One of the core missions of the Springfield Central Cultural District is to make the District a more attractive place for artists to live, work, and play. Many of these resources can be found on the Business Improvement District’s residential and commercial real estate pages. Artist live/work space and coworkspace are both available in the metro center of Springfield, where artists can be centrally located to customers and galleries.
Current Opportunities for Artists Downtown
This page is regularly updated with current opportunities for artists in the area.
Springfield Cultural Council Grants – Our local Cultural Council accepts proposals for both project grants and artist fellowship grants up to $5,000. Applications are due October 15, 2015.
Artist-in-Business Training – Classes to be held throughout the region, including some at UMass Springfield in Downtown. The UMass Arts Extension Service will help artists lean best business and marketing practices to apply to their own businesses.
Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships – Fellowships in several categories are available to artists. For 2016, the Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting application is open until December 15, 2015.
Gingerbread House Competition – The Springfield Museums have announced their annual Gingerbread House Competition! The 2015 theme is “A Seussian Holiday”, with the exhibit opening on November 27 during “Holiday Happenings.” $1,000 in prizes are being offered. Bakers, school groups, artists, and young folks are all encouraged to apply before November 13.
Assets for Artists – Mass MoCA has opened their Matched Savings Program and Professional Development Workshops up for the 2015 grant season. Grants of $1,000 and $2,000 are available to Massachusetts-based artists. Applications are due October 23, 2015.