by Springboard for the Arts   April 10, 2003

Updated Opportunities and Deadlines Listing for April, 2003.

Springboard for the Arts helps artists and other self-employed creative people develop careers and find audiences for their work. We collect and distribute resources, make referrals to attorneys, accountants and other professional services artists can access at no or low cost. We present workshops on topics related to making a living from your artistic output and we conduct individual consultations.

Springboard administers the Job Book of full and part-time work opportunities in the arts; the Artist Loan Fund- a low interest, flexible revolving loan fund that helps artists finance their sole proprietor businesses; the Emergency Relief Fund that helps artists recover from unforeseen career-threatening circumstances.

With the Minnesota State Arts Board we publish books on exhibition spaces for visual artists, performance and rehearsal spaces for performing artists and public and private funding opportunities for all Minnesota artists.

With we provide a regularly updated listing of opportunities for artists that includes grant descriptions and deadlines, calls for artists, audition announcements, juried shows, etc.

We are the first, best place to go if you are considering a career in the arts, and we provide on-going resources and assistance for artists at all stages of their careers.


1. DEADLINE: Ongoing
The Anderson Center, P.O. Box 406, Red Wing, MN 55066; phone: 651-388-2009
Calls for all Minnesota artists and writers: currently accepting applications for emerging artists from Minnesota for the months of May through October 2003. Available Residency Fellowships of 2 weeks to 1 month; room, board, and quiet workspace. For more information call or write to the above address. E-mail:

2. DEADLINE: Ongoing
Minnesota Literature wants essays that express opinions on literary issues and questions, or profile interesting events or personalities. Essays should be written in firsthand experience or knowledge of seminal events, programs, personalities, etc. Length up to 900 words, payment $50. Mail to 1387 Berkeley Ave, St. Paul, 55105; or email to

3. DEADLINE: April 18, 2003
The Loft, (612) 215-2575
The Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose invites applicants. This program offers professional development opportunities for 12 writers who will work intensively with sex nationally acclaimed writers. Deadline for application is Friday, April 18, 2003. For more information call or visit website

4. DEADLINE: May 15, 2003 (postmark)
The Cave Canem Poetry Prize 2003
Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., P.O.Box 4286, Charlottesville, VA 22905-4286
This prize is a first book award for African American poets who have not been published by a professional press. The winner receives $55, publication by University of Georgia Press, 50 copies, and a reading with judge Quincy Troupe. Deadline: Postmarked by May 15, 2003. Send two copies of manuscript to the above address.

5. DEADLINE: May 26, 2003 (postmark)
The Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award 2003
2003 Tamarack Award, Minnesota Monthly
600 U.S. Trust Bldg, 730 2nd Ave S. Mpls, MN 55402
This is an annual prize for short fiction that is open to residents of MN, ND, SD, IA, WI and MI. Winners receive an honorarium, publication in the November 2003 issue, and are honored at a special celebration. Entries must be original, unpublished fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words, no name on manuscript. Deadline: postmarked by May 26, 2003.


1. DEADLINE: April 18, 2003
Twin Cities Fine Craft Market 2003
Minnesota Crafts Council, 528 Hennepin Ave. #216, Minneapolis, MN 55403 The 18th annual juried indoor sale of over 125 fine art craft artists is calling for entry. Artists working in fiber, metal, clay, glass, wood, and mixed media are eligible to apply. Media in the Fine Arts Building will be fiber and/or metal including weaving, surface design, beading, quilting, knitting, embroidery, basketry, handmade paper, leather, enamel, holloware, fabrication, casting, forging, and other related techniques. Media in the Progress Center will be clay, glass, wook and metal sculpture, or furniture. All works must be original by the applying artist, all proceeds go to the applying artist. April 18th call for entry postmark. To request an application contact the Minnesota Crafts Council.


2. DEADLINE: Ongoing
Guitarists or Small Acoustic Ensembles Wanted
Dakota County seeks guitarists to perform in an intimate café-style surrounding. Some original material preferred. Payment dependent on attendance. Call Dan at (952) 423-2781.

3. DEADLINE: May 1, 2003
Demo Review and Panel Contest
Presented by the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy in partnership with ASCAP and Musictech College

Unsigned artists are invited to submit their demos to be reviewed by a panel of experts, with the top 10 submissions being critiqued before the audience. A winner and two runners-up will be awarded prize packages. The evening will also include an informational panel on marketing and promotion as well as the pre-event reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

5:00-6:00PM Networking Reception
6:00-9:00PM Panel and Contest
At First Avenue, 701 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

$10 Recording Academy/ASCAP members per submission
$15 non-members per submission
$30 band rate for 3 or more to attend

For an entry form and list of contest rules or for additional information, please go to or contact the Chicago Chapter at 312-786-1121 or

4. DEADLINE: May 2, 2003
MPMF Announces Opening of Registration for 2003 The Midpoint Music Festival, last year's successful three-day independent music showcase and industry conference is back for it's second year. Over 150 bands and solo artists and close to 10,000 music fans attended last year's showcases and industry seminars in Greater Cincinnati.

This year's Festival takes place September 24-27, 2003.

The artist submission process begins Friday, January 31st.

A new MPMF website will also make its debut on Friday, January 31, offering many new features, including a streamlined registration and application process. Artists may submit their application for an opportunity to showcase at this year's Festival beginning Friday, January 31. Bands and solo artists of all genres are encouraged to apply. Applicants must register online ( in order to submit. Registration remains at $20 for all entries (Visa/MC accepted). Online registration will end Friday, April 25.The artist notification process will begin in late June. Showcases and time slots will be announced shortly thereafter. For additional information, send e-mail to or go to


1. DEADLINE: One month before each opening
The Landscape Arboretum is hosting its first large traveling art exhibit May 3 - September 28, 2003. This wonderful exhibit has travelled nationally. The artist, from Long Island, has exhibited at places as diverse as the National Arboretum in Washington DC. and Epcot in Orlando. These are gigantic wooden sculptures that are previewing at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Home and Garden Show. As part of the exhibit, we are doing monthly art exhibit/contests with artists vying for a $250 first place prize each month. Children's work will be represented in May; in June artwork that includes insects as part of the focus; In July photography, and in August textiles and 3-D works of art.

We would like to extend the invitation to artists in the region to participate. For more information, contact:
J. Marmon Stevens, Event Coordinator
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chanhassen, MN 55317

2. DEADLINE: Ongoing
The Garden of Eden Artworks Gallery
The Garden of Eden Artworks Gallery, in the Rossmor Building, downtown, Saint Paul is looking for art work to display and sell. This is actually the sanctuary for Calvary Chapel St. Paul, but we are looking to fill up the entire back wall with artwork. Artists can sell their artwork and receive all money.

Artists can contact: Danielle Dinger at
or by leaving a msg at Calvary Chapel, 651-291-7140

3. DEADLINE: April 21, 2003 5:00PM
Summer 2003 Public Art Project
Request for Qualifications

The Neighborhood Learning Community (NLC) is a project of community organizations, families, and individuals to improve learning for families and children on the West Side of St. Paul, a unique and diverse neighborhood near the Mississippi River with a strong immigrant tradition. The NLC aims to improve learning by creating a culture of learning. To do this, we intend to build meaningful relationships across generations and ethnic groups; to highlight existing, invisible learning resources and generate new ones; and to develop peoples' capacity to see themselves as contributing, creative members of their families, neighborhood, and, more broadly, our society. In order to achieve a culture of learning, the NLC has constructed a theory of change. This theory of change is based on the premise that improving learning for children requires a culture rich in learning opportunities, contexts, and expectations. If children are in spaces where learning is promoted for all, then children's engagement in learning will be validated, reinforced, and strengthened. Consequently, a goal of the NLC is a paradigm shift so that children and adults are more engaged in the co-creation of learning programs. To help people develop identities of co-creators rather than observers and consumers, leadership development and creative experimentation among all community members is key. Within this framework, the NLC is sponsoring a public art project on the West Side. Our aim is to involve community members in a project that promotes a culture of learning.

Project Description
The NLC sees the Summer 2003 Project as a pilot project for future public art projects in different parts of the West Side, and we would like to build on this project's process. The specific NLC priority for the project is to promote site use and interaction by diverse peoples. The process and product should, in addition to being a learning opportunity, promote a broad understanding of informal learning. The NLC will identify community groups to work with the artist and facilitate the groups' involvement in the project. We are looking for an artist who will embrace community involvement and help to build community for participants.

There is a strong tradition of murals on the West Side. The NLC would like this project to reflect other artistic traditions in the community. Although the site is not finalized, the final project should be site specific in themes and materials, communicate a sense of "West Side," reflect the stories of local stakeholders, and be made of materials appropriate for the space use and the Minnesota climate. Finally, we expect the project to culminate in an installation or dedication celebration that brings the community together. Currently, there are several sites on the West Side being considered. RFQs are being solicited without a final site, and applicants will be notified of the project site once it is finalized. In the sites we are looking at, the actual plot of land to be utilized for the project will be an open space of 10 feet by 10 feet. We expect the process and project to continue through the summer and into September if necessary. The permanent piece will become property of the site owner once installed. The NLC has committed seed money to the project and other fundraising is underway. The selected artist will receive between $7000-$16,000, depending on fundraising, for the artist fee and for art materials and installation costs. The NLC will pay for all other costs, such as supplies for community involvement, studio space, insurance, signage, etc. The chosen artist will need to keep this potential funding range in mind in proposing involvement in the project. We understand that the amount of time the artist could spend on the project and the materials used would depend upon this funding. We hope to give finalists a better idea of the funding range before final interviews, and all contracts will be finalized by June 1.

RFQ Requirements
To be considered, please submit:
-A letter describing your approach to the project (working with a community, project medium, etc.)
-A resume or summary of your experience on similar projects
-Up to eight slides or photographs of previous projects
Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like materials returned.

Selection Criteria
-Artist's demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities
-Quality of work samples
-Artist's demonstrated understanding of NLC project priorities

All applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the site and community. The NLC hopes to be able to show applicants the final site at the informational meeting at 3pm on April 11th at Neighborhood House, which is located at the address listed below. Please contact Derek Johnson,, (651) 789-2531 with any questions.

Announcement of opportunity March 17
Informational Meeting April 11-3pm at address below
Deadline for receipt of materials April 21-5pm
Finalist interviews with panel April 26
Artist selected and notified April 30
Project Period Summer 2003
Final date for project installation September 30

Please deliver all materials by 5pm on Monday, April 21st to:
Neighborhood Learning Community
Attn: Derek Johnson
179 Robie Street East
St. Paul, MN 55107

4. DEADLINE: Ogoing
Hope Church in Richfield is looking for artists to display about twenty paintings for two month periods. Good display area and help to hang. Contact Agnes Fine at (952) 881-4407.

Washburn Museum, Washburn, WI
12" x12" International Art Show April 1-30. $10 entry fee, the theme is Earth, Wind, and Fire. To enter contact Karen Maki at 715-373-0156.

5. DEADLINE: May 30, 2003
Mighty Midwest Biennial - Call for Entries
New Visions Gallery, Inc. is a not-for-profit community museum that exists to promote public awareness of the visual arts. To accomplish this mission, New Visions organizes or obtains 8-10 exhibits per year, acquires and cares for a permanent collection and offers educational opportunities for the public. Since 1975, New Visions has operated a 1500 square foot gallery in the lobby of Marshfield Clinic. The space is donated by the Clinic and is a secure exhibition gallery used solely for the purpose of exhibiting art.

The Mighty Midwest Biennial II is organized to continue our committment to the vitality of the art of the region and to provide an exhibition venue for contemporary artists working in the Midwest.

Exhibit Dates: September 8-October 10, 2003
Opening Celebration and Awards Presentation: Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 6-8:30PM
Entry Form and Slides Due: May 30, 2003
Notification of Acceptance: July 14, 2003
Actual Work to Arrive: Sept. 2-5, 2003
Return of Work: October 20-23, 2003

For application form or if you have questions please call 715-387-5562 or email at

6. DEADLINE: June 16, 2003
Nevada Arts Council
716 N. Carson Street, Suite A, Carson City, NV 89701 Phone (775) 687-6680
Would you like to participate in an Artist in Residency Program in Nevada? Professional artists living in and outside of Nevada are sought to work in schools and communities throughout Nevada --as well as in their own studios-- as part of the AIR (Artist in Residency) Roster: 2005-2006. Eligible disciplines include literature, dance, folk arts, music, storytelling, theater, design, visual arts, media/film, and interdisciplinary arts. During a residency, an artist provides 20 hours per week of hands-on activities for students, teachers, and community members/settings . The remaining twenty hours of the week are spent working on the artists' own work in the studio. Currently AIR artists are paid $625 per week for the residency and receive reimbursements for travel expenses. Postmark deadline is June 16, 2003.


1. DEADLINE: May 12, 2003
Dale Warland Singers Auditions
The Dale Warland Singers is seeking singers for paid positions in all vocal ranges for the 2003-2004 concert season. Celebrating 31 years of choral excellence, the 40 voice Dale Warland Singers is one of the world's premiere professional choral ensembles. During the 2003-2004 season, the Dale Warland Singers will present several subscription concerts, pursue an active touring and recording schedule and further its commitment to commissioning new music through the Choral Ventures program.

Preliminary Auditions: (By appointment only)
Friday, May 16, 2003 2-10PM
Saturday, May 17, 2003 9AM-5PM
Friday, May 30, 2003 2-10PM
Saturday, May 31, 2003 9AM-5PM

Recall Auditions:
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Thursday, June 12, 2003

To be considered for an audition, please mail, email or fax musical resumes including voice part, education background (schools, teachers, coaches), performance experience, current repertoire, address, phone, email address by Monday, May 12, 2003.
Dale Warland Singers
Attn: Auditions
2300 Myrtle Ave. Suite 120
St. Paul, MN 55114
Fax: 651-632-5873
Tele: 651-632-5870


1. Save America's Treasures Grants
Applications for the 2003 Federal Save America's Treasures Grants are now being accepted. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historical sites and structures. Intellectual and cultural artifacts include artifacts, collections, documents, sculptures and works of art. Historic structures and sites include historic buildings, districts, sites, buildings and objects. A Federal Save America's Treasures Grant requires a dollar-for-dollar non-federal match, which can be cash or donated services. More information is available at

1. NYFA Source
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to announce the launch of NYFA Source, the nation's most extensive database of awards, services, and publications for artists of all disciplines. NYFA Source identifies more than 2,700 awards, 2,100 services, 800 publications for artists in the disciplines of dance, music, folk/traditional, theater, performance art, visual, design, media and literary arts. An easy-to-use search engine allows users to narrow queries by discipline, location, gender, career point, application deadline, program name, and more. FFI: Artists, funders, arts organizations, and the general public can access NYFA Source for free at

This list requires one to register with the web organization, which takes a few minutes. However, access to the list is free, and other email options are available for artist resource information.


1. WomenVenture - Step Into the Marketplace
A unique opportunity for artists, crafts people & small business owners! Earn while you learn valuable tips for successful product sales at arts, crafts and trade shows.

Part I: Step into the Marketplace Workshop
** Thursday, March 27, 2003, 6-9 pm
Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
Learn valuable information on:
- Show logistics, mechanics, and hidden costs
- Marketing materials
- Merchandise pricing and mix
- Selling: How to energize your customers
- Displaying your wares

Part 2: Step into the Marketplace Sales Experience
**Saturday & Sunday, April 5-6, 2003 (Saturday, 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday, noon - 6 pm)
Put your new skills to the test while selling your merchandise at Artistreet, Calhoun Square's weekend retail marketplace. Sign up now-Artistreet space is limited to 12 participants.

Cost: $100 *
Includes workshop and vendor space (workshop only: $50.00)
* This valuable opportunity is also a fundraiser for WomenVenture. Participants will be asked to return 20% of their sales (tax deductible) to WomenVenture to help support ongoing programs and services.

"Step into the Marketplace" is a collaboration between WomenVenture, the Minnesota HomeBased Entrepreneurs Association and Artistreet at Calhoun Square.

To register & for more information contact:
Monica Romero
651-251-0723 /