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.
Description: CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide.
The organization launched the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the program, one-time grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to meet the urgent food, housing, and/or health needs of craft artists. The program is focused on artists facing the most severe financial pressure, and priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community, including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
To be eligible, artists must create work using historically recognized craft materials such as clay, glass, textiles, wood, metal; as well as those whose work expands on these historical definitions through the incorporation of non-traditional materials, new technologies and experimental approaches. To be eligible, artists must have resided and worked in the U.S. or a U.S. territory for the last two years.
Description: Penn State Health is seeking applications from qualified artists, to be considered for commissions of artwork and artwork purchase, installing in June 2021, at the Hampden Medical Center in Enola, PA, currently under construction.
Description: TEXLANDIA seeks your most compelling & original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, reportage, visual art & hybrid works. We are drawn to work that redefines or defies our expectations of people & place. The subversive, the bold & the shrewd, the mysterious, the quietly devastating, the clear & concise, the formally innovative, & the humorous – sly or otherwise.
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.
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.
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
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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