Opportunities

Resource Bulletin

The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin

The MSAC Online Resource Bulletin, maintained by the Maryland Art Place, includes regional, national, and international exhibition opportunities, grants, fellowships, residencies, and information on available studio spaces in the area. The Resource Bulletin is updated on a weekly basis and maintains hundreds of listings of arts opportunities, organized by subject and deadline date. If you have information that you wish to have included in the Resource Bulletin, please send it to: caitlin@mdartplace.org

Disclaimer: Maryland Art Place and The Maryland State Arts Council cannot, at this time, screen all bulletin submissions. Artists should carefully consider each listing before submitting materials or sending fees. Bulletin opportunities should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the listing deadline. 
 
The Maryland State Arts Council Online Resource Bulletin is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.
 

Fellowships & Grants

Grant Opportunity: The Hopper Prize: 5/21

The Hopper Prize is offering multiple individual artist grants totaling $5,000.00 USD awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.

Awards

  • $5,000.00 USD in total awards for visual artists
  • 5 artists will each receive $1,000.00 USD in unrestricted grant awards
  • 30 artists will have their work archived on our website

We work with leading curators to review your submissions. This is an opportunity to get your work in front of prominent contemporary curators. Spring 2019 grant winners will be selected by: Leilani Lynch, Curator The Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach and Rachel Adams, Chief Curator & Director of Programs Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Eligibility.

The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media. 

Deadline: May 21, 2019

For more information, click here.

Grant Opportunity: Innovate Grants: 6/18

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for Spring 2019. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Application Fee: $25

Deadline: June 18, 2019

For more information, click here.

Call for Applications: MSAC Creativity Grant: Rolling

Creativity Grant Applications are now open for eligible activities occurring within Fiscal Year 2019 (March 15, 2019 - June 30, 2019). Please note: Applications for eligible activities beginning in FY20 (starting July 1, 2019) can be submitted after April 1. 

The purpose of the Creativity Grant Program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. Applicants may only submit one application per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

The Creativity Grant Program supports eligible activities of Independent Artists and Small Organizations with grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. There is no matching fund requirement for Creativity Grants. For more information, see Creativity Grant Eligible Activities.

Deadlines for the Creativity Grant Program are rolling. Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) will begin accepting applications on February 1, 2019 for the FY19 Application cycle and on April 1, 2019 for the FY20 Application cycle. The grant period for FY19 is February 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019. The grant period for FY20 is July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. Funded activities must occur within the grant period and begin no more than 90 days following submission of an application. Applications will be reviewed monthly, and Creativity Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until allocated funding is depleted.

Please read the guidelines thoroughly prior to completing the application to confirm eligibility and timeline. Please contact Dana Parsons at dana.parsons@maryland.gov with any questions.  

For more information, click here

Fledgling Documentary Outreach: Ongoing

Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Applicants can submit online at any time and will be asked to include a description of the project, its social change goals and plans for moving the project forward. Typically, film projects have at least a rough cut. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of decisions within three months.

Grants typically range from $10K – $25K. Fledgling supports audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch.

Grants are NOT available to support production or post-production.

Deadline: Ongoing

For more information and to Apply, click here.

Fledgling Rapid Story Development: Ongoing

Non-fiction visual stories that bring together diverse communities are more urgent now than ever, and Fledgling believes that they need to be deployed quickly, in a range of formats, to help amplify the work of individual leaders, nonprofits and movements. The people behind Fledgling know filmmakers and other media makers have creative ideas about how to do this (and sometimes have footage that can be repurposed), but often lack the financial resources to implement them quickly.

To that end, Fledgling’s Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment provides grants ranging from $2,500-$10,000 to support short non-fiction films and/or other visual stories that can be completed and distributed quickly. Priority will be given to projects that have a plan to distribute the work in ways that deepen the debate around our most critical social issues and those that are well positioned to make an impact quickly.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted via our online application system.

The review process will be expedited, and Fledgling will notify applicants of the proposal’s status within two weeks

Deadline: Ongoing

For more information and to Apply, click here.

Call for Panelists: MSAC: Ongoing

The Maryland State Arts Council is seeking panelists to review grant applications for the 2020 Fiscal year.

Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) relies on a diverse array of art experts from the field to do the important work of evaluating grant applications submitted by Maryland arts organizations and arts programs. Panelists review grant applications, conduct on-site interviews, and artistic evaluations, and submit written reports on assigned applicant organizations prior to a mandatory spring Grants Review Panel Meeting.

Serving as a panelist is a great opportunity to learn about Maryland arts organizations and the granting processes of the Maryland State Arts Council. National arts organizations (National Endowment for the Arts, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts) have clarified approaches to uncover cultural bias in the procedures and policies of state arts organizations. In response, the Maryland State Arts Council has committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in grantmaking as all funding mechanisms continue to be examined and updated.

The design of the Grants for Organizations FY2020 application is meant to inspire authentic reflection and internal analysis for each applying organization, with the knowledge that the Maryland State Arts Council is to be seen and utilized as a collaborative partner in the process.

The driving goals of this new vision for the granting processes are:

  • To acknowledge positions of privilege while questioning practices, shifting paradigms of status quo arts activities, and taking more risks.
  • To yield a greater variety of funded projects.
  • To eliminate biases that may be found in any part of the granting process (i.e. - applications, panelist procedures, adjudication systems).
  • To expand the deliberations about rigor beyond current conventions or Western traditions.
  • To aspire to make investments that contribute to social change and demonstrate aesthetic excellence in terms relevant to context and intent.

After applications have been reviewed, panelists are appointed by the Maryland State Arts Council for a one-year term, which may be renewed, and receive a modest honorarium and travel reimbursement for serving.

Deadline: Ongoing

For more application information, click here.

Grant Opportunity: Spanish Film Club:4/15 (Ongoing)

Grant Opportunity: Spanish Film Club:4/15 (Ongoing)

Spanish Film Club, an initiative by PRAGDA, offers grants twice a year to help high schools and universities bring the very best in contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema to campuses with the aim of introducing students to the language and cultures of these territories. More than 150 schools have participated in the program so far.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Grants cover up to 50% of the festival costs

  • Universities screen 5 films or more in 8 weeks

  • Two grant deadlines: April 15 and October 15, 2019

  • More than 80 Award-winning titles from +25 countries

  • Virtual Q&As with filmmakers

  • Study Guides available

  • 150+ universities participating so far

Submit the applications, click here.

OTHER DETAILS

  • Each year, the Spanish Film Club presents a roster of films. This year the roster consists of 70 feature films representing 28 countries. Each subsequent year the roster is expected to increase by 10-15 titles.

  • High schools and universities choose a minimum of five films from this roster. Ideally, the selected films are screened within eight weeks.

  • The exhibition fee for each feature film is $500. As such, the minimum cost of each five-film festival is $2,500. For high schools and public libraries please inquire at filmclub@pragda.com

  • The university may apply for a grant to cover between 30% to 50% of the cost of the basic-level (five films) festival. Each organization can only apply once a year.

  • Depending on the grant awarded, the five film festival price of $2,500 will be reduced to $1,250, $1,500 or $1,750.

  • The festivals can be presented as independent, stand-alone festivals, or as part of a larger festival featuring films from other countries.

  • The grant is only applicable as a discount o the screening fees. Schools and universities are responsible for raising additional funds.

  • Once the films have been selected, high schools and universities submit the online Application Form in which an explanation of the program is provided, along with details of the promotional activities that will take place on campus, the departments involved in the activities, and expected attendance. Additional information about the festival and parallel activities related to Latin American or Ibero American are strongly encouraged.

  • Application deadlines are twice a year, in April and October, for festivals to take place during the following semester. Check the website regularly for exact dates.

  • Once the grant is awarded, high schools and universities will receive information on how to rent the films.

  • Professors will have the opportunity to preview the 5 selected films and make sure they are appropriate for their program. They can also choose up to 2 more films to preview.

  • After the festival, high schools and universities must submit a post-festival Evaluation Form.

  • Those high schools and universities that are not awarded a grant can still have their festival at full price. The procedure is simpler: they just need to fill out the application form at least one month in advance.

  • Participant high schools and universities will be able to purchase the films screened at their Spanish Film Club festival for a discounted price of $99 each.

For any question, you may contact Daniela Bajar at filmclub@pragda.com.


 

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