National Endowment for the Arts 2015 Funding Guidelines Posted


Arts Works and Challenge America Have February, April, and July 2015 Deadlines

Guidelines and application materials for two National Endowment for the Arts funding categories have been posted on the NEA’s website. The 2015 Art Works and Challenge America programs support projects anticipated to take place beginning in 2016. Any non-profit 501(c)3 organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community with at least a three year programming history is eligible to apply for project-based support through these two programs. Together, Art Works and Challenge America constitute approximately 75 percent of the NEA’s annual direct grantmaking (exclusive of state and regional partnership agreements).


Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. In fiscal year 2014, the NEA supported 1799 grants totaling $49.4 million through Art Works. The deadlines for Art Works applications are February 19 and July 23, 2015 depending on the artistic discipline and/or type of project for which an organization seeks support.

Challenge Americaoffers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. In fiscal year 2014, Challenge America funded 147 grants totaling $1.47 million. The deadline for Challenge America is April 16, 2015.

Guidelines and application materials are in the Apply for a Grant section of the NEA website.


To see the kinds of projects supported through these two categories, go to the Recent Grants sectionof the NEA website. 


In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works and Challenge America funding categories, including how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

The Art Works webinar is scheduled for January 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Challenge America session will be on March 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET. To sign up for either or both webinars, go to the webinar section of the NEA website.

Both webinars will be archived shortly after each event and posted on theNEA website in the webinar section.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at


Posted in Art in DC, Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 21

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

DCACThe 2nd Annual Christmahanukwanzakah Special
DCAC. Sat.
The Capital City Showcase is the variety show featuring the best comedians, musicians, and performing artists in the DMV!


YearEndGroupShowYear-End Group Show
Gallery plan b.
30+ artists both familiar gallery favorites plus a few new ones showing a variety of styles, sizes, and mediums. Great for holiday gift giving or treasures for yourself.


Holiday CheerHoliday Cheer
Various locations. Thru Jan 4, 2015
Plan your Holiday Celebrations in Metro DC with With more than 100 events ranging from the traditional Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and Vienna Boys Choir…to the offbeat A Kodakachrome Christmas….and everything in between (including Santa’s Fly-In and Mrs. Claus Tea), you’ll find plenty to keep you, your friends and your family entertained this Holiday Season with Holiday Cheer at

CultureCapital. Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

Posted in Art in DC, Artists, Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

NEA Alert: Upcoming funding initiative to celebrate the arts and National Parks — ” Imagine your Parks”


“Imagine Your Parks” is a new grant initiative created in partnership by the NEA and the National Park Service to celebrate the intersections between the two agencies in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016. “Imagine Your Parks” will provide an anticipated $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to connect people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.

“Imagine Your Parks” is funded through the NEA Art Works grant category. New Art Works grant guidelines are available at . Projects in all art disciplines are eligible for consideration for the “Imagine Your Parks” funding. Prospective grantees can join a January 21 webinar to learn about Art Works applications and guidelines, including the “Imagine Your Parks” opportunity.

We will be announcing this formally to the media in January, but for the time being, please share with your communities that may be interested in applying for this grant.

Posted in Calls to Artists, Grants | Tagged | Leave a comment

CulturalDC’s Source Festival Announces Full-Length Line-Up and Open Call for 10-Minute Scripts



CulturalDC is pleased to announce the Source Festival 2015 Full-Length Play Line-up and Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions. The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 5-28, 2015.

The 2015 Source Festival will include Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen (Illinois Arts Council Fellowship winner), The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot (KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner) and (a love story) by Kelly Lusk (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest finalist.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates connected to these works.

Playwrights are invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2015 themes are:

  • Science & Soulmates: Seeking plays that address the juxtaposition of the mind and the
  • Mistakes & Media: Seeking plays that address the constant news cycle of our contemporary society and the perils of living in this digital
  • Love & Botany: Seeking plays that explore nature AND nurture from a distinctive Your play must include flora and infatuation.

Be it physics, chemistry, biology or astronomy, your play must examine true love and the knowledge of the natural world based on experiments and observation.

The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2015. The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2015. For submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit


image009Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen

A gifted astrophysicist and a rebellious chocolatier fall in love – only to be torn apart by a senseless tragedy. Lisa abandons her astrophysics dissertation to solve an even larger problem: finding the mathematical formula that will bring Clarissa back to her. Lisa’s world of numbers and equations is increasingly intruded upon by Clarissa’s world of fairytales, magic, and dreams. In their desperate search to find each other, are they willing to rip apart the fabric of the universe itself?

Rebecca Bossen suffers permanent neck strain due to the number of hats she wears as playwright, actor, voice coach, and new mom; luckily, she is also a certified yoga instructor. Writing credits include: Lady of the Lake (Kentucky Arts Festival); 27 (Emergence Theatre); readings with Inkwell Theatre (Delilah Lee, Blue Straggler) Chicago Dramatists (including Shards of Light, From the Forest, and Blue Straggler) and Burning Coal Theatre (Blue Straggler). She has also written for several 10-minute play festivals. She received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant for her play From      the Forest (now titled The Deepest Dark). She is a Burning Coal Theatre company member and proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

image011The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot

Benjamin Harding has just committed the most devastating act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11. Sitting in custody, he makes a strange request – he wants to write poetry. Desperate for information, the FBI permits it, and soon, Benjamin’s work becomes a national sensation and obsession, leading every news broadcast all over the world. Caught in the middle is Elizabeth Martes-Coffey, a young poet and performer from the Bronx whom Benjamin requested specifically to perform his work. As Lizzy attempts to cope with her sudden celebrity, the FBI begins to slowly realize that a second attack may be imminent. Part mystery, part drama, part indictment of modern media, The Word and the Wasteland is a play for our time.

Timothy Guillot is a playwright and composer from Washington, DC. His plays, musicals, and original compositions have been read and performed all over the US and Europe. His work has previously been seen at Center Theatre Group, Alliance Theatre, The Lark Playwrights’ Center, Imagination Stage, Yale Cabaret, Forum Theatre, the Mead Theatre Lab, Source Festival, Capital Fringe Festival, and many others. This fall, Tell

Tale Hearts Theatre Company will be touring Inside Out across Europe, a children’s play for which he composed original music. He is the 2011 recipient of the KCACTF Musical Theatre Award, and a previous finalist the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards, and the nuVoices Festival. His most recent musical, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs: The Musical, had a critically- acclaimed run at Capital Fringe 2013. Said Elliot Lanes of Maryland Theatre Guide, “Tim Guillot is a triple threat… this is one talented writer.” Tim lives next to Pentagon City and is the co-founder of Junesong. Learn more at

image013(a love story) by Kelly Lusk

It starts off as a completely normal day in this small town. Then somebody falls in love. And everything falls apart. (a love story) tells the story of three couples set out determined to love each other in ways they’ve never dreamed of. But can you fall in love if you don’t even know what love is? We’re told everyday in songs and movies and books what it means to be in love, but it’s not until you are in the depths of it that you realize

that maybe this isn’t what you wanted. And you want out. Or perhaps it is exactly what you wanted. And you want more. But what happens when you love that person more than they love you… or they love you more than you love them…

Kelly Lusk is a playwright who recently completed his MFA in playwriting at Indiana University. His play, (a love story), was selected as a participant in NNPN’s 2013 MFA workshop at the Kennedy Center (Dir. Tina Parker) and was a part of Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s Playfest! (a love story) has been chosen to be produced as part of University of Central Florida’s 2014-2015 mainstage season. Recently he was just named a Core Apprentice at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis for the 2014-2015 year under the mentorship of Chicago playwright, Phillip Dawkins. Lusk’s ten minute Play, Space, was chosen as a finalist for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest and the Heideman Award. His newest play, king oedipus, was recently produced at The John Waldron Arts Center in the fall of 2015 (dir. Paul Daily).


Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 24 new works—three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its 8th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the city’s directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play Splinters, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival 2013) won 2013 Steinberg Award. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision.

In 2011, the Festival deepened its engagement with playwrights by inaugurating a script development weekend. The annual three-day workshop unites playwrights, dramaturges, actors and designers to further develop the three full-length plays featured each summer. In 2012, Source Festival launched a mentorship program wherein seasoned directors mentor early and mid-career 10-Minute Play directors. The 2013 Festival pioneered an undergraduate internship program for aspiring designers and producers. The 2014 Festival united the long-form, short-form and devised work interconnected themes.

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Washington Gas, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, VOA Associates Inc., Susan and Dixon Butler, Sorg Associates, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, The Buzzuto Group, Dramatists Guild of America, PEPCO, Bognet Construction, Victor Shargai, Bank of America, Marvin, Busboys and Poets & Eatonville Restaurant, Washington City Paper. Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

Posted in Art in DC, Calls to Artists, Events | Tagged | 1 Comment

Our annual celebration of Zora’s birthday!


Hurston Wright Foundation
840 First Street N.E., Third Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Posted in Art in DC, Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Call to Artists – BlackRock Center for the Arts Call for Entries

image001The BlackRock Call for Entries for 2016 Gallery Exhibition Proposals is now open. We encourage artists, curators, and coordinators for artist groups, art collectives and arts organizations— who live in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia — to apply. The deadline is December 19, 2014.

New this year … Online Submissions! (Powered by Submittable)

Call for Entries: 2016 Gallery Exhibition Proposals

BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD)

Entry Fee: $35

BlackRock Center for the Arts is currently accepting proposals for solo, themed and group exhibitions to be presented in 2016. Visual artists, independent curators, and coordinators of artist collectives and arts organizations who reside in Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia are encouraged to submit Exhibition Proposals. BlackRock hosts monthly gallery exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and established artist working in all media. Proposals will be reviewed by the following panel of three jurors: Jeffry Cudlin, Helen Frederick and Andrea Pollan. The Deadline for submission is Friday, December 19, 2014.

To view the full Prospectus and submit entries online, please

You are receiving this message because you signed up to have your email address added to our Call for Entries List. We will send future notices when we have new opportunities.

We appreciate your interest and continued support for the galleries at BlackRock Center for the Arts.


Posted in Art in DC, Calls to Artists, Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

WillDowningWill Downing
Howard Theatre. Fri. & Sat.
Downing is known in the contemporary jazz and R&B music genres for his rich baritone vocals, and his interpretations of R&B and pop classics that stretch back to the early 1980s.

OutOfBoundsOut of Bounds
Neptune Fine Art Gallery.
Exhibition featuring nine American artists in diverse media with independent and exciting visions. Each artist reflects unique artistic and cultural influences departing from representation to explore and explode – color, line, form and composition.

Holiday CheerHoliday Cheer
Various locations. Thru Jan 4, 2015
Plan your Holiday Celebrations in Metro DC with With more than 100 events ranging from the traditional Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and Vienna Boys Choir…to the offbeat A Kodakachrome Christmas….and everything in between (including Santa’s Fly-In and Mrs. Claus Tea), you’ll find plenty to keep you, your friends and your family entertained this Holiday Season with Holiday Cheer at

CultureCapital. Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

Posted in Art in DC, Events | Leave a comment

Hurston/Wright Foundation 2015 Weekend Writing Workshops


Ends on 1/2/2015

Open to Black writers published and unpublished. For the Historical Fantasy and Fiction workshops include a brief biographical cover letter and up to 15 pages of narrative, double spaced and 12 font. submit the writing sample as a word document. INCLUDE THE WORKSHOP YOU ARE APPLYING to IN YOUR COVER LETTER:  Sci-Fi/ Historical Fiction and Fantasy with David Anthony Durham   OR Fiction  with Mitchell Jackson

For the Screenplay workshop submit ONLY in your cover letter:

Include Screenplay Workshop application in the letter . A two or three sentence description of the screenplay you want to write; the names of one or two movies you feel are similar to the script you want to write in tone, subject matter and genre; a brief essay of  no more than three paragraphs about why you want to write this story, the main characters, the themes the location and situation. What is it about this story idea that excites you?

PLEASE NOTE:  Successful applicants are accepted on a ROLLING ADMISSIONS BASIS. Although submissions are accepted through JANUARY 2, 2015, the workshops may fill before that date so you are advised to submit your application early. Workshop size 10-12.

Posted in Art in DC, Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Through A Lens Darkly Premiere – Digital Diaspora


Opens December 12 at West End Cinema in Washington DC

First Run Features is proud to present the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action.

The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow is an interactive project that ties-in with the film. For more details, go to 

“Extraordinary …a master class in visual literacy.”

-Mia Trams, Time Magazine

“CRITIC’S PICK! Absorbing… [Harris] is a wise and passionate guide to an inexhaustibly fascinating subject.”

- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY (2013, 92 mins.) Directed by Thomas Allen Harris. Inspired by the book Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis. Produced by Harris, Willis, Ann Bennett, and Don Perry. Executive producers: John Singleton and Kimberley Steward. Written by Harris, Perry and Paul Carter Harrison. Cinematography: Martina Radwan. Editors: K.A. Miille and Matthew Cohn. Music: Vernon Reid and Miles Jay. USA. A First Run Features release.

For downloadable key art, publicity stills and press notes visit:


Winston-Salem, NC. Dec 5-11th

A/perture Cinema


Boston, MA. Dec 7, 18, 21, 27 & 28

Institute of Contemporary Art


Tulsa, OK. Opens Dec 26

Circle Cinema


Wellfleet, MA. Jan 10 ONE NIGHT ONLY

Wellfleet Preservation Hall


St. Petersburg, FL. Jan 29 ONE NIGHT ONLY

Museum of Fine Arts

Posted in Art in DC, Events | Leave a comment

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Proposals for Collaborative Performing Arts Tours

mid-atlanticartsArtsCONNECT, a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, is accepting proposals for projects that increase access to live performing arts engagements across the mid-Atlantic region, especially in underserved communities. The program is interested in fostering the sharing of information, experiences, and resources among presenters to build strong networks for future presentations.

The program provides support for projects in which at least three performing arts presenters from two different states work collaboratively to present a touring solo artist or ensemble. The tours include performances as well as activities such as artist discussions, lecture demonstrations, master classes, and workshops designed to build greater appreciation for the work of the touring artist or ensemble. The program is also designed to develop and deepen relationships among the region’s presenters in order to build a more sustainable touring environment for professional performing artists.

Grant amounts will range from $1,000 to $10,000, except for projects that include the commissioning of newwork, in which case grants may range up to $15,000. Grants are made directly to each presenter in a consortium whose project has been approved for support.

ArtsCONNECT supports projects that are conceived and developed collaboratively by consortia of presenters from within the mid-Atlantic region. All presenters participating in a consortium must be based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia. Applicants must be designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization or be a unit of state or local government. In addition, projects must feature professional performing artists who have at least two years of touring experience.

Informational webinars will be held on December 10, 2014; January 22, 2015; and February 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

See the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation website for complete eligibility and application guidelines as well as an archive of past grants.

Link to Complete RFP

Posted in Artists, Grants | Tagged | Leave a comment