Howard County Arts Council
All digital applications must be submitted by midnight, EST on the date of the deadline unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions or technical difficulties please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410)313-2787.
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The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) manages two galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts with over 21,000 square feet of exhibit space. The HCAC gallery program was established to enhance the public's appreciation of the visual arts, provide a venue to exhibit the work of local, regional, and national artists in a professional space, and provide leadership in the arts by presenting a broad spectrum of arts in all media from both emerging and established artists.
HCAC presents 11-12 exhibits per year of national, regional, and local artists, including two-person, small and large group, juried, curated, and community shows. HCAC rarely exhibits solo shows.
For more information, view the General Exhibit Prospectus.
To apply, please submit the following:
1. Contact Information, including artist or curator name
2. 10-20 digital images representative of the work to be included in the exhibition. Files should be named to correspond to image list. Entries must be JPG or JPEG files, each no larger than 1 MB. If submitting time-based work, work must be submitted as .avi, .wav, .mov, or .m4a files. HCAC has limited technology for use in the gallery, so any special technology needs should be addressed in the proposal. The images should be named using the “LastName_FirstName_01.jpg” format, where the numbers (01, 02, 03, etc…) correspond directly to your image script.
3. Image List which contains artist's name, title, medium, year completed, and dimensions for each piece. The image list should correspond directly to your application images. So, if you have an image named “Doe_Jane_01.jpg” then your image script should have an entry for “01” with that image’s title, medium,
dimension, and date. The image script should be a Word document or PDF.
Do not send Powerpoint presentations, movies of any kind, or slide
4. Resume which lists education, exhibitions, awards, publications, etc.
5. Artist statement or description of your artistic goals and recent work.
Individual curators: in addition to the above, individual curators should include a brief description of the proposed exhibit and identify the artists invited to participate. Provide information describing your curatorial experience, organizational skills, and samples of written materials used to organize a previous show (letters, marketing, etc).
Organizations: In addition to the above, provide your organization's mission statement and describe your programs and services that meet that statement. Include a brief description of the proposed exhibit and state how it furthers your mission and goals.
Questions can be directed to Jules Swearingen, Exhibits and Programs Assistant at email@example.com.
Howard County Arts Council seeks applicants for teaching artist positions/proposals for its 2024 Summer Camps. Proposals are now being accepted for nine weeks of week-long morning and afternoon visual and performing arts camp sessions from June 24 - August 23, 2023.
Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth camp sessions (grades K-7) in any performing or visual arts discipline. Youth camps are 1/2 day sessions (morning or afternoon) for a five-day week. Preference will be given to teaching artists who are able to offer both morning and afternoon sessions in any given week.
Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) strives to offer students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities quality arts experiences and a chance to discover their unique creative talents. Priority will be given to proposals addressing the fundamentals of visual and performing arts. Sessions are canceled if enrollment is fewer than five students.
Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Individual attention and small class sizes (5-20 students) encourage participation and dialogue.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Develop age-appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Deputy Director and provide full weekly lesson plans in advance of the start of camp.
- Relate needs for supplies and equipment to the Camp Director by the assigned deadline.
- Attend required meetings & staff trainings, including mandatory Zoom call at 5pm on Wednesday, June 19.
- Prepare studio/classroom and collect supplies for class use. Return studio/classroom to the previous condition when camp is dismissed.
- Keep Deputy Director and Camp Director informed of any incidents, concerns, or issues regarding students, equipment, or space.
HCAC employs teaching artists as independent contractors. Contract teachers are paid according to the number of registrations per camps. Contract rates for camps are as follows (paid in full at the conclusion of the camp week): $25/hr for 5-10 students enrolled in the class, $30/hr for 11-15, and $35/hr for 16-20. A supply budget for up to $100 is provided.
HCAC follows all state and county guidelines for COVID-19 prevention and in some cases, Center protocol will exceed local requirements. Please note that due to the changing nature of this pandemic, staff may not have final camp safety protocols in place until the spring. Teachers may reach out to staff with questions in advance, and open communication about safety concerns is encouraged.
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-313-2787.
Howard County Arts Council seeks applicants for teaching artist positions for its upcoming Winter & Spring 2024 Class Sessions during the following dates.
Winter 2024 Class Dates: January 20 - March 16, 2024
Proposals due November 1, 2023
Spring 2024 Class Dates: April 1 - June 1, 2024
Proposals due February 4, 2024
Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals for youth and/or adult courses and workshops in any performing or visual arts discipline.
Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) strives to offer students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities quality arts experiences and a chance to discover their unique creative talents. HCAC is seeking qualified arts instructors to propose classes and workshops for the upcoming session. Priority will be given to proposals addressing the fundamentals of visual and performing arts. Classes/Workshops may be scheduled anytime during normal building hours, from one to four hours, during the designated session dates. Classes/Workshops are canceled if enrollment is fewer than five students.
Winter & Spring building hours at the Howard County Center for the Arts are: Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday, 9am – 8pm; Saturday, 10am – 4pm; Sunday, 12 – 4pm.
Teaching artists create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in creative challenges. Individual attention and small class sizes encourage participation and dialogue.
- Develop appropriate curricula in cooperation with the Deputy Director.
- Relate needs for supplies and equipment to the Education Coordinator by the assigned deadline.
- Attend required meetings.
- Prepare studio/classroom and collect supplies for class use/ return studio/classroom to its previous condition when class is dismissed.
- Keep Deputy Director informed of any incidents, concerns, or issues regarding students, equipment, or space.
HCAC employs teaching artists as independent contractors. Contract teachers are paid according to the number of registrations per class.
Classes can be 2-3 hours each and run for up to 8 weeks. Contract rates for classes are as follows (half payable halfway into the term and the remaining half payable at the end of the term): $25/hr for 5-11 students enrolled in the class, $30/hr for 12-16, and $35/hr for 17+. A supply budget for up to $100 is provided for youth classes.
Workshops can be 2-4 hours each and should run only once per session cycle. Contract rates for workshops are as follows: $35/hr for 6-15 students enrolled in the workshop, $40/hr for 16+. Supply budgets and workshop pricing are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Deputy Director.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Creative Howard Grant Program Guidelines
Grant activities must take place within this grant period, ending June 30, 2024; projects are not funded retroactively, please plan ahead.
FY24 Application Calendar
September 1, 2023: Grant applications available online (Rolling deadline based on funds available; applications due 60 days prior to proposed project start date.)
November 1, 2023: Earliest project start date for projects. (Applications submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the first day of the month will be reviewed that month; applications received after that will be reviewed the following month.)
April 1, 2024: Last deadline for FYE June 30, 2024.
Final Report Due within 15 business days of project completion.
Creative Howard Overview
The purpose of the Creative Howard grant program is to strengthen the vitality of the Howard County arts community and recognize the role of small nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses in Howard County’s creative eco-system.
The goals for Creative Howard are:
· To increase access to the process of requesting grants to arts organizations and support needs in the arts community that may fall outside of the eligibility requirements of HCAC’s Community Arts Development grant program.
· To provide small non-profit 501c3- designated arts organizations with a foundation to apply for future Community Arts Development grants.
Creative Howard supports eligible activities of small arts organizations (both 501c3 nonprofit arts organizations and for- and nonprofit arts businesses) with grants up to $2,500. There is no matching fund requirement for Creative Howard grants. Applicants may receive funding for only one application per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
The deadline for Creative Howard is rolling. The deadline to submit the application is the first day of each month at 11:59PM. Applications will be reviewed monthly and Creative Howard grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until total funding allocated for the program is awarded.
HCAC will begin accepting applications on September 1, 2023 for the FY24 application cycle. The grant period for FY24 ends June 30, 2024. Funded activities must occur within the grant period. HCAC does not fund projects in progress or completed before the grant application deadline. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the proposed activities occur.
The application process will be closed once funding allocated for the program is fully awarded and will only be reopened should new funding become available.
Nonprofit arts organizations and arts businesses (see definitions below) located and operating in Howard County for at least one year prior to the application’s submission and throughout the funded project with an operating revenue of $100,000 or less (see application process below) are eligible to apply.
Not eligible to apply are current FY24 HCAC grant recipients, Howard County governmental agencies, and organizations that receive direct funding from Howard County, such as, Howard County Public Schools, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Howard Community College.
· Applicant must maintain their primary physical office and conduct at least 50% of all business operations, programs and activities in Howard County (i.e.: 50% of rehearsals, 50% of Board and committee meetings, 50% of performances, workshops, etc.). Corporate papers, such as the 990 and Personal Property Tax forms, letterhead, website, and program materials submitted must show primary office is located in the County.
· Applicant must have one fully completed and documented fiscal year of operations as of the date of the application submission.
· Applicant must produce or present arts programs, services or projects that are accessible to the public and relevant to its community (demonstrate need).
- Applicant may receive funding for one Creative Howard grant per fiscal year; the program may consist of a one-time activity or a series of related activities.
- A program is eligible for funding through Creative Howard if it supports an arts and/or cultural activity that is presented at a location in Howard County.
- Program activities must be open to the public with or without an admission fee, virtual programming is eligible.
- Program activities may include, but are not limited to, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, history exhibit or historic reenactment, lectures or seminars, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, and workshops. This list is not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to think creatively about their programs.
- Program budget must be based on cash income and expense only.
- Program expenses must be directly related to the artistic activities described in the application.
Submission of an application constitutes an understanding and agreement of the conditions set forth in these guidelines.
Please read the full guidelines, before starting the application. https://www.hocoarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/FY24-Creative-Howard-Guidelines-8.21.23.pdf. Only successfully submitted, complete, on-line applications will be accepted and reviewed. Incomplete or hard copy applications will be disqualified.
Arts Council staff is available to assist applicants with any questions about completing this application by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.