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Jobs in the Arts

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.

Please note: All submitted listings will be reviewed for approval by Division staff and may be edited for consistency before being published to the site within 5-7 business days. The Delaware Division of the Arts reserves the right to revise, reject or cancel, in whole or in part, any listing for any reason.

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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

Phone: 570-831-1548

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

Friendly neighborhood Renaissance band seeks Box Office Associate for four concerts in Wilmington, DE:

  • Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred
  • Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Immanuel Church, Highlands

The shift for each date is 1:15-5:15.

Salary: $20/hour

The Box Office Associate will be responsible for box office and merchandise table setup, door sales and Will Call pickups prior to the concert, merchandise sales at intermission, sales reconciliation and reports, and packing up after the concert.

Ideal candidate will be punctual, efficient, accurate, and warmly welcoming. Previous box office experience preferred, experience with Patron Manager a plus.

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band is the only early music ensemble of its kind in the nation, bringing the music of the 15th-17th centuries to life for over 30 years on a collection of over 40 reconstructions of historical instruments. Piffaro tours worldwide but returns to the Delaware Valley four times a year. Wilmington concerts take place in lovely historic churches and are attended by 100-200 patrons.

Shannon Cline
Executive Director
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

For tickets and information visit


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 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 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 Email us at


Auditions for the performing arts

National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Carnegie Hall has a free opportunity for high-school jazz musicians, ages 16-19, starting in the summer of 2018. We are launching NYO Jazz as a sister program to the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, which was started in 2013 and has toured Asia, Europe, and North and South America with major conductors and soloists.

NYO Jazz is an ensemble of about 25 musicians, who will come together for two weeks of training with an outstanding faculty, make a debut at Carnegie Hall on the stage on Stern Auditorium, and then travel to Europe, all-expenses-paid, to visit several of the most prestigious festivals in the UK, Holland, and Germany.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018 but we recommend students allow plenty of time to prepare and record their audition.

Please visit  for more details.  Thank you for sharing this information and please let us know if you any questions.

Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens seeks 

The Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens, in conjunction with others from the disability community is excited to announce the development of an original musical. The musical will be held October 2018 in Kent County (location TBD). The musical will provide a “walk through disability history in Delaware.” Currently, we are seeking talented actors, singers, dancers, puppeteers and musicians to be a part of the show. In addition, we are also searching for volunteers in the areas of lighting, set design, props and marketing for the show.

Informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Central Middle School in Dover from 5:30-8:00pm. If you are interested you will only need to attend ONE of these meetings.

Please note: this is not an audition, however, if you have a performance resume or headshots you would like to leave with us please bring them. Auditions will be held in Early 2018. Those interested but unable to attend the information meeting may call the GACEC office and speak to Wendy Strauss at 302-739-4553.


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.

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.

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, email or call (302) 655-1004 to learn more.

Entries for the visual and literary arts

National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
Clinician Burnout and Resilience Art Show

The NAM has recently convened a group of health professionals to address the issue of clinician burnout and clinician well-being ( Clinician burnout is a widespread problem in the health and medical fields, and can lead to reduced job performance, medical errors, and clinician suicide. Addressing this issue is critical to ensuring the safety of our health providers and a high standard of health care in the U.S.

The NAM has opened a nationwide call for individuals and organizations to submit artwork of any type expressing what clinician burnout and clinician well-being means to them.

We will accept any form of art – visual, digital, photography, written word, and videos of dance or other performative art. Anyone can submit an art piece, as long as it addresses what clinician burnout or clinician well-being and resilience means to them. The artists do not need to be health professionals or related to health professionals. We hope that this art show will promote greater awareness and understanding of the barriers to clinician well-being, and solutions that promise a brighter, healthier future.

There is no honorarium if we choose an art piece to be part of our show, but the piece will be displayed for the foreseeable future in an online digital gallery (a similar gallery is here: and may be chosen to be displayed in a pop-up art gallery in Washington, DC in Spring 2018. More information can be found here: .

Delaware Art Museum
Calling all Craft Artists

The Delaware Art Museum is excited to announce the return of the Juried Craft Exhibition. Artists ages 18 and over who currently reside within 150 miles of the Museum are invited to submit up to three works of contemporary craft created within the last ten years.

Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018, and must be completed online by March 4, 2018. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Selections for the Juried Craft Exhibition will be announced April 16, 2018, and the exhibition will be on view to the public at the Delaware Art Museum from October 20, 2018, to January 27, 2019.

Exhibition Calendar

January 1, 2018 | Submission portal opens

March 4, 2018 | Deadline for submissions

April 16, 2018 | Selections announced

October 19, 2018 | Members opening reception

October 20, 2018 – January 27, 2019 | Exhibition on view to the public

For more information on eligibility, requirements, and application procedures, please visit or email

Biggs Museum of American Art
Call to Artists

The Biggs Museum is in an exciting new partnership to expand the scale and appeal of Dover, Delaware’s Citywide Black History Celebration next February, 2018. We are planning an exhibition of the works of African American fine and craft artists within the greater Dover area (and extended as far as Kent County) during the month of February and in conjunction with wide array of public performances, lectures and celebrations honoring Black History Month. Information for this entire event will be promoted widely through the sponsorship of Delaware State News.

We are looking for artists, of a wide variety of experience and points-of-view, to feature within this exhibition on view from February 2-25, 2018. If you have an interest in being a part of this group exhibition, here are some details:

  • We can accommodate at least 12 artists and perhaps many more.
  • Interested artists should send some kind of easy photos of their work by January 20th or so.
  • Works selected (and the more the merrier) will need to be dropped off at the museum between January 22-28, 2018.
  • We will be hosting a free public reception for this exhibition from 5-7PM on February 15

The participating artists should be from Dover or the greater Dover area, a student or faculty of DSU, an alum of DSU or associated with the region in some significant way.

All interested artists should contact Ryan Grover as soon as possible. 

Ryan Grover
Biggs Museum of American Art
PO Box 711 / 406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19903
302.674.2111 x 108

Smyrna Opera House

Seeking authors for the 2018 Book Festival! Call 302-653-4236 if you are an author that would like to participate, or stop by the SOH for the form.

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!

Applications are now being accepted for the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

In case you haven’t heard, the Songwriting Challenge is a national songwriting competition open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs of any musical style that could be part of a musical theater production. The Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians during an intense weekend workshop in New York City in April. At the end of that weekend, the performance of the students’ songs by those musicians and singers will be judged by a panel of esteemed musical theater artists as the final competition and webcast live. One of the six will be selected as the national champion and finalists will be awarded scholarships.

For additional guidelines, timing, and details please visit our application portal. Students can also find additional video resources to watch and utilize as inspiration when applying.

Click here for more information on how to apply!

The Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Playbill, Inc. and Disney Theatrical Productions.

Deadline to apply: January 12, 2018.  See downloadable poster (11X14) for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Interim Director of Programs at the American Theatre Wing, Megan Kolb at (If you have a specific question regarding filling out the application please email

Springfield Art Museum
Seeks Entries For Watercolor USA 2018

The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for Watercolor USA 2018, highlighting the very best in contemporary American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will run from June 2 through August 26, 2018. The deadline to apply is March 6, 2018.

Organized in 1962, this year marks the 57th year of Watercolor USA. The nationally known exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, and seeks to discover what is new and what is next in the world of American watermedia. This year’s exhibit will be judged by Kelly Kane, former Editor-In-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and a leader in art publishing for more than 20 years.

Approximately $20,000 in cash prizes and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Top awards include:

  • $3,000 Kenneth M. Shuck Memorial Award
  • $2,000 Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award
  • $1,500 Bill Armstrong Memorial Award
  • $1,000 Robert E. Goodier Memorial Award For Traditional Transparent Watercolor, among others. Additional cash awards are generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories, ages 18 and up, who are using watermedia as critical components of their work are eligible to apply. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. High realism, abstraction, traditional transparent watercolor, and innovative uses of the medium are all welcomed as the exhibit continues to expand and adjust with contemporary artistic practice, including the use of nontraditional supports and mounts.

For full information on entry rules, entry fees, and how to submit artwork, please visit The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission to the Museum is always free.

Gilbert W. Perry, Jr. Center for the Arts

Call for Entries

The Gilbert W. Perry, Jr. Center for the Arts invites local artists and artisans to apply to the exhibit Steampunk, Victorian Futurism, to be held in February.  The exhibit is in conjunction with two additional events occurring in Middletown during the same month.  An hysterically funny play, The Exporter’s Club, will be held at the Everett Theatre, offering a romp through the Victorian age. Also, the annual Comic-Con convention, Galacticon, will be held in the Appoquinimink High School at the end of the month. Yes, it will be an interesting month of future fantasy blending with Victorian details,

Two and Three dimensional pieces in all media will be considered.

Please visit website for more information.

Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

Call for Entries

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (CIFAC) is an opportunity for both amateur and professional artists to submit their artwork for a chance to exhibit in New York City and receive valuable promotional benefits as well as cash prizes.

The 2018 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition will be accepting entries February 6 – March 12, 2018. Results are announced on April 23rd, 2018, with the competition exhibition scheduled for August 14–25, 2018

The work of selected artists will be presented at Agora Gallery, an elegant street-level space located in the heart of the Chelsea arts district next to the High Line in New York City. Agora Gallery attracts thousands of visitors with its welcoming interiors and striking exterior. For complete details on the competition’s awards, please click here. All awards are geared toward giving the winners valuable exposure with an aim to accelerate their art careers and encourage future productivity.

Carolina Carilo
Competition Coordinator / Agora Gallery

Local Art Leagues

Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally

Fine Arts Work Center

Visual Artists Fellowship

Fellowship: The Fine Arts Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to ten emerging artists and ten emerging writers each year from Oct.1 through April 30. Visual Arts Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment, a separate work studio of approximately 400 sq ft and a monthly stipend of $750.

Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to all emerging visual artists creating two-dimensional, three-dimension and time-based work. Applicants are judged on the quality of their work. The jury disqualifies applicants it deems to be already emerged. Tenure track professors in Fine Arts who are on sabbaticals are considered ineligible.

Collaborative teams may apply under one application and if selected they will only be awarded one Fellowship to share. Applicants who would like to apply as an individual artist as well as part of a collaborative team may do so if these two bodies of work are completely different and distinctive.

Artists must be in residence during their Fellowships. Absences may not exceed more than fourteen consecutive days or total more than thirty days during the seven-month Fellowship. Please consider any personal or professional commitments you have made or anticipate before applying. The Fine Arts Work Center welcomes family members and partners of Fellows during the Fellowship Term. There is one pet-friendly apartment available for a Visual Artist.

International applicants are welcome to apply. The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status or veteran status.

Guidelines: Applications for the 2018-2019 Visual Arts Fellowship must be completed and submitted electronically on or before 11:59 pm February 1, 2018. The application fee is $57. All applications must be submitted online. To submit your application, go to


CenDel Foundation

Grants Available for Arts Organizations in Central Delaware!

The Kent County Fund for the Arts will award over $20,000 in grants in 2018.  Applications are now being accepted from schools, non-profits, and civic and community organizations for programs that help to foster the growth of arts organizations in Kent County.

To be eligible, the organizations must be a public institution and maintain a qualified 501(c)( 3) status with proper documentation of nonprofit status from the IRS.

Grant requests must be submitted on a 2018 KCFA application form by mail on or prior to April 2, 2018 by 4 p.m.

Forms are available at and can be found under the “apply for grant” tab located at the top of the page. Applicants will be notified of the grant winners in June of 2018.

CenDel Foundation
101 W. Lockerman St, Suite 2C
Dover, DE 19904

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.


Art Works – Application Deadlines: February 15 & July 12, 2018

A guidelines workshop webinar is scheduled for January 17, 2018. More details will be available here at a later date.

Challenge America – Application Deadline: April 12, 2018

A guidelines workshop webinar is scheduled for February 28, 2018. More details will be available here at a later date.

An additional webinar will be offered on January 24, 2018 for previous Challenge America applicants interested in applying for Art Works. More details will be available here at a later date. NOTE: An organization may not apply to both the Art Works AND the Challenge America categories.

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

Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry – Application Deadline: March 7, 2018

The NEA’s Writers’ Corner features many of the past fellows and their work.

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and exhibition platform offering a series of individual artist grants totaling $5,000.00 USD administered through an open call juried by leading curators. The Hopper Prize was established for the sole purpose of advancing the field of visual art by providing direct financial assistance to artists working in all media.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2018

Program Highlights

  • 5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards
  • 30 artists will be selected to have their work digitally exhibited and archived at org


We view the field of visual arts in its broadest and most inclusive sense and therefore make our awards available to artists engaged in artistic practices spanning all media and methods of production.

Apply Now  Early applications will receive preliminary review by The Hopper Prize team.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Grants for Women Artists

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts, specifically writers and visual artists, in the United States and Canada. Grants of up $1,500 will be awarded to women poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and mixed-genre (illustration and text) artists whose work in some way focuses on women. Priority will be given to projects that have been initiated or are well under way and for which the artist has substantial work to show.

January 1 – January 31, 2018  for Visual Art, Fiction and Mixed Genre via Submittable. These applications have a $25 fee, payable by credit card or PayPal

Delaware Division of the Arts Grant Application Deadlines

For details on each deadline and requirements, please refer to the grants pages for arts organizations, community based organizations, schools, and artists.

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

Winterthur Research Fellowship Program
Winterthur Welcomes Researchers!

Winterthur offers unparalleled access to a wealth of museum, garden, and library collections supporting material culture research. As an interdisciplinary center for collections-based scholarship and conservation, Winterthur encourages researchers to explore and immerse themselves in holistic and intimate inquiry from a wide range of disciplines.

Academic, independent, and museum scholars as well as advanced graduate students are invited to apply for short and long-term residential research fellowships. Fellows conduct research in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines, including: material culture studies, social and cultural history, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to search Wintercat and our online Museum Collection, visit Winterthur, and contact staff members to discuss potential research projects. The suitability of a project to Winterthur’s collections is the primary consideration of the fellowship award committee.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
More information can be found in the Winterthur Research Fellowship Brochure.

Arts Reach
National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference

Constituents of Delaware Division of the Arts are entitled a $180 registration discount, and 3-for-1 to the National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference: Thursday, March 15 – Saturday, March 17, 2018 presented by Arts Reach at the Kimmel Center on the campus of New York University in New York City.

The overall theme for the conference is “Building Resilience for Today and Tomorrow.”  To see the details, the link is


In addition to receiving the lowest price, when one person from your organization registers by December 31 at a $180 discount, two more people get to go for free.  Plus, each additional delegate is just $199.  Many team-building workshops have been built into the program, and the tuition prices have been structured so that it will be easy to come as a team.

See conference details, including registration and lodging, at:

Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore presents
Get Social Delmarva – Training for Artists, Crafters & Makers

Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is dedicated to developing and preserving the fiber arts on Delmarva. This event being held on April 27, 2018 is open to artists, crafters, and makers of ALL types!

Get Social Delmarva is a social media training event for artists, crafters & makers of all types!

A detailed agenda and speaker bios will be available on our website soon. Your ticket includes:

– Keynote Speaker
– At least three training workshops of your choice (breakout sessions)
– Lunch
– Printed social media training and resource guides
– Online access to all workshop presentations after the event

FACES members receive a 20% discount for this event. If you are a member, contact FACES to get your discount code. If you are not yet a member, you can register 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

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program’s 2018-2019 Residency
Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:59pm EST

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas studios are located amidst a thriving waterfront community full of art galleries, creative professionals, and independent retailers. Studios have freight and passenger elevator access, high ceilings and natural light. Communal spaces include a kitchen, slop sinks, restrooms and a sitting area with wi-fi. Studio access is 24 hours/7 days week.

Learn more:
Apply now:

American Music Abroad (AMA)

AMA is an international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to audiences around the world. Approximately 15 ensembles will be selected to embark on a 15-day multi-country tour, where they will engage with international audiences through public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lectures and demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, and media interviews.

American Music Abroad is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The mission of the American Music Abroad program is to facilitate cultural exchange via musical performance and educational outreach.

Timeline and Deadlines

November 1, 2017: Applications open for the 2018-2019 Touring Season

January 21, 2018 11:59pm PST: All completed applications and supplementary materials must be submitted.

Late January/Early February 2018: AMA announces finalists selected for live auditions.

March 19-24, 2018: Live auditions are held in New York and San Francisco. American Voices will work with ensembles to schedule live auditions dates and locations (audition location is at American Voices’ discretion).

April 2018: Final ensembles are selected and notified.


The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center

Call for Artists in Residence, Summer 2018

WEST RUTLAND, VT- Artist Residencies at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offer sculptors opportunities for inspiration and to create new work in the former marble quarry and manufacturing area of Vermont. Residencies are from 1 to 3 months, featuring artists working in a diverse range of materials and techniques.

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offers Artists in Residence comprehensive facilities for creating works in stone, metal, wood, ceramics, glass and more. Residents become part of our vibrant artist community, sharing in the exchange of concepts, aesthetics and technical expertise. Stipends, housing and meals are available to selected Artists in Residence.

To apply for a  residency, please send your resumé/CV, statement/proposal and digital image (jpegs) or slide portfolio (up to 10 images) to or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777.  Application deadline is January 26, 2018.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a non-profit sculpture education center dedicated to the creation of three-dimensional art. Located on the grounds of Vermont’s historic marble quarries, the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center hosts workshops, residencies and exhibitions along with providing studio space for large and small-scale sculptural expression.

636 Marble Street, P.O. Box 495

West Rutland, VT 05777

802.438.2097, fax- 802.438.2020

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Additional resources and arts opportunities

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.

Applications are now being accepted for the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

In case you haven’t heard, the Songwriting Challenge is a national songwriting competition open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs of any musical style that could be part of a musical theater production. The Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians during an intense weekend workshop in New York City in April. At the end of that weekend, the performance of the students’ songs by those musicians and singers will be judged by a panel of esteemed musical theater artists as the final competition and webcast live. One of the six will be selected as the national champion and finalists will be awarded scholarships.

For additional guidelines, timing, and details please visit our application portal. Students can also find additional video resources to watch and utilize as inspiration when applying.

Click here for more information on how to apply!

The Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Playbill, Inc. and Disney Theatrical Productions.

Please help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity for our young artists. To make sharing this information easier, we’ve created a downloadable poster (11X14).

If you have any questions, please contact Interim Director of Programs at the American Theatre Wing, Megan Kolb at (If you have a specific question regarding filling out the application please email

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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