount: 20 unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 each, a lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000), and educational resources/expert guidance.

All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development.

Review Opportunity

The Magazine of Contemporary Art - Call to Artists 

The Magazine of Contemporary Art is an online publication that showcases visual arts internationally. They are currently accepting submissions of any medium to be displayed in their rotating exhibitions. The MoCA will not charge commissions on sales made during the exhibition. There are a variety of submission options available, but the Michelangelo package is a free application.

The Magazine of Contemporary Art hopes to provide artists with an opportunity to show their work safely despite the added strain that COVID-19 has generated on the art community.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: 

Dramatists Guild Foundation - Emergency Grants

Description: 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

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

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

Review Opportunity


Dramatist Guild Foundation Housing Assistance Grant

Deadline: Open

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 


Additional Helpful Resources:

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Social Networks

DeviantART - Review the world's largest online art community HERE

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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