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).
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!
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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.
Update (June 28, 2021):
The deadline to apply is now extended to July 30 at 11:30 PM.
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.
Applications must be submitted online by 11:30 pm July 30, 2021. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
Annual Deadline: October
Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grants provide funding throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to support efforts to provide all Pennsylvanians with access to artistic programming and/or arts services. PPA Project Stream Grants provide up to $2,500 in funding to eligible projects. For a project to be eligible it must be an arts activity or event conducted for the benefit of the public. Individual artists can apply for PPA Project Stream Grants, but we do recommend working with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2021
The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives annual awards of $1500 to individual artists living and working in the United States, and who are engaged in or planning a new craft or visual art project.
WHO: U.S. artists
FIELD: Craft and visual arts
AMOUNT: $1500 each to six artists
FINE PRINT: The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art or music submissions (except as those media are integrated into a larger craft or visual art project). Applications must include Artist Statement, CV, Project Description, Images, and Image List.
Deadline: July 23, 2021
The BIPOC Artist Micro-Grant program, created by the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy and funded by the Mac Miller Fund, will award 75 micro-grants of $1,000 to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists to assist them in their work. To be eligible for a micro-grant, applicants must be a member of the arts community in southwestern Pennsylvania. Grants will be issued as practice-based support, not for specific projects so that recipients have the freedom to use the awards on whatever they choose. The program is open to artists who live in the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Lawrence, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland.
Deadline: July 23, 2021
For over a decade, Handmade Arcade has organized an ever-growing Holiday Market for makers to greet their customers and sell their handmade products. This year, Handmade Arcade is a two-part event that includes THREE virtual marketplace days and TWO in-person marketplace days at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center located in downtown Pittsburgh. ORIGINS and PG&H are both initiatives of the Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and are proud sponsors of the 2021 Handmade Arcade. The CBA is offering sponsored participation in the 2021 Handmade Arcade Market for emerging makers. Priority is given to emerging makers who have not previously been sponsored to participate in the Handmade Arcade, have an existing booth or table set-up for market vending, and have existing e-commerce capabilities or will have by the time of Handmade Arcade.
If you have any questions please reach out to Katie Johnson at KJohnson@bridgewaycapital.org.
Deadline: July 26, 2021
The VACE Coalition Fellowship is a paid arts leadership training program. Over a period of four months, six VACE Coalition Fellows will engage each of the eight VACE Coalition partner organizations through a series of virtual meetings, in-person events, and independent work. VACE Coalition Fellows will explore the ins and outs of small Pittsburgh arts business models, non-profit governance, financial structures, programming, administration, and core values. Fellows will also delve into each VACE member organization’s philosophy on leadership and growth, strategic planning, and personal development.
UPMC is building the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy (VRT)in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Designed by the architecture firm HOK, the building will open to the public in 2023.
The VRT is a specialty outpatient facility conducting cutting-edge research and providing expert care for vision and physical rehabilitation patients. The ten-story building is designed for the many patients in the Pittsburgh region and beyond who need physical rehabilitation and those who have diseases of the eye or vision impairment. The space is carefully planned to welcome all patients and visitors with the thoughtful placement of physical cues that will help navigate from the point of entry throughout the entirety of the hospital.
Opportunities and Artwork Budgets
The artist selection process for the VRT commission opportunities includes two phases.
This opportunity is open to professional visual artists based in the United States of America. Artists who have disabilities, including visual disabilities and visual impairments, are encouraged to apply. Artists who have experience working with or creating art for settings serving people who have disabilities, including visual disabilities and visual impairments, are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: August 1, 2021
The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. It's critical that new artists also hone their business skills in order to effectively manage their small businesses in today's global market. To support this effort, each summer Halstead awards a grant to a new jewelry designer working primarily in silver. The grant consists of $7,500 in start-up capital and $1,000 in merchandise as well as recognition in the industry. The Halstead Grant started in 2006 and has helped many talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field.
U.S. National Deadline: September 30, 2021 – In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts launched the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.
FCA is focusing its efforts on addressing the extraordinary need in the arts community as a result of COVID-19 and will not be accepting project-based applications until that need has abated. If you are an artist who has suffered financial losses as the result of a project cancellation or postponement due to COVID-19 you can apply for relief through our FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund. If you were hoping to apply for project-based funds, we recommend checking back in August.
Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States or U.S. territories, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.
Deadline: October 15, 2021
The YoungArts award competition is open to artists (1) between the ages of 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 (as of December 1, 2021) (2) that are United States citizens, permanent residents or legally able to receive taxable income in the U.S. and (3) that demonstrate excellence in Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice or Writing.
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.
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(1) $100 monthly grant. Grant winner will be selected on the last date of each month, beginning February 28, 2021.
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.
Questions can be directed to: Shirley Verrico, Buffalo Arts Stufio Curator, at: email@example.com
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: https://artdeadline.com/ops/awesome/
Local chapter: https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/erie
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:
There will be twelve (12) Grant winners each of the twelve (12) Grant winners will receive:
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.
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.
Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Description: For those who work in filmmaking and television. Please filter by city to see opportunities near you.
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