Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Massachusetts Cultural Council News

Artist Fellowships Applications Update

Artists Foundation Report Details Challenges Facing Artists
Recently on ArtSake

Important Artist Opportunities in November

A periodic e-newsletter from the Massachusetts Cultural Council


Art Works: A Portrait of the Artist in a Starving Economy
November 10
Presented by MassINC

Artist Fellowships Applications Update

The deadline has passed for 2010 Artist Fellowships applications in Drawing, Painting, and Traditional Arts, and the review process is underway. Grant announcements will be made by early February 2010.

UPDATED: Online applications in the categories of Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry will be available December 12, 2009. The deadline to apply is January 25, 2010.
In the meantime, read the full program guidelines.

The Artist Fellowships Program offers fellowships of $7,500 and finalist awards of $500, as direct support to individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence.

Artists Foundation Report Details Challenges Facing Artists

A new survey of more than 3,400 artists working in Massachusetts illustrates many of the challenges they face making a living, securing health care coverage, and advancing their careers. The "Stand Up and Be Counted" survey by the Artists Foundation provides new insights into artists' sources of income, their work practices, and the bureaucratic obstacles many face in gaining access to services.

Recently on ArtSake

Check out our blog ArtSake, a place to explore and celebrate the creative work of Massachusetts individual artists. Recent posts include:

A weekly opportunities round-up for Massachusetts artists
A feature on Michael Downing and an audio excerpt from his fascinating memoir, Life with Sudden Death
A look at Somewhere Far From Habit, which pairs book artists with poetry, at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge
Fellows Notes - current news from past fellows/finalists of our Artist Fellowships Program

Important Artist Opportunities in November

There are two upcoming events that all Massachusetts artists should know about:

November 7-8
Creative Massachusetts: The Artists Congress 2009 will be on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Boston Public Library. This "Discussion of Our Creative Future" will feature panels and workshops to help artists advance their creative careers.

November 19
The Third Annual Artists Under the Dome Event 2009 is on Thursday, November 19, 2009, from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, at the Massachusetts State House's Great Hall. Register and learn more about this annual celebration of artists and their central role in our state's economy and quality of life.

Both events are free and open to artists in all disciplines. Special acknowledgement to the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition for leadership in the organization of both events.

The MCC's Artist Department:

Kelly Bennett, Exhibitions Curator/Program Coordinator (Visual Arts & Choreography)
Dan Blask, Program Coordinator (Literary Arts & Film/Video, Music Composition)
Maggie Holtzberg, Folk Arts Program Manager

Visit ArtSake.

In addition to Artist News, MCC provides Mass Culture Now (featuring general MCC News) and Creative Minds (arts education and creative learning in Massachusetts). If you would like to subscribe to these e-newsletters, please follow the link at the bottom of this email for "updating your e-mail preferences," and select the news item(s) you would like to receive.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.


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