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.

 

Valley Photo Center Student Open Submission Show - The Valley Photo Center is now accepting images for their April Student Open Submission Show. Students can submit images in the Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College categories. There will be prizes and awards in each category as well as for entries from each school. There will also be a best in show and peoples choice award. Entries should be framed and ready to hang in the gallery, but there are free loaner frames available on a first come first served basis. There is no entry fee to enter the show. 

Art in the Orchard Call for Sculptures -  Art In the Orchard (AIO) is seeking sculptures and installations for its fourth biennial outdoor exhibit in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This biennial is expected to draw 25,000 visitors from August 13th to November 26th and will feature approximately 30 works. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium (totaling $15,000). Art In the Orchard 2017 is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private donations. The first edition of AIO was awarded the prestigious Gold Star Award for exemplary community arts project by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applications are available at: http://ArtInTheOrchard.org and are due by April 1st, 2017.

Call for Artists to Reimagine the Four Freedoms - Norman Rockwell Museum calls on artists working in all media to reimagine the four essential freedoms enunciated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear, and to consider their relevance today. Approximately 30 works will be selected for inclusion in the international traveling exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, opening at the New-York Historical Society in June of 2018. 

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.

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.

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.

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.