October 2019
Apply to be a Commissioner

Interested in becoming an Arts Commissioner? We are now accepting applications for the new Sacramento Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy Commission! Applicants must live in the City of Sacramento and have a demonstrated history of community involvement or interest in fostering of the arts, innovation, or tourism of the city. Members shall have past or current experience as an educator, supporter, advocate, administrator, curator, historian, or critic of the arts. No current elected officer or employee of the city shall be appointed to the commission.

Click on the link below, and be sure to scroll down to the Sacramento Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy link in order to apply.

2019 Holiday Music Series: Deadline This Friday

The deadline to apply for the 2019 Holiday Music Series at the Sacramento International Airport is THIS FRIDAY, October 4!

Every year the Holiday Music Series, presented by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the Sacramento International Airport, features local artists with the goal of bringing high-quality, diverse performances to the Airport. The Series will include between 10 and 20 two-hour performances between November 27, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Apply today for your music to bring enjoyment to holiday travelers. 

For more information, visit our website .

REMINDER: Grant Deadlines Approaching

Less than 2 weeks left to apply for Creative Economy, Cultural Equity, or the Cultural Equity Investment grants, please register and follow instructions at  SacArts.GoSmart.org. The deadline for all 3 grants is October 10, 2019, 11:59pm.

Creative Economy 2020 Grants

After a successful Creative Economy Pilot Program in 2017, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is accepting applications for a new round of Creative Economy grants. The Creative Economy 2020 grants are made available through one-time funding of $300,000 for $15,000 and $25,000 projects with economic and social impact in under-served communities. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 10, 2019 at 11:59pm. For individual artists, enterprise/business, nonprofit organizations, and public institutions.

Cultural Equity 2020 Grants

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is accepting applications for a new round of Cultural Equity grants. The Cultural Equity 2020 grants are made available through one-time funding of $100,000 for $5,000 or $10,000 projects for arts and cultural organizations with organizational budgets of $500,000 or less. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 10, 2019 at 11:59pm. For nonprofit organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less, working with under-served communities.  

Cultural Equity Investment Grants

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is accepting applications for the new Cultural Equity Investment grants. The Cultural Equity Investment 2020 Grants are made available through one-time funding of $225,000 for three (3) grants of $75,000 each for cultural arts organizations with organizational budgets of $500,000 or less. The funding, along with a year-long mentorship, is intended to infuse support into organizations to build capacity and sustainability. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 10, 2019 at 11:59pm. For culturally diverse nonprofit organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less with an arts-based mission.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera
Sacramento Artists-in-Residence Program: Deadline Extended!

Requests for Qualifications are now open for our Sacramento Artists-in-Residence pilot program, a collaboration between Metro Arts and the Department of Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment. Sacramento AIR is a pilot program in which artists, community members and City of Sacramento staff will collaborate at the intersection of community building, social practice, and art to explore and reframe the ways in which we use our public space and the interactions that take place there. Up to eight artists will be selected to co-design proposals resulting in projects located in every City Council District. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the informational workshops, listed below. The deadline for AIR applications is now October 11, 2019 .

Applications must e-submitted through Submittable: https://sacmetroarts.submittable.com

Questions should be directed to Melissa Cirone at [email protected] or 916-808-3983. 
Sacramento is Looking for its Next Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate

The City of Sacramento Poet Laureate 2020- 2022
Applications open October 7 for poets residing in Sacramento County to submit for the position of Sacramento Poet Laureate. The Sacramento Poet Laureate program brings the power and beauty of poetry to the Sacramento community while increasing awareness of the literary arts through community engagement and outreach. The Poet Laureate title is an honorary one, awarded through a competitive process to a person who writes poetry of high artistic quality, has an established presence in Sacramento, a demonstrated commitment to and a passion for poetry, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse. The ideal candidate enjoys inspiring audiences and the community through readings of his/her work and the works of others and mentoring the next generation of poets. 

A poet is honored with the title of Poet Laureate to distinguish a career in writing exemplary poetry and for the role they have played in sharing poetry with the broader community. The Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador of the literary arts by reading poems and giving talks at public schools, City Council and County Board meetings and other community organizations. The Poet Laureate will serve as a mentor to the Youth Poet Laureate, who is selected annually in partnership with Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS).

To learn more about the Sacramento Poet Laureate program, please visit our website .

The deadline to apply for Sacramento’s Poet Laureate 2020-2022 is November 8, 2019.

For full guidelines and application, please visit https://sacmetroarts.submittable.com/submit . Applications will be open on October 7.

Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate 2020
The Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) Program provides a platform that promotes youth voice, civic engagement, political literacy and community building. Through this endeavor, we aim to push the literary arts and poetry aesthetic to include young people's voices, ideas, beliefs and their values that are significantly under-represented and marginalized. 
The deadline to apply for The Sacramento Youth Poet Laureate 2020 is November 8, 2019. Youth must be between the ages of 14-19 and reside within the county of Sacramento. To apply, youth must have five original poems, a video link of a poetry performance, a resume and/or cv, and possess the leadership skills needed to be the youth poetic representative of Sacramento. Applications can be found here: https://forms.gle/yRckkCAwG7at4C2y7

To learn more about the Youth Poet Laureate program, please visit our website .

Please direct any questions for the Youth Poet Laureate to Patrice Hill at [email protected]
Sacramento's 6th Poet Laureate, Indigo Moor, Steps Down on December 31, 2019.

Indigo Moor is a poet, playwright and author currently residing in Sacramento, CA. Born and raised near Charlotte, N.C., Moor is a multi-genre artist who has published books of poetry including “Tap-Root,” “Through the Stonecutter’s Window” and “In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers.” His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter's Window, won Northwestern University Press's Cave Canem prize. His first book, Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag's Editor's Select Poetry Series. Three of his short plays, Harvest, Shuffling, and The Red and Yellow Quartet debuted at the 60 Million Plus Theatre’s Spring Playwright’s festival. His stageplay, "Live! at the Excelsior", was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and is being made into a full length film. A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program—where he studied poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting--Indigo is also a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists and former Vice President of the Sacramento Poetry Center. Winner of the 2005 Vesle Fenstermaker Prize for Emerging Writers, a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee, and 2008 Jack Kerouac Poetry contest, Indigo's other honors include: finalist finishes for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Crab Orchard First Book Prize, Saturnalia First Book Award, Naomi Long Madgett Book Award, and WordWorks Prize. Indigo’s newest adventure is a series of multi-disciplinary art events titled Renegade Literati the celebrates writers, poets, musicians, and visual artists in the Sacramento area.
Mya Louw , Horizontal Landscape #4 , oil on canvas, 2018, 30"X40"
Jenny Brinitzer, Spring in Frida’s Garden , acrylic on canvas, 2018, 40.5" x 30.5"
Laura Caron , The Caterpillar Learns To Fly , acrylic on canvas , 2019, 20” x 24”
Susan Mann , Eggs , acrylic on canvas, 2017, 12”x12”
Now on View at SMUD Gallery

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Presents:

ColorPlay: Paintings by Four Sacramento Area Colorists
Jenny Brinitzer
Laura Caron
Mya Louw
Susan Mann

Now on view until November 20, 2019
SMUD Gallery
6301 S Street (near 65th Street)
8am - 6pm, Monday - Friday

The SMUD Gallery is a partnership between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.
Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

Women's Studio Workshop Parent Residency Grant (Rosendale, NY)
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Women's Studio Workshop provides the Parent Residency Grant, a four week residency for an artist with at least one dependent child under the age of 18. Artists may choose to work in the studio disciplines of: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics.

Artist Grant
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Artist Grant provides a $500 USD grant to one visual artist each grant cycle. No proposals or indication of how you will use the funds is required. $25 USD application fee required.

West Hartford Art League Ceramic & Wood Juried Exhibit (West Hartford, CT)
Deadline: October 7, 2019
This juried exhibit is open to all works which uses clay or wood as the primary medium, both functional and non-functional. Open to work that explores innovative approaches that result in creative new art works.

LensCulture Black & White Photography Awards
Deadline: October 16, 2019
LensCulture has announced the return of the Black & White Photography Awards. Winning photographs will be exhibited in April next year at Caelum Gallery in Chelsea, New York City's gallery district, during the inaugural Paris Photo New York, an international fair dedicated to photography.

Call for Artists: Envision Arts (Frisco, TX)
Deadline: October 22, 2019
Envision Arts is accepting applications for "Vibrant," an open-themed, contemporary fine art exhibition at The Frisco Art Gallery in Frisco, Texas. All work must be completed within the years 2016-2019 and not previously exhibited at any Envision Arts exhibition.

Science Museum of Virginia RFQ (Richmond, VA)
Deadline: October 18, 2019
The museum is seeking requests for preliminary proposals from a qualified individual artist and/or artist teams to design an original, large scale iconic exterior artwork reflecting the theme of science and the Museum's mission.

Eastside International Los Angeles Artists-In-Residences (Los Angeles, CA)
Deadline: November 1, 2019
The ESXLA international AIR program is a self-structured residency that lasts 1-3 months, and includes a bedroom and adjoining studio for contemporary visual artists to make work, connect with other artists, spaces, galleries, curators, and explore Los Angeles.

For more calls, residencies, and listings, please check our website , which will be updated regularly with more opportunities.
Articles of Interest

5 Part Series - The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling
Hyperallergic published a five-part series on the realities facing art handlers in the United States. The stories explore the conditions, low salaries, and subpar safety standards that many art handlers must endure in the name of high culture.

New Jersey is First in the US to Provide Arts Education for All Students
"Widely recognized as a national leader in arts education, New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to provide universal access to arts education for all public school students according to the 2019 New Jersey Arts Education Annual Summary Reportreleased today by Arts Ed NJ, a non-profit education organization. The review is based on data from the New Jersey State Department of Education for the 2017/2018 school year."