This page is updated regularly with tools and resources to ensure that independent artists and freelance creatives have the support they need.
If you know of resources that need to be added to this page, send them to Kennita Hickman at khickman [at] imaginemke.org.
OPPORTUNITIES | SHORT-TERM PROJECTS
Arts@Large Music Series
Date opportunity closes: April 16, 2021
Arts@Large is seeking music acts for our Music Under The Stars Summer Concert Series! Shows will be held outdoors at Paliafito Eco-Arts Park and will be held on Fridays from 7PM-9PM. Performances will be broken by two 45-minute sets with a 15-minute intermission. A table will be provided for your merch but acts must provide a seller.
The Kintsugi Spirit
Date opportunity closes: April 30, 2021
Calling all artists!
Poetically translated to “golden repair,” kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Consider how your art and art-making process can use kintsugi as an approach to individual or collective healing, and explore how your art can be shared using video in an innovative way.
All U.S.-based artists who are eligible to work in the United States. Artists across all creative disciplines are welcome, including, but not limited to: music, dance, theater, comedy, visual art, essays, poetry, video art, etc.
BLACKOUT Anthology for visual artists, authors, poets
Date opportunity closes: May 9, 2021
This anthology is a collaboration between Genre: Urban Arts and 5 Points Art Gallery + Studios, both Black women owned organizations coming together in friendship, sisterhood, and business to curate and drop an arts anthology entitled BLACKOUT.
BLACKOUT will be released on July 2, 2021 to coincide with the This Is America exhibition at 5 Points Art Gallery + Studios in Milwaukee, WI. This Is America is an annual exhibition featuring artists of color, demonstrating through visual art, their perspectives on what is America.
For more information or to submit work: Click here
Interested in having your music featured on a podcast?
Black Imagination podcast hosted by Antoine Carter and Kennita Hickman are looking for Milwaukee music for to play during the show. We'd love instrumentals and full songs (instrumental and vocals). All genres are welcome.
Email us at ACarter@imaginemke.org OR KHickman@imaginemke.org and use PODCAST MUSIC in the subject line
OPPORTUNITIES | FELLOWSHIPS/RESIDENCIES
Black Box Fund
Date opportunity closes: April 16, 2021
Black Box Fund is accepting entries for “Out of the Box”, a six-week-long summer event series from Sunday, June 20, 2021 through Sunday, August 1, 2021. The series will feature an art installation REbirth by the Italian art movement Cracking Art consisting of 22 five-foot-tall swallows located in Lakeshore State Park.
Studio Museum Harlem
Date Opportunity Closes: April 19, 2021
Since 1968, the Studio Museum has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Afro-Latinx descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over 100 graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.
Every year, the Museum offers an eleven-month residency for three local, national, or international emerging artists working in any media. Each artist receives institutional guidance and professional development, research support, and a stipend of $20,000 paid out on a bi-weekly basis over the course of the residency.
Arts@Large Summer Camp
Date opportunity closes: April 23, 2021
Summer 2021 is the 2nd year Arts@Large will be offering their Arts Summer Camp. This unique program will offer artists an opportunity to work with students in a small group setting to make meaningful connections to art, art making and community. It is our hope that this new program will support cultural and artistic exchange, nurture experimentation and new ideas, and support students with their understanding of the role they play in community.
Click here for more information
William Greaves Fund
Date opportunity closes: May 1, 2021
Firelight Media invites mid-career nonfiction filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in the United States and filmmakers in Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Colombia, with particular interest in those who identify as Indigenous and/or of African descent, to apply for the second year of the William Greaves Fund.
This fund, in its second year, is dedicated to resourcing and supporting talented storytellers with grants ranging up to $40,000 each to support research and development on a feature-length nonfiction film. The Fund also provides grantees with limited coaching hours, as needed and based on the particular requirements of each project. The international nature of the call reflects Firelight’s commitment to nurturing transnational solidarity among filmmakers and artists.
Andy Warhol Foundation
Date opportunity closes: May 19, 2021
The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant supports emerging and established writers who write about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—the grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. We also support art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods and experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they can apply.
Oak Spring Garden Foundation
Date opportunity closes: July 15, 2021
In 2022 the Oak Spring Garden Foundation will award their annual Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense. This is our most prestigious artist award and is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a two-to-eight-week stay at Oak Spring. This fellowship will be granted to an exceptional artist who shows remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and humankind’s place in it.
OPPORTUNITIES | JOBS
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Our podcast will be inviting experts to join us to discuss issues that are important to artists' ability to work and thrive, especially during the pandemic. Have a suggestion of a topic that would be useful to you? Reach out at pod [at] imaginemke.org.
The Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward has rental availability for its two theaters, as well as other performance and meeting spaces. These spaces are available for a permanent or intermittent tenant and are ideally suited for theatre/dance/comedy and all types of performance groups. The facility also offers rehearsal rooms, technical services support, a full-service box office, and production scenic studios to help with scenic, costume, and properties needs.
For rental information, contact email@example.com, call (414) 299-4957, or visit https://www.skylightmusictheatre.org/venue/facility-rentals-at-the-broadway-theatre-center
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available to those who have been self employed, including certain independent contractors and those otherwise not eligible to apply for traditional unemployment.
Everyone deserves access to nutritious food. Here’s a list of resources to support your short term needs and long term needs.
- FoodShare – Federal program to help individuals experiencing a food emergency. Foodshare is now available to folks who have been self employed, certain independent contractors, and those otherwise not eligible due to lack of traditional employment. You can check your eligibility here.
- Tandem – Chef Caitlyn Cullen is giving away free meals Monday through Friday from 11a to 4pm (or until supplies run out). Daily menu posted on Tandem’s Facebook page and often includes at least one vegan option.
- Hunger Taskforce has created a comprehensive map to show trusted, open food pantry sites throughout Milwaukee County. You can search via zipcode to see what’s available in your neighborhood.
- Need health insurance? Not sure if Medicare, COBRA, BadgerCare or Healthcare Marketplace is for you? Covering Wisconsin connects you with a healthcare navigator to connect you to healthcare for you and your family.
- Here are recommended community health centers that support most insurance providers AND offer a sliding pay scale. Sliding pay scales allow uninsured and under-insured individuals to receive services at a reduced rate. Services include (but aren’t limited to) dental, mental health support, and primary care support. Outreach Community Health Center, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Progressive Community Health Centers
- Energy Assistance is available for those who need help covering electricity/ heat bills. It is income based. This link allows you to see if you qualify and make a phone appointment to apply for benefits.
Milwaukee-based Artist Relief Funds
- Milwaukee Ballet
- Wisconsin Performing Artist Assistance (WPAA): The goal of the organization is to pair artists in need with sponsors who want to help support them financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists create a wishlist of items they need, which is sent to a sponsor who purchases items for them. All information is kept confidential and no financial information changes hands.
Milwaukee-based Business Resources
Resource for small Black Businesses: Grants up to $2000 are available for small black business owners via African American Chamber of Commerce. Applications go live on June 8th. Click here to learn about applicant requirements.
Here's a link to a national artist relief fund that's distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Please click the link to learn more about how to apply.