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  • May 10, 2021 5:34 PM
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    February 2020 Massachusetts Fellows Cohort. Photo credit: José Rivera.

    Funded Residency for Massachusetts Artists

    February 2 - March 1, 2022

    Join fellow creatives from across the Commonwealth for a fully funded, 4-week residency focused on building a strong cohort of Massachusetts artists of all disciplines. Residents will have opportunities to take part in group events, field trips, and other collectively determined activities and culminate in an Open Studios event. At least 12 fellowships will be awarded. Apply by July 8, 2021. 

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  • May 10, 2021 5:32 PM
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    Puerto Rico 2022 Fellowships

    4 weeks + travel + living stipend || current residents + recent diaspora

    The Studios at MASS MoCA’s Puerto Rico Artist Fellowship Program is a unique program that offers support and access to Puerto Rican artists in the wake of Hurricane Maria and in what continues to be a tumultuous time. As the Puerto Rico Artist Fellowship enters its fourth year, the program has expanded eligibility requirements to include both artists who currently live on the island and those who have had to leave the island since the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Apply by July 8, 2021.



  • May 10, 2021 5:30 PM
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    Fully Funded Residency Fellowships - Wi/Sp 2022

    We are thrilled to begin offering General Merit-Based Fellowships in 2022. These fellowships are open to any artist in any discipline and provides a fully funded residency stay at the Studios! This year's fellowships include:

  • May 10, 2021 5:29 PM
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    Applications are now open for The Studios at MASS MoCA's Winter/Spring 2022 residency season.

    Join the 700+ artists who have enjoyed an artist residency of up to 8 weeks on MASS MoCA's historic mill campus in the Berkshire Mountains. Run by Assets for Artists (the artist-development arm of MASS MoCA), residencies will be scheduled from January - April, 2022, for the Winter/Spring season.

    Selected artists receive:

    • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7
    • Housing in newly renovated apartments directly across the street from the museum.
    • One communal meal per day in the company of fellow artists-in-residence.
    • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries, The Clark, and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
    • Access to basic printmaking presses and two weaving looms.
    • Optional artist-focused financial and business coaching with the Assets for Artists staff.

    Application deadline July 8, 2021

    Learn how the Studios at MASS MoCA is adapting our residency programming to the ongoing pandemic here.


  • May 04, 2021 10:49 AM
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    2020 North Adams Project grantee Ciarra Fragale. Image by Neil Segal          

    Introducing the "New" North Adams Project!

    It's no longer about attracting artists to North Adams. 

    It's about giving them the support they need to stay.

    Assets for Artists and the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition are teaming up to design a broader, more robust "North Adams Project" that will assist a small cohort of artists who live or have studio space in North Adams and who are looking to deepen their roots and/or become better engaged and active within the city.
    Selected artists will receive:
    • A grant of $1,000 - $4,000.

    • A local "community liaison" who'll help you make the connections you need to fulfill your vision for the next stage of your creative career in North Adams.

    • Access to AIC members' extensive network of knowledge, community connections, and affiliations.

    • Professional development in the form of priority access to Assets for Artists' financial and business workshops, and 1-on-1 coaching.

    • Access to a tight-knit group of fellow cohort members from across the North Adams arts scene.

    Application deadline: June 14, 2021
  • April 15, 2021 5:07 PM
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    April 15, 2021



    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 |


    2021 Salem Arts Festival Mural Slam Call for Artists

    The City of Salem’s Public Art Commission and the Salem Arts Festival are teaming up to present the 6th annual Salem Arts Festival Mural Slam (SAF Mural Slam). This dynamic live painting event engages the public with creative producers and contributes to downtown Salem’s cultural vitality. Salem Arts Festival is a project of Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective.


    In the interest of visually enlivening this creative hub for residents and visitors alike, the City of Salem and Salem Arts Festival are inviting artists to contribute downtown Salem’s reputation as a destination for world-class, inspiring, and engaging public art. 

    The site for the 2021 SAF Mural Slam is Artists’ Row, a historic marketplace that has evolved into a vibrant corridor of galleries and public art at the heart of downtown, located at 24 New Derby Street. Selected SAF Mural Slam artists will have the opportunity to present their work alongside the skilled artisans of Artists’ Row and will benefit from sharing their work with the roughly one million visitors who come to Salem each year. Live painting is subject to COVID regulations; in the event that painting cannot be done in person, the City will allow the selected artists to create in more distanced private and/or public locations.

    Deadline for Applications:  May 14, 2021

    Notification of Selection: May 20, 2021

    Salem Arts Festival Mural Slam: June 5 & 6, 2021

    Please apply through the online portal here:  
    2021 Application 

    Details and Info 

    Who can apply?: Anyone may apply, either solo or in small teams. Students are also encouraged to apply. Artists may come from anywhere, but preference will be given to local artists and to artists who have not participated in previous Mural Slams.

    Timeframe: Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. It is anticipated that artists will complete the mural in this timeframe. Depending on weather artists may begin work on Friday, June 4. Live painting is subject to COVID regulations; in the event that painting cannot be done in person, the City will allow the selected artists to create in more distanced private and/or public locations.


    Painting Surface: There will be 10 walls available for the 2021 Salem Mural Slam. They will be primed plywood sheets mounted to the existing brick walls. The format will be 8’ wide by 4’ tall.

    Materials/Supplies:  Due to the close proximity to other artists and local businesses during the event, along with practical considerations for drying time, acrylic paints will be the only media permitted for use during the 2019 Salem Mural Slam. Acrylic paint in basic colors and the individual painting surface will be provided. Any special colors, supplemental materials, and tools must be provided by the artist.

    Finished Murals: Murals will be hung in the Artists’ Row location for up to a year. All murals not claimed by the artist at the end of the year’s display become the property of the City of Salem and Salem Arts Festival.

    Stipend and awards: Each artist will receive a $400.00 stipend for their participation. Artists will also be eligible to compete for a $400.00 prize for the People’s Choice Award. Payment of the stipend and, to the winner, of the award will be within four weeks after the Mural Slam.

    Artwork Restrictions:  All artwork must be suitable for a family-friendly environment. Applications will be considered ineligible if they involve:
    - A breach of intellectual property rights (i.e., somebody else's ideas or imagery).
    - Trademarks, brand or business names, logos or copyrighted images.
    - Anything that is harmful to a third party .
    - Anything containing nudity or overtly Halloween themed.

    City Ordinance: The City of Salem Code of Ordinances provides that no individual should be denied equal treatment or opportunity as a result of his or her age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Any activities which denies or tends to deny to an individual equal access on the basis of: age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, is hereby prohibited.

    Please apply through the online portal here:  2021 Application 

    For questions about program guidelines or submissions please contact:

    Arielle Kaplan, Director of Operations, Creative Collective


  • April 15, 2021 12:12 PM
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  • April 12, 2021 1:35 PM
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    Paid opportunity to bring public art to Gloucester

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    North Shore Community Development Coalition and Action Inc. have partnered together to bring new art into downtown Gloucester through The Punto Urban Art Museum (PUAM). This program was founded by North Shore CDC in Salem’s Point neighborhood to break down the invisible socio-economic barriers. We believe public art can be a tool to help integrate neighborhoods and create more resilient communities.


    Through this Request for Proposals, PUAM will bring art into a new North Shore community.  Artists have the opportunity between April 12th and May 2nd to apply for three murals, two interior and one exterior, at Harbor Village, a new building located at 206 Main Street in Gloucester. Harbor Village is a new mixed-use development bringing 30 affordable apartments for families into downtown. The goal for this call is to provide opportunities for local and regional artists to bring life and color into downtown Gloucester. Selected artists/teams will be a part of efforts to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Gloucester! Artists' work will be voted on and selected by members of the Gloucester community and stakeholders of the project.


    PUAM is seeking two to three New England based visual artists to install art in North Shore CDC and Action Inc.’s newest affordable housing development. The project is expected to be completed by mid summer. For more details about this Call for Art, please click this link.




    If you have any questions, please contact Yinette Guzman,  the Design and Placemaking Project Manager at  and use 'Call for Art' in the subject line. For more information about the call for creatives, visit our website.


    North Shore Community Development Coalition

    96 Lafayette St
    Salem, MA 01970

  • March 25, 2021 7:29 PM
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         SUMMER 2021


    Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Salem Public Art Commission (SPAC) announce the launch of the SPAC’s Summer Performance Series of 2021 to take place in both Charlotte Forten Park and Derby Square, of Salem, MA.   

    Derby Square, at the heart of the City’s historic downtown, was originally built as a marketplace and continues to this day to be an important public plaza and pedestrian way.  

    Charlotte Forten Park was opened in late 2019 and is centrally located at 289 Derby St along the South Rive Canal. This park was designed with activation and performance in mind and is one of Salem’s most exciting new spaces. 


    Performance Series Details
    The Performance Series seeks to activate Charlotte Forten Park and Derby Square with community accessible theatrical performances and creative engagements of the public space.  

    We are excited to hear how you want to transform the space and interact with the community. We are open to:

    • Outdoor theatrical performances
    • Immersive theatre performances/experiences
    • Dance and movement performances
    • Performance Art

    Performers will be responsible for planning, implementing, and scheduling performances in close collaboration with the City of Salem’s Senior Planner for Arts & Culture and the artisans on Artists’ Row.   We welcome original work as well as published work providing that the Performer is responsible for all rights and royalties. Performers are paid to publicly present their work without charging admission for audiences of all ages. Priority will be given to North Shore based performance groups.


    If accepted the Performer would be required to:

    • Meet at least once with the Senior Planner for Arts & Culture.
    • Conduct at least two (2) rehearsals in the public realm, one per location (Derby Sq. & Charlotte Forten Park). These two (2), site-specific, public rehearsals are required, but more are welcomed and encouraged.
    • Produce four (4) performances free of charge to the community on a schedule mutually agreed upon by the performer and the City. One (1) applicant will be selected to produce all four (4) events.
    • Market the events via their networks and include SPAC logo. If flyers or other materials are created, please share copies with the City.
    • Provide copies of any photographs of the events to the City for use in promoting future events.
    • Adhere to all State and City COVID regulations as they relate to outdoor performances, including but not limited to, social distancing among performers and between performers and the audience; size of audience; mask wearing, etc.


    Timeframe for Program
    The Performance Series will consist of four (4) events over the course of two weekends, with two events each weekend, in late August or early September 2021 (as conditions and public health allow).  Exact dates and times can be a bit flexible. 

    The selected Performer/Group will receive a $5,000 honorarium; half will be distributed up front and the other half following the last event.  The honorarium includes all planning, implementation, supplies/materials, equipment, and performer fees necessary to produce the program.  The Performer is responsible for compensating any additional artists or personnel they employ for their project or any other associated marketing and/or production expenses.  

    The City of Salem’s Senior Planner for Arts & Culture will help promote the program through a formal press release as well as postings on the Salem Public Art website and Facebook pages. We encourage performers to promote their performances via their normal network, website, social media, as well as other forms of creative advertising.  All marketing materials & digital platforms for promoting this series should include the Salem Public Art logo.


    Application Timeline:

    April 16, 2021 at 12noon          Deadline to Apply

    May 1, 2021                                    Final Selection Announced/Applicants Notified of Decision


    How to Apply:  

    Salem is committed to providing equal opportunities for ALL.  Artists/Creatives of all gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation/ identity, religion/beliefs, education and abilities are encouraged to apply.


    Please submit the following for consideration: 

    • Statement of Interest & Proposed Performance Description (1 page max)
    • Resume/Biographical information for organization, lead artist, artistic director, etc. (No more than 3 pages)
    • Contact information and website (if applicable)
    • Rehearsal Plan & Proposed Performance Schedule
    • Tech Rider outlining what you will bring and any needs/requests you may have
    • Examples of past work (links to performance samples or MOV files, no more than 5 examples)


    All of the above materials, except MOV files, should be saved in a single PDF and emailed to Julie Barry, Senior Planner for Arts & Culture, at by the above deadline.

    If you do not have access to email or have questions, please call Julie at 978-619-5685.

    Please note: The City of Salem reserve the right to postpone or cancel any event at any time due to public health or other such safety concerns.

    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 |

  • February 23, 2021 6:50 PM
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    Salem State is developing an exciting program of Earth Day activities for April that are open to the public. Our evolving calendar can be found at

    Art + design Professor Ken Reker (cc'd) is hosting a mail-in postcard art exhibition, sale and competition. The art must fit on a postcard and speak to this year's theme of "There is No Planet B." All of our Earth Days events are open to the larger community. Postcards will be displayed and posted for sale. While everyone is welcome to participate, only Salem State students are eligible for cash prizes.

    There is more information at this link:


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