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 email@example.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.
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
Rehoboth Art League
12 Dodds Lane
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Office 302.227.8408 ext 104
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada with an aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.
Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018.
The touring Grants assists with the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and/or Canada, with emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas where there is little exposure to Japanese performing arts.
The collaboration Grants facilitates the collaboration of Japanese and American/Canadian artists so that they may create a new work through research, residencies, artists’ discussions etc. with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible for an award, project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct performing arts collaboration between Japanese and American/Canadian artists. Grants are awarded only to U.S.-based or Canada-based nonprofit organizations. The proposed project must commence between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. For tours, the project must tour to at least two locations outside New York and Los Angeles. For collaborations, the project must be a new work jointly explored and created by Japanese artists and American/Canadian artists.
For information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form, please visit: http://www.jfny.org/arts_and_culture/paj.html.
NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) Grants
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.
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.
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.
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 CYA—Cover Your A’s: Art, Assets + Archives.
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE)
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) is an annual performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference, hosted by a different eastern city each year. The conference also includes a multitude of artist showcases, professional development workshops, an exhibit hall where presenters and artists/agents meet, and networking opportunities.
CodaWorx RFP Listings
CODAworx is the hub of the commissioned art economy. We connect all members of the industry, matching creative talent with creative opportunities, and providing digital tools that streamline the commission workflow process. Our network connects artists and creative teams to architects, design and art professionals, and the universe of companies that provide services and products for commission projects.