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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 (WB) is a non-profit dance academy that has been dedicated to excellence in ballet training since 1956.  WB’s annual Nutcracker at the Playhouse Theater provides students of all ages the opportunity to perform on a professional stage with world-class guest artists and live orchestra.  WB serves all members of our surrounding community and has a rapidly growing student body of 200+ ranging in age from 4 – 74!  WB engages in community building and fundraising to provide scholarships to those of its students who cannot otherwise afford tuition.  WB’s professionally-experienced faculty helps students achieve whatever dance goals they wish to attain: from recreational enjoyment to high school and college arts programs, to professional companies (esteemed alumni include Susan Stroman, Akua Noni Parker, Lateef Williams, Benjamin Cannon, and others).  WB values its traditions but also seeks to prepare students for the demands of a changing dance world.  Every day we witness the transformative experience of high level dance instruction and performing opportunities at WB to develop confidence, discipline, sense of community, life skills, and overall physical and emotional health in our students.


The Assistant Artistic Director (AAD) position provides an exceptional opportunity to help manage all aspects of a beloved Wilmington dance academy.  The AAD has significant artistic responsibility as an instructor, choreographer, and production assistant.  In addition, the AAD supports the Director in managing the school and outreach programs.  The AAD position requires a candidate who can take direction and collaborate well with the Director but who can also exercise considerable independence and initiative, manage students of all ages, communicate well (both orally and in writing) with customers and collaborators, establish class and rehearsal schedules, and manage time optimally.  This position offers room for growth and advancement!

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Instruction in all levels of ballet technique; prefer candidate who also has a strong background in modern/jazz/contemporary or other styles of dance
  • Help manage daily communications with students, customers, alumni, and community partners
  • Help build curriculum and programming
  • Schedule classes and rehearsals
  • Choreograph and rehearse students for performances (including Nutcracker, Spring show, special events); help manage productions
  • Oversee wardrobe and props
  • Schedule and manage costume fittings and photos sessions
  • Develop and produce outreach programs and performances


  • Professional ballet company experience and/or BFA/MFA from a University Dance Program
  • Teaching and choreographic experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creativity and innovation to improve existing processes and define new processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office software, Google Drive, and music editing a plus!
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Ideal candidate must demonstrate maturity, have excellent judgment, discretion and problem solving abilities, and be able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously while meeting deadlines

Compensation:  $35,000-$40,000 depending on experience

Hours:  Flexible/Negotiable, but need approximately 40 hours/week, inclusive of Saturdays and evenings during prime production seasons

Benefits:  As a small non-profit, we are unable to offer a health benefits package.  However, we offer generous time off and our employees are welcome to attend any of our dance classes free of charge.  This position also offers room for growth and advancement.

If you are interested in this position, please include a cover letter explaining why you wish to work with Wilmington Ballet along with your résumé to the Executive Artistic Director, Wilmington

Biggs Museum of American Art
Job Title: Curator of Community and Academic Programs
Status: Full Time

The Biggs Museum of American Art is looking for a Curator of Community and Academic Programs to join our growing team. We’re looking for a self-motivated, creative individual to help fulfill our mission of promoting arts education in the local community and across the region. In this role, you’ll develop, execute, and track all academic, community, school, and family programs here at the museum, as well as create and manage all interactive content in the galleries.

As our educational Curator, you’ll be responsible for artist/scholar recruitment, school tour oversight and creation, content development (video and audio guide scripts, children’s activities, etc.), and coordinating all community-based events. You’ll oversee a significant portion of the museum’s budget, and will be required to write multiple education-based grants on an annual basis.

Most importantly, we are looking for someone who will take a thoughtful and innovative approach to consider diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at every level of programming.

Experience: 4-6 years museum education experience; Masters in Art History, Museum Studies, Studio Art, or Education preferred. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of involvement with national or local education or museum education organizations (e.g. AAM’s EdCom, NAEA or local chapter).

Organizational Structure: This position reports directly and solely to the Director; you’ll oversee the scheduling and training of two part-time School and Family Program Assistants, all interns and high school volunteers, as well as a summer camp instructor.

Schedule: Typically, Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, with 1-2 evening or weekend day shifts monthly

Job Responsibilities:

Adult Programs

  • Collaborate with artists, scholars, and partner organizations to implement 2-3 workshops and lectures per month to support current exhibitions and the permanent collection
  • Generate and issue all contracts for guest lecturers/artists/partner organizations
  • Track registrations for programs and communicate with participants for programs
  • Work with Director of Marketing and PR to promote events
  • Manage day-of program duties including physical set-up of programs and orientation of guest lecturers/artists

School Programs

  • Create standards aligned tours and corresponding activities for permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for groups PreK – 12
  • Take school tour reservations and schedule School and Family Program Assistants to provide tours, sometimes in collaboration with partner organization First State Heritage Park
  • Manage and execute regular training opportunities for educators in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education
    • Coordinate and execute Junior Docent program and Adopt an Artwork program
    • Recruit and train high school volunteers to assist with educational programs and summer camps
    • Represent museum to the Delaware Art Education Association at meetings and the annual conference
    • Provide off-site field trips as needed or available
    • Coordinate and mount 2-6 student and art educator exhibitions a year

Family Programs

  • Develop a monthly, drop-in activity for the museum’s Biggs Kids program
  • Schedule School and Family Programs Assistants to work Biggs Kids and other family programs
  • Manage all aspects of four sessions of summer camps including hiring and managing staff and volunteers, tracking registrations, buying supplies, and acting as main contact for campers and families
  • Create self-guided activities for families in the children’s studio and galleries that relate to rotating exhibitions and permanent collection
  • Manage all aspects of annual holiday event including stocking a “kids-only” gift shop, scheduling local school choirs to perform, and recruiting volunteers

Other Duties

  • Manage expenses and income of a $12,000 education budget
  • Produce and oversee all in-gallery interactive content including audio guides and videos, in collaboration with Curator
  • Write and contribute to several education-based grants throughout the year
  • Recruit, utilize, and lead an Education Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Research and write essays for publication in newsletters
  • Represent the Biggs at the First State Heritage Park planning meetings
  • Represent the museum in print, radio, and television pieces to promote programs and exhibitions
  • Provide tours of permanent collection and temporary exhibits to general public and VIPs on an as needed basis
  • Work with Visitor Services and Membership Manager to present trainings and create training manuals for Visitor Service Associates to provide tours
  • Recruit, manage, and assign all interns
  • Serve as primary contact for all community organizations and events
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to, or visit:

Winterthur Museum
Cataloguing Assistant, Museum Collections

The cataloguing assistant will help identify and expand 300-500 catalogue records for objects in the museum collection containing diverse organic and composite materials. The two-year project goal is to bring this subset of object records within the digital cataloguing to the highest standard for internal use and for public accessibility. The project encompasses artwork with components originating in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Caribbean with concentrations in hornware, ivories, bone, leather, and shell. To confirm identification of materials, s/he will coordinate consultations with curatorial staff, conservators, and external experts. S/he will participate in public engagement with the project through museum-sponsored events, particularly a materials identification workshop for professionals. The cataloguing assistant’s original research will be composed and featured as a web description for each object and incorporated into online or print publication opportunities as they arise. This opportunity is funded by an National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant.

For more details, please visit the website for a full job description.

To apply, email or post your cover letter and resume (including your address and telephone number) and indicate the position for which you are applying. Email Human Resources:   Reference: Job #1209

Director of Visitor Engagement

The Director for Visitor Engagement provides leadership and strategic direction for the Visitor Engagement Department including Visitor Services; Research & Interpretation; Family and School Programs, Estate, Museum & Garden Tours; and Exhibitions. Responsibilities include the management of 140+ employees & volunteers, preparation & management of $2 million budget & revenue generation of nearly over $2 million.

For more details, please visit the website for a full job description.

To apply, email or post your cover letter and resume (including your address and telephone number) and indicate the position for which you are applying. Email Human Resources: or apply here


Craftbox Steam Shop
PT Seasonal Manager

The Part Time Seasonal Manager Opportunity at CRAFTBOX STEAM SHOP is a flexible schedule of 3 days on and 3 days off totaling 20-30 hours per week with a mix of free time and play time at the craft and science store. Traditional toy store/retail management duties are coupled with a willingness to coordinate art and learning activities at the shop with occasional parties for clubs and groups of all ages. This position is for a Lead Tinker who feels comfortable independently setting up and directing projects and staff. This is a great seasonal opportunity for educators. Check us out at and get in touch through messenger, text or email at

Delaware Art Museum seeks Contractual Grant Managers

The Delaware Art Museum is a small, collaborative community in which each member of the team is uniquely valued for his or her skills. We are seeking 2 contractual Grants Managers, who will working across the Museum’s three departments—External Affairs, Curatorial, and Learning & Engagement—to meet revenue goals through developing and managing foundation and corporate, and government grants. Each contractor will focus on matching the funding sources for museum needs which include capital projects, programs, exhibitions, and general operations. For this reason, people with a wide range of knowledge and research interests are the ideal fit for these positions. Attention to detail is key for this position for not only the submission of the grants but for ensuring the adherence to grant and reporting requirements as outlined in awarded grants.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing/grant sample you have authored to Human Resource at

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

Mt. Cuba seeks a Librarian & Archivist

This position will manage,develop and preserve Mt. Cuba Center’s Library and Archive Collections. The Librarian & Archivist utilizes collection resources to serve the information needs of Mt. Cuba Center and facilitate the preservation and utilization of non-living collections. This position will purchase materials, compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, and other digital documents of value. Additionally, this position will perform archival duties to preserve non-living collections of value.


Mt. Cuba Center is seeking highly qualified instructors to teach classes at our botanical garden in Hockessin, DE. Classes can fall under one or more of the following categories: gardening, horticulture, landscape design, plant conservation, art, or wellness. Instructors with expertise in one of these specific fields and who teach with an ecological perspective are invited to apply online. These are contract positions.

Digital Marketing Assistant

The Digital Marketing Coordinator will create, schedule, and maintain content for Mt. Cuba Center’s digital marketing outlets (e-news, social media, website and event listings). This will involve collaboration across departments and within the Audience Development team.

Please apply via

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.

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 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.

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


The Delaware Contemporary
Education Intern

The Delaware Contemporary, a non-collecting art museum located on Wilmington’s Riverfront, is seeking a 20 hour per week Education Intern for an approximately 12 week internship. The Education Intern assists the Director of Education and Education Associate with administrative duties and research associated with varied and numerous education programs. The Education Intern is responsible for assistance with administrative duties, program documentation, and the marketing/communication of The Delaware Contemporary education programs to the public. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest in contemporary art and to those wishing to pursue a career in educational work.

Please email resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Director of Education,
Jennifer Polillo, at

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.

Tuition Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program

The Wilmington Ballet offers a tuition-free Boys Scholarship Dance Program for boys age 8 – 18 years old. Ballet enhances the participant’s athletic skills, strength, self-discipline, flexibility, mental focus, musicality, team work, and creativity. Classes include beginner through advanced levels of Men’s Technique.  Participants have performance opportunities in the Wilmington Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Playhouse on Rodney Square, the annual Spring Performance, and other productions throughout the year.

Students accepted into the program will be trained by faculty members of the academy led by Executive Artistic Director Ann Cole.  Acceptance into the program is by audition, although no prior dance experience is required.

Basic ballet technique building vocabulary, strength, and movement with an emphasis on working towards men’s ballet skills such as jumps, turns, presentation, and combinations. This class builds on basic ballet training learned in the other technique classes. While this class is boys only, students are also encouraged to enroll in other co-ed classes at no cost.  With progress, boys may also be instructed in partnering techniques

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

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

Theater Auditions

Entries for the visual and literary arts

Newark Arts Alliance
Solo & Group Shows for 2020 – Call for Artists

The Newark Arts Alliance displays work by local artists in monthly exhibitions throughout the year. Exhibitions are a mix of themed shows, which are open to submissions, and solo/group shows. Artists creating works in any medium may submit proposals for solo or group shows.

Application fee (nonrefundable)

$15 for NAA members | $25 for non-members

Application Deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019

Biggs Museum of American Art
Call for Entries

Competition Overview

After years of successfully hosting juried art competitions for photographers and landscape artists of the Mid-Atlantic Region, The Biggs Museum is proud to introduce a new juried competition and exhibition concept of art forms featuring the human and animal figures. This exhibition will present art from all visual art media including, but not limited to: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, craft, fiber, installation and video. The juried competition will select the top 50 – 60 works that most successfully interpret, evoke or respond to the body.

The physical exhibition will be accompanied by an online exhibition of the winning objects, an opening reception, juror talk, public programming and gallery sales of the submitted works.

A Best-In-Show Purchase Prize of $1500 will be awarded at the opening reception. The purchased object will become part of the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection.

Application Requirements and Eligibility

The Biggs Body competition is open to visual artists, both professional and amateur, from the Mid-Atlantic States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Submission Process

Please submit all artwork for judging at There, artists will be required to:

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload digital images and video files
  • Submit an artist statement of 200 words or less

 The application fee is $35 and covers three submissions; each additional submission costs $10.

Alternatively, you can mail the application form and your artist statement along with a CD or thumb drive containing your digital images/videos directly to the museum.

Send Submissions To:

Biggs Museum of American Art
Attention: David Clapp
PO Box 711
Dover, DE 19901

All completed applications must be received by July 15, 2019.

For more information, or to submit your artwork for consideration, please visit

We, Women
Call for Entries

We, Women is creating a nationwide platform to support women, transgender, and non-binary photographers who combine images and grassroots strategies to create empathy and social impact on critical issues across the United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The United States is more divided than ever, and we’re currently witnessing the highest level of civic engagement in generations. We, Women projects will fuel the movement by re-framing issues and highlighting underrepresented narratives that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes while promoting empathy and unity.

Presented in partnership by United Photo Industries and Women Photograph, We, Women launches May 20, 2019 with an Open Call for Artists. The first phase of this developing project will feature up to 20 projects launching in 2020.  Deadline to apply is June 30, 2019.
Each artist will receive:

  • A cash grant of $5,000-$10,000 for the continuation of existing work or the creation of a new project in a community they have a demonstrated commitment to
  • Mentorship and production support from We, Women leaders, project partners, and advisors
  • Promotion and marketing
  • We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020 in New York City
  • Inclusion in a traveling nationwide exhibition with / concurrent programming beginning Fall 2020

We, Women believes photographs are only the beginning of a creative and socially-minded process. We support work rooted in collaboration, blurring the lines between author, photographed community, and audience. We support a range of artistic and documentary approaches including photography, video, interactive technology, and the use of historical archives.

2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity
Submission deadline: October 8, 2019

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world.

Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition. The statements accompanying each artwork are also vital and provide insight into our common humanity—as well as the differences that make us all unique.

The 2019 exhibit received 11,791 submissions representing 111 countries and 44 states including China, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Romania, and Thailand. More than 65% of the submissions were made by students from 239 schools.

The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

The 2020 exhibit will be displayed beginning January 18 in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

No Entry Fee.  Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available at

2019 Delaware Art Museum Winter Arts Festival
Artisans Call for Entries

An opportunity to offer Artisan Wares for sale throughout the Delaware Art Museum during their annual holiday season celebration.

Join the Delaware Art Museum on Friday, December 13, 2019, from noon to 8 p.m. AND Saturday, December 14 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fusco Hall and East Court, the main areas of the Museum to sell art, jewelry, books, and/or designs to holiday shoppers. Display spaces will be available on the perimeter of these light-filled open spaces to jury-selected artisans. Artisans will be in the center of the action where people enter the Museum and linger to listen to excellent live, holiday music while they shop.

Each 6 X 6’ space with a black-draped banquet table, will be ready to be set up at 10 a.m. before the festival opens at noon on Friday. Parking for unloading and reloading art and supplies will be relatively easy – close to the doors and no steps to climb.

Completed applications must be received on or before July 12, 2019. Artisans will be contacted immediately following the jury’s decision with notification of acceptance.

Full application form is available at

Oak Spring Garden Foundation
Call for Artists & Scientists

Oak Spring Garden Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent to for a 2020 place-based project in the Virginia Piedmont that relates to the American chestnut tree.

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) calls for arts and science collaborations to create a site-specific sculpture at the Oak Spring estate in the Virginia Piedmont. The work product will address the story of the American chestnut tree. Letters of Intent are requested by July 29, 2019.

American chestnuts, towering 30 meters or more, once dominated forests throughout eastern North America, including the Virginia Piedmont. But in the early 1900s, a fungal infection appeared on trees in New York City, and then spread rapidly. The so-called chestnut blight—an accidental import from Asia—releases a toxin that girdles trees and kills everything above the sited infection, though still-living roots sometimes send up new shoots. By mid-century, large American chestnuts had all but disappeared.

Today, American chestnut trees are struggling to survive despite attempts to introduce resistance to deadly blight that has all but erased the once widespread species from North American forests. The trees are more often seen in the form of historic lumber. Because chestnut lumber is rot-resistant and straight-grained, chestnut was a preferred species for building, furniture, fencing—including some of the split rail fences on OSGF’s property.

This project asks what can be created and communicated with the salvaged split rail fences once a part of the estate. What can be learned from the reasons for the demise of the American chestnut and the struggle for its revival?

OSGF will fund up to $10,000 plus materials/supplies for this project. The awardee(s) will be provided two weeks accommodation for up to four people at OSGF (on mutually agreed dates between April 15, 2020 – October 1, 2020). The completed work will become part of the OSGF permanent collection. Historic chestnut rails from OSGF must be utilized in the work produced.

The original art works may be functional or nonfunctional and may be suitable for either indoors or outdoors on OSGF’s 700-acre campus. The location will be determined in consultation with OSGF staff. All sculpture proposals must meet the following basic requirements:

For outdoor sculptures:

  1. The work must be structurally sound so as to stand-alone or secured to a concrete pad.
  2. The work must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions, including hot summers, cold winters, rain, wind, and snow.

For indoor sculptures:

  1. Maximum size 8’ high x 10’ long x 8’ wide; Minimum size 3’ high x 3’ long x 3’ wide.
  2. Indoor sculpture will be place on a pedestal, table or shelf inside the Oak Spring Gallery.


July 29, 2019 – Deadline for LOI
Mid-August 2019 – Three finalists (Lead Collaborator only) invited to OSGF for site visits and interviews
September 2019 – Selections
Late-November 2019 – Award announced publicly
August 31, 2020 – Sculpture complete
September (mid), 2020 – Reception and artists/scientists talk

To Apply: Submit an LOI at by July 29, 2019

Submission Requirements:

  • Letter of Intent detailing a preliminary project concept description, expected supplies/materials budget, and name/contact information for the Lead (not to exceed two-pages);
  • Resume/C.V. and biographies of all collaborators, not to exceed five artists and/or scientists;
  • Concept drawings or visual references (no more than five images); and
  • Eight to ten images of applicant’s recent work demonstrating capacity to realize sculpture project.  Images must be PDF or JPEG format, “high” or “fine” quality, file size not to exceed 2 MB per image. Image file names should include artist’s last name and be numbered, e.g. “Smith-01.”

For questions or inquiries, please email

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation based in

Upperville, Virginia with a mission to perpetuate and share Rachel Lambert Mellon’s home, garden, estate and Library to serve the public interest. The Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being. For additional information, please visit

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

Rehoboth Art League
Call for Entries

2020 Solo and Group Exhibition Proposals
Eligible: All Artists
(Member and Non-Member) 
RAL Galleries


The Rehoboth Art League offers solo and group exhibitions to both member and non-member artists of the league. All proposals are presented to the Exhibitions Committee, which is composed of both fine art and fine craft artists, curators, collectors, and gallery directors.  This is a very competitive program as RAL can only accept a limited number of proposals each year. Artworks in any media will be reviewed.

The Exhibitions Committee, Rehoboth Art League

Registration Fee: $20.00 (member and non-member)
Call Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019  (5pm)
Notification: by Monday, September 2, 2019 (5pm)

For more details, visit Rehoboth Art League’s Call for Entries page.

Sunspot Literary Journal Opportunities

  1. 100 Bucks for 100 Words (Ends 6/30/19)
  2. Open call for fiction and nonfiction up to 29,000 words, and for poetry up to 120 pages. (Ends 5/31/19)

100 Bucks for 100 Words

Microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay…if it’s 100 words or less, it might be worth $100. No restrictions on theme or category.
First place winners and finalists in various prose categories will be published in a special edition. A byline and bio will be included, and select pieces will receive special attention on the website.
Enter as many times as you like. One piece per submission. Pieces must be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please withdraw your submission if the work is published elsewhere before the contest ends. Work can have won other awards that do not include publication without being disqualified. Cash award of $100 goes to the best piece.

Open: March 1, 2019
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Fee: $5

Open call for fiction and nonfiction up to 29,000 words, and for poetry up to 120 pages.

Sunspot Literary Journal speaks truth to power through the power of words and art. The name derives from areas of lower temperatures on the sun’s surface. Because of the brilliance surrounding these areas, sunspots are not visible to the naked eye, just like the celebrity rehab stories that drown out unique and creative work.

Launched in January 2019, the journal is dedicated to hearing every voice. Writing and art that is thoughtful, evocative, and created with exceptional skill fill the pages. The authors and artists supported by the journal might not be social media influencers, but they still have something to say.

Publisher Laine Cunningham has worked in the industry for over twenty years. As an award-winning writer, ghostwriter, and consultant, she taught for the Loft Literary Center and was a regional liaison for the National Writers Union. She is often approached by authors desperate to break free from stereotypes applied by publishers and literary agents.

After following the VIDA Count, which quantifies the dismal state of diversity in the publishing industry, Cunningham produced Writing While Female or Black or Gay. Although the book helps underserved voices succeed, even that wasn’t enough. She launched Sunspot Literary Journal to support authors and artists from every background.

The contests run by the journal will tie into that mission. One will focus on novels while another will push microfiction to its extreme. The inaugural prose contest is indicative of Cunningham’s approach. The theme revolves around a single word that has become weaponized in modern society. The word’s impact is so potent that contest listings refer authors to the website to view the word.
Another critical part of Sunspot’s approach is publication of long-form works. Authors can submit poetry up to 120 pages in length while prose can run up to 29,000 words.

Some of the most important poetry ever written is long. Financial considerations also mean that fewer journals are able to publish long-form prose. Sunspot will provide an important avenue for these significant forms.

The journal produces four digital-only quarterly editions per year. These editions are free to the website’s visitors and will be distributed through a monthly newsletter that will launch this summer. The digital editions will include visual art, photography, video stills, and graphic novel frames.

The first year, Sunspot will produce one print volume by blending select pieces from the digital editions with new work. Barring solar flares, the number of print editions will increase in 2020. Special editions will publish contest winners as well as a number of finalists. All contests offer publication, a byline, and cash payments. The prizes will grow as more funding becomes available.

The journal is produced by Sun Dogs Creations out of Hillsborough, NC, USA. Cunningham serves as the senior editor, and several volunteers are helping with administrative tasks. The print edition’s designer is Angel Leya, an author who magically manages to write while chasing her young children around the house.

Submittable portal:
Digital editions: Free
Print edition: $25 plus shipping, or $25 with US shipping included via the Submittable portal.

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.


Newark Arts Alliance
2019 Call for Entries

The Newark Arts Alliance has several call for entries listed on the website.  Please click the link for more information.  NAA 2019 Exhibition Schedule

Local Art Leagues

Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally



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

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.


Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
410.539.6656 x104

National Endowment for the Arts FY 2019 Funding Guidelines

Guidelines and application materials for three National Endowment for the Arts funding categories—Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships—have posted on the NEA’s website.

The fiscal year 2019 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects taking place beginning in 2019. Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the Arts Endowment 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 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


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.

The application for the 2020-2022 Fellowship will be available in Fall 2019. 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

Hungarian Multicultural Center

The Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc. (HMC) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation, founded in 1990.  HMC’s mission is to bridge cultural, geographic, and linguistic divides by bringing people together through the arts in order to foster a greater understanding of world cultures.

The HMC’s cultural programs are film screening, concerts, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, video, festivals and artists’ residencies.

The International Artist-in-Residency Program was founded in 1995.  HMC offers a unique opportunity for artists chosen from around the world: the opportunity to reside and work as a resident artist in an atmosphere designed to stimulate personal vision and encourage new and exciting artistic expressions.

It is neither a school nor an artist`s colony. It does, however, offer an opportunity for professional artists to explore their full creative potential.

Residencies and exhibitions are yet another way to bring the contemporary art and artists featured in the series directly to local communities and audiences. Providing an opportunity to interact with new work and new ideas, residencies can initiate important conversations and create forums for further public dialogue.

Facilitating connections between artists and different communities can deepen the conversations started in the broadcast series. Involving the artists directly in outreach is an important aspect of the HMC series.

For more information you can contact Beata Szechy, HMC, Director, at

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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