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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.

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Wilmington Ballet Academy of Dance
Executive & Artistic Director

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance is currently seeking a new Director in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Director oversees all choreographic, musical, educational, and production functions of Wilmington Ballet including programming; scheduling and staging of all ballet productions; selection and supervision of ballets, artists, artistic staff and guest choreographers; day to day studio work; dancer training and rehabilitation; personal coaching for all levels of students; artistic supervision of educational programs; artistic supervision of educational outreach programs; participation in budgetary and short and long-range planning in coordination with the Board of Directors: and fundraising, donor relations, and related activities.


  • Coordinate with the artistic staff to develop and execute the short and long-range strategies for the `artistic development of Wilmington Ballet, involving daily schedules, instructors, choreographers, and other specialists
  • Attract and retain artists of high quality; engage and maintain an effective artistic staff to assist with the development of quality artists and productions
  • Work within financial and scheduling constraints to produce and create engaging artistic productions that will appeal to Wilmington Ballet’s audiences, including an annual version of The Nutcracker at The Playhouse
  • Create a focused, positive, disciplined, and dynamic work environment. Provide performance reviews for artistic staff and handle the hiring and firing of artistic personnel
  • Promote the organization throughout the community, including public speaking and presentations to both large and small audiences and other media activities which may include radio and local TV interviews
  • Participate in major gift solicitations, donor cultivation, and grant acquisition in collaboration with the Board of Directors
  • Work with independent accounting firm and Treasurer of Board of Directors to maintain detailed budget and financial records
  • Work with Parent Guild to identify and fulfill volunteer roles and responsibilities


  • High-level ballet education and professional dance experience
  • Direct work experience as a ballet instructor
  • Proven leadership in a team-oriented arts organization
  • Management experience with proven success in delegating responsibilities
  • Experience working in a nonprofit arts organization preferred

For the full job description go to

Submit resume, cover letter, and references to


Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, Selbyville
Marketing Director

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

Full Job Description

Development Director

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.

Full Job Description

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to Bernadette Dowling


Delaware Art Museum

Tour & Volunteer Coordinator

Delaware Art Museum is currently seeking a part-time Tour & Volunteer Coordinator to work closely with Volunteers, Museum Guides, youth and adult tour groups, and with the Learning & Engagement Team to provide internal administration and coordination. This is an ideal position for candidates interested in museum work and able to work 25 to 29 hours, preferably Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours as needed.

Responsibilities include correspondence and coordination for group tours and assistance with public program administration, transactions, and registration processes. Responsibilities also include recruiting volunteers and scheduling the volunteers and Museum Guides who lead tours for the public. Developing relationships with the volunteers to grow and sustain their connection to the Museum is key. The position reports to the Assistant Director of Learning & Engagement.

We invite you to apply. Interviewing will begin when qualified applicants have been identified; the job will close when an offer has been accepted. Please send a cover letter and resume to The rate of pay is $15/hr.

Studio and Camp Coordinator

The Delaware Art Museum is seeking a detail-oriented individual to assist with the coordination of its studio art programs, which include quarterly adult and youth art classes and summer art camp. The Studio Coordinator will assist the Manager of Studio Learning & Creative Engagement by helping to maintain four art studios and related supplies, communicate with students and parents of students, track registrations, and provide hands on support during the Museum’s popular summer art camp.

This is a flexible part time position, approximately 14 hours per week from September through May. From June through August the hours are 40 per week, Monday – Friday to assist with Summer Art Camp. Occasional evening and weekend hours as needed.

We invite you to apply. Please send a cover letter and resume to The rate of pay is $15/hour.

To learn more about the Delaware Art Museum opportunities , please visit our website at

To learn more about the Delaware Art Museum, please visit our website at

Center for the Creative Arts
Teaching Artists

The Center for the Creative Arts is a community arts center devoted to visual and performing arts education for people of all ages and abilities. We are seeking class/workshop proposals for our upcoming Spring Term in theater, movement and music at our location in Yorklyn, Delaware. Background check required, teaching experience preferred.

Submit your letter of interest and CV or Resume’ to Jennifer Hartz, Program Director: or call #302-239-2434. Learn more about CCArts at

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

Cityfest, Inc. – Wilmington
Teaching Artist

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:

  • Experience and ability to work collaboratively with staff, fellow teaching artists and youth
  • Demonstrate work ethic and professionalism to serve as a mentor and role model
  • Previous experience teaching and/or working with diverse populations of youth ages 14-19
  • Professional artistic training, background and work demonstrated through work samples and ability to organize, implement, and successfully complete projects in a learning and work environment
  • Ability to work experientially and creatively in an evolving Creative Placemaking environment
  • Create a pre- and post-evaluation practice that monitors the overall 6-weeks with the apprentices
  • Demonstrate ability to prepare the youth and organize summer finale exhibition/presentation/performance
  • The Teaching Artist will be an Independent Contractor and will be required to have a state business license and a City of Wilmington license. Before officially beginning the position, the Teaching Artist will need to complete:
    1. Criminal Background Check
    2. Child Protection form
    3. Teaching Art Clearance form
    4. TB Vaccination form

Please include the following materials for submission:

  • Cover letter that includes your experience working with youth using your art form
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Artistic samples (please submit your own creative work that best conveys a representation of the discipline you would be teaching youth)
  • List of three professional references
  • List of possible supplies needed for your art form

You can email your application to:

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.

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 ShafferInterim Director of Education: or 302.656.6466 x7106

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 Contemporary

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 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 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 to see how we can match your skills and interests with our needs.  Learn more.

Volunteer Delaware

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

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.

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.

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.

Theater Auditions

Entries for the visual and literary arts


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

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

Urban Bike Project – Call for Artists

  1. Security grates for windows – we’d like to fabricate metal grates for our windows that are also works of art. Our thought was to make them out of bike parts, such as chain rings/gear cogs, but would be open to different ideas and designs. There are 6 windows sized approximately 16″ x 38″, 2 windows sized approximately 43″ x 66″, and one window sized approximately 30″ x 46″. The Challenge Program could fabricate the frames and mounting hardware if the artist prefers, but does not have to. We have funds available and can negotiate compensation based on scope of project.
  2. Illustrations for wall spaces – We’d like to utilize some larger wall surfaces to integrate art that speaks to our mission, the role of bikes in community, the site’s history, etc. This might take the form of a mural, signage, or other similar mediums. We have some funds available, negotiable depending on size of installation.
  3. Doors – We thought doors represented a good opportunity to integrate some pops of color and brand the space with our logo in some way, since most wall space will be more utilitarian and fairly neutral-colored. I was thinking along the lines of a graphic designer for this job.

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.

Contact Laura Wilburn, Executive Director of the Urban Bike Project for more details: or (302) 740-4506 cell // (302) 300-4323 office

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 If you have a preference for dates, please note. More information.

Local Art Leagues

Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally

Call for Artists & Photographers – $550.00 Innovate Grants

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. For more information visit

Region: US & International

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 ProjectsApplication 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:

  • Celebrate America’s creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
  • In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically under-served constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from:
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities,
    • Tribal Colleges and Universities,
    • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes,
    • African American Serving Institutions,
    • Hispanic Serving Institutions,
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and
    • Organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.

Challenge AmericaApplication 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. 

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

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 to learn more.

(application questions) Arts Midwest,, 612-238-8010

Related Content:

NEA Big Read website

NEA Big Read Guidelines (this link includes the full list of books available for 2020-2021 NEA Big Read grants)

Podcast with Madeline Miller, author of Circe

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)

The Arts Endowment 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

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

  • 2020 NAEA National Convention: March 26–28 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2021 NAEA National Convention: March 4-6 | Chicago, Illinois
  • 2022 NAEA National Convention: March 3–5 | New York, New York

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

  • Chicago, IL: May 9 – 12, 2021
  • Boston, MA: May 19 – 22, 2022
  • Denver, CO: May 19 – May 22, 2023

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

National Sculpture Society has a call for sculptors

The residency will be at Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of one of America’s foremost public sculptors, Daniel Chester French, located in Stockbridge, MA.

The residency runs from Monday, June 1 – June 30, 2020.   Sculptors born between 1980 – 2001 may apply.  Candidates must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

Deadline: March 31, 2020

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 ShafferInterim 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.


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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