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Hey NYC, here are 9 artist opportunities (with deadlines) you should know about

Hey NYC, here are 9 artist opportunities (with deadlines) you should know about
Just one of the light-filled studio spaces awarded to 17 Sharpe-Walentas artists per year. via website

In case you thought Trump wasn’t going to come for the artists, think again. The president elect’s proposed sweeping cuts include a total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, which means we’ll need to rely more than ever on funding and support from local arts organizations and cultural groups. And each other, obviously.

Lucky for us, we live in New York City. No matter your medium, there’s a nonprofit somewhere in NYC with the resources and mission to help you flex your creativity and get your art out into the world. We’ve rounded up nine artist opportunities for 2017 — with deadlines! — to help keep you accountable, motivated, and compensated in dollars as well as exposure bucks.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but we focused on opportunities with hard deadlines and obvious perks so you don’t feel like you’re art-ing into the void. Which you aren’t, by the way. So check out the opportunities below and see which one speaks to you. (Make sure to read them all, since some include multiple art forms:


The Sharpe Walentas Studio Program
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017
Award: Space
Fee: none

Artist studio space is hard enough to come by these days without having to worry about how you’re going to afford it. FTFY: The Sharpe Walentas Studio program awards rent-free “non-living” studio space to visual artists, so you can get back to worrying about a blank canvas instead of an empty bank account. 17 artists are awarded the free space, pictured above, for one year. 24/7 access, freight and passenger elevators, communal kitchen spaces, slop sinks, restroom and lounge with wi-fi.

Artists will be chosen on merit, which is determined by a professional jury of artists and advisors. Open to anyone 21+ who is a U.S. resident or citizen, and is not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. Apply with CV, statement of need and portfolio here.

Greenpoint Gallery
Deadline: Jan. 26, 2017
Award: Stipend, solo show
Fee: none

The little indie gallery that could has nearly recovered from last year’s fire and is accepting submissions for their very first juried salon show of 2017. Not only could you be one of the lucky handful of artists whose work adorns the walls — and sell some pieces — but if you win Best in Show, you’ll receive an additional $200 and a solo show! Submissions are open through Jan. 26 and all mediums are accepted, though size is limited 24 x 36″. Artists may submit up to five works for consideration. Do so in jpeg format, along with a link to your website, at greenpointgallery[at]


A 2015 Ant Fest show paid tribute to Lawrence Welk. Bar none, the wackiest theater fest in NYC. via StageBuddy
A 2015 Ant Fest show paid tribute to Lawrence Welk. Bar none, the wackiest theater fest in NYC. via StageBuddy


Ars Nova ANT Fest
Jan. 29, 2017
Award: Stipend, production
Fee: None

You’ve probably seen Ars Nova in the news lately as that squeaky wheel nonprofit demanding recognition on Broadway and fair pay for artists. Every year, Ars Nova produces an “All New Theater” festival (ANT Fest) in Manhattan that champions the work of emerging voices in NYC theater. Artists and companies selected for the festival receive a One Night Only performance on Ars’ intimate cabaret-like stage, plus a $150 production stipend. Submit a short description of “your evening,” an artist statement, work samples and bios here.

Ice Factory Festival
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2017
Award: Stipend, production
Fee: None

While you’re submitting for that, you can also try to get yourself into The New Ohio Theatre‘s Ice Factory, a summer festival that produces the work of a half-dozen companies. It’s not as quick-and-dirty as the above, since selected artists receive four performances and three days of exclusive tech rehearsals, plus a run crew, production assistance and a guaranteed artist fee. If you’ve got your shit together and you have a show in the kitty, submit a project description, company background, photos, press and links here.

Page 73
April 2, 2017
Award: Financial support and play development
Fee: None

If you’d call yourself a playwright with a capital P, then Page 73 offers two development programs with you in mind. The first is a fellowship, awarded to one early-career playwright, that includes a year of comprehensive artistic and financial support for the development of one or more new plays to the tune of $10,000+. The second program is Interstate 73, a yearlong writer’s group of six to eight playwrights that runs January-December in Fort Greene. In addition to developmental support and twice-monthly work sharing meetings, each playwright receives a stipend and a reading of their completed work.

For both programs, applicants must be US residents with at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays under their belt, have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal and never have received a production of their work in NYC (non-AEA doesn’t count, though). They can’t be enrolled in a degree program at time of participation, either. Submit CV, letter of intent, a 10-page sample and a full script here.

BRIC Intimate Eye
Deadline: Feb. 9, 2017
Award: Stipend, production

The BRIC Arts Media House is seeking 10-minute play scripts to be produced as part of an innovative new program. Selected playwrights will receive a $300 stipend and have their play staged by a professional acting and directing team, then turned into a film by a group of media artists at BRIC. (FWIW, that group of media artists is also accepting applications if you want to be one of them, but the program costs money as it’s an actual class.)

It’s pretty neat stuff. Plays should be limited to four actors, reflect the diversity of Brooklyn and not rely on special effects (e.g. ones that might be added in post-production). No matter your level of experience, BRIC encourages you to submit. Apply with your script, Brooklyn affiliation and statement of purpose here.


The Resistance starts with your writing. via website
The Resistance starts with your writing. via website


Period. Sex.
 Feb. 15, 2017
Award: Publication
Fee: None

Talk about political art: Period. Sex. is a themed newspaper-style publication “aimed at furthering the discussion of feminism in art, culture, and its potential to affect the world at large through these means.” They’ve currently got an open call for their March/April 2017 issue. Female and female-identifying artists are welcome to submit expository writing, artwork, poetry or any other forms of creative media that might conceivably fit into a newspaper format. Preference will be given to newer works done in response to recent political events. Submit two written works of up to 1,500 words each, or up to five pitches, that fit with the issue’s theme of  “Advance” to contact[at]

NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship
Jan. 25, 2017
Award: $7,000 grant, visibility
Fee: None

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides financial support to originating artists in New York State in fifteen different disciplines and over a three-year period. The $7,000 cash grant is unrestricted, which means you might choose to use it to spend on studio space, paying your interns or just paying rent. It’s not a “project grant,” but a means of funding your artist’s vision or voice regardless of your level of development. In addition to the grant, you’ll also receive access to large-scale funding opportunities, NYFA services and resources and a profile on their website.

NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships in the current award cycle include poetry, nonfiction literature, printmaking and book arts, crafts/sculpture and digital arts. Submit here.

The Hollows
Jan. 28, 2017
Award: Studio residency, production
Fee: None

This new multidisciplinary art space in Brooklyn resembles the Silent Barn in its DIY live/work vibes, and has a number of residency opportunities up for grabs right now for most every art form under the sun. Fashion artists/designers, sound artists/musicians, performing artists/dancers, plastic/visual artists, writers/poets and filmmakers. The specificity comes with their programming, a curated series of themed exhibitions and projects that offer structure for your work. Outdoor projects, late night shows, artist & curator series and more.

Residencies range from one to three months in length and include bedrooms, studio space with desks, curatorial meetings, feedback sessions, online and print media, group exhibitions, access to supplies and more. Submit bio and project proposals here.

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