Arts and Culture Grants and Opportunities (August 2022)

July 29, 2022

Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

  • Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts (MOCA) Call for Exhibitions. MOCA is currently accepting proposals for 2023 exhibitions. MOCA manages civic spaces inside Honolulu Hale such as the courtyard and Lane Gallery. These spaces are used to showcase the talents of visual artists and showcase the work of non-profit organizations and schools from our diverse community.  Partnerships with community organizations have enabled MOCA to grace the halls of City buildings with a wide range of artwork displayed on a monthly basis. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the MOCA website:
  • Maui County Small Town, Big Art Call for Artists. Developed through a 2018 “Our Town”grant by the National Endowment for the Arts, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is a creative placemaking collaboration of the County of Maui + Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society + the newly formed Maui Public Art Corps that is working to develop an arts district celebrating the distinctive sense of place, history and culture of Wailuku, Hawai‘i. Through the support of new grant partnerships, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is expanding this work into additional neighborhoods throughout the County of Maui, which includes the islands of Maui, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi and Kahoʻolawe. Upon panel selection, artists will be invited to create a collaborative work of public art (which may include performance, visual or experiential) with the Maui County community that aligns with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui’s “‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings”. This year, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is seeking professional artists to bring their collection of pre-recorded stories by Maui community members to life through a work of public art. Application deadline: August 15, 2022. For more information, please visit the SMALL TOWN * BIG ART website:
  • Calls for Artists in Hawaiʻi. The Call for Entry (CAFE) website can be searched by state (choose the “sort by” menu on the left side of the screen). Search the Café website: Currently open calls include: Plein Air Perspectives 2022: The 3rd Annual Hawaiʻi Statewide Jury Exhibition, sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance and open to all Hawaiʻi based artists. Entry deadline 9/16/2022. 2022 Pacific States Biennial North American printmaking exhibition. Entry deadline: 8/21/2022.
  • Library of Congress: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grants. The Library of Congress is pleased to open applications for the second round of funding in the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative grant program. These grants will support libraries, archives, museums and higher education institutions to create projects that remix and reuse the Library’s digital collections in creative and imaginative ways. In addition, these projects must center the lives, experiences and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and/or other communities of color in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands). This program is part of the larger Of the People initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation that creates dynamic opportunities for more people to engage with the Library. Applications due September 30, 2022.
  • Library of Congress: Be a Virtual Volunteer. Volunteers create and review transcriptions to improve search, access, and discovery of these pages from history.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH Media Projects. NEH Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts, documentary films, and documentary film series that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Open to organizations. Application due August 10, 2022. For more information, please visit the NEH website:
  • Leaders of Color Fellowship. The National Leaders of Color Fellowship (LoCF) application is now accepting applications. The LoCF is a strategic leadership development program for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) leaders throughout the western region who are committed to the advancement of cultural equity in the arts. Using a cohort structure, the program emphasizes experiential learning, community building, and service to the field.⁠ Since 2010, and in partnership with South Arts for the past two years, the Western States Arts Federation’s (WESTAF) Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program has promoted diverse, representative leadership and equity in the arts field by supporting the leadership of more than 100 arts leaders of color. A direct result of recommendations made to WESTAF from arts and culture leaders and advocates from across the region, this work is articulated through the Leaders of Color Fellowship (LoCF) Program and on an ongoing basis with the Leaders of Color (LC) Network. ⁠The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 31, 2022. For more information, please visit the WESTAF website:

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