Grants, calls for artists, and other opportunities (January 2024)

January 4, 2024
promo graphic for DLNR 2024 hawaii wildlife conservation game stamp art contest

A list of federal, state, and other arts and culture grants/opportunities. 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

  • Arts at Marks Garage calls for artists currently include “Once Upon a Time” and “Herstory III”. For more information, please visit the call to artists page on the Arts at Marks Garage website:
  • City of Greeley, Colorado 2024 Traffic Cabinet Wrap Art public art call. The City of Greeley’s One Percent for Art Program requests design submissions for the city’s outdoor utility cabinets. Selected artists will be invited to have their design(s) reproduced into a vinyl wrap and installed by a professional sign shop as public art ‘murals.’ This is a national call and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Previous public art experience is not required. Applications due January 30, 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the call on
  • East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center 36th Annual Young at Art Juried Exhibition 2024. Open to Hawaiʻi Island students K-12. Submissions due by January 27, 2024. For more information, please visit the EHCC website at
  • Hawaiʻi Surrealist Exhibit 2024: in honor of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Surrealist Manifesto, Wailoa Center will be producing a surrealist exhibit in October 2024.Entries due September 6, 2024. Exhibit dates: October 4 – 24, 2024. For more information and to submit entries, please go to the call for artists post on
  • Hawaiʻi Wildlife Conservation Stamp Contest: call for artists, State of Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). Artwork sought to feature the Melanistic Mutant (blue) Pheasant and a Hawaiian forest bird. Artists are welcome to submit entries to the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) in the 2024-25 Hawai‘i Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird Stamp annual art contest. The wildlife conservation stamp is a requirement for Hawai‘i state hunting licensees. The game bird stamp is required for anyone intending to hunt game birds. Both stamps will also be available to stamp collectors. Additional information on the contest and application forms are available at the DLNR Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 325, Honolulu HI 96813. For questions, contact [email protected], (808) 347-6869. Application form available on the DLNR website:
  • HIFF ‘Ōpio Fest call for student filmmakers K-12: HIFF encourages student filmmakers (K-12th grade) in Hawai’i to submit works from any genre in the Student Showcase category and to submit short narratives/documentaries to the theme of “Hawai’i’s Youth Leading By Example” in the Future Filmmakers category (6th-12th grade). For more information and to enter, please go to
  • Honolulu Printmakers 96th Annual Exhibition: online submission portal opens February 9, 2024; submission deadline February 20, 2024. For more information, please visit the exhibition prospectus page on the Honolulu Printmakers website:
  • Kauaʻi Society of Artists (Kukui Grove Center, Lihue)
  • 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:
  • Loʻi Gallery at American Savings Bank (downtown Honolulu) is taking applications for exhibits. Learn more and apply on their website:
  • Maui Public Art Corps Request for Proposals: Maui Public Art Corps is currently seeking artist proposals that interpret stories from their Hui Mo‘olelo program as works of visual, performance or experiential public art. Applications close February 4, 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the call for artists on the Maui Public Art Corps website:
  • Symphony of the Hawai’i Forests call for Hawaiʻi student artists grades 3-12. Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024. For more information and submit artwork, please go to the Symphony of the Hawaiʻi Forests website:
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Department and English Department call for artists: “The Paths We Cross: Perspectives from the Korean Diaspora” exhibit seeks artworks and audio files. International call open to artists of Korean heritage ages 18 years and older. Entry deadline February 14, 2024. Exhibition May 3 – June 27, 2024 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. For more information, please visit the call detail on
  • Wailoa Center call for artists: “Full Bleed, Art at the Edges: Anime, Manga and Urban Art”. Entry deadline January 5, 2024. For more information, please visit the call detail on

Job and Internship Opportunities

  • City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation 2024 Summer Fun staff applications are now open for the 2024 Summer Fun Program! Help provide safe and enriching opportunities for children during the seasonal break. Contracts for the seasonal workers are from May 22 through August 3, 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the Parks and Recreation website:
  • Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking 2024 Film Production Internships applications open through January 25, 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the careers page on the HWF website:
  • University of Hawaiʻi: Department of Pacific Island Studies in the College of Arts, Languages, and Letters at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time assistant professorship, to begin Fall 2024, pending availability of funds. We are looking for a collegial and talented colleague with demonstrated expertise in environmental humanities bearing on the diverse issues of environmental and ecological concern to Oceania’s peoples and communities. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose work engages with relevant issues through an Indigenous Oceanian, place-based, or regional lens and which takes into account dimensions of environmental justice. We welcome applicants from across the humanities, Pacific Studies, or related fields, with a preference for candidates trained in humanistic methods and approaches who are committed to helping build an interdisciplinary program that brings together work from the fields of environmental humanities, environmental justice studies, and Pacific Studies. For more information and to apply, please go to Career Opportunities at the University of Hawai’i | University of Hawai’i (
  • Kahilu Theatre (Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island) is hiring a Development Director. Application deadline is January 31, 2024. Learn more on the Western Arts Alliance jobs board posting for this position:
  • The Western Arts Alliance jobs board connects arts professionals with opportunities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington state. Learn more on the Western Arts Alliance website job boards page:

Hawaiʻi Grants

Hoʻākea Source: “Hoʻākea Source will award six to twelve grants, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, to selected projects. In our inaugural two-year grant period, we will prioritize visual artists, collaboratives, and collectives living and working across the island of Oʻahu. In the case of collaboratives and collectives, some contributors may live off island, but the lead applicant must live and work on Oʻahu. Applications from members of historically marginalized communities that serve all of Hawai‘i’s people are especially encouraged.” Applications open through January 31, 2024. Zoom info session January 17, 5:30 p.m. RSVP to [email protected]. For more information and to apply, please visit their website,

Federal Grants

National Endowment for the Arts

  • ArtsHERE grants for organizations. Through grants and peer learning opportunities, ArtsHERE invests in organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming, with the goal of increasing arts participation for underserved groups/communities and sharing insights that may inform similar funding programs in the future. Statement of interest due January 19, 2024. For more information, please visit the ArtsHERE website:
  • Creative Forces Community Engagement grant applications now available. Grants support community-based arts engagement programming for military and veteran populations—including family members and caregivers. Through the experience of art or art-making, participants can express themselves creatively while building resilience, social connectedness, and gain support for successful adaptation to civilian life. Applications for this round of funding are now open on The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Shakespeare in American Communities grant applications now open. Shakespeare in American Communities is a project-based, matching grant that helps theater companies and organizations bring Shakespeare and works inspired by Shakespeare to students. Nonprofit theater companies and organizations located across the United States and the Native nations that share this geography can apply. New this year, grantees applying to the schools path do not need to produce Shakespeare plays. They now have the option to conduct performances and educational activities that use the works of William Shakespeare as an inspiration. The mandatory Intent to Apply is due January 25, 2024. For more information and to apply, please visit the Shakespeare in American Communities page on the Arts Midwest website:
  • U.S. – Japan Creative Artist Fellowship Program: the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) extend an invitation to contemporary and traditional artists from the United States to apply for a unique collaborative artistic residency. This fellowship is designed to shine a spotlight on the rich tapestry of U.S.-Japan artistic collaboration during the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. JUSFC and the NEA are committed to supporting and selecting up to five collaborative projects involving diverse artists from the United States and Japan, representing a wide range of artistic genres and regions from both countries. Each collaborative U.S.-Japan team will receive a $25,000 grant and will have one year to complete their project. First part of the application process is due February 1, 2024. For more information, please visit the fellowship program website:
  • 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:

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