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Art for Darfur

As a result of the 5-year armed conflict in Darfur, over 2.5 million Sudanese citizens have been displaced from their homes; fleeing to neighboring Chad, other villages in Darfur or most commonly to refugee camps. These chaotic and over-crowded environments lead to rapidly-spreading diseases and shortages of food and water. We ask that you join us in the movement to save the lives of our fellow humans. International pressure and internal resolutions bring slow change to the political instability of Sudan, while the suffering of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are ignored or neglected. Refugees and IDPs desperately need clean water, food and adequate medical attention. Art for Darfur is a collective of students and non-profit organizations who strive to connect American citizens to the people of Darfur through the power of artist expression. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 7-9 p.m. inside the Taubman Atrium at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Art for Darfur will be an evening of a silent auction, food, music and speakers. Art for Human Rights has chosen the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as the beneficiary of Art for Darfur. One-hundred percent of all money raised from the evening will go directly to the IRC’s work in Darfur and Eastern Chad providing clean-water wells and medical supplies. All donations to the IRC are tax-deductible. Art for Darfur cannot exist without the support of socially and globally conscious artists. We are accepting art of any size, medium and theme. Your donation will bring hope to the lives of many suffering Darfurians. We ask that you would donate your artistic expression by Monday, March 31 2008. Please contact me at tlightfo@smu.edu or 214-235-5351. You are encouraged to include advertising with your piece at the auction and in gratitude you will be recognized as a contributing artist at the event. We must remember that after the genocide of the Holocaust the world repeated, “Never again.” It is time we put meaning and action to these words!


Call Vicki Poppen 503-986-0085 or vicki.poppen@state.or.us Deadline: November annually The Oregon Arts Commission, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Poetry Foundation, announces “Poetry Out Loud”, a national initiative that will involve students in the study and public recitation of classic poetry. Recitation contests will take place at participating high schools across Oregon this fall and winter. Winners from each high school will participate in a statewide competition in Salem in Spring, 2008. Oregon’s winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Finals. The “Poetry Out Loud” National Champion will be awarded a college scholarship of at least $20,000.

Operating Support Grants

Call Shannon Planchon, 503-229-6062 for more information Postmark Deadline: May 1, 2008 (Revised applications available March 7, 2008) Operating Support grants support the operations of and public access to the programs of Oregon's medium and large not-for-profit arts organizations. The Oregon Arts Commission encourages applications that demonstrate the inclusion of creation, exhibition or performance of work created by Oregon artists of demonstrated artistic excellence. They are intended for arts groups whose prior year cash income totaled at least $75,000.

Arts Services Grants

Call 503-229-6062, for more information Postmark Deadline: May 1, 2008 (Revised applications available March 7, 2008) The Oregon Arts Commission’s Arts Services grants provide operating support primarily for local and regional art councils (or other arts organizations) that offer: Regular, ongoing arts services to a broadly representative population; Information, programs and services that encourage all people to participate in arts activities; Opportunities that enhance the capacity of artists to contribute to the economic, social and cultural well being of their communities. Arts Services Grants are not project grants; they are operating support for arts organizations that offer a menu of quality arts services on an ongoing basis to a broadly representative population.

Arts Learning Grants

Call Vicki Poppen at 503-986-0085 for more information Electronic Application Deadline: May 1, 2008 (Revised application available March 7, 2008) The intent of the Arts Education Grant Program is to support teaching and learning in and about the arts in K-12 schools and communities. The grants also support programs and activities that promote the arts as an integral part of K-12 education.

Individual Artists Fellowship Grants

Call Shannon Planchon at 503-229-6062 or shannon.planchon@state.or.us for more information Deadline: October 15, 2008 The Commission recognizes the achievements of Oregon artists and the contributions they make to the cultural health of the state through its annual Artist Fellowship grants- non-matching $3,000 stipends to a select group of the state's most innovative creators. The Commission will consider applications annually according to artistic discipline. In 2009, Oregon artists working in Literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry) and Performing Arts (choreography, dance, music composition, music performance, theater and performance art) will be considered.

Arts Build Communities

Call Brian Wagner 503-986-0083 for more information Deadline: October Annually Arts Build Communities grants recognize and support both the arts in local communities and the involvement of the arts and artists in community development. The program recognizes the expanding role arts organizations are taking in the broader cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life. Support will be provided to arts and other community-based organizations to form alliances and partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local issues and opportunities.

Arts Recognition Grants

Arts Recognition grants are $1,000 awards made to exemplary arts organizations that have a record of excellence in programming, service and organizational capacity, but have not received other Arts Commission funding. Arts Recognition grants are a visible indication of Commission support and assist in raising an organization's profile and in leveraging other funds and resources. These awards are not for operating support.

Cultural Tourism Grants

Purpose of the Cultural Tourism Grants The Oregon Arts Commission established the Cultural Tourism Grants to support projects and partnerships that positively impact arts-based cultural tourism activities. This effort advances the Commission’s long-range plan calling for stronger links between the arts, culture, the tourism industry and local economic development. This grant program will support activities undertaken by arts or tourism groups – and especially projects in which both groups collaborate – designed to increase tourism motivated entirely or in part by the arts -related offerings of a community or region.

Oregon Media Arts Fellowship Grants

Oregon Media Arts Fellowship Grants

National Standards

The Oregon Arts Commission collects statistical information using the National Standard for Arts Information Exchange with every grant application. We use the information for the required reporting to the National Endowment for the Arts and for our important advocacy work. Download the form below for the codes needed to complete the application.

NEW! Career Opportunity Grants for Artists

Call Shannon Planchon 503-229-6062 or shannon.planchon@state.or.us FY2008 Quarterly Postmark Deadlines: November 14, 2007 for activity between: January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008 February 13, 2008 for activity between: April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009 May 14, 2008 for activity between: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 Career Opportunity Grants for Artists provide financial support to enable Oregon artists to take advantage of opportunities to enhance their careers through the development of arts, business or professional skills to expand marketing capacity and/or to further develop the nature or quality of their artwork.Grant amounts may range from $300 to $1,500. The Oregon Arts Commission has allocated $40,000 for the FY2008 grant cycle. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis, and the Commission may award up to the full amount available at any quarter, so please check here at this website or call our office to see if there are funds available. There is $22,000 available for the February 13, 2008 deadline. Availability of funds for the May round will be posted by March 15, 2008.

American Masterpieces

Call Shannon Planchon 503-229-6062 or shannon.planchon@state.or.us Postmark or e-mail Deadline: February 21, 2008 The Oregon Arts Commission seeks concept proposals from Oregon arts organizations for art projects that address the concept of American Masterpieces. Arts activity may be in any artistic discipline.

Career Opportunity Grant: Quarterly Deadlines: February 13, 2008; May 14, 2008 (If there is funding available)

American Masterpieces Request for Proposals: February 21, 2008 FY2009 Application Deadlines: Operating Support/Arts Services/Arts Learning May 1, 2008 Applications are being revised and will be available March 7, 2008

Starting Out training course for new entrants

Starting Out training course for new entrants - if you are thinking of starting your creative career in 2008 check out our training course Craft Markets - new dates for 08/09: May 31st September 20th December 13th Feb 14th Average sales - £400 per market. 08/09 Markets will open for applications after the Feb 9th Market. Send an email to adawson@herefordshire.gov.uk to register your interest.


Escalator is a new Arts Council England initiative which aims to find, support and invest in regionally based artists. Covering artists at different stages of their careers in all areas of the performing arts, it enables artists to realise their potential in producing high quality professional work. Escalator supports a broad range of artists at different stages in their careers, providing coaching, training and investment as well as joint promotion and networking opportunities. Through the development of partnerships and projects, Escalator aims to enhance the profile of artists at both a national and international level. Escalator is open to all artists based in the Eastern region. Whether at the start of their career or wishing to develop their work further, artists can enter the program at different stages. To get involved in Escalator, you must demonstrate a clear desire for appropriate professional development. Inclusion will be based on potential, quality of work and clarity of aims, rather than artistic or ethnic background, education or experience. Escalator artists do not have to be working professionally at the time of their inclusion in the program, nor necessarily be seeking to develop their careers along more traditional mainstream paths. For more information on Escalator at the Norwich Arts Centre and how to get involved please e-mail Stuart Hobday at stuarthobday@norwichartscentre.co.ukThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .

Go Elephants! - Call to Artists

The Forum Trust and Wild in Art present Go Elephants! 23 June – 31 August 2008 Norwich’s streets are set to be transformed next summer when a mammoth public art event turns the city’s open spaces into an artistic urban safari. A herd of life-size baby elephants, colourfully painted, decorated and adorned by artists, celebrities and community groups will create a trail across the city for ten weeks before being sold at a gala charity auction in October 2008. Go Elephants! is looking for artists… The blank elephant was specifically created to be used as an artist’s canvas. While it is broadly anatomically correct, it has been created to be neither specifically male or female, nor African or Indian. We expect to see a wide variety of designs, some of which will reflect the elephant and its environment, but do remember the elephant is just a canvas for your own artistic imaginations, in whatever art form you choose. After a selection process, successful artists will be commissioned and invited to decorate their elephants before they stampede into the city in June 2008. An honorarium of £750 will be paid to each artist upon completion of their artwork. If you would like to design an elephant, guidance and submission forms are available by emailing: events@theforumnorwich.co.ukThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or telephoning 01603 727907. Further information is available at www.goelephants.co.uk.

2008 open opportunities for artists at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond

Through its annual open exhibition opportunities, Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham helps artists both locally and nationally to showcase their work in group exhibitions. In 2006-7, over 500 individual artists (excluding those participating in Arthouse) exhibited work in a range of open exhibitions across three galleries - Orleans and Stables Galleries, Twickenham and the Riverside Gallery in Richmond. Since 2005, there have been 4 exhibitions dedicated to or incorporating comic art. Deadline end of January 2008. In 2008, we have further opportunities for you to submit artwork for the second of our comic open exhibitions. We are seeking original artwork (digitally created work is accepted) and printed comics by up-and-coming and established artists who are self-published or work for small-scale or independent publishers. Artists can submit up to 5 original works (and 5 comics) either via A4 sized photographic prints, colour printouts or high-resolution jpegs submitted on CD. Original artwork is not accepted. Comics can be submitted. Please clearly label each submission with: artist’s name, title of work, publication, date, media, approximate size and price before commission if the work is for sale (the gallery will add on an additional 40% commission to the artist’s price). In addition, please enclose contact details, an artists statement and if possible a CV. There is a £10.00 administration charge (which also contributes towards exhibition costs); £7.50 concessions (please include proof). Please make cheques payable to ‘L.B.R.U.T’. Your submission will not be accepted without payment. If you would like images or comics returned, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope. Successful artists will be contacted by email or in writing approximately two weeks after the deadline. Any queries, please email Mark De Novellis at m.denovellis@richmond.gov.uk Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ Telephone: 020 8831 6000 Email: galleryinfo@richmond.gov.uk

Call for Entries for the Sculpture Open - 'It ain't what you do'

Call for Entries for the Sculpture Open - 'It ain't what you do' 16th Aug - 6th Sept. Curated by Simon Thomas. Contact St Ives Society of Artists, Norway Square, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NA 01736 795582, www.stisa.co.uk. email stivessociety@btconnect.com for entry forms and further information.

The fifth and final FRED

.And it's happening again. The fifth and final FRED will take place between the 26th September and 12th October 2008. Contemporary artists working in any medium are invited to submit proposals or details of installation or intervention projects to be located anywhere in Cumbria. To qualify for inclusion in the FRED event artists must demonstrate originality and innovation in the delivery of their project. There will be a small number of bursaries towards material costs and expenses, and help will be on hand to source funds to realise more ambitious projects. There will also be training and networking opportunities for short listed artists to help them deliver exciting projects in the future and capitalise on the exposure FRED offers them.

Another Roadside Attraction - Call For Submissions

Artists working with film and video are offered the opportunity to show your work to an audience of artists, critics, collectors a monthly video art evening in the Griffin Pub in Shoreditch. Deadline: ongoing

Axis Dialogue - Call for Submissions

Dialogue, Axis’s free online art journal generating new critical writing on contemporary art practice, seeks artists / curators / arts professionals / writers to contribute to future issues. Deadline: ongoing

[zeiTraum]’s Washroom - Talks by Jay Rechsteiner

Talkers needed to participate in a series of video recorded discussions about the nature of art, taking place inside public or private washrooms in the London area. Deadline: ongoing

Artist Representation by Wooloo in Berlin - Call for Submissions

Artists are invited to submit work for representation by the gallery Deadline: ongoing

LAND GRAB ONLINE - Call for Submissions

Wooloo.org seek submissions including - but not limited to - issues of land ownership, real estate acquisitions, squatting on private or public property, citizenship and colonialism, for an exhibition in New York and online. Deadline: ongoing

i-cabin bookshop - call for submissions of arists' publications

i-cabin are currently looking for artist's publications for retail through their bookshop. Deadline: ongoing

The Wait Gallery

You are invited to contribute to an online space for exhibiting the things you did while waiting for something Deadline: ongoing

The Live Art Almanac - call for recommendations / contributions

Live art UK seeks writing that directly or indirectly addresses Live Art practice and the contemporary Live Art landscape Deadline: ongoing, first publication March / April 2008

The Centre of Attention welcomes submissions from artists

London-based Pierre Coinde and Gary O'Dwyer's participatory curating Deadline: ongoing

Ocean Pixel 5: Southampton's Digital Arts Festival

2008 will see the 5th anniversary of Ocean Pixel. Submissions are now being called for from digital artists whom wish to showcase their work. Deadline: Fri 29 Feb 2008

The Happy Hypocrite - Call for Submissions

The bi-annual journal for and about art writing seeks submissions for issue 2, 'Hunting and Gathering', and issue 3, 'Volatile Dispersal: Speed and Reading'. Deadline: Ongoing

AAH Conference 2009: Intersections - Call for Sessions

Call for Sessions on the intersections of art history with different disciplinary, methodological, political and historical spaces. Deadline: Mon 14 Apr 2008

The Whole World - Call for Submissions from tank.tv

tank.tv is looking for lists! Top 100s, 50s, 1000s! Good lists, bad lists and mediocre lists. Lists of anything and everything. Deadline: Mon 1 Mar 2008

Live Art Residency - Call for Applications

South Hill Park welcomes applications for three Rules and Regs live art resident posts from artists and artist groups wishing to develop new work by exploring their practice in a new way. Deadline: Fri 22 Feb 08

Braziers International Artists Workshop

A two week workshop bringing together up to 30 artists of all nationalities for 16 days to work, exchange dialogue and experiment. Deadline: Mon 25 Feb 2008

Futuresonic EVNTS - Submit Now

Futuresonic now invites any programmer, curator, promoter, label or artist group anywhere in the world to stage an independent event in EVNTS 2008, a city-wide showcase of affiliated events Deadline: EVNTS Competition deadline - Thu 7 Feb 5pm EVNTS Showcase deadline - Thu 20 Feb 5pm

British Antarctica Survey - Artists and Writers Programme

Two places are available each year during the Antarctic summer season for successful participants. Deadline: Sat 1 Mar 08

Nan Bursaries 2008: Artists’ New Collaborations

Bursaries to enable two or more professional artists (or other professional collaborator) to spend time together to explore notions and issues around collaborative working and research the development of a specific project. Deadline: 6pm Thu 28 Feb 2008

Call for Submissions for Dialogue - The Axis Online Journal

To tie in with the recent launch of Axis's curator directory the next series of articles will focus on the role of the curator in contemporary art and current curatorial practice. Deadline: Mon 3 Mar 2008

URBANSPACE - Call for Submissions

The 2008 edition of URBANSPACE looks to examine the diverse formation of local communities, informal situations and other site-specific representations of contemporary urban existence. Deadline: Tue 1 April 08

World Telekinesis Competition 2008 - Call for Participation

Noxious Sector Artist Collective in collaboration with Deluge Contemporary Art is currently inviting submissions for the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition, a curated performance initiative to be held at Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery in Victoria, BC, Canada. Deadline: Fri 29 Feb 2008

Call for submissions - Second Live Art Falmouth Festival, June 2008

Submissions of Live Art, Performance-based video and film work, sound/sonic art, collaborative, interdisciplinary or site-specific work accepted. Deadline: Mon 14 Apr 2008

Contribute to Artists Talking

Artists Talking is the place for artists to talk about the ‘what, where and how’ of their practice and for curators, commissioners, academics, researchers to explore artists' insights and perspectives on contemporary visual arts practice. Deadline: ongoing more...

Rules and Regs - Call for Applications

Colchester Arts Centre welcomes applications from artists wishing to participate in Rules and Regs live art programme in Colchester. Deadline: Mon 29 Feb, 08

Residencies at The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home welcomes proposals for performances, discussions, screenings, residencies, exhibitions, actions and presentations throughout the year. Deadline: ongoing

Santa Fe Art Institute - Artist and Writer Residencies

Successful applicants will be eligible to spend one to three months living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of their preeminent contemporary residency program. Deadline: Fri 14 Mar 2008

Visions in the Nunnery - Call for submissions

Visions in the Nunnery is an annual event, that showcases some of the most exciting National and International artists who are pushing, film, video and moving image practice. Deadline: Mon 31 Mar 2008

Outcasting - Web Based Screening Project

An internet based screening channel for all forms of moving image work. Submissions will be screened on a rolling basis.

Another Roadside Attraction - Two Calls for Submissions

Another Roadside Attraction seeks submissions for Subliminal Seduction: An event on Oxford Street in late March/ April and for its inaugural project space show “Closing Down Sale.” Deadline: Submissions being taken now

FRED Art Invasion Across Cumbria - Call for Submisions

Artists working in any medium are invited to submit proposals of installation or intervention projects for FRED, the annual art invasion of Cumbria. Deadline: Fri 4 Apr 2008, 5pm

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