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2021 Poet Laureate for Westchester County

Westchester County Executive George Latimer today joined in partnership with ArtsWestchester to announce a competitive call for an inaugural Poet Laureate position for Westchester County for the 2021-2022 term.  Westchester’s Poet Laureate candidate will be an advocate for poetry and the literary arts, have significant personal poetic work and will encourage the community to engage with poetry by creating and leading activities that inspire writing and poetry performances among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions.

How do poets apply?  The Open Call for applications for the 2021-2022 Poet Laureate is now active, with a deadline of November 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The Poet Laureate’s two-year term is set to begin January 1, 2021, and continue through to December 31st, 2022.

Applications are ONLY accepted through ArtsWestchester’s grant site through: submittable.

Applicants must be 25 years of age or older, must have resided in Westchester County for two years prior to application, during the time of application, and for the duration of the appointment, and must have past work that is of high artistic quality (demonstrated by journal publications, chapbooks, books, audio or video). Full eligibility requirements and terms are here.

The selected Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $1,250 per year to fulfill the post’s duties. Additional funds of up to $500 will be available for materials and other approved costs associated with the community engagement programs the Poet Laureate facilitates.


Deadline 11/16/2020
Contact Name Lauren Brady
Contact Email [email protected]

Call for Artists + Photographers | $550 Innovate Grants

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit https://innovateartistgrants.org

Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

Category: Multiple disciplines and genres accepted

Deadline: December 10, 2020

Region: US & International

Awards: $550.00 USD Grants

How to Apply:

Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. Apply today at https://innovateartistgrants.org


Innovate Grant is a new initiative that supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants.

Innovate Grant was created out of the frustration of applying to grants with time-consuming requirements. These lengthy applications took valuable time and energy away from making new work. Countless hours were always sacrificed in either writing artist statements, crafting project proposals and getting letters of recommendation.



Deadline 12/10/2020
Contact Name Innovate Grants
Contact Email [email protected]

Fellowship | NXTHVN 2021-22 Studio and Curatorial Fellowship

Each June, NXTHVN welcomes up to seven artists, two curators, and eight New Haven high school students to its annual Fellowship and Apprenticeship programs. Through a proprietary curriculum that focuses on mentorship, professional development, and skills training, members of the cohort cultivate their individual practices within a collaborative, community-driven context. Each fellow mentors a local high school apprentice, providing them with hands-on instruction in studio and curatorial practices. Through active participation in NXTHVN’s year-long programs, early-career artists and curators make the personal strides and interpersonal connections that advance their careers.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020
Application Fee: $35
For Guideline and Application visit: https://nxthvn.submittable.com/submit

Who is NXTHVN?

NXTHVN is a multidisciplinary arts incubator that cultivates creative community in Dixwell. Through intergenerational mentorship, professional development and cross-sector collaboration, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts.


Deadline 11/1/2020
Contact Name NXTHVN
Contact Email [email protected]