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Opportunities for the Field

We compile opportunities for artists and arts organizations that are either happening in New Jersey or benefit those working in the arts in New Jersey. You'll find professional development workshops and seminars, grant announcements, calls for artists and more. Do you have feedback or an opportunity you’d like to see included?

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Opportunities for Artists

Studio Montclair, Inc.
Call for Entries - Method
Deadline: April 19, 2014

Studio Montclair members are invited to submit work for inclusion in "Method", a curated exhibition about the work process of artists. "Method” will be an exploration of artists’ creative journeys, and artists are encouraged to submit the documentation of one piece from start to finish, or show examples of different steps in their creative process ending with a finished piece. The exhibition will run from June 3 - 28, 2014 at The Montclair Public Library.

Learn more: Studio Montclair

New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Panel Session: Everything Comedians & Comedy Writers
Need to Know about the Law
Comedy Cove, Springfield
April 21, 2014

A panel of lawyers from the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts present “Everything comedians and comedy writers need to know about the law: A Comedian Walks into a Bar Find a Lawyer”. The sesion will address important issues such as the difference between copyright and trademark; the important parts of a personal appearances contract; what should be included in a managerial contract; legalities of social media, and more. Participants will leave with a business plan for a successful comedy career..

Learn more: NJ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Warren County Seniors’ Art Show - Call for Artists
Deadline: April 21, 2014

Warren County artists, 60 years of age or over, are encouraged to participate in the Warren County Seniors’ Art Show. The annual show is presented by the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, co-sponsored by the Warren County Division of Aging & Disability Services, supported by the Warren County Freeholders, and funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Artists may enter one work as either professional or non-professional. The categories include the following: acrylic, craft, computer imagery, drawing, mixed-media, oil, pastel, photography, print, and watercolor.

Learn more: Senior Art Show, or 908-453-4381

The Theater Project
Young Filmmakers Competition, Call for entries
Deadline: April 21, 2014

The Theater Project is an award-winning professional company in residence at The Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, NJ. Having encouraged young writers for a dozen years through its annual contest for high school playwrights, The Theater Project is reaching out to young movie enthusiasts as well in a Young Filmmakers Competition. The competition is open to all New Jersey secondary school students, ages 13 to 18.

Learn more: The Theater Project

Spring Street Art Center
Call for Artists- 2014 Spring Street Tour of Art
Deadline: April 23, 2014

The New Spring Street Group merchants association is seeking artists for its 2014 Tour of Art on Spring Street in Newton. Artists will display their work in stores and restaurants in time for the opening reception to take place at the Spring Street Art Center. The annual event is being widely promoted and the public will be asked to vote for their favorite artist in the People’s Choice Award and Grand Prize Drawing.

Learn more: Spring Street Art Center

South Jersey Cultural Alliance
Professional Development Workshop
Stockton College, Hammonton
April 26, 2014 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance requests artist of all disciplines to join them for a professional development workshop. Susan Allen the Social Media Coordinator at Richard Stockton College will guide artists in how to use Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Vine to promote artwork. Susan Schear, Consultant, will discuss best business practices and how to make a successful business plan. Participants are asked to bring a list of business goals.

Learn more and register: South Jersey Cultural Alliance

Sculpture for Leonia
Networking Event
April 26, 2014

Sculpture for Leonia, a non-profit organization maintained with the mission to bring public art to Leonia, New Jersey, invites artists who work in public art to a networking event. This informal opportunity is for sculptors to meet other artists with similar interests and discuss issues that affect people specifically involved in outdoor sculpture. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for the event by calling 201-693-0958.

Learn more: Sculpture for Leonia

New Jersey Media Center
Workshop, Cape May
April 26 - May 1, 2014

Nancy J. Ori, New Jersey Media Center, LLC. is hosting two creative workshops in Cape May. Artists who attend the Color Workshop will visit and work in scenic Cape May marshlands and beaches. Artists will discuss color relationships, composition elements that affect color, visual perception, balance and more. A Photography Workshop is open to any female photographer bringing an intermediate to advanced portfolio of images to share. The workshop is designed to bring a deeper understanding of personal point of view while helping the artist further define their photographic style.

Learn more: Nancy Ori Workshops

U.S. House of Representatives
Call for High School Artists across South Jersey
Congressional Art Competition
Deadline: April 30, 2014

The office of U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo is now accepting submissions from high school artists across South Jersey for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives. The winning submission will be displayed for one year in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol, which is part of the main tour route of visitors to Capitol Hill.

Learn more: Congressional Art Competition or 609-625-5008 or toll-free 1-800-471-4450

A Midsummer Day's Dream, Online Exhibition
Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Artists working in all media are invited to submit to "A Midsummer Day's Dream" the 10th online show hosted by Submitted work must be designed and made by the artist and collaborations are allowoed. Ideas for submissions include garden furniture and acessories such as mosaics, murals, sculptures, water features and birdhouses.

Learn more: Crafthaus or

South Jersey Cultural Alliance
Webinar: Online Fundraising 101
May 1, 2014 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance presents a special webinar for SJCA members, Online Fundraising 101. Do you have a donate button but not raising any money online? Do you know you should be raising money online, but don't know where to start? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions then join the SJCA and learn how to start raising real money online. The session will cover the core components you need to create a successful online fundraising campaign and give you actionable steps to help you get started today.

Learn more: South Jersey Cultural Alliance

Mainstage Center for the Arts
Plein-Air Gloucester Township
Deadline: May 5, 2014
Event: May 17, 2014

Mainstage Center for the Arts invites artists to participate in Plein-Air Gloucester Township. This outdoor, adjudicated art competition takes place in downtown historic Blackwood adjacent to Timber Creek, providing artists with abundant creative inspiration. All work must be created on May 17, 2014, between 8:30 and 4:00 p.m. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more: Mainstage Center for the Arts

Monmouth Civic Chorus
Scholarship Auditions
Application Deadline: May 3, 2014
Auditions: May 10, 2014 by appointment

The Monmouth Civic Chorus will hold its annual vocal scholarship auditions for New Jersey high school seniors planning to pursue higher education. A total of $2500 in scholarships is available to be awarded to students of outstanding vocal promise. Contestants must be prepared to perform two selections from the standard vocal repertoire (opera, operetta, art songs, oratorio or Gilbert and Sullivan), with at least one selection in Italian, French or German. Contestants will be judged on technique, choice of material, poise and musicianship. An accompanist will be provided if needed.

Learn more: Monmouth Civic Chorus or

City Without Walls
Call for Artists - Layers
Deadline: May 5, 2014

City Without Walls seeks artists and artwork for "Layers", a curated group exhibition open to all members of cWOW, including new members who join by the submission deadline. This exhibition is designed for artists whose work showcases the technique of layering. These layered images are not necessarily setting up spatial illusion or attempting to create visual three-dimensional space, rather they explore formal issues that reflect unique layering techniques that give work complexity, depth and meaning.

Learn more: City Without Walls

RSI Bank
Call for Entries
State of Being, Annual Artists Contest
Deadline: May 14, 2014

RSI Bank’s 3rd Annual Artists Contest is open to artists living in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut or Pennsylvania. All works should reflect an artist’s reflection of any point in life’s journey, an expression of themselves, their environment, past or present, challenging or triumphant. Artists must be a minimum age of 18 to enter and may not have been exhibited previously at RSI Exhibitions. The jury panel will examine all entries submitted and select those which are to be accepted for exhibition.

Learn more: RSI Bank - State of Being

Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Call for Submissions- Kelsey Review
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Mercer County area writers and artists are invited to submit work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review 2014, an arts journal published annually by Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The Review accepts short fiction, poetry, personal essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons by those who live, work or study in Mercer County.

Learn more: Mercer County C&H Commission - Kelsey Review or

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Call for Artists - Gallery 24/7
Art on Traffic Control Boxes
Deadline: May 16, 2014

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is continuing a countywide public art project initiated in 2010 entitled Gallery 24/7 to integrate the arts into non-traditional venues; to expand the reach of the arts to broaden and diversify public exposure, interest in, and access to the arts; to expand exhibition opportunities for New Jersey visual artists; and to welcome cultural tourism to Somerset County. New Jersey artists are encouraged to create and submit original artwork for this year’s competition. Through a competitive and professionally juried process, original art will be selected and applied to the exterior of designated outdoor traffic-control boxes within Somerset County.

Learn more: Somerset County C & H Commission - Gallery 24/7

Long Branch Arts Council and Long Branch Historical Association
Call for Artists- Art in the Park
Deadline: May 17, 2014

Artists in a variety of media are invited to take part in the 16th annual outdoor art fair, which returns to West End Park on Sunday, May 25. The annual Art in the Park event is one of the largest outdoor art happenings in the state; an art and fine crafts fair that emphasizes unique and original works over commercially produced “art sale” merchandise. Organizers are seeking submissions in the categories of Works on Paper, Works on Canvas, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Ceramics, and Special Materials (including wood, glass or plastic).

Learn more: Call event coordinator Mare Akana at (732) 542-1307

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Call for Artists - Welcome Neighbor: Sharing Cultural Art Traditions
Deadline: May 30, 2014

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission is planning a special public gallery exhibition, "Welcome Neighbor: Sharing Cultural Art Traditions" to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey by showcasing the talents and exemplary indigenous artwork of NJ artists from diverse cultures who have made NJ their home. Selected representative original artwork will be displayed alongside an interpretive panel of text highlighting interesting information about each of the displayed cultural art traditions for public enjoyment and education.

Learn more: Somerset County C & H Commission - Welcome Neighbor or

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and French-American Cultural Exchange
2014-2015 French-American Jazz Exchange
Application Deadline: May 30, 2014

Guidelines for the 2014-2015 French-American Jazz Exchange program are now available. Coadministered by the French-American Cultural Exchange and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program supports projects designed by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz.

Learn more: MAAF - French-American Jazz Exchange

Princeton Girlchoir
2014-2015 Season Auditions
Scheduling: now through June 14, 2014

Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) is now scheduling audition appointments, for girls entering grades 3-12 in the fall for the 2014-15 season. The Performing Division choirs will perform up and down the east coast as well as embark on a summer concert tour. In addition to these performance opportunities, PGC offers a first-class music education to the choristers who participate in all six of their ensembles. All of PGC’s choristers benefit from the discipline, community, and female empowerment that has been the hallmark of Princeton Girlchoir for 25 years.

Learn more: Princeton Girlchoir

Art All Night 2014
Call for Submissions, Registration of artwork
Art Drop-Off: June 20 & June 21, 2014

Over the past seven years, Art All Night-Trenton, presented by Artworks has grown to be the region's leading art festival. Initially put together as a large, open submission gallery, Art All Night has grown to include demonstrations, installations and teaching events from the area's foremost artists, set at the historic, Roebling Wire Works Building in Trenton. Art All Night 2014 will facilitate more of this interactive, educational and collaborative art than ever and submissions from artists working at any career stage are welcome. We are looking for ideas that you'd like to bring to life with the help of 30,000 people at a free 24 hour art festival! Preregister your artwork.

Learn more: Art All Night or on Facebook at aantrenton

Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System
Call for Sculptors
Deadline: August 1, 2014

The Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System is looking for 3-D sculptural work for their Institute of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Disease in Summit, NJ. The piece should express the themes of the Institute, as well as "high-tech, high-touch" advanced technologies in healthcare paired with direct and caring human interaction. Those interested in receiving a prospectus, please e-mail or send a SASE to: Healing Arts, Atlantic Health System, 475 South Street, Morristown NJ 07962.

Learn more: Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System

Opportunities for Arts Organizations

The Citizens'Institute on Rural Design
Community Design Workshops, Request for Proposals
Application Deadline: May 6, 2014

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) issues Request for Proposals for rural communities facing design challenges. CIRD helps communities with populations of 50,000 or less to harness the power of design in their community planning economic development efforts. Selected communities will receive $7,000 to support the planning and hosting of a multi-day design workshop, and CIRD will work with the communities to assemble teams of specialists most qualified to address the communities' identified design challenges.

Learn more: CIRD

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
VSA programs, Requests for Contract Proposals
Submission Deadline: May 19, 2014

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified contractors for eight different VSA programs.The VSA programs address a variety of disability-related arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music). The grant is for programs occurring between October 1, 2014 and August 30, 2015.

Learn more: VSA RFP

Innovation Lab
Request for Proposals
Deadline: May 30, 2014

Innovation Lab is accepting proposals from United States-based arts and arts service organizations seeking to uncover adaptive strategies and responses to their most complex challenges. These programs are designed and managed by EmcArts, and made possible with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Selected participants take part in a 16-month immersion program featuring an extended framework of individual coaching and group facilitation, guided by field research and lead by EmcArts’ expert facilitators. Organizations also receive much-needed change capital to underwrite experimentation and support the evaluation of their strategies before fully launching them..

Learn more: Innovation Lab or contact Liz Dreyer, National Programs Manager

Creative New Jersey
State of Creativity Gathering
Monroe Township, NJ
June 10, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Join the Creative New Jersey community to meet for the 2nd Annual “State of Creativity” gathering. Connect with and learn from your peers leading the efforts in Creative Monmouth/ Creative MoCO Arts Corridor, Creative Morristown, Creative Rahway, Creative Orange, Creative Trenton, Creative Highlands and Creative Elizabeth. Meet and mentor your colleagues who are launching this work in their own communities, and discuss trends challenges and solutions with your peers statewide.

Learn more: State of Creativity

New Jersey State Library
New Jersey Collections Care Network
Training Programs 2014
Multiple Dates: June & July 2014

The New Jersey State Library is leading a two-year statewide initiative to address urgent collections care needs in NJ through educational programs and training. Intended to reach collections care professionals and volunteers, these programs will encourage the use of best practices, support targeted fundraising and marketing, increase the use of existing resources, and accelerate the development of collaborative strategies.

Learn more: NJ State Library

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
NJ Statewide Emergency Response Conference
Monmouth University, West Long Branch
Date: July 30, 2014 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts presents the Cultural Institutions & Emergency Management: Partners in Disaster Response & Recovery Conference. Presenters will include first responders and representatives from organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. They will address important facets of emergency response, disaster recovery and building local networks for collaborative mutual aid.

Learn more: Emergency Response Conference

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