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The Lighthouse Works’ primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. We bring artists on fellowship to beautiful Fishers Island, where they are provided with room, board and studio space, giving them ample opportunity for quiet productivity in a serene, supportive environment.

The Lighthouse Works accepts artists working in a wide range of media: fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction; painters, sculptors, those working in video and installation, and other visual artists; musicians and composers. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow.

Our organization’s efforts also support and enrich the Fishers Island community through a letterpress print shop, open studios, readings, concerts, and workshops for students and adults. By assisting artists at critical junctures in their careers, we aim to be a significant force in preserving and promoting the central role of the arts in our culture. We hope our work will also inspire the creation of other small businesses and organizations in our community, making Fishers Island an enclave of creativity and a cultural destination.

Any serious artist at any stage of his or her career is welcome to apply through our online application system. Applicants are required to fill out an application form and to submit work samples and a statement of intent. While our staff reviews applications for completeness, a panel of professionals in the applicant’s artistic field evaluates each portfolio. Because the fellowship program accepts only 20 artists a year, our process is necessarily quite selective.

Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500 to defray the costs of shipping materials, the purchase of art supplies, and other expenses incurred in making artwork in a remote location; our belief is that no artist should have to spend money to accept the opportunity of a fellowship.
To find out more about Lighthouse Works and their fellowship please visit their website: http://www.thelighthouseworks.com/fellowshipprogram.html04escriptionl

The Midwest Dramatists Center (‘MDC”) is pleased to announce the first Midwest Dramatists Conference, to take place September 28-30, 2017. MDC is a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization and we invite play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Industry professionals from New York City, including Morgan Allen with New Dramatists, Gerald VanHeerden with the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and producer and theatre administrator George Simon, will attend play readings held during the conference and conduct 50-minute workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference.

We are currently seeking 10-minute plays with no limitations on theme. The plays must have no more than four characters and be unpublished, but previous productions or readings are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2017, and selected playwrights will be notified by August 15. Up to 55 playwrights will be selected. There is no submission fee, the conference will provide actors and directors, and the number of submissions will be capped at 500. Only one submission per playwright is allowed.

For selected playwrights, conference registration is $200, and playwrights whose plays are chosen are required to attend to have their plays read. Conference registration includes opening night reception, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, a Gala dinner held Saturday night, Saturday morning breakout sessions, as well as feedback on their plays by the adjudicators and the MDC literary manager during the readings. More details about the conference will be announced at www.midwestdramatists.org.

Please send scripts to director@midwestdramatists.org as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information) and include a brief biography and any production history in a separate document.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. There is a special hotel discount for artists visiting from out of town. Please contact us if you need accommodations or help with transportation.

http://www.midwestdramatists.org/2017/05/seeking-submissions-for-first-midwest.html

The Growlery is a privately run artist residency centrally located in San Francisco’s historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Residencies at the Growlery range from one to three months. Artists live rent-free in a beautifully restored Victorian-era home and have the opportunity to work in a small, diverse group of peers.

Among the Growlery’s first residents were a photographer, a graffiti artist, a woodworker, and an installation artist. The Growlery has worked with sculptors, muralists, textile artists, and is open to individuals from other disciplines.

Artists interested in a residency may propose an idea for a project, part of a larger work, or a series of pieces they intend to complete while in residence. The Growlery is currently at capacity for 2017, but is accepting applications for 2018.

In addition to residencies, the Growlery has commissioned murals, sculptures, and installations, and continues to accept proposals from interested artists.

Artists with questions should direct their inquires to contact@thegrowlery.org.

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives annual awards of $1500 to individual artists living and working in the United States, and who are engaged in or planning a new craft or visual art project. The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art or music submissions (except as those media are integrated into a larger craft or visual art project).

An independent jury of artists and/or art professionals will judge the submissions and make its recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for final approval. Between 4 and 7 awards are granted annually. Previous winners of a Foundation grant are not eligible for a second award.

Materials from the winning submissions will be retained by the Foundation and may be used by the Foundation for publicity purposes.

More info and apply here. Applications will be accepted beginning May 15th, and must be either postmarked or emailed by NO LATER THAN July 15th. If you have questions about the application process, please send them to pbunten@chenvenfoundation.org.