Opportunities for Artists

2015 Mayor’s Production & Operation Grants Request for Proposals. The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts is requesting proposals from culture and arts organizations. The grants will be awarded to 501(c)3 organizations located in the City and County of Honolulu for projects benefiting the people of O‘ahu. Grant support is intended to provide partial funding for a project. Grants are limited and highly competitive. Production Level I grants support creation of new artistic works, Production Level II grants support on-going works or the preservation of cultural heritage through artistic works. Level II applicants must have received MOCA grant awards between FY2009 to present. The Operating Grant is for culture and arts organizations seeking operating support. This grant was created in response to the needs of the performing arts community seeking operating support in creating and maintaining works of art. Proposal deadline: November 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm (HST). For further information, visit their website: www1.honolulu.gov/moca/news.htm.

A Blade of Grass: Call for Letters of Interest: Socially Engaged Art Fellowship. A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. The Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art is designed to support projects in which artists engage community members as equal partners in a process of co-creation. Out of eight annual fellowships, four are open to applicants outside of the New York City. Submission deadline: November 24, 2014. Check website for more information: www.abladeofgrass.org.

MAP (Multi-Arts Production) Fund Call for Letters of Inquiry: Multi-Arts Production Fund. The MAP (Multi-Arts Production) Fund, administered by Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. MAP assists artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies a spirit of exploration. MAP is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference — class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Grants range from $10,000 to $45,000, with an average of $25,000. Applications for MAP grants must come from U.S. nonprofit organizations. (Artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor.) Applying organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience. The online letter of inquiry process opens September 8, 2014, with a due date of October 3, 2014. Invited proposals must be submitted by December 8, 2014. Visit the MAP website http://mapfund.org for eligibility information and application guidelines.

La Macina di San Cresci Artist’s Residency Call for Applications. La Macina di San Cresci Artist’s Residency is seeking to offer artists the opportunity to spend one month in residency at La Macina di San Cresci in Greve in Chianti, located in the Tuscany region in Italy. Artists must propose a project, which they will pursue during their time as a resident artist at La Macina. (Project particulars and themes are left to the discretion of the artist.) Application deadline: December 31, 2014. Visit the website for guidelines and application forms: www.chianticom.com.

Honolulu Art in City Buildings Program for McCully-Moiliili Fire Station Request for Proposals. The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts is requesting proposals for a work of art for the McCully-Moiliili Fire Station, 2425 Date Street, Honolulu. This request is open to all artists or artist teams who are qualified to work in the the City and County of Honolulu. The budget for the project is $10.000. Proposal deadline: January 7, 2015. Apply at www.CallForEntry.org. For more detailed information, including building plans of where the art will be displayed, download the zip file by clicking here: McCully-Moiliili First Station RFP.

Art in City Buildings Program for Mililani District Park Request for Proposals. The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts is requesting proposals for a work of art for Mililani District Park as part of the Art in City Buildings program. This request is open to all artists qualified to work in the the City and County of Honolulu. Proposal deadline: January 8, 2015. For more detailed information, including building plans of where the art will be displayed, download the zip file by clicking here: Mililani District Park RFP.

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.

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.