Artists, Spend Your Quarantine Applying for Opportunities

Like everything else, Cleveland’s thriving arts scene has ground to a halt, giving musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers and everyone else involved in collaborative arts projects plenty of (mostly unwelcome) time off.

But here’s a way to put that time to go use: numerous area arts groups are looking for submissions for upcoming and projects, and you creative types should have plenty of time to get your application together.


*Due Mon 4/13

Cleveland Public Theatre does several special series aimed at developing new work for theater, including Entry Point and Test Point. Catapult is the most extensive of its programs, looking for out-of-the-mainstream works that are “extraordinary, edgy, and relevant.” It aims to take these works, which may be at various stages of development — from raw idea to finished script — and give them the resources, input and feedback and they need to be ready for a fully staged production. This may include readings, rehearsals and workshop productions, and is intended for artists who want to be very engaged with the process and with CPT. Go here for more info.


*Due Sat 4/18

Cleveland Ballet has decided to extend the Application deadline for Trainees to April 18th. This will be followed by exclusive ZOOM interviews with our Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe on April 19th! If you would like to be considered for their Trainee program please send you video, headshot, resume and photo in first arabesque to TRAINEE@CLEVELANDBALLET.ORG


*Due Fri 4/24

SPACES is focusing the second year of its Satellite Fund grant program, a regional re-granting program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts specifically on arts who’ve been economically impacted by the pandemic. This Emergency Relief Grant will give $1,000 a piece to 60 local artists, curators and other types of “cultural producers” who’ve lost income. They must be at least 18 and living in Cuyahoga County when applying. Go here to submit.


*Due Fri 5/1

The Cleveland Print Room is forging ahead with its annual National Juried Peer Show, running 6/5-7/18. It’s now open for submissions, and in order to support the wider visual arts community, it’s opening applications to artists in any medium for one time only. The 50 works chosen by the jurors will be viewable online starting on what was supposed to be the day of the opening reception Fri 6/5. Read the complete guidelines and apply here.


*Due July 13 @ 11pm:

The Movement Project’s Cleveland Dance Fest will have its 5th season 11/6-7 at Tremont’s Pilgrim Church, with performance and master classes, featuring both visiting and Cleveland dance artists. They’re currently taking applications for performance pieces from professionals, emerging artists and pre-professional youth groups ages 12-18. New this tear is a Dance on Film category open to all artists over 18. “We know that so many artists around the world are stuck at home during this unprecedented time, which is why we have added a virtual opportunity for artists to create and share their work,” they say.

Application information is here.



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