Friday, November 4

The Venice Art Prize International  & More 
Grants for All the Arts
Here are more Funding Opportunities for the Arts--a residency in Venice, Grants for Theater arts, Photography, Videography, Art Education, a Small Works Exhibition for Women Artists and Native American Research Fellowships.

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Arte Laguna Sixth Venice Art Prize International

Deadline: November 11, 2011

The Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), in collaboration with Arte Laguna, organizes the Sixth International Art Prize 'Arte Laguna' aimed at promoting and enhancing the contemporary art.  Those selected as winners will receive partially funded residency and solo art show.

The Prize is divided into five sections: painting, photographic art, sculpture, videoart and performance. Participants can choose the theme of their artworks.

The Prize is open to all artists, without any limit of age, sex, nationality or other qualifications. Each artist can participate with one or more artworks, in one or more sections. Technical details:

  • Painting
    works realized with technical and stylistic freedom (oil, tempera, acrylic, ink, vinyl, watercolor, graphite, pencil, collage, etc.) on whatever support (canvas, paper, wood,
  • Sculpture and installation
    any organic or inorganic material. In the works sounds, lights, videos, mechanical or electrical movements can be used.
  • Photographic Art
    color and b/w analog photos, color and b/w digital photos, color and b/w digital elaborations, works entirely created by computer. The maximum dimensions allowed per each works are 150 cm per side
  • Video Art and animation
    film, video and works with all the animation techniques on any digital and analog support. The works has to last as maximum 15 minutes, opening title and closing credits included.
  • Performance
    any technique, expressive form and with any support materials (video, music, etc.. to be provided and arranged by the artist in the case of being selected as finalist) can be used.
  • NEW - Virtual Art - i Fope, with the contribution of FOPE: artworks entirely created by computer, 3D graphics, virtual installations, works created by smartphone or tablet applications, videos entirely created by computer, virtual videos, net art. The finalist artworks will be on display at the collective exhibition on tablet or smartphone.

Theater Communications Group Announces New Leadership Program for Theatre Practitioners

Deadline: December 12, 2011 and February 26, 2011

Up to $94,500 is available to support the development of emerging and established leaders in all areas of nonprofit theater.

Theatre Communications Group, a national membership organization that works to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional nonprofit American theater, has received $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch Leadership U, a grant program designed to support the development of theater leaders at various points in their career. The overall intent of the program is to strengthen the field by developing individuals who are the core and future of theater.

The new program provides support through two initiatives: One-on-One for early-career leaders and Continuing Ed for mid-career and veteran professionals.

The One-on-One Initiative seeks to identify exceptionally talented early-career theater professionals who have potential to impact the theater field in a positive way and who are committed to working full-time with a performing arts organization rather than on a freelance basis. The program will nurture early-career leaders in all areas of theater, including but not limited to acting, administration, management, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy, literary management, producing, stage management, and technical production. The program will provide six individuals with a $75,000 grant for professional development mentorships lasting sixteen to eighteen months at a TCG member theater, with an additional $5,000 honorarium for their mentor. Supplemental funds up to $10,000 will be available to each mentee for outstanding student loans, approved activities, and/or life needs (i.e. healthcare, child or elder care, or other medical expenses). An additional $4,500 (maximum) will be available for mentee and mentor travel. The mentee applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and must not be a full-time student at a university or conservatory training program at the commencement of the mentorship period (August 1, 2012). The primary mentor must be key personnel and hold a full-time position at a TCG member theater.  Deadline for this initiative is  December 12, 2011

The Continuing Ed Initiative will award grants of up to $6,000 to eight mid-career to veteran professionals at TCG member theaters for learning opportunities that will advance their leadership skills in artistic, administrative, educational, and production areas. Since these grants are for mid-career and veteran leaders who are established in the field, their activities will be self-supervised. Depending on the goals of the applicant, there may be activities that are learning situations where specific supervision will be built into activities (e.g., classes, workshops, or working directly with an established leader or specialist in the field of theater or in another sector). Grants will be awarded to the applicant's home theater on behalf of the theater practitioner. The theater professional applicant must be key personnel, hold a full-time position at a TCG member theater, and have a minimum of five years' professional experience in the not-for-profit theater field.

Deadline for this initiative is February 26, 2011.

For more information go to


Kresge Foundation Invites Preliminary Applications for Arts and Community Building and Artists' Skills and Resources Grant Opportunities

Deadline:  February 1, 2011

From now through Feb.1, 2012, the Kresge Arts Fellowship application period is open. Each artist selected will receive $25,000 to use in whichever way benefits his or her practice, whether it be covering the cost of supplies, food, travel, whatever. There are no restrictions on how the money is to be used.
The fellowship alternates the genres of art it supports every year. Painters, sculptors, and photographers will have to wait until 2012 when the application opens again for visual artists.

The Kresge Foundation's Arts and Culture Program seeks to foster the power of arts and culture to recharge and rebuild communities of all sizes in the United States.
As part of this effort, the program is accepting preliminary grant applications from nonprofit organizations for its Community Building and Artists' Skills and Resources focus areas.
The Arts and Community Building focus area is intended to help develop a systematic way to support arts and culture as a tool for revitalizing communities. To achieve this goal, the program will invest in exemplary efforts and identify and share best practices within the field. At the national level, the foundation wishes to fund exemplary organizations dedicated to integrating arts and community-building activities and identifying new methods as models for the field; commission and publish research on efforts to integrate cultural organizations and artists into community-building efforts; elevate the visibility of arts and community building, and disseminate best practices through meetings, publications, and other means as appropriate. The foundation is accepting preliminary applications from grantseekers for national-level projects. 

The Artists' Skills and Resources focus area is based in the belief that community transformation would be more widespread if more communities embraced artists as important contributors to the identity, vitality, and cohesion of the places where they live. The program seeks to boost artists' skills and resources by supporting leading practitioners as well as efforts to increase the number of live-and-work spaces for artists. 

Preliminary applications for both funding areas will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis through February 1, 2012. (After that date, the grant opportunity may be modified.) The preliminary application contains a data-entry component and several attachments, including a narrative. Applicants with promising requests will be asked to complete the second part of the application process.  

More information at

Women Artists Open Small Works Exhibition in New York

Deadline: December 31, 2011

The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. is inviting women artists to apply for the Open Small Works Exhibition. A Multi-Media Small Works Exhibit in the N.A.W.A. Gallery, Feb 1 to Feb 28, 2012.

First Prize - Solo Exhibition in the N.A.W.A. Gallery

  • Entry fee $35.00 (up to three entries). check payable to N.A.W.A.
  • Artist's name and name of work should be clearly marked on CD
  • Images on CD must be 300 ppi maximum size 6" x 4" in any direction
  • Artist may submit a 72 ppi JPG as an email attachment (rather than a CD). Please send to: and in the subject like please write: 'Annual Open Small Works Exhibition'.
  • Artwork information must be included in email (signed waiver, application, and entry fee must be sent by snail mail).
  • All artwork must be for sale. Please sign application waiver and return with application.
  • SASE (with sufficient postage) for notification of acceptance.
  • SASE (with sufficient postage) for the return of CD (optional).

For full directions for applications go to:

Native American Research Fellowships Available

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is accepting proposals for its 2012 Research Fellowship Program, which fosters research involving forms of Native American expression in a range of disciplines.

“The program encourages scholars and artists to conduct research in the American Native Press Archives and the Dr. J. W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art to support significant studies in a wide range of fields and subjects such as Indian removal from the Southeast, Native journalism and journalists, late 20th century and early 21st century tribal societies and economics, literary artists, visual arts and artists, art history, entertainment, and others,” reads a press release announcing the fellowships.

At least six fellowships of $1,500 will be offered, which are meant to alleviate some of the cost of living and travel expenses while fellows are conducting research at the Sequoyah National Research Center.

Letters of inquiry can be sent to and will be considered until January 31, 2012.

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