Opportunities, Awards and Funding
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Accepting Applications for Observership Program
Deadline: April 22, 2019
Since 1965, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation has fostered, promoted, and developed the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. SDC provides opportunities to practice the crafts of directing and choreography; gathers and disseminates craft and career information; promotes the profession to emerging talent; provides opportunities for exchange of knowledge among directors and choreographers; increases the awareness of the value of directors’ and choreographers’ work; and convenes around issues affecting theater artists.
To that end, the foundation currently is accepting applications for its Observership Program. The program provides early- to mid-career directors and choreographers paid opportunities to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at leading regional theaters across the country. SDCF Observers may have access to the entire rehearsal process, from first rehearsal through opening night, and will observe first-hand the techniques, disciplines, approaches, and insights of master artists as they create new productions and revive classics.
Observers receive a weekly stipend of $300 as well as a travel stipend of up to $500. In addition, any Observer not already a member of SDC will be awarded a free, one-year SDC associate membership upon program completion.
See the Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
New York Public Library Invites Applications for 2019 Dance Research Fellowships
Deadline: May 15, 2019
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library is accepting applications for the fourth cohort of Dance Research Fellows, a program generously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Louise Guthman Estate, and the Committee for the Dance Division.
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library is the largest and most comprehensive archive in the world devoted to the documentation of dance. Chronicling the art of dance in all its forms, the division preserves the history of dance by gathering diverse written, visual, and aural resources, and works to ensure the art form's continuity through active documentation and educational programs.
In honor of the division's 75th anniversary year, each of the five curators who have overseen the collection during its history — Genevieve Oswald, Madeleine Nichols, Michelle Potter, Jan Schmidt and current curator Linda Murray — selected a particular collection within the division's holdings for one researcher to explore. A sixth collection was selected by members of the division's staff.
Topics for 2019 Dance Research Fellowship are:
The Genevieve Oswald Fellow — The Claire Holt Collection
The Madeleine Nichols Fellow — The AIDS Legacy Project
The Michelle Potter Fellow — The Khmer Dance Project
The Jan Schmidt Fellow — The Dance Theatre Workshop Collection
The Dance Curator Fellow — The Selma Jeanne Cohen Collection
The Dance Division Fellow (topic selected by the Dance Division staff) — The Dance Photography Files
(Previous classes of fellows selected their own research topics, while the 2017 and 2018 classes focused on Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham, respectively, in honor of their centenaries.)
Through the program, fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 to conduct research
in the archive from June 1 to December 31, 2019. Each fellow is required to participate
in a public symposium on Friday, January 24, 2020, where they will deliver a presentation
or performance on the outcome of their research.
Applications for a Dance Research Fellowship must be submitted by May 15, 2019, through the Library's Fellowship Portal.
For more details and a link to the online application portal, see the New York Public Library website.
Link to Complete RFP
Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants
DEADLINE: MAY 17, 2019
The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications from Florida nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects related to Florida or of interest to local communities.
Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming. Eligible projects must be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities, enlist the participation of humanities scholars and/or experts in the project’s planning and execution, and engage the public in thoughtful and informed activities that explore humanities topics, especially those related to Florida or of interest to Floridians.
Priority will be given to proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1 million, projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences, and/or projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions.
To be eligible, organizations must be recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be based in Florida, and serve Floridians.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as a list of previously funded projects, see the Florida Humanities Council website.
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Bemis Center in Omaha Accepting Applications for Artist Residencies
Deadline: May 17, 2019
Founded in 1981 by artists for artists, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, supports artists through an international artist-in-residence program, temporary exhibitions and commissions, and innovative public programs.
The center is currently accepting applications for its spring and summer 2020 Artist-in-Residence program. Through the program, selected artists-in-residence enjoy generously sized private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom and access to an on-site research facility. Located in downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market, the center's 110,000-square-foot facility accommodates a broad range of artistic activity, providing artists-in-residence with twenty-four-hour access to extensive installation and production spaces and the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, a nine-thousand-square-foot industrial space, which is used for large-scale sculpture fabrication.
The independently driven atmosphere and communal environment of the center encourages creative growth and experimentation, and artists will be invited to participate in at least one opportunity for public presentation.
Residencies under this open call are for the period January 22 - April 17, 2020, and May 20 - August 14, 2020. A total of twenty artists will be selected to participate (ten artists per residency session).
Residents will receive a $1,000 monthly stipend to help with materials, supplies, and living expenses while in residency, as well as a $750 travel stipend.
The program requires a $40 application fee.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Bemis Center website.
Spencer Foundation Invites Applications for Conference Grants Program
Deadline: May 30, 2019
The Spencer Foundation, the only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research, is accepting applications to its Conference Grant Program, which provides support to scholars for small research conferences and focused symposia.
The program seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners, and other important collaborators whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight, and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build on and advance education research. Convenings can serve as starting points for building new research agendas or as touchstones for research communities to connect and advance their shared scholarly interests about education research.
The three areas of focus for this funding period include:
Developing High-Quality Educators and Leaders — Research that addresses key education issues, from the training of the pre-K educator to the development of university and college leadership pipelines.
Exploring Human Learning and Thriving — Research to advance conceptualizations of strength- and resiliency-based perspectives of whole-person pedagogies that value and partner with communities and families as central to learning.
Innovative Research Methods — Research to strengthen the quality of the data and evidence of research training in education research.
The program is limited to conference budgets of no more than $50,000.
To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or have obtained appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. Applicants also must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution.
See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
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Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Studio Residency Grant
Deadline: June 30, 2019
The mission of the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.
In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Studio Residency Grant.
The six-to-eight-week residency is awarded to women artists interested in creating new work in a discipline supported by the studio, including intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics.
The program provides a stipend of $350 per week, up to $500 for materials used during the residency, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WCW can also provide technical advice and production assistance.
Residencies are limited to artists who are not currently enrolled in an academic program.
The residency has a two-step application process. A rotating, impartial jury selects finalists, and then, on behalf of the artist, the WCW applies for NEA funding for the chosen projects.
See the Women's Studio Workshop website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation Invites Applications for Philanthropic Arts Program
Deadline: October 31, 2019
The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting applications for its Philanthropic Arts (“P/Arts”) Program.
In its inaugural year, the program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts and, to that end, invites applicants from Florida, New York, New England, or the District of Columbia that have a good idea for how the arts and education can be combined to create a more immersive and engaging atmosphere for learners. The program’s primary goals are to enhance or transform outdated school curricula; motivate and engage children, students, and alternative learners; deepen professional development for teachers, professors, and/or childcare workers; create linkages between school and home; encourage evidence-based art-based instruction; and help close the achievement gap.
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of programs dedicated to strengthening and rebuilding visual and performing arts programs, as well as ideas that create or expand on existing art programs. Programs or initiatives should be based on the use of the arts and arts education to teach core academics in a qualified education program within a public school, private school, university, or public charitable organization.
The foundation is also interested in promoting programs and ideas where the arts are being used in early childhood education, in university and community colleges, and in the engagement of alternative learners. Proposed or existing programs must impact at least thirty children or students within the first six months of implementation and no fewer than sixty by the end of the first year.
Grant decisions for the program will be made on a monthly rolling basis until the final deadline of October 31, 2019.
To be eligible, applicants must be located in Florida, New York, New England, or the District of Columbia.
See the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Kurt Weill Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Program
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).
The foundation awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Weill and Blitzstein; for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lenya, Marc Blitzstein; and for relevant educational initiatives. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2019, and before July 1, 2020.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Kurt Weill Foundation website.
Women’s Studio Workshop Invites Applications for Art-in-Education Artist Book Residency
Deadline: November 15, 2019
The mission of the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is to operate and maintain a workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.
In support of that mission, WSW is accepting applications for its Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant.
The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists who are interested in creating a new artist's book and in teaching young people. Generally, residents dedicate their first month to producing a limited edition artist's book, which is hand-printed and bound in the studio. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.
During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days/week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of AIE.
The program provides a stipend of $350 per week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the continental United States, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.
All applications must be physically mailed, with a postmark no later than November 15, to the Women's Studio Workshop:
Art-in-Ed Artist’s Book Application
Women’s Studio Workshop
PO Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472
See the WSW website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.