Clemente – Open Call For Curatorial Proposals


We are pleased to invite independent curators, emerging artists and arts professionals to submit exhibition proposals to be considered for the two gallery spaces at The Clemente, the Abrazo and the LES Gallery, from July 2018 to June 2019.


The Clemente is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While the Clemente’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multicultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.

Given that history and the increasing gentrification of Lower East Side, the Clemente’s visual arts program is dedicated to supporting alternatives voices, multi-cultural exchange and work that pushes the boundaries of its media.

The Clemente’s Visual Arts Review Panel which includes independent museum professionals, curators, gallerists and arts educators will select exhibitions for the Abrazo and LES Gallery based on the strength of the art and curatorial concept.

Please review and follow the guidelines below.

– You do not have to be a professionally trained curator to submit a proposal as submissions will be judged on merit.

– We strongly encourage group exhibitions.

– Artists who are acting in the curatorial role for the proposed exhibition may not submit a proposal that only includes his/her own work however show proposals for work of a single artist can be submitted by a curator.

– Submissions that include programming such as artist talks, community workshops and gallery tours are encouraged.


The Clemente does not discriminate based on age, gender, or nationality.

We do not accept proposals from undergraduate or graduate students.


– If funding allows, The Clemente may offer a stipend for curators and artists.

– Exhibition Information: Duration of exhibits run for 4-6 weeks.

– Gallery Hours: Open every day from 3:30pm to 7pm (The building is closed on all major holidays)

Submission Deadline is September 15th, 2017    Application is open to US and non-US residents

State Preservation Grants: Application and June 13-14-15 Workshops

The 2017 State Preservation Grant (SPG) application is online. Apply for a matching grant to support capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. Letters of intent (encouraged) are due by June 30, and complete applications are due by August 18.
Join RIHPHC staff at an upcoming SPG workshop next week:
1. Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30am at the offices of The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport.
2. Wednesday, June 14 at 2pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. Providence.
3. Thursday, June 15 at 10:30am at the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce St, East Greenwich
Smithfield Town Hall, SPG recipient
RSVP for a workshop by contacting Sarah Zurier at (401)222-4142.
Your project may also be eligible for a State Cultural Facilities Grant. Contact the R.I. State Council on the Arts for more information.

RISCA’s State Cultural Facilities Grant Application is Live and Ready for YOUR Application!

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RISCA’s State Cultural Facilities Grant application for this year is live and ready when you are to prepare YOUR cultural facilities grant application.  The deadline for applications is October 1, 2017, with an online Letter of Intent (LOI) due by September 1.  If you are applying for more than $250,000, your LOI is due by August 1.

The State Cultural Facilities Grant program helps to support cultural facilities capital improvements to arts and cultural facilities in Rhode Island.  Supported by a $30 million bond initiative in 2014, RISCA’s program has funded close to 50 projects in communities throughout the Ocean State.  We anticipate awarded close to $2.5 million in matching grants to organizations applying at the October 1 deadline.

For further information contact Elizabeth Keithline at

Video and Pictures from RISCA’s 50 Anniversary Rally at the State House

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Click on this image to see the Capitol TV video of the “Rally for RISCA’s 50th”

Thanks to all of you who attended RISCA’s 50th Birthday party at the Rhode Island State House on June 1st!  We had a great turnout, and a lot of fun.

The highlight of the event was our 50 Speakers for 50 Years of Public Support for the Arts in Rhode Island, when 50 arts and political leaders in our state took 60 seconds apiece to creatively express their support for public funding for the arts.  And it was VERY creative.  Click on the image above to see the video, courtesy of Rhode Island Capitol TV.

And check out pictures of the event on the RISCA Flickr page, courtesy of photographer Lew Place III.

Opportunities In Memphis

UAC and the City of Memphis’ Engineering Division are commissioning a temporary, rotating mural series at the intersection of Peabody Place and Main Street downtown. Murals will rotate every three months over the course of one year.

UAC and the City of Memphis are interested in designs that will express a Memphis-centric message and inspire activation & pedestrian traffic around the mural site. The commissioned artist will be selected based on quality of the design, with special consideration being made to emerging artists looking to expand their practice to the public realm. This mural series presents an excellent opportunity for artists new to public art to gain firsthand experience in the field! Deadline to apply is 11:59PM CT Thursday, June 29, 2017.

For more information and to apply, click the button below.
Note: UAC is now accepting applications via Submittable!



UAC and the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) are commissioning a lighting and mural installation that will positively impact existing conditions of the I-40 underpass at North Main Street. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will provide a welcoming atmosphere that encourages pedestrians to move from Downtown into the Pinch and vice versa, embed elements within the installation that will be visible during the day as well as night, and create an experience that residents and tourists will want to revisit. Deadline to apply is 11:59PM CT Friday, June 9, 2017.

For more information and to apply, click the button below.
NOTE: UAC is now accepting applications via Submittable!

Join the UAC team! UAC is accepting applications for a full time project manager position. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of assigned public art/design projects. The Public Art Project Manager works with the Executive Director and Project Management Team in facilitating planning, design, and implementation of a variety of public art projects for the City of Memphis Public Art Program and private clients. The Project Manager implements effective tracking systems for recording and reporting project activities, including contracting and billing, monitoring project progress, and overall adherence to program guidelines.

More information available at

Applicants should email a current resume including salary history, a letter of interest not to exceed 1 page, and 3 professional references with the subject line “Project Manager application” to:

Maryland State Arts Council is Looking for a New Executive Director


The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is looking for a new Executive Director.

MSAC is the largest provider of arts funding in the state, ranks fourth nationally in per capita spending for the arts, and is considered a model state arts agency.  The Executive Director manages a staff of subject-area experts; directs the organization’s operation to include budget preparation and administration; collaborates with partners to promote the importance of the arts in Maryland; and has oversight responsibility for MSAC’s major programs and Governor appointed commissions including both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Public Art Commission.  The position is responsible for setting and for carrying out Departmental policies and priorities through the Agency’s programs, services, public information, and through partnerships with federal, regional, and other state agencies and organizations in collaboration with the Council. The Executive Director also acts as the Agency’s chief spokesperson and representative within state government agencies; within corporate, foundation, and educational communities; and both regionally and nationally within the arts industry.

Click here for more information.