A list of federal, state, and other arts and culture grants/opportunities including job postings and calls for artists. Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.
Calls for Artists and Exhibitions
- Downtown Art Center, “Artists of Hawaiʻi” call for artists closes on CAFE September 20, 2023. For more information, please visit the DAC website: DowntownArtHI.org/artistsofhawaii.
- 2023 Hawaiʻi Nei Art Exhibition. Open only to Hawaiʻi Island (Big Island) artists. Entries due by October 6, 2023. For more information, please go to CallForEntry.org: artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=11167.
- Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) Call for 2024 Exhibition Proposals 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 monthly. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information and to apply, please visit the MOCA website: HonoluluMOCA.org/call-for-exhibitions.
- Honolulu Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts (MOCA). ‘Ewa Mahiko District Park Gymnasium The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission a work of art for the ‘Ewa Mahiko District Park Gymnasium (91-1205 Renton Rd, ‘Ewa Beach, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, 96706). One location has been designated to receive art. This Request for Qualifications is open to all artists, or artist teams, qualified to work for the City and County of Honolulu. Application deadline is January 1, 2024. For For more information and to apply, please go to the Call For Entry website: artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=11723.
- Kahilu Exhibits Call for Exhibition Proposals. (Kahilu Theatre, Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island) seeking exhibit proposals for 2024 calendar year. As many as six proposals will be accepted to fill open exhibition slots from June through October 2024. Proposals from solo artists, artist groups and collectives, and curators will be considered through this Call for Exhibitions. Entries due by October 1, 2023. For more information, please go to CallForEntry.org: artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=12103.
- Kauaʻi Society of Artists (Kukui Grove Center, Lihue)
- Art Kauaʻi 2023 entry day Saturday, September 9, 2023. Exhibit September 16 – October 27, 2023.
- Small Works Show entry day Saturday, November 11, 2023. Exhibit November 18-January 5, 2024.
- For more information, please visit the Kauaʻi Society of Artists website: KauaiSocietyOfArtists.org.
- Kumu Kahua Theatre “Go Try Playwrite” monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press. Submission due dates are the last day of the month. Learn more on the Kumu Kahua website: KumuKahua.org/gotryplaywrite
- Loʻi Gallery at American Savings Bank (downtown Honolulu) is taking applications for exhibits. Learn more and apply on their website: asbhawaii.com/loigallery.
- Bishop Museum job opportunities currently include Informatics Web Developer, Amy Greenwell Garden Manager, and Director of Grant Development and Administration. For more information, please visit the Bishop Museum website: BishopMuseum.org/careers.
- Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts now accepting applications for Executive Director. For more information and to apply, please visit the City and County of Honolulu website: OneOahu.org/moca-executive-director.
- Honolulu Museum of Art job opportunities currently include Marketing and Communications Manager, Director of Collections, Metal Work Studio Programs Teacher, Member and Donor Services Assistant, and Security Officer. Learn more on the Honolulu Museum of Art website: HonoluluMuseum.org/employment.
- ʻIolani Palace job opportunities currently include Guest Services Associate and Palace Guard. Learn more on the Iolani Palace website: IolaniPalace.org/job-opportunities.
- State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education job postings include Band and Ukulele Teacher (Waiʻanae High School), Grade 6-8 Art Teacher (Kalakaua Middle School), Performing Arts Teacher (Iao Intermediate), Hawaiian Language and Culture Teacher (Lanai High and Elementary), Drama/Theatre Arts Teacher (Kauaʻi High School, half-time afterschool position). For more information, please visit the Department of Education’s online postings: SchoolJobs.com/careers/hawaiipublicschools.
- State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has contract work solicitations open for:
- SFCA Outreach and Communications: develop and implement a communications plan to concentrate on the agencies programs activities, and find ways to publicize them either independently or in relation to HiSAM.
- HiSAM Music Education Coordinator: coordination and implementation of three months of music education courses at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, from October through December 2023. Bidder is responsible for providing materials, instruments, curriculum, and instructors for the courses.
- Curatorial Services: from June 6 to 16, 2024, SFCA and its Hawaiʻi State Art Museum will be a host site for FESTPAC 2024, placing Kānaka cultural traditions on a global stage. The Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM) will feature a curated exhibition in its interior galleries, provide an exterior stage and tents for presentations and collaborative exterior and interior spaces for cultural practitioners from across the Pacific to share traditions.
- Interested organizations/individuals must be have HCE compliance and be registered on the HiePro system. For more information, please visit the HiePro website and search under Department for Accounting and General Services: https://hiepro.ehawaii.gov. You may need to be logged in to view solicitation details.
- University of Hawaiʻi System job postings currently include Art Gallery Attendant (Leeward Community College), Lecturer Early College Art and Creative Media (University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu), Lecturer Digital Media Art (Hawaiʻi Community College), and Instructor Elementary and Performing Arts Teacher Education (University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa College of Education). Learn more and apply on the University of Hawaiʻi jobs website: SchoolJobs.com/careers/hawaiiedu.
- Bishop Museum Volunteer Opportunities: current volunteer opportunities include exhibit greeters, press sales and marketing assistant, and wayfinders. For more information, please visit the Bishop Museum website: BishopMuseum.org/volunteer.
- Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) Volunteer Program: HoMA offers a variety of volunteer roles, such as engagement with the public around current exhibitions, facilitating art activities with families and children at Family Sunday, guiding tours through museum galleries and more. For more information, please visit the HoMA website: HonoluluMuseum.org/volunteer-program.
- ʻIolani Palace Volunteer positions currently include greeters, stewards, and palace shop kōkua. For more information, please visit the Iolani Palace website: IolaniPalace.org/contact/volunteer.
- Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Seeks Grant Review Panelist Volunteers with a professional background in culture and the humanities to join our grant review panelist roster. Panelists must be Hawaiʻi residents with experience in Heritage & Preservation, Community Arts, Arts Education, and Presentation & Performing Arts. We encourage those with a background in Arts and Healing, Community Development related to arts and culture, cultural practitioners of all disciplines, and new and emerging members of the arts and culture community to apply. Contact the SFCA grants program at [email protected].
State of Hawaiʻi Grants and Programs
- Hawai’i Council for the Humanities (HI Humanities) Grants
- Public Humanities grant applications close October 20, 2023. HI Humanities invites creative approaches to public humanities programming and actively welcomes exciting and engaging programs seeking to promote deep thinking, conversation, and connection on issues that impact our communities in Hawaiʻi.
- Preservation and Access grant applications close October 20, 2023. These grants fund projects that mālama our history, and preserve existing resources that are important to a community, and to make them publicly accessible to researchers, students, and the general public.
- For more information and to apply, please visit the HI Humanities website: hihumanities.org/what-we-do/our-grants-program.
- Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation Historic Preservation Grant Application. Eligible applicants include public agencies, 501c3, and other nonprofit organizations. Grant application deadlines September 1, 2023 and February 1, 2024. For more information, please visit the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation website: HistoricHawaii.org/2019/05/10/hhf-historic-preservation-grants.
- Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Biennium Grants: SFCA Biennium Grants FY2025 Intent to Apply closes September 15. Please help us get the word out to nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Hawaiʻi! The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) provides public funds through Biennium Grants to support projects designed to promote, perpetuate, and preserve culture and the arts in Hawaiʻi. Important dates for Fiscal Year 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025): Intent to Apply August 1 – September 15, 2023; Project Application September 1 – October 30, 2023. For more information, please visit the SFCA website: sfca.hawaii.gov/programs-for-organizations/biennium-grants.
- City and County of Honolulu Department of Community Services Nonprofit Grants: Oʻahu nonprofits have until September 8, 2023, to apply for a grant from the Department of Community Service’s COVID-19 relief program. Learn more and apply on the City and County of Honolulu website: OneOahu.org/nonprofitreliefprogram.
Federal Grants and Programs
- Library of Congress Virtual Volunteers: help transcribe Library of Congress documents online. Volunteers create and review transcriptions to improve search, access, and discovery of these pages from history. https://crowd.loc.gov/.
- National Archives and Records Administration National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) NHPRC Publishing Historical Records in Collaborative Digital Editions: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish online editions of historical records. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, including any aspect of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history, such as law (including the social and cultural history of the law), politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. Projects that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome. Application closing date November 2, 2023. For more information please visit the National Archives website: archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/editions.html.
- National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, the NEA awards thousands of grants to provide everyone in the United States with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more about how to apply, the process, and more on the NEA website: arts.gov/grants.
- Nominate an individual or organization for a National Medal of Arts! The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists, arts patrons, and arts organizations by the United States government. Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts invites nominations from the public for the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. These individuals, through their creativity, inspiration, and hard work, have significantly enriched the cultural life of our nation. Nominations are open until September 15, 2023. Learn more on the National Endowment for the Arts website: arts.gov/honors/medals/invitation-from-the-chair.
- Volunteer to be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist: Arts Endowment panelists play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. The NEA relies on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time. Learn more on the NEA website: arts.gov/form/volunteer-to-be-a-national-endowment-for-the-arts-panelist.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholars Grant: Eligible applicants: individuals. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Public Scholars program. The program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the creation and publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It encourages non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books, and it encourages academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. The program continues to offer special encouragement to independent writers, researcher, and scholars and others who have no long-term affiliation with an academic institution. Deadline: November 29, 2023. For additional information and to apply, please visit the NEH website: neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Grant. Eligible applicants include nonprofits that reach or represent potentially underserved communities. Closing date for applications: September 10, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the Grants.gov website: grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344392.
- U.S. FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. This is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. Eligible applicants include individuals, for-profit organizations, and nonprofits. Private lands include Hawaiian homeland properties. Closing date for applications: September 30, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit the Grants.gov website: grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343732.
This post was most recently updated on September 6, 2023.