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Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Juried Exhibit – Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014
Website: www.lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html
Show your work in our un-juried exhibit featuring digital art and photography at the tenth anniversary exhibit of this very popular program. All entries will be printed (8.5″x11″ on heavyweight paper) and shown in our gallery arranged in a grid. Entrants submit JPEG files of original work. Multiple entries are permitted. Separate registration fee required for each image. Special consideration will be given to all entrants for inclusion in future shows at LACDA. Many entrants from past competitions have already been included in our exhibits. Exhibit Dates: December 11, 2014-January 3, 2015. The exhibit is international, open to all geographical locations. Registration fee is $35US per image. Multiple entries permitted, additional $35 entry fee for each image to be exhibited.

Masur Museum Annual Juried Competition – Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015
Website: www.masurjuried.org
The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. Best in Show is $1,000.00 and total awards are $3,200.00.Awards will be given by Firmin at the reception in March 2015. Artists do not have to be present to receive awards. To be considered for entry all work must be completed after December 31, 2012. There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork with a minimum of two entries and a maximum of five entries (i.e. $20.00 for two artworks and $50.00 for five artworks). The exhibition will open on March 4, 2015, and continue through June 20, 2015. All accepted work must remain in the Masur Museum of Art for the entirety of the exhibition.

Art Associates Gallery Call for Exhibit Proposals – Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015
Phone: 337-439-2787
Art Associates of Lake Charles is currently accepting proposals for exhibits to hang in their gallery space located at Central School. All artists working in 2D and 3D work are accepted. A panel composed of representatives from Art Associates of Lake Charles, the Arts Council of SWLA, and the McNeese Visual Arts Department will review submissions. Gallery space is free of charge and the artist receives 100% of sales provided that the individual/organization furnishes delivery and installation of work as well as breakdown and removal of work. A $100 deposit will be required and held until the state of the gallery after the removal of the exhibit is approved.

American Music Board Applications Sought – Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015
Website: www.amvoices.org/ama/apply
American Music Abroad (AMA)’s application round for the 2014-15 season in now open! American Music Abroad is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to the global music scene. Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to embark on month-long, multi-country tours. Ensembles from any characteristically American musical genres, including, but not limited to Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco are welcome to apply. Ensembles will be selected for artistic quality, a strong education and interactive component, and a dedication to cultural engagement. Previous American Music Abroad ensembles have reached audiences in more than 75 countries who had little or no access to live American music.

NextNotes High School Composition Awards – Deadline: Jan. 12, 2015
Website: www.composersforum.org/program/nextnotes
American Composers Forum, is a national non-profit organization that supports composers that recently launched a new, national program for teenage composers of any genre. NextNotes® High School Composition Awards (www.NextNotes.org), provides students with mentorship from professional composers, performance of their composition by professional musicians, a $1000 scholarship and much more. Also, unlike some other programs, it is free to apply for NextNotes. Application Deadline: Monday, January 12, 2015.

Call to Artists: Watercolor Art Society Houston – Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015
Website: www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2008
The 38th Annual International Exhibition, in conjunction with a special 5 day workshop with juror Eric Weigardt, offers artists an unprecedented opportunity to compete at a high level of international artistic talent and ability as well as the chance to view and exhibit work for sale in the WAS-H Gallery in the Houston Museum District for an entire month. Artists may submit up to 3 paintings for consideration in the exhibition; if accepted, only one painting per artist will be chosen. Event Dates: 3/10/15 – 4/9/15.

Battle of Pleasant Hill Poster Contest – Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015
Contact: boph1864@yahoo.com, 318-658-5785
The Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-enactment Committee announces the second annual poster contest to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Pleasant Hill. Any medium may be used to create the poster artwork, and the artwork must include “150th Anniversary” and the date of the actual battle: April 9, 1864. Artist must be willing to give copy rights for the poster artwork that is created to the BOPH committee to be used however the committee wishes.

George Rodrigue Foundation Call for Student Art – Deadline: Feb. 12, 2015
Website: www.rodriguefoundation.org
The George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation are seeking student artwork for their 2015 art contest. Applicants are invited to explore Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. No test score, grade point average or college major requirement is necessary for enter. The contest is open to all juniors and seniors attending public and private schools, home schooled students, and GED students. The winning artist will have the opportunity to collaborate with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts team to design a special poster to be sold at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s free festivals including the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, Congo Square Rhythms Festival, and Fiesta Latina.

Downtown Crawfish Festival Art Contest – Deadline: March 6, 2015
Website: www.downtowncrawfest.com
The Festival, along with Cultural Partner Associated Louisiana Artists Gallery by the Lake, is looking for a few good artists to help celebrate this grand occasion by entering original art work to be possibly chosen as the official 2015 Festival Poster. All entries must be original and conceived by the artist. No copyrighted work, in whole or part, will be accepted. No enhanced digital images will be accepted. Only the lettering of the poster may be digitally done. All artwork applications must include the artist’s name, address, phone number and email. Entries will be accepted Tuesday, March 3rd to Friday, March 6th between 12 and 5 pm at the Gallery by the Lake, 106 West Pryce Street, Lake Charles. For applications, visit Gallery by the Lake at 106 West Pryce Street or go online at www.downtowncrawfest.com. The winning poster will be unveiled at the Press Conference in early April. All entries will also be on display during the SWLA ArtWalk at the Gallery by the Lake for all attendees to see.

Louisiana Artist Roster Accepting Listings
Contact: Danny Belanger at dbelanger@crt.la.gov or 225-342-8209
The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Division of the Arts will support a Louisiana Artist Roster as mechanism to promote performing and visual artists. The purpose of the roster is to support Louisiana artists who want to tour and exhibit statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. It will be used to promote Louisiana’s artists at upcoming local, regional and national events, and other conferences and opportunities throughout the year as they arise. The Louisiana Artist Roster is a listing of Louisiana artists that have professional experience with shows, exhibits, or performances of all genres who are tour-ready and available for statewide, regional, national or international bookings, exhibitions and special events. Artists must complete the online application and will be selected for the roster through a peer review process.

Workshops / Classes / Announcements

Creative Arts Center Available for Lessons & Workshops
Contact: 337-478-1008
Associated Louisiana Artists announces that its Creative Arts Center is available to non-member artists and teachers to conduct lessons and workshops. The CAC is an extension of the Gallery by the Lake at 106 W. Pryce St. It is a specialized teaching center with work tables, audio/visual equipment and an overhead mirror to show tabletop work. Arrangements can be made by calling 436-1008 during gallery hours, noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. An answering machine will take messages during other hours.

Associated Louisiana Artist’s On-Going Art Classes
Contact: 337-478-1008
Join at any time! Professional teachers in watercolors and oils with easel-side individual instruction. Come and enjoy the fellowship and fun in a state of the art facility. All levels of learning are invited. Prices range from $30 to $50 a month. Call 337-478-1008 between 12 and 5 pm Tuesday through Friday, email info@gallerybythelake.com or just come by and visit at 106 W. Pryce Street, in downtown Lake Charles.

Dewey Fine Art Announces Morning Art Classes
Contact: 337-477-0124
Watercolor classes available for beginning and intermediate adult students, the group classes allow for an individually guided pace, while choosing their own subject matter. Covering the basic drawing and perspective techniques in a fun, relaxing environment.

Adult Guitar Classes Open Enrollment
Contact: 337-475-5616
Tina Wing will teach a McNeese Adult Guitar class starting every Tuesday from 7:30 – 8:30PM.

Theatre Training Registration Open for Children
Website: www.childrenstheatre.cc
A wide variety of workshops are available including Stageworks, and Creative Dramatics.

Lake Charles Community Band Open to New Members
Contact: 337-625-5330
The Lake Charles Community Band is welcoming new members. All instruments are needed. Practices are on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 at the Lake Charles Boston Academy Choir Room.

Volunteer & Vendor Needs

Christmas Under the Oaks, Sulphur
Event Date: December 5-6, 2014
Contact: 337-527-4500, mayorsoffice@sulphur.org
The City of Sulphur and the Brimstone Historical Society are seeking food vendors for this year’s Christmas Under the Oaks event. Vendors are responsible for setting up and tearing down all units they operate at event. Vendors need to provide all equipment, including extension cords and hose. If electricity is required, a $25 feet will be collected. Festival hours are Friday, Dec. 5, 5-10pm and Saturday, Dec. 6, 12-10pm.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans – Deadline: Dec. 2, 2014
Event Date: April 24–May 3, 2015
Contact: 504-410-4100
The Festival is accepting vendor applications from artists and craftspeople. The festival will once again showcase three unique craft areas: Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, and Louisiana Marketplace. To apply, visit www.nojazzfest.com. Application fee is $30 and the deadline to apply is Dec. 2, 2014. Festival dates are April 24 through May 3, 2015.

Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, TX – Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015
Event Date: May 2-3, 2015
Website: www.cottonwoodartfestival.com
Cottonwood Art Festival is located in Richardson, Texas where artists exhibit their work among towering oaks with lakeside beauty. Cottonwood continues to uphold its reputation as a first rate show. 2015 marks the 46th anniversary for this event. Sponsored by The City of Richardson, Cottonwood Art Festival is a showcase for a large variety of fine art and fine craft and provides our patrons with the opportunity to meet and talk with the artist who created the work. Live entertainment, a Friday night gala for the artists and guests, a children’s art area and much more.

Essence Festival Arts Marketplace, New Orleans – Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015
Event Date: July 2-5, 2015
Website: www.essence.com/festival/marketing/vendor-application-2015
The 2015 Essence Festival will feature a large variety of hand crafted art/crafts, the best New Orleans & southern cuisine, and a robust group of community, education and health service organizations providing information on how you can engage, impact and service your community and improve your life. New this year, multi-month promotions of vendor listing in Essence Magazine and EssenceFestival.com, potential to advertise on Essence Magazine and EssenceFestival.com channel at a vendor rate.

Area Farmers Market Seeking Art Vendors (Ongoing)
Website: www.cashandcarryfarmersmarket.com, www.cityoflakecharles.com
The Charlestown Farmers Market and the Cash & Carry Farmers Markers are seeking art vendors. The Charlestown Farmers Market takes place each Saturday from 8AM – 12Noon on Bilbo Street behind Historic City Hall. The Cash & Carry Farmers Market features local art and hand-crafted items on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4pm-6pm at 801 Enterprise Blvd in Lake Charles.

Funding Opportunities & Residencies

The Big Read Accepting Applications – Deadline: Jan. 28, 2015
Website: www.neabigread.org
The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet. Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library.

Glacier National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program – Deadline: Jan. 31, 2015
Website: www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2192
The purpose of Glacier National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program is to stimulate and foster the artistic exploration of this natural and cultural treasure and to share the artist’s inspiration with the public through educational programs. In this manner, contemporary artists can continue to explore the concepts first contemplated by earlier artists and inspire others through their artistic endeavors. Dates for the Artist-in-Residence sessions: June 1 -29, 2015; July 6 – August 3, 2015; August 31 – September 27, 2015; October 5 – November 2, 2015.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grants – Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015
Website: www.ddcf.org
Through its Fund for National Projects, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awards up to $1 million in grants annually in support of national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting arts, and/or theater fields. Specifically, the fund supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the nonprofit performing arts, as well as those that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. Eligible projects engage a broad constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field, including research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists. Grant amounts will range between $60,000 and $200,000, and may not exceed 40 percent of the total project cost.

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency Program – Deadline: March 15, 2015
Website: www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=2095
The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency provides artists from around the world seven weeks of time and space in the desert environment surrounding Joshua Tree National Park. Open to painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians. The residency bestows each artist with a place to live, a full studio to work in and a stipend to offset travel costs. Visual artists (including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, protography, installation, new media and video, shall provide 4-6 images (or no more than two short videos). Language arts (including fiction, non-fiction, theatre/film and poetry) shall include no more than 20 pages of material. Musicians and composers provide two scores and two music files for listening. Application fee is $35.

Free Swim Soup Now Accepting Proposals for Microgrants
Website: www.freeswim.org
Free Swim SOUP is now accepting ideas for its next SOUP, a community dinner celebrating creative projects in Southwest Louisiana. Four ideas will be presented ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurship, education, technology, etc. Each presenter has fifteen minutes to share his or her idea and then field questions from the diners. Anyone in the Lake Charles community, as well as the Five Parish Area, is eligible to submit a proposal. If you have an idea for a community-minded project, or your business, non-profit, club, or organization requires monetary assistance to realize a goal, Free Swim SOUP can help provide funding with microgrants from $50 up to $1000 (depending on attendance and donation amounts).

New Orleans Theatre Association – Grant Applications Accepted Quarterly
Website: www.neworleanstheatreassociation.com
Grants are available for any arts-related endeavors, but are particularly aimed at schools and educational institutes that are active in the performing arts, including music, drama, and dance, as well as related areas such as acting, directing, writing, and producing. Most grants will fall in the range of $500 to $5,000 but other amounts are available and there is no preset maximum amount.

New England Foundation for the Arts
Website: www.nefa.org/grants_programs/grants/national_native_artist_exchange_grant
The New England Foundation for the Arts is accepting proposals for its Native American Artists Exchange Program, which supports an exchange of ideas between two Native American artists from different regions.

National Endowment for the Arts
Website: www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/research-art-works
The National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research and Analysis is accepting applications for Research: Art Works, which supports research that investigates the value of the US arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts on other domains of American Life.

Pollination Project
Website: www.thepollinationproject.org/applicantinformatio/funding-guidelines
The Pollination Project invites applications from social entrepreneurs for seed grants of up to $1,000, which will be awarded to individuals for projects in the early stages of development that promote compassion toward all life, justice, community health and wellness, and social change-oriented arts and culture.

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