PRO Network

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). 

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.

Tell us your needs and sign up for event notifications here

 

Expand Your Knowledge

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! 

Erie Arts & Culture works with both local and national presenters to develop workshops and webinars designed to build your capacity as a creative and cultural professional. Review upcoming webinars using the Eventbrite link below. 

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

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Erie Arts & Culture Opportunities

For individual artists
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Artist Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 21, 2020

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.

Artist Fellows will be announced in the fall.  Please see the Artist Fellowship Guidelines & FAQs for additional information.

2020 Online Application

2020 Guidelines

2020 FAQs

If you have any questions please contact our Director of Programs and Community Relationships, Chanel Cook at chanel@erieartsandculture.org.

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Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts (PPA) Project Stream Grants

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. 

Additional Details

Online Application

 

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Become a Rostered Teaching Artist

Annual Deadline: March

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 info@erieartsandculture.org.

  


November Deadlines

  

Open Call for Eco-Urgency Exhibition

Deadline: 11/30/20

Wave Hill in collaboration with Lehman College is accepting applications for the Eco-Urgency: Artists Make the Case exhibition, which will run from July through November of 2021. Welcome submissions come from artists focused on critical issues affecting ecosystems and biodiversity.

The guidelines and application are available here.

Questions can be directed to: visualarts@wavehill.org

 


December Deadlines

 

Call for Indoor Wall Mural Proposals 

Deadline: 12/01/20

The Salem Street Branch of the YWCA in Worcester, MA is looking for artists to submit their proposals for the 9 foot by 30 foot boardroom wall. Artists from the New England and New York area are eligible to apply, and women and people of color are especially encouraged. 

The artwork is to be a tribute to the work of outgoing executive director, Linda Cavioli. She made racial justice and gender equality a priority for the YWCA, and this mural should reflect the essence of that work. 

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Gloria D Hall, ywcacavmural@gmail.com

Public Art for New Cambridge School Complex 

Deadline: 12/04/20

The City of Cambridge is inviting artists to submit their qualifications for the creation of a site-responsive outdoor public artwork the city’s new Tobin Montessori and Vassal Lane Upper Schools complex. This project will function as a reconstruction of this educational and community hub. 

Only qualifications are needed at this time, but preliminary thoughts on the guiding theme of the project includes climate change and sustainability, trees, water, early childhood, community wellness, and natural materials that relate to the site's former role in the brickmaking industry. 

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Hilary Zelson, hzelson@cambridgema.gov

Jersey City Residency for an Artist with a Disability 

Deadline: 12/07/20

Art Fair 14C is pleased to offer a 6-month residency at Art 150 in downtown Jersey City to an artist with a disability. Art Fair 14C recognizes that disabilities can come in many forms and are not always physical and not always visible. They can include people with mental illness, chronic diseases, chronic pain, autism and learning disabilities.

The residency will run from January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. The chosen artist will have access to a 400 square ft artist’s studio at Art 150 in Jersey City, NJ. The artist will receive a stipend of up to $1000 for art supplies and will be given the opportunity to exhibit their work at Art 150 and at Art Fair 14C, which will have its 3rd edition April 9-11, 2021.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: info@artfair14C.com

Coveted: Kaiser Gallery Call for Submissions 

Deadline: 12/11/20

Kaiser Gallery is putting together Coveted, an exhibition dedicated to relationships, love, and desires not readily represented in mainstream culture. The goal is to seek out female, non-binary, and other marginalized artists for the exhibition. They should be willing to share their perspectives, especially those involving relationships.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Contact@KaiserGallery.com

Amant Residency: Call for Applications 

Deadline: 12/18/20

Emerging artists or those with some professional standing in the field are welcome to apply, and Amant is open to a variety of disciplines. The residency period is 3 months. Amant promises to facilitate the full experience of living and working in New York by fostering connections to major institutions and figures in the city's professional art scene. 

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: contact@amant.org

Allegheny County Parks Foundation RFQ

Deadline: 12/21/20

The Allegheny Parks Foundation in partnership with Allegheny County is soliciting proposals from individual artists or an artist team to install sculptural work outside at Hartwood Acres, one of the nine county parks. The artist or artist team will work in collaboration with the Allegheny County Parks Foundation to coordinate the design, fabrication and installation of the new artwork. The budget for this project is $100,000.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Rachel Rearick, Arts Consultant for the Parks Foundation, kuratedpgh@gmail.com

Society for the Performing Arts: Houston Artist Commissioning Project 

Deadline: 12/31/20

Description: Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) announces a new commissioning project for Houston artists, the SPA Houston Artist Commissioning Project (HACP). SPA’s goal is to promote and sustain Houston’s working artists and artist communities by supporting the creation of new works across all performing arts disciplines. In this pilot year, the project will progress through two phases: an initial period of virtual commissions, followed by larger-scale live performance commissions presented onstage at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.

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The mARTian Project Public Art Call for Sculptors

Deadline: 12/31/20

Description: To commemorate the War of the Worlds radio broadcast with a permanent, outdoor, township-wide, family-friendly, series of public sculpture installations, collectively called The mARTian Project.  Multiple sculptures will be installed in various highly trafficked locations.

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Exhibition Opportunity at New Public Sculpture Park

Deadline: 12/31/20

Description: Price Sculpture Forest is currently under construction and is proactively reaching out to sculptors who would like to publicly exhibit your outdoor work for sale or otherwise for public exhibition at this new upcoming sculpture park.

Review Opportunity

 


January Deadlines

 

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission Call for Public Art Proposals

Deadline: 01/04/21

The ACAC invites professional artists to submit a proposal and images of a public art concept for the Oconee Rivers Greenway trail construction project in Athens, Georgia. The selected artist or team of artists will work with the ACAC and government staff to create public art that enhances the project and complements the selected site.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Andrew Salinas, info@athensculturalaffairs.org

 


February Deadlines

 

Founders Park Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Call for Proposals

Deadline: 02/28/21

Johnson City Public Art's leased sculpture program seeks to enhance downtown Johnson City through the incorporation of public art. These sculptures are placed on a two-year rotation; the next round of sculpture will be installed in May 2021.

The location of the exhibition is primarily in Founders Park as part of the larger greenway vision for the city. The greenway includes areas of pollinator plants and sites for public art, in addition to functional items such as benches, planters, educational kiosks, an outdoor events facility used by various vendors like the local farmers market, and bike racks. The greenway plan is visualized as both symbolic and practical: feeding culture and commerce between the community and university, as well as physically nurturing the environment by providing a habitat that is beneficial to all.

Review Opportunity

Questions can be directed to: Nancy Fischman, nancyfischman@gmail.com

 


March Deadlines

 

The Bergman Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry

Deadline: 03/01/21

The Bergman Prize awards $10,000 and publication to the author of a first or second collection of poetry. In the prize’s inaugural year, the winning manuscript will be selected by poet Louise Glück and published by Changes.

The prizewinner receives a generous publishing contract, national distribution through PGW, extensive advertising & publicity, 100 free copies of their book, as well as a two-week summer residency at Castello San Basilio (Southern Italy) in 2021 and a fall book launch at McNally Jackson in New York City.

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

 


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: shirley@buffaloartsstudio.org

 



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: https://artdeadline.com/ops/awesome/

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

 



TILA Studios COVID-19 Fund

Deadline: Rolling- First of each month

Description: In an effort to sustain black women’s contributions in the art industry during the COVID -19, TILA Studios is launching a recurring monthly fund beginning at $1,000 to support black women artists nationwide

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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: info@themagazineofcontemporaryart.com 

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.

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Additional Helpful Resources:

Seven Steps to Scale your Career Blog Series

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

 

Planning

Business Plan Summary, by Creative Capital - This document was designed to provide you with an understanding of what information you should include when you're writing a basic business plan. 


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Trello - a free web interface used to manage time and tasks whether your work independently or collaborate as a group.

Evernote - a free app used to collect, develop, and share notes, images, and audio across desktop and mobile platforms.

Mint - a free personal financial management tool. 

Recommended Reading

How to be an Artist, by Jerry Saltz

ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career, by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber

The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts, by Artspire (New York Foundation for the Arts)

I'd Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion, by Alyson Stanfield

Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses, by Amy Whitaker

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by Austin Kleon

Legal Guide for the Visual Artist, by Tad Crawford

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

1,000 True Fans, by Kevin Kelly

Artists' Rights: A Guide to Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Legal Issues in the Visual Art Sphere, by Molly Torsen Stech

Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction, by Jack Hart

Field Notes From Creative Exchange: Stores of Artists with Impact From Communities Across America, by Springboard for the Arts

Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio, by Jessica Abel

A Beautiful Constraint, How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's Everyone's Business, by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden