The goal of this resource page is to provide you with easy-to-use practical guidance about opportunities for your professional development. Below you will see lists and links to organizations that offer grants, residencies or regular information about opportunities for individuals. As you see we’ve divided it up into broad practice areas.
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Alliance of Artists Communities
The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ communities and residencies, encompassing more than 1,000 programs worldwide that support artists of all disciplines in the development of new creative work.
Creative Capital supports innovative artists across the country "through funding, counsel and career development services." Inspired by venture-capital principles, Creative Capital helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. It provides each funded project with "up to $50,000 in direct funding, and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project." Creative Capital also offers a professional development program including workshops around the country and online webinars.
A directory of New England’s creative economy, Common Ground lists more than 30,000 creative people and places at work in the six New England states. Register here to be included. Creative Ground is a program of the New England Foundation of the Arts.
CT Office of the Arts (COA)
A division of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Offices of Culture & Tourism, the Office of the Arts “…invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public’s participation…”
COA’s Information for Artists page lists occasional funding opportunities, as well as several registries:
Directory of Performing and Teaching Artists: a directory of artists in Dance, Folklife/Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts, “juried for excellence in their art forms, and their readiness and capacity to work in schools and community settings.” Currently, this directory is not accepting new registrants.
COA offers an annual Artists Fellowship Program, offering “competitive grants of up to $10,000 to Connecticut artists and enables them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals.”
COA provides a Visual Artist Resource Guide (see below)
Remember to regularly check COA’s Facebook page
Visit the classified section of the Cultural Alliance’s own FCBuzz.org. You will find recently posted calls for art, audition notices, job and volunteer opportunities. As an artist member ($35) you can post your own classifieds.
Fractured Atlas "empowers artists to succeed as entrepreneurs" through its products, services, and systems that help with the business aspects of working in the arts.
GYST-Ink is an artist-run company providing information, technology and solutions created by artists for artists. "Our mission is to support artists and arts organizations with an integrated mix of software, services and information in order to keep artists working. GYST–Ink is dedicated to empowering and educating artists so that they can develop sustainable and successful careers on their own terms." Mailing List Sign-Up
Health Insurance for Artists
Artists Health Insurance Resource Center is an up-to-date, comprehensive and unbiased database of health care resources for artists, performers, freelancers and the self-employed.
Fractured Atlas has a comprehensive service offering health and liability insurance for all art disciplines as well as a respected series of booklets on insurance for artists. See https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/liability/.
New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals
NECAP "collaborates with the arts agencies of the New England states, other organizations, and individuals to advance the field of the artist-educator, increase access to quality professional development, develop a regional network and support a community of teaching artists." Join the NECAP listserv for artist-educators and their colleagues interested in creating an online community for professional development and networking by emailing NECAPfirstname.lastname@example.org
New England Foundation for the Arts
NEFA is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and resources that benefit artists, the public, arts funders, and policymakers throughout New England and beyond. NEFA has grants for artists in Dance, Native Arts, and Theater. NEFA hosts CREATIVE GROUND: a registry of more than 30,000 creative people and places at work in the six New England states. Register here to be included.
NYFA’s mission starts with individual artists in the visual, media, performing and literary arts. Its Web site offers access to "the most comprehensive list of resources for artists in the nation, opening doors to the widest range of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources and information." See NYFA’s listings for Jobs in the Arts and Opportunities & Services for Artists, a comprehensive national online directory for grants, open calls, auditions and residencies for visual artists, writers, filmmakers, dancers, performers and musicians.
News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.
Poets & Writers
The primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization, serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. See its extensive listings for Grants and Awards, Conferences & Residencies, and Classifieds
Writers Guild East
"A labor union of thousands of professionals who are the primary creators of what is seen or heard on television and film in the U.S., as well as the writers of a growing portion of original digital media content. Our members write everything from big budget movies to independent films, late night comedy/variety shows to daytime serials, broadcast and radio news, web series, documentaries, and animation. The WGAE works on their behalf to promote and protect the professional and artistic interests of this diverse community."
Connecticut Call Board
Connecticut’s primary resource for auditions, shows and volunteer opportunities in the theatre.
Dance/USA “sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators, and organizations. By providing national leadership and services, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation and distribution, education, and dissemination of information.”
New England Entertainment Digest
The source for auditions in New England Theatre and Dance.
This organization is dedicated to the advancement of vocal ensemble music in the New York City area. Their information-sharing services are offered for the benefit of the vocal ensemble community.
Make.Art.Work. is a comprehensive professional practice program for visual artists in CT that launched its second season of workshops in October, 2013. The program, which will run through June of 2014, is designed to support artists who are in pursuit of a professional career as an artist (actively showing and selling their work) to take the next steps towards achieving their goals. Sign up for workshops here. The MAKE.ART.WORK. program is presented by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and Greater Hartford Arts Council, with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
NAWA is the oldest professional women’s fine art organization in the United States. They provide a forum for women artists to share ideas and to exhibit their work.
The Professional Organization of Women in the Arts is a membership-based association of women business leaders in the visual arts. POWArts promotes the professional and personal advancement of our members through educational programming, professional leveraging opportunities and community service initiatives.
Taking Care of Business - 2010 Artists Workshops
This guide includes a variety of opportunities and resources available to Connecticut artists. The Visual Artist Resource Guide was created for the Taking Care of Business - Career Strategies for Visual Artists workshop series and was prepared by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.
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