Current Opportunities for Artists

One of the core missions of the Springfield Central Cultural District is to make the District a more attractive place for artists to live, work, and play. Many of these resources can be found on the Business Improvement District’s residential and commercial real estate pages. Artist live/work space and co-workspace are both available in the metro center of Springfield, where artists can be centrally located to customers and galleries.

This page is regularly updated with current opportunities for artists in the area. Click on the purple links to find more information.

Springfield-specific opportunities

Space at Make It Springfield - Make It Springfield, a makerspace located within the District, is open for memberships! A monthly fee affords you access to the space, hosting workshops, and an option to sublet private space. Rentals are also available for hourly usage or events. 

Valley Photo Center Call for Art, Fall Open Submission Show - The Valley Photo Center, VPC, located at Tower Square, upper level, 1500 Main St. in Springfield is now accepting prints at our drop off locations for our Fall Open Submission Show opening in October. This is an opportunity for photographers to show off their work to the general public as well as offer them for sale. The VPC takes only a modest commission on sales, making this an opportunity great for emerging artists. 


Regional Calls for Art 

City of Holyoke Call for Art - The City of Holyoke, MA seeks proposals for art installations in two municipal public parks - McNulty Park and Pina Park.

Submit Your Design for the 2017 NEPR Art Mug! - NEPR is seeking submissions from local artists for our 12th Annual Art Mug! The limited-edition mug will be available to NEPR--s contributing listeners during the station's on-air fund drives from September 2017 through June 2018. We welcome all submissions from collage, to pen and ink, to photography -- as long as it translates well on a coffee mug! The winning design will be posted on our website and will also be described over the air during the pledge drive for our listeners.

Easthampton City Arts Fundraiser - This year we are hosting a very special fundraiser at The MAP Gallery in Eastworks. The idea is to have all work be the same price, the same size, and anonymous. The names of all contributing artists will be on display but the works themselves will be unmarked. So, what we are looking for from you is a donation of a piece of art (or two! Or three!) for us to put in the show. The only parameters is that it must 8 inches by 8 inches (including any framing or installing) and it must be ready to hang; paper works can be hung with magnets, if something is framed it will need to be wired. All work will be priced at $44.00. Deadline: November 1, 2017. Contact for more information.


Ongoing National / Statewide Resources

City of Boston Artist Residency– The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics invite artists to apply to Boston AIR to become one of ten artists-in-residence at the City of Boston.Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, or as leaders of systemwide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies.

Artist Grants - The Puffin Foundation provides grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.  Fine Arts and Video/Film must be the primary category of the project. The Fine Arts category includes a broad range of creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, weaving, crafts, collage and sculpture.

Professional Development Residency Program - Apply for MASS MoCA’s new residency program for artists & writers - the Studios at MASS MoCA — in North Adams, MA, for 1-8 week sessions available.

Creative Ground - Creative Ground is a statewide artist database used by many organizations to locate, contact, and hire creative workers for everything from custom paintings and installations to logo and graphic design. Register with Creative Ground for the opportunity to be found! We require all SCCD-hired artists to register on this database. 

Hire Culture - A free, searchable database of arts, humanities, and science employment opportunities in MA. 

SpaceFinder - A resource to find space to use for rehearsals, studio art, audio recording, and much more for artists in MA. 

Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships and Grants – Fellowships and grants in several categories are available to artists all calendar year long. Check back to this website for featured opportunities as new grants often come up.

UMass Arts Extension - The Arts Extension Service is a national arts organization working to provide resources such as education, research, publications and consulting for arts professionals and in arts management. 

New England Foundation for the Arts NEFA offers grants to artists and organizations to support the creation and presentation of work. Other opportunities and resources that connect and strengthen the creative sector include online tools, convenings, and research publications.

National Endowment for the Arts - The NEA is the leading national organization supporting arts and culture. They provide year round grant opportunities to organizations, individuals, and partnerships. 

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Massachusetts provides legal services, advice, and educational programming to artists and cultural organizations in MA. The VLA accomplishes its mission through the work of a panel of more than 500 attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the MA arts community. 

WAGE Certification - A program operated and owned by Working Artists and the Greater Economy to set wage standards for artists and creative workers nationally. This tool can be used to price out work or set a fair wage for your work.