Current Opportunities for Artists

One of the core missions of the Springfield Cultural Partnership 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.

THE CREATIVE ECONOMY

United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD)

“UNCTAD has introduced the topic of the "creative economy" in the world economic and development agenda.

The creative economy is an emerging concept dealing with the interface between creativity, culture, economics and technology in a contemporary world dominated by images, sounds, texts and symbols.

Today, the creative industries are among the most dynamic sectors in the world economy providing new opportunities for developing countries to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy.

In implementing its mandate, UNCTAD has been proactive in promoting international action in the area of the creative industries, and hence, the creative economy, emphasizing their development dimension.

The creative industries are at the crossroads of the arts, culture, business and technology. All these activities are intensive in creative skills and can generate income through trade and intellectual property rights.”

SPRINGFIELD’S CREATIVE ECONOMY

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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. 

Artists of Springfield, MA- Visit the Artists of Springfield MA Facebook page to find artist opportunities near you!

Regional Calls for Art 

Art in the Orchard is Seeking Outdoor Sculpture and Installations. The 5th “Art In the Orchard” biennial in Easthampton, Massachusetts will draw ~30,000 visitors from August 10th to November 24th and feature 30 works. Selected artists receive a $500 honorarium. Work containing elements of whimsical, absurd, surreal and those that elicit emotional responses are encouraged as well as kinetic and site-specific work. AiO was awarded the prestigious Gold Star Award for exemplary community arts project. Deadline: April 1st, 2019. 

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.

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.

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) - offers several Grants opportunities and information on New England’s Creative Economy.

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. 

MassCreative-  works to build a more vibrant, healthy and equitable Massachusetts. MASSCreative works with artists, leaders, supporters, and partners of the arts, cultural, and creative community to advocate for the resources and support necessary for the sector to thrive.

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.