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).
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.
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.
For your convenience, we also record and post past webinars. View our catalog of past webinars using the link below.
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.
If you have any questions please contact our Director of Programs and Community Relationships, Chanel Cook at email@example.com.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Questions can be directed to: email@example.com
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.
Questions can be directed to: Gloria D Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Questions can be directed to: Hilary Zelson, email@example.com
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.
Questions can be directed to: info@artfair14C.com
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.
Questions can be directed to: Contact@KaiserGallery.com
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.
Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Questions can be directed to: Rachel Rearick, Arts Consultant for the Parks Foundation, email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
Questions can be directed to: Andrew Salinas, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Questions can be directed to: Nancy Fischman, email@example.com
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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: email@example.com
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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