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CALL TO ARTISTS: Leica Women Foto Project Award & Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program
DEADLINE: Friday, October 8, 2021
AWARD: Three photographers will receive $10,000, a Leica SL2-S camera, and a Leica Vario Elmarit-SL 24-70mm each. Awardees will be featured in a 4-week exhibition at Fotografiska New York, to commence in 2022.
This year, our initiative to promote diversity in photography expands to provide new resources to enrich the professional development of female photographers.
Since its inception in 2019, the Leica Women Foto Project continues to serve as a platform to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community through visual storytelling. Its mission is to encourage photographers to demonstrate the importance and impact of a female’s point of view while providing the tools needed to support underrepresented voices in visual storytelling. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of renowned figures in the world of photography.
CALL TO ARTISTS: The Evolution Grant, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, October 15, 2021, 2:00am
Art Fluent’s grant cycle is now open to individual artists through an international open call. The Evolution Grant will provide $1,000 unrestricted funding to an individual artist with recognized artistic excellence in fine art media and a demonstrated commitment to their art.
CALL TO ARTISTS: WHEREWITHAL GRANT, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
DEADLINE: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT
You can apply for either a $5,000 Research Grant or a $5,000 Project Grant depending on which best supports your practice at this time.
Research Grant funds can be used to compensate you for your intellectual labor and idea development, to pay other artists and thinkers for their time and contributions, and for costs associated with gaining access to specific resources.
Project Grant funds can be used to support ongoing, or new, artist-organized projects that are presented publicly during the grant period in unconventional or D.I.Y. artist-run spaces in the DC-area, or virtually. Projects cannot take place in established commercial galleries, museums, or non-profit art spaces.
Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of artists and arts professionals with up to 12 grants awarded. The grant period is from January–December 2022.
CALL TO ARTISTS: WHATEVS, Art Fluent, Boston, MA
DEADLINE: Friday, October 29, 2021, 2:00am
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, WHATEVS. Over $1,000 in cash prizes. Open theme, anything goes!! Show us your best of the best for WHATEVS! All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Creative Alliance, Executive Director, Baltimore, Maryland
DEADLINE: open until filled
Reporting to the board, the Executive Director will serve as the chief executive officer and organizational innovator for the Creative Alliance. This visionary and dynamic community leader will be a bridge builder, active listener, skilled collaborator, and champion for the critical role of the arts in a vibrant, forward-thinking, and intersectional community. The Executive Director will partner with the board in ensuring governance models that engage a diversity of people and perspectives. This individual will develop, motivate, and lead an experienced team in external relations, fund development, marketing, strategic planning, artistic planning, and educational programming, as well as provide overall operational, financial, and administrative oversight.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Call for Art-INTO THE WILD, Art Fluent, Boston, MA, online gallery
DEADLINE: Friday, September 24, 2021, 2:00 a.m.
Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to our online exhibit, INTO THE WILD. $1,000 in cash prizes. All accepted pieces will be displayed in our online gallery at www.art-fluent.com
INTO THE WILD- Animals have fascinated artists for centuries, connecting human cultures across time. While we occupy the same earth we live in entirely different worlds, often colliding. The mystery of the animal kingdom’s instinct, strength, vulnerability, motion, and power will forever continue the keep us in awe. Show us IN TO THE WILD through your perspective.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Big Ink, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, Maryland
DEADLINE: Saturday, October 9, 2021
BIG INK is hosting a weekend of monumental woodblock printing at Pyramid Atlantic in October and is already starting to take submissions! Artists who are interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24×36 inches are encouraged to participate. You can find more info at bigink.org.
CALL TO ARTISTS: AWARE Grant, Arlington Cultural Affairs, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 11:59pm
AWARD: five $10,000 grants will be awarded
It is our goal to invest in a thriving and equitable arts community in Arlington by supporting Arlington based artists and organizations from communities that face barriers to access.
The purpose of the AWARE Grant is to provide funding to organizations and/or individual artists or a collaboration of individual artists that identify as, or are led by and/or support at least one of the following communities including, but not limited to: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC); Queer and Trans BIPOC; LGBTQ+ constituencies; Low income communities; Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals in Institutions; Individuals below the Poverty Line; Individuals with limited English Proficiency; Military Veterans/Active Duty Personnel; and Opportunity Youth.
Applications will be assessed on their deep commitment to cultural equity, social justice or disrupting systemic racism through service to any or all of the categories above. If you feel that your marginalized community was not included please send an email to CADportal@arlingtonva.us with the name of your community and information about historical marginalization.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Arlington Economic Development’s ReLaunch: ReVitalize program, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: December 31, 2021, or when all of the funding has been awarded, whichever comes first.
Are you seeking opportunities to strengthen your business? Apply now for assistance with strategic planning, marketing, digital presence, financial management, sourcing capital and more.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia
DEADLINE: open until filled
Three full time positions are available.
Other Opportunity Resources
PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNTIES: CODAworx, a global leader in commissioned artwork, manages a database of RFP’s for public art.
CALL TO ARTISTS: BUSBOYS AND POETS, DC, Maryland and Virginia area (DMV)
Busboys and Poets, a community gathering place, restaurant and cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers, is looking for visual art in all media to display at its seven locations in the DMV. Artists may submit up to 12 original works to be reviewed, ranging from but not limited to drawings, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, fiber, quilts, etc. Standing sculpture should be no larger than 24” in height.
THEMES: Art images reflecting equity and social justice, womanism, life in the DMV, COVID-19, community transformation, family, portraiture, whimsy, abstraction and life experiences within diverse cultures are encouraged for submission.
Artists selected will be notified by email at least two weeks in advance of installation.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Workhorse Arts Center exhibition opportunities
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Career listings from leading arts institutions around the country as collected by ArtTable, a professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts.
DEADLINE: open until filled
EAST CITY ART, a virtually based platform supporting visual arts in the DC area, has an extensive listing of arts opportunities in the area.
ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES: The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin, updated weekly and maintained by Maryland Art Place, includes regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, residencies and information on available studio spaces in the area. To post your call for entry, email Caitlin Gill at email@example.com
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS; ARTIST ROSTER FOR WALL PROJECTS, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD
The Artist Roster for Wall Projects (Roster) connects pre-qualified local artists residing in the Greater Washington area to commissions for wall projects in Montgomery County. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) seeks muralists, as well as artists who work in mosaic, tile, low-relief and other installation media suitable for temporary or permanent installation on exterior walls for the Roster. Montgomery County-based ALAANA Artists (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) are encouraged to apply.
CALL TO ARTISTS: Marfa Open, Marfa, Texas
Marfa Open Art Festival and Marfa Open AiR are open to everyone. There are no hard and fast requirements for your project and we’re not concerned with what stage of your career you are in. Marfa Open is about innovation and fostering the creativity of all types of artists making all types of art.
If you’d like to be involved with Marfa Open, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to host a workshop or have an idea for an event at Marfa Open House, we’d love to hear about that, too.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Library Exhibitions Call, Arlington, VA
The Arlington Public Library is committed to displaying works of art and craft created by and/or of interest to the Arlington community. We exhibit solo and group shows of local artists submitted through the online application process.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project Artist Roster Application, Arlington, VA
DEADLINE: None Listed
The Humanities Project is Arlington County’s artist-in-education program that sponsors performances, workshops and residencies for students in Arlington County’s public schools and provides professional development opportunities for teachers.
If you have a program, workshop and/or performance that you feel would benefit the students and/or teachers in Arlington, the Humanities Project encourages you to apply.
Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications will be reviewed in the spring of each year. If you have any questions, please contact the Humanities Coordinator at 703-228-6299.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: PLAZA ART- Fairfax, VA
DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
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UPCYCLE REUSE ARTIST MATERIAL SHOP, Alexandria, VA
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703-861-8705
Metro: King Street-Old Town
Creative reuse is the process of taking used or recyclable materials and turning them into works of art, home decoration or other useful objects. At UpCycle, we rethink our notion of waste, collecting cast-offs from our community to serve as creative art materials. We collect, organize and prep items for use in a variety of creative capacities.
Visit our reuse shop for all of your creative needs! Our inventory is affordable, dynamic and always changing. Materials memberships are available on a daily (fill a bag for a flat fee) or annual basis (unlimited access to our materials for a period of one year).
Stop in to see what’s in store for you today.