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Below are select art and job opportunities from Delaware and neighboring states. For more jobs in the arts 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.

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Alabama State Council on the Arts
Executive Director

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018

Position Responsibilities

Directs day to day operations of the agency including, but not limited to, finance/budgeting, personnel management, grants administration, planning, public relations and information, advocacy and reporting requirements.  Regularly communicates with council members and carries out policies set by the Council. Special emphasis is given to working with the council chair on a wide range of functions involving the planning of quarterly business meetings, advocacy activities, council committee work and problem solving as needed.  Provides internal and external leadership relative to ASCA’s strategic multi-year plan designed to support and promote the arts, individual artists and arts education statewide.  Acts as the primary representative for the Council with the State Legislature, various state agencies, South Arts (regional organization), the National Endowment for the Arts and federal agencies concerned with arts policy and support. Note: Communication with the Alabama Legislature is viewed as a priority function and responsibility.  Builds and maintains partnerships in both the public and private sectors that maximize ASCA’s ability to achieve the goals and objectives articulated in the agency’s long range plan.  Provides professional assistance  and guidance to arts administrators, arts educators, artists and a wide range of individuals involved in planning and programming in the arts.

Send cover letter and resume (electronic format preferred) with contact information, work experience, qualifications and accomplishments as referenced above to:

For submission and general inquiry:
Jackie Berry
Executive Assistant
Alabama State Council on the Arts 201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Jackie.berry@arts.alabama.gov

For confidential inquiry and/or specific job related questions, interested parties may contact:
Mr. Al Head
Executive Director,
Alabama State Council on the Arts 201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, Al 36104
334-242-4076 ext. 245
al.head@arts.alabama.gov

ASCA website:  www.arts.alabama.gov


WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation)
Executive Director

WESTAF seeks an entrepreneur with a significant understanding of technology and a commitment to cultural causes to develop, deploy, and maximize revenue from software and services that strengthen nonprofit arts ecosystems.

WESTAF is a nonprofit organization that weaves together technology, thought leadership, and innovation to energize, network, and grow funding for public sector arts agencies.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it is one of six regional arts organizations in the United States. WESTAF provides advocacy, policy, arts programming, and professional development services to the arts agencies in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition, through its technology programs, it serves arts organizations and artists in every state in the country. WESTAF has taken an entrepreneurial approach to addressing the needs of the arts and culture field by developing technology products and providing software as a service (SaaS). The income generated from these services enables WESTAF to elevate the arts and culture field through a number of initiatives.

Key Areas of Endeavor
The key areas in which the Executive Director will be engaged are:

  • Ongoing development of seven existing and distinct technology products that support the arts and culture field and development of new technology products:
    • ZAPPlication®, the market leader for online application and adjudication management, is used by more than 850 art fairs and festivals and 80,000 artists
    • CallforEntry™, an online application and adjudication-management system used by public art programs, galleries, museums, and educational
    • GO Smart™, an online grants-management system designed for public sector arts agencies to administer grant
    • Independent Music On Tour™, a project that matches independent musicians with nonprofit
    • Creative Vitality™ Suite, a research-based online economic development tool with national level data about the for-profit and nonprofit aspects of the creative economy in every part of the United
    • Public Art Archive™, an online archive of public art in the United
    • YouJudgeIt™, an affordable, web-based tool for managing small competitions of all
  • Advocacy, networking, and convenings that are designed to help the cultural community explore critical issues affecting arts and culture, support the state and national legislative agendas of state arts agencies in WESTAF’s 13-state region, increase the capacity of state arts agencies through the provision of professional development opportunities, and the provision of consulting services related to the development of cultural
  • Sponsorship of multicultural initiatives, including the establishment of a pipeline of diverse arts leaders through the Emerging Leaders of Color Professional Development Proactive engagement with state arts agencies in the WESTAF region and beyond and also regional arts organizations in efforts that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the local, state, and regional levels.

The WESTAF Structure
WESTAF is a complex organization. It serves the arts and culture sector through programs, advocacy, and policy work. Simultaneously, the organization develops and deploys technology products in an SaaS form to generate earned income that supports both arts and culture initiatives and furthers the development of WESTAF software products. WESTAF has experienced solid growth over the years and has an FY18 core budget of $4.4 million. The organization also manages $30 million in funds that are collected on behalf of client organizations. Most of these funds are remitted to the client organizations after being collected, documented, and discounted.

WESTAF has a full-time staff of 26 and 5 permanent external contractors. Governed by a board of 22, WESTAF operates as a nonprofit organization; however, it is the majority owner of a significant for-profit subsidiary. WESTAF recently completed a rigorous, collaborative, and inclusive strategic planning process that outlines strategies for the next 10 years and has established metrics to evaluate the impact of those strategies.

The Position
Reporting to the board of trustees through the Chair, the Executive Director will implement WESTAF’s 10-year vision to strengthen the arts ecosystem. The Executive Director will be responsible for: managing all of the organization’s professional staff, funding, and resources; implementation of WESTAF’s programs and services; continual improvement of WESTAF software; and maximizing users and revenue flows of WESTAF software and associated services.

The Executive Director will be the primary driver of current and new technology and service initiatives and will reinforce and expand WESTAF’s role as a meaningful player in the arts- technology space. The individual will develop new customers, software-distribution channels, and strategic partnerships while ensuring that overall revenue, user count, and satisfaction goals are achieved. The Executive Director will hold primary responsibility as the organization’s chief salesperson and proactive steward of WESTAF’s line of arts-technology products and services.

The Executive Director will hire a Deputy Director, a newly created position that will provide cultural policy leadership at the local, state, and national levels and also guide the arts programming of the organization. The Executive Director, Deputy Director, all staff, and the full board will promote WESTAF’s substantial commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.

Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics
The Executive Director will be a social entrepreneur who understands the need for art communities to shape technology products. The individual will ideally have direct experience with the Software as a Service business. The successful candidate will also have a significant number of the following qualities:

  • Proven business and leadership experience
  • A demonstrated ability to build earned revenue
  • An ability to attract and retain talent, especially technology talent
  • Experience as a facilitator and catalyst for new ideas
  • Experience structuring and nurturing financial investments and partnerships
  • The ability to gain the support and confidence of the board and staff at all levels
  • The holding of deep-seated values related to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills for formal and extemporaneous presentations

Compensation
The compensation for this position is competitive. Special incentive and bonuses for reaching key metrics can be included. Health, retirement, and other benefits are part of the compensation package.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

For more information, to recommend a candidate, or to apply please contact:
Lisa Grossman – (650)323-3565 or lisag@moppenheim.com
Patrick Salazar – (310)230-5315 or patricks@moppenheim.com

m/Oppenheim Associates
425 Market Street, Suite 1020
San Francisco, CA 94105

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to:
Laurel Sherman, Project Coordinator, WESTAF  search@westaf.org


Atelier Art Services

FT – Art Handler: https://philaculture.org/what-we-do/job-bank/art-handler-pa-de-locations

Delaware Shakespeare
Development Associate

About the Position

Delaware Shakespeare is seeking an entry level Development Associate to work closely with the Senior Development Consultant and the Producing Artistic Director to grow our donor base and funding from all sources of fundraising activity – individual giving, major gift development, grants, sponsorship and events. The Development Associate will assist with development planning and support the Development Consultant in implementing all development activities. The Development Consultant will be responsible for training the Associate and over time the Associate will take on more responsibility for development activities as s/he becomes competent in the work. This is a part-time position, beginning at 20 hours a week.

Specific Responsibilities

The Development Associate will work on any and all of the tasks listed below, initially with direction and supervision from the Development Consultant, and then, as s/he acquires the skills, more independently. The Producing Artistic Director will oversee these activities as well, reviewing the work and making final decisions when needed.

Development Associate Tasks:

  • Mass appeals
    • Writing letters/e-blasts
    • Overseeing mailing production
    • Maintaining mailing and Constant Contact lists
    • Social media fundraising campaigns
  • Major gift program
    • Tracking contacts with all major donors and prospects
    • Create and manage schedule of donor outreach
    • Attend grant/major donor cultivation meetings, prepare materials for them, ensure follow up
  • Grant/sponsorship program
    • Grant writing and reporting
    • Tracking deadlines, submissions, reporting requirements
  • Assist with event planning and execution, attend and ensure donor follow up afterward
  • Attend development meetings and take meeting notes
  • Developing fundraising materials – sponsorship packets, donor packets, donation cards
  • Database entry and management
  • Tracking results and creating fundraising updates and reports
  • Manage receipt, inputting and depositing of donations
  • Donation acknowledgement – thank you letters, donor recognition programs

Qualities and Qualifications

We are looking for someone bright, driven, personable and kind. Candidates must be organized, detail oriented, able to write and communicate clearly, have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic.

No previous experience in development is required, however we’d like to see evidence of being a resourceful and creative self-starter.

A Bachelor’s degree and/or some experience in arts administration preferred, but not required.  An enthusiasm for working for a small but exciting and growing arts organization is a must!

Contact Information

Please email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to jobs@delshakes.org.


Resident Ensemble Players
Assistant Box Office Manager

University of Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players/Department of Theatre is seeking a courteous, professional, strong self-starter and team player to work in a busy box office.  Responsibilities include exceptional custom service; selling subscription and single ticket sales for the Resident Ensemble Players (REP), Master Players, and Department of Music on a computerized ticketing system; processing financial paperwork and sales reports; training of student workers; and creative problem solving. This is a part-time position, working 25 – 30 hours per week, with no University of Delaware benefits and requires a flexible schedule with primary availability needed between noon and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. This position includes working some nights and weekends.

This is a part-time position, working 25 – 30 hours per week, with no University of Delaware benefits and requires a flexible schedule with primary availability needed between noon and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. This position includes working some nights and weekends.

TO APPLY: Email a current resume, cover letter, and three references to nhowatt@udel.edu


Bootless Stageworks
Lighting Designer

Bootless’ current Lighting Designer is leaving for Grad School, which mean a great opportunity for you and your creative skills. Bootless (www.bootless.org) is a small professional adult contemporary theater located in Wilmington, DE, with a mission of supporting the development of Emerging Artists.

Our 2018-19 isn’t completly set, but we know we will be staging [title of show] (Sept/Oct), Stage Kiss (May), and our orginal work, You’ve Got Red on You (July), along with 1 or 2 other full productions TBD. Bootless also operates as a local venue for comedy shows and music events, which could be added to your schedule for extra income.

Bootless is looking for a creative, adventurous Lighting Designer who enjoys collaborating with energetic production team members and amazing artists to create unique live theater. Responsibilities include working with the Stage Director & Set Designer on lighting design elements of productions, hang/focus of equipment, programming board, operating board (if needed), and lighting equipment maintenance. A lighting tech is available to help out with hang/focus, running cords, etc. Our theater is black box format, utilizing a mix of traditional and LED fixtures (some movings) on a ETC Express 48-96 board.

Compensation is per show/event (and totally non-union rate). The schedule is very friendly so as to accomodate a daytine job, other productions, school, etc.

Email resume and portfolio samples or link (if available) to director@bootless.org with the subject line Lighting Designer.


2018 SEASON – CINDERELLA, ALADDIN & ANDROCLES AND THE LION AND THEATRE AND FILM CAMPS FOR YOUTH

Summer Theatre Seeks Understudies and Apprentices

The Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre is accepting applications for understudies and apprentices for 2018. The company, in its 37th season, is seeking male and female actors to learn various roles in Cinderella and Aladdin. Understudies will need to be available for specific performances in July and August. Applicants must age 18 or older with a flexible summer schedule. Apprentices will assist with younger children in theatre camps from 9 AM to Noon on various days throughout the summer. Apprentices must be high school age or older.

To apply, send a resume or cover letter to rehobothchildrenstheatre@gmail.com, Attn: Steve. Information on the theatre is available at rehobothechildrenstheatre.org

Epworth Methodist Church
19285 Holland Glade Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE


Hagley Museum

PT, Visitor Services Assistant position: https://www.hagley.org/about-us/employment


Delaware Museum of Natural History

PT – Education Asst: https://philaculture.org/what-we-do/job-bank/education-assistant-part-time


UD Community Music School
Piano Teacher

Description: The University of Delaware Community Music School is seeking an experienced Suzuki piano instructor to take over for a long-term instructor’s departure. There is therefore a studio already built which includes several 45 minute group classes and several full evenings worth of students.

Duties: Teach private 30-60 minute Suzuki piano lessons;
Teach several 45 minute group classes;
Attend several Suzuki recitals throughout the year

Qualifications: Suzuki Piano training completed through Book 4 & several years of experience teaching Suzuki Piano.

Salary: $40/teaching hour
Part-time position without benefits.

Contact: Kevin Cope
communitymusicschool@udel.edu

Website: www.music.udel.edu/cms
Phone: 570-831-1548


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.


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


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 rose@rehobothartleague.org. 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 catalogue listing over 50 volunteer opportunities. Feel free to call (302)-645-9095, visit our office, or contact sue@rehobothfilm.com to see how we can match your skills and interests with our needs.


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

Jester Artspace

We are a grass-roots non-profit organization, working to save the historic, 200-year-old Jester Farmhouse on Grubb Road in Wilmington, for local artists of all disciplines and skill levels. It will be used as meeting, working, and gallery space. The house sits on 26 acres of farmland and dairy cattle. We have signed a long-term lease for the county-owned farmhouse and have made great progress.

We are in need of 3-5 new board candidates who can help us with our next phase as we develop our instructional offerings, and raise funds, to complete the renovations. Artists with instructional experience, and a willingness to pitch in with other tasks, are especially needed.

Learn more about us at jesterartspace.org. Email us at jesterartspace@gmail.com.

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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 based in 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 based in 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.


WILMINGTON BALLET ACADEMY
Tuition Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program

The Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance(est. 1956) is offering a Tuition-Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program to boys age 7 – 18 years old. It is designed to enhance the participants athletic skills, strength, self-discipline, flexibility, mental focus, musicality, teamwork and creativity. The program currently offers classes from beginners to intermediate levels of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. Participants in the program will have performance opportunities in the Wilmington Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker at the historic DuPont Theatre with live orchestra and chorus, at the end of the year Spring Performance and at other productions throughout the year.

Students accepted into the program will be trained by faculty members of the academy led by Artistic Director Jorge Laico, who danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and Oakland Ballet. Some of his students have continued to join with San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Acceptance into the program is by audition. No prior dance experience is required.

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance is conveniently located near Trolley Square.
1709 Gilpin Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806

Please visit www.wilmingtonballet.org, email wilmingtonballet@yahoo.com or call (302) 655-1004 to learn more.

 

Entries for the visual and literary arts

Rehoboth Art League – 8th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition
Call for Entries

Application Deadline:  August 1, 2018
Eligibility:  Open to all artists living in DE, MD, PA, NJ, WVa,DC, VA
Notification of Acceptance:  August 17, 2018
Exhibition Dates:  September 7 – October 13, 2018

Juror and Awards Judge:  Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton Maryland. Mr. Simons received a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Philosophy/AbD in English from Yale University. Previous positions have included the Robyn and John Davis Chief Curator of the Nantucket Historical Association, Campaign Office for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Board Member of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

Awards:  
Best in Show: 1500.00 and a future solo exhibition (concurrent with the 9th Regional Biennial Exhibition)
Awards of Excellence (3): 250.00 each
Honorable Mention( (2): 125.00 each

Additional information (prospectus): https://2018-regional-juried-biennial-exhibition-non-member.artcall.org  Our website:  rehobothartleague.org

Contact:
Jay Pastore
Rehoboth Art League
12 Dodds Lane
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Office 302.227.8408 ext 104
Facsimile 302.227.4121
jay@rehobothartleague.org


CITYFEST, INC.’S
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (“RFP”)
FOR PHYSICAL PUBLIC ART COMMISSION

DUE DATE: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:00 P.M. EDT

OVERVIEW
Cityfest, Inc. is seeking artists and/or artist teams to submit proposals to create original artwork for physical public art displays in the City of Wilmington as part of a local campaign to build civic pride.  The artist(s) and/or artist teams selected for the commission will conceptualize and develop appropriate designs and work in collaboration with members of the campaign committee and the marketing team.

The goals of the artwork are to:

Tell Wilmington’s Story
Designs should embody our community spirit and aspirations by honoring our past and envisioning a positive future. Designs should be bold and express our ambition.

Stimulate Engagement / Conversation
Designs should stand out, engage, and inspire residents and visitors intellectually, aesthetically and emotionally. We want people to engage with the public art and share on social media.

Reflect Wilmington’s Diversity
Designs should be inclusive and speak to the people and neighborhoods of Wilmington.

Elevate
Designs should elevate the profile of our city.

The artwork will appear on four (4) aluminum sculptures/installations that will be displayed throughout Wilmington at undisclosed outdoor locations. The artist and/or artist team selected for the commission will conceptualize and develop appropriate designs for proposed project elements.

BACKGROUND
The City of Wilmington is perfectly situated in one of the richest cultural, economic, and environmentally affluent regions in the United States. With a population of approximately 71,000, residents enjoy resources that most cities don’t offer, i.e. an abundance of museums, diverse neighborhoods, parks and trails, shopping and dining opportunities, and a mixture of cultural excursions, all of which embody a vibrant and authentic sense of community. The campaign is a community-driven development plan focused on harnessing public and private investments to make the City of Wilmington a stronger and more prosperous city. The City is actively working to improve behind-the-scenes elements to encourage the advancement of local arts and culture to create a unique sense of place, and a more livable and economically vibrant city.

OBJECTIVES / PROJECT INTENT
The objective of this marketing campaign, in issuing this RFP, is to identify qualified artists and/or artist teams who have the ability to create art for installations in public places in the City of Wilmington. Public art should result in broad community benefit by enhancing the City’s image and sense of place, contributing to economic vitality, and improving the community’s exposure to art while creating the best social and digital impact. The sculptures/installations  will appear in outdoor public places; therefore, the final painted artwork should be appropriate for audiences of all ages and all weather conditions.

ART REQUIREMENTS
The artwork sculptures/installations will serve as a teaser for an upcoming campaign to be launched September 11; therefore, specific information regarding the sculptures will only be released to the selected artists. However, since the sculptures will be made out of aluminum and painted with a primer for the artists, proposals and final designs should take the medium into account. The preferred medium is paint.

All artwork will be permanent and coated with an anti-graffiti coating.

POSSIBLE ARTWORK INSTALLATION LOCATIONS
The committee for the campaign has identified possible locations within the City of Wilmington for the artwork sculptures/installations. These sites will be disclosed to the top four (4) artists and/or artist teams selected. For general reference, the four (4) installations will be displayed at different exterior locations within the City of Wilmington that will serve as the most impactful for the campaign.

Please note that the top four (4) artists and/or artist teams selected will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION (This timeline is subject to change)

RFP Release DateJuly 11, 2018
RFP Close Date/Submissions Due DateJuly 18, 2018
Top 4 Artists SelectedJuly 20, 2018
Design Concepts DueJuly 25, 2018
Final Design Concepts SelectedJuly 27, 2018
Artwork CreationJuly 28 – August 17
Artwork InstallationAugust 21- 23

 

BUDGET
The budget for the final commissioned artwork is $750.00 per artist/artist team and is inclusive of all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to: artist expenses, administration, sub-consultants, travel/lodging, artwork fabrication (including materials, details and specifications), storage, transportation and installation, related permits, licenses, taxes and insurance. Any expenses that exceed the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.

ELIGIBILITY
This RFP is open only to artists and/or artist teams living in Wilmington, Delaware. Only artists and/or artist teams with reviewable portfolios are eligible to apply. While artists whose work is well represented within the City of Wilmington are eligible to apply, the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process.

The commissioned artist and/or artist team will work with the Campaign Committee and campaign staff to create a site-specific, durable piece of art for these outdoor sculptures/installations. Applicants who wish to be considered for this project should have experience working within the public process, in public settings, as well as a proven ability to work with fabricators and installers.

The artwork for this site must reflect the Project Intent as described above.

The artist and/or artist team will be required to provide evidence of appropriate liability, property damage, and workers compensation insurance while working on site. The artist and/or artist team will be provided a space to work on the sculptures/installations.

RFP SUBMISSION PROCESS
There is no submission fee. Send complete submissions/portfolios to Katie DuBerry at  kduberry@agenda-global.com. For artwork files, please send Dropbox link. Please include the following in your submission:

  • Statement of Interest: In 300 words or less, describe your interest in the commission and your qualifications for undertaking such a project. Be sure to address the selection criteria below.
    • If you are applying as an artist team, your statement of interest should reflect the work and the approach of the team.
  • Resume: Not more than two pages that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist and any community engagement experience. Be sure to include any relevant public or private commissioning experience.
  • If you are applying as an artist team, combine your information into a two-page document that summarizes the team-members’ qualifications. For example, a four-member team may choose to include a half-page bio for each team member.
  • Media: No more than 12 images of completed work, including examples of work similar to the scope of this project. Images should be from 70 – 100 dpi. If you have video of your work that is relevant to this project, please submit a link to the video. Each video link will count as one of your 12 images. Each video may be no longer than 3 minutes.
  • If you are applying as an artist team, designate one artist to be the team leader to submit your information, along with team member(s) images and resume/bio(s). Submissions from artist teams should reflect samples from each artist on the team, and not exceed the overall submission limit of 12 images.
  • References: A list of at least three (3) professional references that have a solid knowledge of your work and working methods, including addresses, email, and telephone.
  • Optional: You may include up to three selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles, and other related information.

FINAL ARTIST SELECTION
The Campaign Committee will review the submittals and select four (4) artists and/or artist teams to proceed the next stage where each artist and/or artist team will be required to provide two (2) to three (3) detailed design concepts/comps with description for the final site- specific artwork sculptures/installations. Upon the selection of the final four (4) artists and/or artist teams, additional details on location, specifications on shapes of the sculptures/installations, and the exact nature of the campaign will be disclosed to provide the artists and/or artist teams with the best possible design concepts.

Criteria for Selection

  • An initial proposal that reflects Project Intent as described in this document.
  • A body of work reflecting artistic excellence.
  • Experience working in public settings and public process.
  • Experience designing and creating artwork suitable for the outdoor environment.
  • References provided as part of this application which will be contacted prior to final selection.

NONDISCRIMINATION

The Campaign Committee does not discriminate against any qualified individual on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

ADDITIONAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

  • The Campaign Committee may check references to assist in the evaluation of any submission.
  • The Campaign Committee shall not be liable in any way for any costs incurred by any artist in the preparation and submission of the RFP.
  • All submissions are considered public and subject to review upon request.
  • The Campaign Committee has the right to reject any and all proposals.
  • The Campaign Committee has the right to issue additional solicitations for requests for proposals.
  • The Campaign Committee reserves the right to withdraw this RFP at any time.
  • Artist(s) and/or artist teams have the right to withdraw their submissions at any time.

QUESTIONS?
Inquiries about the project or this RFP should be made by sending an e-mail to the project consultant Katie DuBerry at kduberry@agenda-global.com.


Center for Fine Art Photography – C4FAP

THEME | ABSTRACT
In trying to define the undefinable, we say that abstracts have subjects transformed to their essential elements or into non-objects, or simply to non-representational images. Admittedly, Abstract is hard to define and artist interpretations are welcome as part of this conversation on a significant and current photographic direction. Emerging to established artists are encouraged to submit. All types of photographic processes and presentations are eligible.

Organization: The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO
Title: Abstract Call for Entry and International Photography Exhibition
Juror: Elizabeth Houston

Venue: The Carnegie Center for Creativity in Fort Collins, CO

IMPORTANT DATES
Entries Due | August 5, 2018
Notice Of Acceptance | August 17, 2018
Exhibition Dates | November 15- December 15, 2018
Public + Artists’ Reception | December 7, 2018

Call for Entry Page: http://bit.ly/Abstract2018
Home Page: http://www.c4fap.org

ELIGIBILITY: Our calls for entry are open to all photographers world-wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate.  All types of imagery and photographic processes are eligible, including but not limited to film captures, digital captures, cell phone captures, photo-shopped, alternative processes, traditional styles, contemporary, conceptual and on! As this is a projection exhibition, all images must be available as a digital file.


inWilmington: #UnleashWithin Photo Challenge

Participants are encouraged to ‘unleash’ the photographer withIN and submit images taken in Wilmington using the #UnleashWithIN tag. Random giveaways will be announced throughout the contest and 24 finalists will be invited to exhibit on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Delaware Contemporary during the September Art Loop.

Campaign photographer, Joe del Tufo of Moonloop Photography will choose the finalists and the public will vote for the Grand Prize winner, who will be featured in a future exhibition at the Delaware Contemporary plus, receive an arts and entertainment prize pack from participating inWilmington organizations.

Visit the inWilmington website for submission details.


National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
National Playwriting Competition
Call for Entries

NASAA is partnering with Bismarck State College Theatre, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long “Game Changer Ideas Festival” is pleased to announce a call for brand new ten-minute plays that engage with the question “What Happened to the American Dream?”

Americans find themselves at a crossroads politically, socially, or economically. Simultaneously more connected than ever before, and more estranged and dispossessed. In an era of fake news, of foreign governments attacking our social media outlets, what are our convictions and desires? What feelings do those convictions and desires engender, if not hope? Are we living without hope? Are we being fired upon by meretricious and empty promises? The American Dream means many different things to many different people. Is the American Dream the spread of democracy across the world? Is it the Jeffersonian concept of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Is it the promise of upward economic and social mobility?

BSC Theatre seeks only brand new, never before produced plays, outside of readings, workshops, and/or festivals. Plays should be no more than ten pages long (exclusive of cover page/dramatis personea), following traditional playwriting format. Plays may be written in any style, set in any time, and may use as many or as few characters as the author wishes. Plays will be entered into consideration for production during BSC Theatre’s annual Short Play Festival in May 2019. If selected for performance, authors agree to provide BSC with performance rights for the duration of the Short Play Festival. Selection of scripts for performance will be at the discretion of a coalition of academics, theatre artists, and members of the HumanitiesND.

To submit:

Visit BSCTheatre.com or https://goo.gl/forms/KGpawE4QZqt1x1rF2
Please ensure that you attach a copy of your ten-minute play to the form in DOC or PDF format.

Playwrights may submit up to three scripts for consideration.

Playwright’s name and complete contact information should be included on the cover sheet only. The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere else.

Submission due date is September 1, 2018

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Danny Devlin, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bismarck State College at Daniel.Devlin@bismarckstate.edu or 701-224-5530


Dover Art League (DAL)
2018 Calls for Entry

Comic-Con Show – August
For the second year, the DAL is happy to participate in Dover Comic-Con with a Comic-Con themed art show.  Entries due by August 1st.

Judged Pottery Show – September
Our showcase of the macabre returns for its second year! Entries accepted in any size and medium.  Entries due October 1st.

Domestic Violence Show
To be shown in the Holden Gallery. A show honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Entries accepted in any medium and size.  Entries due October 1st.

Holiday Expo and Members Show – November/December
A general members’ showcase, just in time for the holiday season. Any piece in any medium is acceptable!  Entries due November 1st.


Opportunities at the Newark Arts Alliance

Call for Instructors

Do you enjoy sharing your art with others? The Newark Arts Alliance is seeking instructors for our 2018 class schedule. Visit our website for more information and the Class Proposal Guidelines and Form.

Not a member yet? Support the Newark Arts Alliance and take advantage of our volunteer-staffed shop to market your art. Join today!

Opportunities in Our Community

The Morris Arboretum – Time in the Garden
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania will be staging both indoor and outdoor Time in the Garden exhibits in 2018. Artists are invited to interpret this theme either by creating a piece to be installed on the grounds of the 92 acre public garden, or as a hanging piece in the Upper Gallery of the Visitor Center.

Newark Free Library 
The Newark Free Library is seeking artists and collectors to exhibit their work/collections in one or more of five display cases located inside the library. Although sales tags cannot be included with the display, artist contact information and website information are allowed.

The Lorelton
2200 W. 4th St., Wilmington DE 19805

The Lorelton, an assisted living community in Wilmington, is seeking artists who would like to display their artwork. The Lorelton has two large rooms and two hallways ready to accept hanging pieces. (Only hanging works can be accepted.)

Find more information about these Artist Opportunities on our website!


Local Art Leagues

Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally

NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) Grants

DEADLINE
Thursday, September, 6, 2018 at 11:59pm CST

As the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) approaches its 30th anniversary in May 2019, it announces the latest round of grant opportunities for Latino artists and arts organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Grants will support projects taking place in 2019, and applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term increasingly used in lieu of Latino or Latina). Eligible artists and organizations are invited to apply for NFA Artist and NFA Organization Grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to create new work or build their capacity.

The Mentorship Award has been reconfigured as a $25,000 grant supporting intergenerational or peer to peer mentorship between artists and recognizes excellence and mastery of skill. Recent grantees of the Mentorship Award (formerly known as the Master Artist Grant) include composer Gabriela Lena Frank, bombero Jesús Manuel Cepeda Brenes, visual artist Judy Baca, and media artist John Jota Leaños.

Learn more about last year’s grantees or access this year’s downloadable grant guidelines at www.nalac.org/nfa.

SUPPORT WEBINARS
Friday, July 20, 2018 / 10:30-11:30am CST
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 / 1:00-2:00pm CST
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 / 5:00-6:00pm CST

Join the webinar via Zoom with a webcam or by phone: https://zoom.us/j/2104323982. Meeting ID: 210 432 3982. Phone audio: US Toll (408) 638-0968 or (646) 558-8656.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH NALAC STAFF
During August 6 to August 17, 2018, you can meet with staff virtually. Please come prepared with questions or requests for feedback or technical assistance regarding your NALAC Fund for the Arts application.

Sign-up for a 15-minute consultation here: https://calendly.com/nfa18/15min/08-06-2018


Scandinavian Folk Arts and Culture in the Upper Midwest
Fellowships for Artists/Scholars and Grants for Public Programs

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) announces a new program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

Broadly defined, folk arts are expressions of community identity and values. They are cultivated informally among individuals by word of mouth or example. Whether practicing a traditional craft, art, technical or occupational skill; performing music or dance; or marking important moments of life or the year with special foods or customs, folk arts are deeply rooted in community life and foster human creativity.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) cultures throughout the United States. By supporting folk arts and traditional cultures in the Upper Midwest, in particular, ASF will recognize and celebrate the mastery of individual artists or practitioners, facilitate the cultivation of skills and understanding among younger generations, bring greater visibility to Scandinavian arts and traditions, and highlight the centrality of cultural expression to all of our lives.

Two categories of support will be available – fellowships for artists and/or scholars and grants for public programs and community projects. All of our grants will encourage both the practice of folk arts and cultures and the presentation of those arts to public audiences.

Apply here


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Launches Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network 
First Tours Will Begin in Spring 2019

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced the launch of the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network (FTAN). FTAN is a presenter based membership network designed to bolster the presentation of folk and traditional arts in the region through public performances and multi-day community residencies. FTAN strengthens MAAF’s mission of advancing arts access and participation while providing artists and practitioners with new opportunities. The program is made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Starting in the fall of 2018, new members will be selected on an annual basis through an open, competitive selection process. Mid-Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV) non-profit presenters are eligible to participate in the program. FTAN prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.

MAAF has partnered with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) to facilitate collaborative planning between FTAN members and touring artists and tradition bearers. NCTA will provide both artists and members with administrative tour support.

Contact:

Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
karen@midatlanticarts.org
410.539.6656 x104


National Endowment for the Arts FY 2019 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 2019 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2019. Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.

In addition, guidelines for fiscal year 2019 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 NEA website.

DATES AND DEADLINES

Art Works – Application Deadline: July 12, 2018

Visit the NEA’s recent grant search for examples of past NEA 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)

The NEA offers grants for organizations and individuals, as well as partnership agreements with state arts agencies.


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

Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference

The 11th annual conference will be held on Friday and Saturday August 17 and 18, 2018 at the Lewes Public Library. Schedule and workshop descriptions here.

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
#ArtistHotline

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

360 Xochi Quetzal

2018 Fiber Residency in Mexico  

FREE 2018 Residency Application Deadline: 7/29/18

This year’s theme is FIBER! International fiber artists working in all fiber media are welcome to apply as well as writers working on fiber-related projects and musicians/composers whose focus is stringed Instruments.

For more details about our free 1-month residency: www.360xochiquetzal.com/

Applications for the 360 Xochi Quetzal

2018 Fiber Residency are due July 29, 2018 through CAFÉ

Residency Dates: December 15, 2018 – January 14, 2019

We also have a personal residency program for artists and writers (not limited to fiber) who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 4 months) beginning April 2018. For descriptions of live/work spaces: www.360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-overview/

Additional resources and arts opportunities

Delaware Music Educators Association
Delaware Arts Conference

Join us as an exhibitor at this year’s conference hosted by the Delaware Music Educators Association & Delaware Art Education Association along with the dance and theater teachers of Delaware. We anticipate having close to 400 people present for the day!

Our conference will be held on Friday, October 5 at Appoquinimink High School (Middletown, DE). To find our registration form for vendors/exhibitors or to complete a session proposal form, please visit our website!

http://delawaremea.org/professional-development/

Exhibitor Form Deadline – August 15
Session Proposal Form Deadline – July 20


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.


Jester Artspace

We are a grass-roots non-profit organization, working to save the historic, 200-year-old Jester Farmhouse on Grubb Road in Wilmington, for local artists of all disciplines and skill levels. It will be used as meeting, working, and gallery space. The house sits on 26 acres of farmland and dairy cattle. We have signed a long-term lease for the county-owned farmhouse and have made great progress.

We are in need of 3-5 new board candidates who can help us with our next phase as we develop our instructional offerings, and raise funds, to complete the renovations. Artists with instructional experience, and a willingness to pitch in with other tasks, are especially needed.

Learn more about us at jesterartspace.org. Email us at jesterartspace@gmail.com.

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net

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 CYACover 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.


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