Minnesota / Midwest
RFQs, COMMISSIONS, & CALLS for ART
The Arts@MSP Program is creating an Artist Roster of emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be prequalified for future public art opportunities at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop temporary, permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork of various complexities, forms, and sizes, indoors and outdoors, at MSP Terminals 1 and 2. This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Regional talent is preferred. Project budgets for roster-based selections will vary, depending upon project complexity. Contract awards above $175,000 are subject to approval by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Applications will be accepted at any time, and reviews are anticipated to be conducted quarterly in January, April, July, and October.
FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES, & SCHOLARSHIPS
Pillsbury House Theatre is excited to continue to administer the McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowship program as it enters its second year! Community-Engaged Artists are artists who use their artistic practice to engage relationships aimed at producing social transformation. The goal of the McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowships program is to identify talented Minnesota community-engaged artists whose community-engaged work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The program will use an independent jury of three arts professionals to award two fellowships. The fellowship will run for one year: January 1, 2021– January 1, 2022. Artists from all areas of Minnesota are encouraged to apply. The two selected artists will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funds, which may be used to enhance any aspect of the artist’s life. They will also receive $3,000 in additional funds for a pilot initiative leading to the development of new community-engaged work. Apply by October 9, 2020.
EMPLOYMENT & PAID INTERNSHIPS
Don’t You Feel It Too? (DYFIT) seeks an Operations/Administrative Director. DYFIT explores the liberation we all have inherently, something that is too often not acknowledged and not practiced with our movement. We are in our 13th year of this exploration, and we are ready to welcome a new member of our team. We seek a new member who builds vision through managing operations and careful strategic attention. The Operations and Administrative Director will have the second-most hours in the organization to help continue the growth of our genre-defying practice. This position reports to the Artistic Director and will be the key to keeping our organization running smoothly. Part-time, contract. Compensation: $25-30/hour as independent contractor (no benefits). Apply by 5:00 PM CDT October 19, 2020.
Forecast Public Art is hiring a Program Manager. There is ongoing demand by private and public partners seeking our support to engage artists in creative problem solving. To help meet this demand, we are hiring a new Program Manager with strong project management skills, interest in our mission and values, and familiarity with the field of public art. Our Values: Public art plays a crucial role in shaping culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment and to influence change. It is our value at Forecast Public Art that our staff, board members, grantees, applicants and panelists reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, range of physical ability, and geographic diversity of our country, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve through public art. Those from BIPOC and indigenous communities, and groups that are traditionally excluded, are strongly encouraged to apply. This member of our highly independent team will be responsible for managing, coordinating, and developing programs to support Forecast’s strategic direction. This is a full time remote position with benefits, open to candidates based anywhere in the United States. Status: Full-time (40 hrs/wk). Compensation: $50,000 – 55,000 DOQ; 100% health, 100% dental + PTO. Reports to: Director of Programming. Submit your letter of interest and resume by November 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM CDT.
Catalyst Arts seeks Community Producers to curate poetry readings for Our Kitchen series. (Curators identify the theme and 3 guest artists). A modest stipend is offered. Catalyst Arts is an Arts Incubator interested in the intersection of Art + Activism and Artists who define themselves as Changemakers. We place a particular emphasis on increasing the visibility of and providing a platform for artists whose voices have historically been underrepresented in the arts, including (but not limited to): artists of color, LGBTQIA+ artists, women, new and recent immigrant communities, Native and Indigenous artists, low-income artists, and artists exploring non-traditional pathways to success. We are committed to nurturing the development of new work…serving and encouraging emerging artists, career professionals and experimentation. Email interest and inquiries to email@example.com. Closing date not specified.
VOLUNTEER, INTERN, APPRENTICESHIPS, & BOARD OPENINGS
Art Shanty Projects seeks board members. If you are passionate about Art Shanty Projects and want to support art in our community, join our Board! We have a variety of roles for you to make an impact. We are seeking participants with skills and experience in a range of areas: fundraising, outreach, communications, marketing, event planning, legal, web skills, and artist backgrounds. Ours is a working board supporting an organization in a growth phase. Board members help map out how our organization is shaped. We are a passionate and collaborative group, committed to making Art Shanty Projects sustainable and to bringing equity and inclusion to our programming and organization. Previous board experience is helpful but not required. Board members dedicate an average of 10 hours per month for committee and board meetings, in addition to other planning activities. To apply for membership on the Art Shanty Projects Board of Directors, please fill out the interest form and upload a brief bio and resume, or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open until filled.
Minneapolis Art Lending Library (MALL) Seeks dedicated board members and volunteers. MALL’s mission is to provide exposure for artists, build ongoing support of the arts, and share the joy of art with all members of our community through the free lending of artwork. All residents of the Twin Cities have the rare opportunity to borrow original works of art for a three month period, free of charge.
The Franconia Sculpture Park Arts Administration Internship Program provides “hands-on” immersion in the daily operations of a progressive arts organization that provides residence and work space to emerging and mid-career artists in a 43-acre sculpture park. There are two different types of administrative interns. Program interns will support Franconia’s education & public programing. The Development intern will work directly with the development manager to support fundraising campaigns. Both interns work closely with Franconia’s staff so interns have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences. Applications ongoing.
CONFERENCES, SUMMITS, WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
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PROGRAMS, GRANTS, & AVAILABLE FUNDING
Springboard for the Arts announces Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation, a new, state-wide call for artists to help people in their communities connect with one another while staying safe and healthy. This is an open call with a rolling deadline for artists with creative ideas, with $500 in project support available. Projects with a focus on higher-risk groups, including but not limited to those in care facilities, elders living at home, new immigrant communities, families lacking access to broadband, and essential workers who may be self-isolating, will be prioritized for funding. Artists should already have a connection with or into the group – through yourself, someone in your family or close network, or other existing relationship.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Artist Equity Grants provide up to $4,000 to aid Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other artists of color with projects that will advance their skills and artistic careers. No match requirements. Application Deadline: Ongoing, September 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021 or until funding for the year has been expended.
The Creative Capital Award is valued at $100,000, including $50,000 in project funding and $50,000 in career development services. 2020 applications are closed; next year’s free application opens February 2021.
The City of St. Louis Park has funds available to pay for the graphic wrapping of city-owned utility boxes. Community and Neighborhood Organizations may apply to wrap a box. Original local artwork is encouraged. If you have a design you’d like to bring to life and need to find a community partner to support the project, contact email@example.com.
Metro Regional Arts Council (MRAC) offers a variety of arts project support and learning grants, for all artistic disciplines. Varying submission dates.
Springboard for the Arts offers a Community Emergency Relief Fund, which provides up to $500 to use art to respond to community emergencies. The Emergency Relief Fund exists to meet the emergency needs of artists living in Minnesota. The Fund helps to support artists with personal emergencies and to support artists who want to respond to emergencies in their own communities. There is not an expectation of repayment, but the Fund is replenished in part by recipients paying back into the Fund so that others can benefit later. Whether they apply for funding or not, artists can also get a free hour of consulting with Amelia Brown, founder of Emergency Arts. July 2020 update from Springboard: As of July, we have funded 2,101 applications, and allocated $1,050,000 to artists and creative workers. We have paused accepting applications to the Emergency Relief Fund as we assess this work and plan for the future, as well as replenish the fund. We hope to re-open the fund in August in its original iteration, to help artists in Minnesota recover by helping pay an unanticipated, emergency expense.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS, INITIATIVES, & CONTINUING EDUCATION
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RFQs, COMMISSIONS, & CALLS for ART
The Greater Augusta Arts Council seeks ten (10) leasable, pre-existing, outdoor sculptures to be installed for a duration of two years in Downtown Augusta, GA. The ten works of art will be a part of the new Augusta Sculpture Trail. These sculptures will be placed at intervals downtown, that will create a fun and easy outdoor walking trail. The ten selected locations use City of Augusta sidewalks for access, making them fully accessible for everyone to enjoy. Local Artists as well as artists from across the country are invited to submit images and physical specifications for their ready-to-install, original sculptures. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2-year lease of their work ($1,500 upon installation, $1,500 upon de-installation). One purchase of artwork will be purchased to add to the City of Augusta’s permanent art collection. Submit by October 8, 2020.
Richman Capital invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a three-dimensional sculpture for the exterior courtyard of at the Huntington Apartments in Duarte, CA. The Huntington development is a mixed-use building that features an opportunity for an exterior sculpture located in a small public plaza surrounded by ground level retail, office, and restaurant tenants as well as residential tenants on upper floors. Budget: $115,950. Preference given to artists who live and work in California. Questions accepted through October 5, 2020. Apply by October 12, 2020.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (SFBART) BART Art is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for an artist designed safety fence for the front of the BART Antioch Station. This RFQ is open to artists or artist teams residing in California at the time of application. The RFQ is for the design phase of the project. All applications must be submitted through Submittable. There is no cost to apply, simply set-up an account if you do not already have one. Design Budget: $30,000. Fabrication Budget: $165,000. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have legal working status in the United States at the date of application. Apply by 11:00 PM PDT, October 20, 2020.
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department seeks to commission a permanent exterior public artwork that reflects the culture and people of the Burnett “Blondie” Pharr Tennis Center and the surrounding community in an energetic and inspiring way. Budget: $30,000. Eligibility: Live in the 7-county Austin metropolitan area (Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties). Apply by October 22, 2020.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (SFBART) BART Art is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for the new Irvington Station. This RFQ is open to artists or artist teams residing in the United States at the time of application. The RFQ is for the design phase of the project. All applications must be submitted through Submittable. There is no cost to apply, simply set-up an account if you do not already have one. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have legal working status in the United States at the date of application. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with the station design team on a new BART station located in the Irvington district of Fremont, California. Design Budget: $70,000. Fabrication Budget: $1,000,000. There are several identified opportunities for potential implementation of the artwork throughout the station, as well as new opportunities that are identified by the artist with the station design team. Apply by 11:00 PM PDT, October 23, 2020.
The City of Cambridge, MA seeks artists to create a major public artwork outside the city’s new Tobin Montessori and Vassal Lane Upper Schools complex, as part of a reconstruction of the educational and community hub. We invite you to submit your qualifications—images of past work and biographical information—to be considered for the commission. The city seeks artists with public art experience, which we know can come in various forms. Recognizing that working in the public realm is multi-faceted, we welcome applicants within a broad range of artistic backgrounds, and we encourage artist-led interdisciplinary teams. The $650,000 commission must cover all artist’s costs from design through final implementation and installation. Apply by 5:00 PM EDT, October 26, 2020.
The City of Austin (Texas) Art in Public Places (AIPP) program seeks to commission a permanent exterior public artwork that reflects the culture and people of the Pharr Tennis Center and surrounding community in an energetic and inspiring way. The selected artist or artist team will be responsible for engaging with and being inspired by the community to create a work of art that responds to the community’s goals. The total award for the artist contract is $30,000. Artists who are familiar with the Pharr Tennis Center and surrounding community and/or intimately connected to the history and heritage of the area are highly encouraged to apply. The proposed artwork should be integrated into the space of the tennis center. A range of materials and conceptual approaches are welcome. Apply by October 29, 2020.
Hillsborough County, FL (County) is interested in receiving submissions from artists demonstrating their ability to provide a mosaic tile mural that focuses on the history of Hillsborough County and its development by transit, via rail, river, bay, water, road, air, and other ways. The artwork is to be installed in the main lobby of the Frederick B. Karl County Center building. Budget: $75,000.00. A minimum of three finalists will be selected to provide site specific proposals. Shortlisted artists shall coordinate with the Tampa Bay History Center, the custodians of the County’s valuable history, in preparation of their site-specific proposals. Each selected finalist will be paid an honorarium of up to $500.00 (five hundred dollars) for site specific proposals. Site Specific Proposals must include a site specific maquette and/or other visual depictions of the proposed artwork. Apply by 5:00 PM November 2, 2020.
The City of San Ramon (located 34 miles east of San Francisco) is seeking qualified artist(s) interested in creating a site specific permanent installation of public art for the San Ramon Library. Budget: $30,000. The RFQ is open to professional artists living in the western continental United States including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Apply by 3:00 PM local time, November 18, 2020.
The Celebrity Series Boston Public Performing Art Project with a budget of $130,000 has moved to a rolling deadline due to the COVID-19 crisis. If artists were not able to meet the original March 13th deadline but remain interested there is now time to submit an application. Celebrity Series of Boston’s Public Performance Projects Initiative was established in 2013 as part of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration. From its inception, the goal of each public art project has been to broaden awareness of the organization’s activities by taking the artistic experience outside of the traditional concert venues to public spaces throughout Boston. The initiative conceives of the entire city as a canvas for participatory arts activities to promote the Celebrity Series’ mission and brand. Projects traditionally celebrate the joy of live performance and take place outside, at the end of September, are temporary and free. The public’s participation is an important component of each project. Rolling applications.
FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES, SCHOLARSHIPS, & OTHER AWARDS
UrbanGlass (Brooklyn, NY) offers 4 deadlines a year for general scholarship applications for our workshops. These four deadlines are at the start of each semester, when there is most funding available for financial aid and students have the best chance of admission into their preferred workshop. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application Form found on our website. APPLICATION DATES: Winter 2021 scholarship applications: December 2020; Spring 2021 scholarship applications: TBD; Summer 2021 scholarship applications: TBD; Fall 2021 scholarship applications: TBD. No glass experience is required to apply for a scholarship. The opportunity is open to all visual artists.
National Parks Arts Foundation offers a variety of residencies. Check regularly.
EMPLOYMENT & PAID INTERNSHIPS
Forecast Public Art is hiring a Program Manager. There is ongoing demand by private and public partners seeking our support to engage artists in creative problem solving. To help meet this demand, we are hiring a new Program Manager with strong project management skills, interest in our mission and values, and familiarity with the field of public art. Our Values: Public art plays a crucial role in shaping culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment and to influence change. It is our value at Forecast Public Art that our staff, board members, grantees, applicants and panelists reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, range of physical ability, and geographic diversity of our country, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve through public art. Those from BIPOC and indigenous communities, and groups that are traditionally excluded, are strongly encouraged to apply. This member of our highly independent team will be responsible for managing, coordinating, and developing programs to support Forecast’s strategic direction. This is a full time remote position with benefits, open to candidates based anywhere in the United States. Status: Full-time (40 hrs/wk). Compensation: $50,000 – 55,000 DOQ; 100% health, 100% dental + PTO. Reports to: Director of Programming. Submit your letter of interest and resume by November 1, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT.
Meow Wolf hires for a variety of jobs, in Santa Fe, NM, and Las Vegas, NV. Meow Wolf is an arts collective and production company that creates and operates immersive, interactive multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastical realms of storytelling.
VOLUNTEER, INTERN, APPRENTICESHIPS, & BOARD OPENINGS
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) is looking for board members to join us in 2020. We are a non-profit arts organization with a mission to inspire hands, hearts, and minds through art forms produced by heat, spark, or flame. Our facility is unique in the Upper Midwest, supporting a wide array of fire art forms that includes blacksmithing, enameling, flameworking, jewelry-making, metal casting, neon, welding, and more. The pillars of our programming are education, artist support, and public art, which together provide a platform for social impact and community-driven resources. We’re looking for people with experience in a range of areas including fundraising, marketing & communications, finance, legal, and event planning. Previous board experience is helpful but not required. CAFAC is in its 10th year of operations and in a development phase, seeking to transform from a friends-and-family working board into a strategic and connected oversight body. We are committed to creating a diverse, sustainable, inclusive organization that supports creative endeavors for our community. Board members dedicate up to 8 hours per month for committee and board meetings, in addition to other activities. To apply, fill out our application and submit along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Open until filled.
CONFERENCES, SUMMITS, WORKSHOPS, & EVENTS
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PROGRAMS, GRANTS, & AVAILABLE FUNDING
Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program. This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. No close date.
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. Applications reviewed monthly, so artists can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve budget errors. Rolling acceptance.
The Maryland State Arts Council Creativity Grant Program strengthens the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations, in order to maintain a strong arts infrastructure in the state. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. Close dates for the Creativity Grant Program are rolling. Funded activities must occur within the grant period. Applications must be submitted at least 90 days before the funded activities occur. Applications will be reviewed monthly, and Creativity Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until allocated funding is depleted.
The Maryland Touring Grant assists eligible nonprofit organizations by subsidizing the presentation of any performer on the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster. Rolling acceptance.
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant. Public bodies, Non-profit organizations, and Federally Recognized Tribes may apply.
RFQs, COMMISSIONS, & CALLS for ART
Amplifier Global Open Call for Art In response to COVID-19, Amplifier is launching an emergency campaign with top art curators and public-health advisors from around the world. We are looking for two kinds of work: The first are public health and safety messages that can help flatten the curve through education. The second are symbols that help promote mental health, well-being, and social change work during these stressful times. YOUR art has power. Art can heal, art can save lives, and art can bring us together even while we are apart. It can be a compass to guide us through this storm. This is your chance to make work that will be distributed worldwide and will inspire us all to stay strong, safe, and united. In solidarity with our global community of artists, we will award $1,000 apiece to 50 artists, with 5 winning works announced each week, starting the first week of April. These artworks will be distributed widely, both online and in the physical locations where they are needed most. All art selected by our jury will also be made available as free downloads for anyone to print and share.
CODAmagazine Call for entries.
Short Édition seeks short stories and poems to delight, inspire, surprise, and, most importantly, move our readers. Starting July 1, 2019, the editorial team at Short Édition will be publishing a monthly selection of original and unpublished short fiction in both the Short Story Dispensers and on our website. Button fiction — very short fiction published at the push of a button — is found in unexpected places, whether it’s when you’re savoring the last sips at the local coffee shop, waiting in line at the DMV, or strolling through the airport. We want to insert a bit of storytelling into the mundane moments, elevating the role of story in the everyday. We pay $125 stipend for each selected short story and $75 for each poem as an advance payment on the royalties that each author will receive on a yearly basis from the Short Story Dispenser subscriptions. Each selected piece will be published as a part of a Rendez-vous collection in our Short Story Dispensers around the world and on our website, short-edition.com/en. Response rate could be anywhere from a few days up to four months, depending on the number of submissions received. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.