Opportunities for Artists

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Request for Applications. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply to the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House. These national program is sponsored by The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Deadline: February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Applications are accepted online at www.nahyp.org.

Creative Artists Program in Japan Request for Applications. The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC)offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three months in Japan in 2016 through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their artistry and should have compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required. A grant award in the amount of $20,000 will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living, and professional expenses and up to $2,000 for round-trip transportation will be provided. Visit the JUSFC website for criteria and application forms. Application deadline: February 2, 2015. More information about the program can be found on the website: Creative Artists Program.

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Grants Call for Applications. The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Grants Program provides funding for public programs that promote a better understanding and appreciation of the humanities among the general public in Hawai‘i. Each year the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH) awards grants to individuals as well as nonprofit organizations and public institutions in three grant types: Preservation & Access (up to $5,000); Publication Assistance (up to $2,500); Regular (based on the current HCH Grants Program budget, projects are unlikely to be funded over $10,000). There are two grant deadlines per year. Applications for any of the grant types are welcome at each deadline. Online applications must be submitted by February 13, 2015 or October 30, 2015. For more information please visit the website: Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.

Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship Call for Applications. The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship was established by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund Advisory Committee of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to support Hawai‘i-based visual artists in study that furthers their artistic development and offers them exposure to new ideas, influences and opportunities. The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship covers tuition to this year’s summer programs at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. The scholarship—up to a maximum of $2,250 per individual—is intended to be used for tuition and fees; housing and meals during the program; and travel. A maximum of two (2) scholarships will be awarded for each school in 2015. Eligible scholarship applicants must be legal residents of the State of Hawai‘i, practicing artists or art students (graduate or undergraduate) and be accepted by the school for admission to its visual arts program. Preference will be given to scholarship applicants with financial need. Individuals may apply for only one scholarship per calendar year. Scholarship seekers must apply directly to either Haystack Mountain School of Crafts or Penland School of Crafts. Applications will not be accepted at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. For information about the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship, contact Terry Savage at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation at (808) 566-5508 or tsavage@hcf-hawaii.org.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Contact: Candy Haskell at registrar@haystack-mtn.org
Deadline: February 17, 2015.

Penland School of Crafts
Contact: Amanda Hollifield at amandahollifield@penland.org
Deadline: March 1, 2015

National Endowment for the Arts Funding for Organizations: Art Works. This grant supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Application deadlines: February 19, 2015 & July 23, 2015. Check website for detailed information and guidelines: Art Works.

HSFCA Folk & Traditional Arts Grants Call for Applications. The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts announces the call for applications for Folk & Traditional Arts Grants for fiscal biennium 2016 and 2017. As part of our mission to assist in the perpetuation of folk and cultural traditions in Hawai‘i, the State Foundation offers two types of grants — Apprenticeship Grants and Culture Learning Grants — to support the folk and traditional arts across the respective cultural communities of our islands. Application instructions and forms are available on the HSFCA website: Folk & Traditional Arts Grants. The postmark application deadline is March 2, 2015.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts Preservation Needs and Risk Assessment Call for Applications. The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is seeking applicants for its Preservation Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment programs. The preservation needs assessment process encompasses a general evaluation of preservation needs for an institution’s collections and includes: environment (temperature, humidity, pollution, and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, and disaster preparedness; collection storage, handling, exhibition, and treatment; and preservation planning. CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized assessments for a total of just $350 each. These services are valued at over $5,000. Institutions with paper-based humanities collections that are available to the public on a regularly scheduled basis and that have national or regional significance are encouraged to apply. Click through for detailed information on the Preservation Needs Assessment Program and on the Risk Assessment and Emergency Preparedness Program. Application deadline: March 6, 2015 (postmark).

2015 APP Hawai‘i: Commissioned Works of Art for the Department of Education. The Art in Public Places/Department of Education – Artists in Residence Program of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is soliciting Hawai’i Artists for three commissioned works of art projects in public schools. More information and guidelines are available at 2015 APP Hawai‘iApplication deadline: March 22, 2015. 

TourWest Grants Program Call for Applications. TourWest is a competitive grant program from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances within the 13-state WESTAF region which includes the State of Hawaii. Projects must take place between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. All projects must have one public performance and one outreach activity and grants are awarded to projects with the following components: a) high artistic quality; b) collaboration and block booking; c) presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences; and d) audience development and community participation. TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 and must be matched on a one-to-one basis in cash by the presenting organization. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants. Applicants are encouraged to call the WESTAF office at (303) 629-1166. Full information on the grant guidelines can be found at TourWest Culture GrantsApplication deadline: April 1, 2015, 12:00 a.m. (MST).

National Endowment for the Arts Funding for Organizations: Challenge America. This grant supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Matching grants are for $10,000. Application deadline: April 16, 2015. Check website for detailed information and guidelines: Challenge America.

Air_J: Artist-in-Residence in Japan Call for Artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program in Japan offers a database that provides a comprehensive listing of available opportunities. Deadline: Varies by location. For more information, visit their website: en.air-j.info/.

The Foundation Center Nonprofit Webinar: Proposal Budgeting Basics. The Foundation Center offers an introductory course on creating an effective budget for a grant proposal. This self-paced webinar is geared for the novice grantseeker and covers topics such as: what is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it; what level of detail is needed for non-personnel expenses; how to determine reasonable costs; what types of expenses can be included in the “overhead” category. Ongoing. Visit Grant Space www.grantspace.org for more information and registration.

The Foundation Center Nonprofit Webinar: Grantseeking Basics. The Foundation Center offers an introductory course that provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities. This 45-minute-long recorded webinar covers what you need to have in place before you seek a grant, what you need to know about grantmakers and how nonprofits are supported, and how you identify funding partners. Ongoing. Visit Grant Space www.grantspace.org for more information and registration.

The Foundation Center Nonprofit Webinar: Proposal Budgeting Basics. The Foundation Center offers a free introductory course on creating an effective budget for a grant proposal. This self-paced webinar is geared for the novice grantseeker and covers topics such as: what is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it; what level of detail is needed for non-personnel expenses; how to determine reasonable costs; what types of expenses can be included in the “overhead” category.Ongoing. Visit Grant Space for more information.

Public Art San Antonio: 2014 Call for Artists Qualifications. The City of San Antonio’s Department for Culture & Creative Development’s Public Art division, Public Art San Antonio (PASA) seeks artists for potential inclusion in the Capital Projects Artist Pool (CPAP), a roster of pre-qualified artists to be considered for upcoming opportunities to create new public artwork for various projects in parks, plazas, streetscapes, and facilities throughout the City in conjunction with City-funded capital improvements. Selected artists shall remain active for a two-year period. Artists that were selected as a result of the 2013 Call for Artists need not apply. Artists who previously applied to this call and were not selected are encouraged to reapply. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. This opportunity is open to all practicing, professional artists working in any media and who reside in the United States. Click on the link to view the entire call: www.publicartist.org.

Artist-in-Residence Studio (A.I.R. Studio) in Paducah, Kentucky is accepting applications from visual artists, writers and composers for its 2013-14 program year. The program welcomes self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of traditional and non-traditional media.The duration of the residency is two weeks to three months. Collaborative artists and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent studio work, the development of new ideas and experimentation. A.I.R. Studio also features gallery space for exhibiting work during the residency. Opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists and galleries in the Paducah community are often available.Visiting artists may also conduct workshops, for the public, during their residency. The studio space and living quarters are handicap accessible. The studio area features a large, open workspace and is not media specific. Accommodations may be made upon request for residents requiring access to specific studio equipment. Living quarters include a sleeping area, kitchenette, and bathroom. The space is snug but large enough to accommodate a couple. Applications accepting on an ongoing basis. Please direct inquiries to: Erin Hebert, A.I.R. Studio, 621 Madison St., Paducah, KY 42001; email: airstudiopaducah@gmail.com or check website: airstudiopaducah.blogspot.com.

The Business of the Arts is a Hawai‘i Public Radio program hosted by Judy Neale on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. This weekly one-hour radio program illuminates the business of operating non-profit arts organizations in Hawai‘i as well as examines other nonprofit organizations whose work contributes to or enhances the Hawai‘i arts and cultural community. For program information, check the website: www.hawaiipublicradio.org.