Water Public Art Challenge
The New Arizona Prize
Location: Statewide
Registration Deadline: August 16, 2018, 5:00 PM
The Water Public Art Challenge is seeking collaborative temporary public art projects that build connectivity between cultures through creative expression.

With awards of $50,000 to the top five collaborative teams, the Water Public Art Challenge offers an opportunity for creative groups to develop temporary public art projects that build connectivity between cultures through creative expression.

Teams will be judged on their ability to illustrate how their creative idea honors the legacy of the Hohokam People, whose water-bringing irrigation engineering and agricultural achievements laid the foundation for the very existence of life in the Valley of the Sun. We want to see your proposal for a temporary public art installation that builds connectivity within the greater Phoenix area and emphasizes the historical importance of water to life in the area. If you have a creative idea, register no later than Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 5:00 PM Pacific.
This Is Folklife: Class & Workshop Series
Southwest Folklife Alliance
Location: Tucson/Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: May - July 2018
Our “This Is Folklife” series offers cultural immersion experiences (Up Close), focused explorations of culture in action (Unpacked), and skill-based trainings in folklife and ethnography (How To). Two more workshops remain in the series:
Up Close: In the Studio with Traditional Artists Alice Manuel and Ron Carlos
Saturday, June 30, 2018 | Phoenix
Visit the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and experience hands-on learning in basketmaking and pottery from master artists Alice Manuel and Ron Carlos, both recipents of SFA Master-Apprentice Artist Awards.
How to Think Like a Photographer with Steven Meckler
Saturday, July 14, 2018 | Tucson
Learn how a camera “sees,” how light can tell stories, and how to translate the 3D world into a 2D image. Designed for students who want to make better photographs and who already know how to use SLR cameras.
Artist Research & Development Grants
2019 Renovation Underway
Arizona Commission on the Arts grant programs are subject to periodic renovation to ensure they are meeting the needs of the field and in alignment with the agency’s current funding priorities. Renovation of the Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG), including its award structure, evaluation criteria, and application process, is now underway. Guided by internal program evaluations, as well as input from Arizona artists, community leaders, artist services specialists, and various other stakeholders, the Arts Commission staff will work through the summer to build a grant that is even more responsive, inclusive, equitable, and relevant. 

As a result of the renovation process, the grant timeline for Fiscal Year 2019 ARDGs will be pushed back: grant guidelines and more information will be published in August. Additional information will be posted by mid-July. 

If you have any questions about the renovation process or the grant timeline, contact Gabriela Muñoz, Artist Programs Manager, at 602-771-6530 or gmunoz@azarts.gov.  
Professional Development Grants
Cycle B Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 6, 2018
(For activities between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.)
Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth. Learning activities include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Participation in conferences or symposia.
  • Artist residencies.
  • Workshops, institutes, fellowships.

Learning activities must be structured and documentable. Applicants must make a compelling case as to why a particular learning activity was selected and how it will have a substantial impact on their work and/or community.
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The opportunities featured below are selected from listings submitted for inclusion on our website's Jobs and Arts Opportunities boards by the offering/soliciting organization/company. Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization/company listed with the opportunity. 
SculptFest 2018 Call to Artists
The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
Location: West Rutland, VT
Deadline: June 22, 2018
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites artists to submit proposals for SculptFest 2018, September 8 - October 21. The theme for this year’s outdoor exhibition is Interdependence, guest curated by Alisa Dworsky.

Call to Poets | Summer 2018 Issue, Unstrung
Arizona Consortium for the Arts
Location: Arizona
Deadline: July 4, 2018
Unstrung poetry magazine seeks submissions for its Summer 2018 Issue! A Call to Poets for the Summer 2018 Issue of Unstrung.

Theatre Fellowship | Yuma Art Center
Yuma Art Center
Location: Yuma, AZ
Deadline: July 13, 2018
Now in its second year, the theatre fellowship program gives a theatre artist an opportunity to develop their directorial practice by directing a full-length performance with technical and administrative support from the Yuma Art Center.

First Nations Contemporary Biennial
Tubac Center of the Arts
Location: Tubac, AZ
Deadline: August 2, 2018
The Tubac Center of the Arts presents the First Nations Contemporary Biennial, an exhibition of contemporary art created by First Nations/Native American artists September 14 to October 21, 2018. 

Call for Plays | Bismarck State College Theatre and Humanities North Dakota
Bismarck State College Theatre and Humanities North Dakota
Location: Bismarck, ND
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Bismarck State College Theatre, in collaboration with the Humanities North Dakota, as part of the HumanitiesND year-long "Game Changer Ideas Festival" is pleased to announce a call for brand new ten-minute plays that engage with the question “What Happened to the American Dream?”

Call to Artists | Colors of Copper
Business Association of Chase Creek Arizona
Location: Clifton AZ
Deadline: September 17, 2018
Art Competition and Wine tasting. Saturday, November 3rd & Sunday, November 4th. Categories for competition include; #1. two dimensional art (paintings, drawings, prints on canvas, wood panel, paper etc.), #2. three dimensional art (carving, sculpture, any medium), #3. Photography, #4. Craft (ceramic, wood turning, jewelry).

Antenna | National/International Open Call
Location: New Orleans, LA
Deadline: September 20, 2018
Individual Visual Artists or Collaboratives working in any media are encouraged to apply to the Antenna: Open Call. One applicant working outside of Louisiana will be selected and awarded a solo show for the 2018 calendar year, given an honorarium of $1,000 (split amongst the group, if collaborative) paid shipping, paid travel to and from New Orleans for the install and opening of the exhibition, accommodations in Antenna’s residency space, and access to Antenna’s print facilities to publish an exhibition catalog or other similar ephemera to be determined by the artists.

The Strada Poetry Prize
Strada Company
Location: Tucson, AZ
Deadline: September 22, 2018
Strada Company presents The Strada Poetry Prize for poets under forty years of age who live or are attending schools, colleges, or universities in Arizona.

Call for Exhibition Proposals | Roosevelt Row
Xico, Inc.
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: Rolling
Call for exhibition proposals to exhibit work in the shipping containers on Roosevelt Row.

Call to Visual and Performance Artists: 2018-2019 Season
Alwun House Foundation
Location: Phoenix AZ
Deadline: Varies
Downtown Phoenix' nationally recognized contemporary arts pioneer, Alwun House, enters its 48th season pushing creative boundaries, showcasing and promoting local, regional visual and performance artists.
Public Art Project Request for Proposals | Town of Marana
Town of Marana
Location: Marana, AZ
Deadline: June 19, 2018 at 3PM local time
The Town of Marana is accepting proposals for Public Art in the newly designated Downtown Marana District. Arizona artists are encouraged to apply.

NexGen Mural-A-Month
NexGen Leadership Council of Yuma
Location: Yuma, AZ
Deadline: Ongoing
The NexGen Arts Committee is seeking muralists to create site-specific works of art throughout Yuma County. Muralists must have prior experience working on large scale public art projects.
The Gateway International Painting Competition
Range Dog Publishing (Gateway To Sedona)
Location: Sedona, AZ
Deadline: Monthly, August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018
The Gateway International Painting Competition (formerly the Sedona Art Prize) is a new international online painting competition, exhibition, and artist promotion opportunity open to all painters using painting media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, pastel, or mixed media. 

Battle of the Bands | Yuma Art Center
Yuma Art Center
Location: Yuma, AZ
Deadline: July 20, 2018
Calling all bands! Send us a video of your best 5 minute set! The top seven bands -chosen by a panel of judges- will go to a live concert at the Historic Yuma Theatre and battle for a $5,000 cash prize!

First Annual Share Our Walls Exhibit
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Tucson
Location: Tucson, AZ
Deadline: Entries and jpgs are due August 3, 2018
SAWG is accepting entries to the First Annual Share Our Walls Juried Exhibit at our gallery in Williams Centre in Tucson. Artists at least 18 years old and living in Southern Arizona may enter up to two pieces of work in any media that can hang on a wall.

CGTrader’s Digital Art Competition
Location: Online
Deadline: September 30, 2018
CGTrader is calling digital artists from around the world to show their best works of art. Creativity and innovation come together in our Competition to bring out the vast potential of CG.

Alice Award in Publishing | JM Kaplan Fund
J. M. Kaplan Fund/Furthermore
Location: Hudson, NY
Deadline: September 1
The $25,000 Alice Award is sponsored annually by Furthermore grants in publishing, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund and awarded to an illustrated book of distinction.
AZ Speaks | Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities
Location: Statewide
Deadline: November 1, 2017 - October 31, 2018
AZ Speaks is the longest-running and most popular program of Arizona Humanities. The program is a great way for non-profits, libraries, educational institutions, K-12 schools, governmental and tribal entities to enjoy interesting and engaging humanities-based programs. 

Bates Dance Festival Training Programs
Bates Dance Festival
Location: Lewiston, ME
Deadline: Ongoing
The Bates Dance Festival offers three distinct training programs. The Young Dancers Workshop (YDW) a rigorous three-week program serves up to 100 pre-professional dancers ages 14-18. The Professional Training Program (PTP) a three-week intensive offers 30 daily classes in a wide array of dance disciplines and serves an intergenerational community of 190 dancers ages 18 and up. 

Financial Planning Networking for Artists | Curator Engine
Curator Engine
Location: Mesa, AZ
Deadline: Rolling
Want a Creative Livelihood? Craft a Creative Financial Plan. Orientation events are held Every Third Saturday from 10am-Noon on the La Mesita Campus in Mesa. Individual Appointments can be scheduled regardless of Orientation attendance.
Vibrant City Grant | City of Tempe
City of Tempe
Location: Tempe, AZ
Deadline: At least 6 weeks before project start date
Vibrant City Grants are intended to activate Tempe through the inclusion of arts and cultural participation, celebration of diversity, building community connections, and supporting local arts. This grant is available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, and community groups to produce arts-related performances, festivals, and activities that encourage community participation in the arts. Grant awards are available for $250-$750 + free space, requests for $250 that are free and open to the community do not require matching funds.

Arts Grants | Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Letters of Inquiry Deadline: August 1
Funding from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation is currently available to support direct costs for catalogues and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects, especially those supporting emerging and under-recognized artists, and produced by organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers. 

Artist Grants | Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.
Location: New York, NY
Deadline: Ongoing
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

CERF+ Emergency Relief for Craft Artists
Location: Montpelier, VT
Deadline: Ongoing
CERF+ provides assistance to craft artists who have experienced a recent, serious emergency or is dealing with a major setback due to illness, accident, fire, natural disaster, or other type of unexpected event.

Music Program Grants | Spread Music Now
Spread Music Now
Location: Redding, CT
Deadline: Ongoing
Spread Music Now welcomes stories from nonprofit music and arts education and youth development organizations, public school systems, higher education institutions, and cultural institutions and venues. Fund does not accept unsolicited applications.
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency Opportunity with Stipend
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Location: Nebraska City, NE
Deadline: September 1, 2018
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to 70 juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Next deadline: September 1, 2018.

KHUYANA | PERUVIAN JUNGLE Artist-in-residence
CZ Residency Programs
Location: Iquitos, Peru
Deadline: Ongoing
The residency program Khuyana welcomes visual artists and other disciplines; for the period of one month (up to three months) to develop research and production projects related to the Peruvian Amazon and amazon ancient cultures, Quichua and Kukama Kukami.

Canadian Artist Residency | Spark Box Studio
Spark Box Studio
Location: Ontario, Canada
Deadline: Ongoing
Spark Box Studio’s Artist Residency Program provides live/work space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators and writers. Artists-in-residence have access to our professional studio and resources.
Gallery Gift Shop Manager | Tubac Center of the Arts
Tubac Center of the Arts
Location: Tubac, AZ
Deadline: June 22, 2018
Responsible for all Gallery Shop operations and volunteer scheduling, training and recruitment.

Assistant Manager | Creative Gateways
Creative Gateways LLC
Location: Sedona, AZ
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Creative Gateways LLC is made up of Creative Gateways Open Studio and Gallery in West Sedona and Kuivato, a Creative Gateways Gallery in Tlaquepaque.

Tessitura Database Administrator | Scottsdale Arts
Scottsdale Arts
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Deadline: Open until filled
Scottsdale Arts, a nonprofit arts innovator located in Scottsdale, Arizona seeks a full time Tessitura Database Administrator.

Advancement and Finance Administrator | Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children
Rosie's House
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: Open until filled
Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children is a nationally recognized free afterschool music program for students from low-income families. The mission of Rosie's House is to eliminate barriers to high-quality music education.

Membership Manager | Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: Open until filled
Manages all aspects of membership marketing, sales, and fulfillment for the Garden, works closely with the Assistant Director of Development on pricing structure, demographics, and design of membership recruitment campaigns.
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