Below are select art and job opportunities from Delaware and neighboring states. For more art jobs visit our Tools and Resources page. The information provided in these opportunity categories is gathered from a variety of sources and is not comprehensive. Please check with the listing organization before applying.
Please note: All submitted listings will be reviewed for approval by Division staff and may be edited for consistency before being published to the site within 5-7 business days. The Delaware Division of the Arts reserves the right to revise, reject or cancel, in whole or in part, any listing for any reason.
If you would like to submit a job or arts opportunity, please send an email with the description and pertinent details.Add Listing
Minnesota State Arts Board
Director, Research and Evaluation
The Minnesota State Arts Board has launched a search for a director, research and evaluation. This is a key position for our agency; we are looking for a person who has training in evaluation and outcomes measurement. More information about the job, and application instructions, are posted on our website: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/about/employment.htm
This position exists to provide leadership and direction for the board’s efforts to articulate agency performance indicators and measure outcomes. The director will implement assessment strategies, primary and secondary research projects, and monitoring functions to assess the impact and effectiveness of Arts Board programs and services; the effectiveness of the overall statewide system of public support for the arts; the impact of public funding and agency activities on the arts; and the impact of arts on other state, regional, and local priorities.
The director will serve as a resource to applicants, grantees, regional arts councils, and the other constituents, helping to develop the overall capacity of the arts sector to articulate outcomes and assess impact of activities supported by public funding.
Applicants are expected to include a cover letter with their applications explaining their qualifications and the contributions they could make to the Arts Board.
Why work for us?
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
How to Apply
Click “Apply” at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.
If you have questions about the position, contact Jodie Segelstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, Selbyville
The Marketing Director is responsible for the overall stewardship, strategy, and management of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation’s brand identity as a community-based, non-profit arts
presenter committed to providing memorable arts experiences for all people in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The Director is responsible for the development, management and execution
of marketing and public relations strategies that help build and increase audiences and ticket sales, organizational awareness in the community, and donors for the Freeman Stage and
Freeman Arts Pavilion. The Director is also responsible for the execution of the box office and sales operations of the JMFF. The position works collaboratively with the board and staff
leadership of the JMFF to help support and achieve the organization ‘s earned and contributed income goals. The Director performs the following duties personally or oversees their execution through the marketing and sales department staff
As a member of the senior management team, the Development Director is responsible for all aspects of fundraising, including annual fund support from individuals, corporations, foundations
and government agencies. Additionally, the Development Director will lead all initiatives for grants, sponsorships, special events, planned giving, endowment funding and capital campaigns.
Community relations and volunteer services activities are also important tasks for the Development Director.
He/she works closely with the Executive Director and with the Board to sustain current fundraising initiatives and develop strategies to broaden fundraising potential to support the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and its vision. The position is responsible for guiding Board and staff in building strong relationships within the regional fundraising community, throughout the State of Delaware, Maryland and the nation. The Development Director works closely with the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Board of Directors to coordinate fundraising activities and further expand the scope of the Development Committee.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume to Bernadette Dowling
Cityfest, Inc. – Wilmington
Cityfest, Inc. is pleased to announce a Request for Teaching Artist Applications for 2020 Arts Work Summer Youth Apprenticeship Program. Teaching Artists will be paid $5,500 for the 6-week program. Classes and workshops will offer youth exciting opportunities to create salable art using various mediums and themes. The Arts Work Program will primarily focus on drawing/painting, photography, scriptwriting, mosaic and textiles. However, applications in all art disciplines are welcome and will be reviewed.
About Arts Work Summer Apprenticeship
Scheduled for its inaugural year in June 2020, Arts Work is a paid apprenticeship opportunity that will teach apprentices between ages 14-19 artistic, personal, and entrepreneurial skills in the context of creating salable artwork. During the 6-week multi-component arts program, the apprentices will be encouraged to openly express themselves through their artmaking while immersed in an affirming and nurturing environment. In addition to a Monday-Friday 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM on-site planning/teaching/mentoring schedule, bi-weekly off- site excursions to museums, live performances and other arts adventures will be held. It is anticipated that for many Arts Work apprentices, the experiences will be a first. Daily workshops led by leaders from programs such as Touchstones Discussion Project, The Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, and other social service agencies will help apprentices gain vital collaboration, time management, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and financial responsibility skills. Sessions in business etiquette, interview techniques, marketing and public relations, and artwork presentation preparation will also be conducted. Arts Work will conclude with an open-to-the-community showcase event. Arts Work targets youth at risk of delinquency and other problem behaviors, and economically disadvantaged youth. Studies have shown that when other interventions fail, the arts frequently succeed by opening minds to new possibilities.
The primary program site will be the Urban Artists Exchange (UAE). UAE is Wilmington’s first major “Creative Placemaking” project. Phase I of the project is the conversion of the decades-long abandoned Wilmington Police Department horse stables into eight art creation and teaching studios, and a group exhibition/gathering area, in Wilmington’s Historic Eastside community. Phase I is scheduled for completion in late winter/early spring 2020. The term Creative Placemaking has been defined as “the use of arts and culture by diverse partners to strategically shape the physical and social character of a place in order to spur economic development, promote enduring social change, and improve the physical environment.”
Job description and criteria used to review Teaching Artist applicants:
Please include the following materials for submission:
You can email your application to: email@example.com
We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, veteran status, and disability. All qualified applications will be given equal opportunity.
Biggs Museum of American Art
Marketing and Public Relations Director
Full-time/35 hours per week
This newly re-defined position will be primarily responsible for developing, defining and promoting the Biggs Museum’s brand, and marketing its variety of exhibition and educational programs. This position works in collaboration with the Museum’s Executive Director, Director of Development, Curator, Curator of Education and Board of Trustees.
An eye for detail and good design is critical for this position. It is also important that candidates for this position be able to manage time well in a very deadline driven position. The person in this position must also be able to successfully manage and work collaboratively with outside vendors for printing, the website and more. The general work schedule is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Extra hours may be required in order to meet position requirements related to special event coverage.
About the Biggs Museum
The Biggs Museum of American Art is a dynamic regional art museum in Dover, Delaware, founded in 1993 by collector Sewell C. Biggs. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Biggs Museum is nationally recognized for its exceptional collections of American decorative arts of Delaware and the Delaware River valley, and for its collections of American art from 1700 to the present. In its first 25 years, the Biggs has tripled its operating budget, and doubled its exhibition space and programs. It welcomes 30,000 visitors per year and has 500 members. The Marketing and Public Relations Director will play an important role in developing and reaching the institutions strategic goals for the next 25 years.
The Biggs provides a generous benefit package with health, eye and dental coverage as well as life insurance and disability insurance. This package includes a 35-hour work week, institutionally matched retirement contributions and paid personal time off. Salary in the low $50s and commensurate with experience.
Please email your resume and cover letter addressed to Executive Director, Charles Guerin at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the position in the subject line.
Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
InWilmington Marketing Group
Digital Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
Approx. 20 hrs per week ($1,750/month)
The Digital Marketing & Social Media Coordinator reports directly to the Campaign Manager, and is responsible for implementing the annual marketing plan on a week-to-week basis, including social media content. This position is responsible for analytics and reporting on all digital fronts and will work with the Campaign Manager to develop regular board reports. Strong writing and grammar skills with basic graphic design knowledge a must. Full Description Marketing Campaign Associate
Approx. 20 hrs per week ($1,580/month)
The Campaign Associate reports directly to the Campaign Manager and is responsible for website maintenance tasks and light marketing duties, primarily related to the weekly e-newsletter. The ideal candidate will have strong creative writing skills with a basic understanding of social media and marketing and a keen attention to detail. Strong writing and grammar skills a must. Graphic design knowledge a plus. Full Description
Craftbox Steam Shop
PT Seasonal Manager
The Part Time Seasonal Manager Opportunity at CRAFTBOX STEAM SHOP is a flexible schedule of 3 days on and 3 days off totaling 20-30 hours per week with a mix of free time and play time at the craft and science store. Traditional toy store/retail management duties are coupled with a willingness to coordinate art and learning activities at the shop with occasional parties for clubs and groups of all ages. This position is for a Lead Tinker who feels comfortable independently setting up and directing projects and staff. This is a great seasonal opportunity for educators. Check us out at www.craftboxinc.com and get in touch through messenger, text or email at email@example.com.
Delaware Contemporary seeks Teaching Artists
Join our roster of diverse and talented professional Teaching Artists and share your passion for the arts with students of all ages. The Delaware Contemporary offers a range of outreach programs with numerous partner organizations and in-house programming that inspire Pre-K students to life long learners.
Freeman Stage – Seasonal Positions
All interested applicants should send their resume and an employment application to the appropriate hiring manager as indicated in each job description. No unsolicited phone calls or office visits, please. Read more
Delaware Art Museum
The Delaware Art Museum has a strong and diverse volunteer group. These individuals provide a valuable service by offering their time and talent to support, strengthen and improve the Museum, which ultimately strengthens and improves our Community. Duties and time commitment vary according to Museum needs. The majority of volunteers work on an on-call basis. Learn more.
Volunteers are needed for events, museum family programming, and office assistance. Submit a volunteer application and we’ll find the opportunity that fits your interest. Contact Meagan Mika at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Learn more.
Delaware State Parks – First State Heritage Park
Protecting, conserving, managing and interpreting Delaware’s natural lands, waters, and wildlife is no small task.
Delaware’s Division of Parks and Recreation employees’ work hard to provide a wide range of recreational opportunities, but their efforts alone are not enough. Delaware State Parks needs your help to ensure that Diamond State Parks “sparkle” with activity from sunrise to sunset. Learn more
Delaware Theatre Company
Delaware Theatre Company is always on the lookout for new volunteers to usher during performances, as well as to help with various tasks in marketing, production, education, and more. Learn more
Hagley Museum and Library
A strong tradition of dedicated volunteers has been significant to the success of the mission of Hagley Museum and Library. You will join more than 550 volunteers who donate more than 20,000 hours of their time, making important and valued contributions to our programs, events, and development. Volunteers work with our professional staff both behind the scenes and with the public to bring to life the families who lived and worked here and the technologies they used. Learn more
Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center seeks enthusiastic volunteers to support our programs across the organization. Whether planting ferns, archiving the history of our institution, or engaging with our visitors, volunteers are essential to our mission. Volunteers receive a Friends and Family Season Pass and the opportunity to take free classes at Mt. Cuba Center. Questions? Call us at 302.239.8883 or email us.
Rehoboth Art League
The Rehoboth Art League is able to provide quality art programming because of the many volunteers who help each year. It is a great way to support the community and we have many different volunteer opportunities. Contact Rose Murray at the Art League if you are interesting in volunteering at email@example.com. The Art League does offer learning opportunities for High School and College Students to support their education. Learn more
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society welcomes Volunteers and Interns. As a not-for-profit organization with limited operating funds, the Film Society needs your help! If you have time and skills that you would like to offer the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, we are interested to hear from you. Although we can use your help year around, volunteers are the key to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s amazing success. Since the Film Society operates on a year-round basis, the assistance of volunteers is needed and appreciated at any time. Our most critical needs occur during the months of August through November.
The Film Society has a catalog listing over 50 volunteer opportunities. Feel free to call (302)-645-9095, visit our office, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can match your skills and interests with our needs. Learn more.
The goal of the State Office of Volunteerism is to help strengthen communities statewide through the promotion of volunteer opportunities, community support and networking opportunities. Over 900 community agencies are currently registered on the Volunteer Delaware Website offering a mixture of community service opportunities to over 14,000 registered volunteers. There is something here for everyone! We hope you enjoy exploring new and exciting volunteers opportunities for you, your family and your community. Learn more
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
The goal of the Volunteer Program is to encourage participation from the community to meet Winterthur’s mission of preserving and enhancing the legacy of its founder, H.F. du Pont, for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. Volunteers, as nonpaid staff, are integral to running the Museum, Library, and Garden. They serve in many departments, supporting paid staff in such areas as Academic Programs, Conservation, Garden, Library, Membership, House and Gallery Tours, Museum Collections, Registration, Visitor Service and School and Community Programs. Learn more
Currently there are no intern opportunites.
Auditions for the performing arts
Music School of Delaware: Auditions
WILMINGTON COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA based in Wilmington
This accomplished amateur ensemble performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists include Music School faculty members, acclaimed guest artists and winners of the orchestra’s annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians.
A placement audition is required for Woodwinds & Brass sections; call 302.762.1132 to schedule. Woodwinds & Brass sections are currently auditioning for substitutes. At least one solo work and all scales should be prepared. String players who can play comfortably in 5th position, who are comfortable with fairly complex rhythms and who can play all scales in two or three octaves are welcome to join. Please call the Wilmington front desk so that the orchestra can welcome you at 302.762.1132.
MILFORD STRING ENSEMBLE (6 years to adult) based in Milford
Led by Michelle Peters, this beginning string ensemble welcomes students of violin, viola, cello and bass. Beginning adult students welcome, as well! A great first reading experience, this ensemble prepares students for First State Youth Orchestra. Performance opportunities occur throughout the year. Call 302.422.2043 to register today – no audition necessary.
DELAWARE WOMEN’S CHORUS, Wilmington
An artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and perform a rich choral repertoire with a focus on choral and vocal technique, and develop your music literacy. Singers should have some previous choral experience.
A placement interview is required; call 302.762.1132 to schedule. Interview requirements: scales & vocal exercise; holding part against a harmony part; understanding of choral octavo; basic tonal memory and reading; and singing a short prepared solo or “Happy Birthday” unaccompanied.
ADULT JAZZ CHOIR, Wilmington
The Adult Jazz Choir is a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting while making friends from young professional to newly retired. Music ranges from Duke Ellington to The Pentatonix. Experienced singers welcome! Call 302.762.1132 to obtain more information about this ensemble — no audition necessary.
Please visit their website for more information.
Auditions are for all ages. Please check the website for more information.
WILMINGTON BALLET ACADEMY
Tuition Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program
The Wilmington Ballet offers a tuition-free Boys Scholarship Dance Program for boys age 8 – 18 years old. Ballet enhances the participant’s athletic skills, strength, self-discipline, flexibility, mental focus, musicality, team work, and creativity. Classes include beginner through advanced levels of Men’s Technique. Participants have performance opportunities in the Wilmington Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Playhouse on Rodney Square, the annual Spring Performance, and other productions throughout the year.
Students accepted into the program will be trained by faculty members of the academy led by Executive Artistic Director Ann Cole. Acceptance into the program is by audition, although no prior dance experience is required.
Basic ballet technique building vocabulary, strength, and movement with an emphasis on working towards men’s ballet skills such as jumps, turns, presentation, and combinations. This class builds on basic ballet training learned in the other technique classes. While this class is boys only, students are also encouraged to enroll in other co-ed classes at no cost. With progress, boys may also be instructed in partnering techniques
Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance is conveniently located near Trolley Square.
1709 Gilpin Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806
Entries for the visual and literary arts
“Reflections” National Juried Exhibition
DEADLINE: March 16th, 2020
DESCRIPTION: “Reflections” can mean the throwing back of light, sound or images by a body or surface, an image you see when you look in a mirror, an image given back by a reflecting surface. It can also be interpreted as a careful thought about something or a thought occurring in consideration or meditation. Artists are free to interpret “reflections” with either or both of these meanings.
JUROR: Shelley Barry, Slate Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA
VENUE: Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103
CATEGORIES ACCEPTED: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, glass art, artist book
JUROR’S AWARD: A Juror’s Award ribbon, certificate, catalog and $250 will be presented to each of the three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme.
EXHIBITION DATES: May 16, 2020 – June 13, 2020
“Sanctuary” OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 16th 7-9PM
GALLERY & ON-LINE GALLERY: There are two opportunities to get into this show. The juror will select works that will be exhibited in the Arc Gallery at 1246 Folsom Street and works that will be included only on the Arc On-line Gallery.
CATALOG: All artwork selected will be included in the exhibition catalog. Catalogs will be available for order at the time of notification.
ELIGIBILITY: Artists residing in the United States.
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Delaware Contemporary
Call for Entries
The Delaware Contemporary 2020 Friends’ Juried Group Exhibition
Submission deadline: February 10, 2020 by 5 PM
Notification by: February 21, 2020 (due to the volume of applications, only selected artists will be notified)
Exhibition dates: June 12 – September 20, 2020
The Delaware Contemporary is now accepting applications for the 2020 Friends’ Juried Group Exhibition. All submissions must be original works. of the museum and must not have had a solo exhibition at The Delaware Contemporary in the last two years. Guest Juror: Zoe Charlton
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Call for 2021 Site-Specific Artist Installations
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2021 season of site-specific artist installations. We’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project.
The deadline for proposals is June 17, 2020. For guidelines and to apply, visit www.easternstate.org/art.
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
Call for Artists in Residence, Summer 2020
Artist Residencies at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offer opportunities for inspiration & to create new work in Vermont. 1-3 month residencies, range of materials & techniques. Facilities for stone, metal, wood, ceramics, glass, more. Vibrant artist community, sharing concepts, aesthetics & technical expertise. Stipends, housing & meals are available to selected Artists in Residence. Application deadline is January 24, 2020. For more information, please visit The Carving Studio.
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
PO Box 495, 636 Marble Street
West Rutland, VT 05777(802) 438-2097
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.
Dover Public Library Art Gallery
Call to Artists
The Dover Public Library is looking for artists in the visual and literary arts interested in exhibiting their work in the Library. Opening receptions are recommended but not required. All sales are handled directly with the artist and no commissions are collected by the Library. For more information contact Winifred Way, Gallery Coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Delaware Contemporary Friends’ Solo Exhibition 2021
Submission deadline: March 6, 2020
Notification: March 13, 2020
The Delaware Contemporary is accepting applications for the 2021 Friends’ Solo Exhibition. All applicants must be a current Friend of the museum and must not have had a solo exhibition at The Delaware Contemporary in the last two years. decontemporary.org/friends-solo-exhibition
Urban Bike Project – Call for Artists
No hard deadlines for the art projects, but the soft re-opening of the shop will take place in mid-April with the Grand Re-opening in mid-to-late May.
Congregation Beth Emeth Art Gallery
Congregation Beth Emeth Art Gallery seeks artists for monthly exhibitions February through December 2019. Beth Emeth is a Reform Synagogue located at 300 West Lea Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802. To apply, send 2-3 jpgs of your work, a link to your website, or the link to your page in the Delaware Division of the Arts Artist Roster to Riva Brown, Gallery Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a preference for dates, please note. More information.
Local Art Leagues
Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally
National Endowment for the Arts FY2021 Funding Guidelines Posted
Guidelines and application materials for four National Endowment for the Arts funding categories— Grants for Arts Projects, Challenge America, Creative Writing Fellowships, and Literature Fellowships for Translation Projects—are available on the Arts Endowment’s website. Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The National Endowment for the Arts supports projects in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Click here for an online presentation that gives an overview of the National Endowment for the Arts’ funding opportunities.
The FY 2021 Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2021. Click the links in each section below for guidelines and application materials.
Grants for Arts Projects—Application Deadlines: February 13 & July 9, 2020
These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.
A Grants for Arts Projects Guidelines Online Presentation for potential applicants will be available in January 2020.
Please note that while the National Endowment for the Arts welcomes applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, we encourage projects that address any of the following activities below:
Challenge America—Application Deadline: April 9, 2020
These grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.
A Challenge America Guidelines Online Presentation for potential applicants will be available in January 2020. In addition, there will be a separate presentation available for previous Challenge America applicants interested in applying for Grants for Arts Projects. NOTE: An organization may not apply to both the Grants for Arts Projects AND the Challenge America categories.
Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry—Application Deadline: March 11, 2020
These $25,000 grants to published creative writers enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Fellowships alternate each year between poetry and prose and FY 2021 fellowships are to support poetry.
Questions about any of these guidelines or your application? Please use the list on the NEA’s website to determine your appropriate staff contact. Please note that guidelines for the Research award opportunities will be available in January and the Our Town guidelines will be available in May 2020.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Apply now for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and be considered for a 2020 Creative Fellowship, supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Creative Fellowship funding is still available is still available for artists from Delaware, New York, and West Virginia.
Resident artists are provided with private studios, room and board, and the company of other artists from around the nation for intensive, self-guided creative exploration and development. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy.
How do I apply?
Artists should apply directly to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support. For more information and to access the application, visit the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts’ website.
The next deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation also provides support for residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts for artists residing in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s website to learn more!
National Endowment for the Arts
Big Read Grant Opportunity Announced for Community Reading Programs
Additions to the NEA Big Read Library Include Selections in Honor of 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
Washington, DC—Are you a nonprofit organization interested in increasing community engagement, creating new partnerships, and celebrating great books? The 2020-2021 guidelines for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants are now available. This National Endowment for the Arts initiative, in partnership with Arts Midwest, supports community reading programs across the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the 2020-21 list of NEA Big Read books will include classic literature by four female authors: My Ántonia by Willa Cather, The Essential Emily Dickinson (a selection of poems by Dickinson, introduced by Joyce Carol Oates), Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.
Also new for 2020-2021 is the addition of the novel Circe by Madeline Miller, a retelling of the life of a Greek mythological goddess, and An American Sunrise, a new collection of poems by U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo, which will be available in place of her book How We Became Human.
In total, 32 books will be available for NEA Big Read projects taking place between September 2020 and June 2021; the full list of titles is available in the guidelines on Art Midwest’s website, where potential applicants can also find full details on eligibility, how to apply, and application advice. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020. In addition to libraries, eligible applicants include colleges and universities, arts organizations, museums, humanities councils, school districts, historical societies, and more—read the guidelines for complete eligibility information.
“Hosting an NEA Big Read program has been shown to be a powerful way to build community and encourage dialogue on a variety of pertinent topics, from taking care of elderly parents, such as in Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, to the opioid crisis in Burning Bright, to the challenges some boys face at the brink of manhood in Hustle,” said Amy Stolls, director of literary arts at the Arts Endowment.
All NEA Big Read programs include a series of events, ranging from lectures and book discussions to film screenings and performances, all designed to create opportunities for conversation and engagement among a wide range of community members.
Visit the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read website for more information on the program— including book and author information, podcasts, and videos—as well as to read community stories from past NEA Big Read grantees.
About the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
Since the program began in 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,500 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $21 million to organizations nationwide. In addition, NEA Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country. Over the past 13 years, grantees have leveraged more than $50 million in local matching funds to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 5.7 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, approximately 92,000 volunteers have participated at the local level, and 40,000 community organizations have partnered to make NEA Big Read activities possible. For more information about the NEA Big Read and to suggest a book, please visit arts.gov/neabigread.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.
(application questions) Arts Midwest, email@example.com, 612-238-8010
The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters affecting a region on a broad scale. The Foundation is currently accepting applications from US visual artists affected by Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Michael; California wildfires; or other events of this nature or scale. Artists can apply to the Foundation for funding for up to three years after such an event. For guidelines and to access the online application, visit this page. Deadline: Rolling
National Endowment for the Arts FY 2020 Funding Guidelines
Guidelines and application materials for three National Endowment for the Arts funding categories—Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships—have posted on the NEA’s website.
The fiscal year 2020 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2020. Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the Arts Endowment website.
In addition, guidelines for fiscal year 2020 Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry are posted for application by published creative writers. Guidelines and application materials for the fellowships are also in the Apply for a Grant section of the Arts Endowment website.
Visit the NEA’s recent grant search for examples of past Arts Endowment grants.
The Delaware Community Foundation
The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State.
For specific grant requirements, please see individual grant guidelines and applications. For more information about the DCF grantmaking process, contact Beth Bouchelle, Director of Grants, at 302.504.5239.
The Delaware Humanities Forum
The Delaware Humanities Forum provides financial support for two levels of grants – Regular, for requests of $3,000-$15,000, for projects in any topic and format; and Opportunity, for up to $3,000, to be used to fund smaller projects or to assist with long-range planning for larger projects. Parties interested in applying must make a formal application using forms provided on its website.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The NEH offers a wide variety of grants for humanities-related projects and cultural institutions.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)
MAAF invests in bringing artist from other countries to the U.S. to further its work in cultural exchange. It provides a variety of grants for artists, organizations, and other programs to further its mission.
Professional development for organizations and individuals
National Art Education Association
March 26-28, 2020, Minneapolis MN
The creative energy of the 2020 NAEA National Convention is already flowing! Hundreds of sessions, hands-on workshops, tours, events, and exhibits—designed by and for visual arts education professionals in an array of areas and teaching levels—are aligning to create this premier learning experience. Come collaborate with us at the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world! Learn more
Future conference dates
American Alliance for Museums
May 17-20, 2020, San Francisco
The American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting first started in 1906 in New York with under 200 museum professionals and has grown to over 5,000 attendees, becoming the largest museum conference in the United States.
AAM’s Annual Meeting is the only event of its scope and scale. It brings together museums of all types and sizes—from art and history museums to zoos and botanic gardens—to share ideas and make connections that are transformational. It’s a place where all museum professionals learn from one another, create partnerships, and leave inspired to make an impact on their museums, communities, and the world.
Together, we tackle topics ranging from collections management, curatorial practice, and exhibit design to education, fundraising, marketing, and beyond. Learn more
Future conference dates
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
As arts marketers, we work to create a future that reflects organizational visions to better serve audiences and more deeply and equitably engage the community. However, an increasing challenge is competing for the attention of audiences who are overwhelmed by technology and content in the media on a daily basis. Yet, even as resources and attention spans are limited, we must be prepared to not only confront these challenges —but also anticipate and prepare for them. NAMPC returns to Chicago in November 2020! Learn more
DeVos Institute of Arts Management
Global Arts Management Fellowship
The Institute’s fellowship program is offered free of charge to arts and cultural executives from across the United States and around the world who are selected through a competitive application process. These fellows attend a four-week program in residence in Washington, D.C. each summer for three consecutive years.
Designed for individuals who have dedicated themselves to management, rather than artistic leadership, the program supports leaders in positions of decision-making authority in developing, implementing, and refining organizational strategies over a three-year, cohort-based engagement.
Please check back in Fall 2020 for the application for the 2021-2023 cohort. Learn more
Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA)
DANA’s mission is to strengthen, enhance, and advance nonprofits and the sector in Delaware through advocacy, training, capacity building, and research. Please visit DANA’s calendar of events for upcoming classes and workshops.
Center for Nonprofit Advancement
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement promotes professional development for all staff members, board members and volunteers of an organization. We offer over 100 education classes a year covering topic areas such as board governance, finance, fundraising, HR support, leadership development, marketing, communications, technology and more. All classes are led by expert faculty members with experience working in the nonprofit sector. Please visit The Center for Nonprofit Advancement for more details.
New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) invites all artists and cultural institutions to join #ArtistHotline, an Artist’s Professional Development Day on Twitter, every third Wednesday of the month from 9:30AM – 5:30PM EST.
Residency opportunities in all artistic disciplines
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
CALL TO ARTISTS- Gallery Exhibits
WEST RUTLAND, VT- The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is accepting applications for one and/or two person exhibits for the 2020 season. The on-site gallery is located in a renovated, historic Vermont Marble Company building. Shows are 1-2 months in duration. Applications are reviewed and selected by the CSSC Artist Advisory Committee. To apply for a residency, please send your resumé/CV, statement/proposal and digital image (jpegs) or slide portfolio (up to 10 images) to firstname.lastname@example.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777.
Application deadline is January 24, 2020.
636 Marble Street, P.O. Box 495
West Rutland, VT 05777
802.438.2097, fax- 802.438.2020
www.carvingstudio.org The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
Hungarian Multicultural Center
The Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc. (HMC) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation, founded in 1990. HMC’s mission is to bridge cultural, geographic, and linguistic divides by bringing people together through the arts in order to foster a greater understanding of world cultures.
The HMC’s cultural programs are film screening, concerts, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, video, festivals and artists’ residencies.
The International Artist-in-Residency Program was founded in 1995. HMC offers a unique opportunity for artists chosen from around the world: the opportunity to reside and work as a resident artist in an atmosphere designed to stimulate personal vision and encourage new and exciting artistic expressions.
It is neither a school nor an artist`s colony. It does, however, offer an opportunity for professional artists to explore their full creative potential.
Residencies and exhibitions are yet another way to bring the contemporary art and artists featured in the series directly to local communities and audiences. Providing an opportunity to interact with new work and new ideas, residencies can initiate important conversations and create forums for further public dialogue.
Facilitating connections between artists and different communities can deepen the conversations started in the broadcast series. Involving the artists directly in outreach is an important aspect of the HMC series.
For more information you can contact Beata Szechy, HMC, Director, at email@example.com
Additional resources and arts opportunities
Delaware Contemporary seeks Teaching Artists
Join our roster of diverse and talented professional Teaching Artists and share your passion for the arts with students of all ages. The Delaware Contemporary offers a range of outreach programs with numerous partner organizations and in-house programming that inspire Pre-K students to life long learners.
Submit your letter of interest and CV to Leslie Shaffer, Interim Executive Director, 302.656.6466 x7106
Delaware State Arts Council Seeks New Members
Four members of the Delaware State Arts Council are concluding their second three-year terms. Since they are ineligible to serve a third term, the Governor’s Boards and Commissions office is now accepting nominations to fill the open seats.
The Delaware State Arts Council is the advisory body to the Delaware Division of the Arts. The Council advises the Division of the Arts on matters of arts policy, funding for the arts, and other issues relevant to support for the arts in Delaware. The Council, according to its enabling legislation, “shall be composed of not more than 15 members” appointed by the Governor, who represent the state geographically and politically and are appointed on the basis of their interest and experience in the arts.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Delaware State Arts Council, complete the Board and Commission Application, found on the Governor’s site, and return it to the Governor’s office. Please indicate Board #0014: Delaware State Arts Council on the application.
Artists feel most happy and productive when they’re making art. Sometimes, though, life can have other plans—from the predictable stress of moving to a new studio to the unexpected headache of having to clean out a flooded one; from taxes and insurance to accidents and emergencies. That’s why it’s vitally important for artists to make preparedness part of their practices by learning the art of CYA—Cover Your A’s: Art, Assets + Archives.
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE)
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) is an annual performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference, hosted by a different eastern city each year. The conference also includes a multitude of artist showcases, professional development workshops, an exhibit hall where presenters and artists/agents meet, and networking opportunities.
CodaWorx RFP Listings
CODAworx is the hub of the commissioned art economy. We connect all members of the industry, matching creative talent with creative opportunities, and providing digital tools that streamline the commission workflow process. Our network connects artists and creative teams to architects, design and art professionals, and the universe of companies that provide services and products for commission projects.