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  • May 20, 2022 6:30 PM
    Reply # 12788521 on 10130607

    Calling All Arts Vendors


    CultureHouse Salem is looking for creatives, non-profit organizations, and local businesses to participate in collaborative programming for the month of May andvJune 2022 at our pop-up community space hosted at Old Town Hall.


    We are seeking creatives and organizations to host programs in the followingvcategories:


    Vendor markets: Markets may range from a single vendor in the space for a givenvtime or multiple vendors for a larger event

    Organized events: Talks/panel discussions, community meetings, book clubs, etc.

    If your ideas do not come under the above mentioned categories, please reach outvto us and we can talk more about how we can make a space for you at CultureHouse Salem!

    Hours available for programming

    Wednesday–Thursday: 1pm–6pm
    Friday–Saturday: 1pm–8pm

    CultureHouse is programming events for the first floor, events to be hosted on the second floor will go through the City of Salem

    Details for programming

    We will be providing you with a table (54"L x 27"W), chair and space to set up. Please bring any linens or other specific display features you would require. 

    Interested Artists and groups should contact Rishika at 

    About CultureHouse Salem

    The City of Salem and CultureHouse are partnering to open a three month long community arts and culture pop-up hosted at Old Town Hall in Downtown Salem.

    CultureHouse Salem will transform the historic structure into a vibrant, connected, and accessible destination that supports local creatives. Learn more about

    CultureHouse here, and the Old Town Hall here.

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  • April 15, 2022 1:58 PM
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  • March 03, 2022 1:28 PM
    Reply # 12637844 on 10130607

    The City of Salem is Excited to Announce Two New Calls for Artists & Performers! 

    1. CultureHouse Salem – CultureHouse Salem seeks  North Shore based performers, artist, creatives, non-profit organizations, and businesses to participate in collaborative programming for the months of April, May and June 2022 at our pop-up community space hosted at Old Town Hall. Slight preference will be given to Salem bases entities. CultureHouse is partnering with the city to conduct an in depth community impact study around the activation of Old Town Hall as a year around Art & Culture destination to enliven and invigorate this historic community icon through direct support to local creatives by show casing their works. Submit your proposal/idea for how you could see your creative works as part of this exciting program and help inform the future of Old Town Hall. Applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the 3 month program. Artists’ stipends offered
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    2. Salem Arts Festival Mural Slam - The City of Salem’s Public Art Commission and the Salem Arts Festival are teaming up to present the 7th annual Salem Arts Festival Mural Slam. This dynamic live painting event engages the public with creative producers and contributes to downtown Salem’s cultural vitality. This City is looking for twelve (12) artists to showcase their talents and contribute to keeping Artists’ Row and downtown Salem a destination for world-class, inspiring and engaging public art. Artists’ stipends offered.  Submit your mural idea today!   
      The application deadline is March 31, 2022 at 11:59pm.

    For more information about these opportunities, to learn how to apply, and to keep an eye out for any future calls please check out and bookmark our new 
    Calls for Artists page. 

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  • January 29, 2022 4:06 PM
    Reply # 12378582 on 10130607

    2022, 2023, & 2024 Artists’ Row Call for Creatives

    SALEM, MA – The City of Salem is pleased to announce a call for creatives for the Public Artist in Residence Program for 2022, 2023, and 2024 and openings for creatives to occupy the stalls on Artists’ Row for the 2023-2024 tenancy.

    Mayor Kim Driscoll and the Salem Public Art Commission seek creatives to take part in the City of Salem’s revitalized Artists’ Row Public Artist in Residence initiative and stalls. Artists’ Row consists of four artists ‘stalls’, a restaurant, and a public restroom and is centrally located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby St., across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area, at the heart of the City, was originally built as a marketplace and continues to be a thriving public plaza and pedestrian way.

    The City of Salem respects, values, and celebrates the diverse life experiences and unique heritages, attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that bringing diverse individuals together through the Arts allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities and aim to help fund and uplift the local arts community, especially with the direct impact that COVID-19 has placed upon the arts community.

    “I strongly encourage and welcome applications to this new round of the Public Artist in Residence program and the upcoming season at Artists’ Row,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Public art creates vibrant and thriving communities, enlivens our city, and brings people together. I’m grateful to the City staff and volunteers on the Public Art Commission who continue to support these initiatives and make them possible.”

    The Artists’ Row initiative is a seasonal program that provides space for artists and artisans looking to build their audience and/or arts practice through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem. Participation in the Artists’ Row program is envisioned as a springboard opportunity for creatives wherever they are in their career that can help take them to the next stage/level in their unique professional development journey. It is very much a shared space for artists and visitors alike, where creativity happens, and unique arts-related goods and activities can be experienced in an animated public place.

    The City of Salem is currently looking to fill one (1) paid position per year for 2022, 2023, and 2024 for the Public Artists in Residence. There are three (3) positions available in total, one each year, and each residency lasts for a term of 8 months.

    Additionally, the City is seeking applicants for each of the three (3) available market ‘stalls’, which can be used as makers space with a retail opportunity for artists and creatives. Stall will be contracted for a two-year tenancy, starting in January 2023.

    The City is interested in uses that will contribute to the vibrancy of the Artists’ Row community and this important gateway to Salem’s bustling downtown. The variety of activities/uses considered for Artists’ Row spaces include, but are not limited to, original uniquely produced or handcrafted artworks and products, performances, art ‘happenings’, art ‘interventions’, art making, and temporary public art installations.

    To view the full Call for Artists text and to apply to the program please visit:

    Julie Barry
    Senior Planner, Arts & Culture
    City of Salem | Department of Planning & Community Development
    98 Washington St., 2nd Floor | Salem, MA  01970
    978-619-5685  ext. 42506 |

  • October 07, 2021 6:09 PM
    Reply # 11154069 on 10130607

    Fall Grant Opportunities

    Man spins on his head outside on a stage during a breakdance battle in Springfield while a crowd looks on.

    2021 Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival's Breakin' Battle. Photo: David Molnar. 

    Local Cultural Council Program
    Grants for community-based arts and culture projects. Public programs to be supported in every community in Massachusetts. Deadline: Oct. 15.

    STARS Residencies
    Grants of $700-$5,500 to support residencies that bring students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists, and scholars. Deadline: Oct. 20.

    Artist Fellowships – Choreography, Poetry, and Traditional Arts
    Competitive, unrestricted grants of $5,000-$15,000 to Massachusetts artists creating exceptional work. Info Session: Oct. 5Deadline: Oct. 25.

    Festivals Program – Fall/Winter
    $1,500 grants to help programmers bring their vision to life and develop sustainable audiences. Deadline: Nov. 3.

    Gaming Mitigation Program
    Funds aim to mitigate a direct threat to the sustainability of non-profit and municipal performing arts centers in Massachusetts. Info Session: Oct. 7Deadline: Nov. 5.

    Projects - part of the Cultural Investment Portfolio
    $2,500 grants to support a specific public project or capacity building project. Info Session: Oct. 6Deadline: Nov. 16.

  • September 09, 2021 6:50 PM
    Reply # 11030537 on 10130607

    September 9, 2021
    John Dobroski, Chair, Salem Cultural Council
    Julie Barry, Senior Planner for Arts & Culture
    City of Salem | Department of Planning & Community Development
    98 Washington St., 2nd Floor | Salem, MA  01970
    978-619-5685  ext. 42506 |
    CITY OF SALEM, MA is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021/2022 Salem Cultural Council LCC Grant Program.  Applications now open!  Deadline to apply is Friday, October 15, 2021 by 11:59pm.
    Salem Cultural Council (SCC) has been allotted $25,400.00 in state funding to regrant back out into the Salem Community. Submit an application to help your creative endeavors come into fruition!
    For the 2021/2021 cycle, the SCC’s is seeking applications that align with the theme:
    Uplifting a Healthy Resilient Community
    Additionally the SCC will give priority to:
    * Projects that help Salem thrive during a period when the cultural community is looking to a brighter future in a creative and optimistic way

    *Applicants who reside, work, have an organization in Salem or have an established partnership with an organization based in Salem.

    *Programs that activate unexpected or underutilized canvases and performance spaces within the city of Salem.

    *Programs that take place in Salem or benefit the residents of Salem.

    *Programs that celebrate and promote the diversity of our community.

    *Programs that are educational and accessible for the community, regardless of age or ability.
    Applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:
    *How well the program meets our local priorities
    *Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
    *Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations
    *Demonstrated planning (i.e. the ability to complete the project within the cycle year)
    *Financial need
    *State Requirements & Criterion 
       Click Here to Review the Complete MCC LCC Program Guidelines(
    For the FY22 Grant Cycle, the Salem Cultural Council is once again participating in the Supplemental Grant Pilot Program, which means that approved grantees will receive their funding upfront, not on as a reimbursement.
    Deadline: Applications are due Friday, October 15, 2021 by 11:59pm
    How to Apply: 
    All applications must be submitted digitally. No hard copy applications will be accepted.
    Visit the following URL for the online application portal to begin your application process:
    For Examples of previously funded projects visit:
    For Questions, email the Salem Cultural Council directly at
    The Salem Cultural Council is the Local Cultural Council (LCC) for the City of Salem and is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's LCC network across the Commonwealth. The Salem Cultural Council is eager to award grants to individuals and organizations that are based in Salem, MA as they work to bring arts and cultural opportunities to our community.
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    Julie Barry
    Senior Planner, Arts & Culture
    City of Salem | Department of Planning & Community Development
    98 Washington St., 2nd Floor | Salem, MA  01970

    978-619-5685  ext. 42506 |

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  • August 27, 2021 4:26 PM
    Reply # 10962103 on 10130607

      TITLE:                           Planning Assistant (Arts & Culture)

      DEPARTMENT:              Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD)

      POSITION STATUS:        Part-time, 19 hours per week, non-union position

      REPORTS TO:                Senior Planner for Arts and Culture

      SALARY:                       $19-$22 per hour, depending on qualifications


      The Planning Assistant will assist in the programming and program management of Old Town Hall, Derby Square and Charlotte Forten Park for both civic and public events. The position is responsible for maintaining an events calendar for these spaces and communicating with the public around the use of these spaces. As well as assist with other Arts & Culture program planning tasks as needed.


      Works under direct supervision of the Senior Planner for Arts & Culture in conjunction with the Director of Planning and Community Development. Performs duties independently under policies established by Senior Staff.


    • Responsible for being the first point of contact for members for the public seeking information on Old Town Hall and for scheduling events and programming at Old Town Hall, Derby Square and Charlotte Forten Park. 
    • Assist the Senior Planner for Arts and Culture with booking events, contract facilitation, events management, calendar oversight, special projects, marketing, and other related work.
    • Provide clerical support, including but not limited to, word processing (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.), writing press releases, managing social media accounts, updating websites, and for maintaining files and databases related to arts and culture.
    • Collaborating with local partners on their art and cultural events.
    • On-site event facilitation requiring some occasional nights and weekend work.
    • Some facilities management and maintenance oversight.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    • At a minimum, the candidate should have a high school diploma and three years’ experience in an administrative, customer support, or event organizer position or any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. 
    • Interest in arts administration, creative placemaking, arts management, planning and community development or a related field is strongly preferred.
    • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. 
    • Ability to interact with the public, work on multiple assignments concurrently and communicate effectively (both written and verbal), along with strong computer abilities are all necessary. 
    • Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, officials, artists and the public.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Familiarity with ViewPoint Cloud a plus.


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, or hear. Additionally, the employee will be required to lift, move, and carry items up to 30lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and depth perception. Regular use of computer keyboards requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. The employee will be required to attend and facilitate events at Old Town Hall and outside at Derby Square and Charlotte Forten Park, among other locations.   


    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. However, noise level may increase during events and site visits. Outdoor field and site work is performed under a variety of weather conditions, including inclement weather. Duties involve a combination of activities in normal office setting as well as outdoor field and site work.  Attendance at evening meetings and events and occasional travel to meetings and other communities also required.

    Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply with cover letter and resume to

    no later than 4:00 PM, Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    CITY OF SALEM, Human Resources

    Lisa B. Cammarata, Director

    98 Washington St., 3rd Floor

    Salem, Massachusetts 01970

    Date:   August 18, 2021


  • June 02, 2021 3:13 PM
    Reply # 10584313 on 10130607

    Call for Art - Lynn Museum/LynnArts’ 2021 “Lynn PRIDE” Art Show

    Name of Venue or Event: Lynn Museum/LynnArts (590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA 01901)

    Work Media: We are looking for paintings, photographs, poetry, prints, sculpture and other visual artworks to celebrate Lynn’s queer community. The exhibition will be located on the first floor gallery space in the Lynn Museum building from June through August 2021. The exhibition will also be featured during a panel and networking night organized by Queer Lynn Scene on Wednesday, June 23rd (rain date of June 30th). LGBTQIA+ identifying artists from the Lynn community are encouraged to submit between one to three artworks to be considered for the exhibition.


    • Artists from the North Shore are welcome to apply, Lynn artists preferred (living, working or practicing in Lynn).
    • Individuals must identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • Artwork should not exceed 4’ x 4’ and must be 50 lbs or less.

    Entry Requirements:

    1. Artist resume including biography and exhibition record (if possible)
    2. Images of artworks to be considered (jpg, png preferred)
    3. Artist statement including description of artworks and materials used, as well as an image of the artist

    Timeline: Exhibit will run from June through August of 2021

    Entries Due: Tuesday, June 15th at 5pm

    Selection Process: Entries will be reviewed by a handful of judges representing Lynn Museum/LynnArts and Queer Lynn Scene.

    Notification to artist: Artists will hear back via email or phone call regarding their submission by Thursday, June 17th at 5pm.

    Accepted Artwork: Lynn Museum/LynnArts staff will be responsible for setting up work for the exhibition. Artworks should be ready to install. 2D artworks should be framed/finished and ready to hang gallery style with wire (no sawtooth hangers). Some easels and tables available for use. To discuss your display needs for sculptural pieces, please email

    Delivery: Friday, June 18th from 10am - 4pm and Saturday, June 19th from 10am - 5pm at the Lynn Museum (590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA, 01901).

    Reception: Wednesday, June 23rd at 6pm. Rain date: Wednesday, June 30th.

    Exhibit or Event Ends: Friday, August 27th

    Pickup Artwork by: Thursday, September 2nd from 10am - 4pm and Friday, September 3rd from 10am - 4pm.

    Publicity: Exhibit will be featured on the “Exhibitions” page of the Lynn Museum/LynnArts website, with additional promotional posts on the Lynn Museum/LynnArts Facebook and Instagram pages.

    Sales: Accepted artworks can be available for purchase exclusively through the artist.

    The Lynn Museum/LynnArts will not be responsible for monetary transactions between the artist and the buyer. Any interested parties in purchasing artwork(s) will be given the appropriate contact information for the artist(s).

    Questions/Contact: Any questions can be directed to Lynn Museum/LynnArts Director, Doneeca Thurston ( or 781-581-6200).

  • May 10, 2021 5:37 PM
    Reply # 10462524 on 10130607

    Other Upcoming Artist Opportunities

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    Free, interactive, and educational! If you're an artist in Massachusetts, sign up today for A4A's online artist business workshops focused on succeeding in the post-COVID world.

    Arts Management Apprenticeships | Dunamis | Learn More
    An apprenticeship and cohort learning opportunity for/by/with fellow folx of color.

    Grants for Spacial Justice | NEFA | Due May 24
    Grants for "Collective Imagination" and "Public Art" in Massachusetts.

    Opportunity Fund Grants | City of Boston | Learn More
    Grants up to $1,000 for individual Boston artists or events led by artists
  • May 10, 2021 5:35 PM
    Reply # 10462520 on 10130607

    Need more time to plan?

    If you live a life that requires more lead time or are hoping to secure funding for your Studios residency from an outside source (grants, university funds, arts councils, etc.), we now have an EARLY APPLICATION option for the Studios. Apply early for the Summer/Fall 2022 residency period of June 22, 2022 - December 20, 2022 and receive notice a full season ahead, around November 1, 2021. You also get first pick from the schedule!

    N/B: Artists applying with this early application will not be considered for MASS MoCA's financial aid or fellowships, so you should only use this particular application if you need the longer lead time to position yourself for other institutional support to fund your residency.

    Early Application Form

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