Monday, August 31, 2009
What Artsake says about itself on their blog:
ArtSake is a place to dig into the creative, innovative work of Massachusetts artists. It’s hosted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the state’s arts agency. We chose the name ArtSake because support for the arts is often framed in terms of its additional benefits: to education, to the economy, to communities. But we wanted to carve out a space where we celebrated art and art-making for its inherent merits, for its own sake. We’ll use this space to celebrate our state’s innovative and creative minds, highlight new projects, and feature ideas and content straight from the artists. Above all, we hope to encourage readers to participate in the advancement of Massachusetts arts - especially their own.
I hope you check out my post on Artsake and see what other artists are doing in Massachusetts...talk to you later, Mira
Thursday, August 27, 2009
1. Place the log on the blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated the blog for this award.
3. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting–or that they don’t know.
4. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.
5. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
6. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.Seven things about myself that you might not know:
1. I lived above the 72nd parallel in the Norwegian Arctic in a reindeer herding village for a while. With a whiny vegan guy. Don't ask.
2. I am particularly fond of monotremes, which are evolutionary cross-overs: the platypus and the echydna (otherwise known as the spiny anteater.)
3. Although most people think of me as a classical-early music/world music person, my favorite music documentary is about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, called Running Down the Dream. Go get it now!!
4. Because of my brain injury, most of what I write one day is completely forgotten the next. Welcome to Groundhog Day!
5. My father, who had been a writer, was close friends with Saul Bellow and when my sister was a baby, she peed in his lap. She is a writer too and I suppose that act was her first attempt at literary schmoozing.
6. I visited Pope John Paul's summer home in 1990 and following a private concert, I refused to kneel and kiss his papal ring. Kind of a visceral reaction I guess. Long story involving guards, guns, interrogations and the like...
7. I played hockey as a kid and keep my hockey skates in the back of my car all winter. You never know when you might see a frozen pond...
Seven blogs I'd like to nominate for the Kreativ Blogger Award:
1. Yoga and Creativity: Practicing the Art of Living: http://michaelmccolly.vox.com
2. Editorial Ass: http://editorialass.blogspot.com/
3. Artist Emerging: http://artistemerging.blogspot.com/
4. Sticker Kitty: http://stickerkitty.wordpress.com/
5. MFA Weblog: http://creative-writing-mfa-handbook.blogspot.com/
6. Elephant and Butter: http://elephantbutter.blogspot.com/
7. Get Your S*HT Together: http://gyst-ink.com/blog/
Okay, that took up a chunk of my morning. Now on to finding you guys some money....
Your pal, Mirabee
Monday, August 24, 2009
A couple other little items: when you want to leave a comment after a posting, just click on the place that says 'comments' at the end of the posts for that time and follow the directions. I hide my comments, only because sometimes there are a lot of them and I just don't want to take up so much space. If you are having any trouble leaving comments, it might mean that you have to update your browser, so please try that before you write me an email, okay? Thanks! I welcome all comments, especially ones telling me how much they absolutely LOVE THIS BLOG. And, of course, comments about wonderful residencies you have applied for and gotten, or grants you applied for and got after you found out about them on my blog.
Coming soon: FAQs about residencies, so keep your eyes peeled. (I wonder where that creepy phrase came from?)
November 2, 2009: Fiction, Playwriting/Screenwriting and Photography
November 3, 2009: Painting, Music/Sound
November 4, 2009: Architecture/Environmental Structures, Choreography and Video
Also, another change...a reader recently brought to my attention that although I got an announcement from a grants site regarding the Robert MacNamara Foundation residency in Maine's supposed September deadline, they are not doing residencies at this time. That is all I know at the moment. (Thank you dear readers for your help!) Although I'd love to double check every single link or announcement I get or double check the places I research, I simply do not have time. I do the best I can, as most of you know, but once in a while the information I am given or that I find is erroneous. I do this stuff for free and it takes a lot of time and unfortunately, unless I clone myself, I can't do any better than this. I do apologize for any mistakes and if I can clone myself in the future, you'll be the first to know. Speaking of mistakes, it seems as if an alien has invaded blogspot. If you see some odd font glitches or other issues, I am sorry. I'm trying to find out what the problem is---whether it's blogspot or my server or what. Hopefully it will be cleared up soon!
Anyway....more things to come. Have a great end of the summer. Garden, paint, play music and get those applications out there. Remember that the fall is a huge time for deadlines, especially regional grants, i.e. state grants in the U.S. Talk to you later....best wishes, Mirabee
Friday, August 21, 2009
La Macina di San Cresci Residency, Greve in Chianti, between Florence and Siena. When: October 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010. Deadline: until filled. La Macina di San Cresci offers ten partial funding in grant based on a combination of merit and need. This assistance reduces Residency fees and may cover up to half the full cost of a minimum three-week residency. This grant assistance is available from October 1, 2009 to March 31 , 2010 residencies. Applications for these awards are accepted any time. For more information about the residency, studio facilities, and application requirements, please visit www.chianticom.com. For further information, contact the office at [email protected]
The OCAC residency program in Portland, Oregon provides artists with time to think, and to immerse themselves in the making. Whether an emerging or a nationally known artist; residents have the freedom to explore, experiment, interact and create. The OCAC offers two kinds of residencies, a Junior residency and a Senior residency. Artists can apply anytime. The Junior Residency provides recent MFA graduates with sixteen weeks of focused work time during the fall or spring semester. Applications are accepted from artists working in a specified craft medium. During the semester, residents take advantage of the vibrant college community, interacting with students, faculty and staff. The Senior Residency is a six-week long program in the summer. This residency offers mid-career artists a break from their scheduled lives to focus on their work. Applicants working in any of the College’s craft media may apply. Residencies are open to only US artists. All residents are provided with nearby housing, a stipend, and materials and travel reimbursement. Residents make two public presentations and have their work featured in an annual Artist in Residence exhibition. Please see the OCAC website for more information: www.ocac.edu.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA. Average stay is four weeks. Residents receive housing, all meals, and studios. Residents are responsible for travel, materials, and there is a suggested contribution ($30/day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154 San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239, [email protected], www.vcca.com. Deadline: September 15, 2009
(ARTISTS) Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program
Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program in Roswell, New Mexico, U. S. A. Well known by artists as the "Gift of Time", the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide gifted studio based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. This "gift of time" allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. In-residence grants are offered to artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media. Grants are not made in the disciplines of performance art or production crafts.
Residencies are for one year. Artists are housed in a complex of six houses and 10 studios located on forty acres of land. Each artist is provided with a house that can amply accommodate either a single person or a family. Rent, utilities (except telephone), repairs and maintenance costs are borne by the Program. Houses are furnished with major furniture items, appliances and utensils. The next deadline is December 1, 2009. For more information, please go to: http://www.rair.org/
***While the visa process for non-US residents participating in their program has improved somewhat, they are still limited in their ability to assist with the long term visa issues that may arise for foreign participating artists. Overseas artists should consider visiting the USCIS web site and/or consult with local experts on this subject.
Monday, August 17, 2009
(PERFORMING ARTS) American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grants
The Jonathan Larson Grant recognizes and supports emerging composers, lyricists and book writers**. The grants will be celebrated at a reception featuring performances of the winning artists' work in the spring. Applicants should be working professionally in the field and have demonstrated commitment to a career in musical theatre. Individuals may apply as lyricists, composers, composer/lyricists, or composer/lyricist/bookwriters. Individual book-writer applications are not accepted. Collaborative teams may apply together as composer and lyricist or composer, lyricist, and bookwriter. Collaborators who work together regularly are strongly encouraged to apply as a team. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work there on at least a part-time basis. Submitted work should be predominantly in English. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NOTE: Applications must be submitted by mail. American Theatre Wing, 570 Seventh Ave., Suite 501, New York, NY 10018, ATTN: Jonathan Larson Grants, T: (212) 765-0606, http://americantheatrewing.org/larsongrants/guidelines.php. Deadline: August 29, 2009.
** Book writers as in books written for musical theater.
(ALL) Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grants
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grants aims to stimulate and support artistic creativity and freedom of cultural expression in the Arab World. Open to individuals, NGOs, cultural and educational organizations, governmental bodies, and private companies in the fields of independent filmmaking, performing arts, visual arts, literature, research, capacity building and training, regional and cultural events, regional exchange, and multi-disciplinary projects. Applicants do not need to be Arab, but must be active in the Arab world. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NOTE: Applications must be completed in Arabic. Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, P.O. Box 1402, Amman 11118, Jordan, [email protected], www.arabculturefund.org. Deadline: August 31, 2009.
(ALL) Guggenheim Fellowships
For advanced professionals in all fields, including the creative arts (in the field of performing arts, artists must perform their own original material to be eligible), to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. Grants are to individuals only (but are not available to students) and have been averaging $43,200 for U.S./Canadian fellowships and $34,285 for Latin American/Caribbean fellowships - amounts are adjusted to the needs of the fellows, considering their resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. For more info, write: [email protected] or visit the website at: www.gf.org. Deadline: September 15, 2009 (U.S./Canada); December 1, 2009 (Latin America/Caribbean)
(LIBRETTISTS/LYRICISTS) Kleban Award
Given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist, each of whom receives $100,000, payable in 2 annual installments of $50,000. Applicants must EITHER have had work previously produced on a stage or in a workshop performance OR be or have been a member or associate of a professional musical workshop or theatre group, i.e., ASCAP, BMI Theater Workshop, or the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Development Program. See website for application and complete guidelines. Kleban Award Coordinator, c/o New Dramatists, 424 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036, T: (212) 757-6960 ext. 19, www.newdramatists.org/kleban_award.htm. Deadline: September 15, 2009.
(NY WRITERS) New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
Artists' Fellowships and Strategic Opportunity Stipends (SOS) are available to artists in New York. The fellowships of $7,000 each are given biennially to poets and creative nonfiction writers. Grants alternate yearly with fellowships in fiction. Entrants should submit up to 20 pages of poems by October 6, or up to 20 pages of creative nonfiction by October 8. There is no entry fee. Write or see web site for complete details. E-Mail: [email protected], Website: www.nyfa.org Application Deadline: October 6.
(WRITERS) Kentucky Foundation for Women
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 are available to women writers in Kentucky whose work "focuses on a feminist, not feminine, consciousness." The Foundation seeks to support writers "who describe the realities of women's lives, who experiment in style and substance, analyze language, or who are working to enlarge the feminist literary and historical heritage." There are two grant programs: Artist Enrichment, supporting the development of individual artists, and Art Meets Activism, recognizing specific projects and activities that involve broader communities and have clear social goals. Deadlines are typically the first Friday in September for Artist Enrichment and the first Friday in March for Art Meets Activism. See the web site for further information and guidelines: www.kfw.org/grants.html. Deadline: September 5.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
(WRITERS) Residency in Australia
The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre is the oldest writers centre of its kind in Australia. They are dedicated to preserving the heritage value of the former home of leading Australian writer, Katharine Susannah Prichard, as well as helping and encouraging writers at all levels of the craft. The Centre is situated in the hills east of Perth, Western Australia. The residency program includes accomodation, salary, and access to all resources and facilities within the centre and writing community. Open to international applicants. Applications for Emerging Writer-in-Residence and Regional Writer-in-Residence close Friday 28 August 2009. For more information please visit: http://www.kspf.iinet.net.au/residency_program.html. Phone/Fax: +61 08 9294 1872 Email: [email protected]
(ALL) Residency at Fruitlands Museum
The Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massacusetts seeks contemporary artists whose work compliments the collections and landscape. The resident artist participates in a season long study of the museum as reflected in their artwork. Any artist may apply, including those who work includes poetry, painting, fabric, pottery, sculpture, music & sound, new media and site specific installations. The goal of the program is to bring fresh perspectives to explore the major themes of the institution heritage, art and nature. The artist-in-residence program brings contemporary interpretations to aspects of our collections and landscape, solely at the discretion and inspiration of the artist through their medium. Artists do not live on site and the program seeks artists who live within the greater Boston metro area.
* The Museum provides the artist with: access to the site and collections
* an honorarium
* publicity for public events, programs and exhibit opening event
* exhibition space
* The artist provides the museum with: the artist is on-site on a flexible but regular basis doing their work
* the artist participates in a series of public programs
* previous works and selected works created by the artist during the residency are available for exhibit
* a piece of art created during the program will become a part of the museum collection
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.fruitlands.org/artist-in-residence
Deadline: November 15th, 2009.
(ALL) Millay Colony for the Arts
Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York: Residencies provide work space, meals, and sleeping accommodations for qualified writers, composers, and visual artists for a period of one month. The Colony can accommodate six artists monthly; its main building is fully accessible and includes two work/living spaces. Samples of work must accompany applications. See the website for further information. There is a $35 application fee. E-Mail Address: [email protected]
Website: www.millaycolony.org/apply. Application Deadline: October 1, 2009.
***By the way, this is a great residency in particular for disabled artists, as they have a state of the art accessible building.
(WRITERS) International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle
The retreat offers residencies of four weeks for five published creative writers (novelists, poets, playwrights) at a time. Residencies, which include room and board, are scheduled in spring, summer, and fall. Write for further information and application. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian EH18 1EG, Scotland. Application Deadline: September 30, 2009.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
(POETS) Stadler Fellowship
The Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, offers a stipend of $20,000, in addition to a furnished apartment, office space in the Stadler Center, and health insurance to a recent MFA, MA, or PhD graduate in poetry who is interested in receiving professional training in arts administration and literary editing. The Stadler Fellow assists for 20 hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch. The Fellow also works as an instructor and staff member in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. See web site for more details: www.departments.bucknell.edu/stadler_center. Application Deadline: December 6, 2009.
(ALL) Pew Fellowships in the Arts
The Pew Fellowships in the Arts provide financial support to artists so that they may dedicate themselves wholly to their artwork for up to two years. Applicants must be residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and at least twenty-five years old; students are not eligible. Up to twelve fellowships of $60,000 each are awarded annually in three fields, which vary yearly. See web site for additional information and guidelines: http://www.pewarts.org/apply.html. Application Deadline: December 10, 2009.
(ALL) Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grants
A number of grants are available to individual artists in Connecticut, including Artist Fellowships of $5,000, given to professional creative artists living in the state. Specific arts disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis, depending upon the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission. See web site for complete guidelines, application, and information for different programs. Website: www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/site/default.asp. Application Deadline: September 5, 2009.
(WRITERS) Intermedia Arts, SASE/Jerome Awards
The SASE/Jerome Awards offers grants of up to $5,000 to emerging Minnesota writers. An emerging writer is a writer whose work demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment and commitment, but who has not yet received recognition/acknowledgment as an established creator from fellow writers and/or other arts professionals. Applications and more details are available online. E-Mail Address: [email protected] For more information, visit: Website: www.intermediaarts.org/literary/grants_sase_jerome.php. Application Deadline: September 15, 2009.
(WRITERS) Loft Literary Center, McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers
The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers offer $25,000 annually to five winners: one in children's literature, and four in poetry or creative prose (in alternating years). The awards provide Minnesota writers with an opportunity to work for a concentrated period of time on their writing. See web site for additional information and guidelines. E-Mail Address: [email protected] Website: www.loft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=42. Application Deadline: October 19, 2009.
(UK WRITERS) Authors' Contingency Fund
This fund makes modest grants to published United Kingdom authors who find themselves in sudden financial difficulties. See website for details: http://www.societyofauthors.org.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the Artadia Awards 2009 San Francisco from all visual artists living and working in the 5-county San Francisco Bay Area. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all media and at any point in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected in the fall of 2009 through Artadia’s two-tiered jury process. This is Artadia’s seventh awards cycle in the San Francisco Bay Area. For eligibility requirements and to access the web-based application, please visit: www.artadia.org. Application deadline: October 15, 2009 at 11:59pm (PST)
(ALL) Border Crosser Grant
Whoever wants to discover Central, Eastern and Southern Europe or China, whoever plans on a
publication in German and wants to start for research trips in the East, can apply for funding. The publications should be able to reach a broader audience and help to bring about a greater understanding for the countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, and China. Literary prose and essays, photo (text) books, child and youth books, but also scripts for documentaries and sound radio contributions are welcome. One can apply for all-inclusive research grants varying from 2.000 to 10.000 €. For more information, call Inga Niemann via telephone (+49 30-816996-64) E-mail ([email protected]) or visit these websites: www.bosch-stiftung.de/grenzgaenger and www.lcb.de/grenzgaenger. Deadline October 31, 2009.
(SCHOLARS & WRITERS) Research Fellowships
Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies: The Carter G. Woodson Institute Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Residential Research Fellowships are awarded to eligible scholars whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and society in Africa and the Atlantic world (broadly defined as the African Diaspora). Predoctoral fellowships, covering two years, carry an annual stipend of $20,000 and begin August 15. Postdoctoral fellowships, covering one year, carry a stipend of $45,000 and begin September 1. Fellows must be in residence at the university for the duration of the award period and are expected to make periodic presentations of their work to the Woodson fellows and the larger academic community. Write to Selection Committee, Residential Research Fellowships, at the following address or see web site for more details and latest deadline. Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies, University of Virginia, 108 Minor Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4162 or E-Mail: [email protected] Website: www.virginia.edu/woodson/programs/fellowships.html. Deadline: December 1, 2009.
(FILMMAKERS) New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program
Supports new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. The grant awards the use of their Grant Program Arriflex 16SR camera package to senior and graduate thesis students and to independent filmmakers for a scheduled period of time. Proposed projects may be of any non-commercial nature: dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental, etc. Phone: (206) 467-8666, Fax: (206) 467-9165, Email: [email protected] For more info, go to: http://oppenheimercamera.com/grant.html
(WOMEN) Open Meadows Foundation Grants
Funding to individuals and to nonprofit organizations that are led by and benefit women. Grants of up to $2,000 support projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect diversity of community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in the search for funding. For more information, go to: http://www.openmeadows.org/. Deadline August 15, 2009.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
(ALL DISCIPLINES) Sacatar Foundation Residency in Brazil
The Sacatar Residency offers eight week residencies from May to February. The Instituto Sacatar provides unstructured time and space for creative individuals to develop new work. Specifically, a Fellowship to Sacatar provides: • Roundtrip airfare between the artist's closest regional airport and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil • A private bedroom with attached bath • A separate studio • All meals (except on Saturday night, all day Sunday and holidays)
The residency is in a somewhat primitive location and the foundation encourages artists to work primitively - that is, simply and directly with few complex tools, materials or technologies. They have limited or no facilities or equipment for dance, theater, photography, music, video or film. For residents of the U.K., there is a program through the British Council that generously funds artists with proposals to produce work in Brazil: www.artistlinks.org.br. These proposals can be for anywhere in Brazil and for the length of time desired by the applicant and can include multiple residencies, including time at the Instituto Sacatar.
For more information about Instituto Sacatar, write to: Instituto Sacatar, Rua da Alegria 10 Itaparica BA 44460 Brasil or email: [email protected] or visit the website at: www.sacatar.org.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2009. ***I noticed that the website now says April 10 so please double check or write them)
(WRITERS & ARTISTS) Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Colony
The Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Colony offers residencies to writers and visual artists at two retreats in Saskatchewan: St. Peter's Abbey (two weeks in February or six weeks in July/August) and Emma Lake. The weekly fees are $225–275 Canadian; financial assistance is available. Deadlines are December 1 for winter and May 2 for the summer.Writers from anywhere are welcome to apply. Write, fax, or see the web site for additional information and guidelines. Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Colony c/o Saskatchewan Writers Guild, PO Box 3986, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3R9, Canada. E-Mail: [email protected] Website: www.skwriter.com/programdesc.asp?id=23. Deadline: December 1, 2009.
(MEDIA ARTISTS) KiK Residency in Netherlands
Stichting KiK in Nijeveen: KiK is an art foundation located in an old milk factory in the North of the Netherlands, which fosters projects that make full use of the unique opportunities of the rural landscape. KiK offers residencies for development, research, co-operation, experiment and production of dynamic and innovative projects. * Duration: three months (November 2009 - February 2010), no deadline. International artists are welcome to apply. * Disciplines: architecture, photographers, video and film, as long as the project is related to the landscape and heritage. * Monthly grant: 750 euro.
For more information, write to: Stichting KiK, Kolderveen 30, 7948 NJ Nijeveen, Netherlands or call +31 522-491003, E-mail [email protected] or visit the website at: www.kik-site.nl.