There are many opportunities available for artists of all disciplines within our department from funding for events and artists to performance opportunities for musicians and dancers. MCAD's Cultural Programs Division.  

CHALK THE BLOCK - October 14-16

Applications for Chalk the Block Vendors and Artists are now available at ChalktheBlock.com.

Chalk Artists can apply in one of three categories - showcase, emerging, or student. Showcase and emerging artist categories are for individuals ages 18 or older. Artists applying for the student category must be at least high school age. 

Applications for artists, artisans, crafts, and mobile food vendors are also open at this time. This year the vendor opportunities have expanded to include Food Cottage Industries in addition to handcrafted art sales. 

Those applying as vendors must have the following items before applying:

 - State tax ID

- Food Cottage Industries: Food handlers card and/or mobile food permit.

- Mobile Food Vendors: Mobile Food Permit.

All these must be current at the time of application. 

Applications are due by 6 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Artists and vendors who are interested in participating in Chalk the Block should submit their applications as soon as possible as the spaces are limited, and it is a highly competitive process. Only complete applications will be considered. 

Please visit ChalktheBlock.com for more information. 


Allied Artist Program – Pre-Qualified Artist Pool - Continuous

The City of El Paso Allied Artist Program is to provide local artists the opportunity to assist experienced artists commissioned for major projects of $150,000 or more by the Public Art Program, in order to gain the technical and administrative expertise needed to compete within the field of public art. Allied Artists are matched up with commissioned artists based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests. Pre-qualified artists who are chosen for a specific project will be compensated for their service as an Allied Artist.

Download the Complete Call to Artists - Allied Artist Program

Volunteer Opportunities

MCAD is currently conducting a survey to gauge the economic impact of arts and culture activities in the El Paso community. We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with this process. The volunteer survey administrators will assist in conducting on-site surveys throughout the City of El Paso at a variety of arts and cultural events and activities for the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study. For more information, please click here.

Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art is currently recruiting volunteers to be part of its docent program. Docents are volunteer gallery educator, people with an interest in sharing art with diverse audiences, are comfortable around people of all ages, enjoy assisting in the learning process, have access to email and are able to commit to supporting the program through volunteering for one year following training. Docents play a critical role in connecting the community with our collection.

Previous knowledge of art is not necessary, but candidates must be able to commit to a six month training program. For more information, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Sommer, Education Curator, at sommerex@elpasotexas.gov or 915-212-3056.

Museum of History
The El Paso Museum of History is currently recruiting volunteer tour guides. Volunteers will help lead tours of the Museum of History. You don't need a background in history, but an interest and desire to learn more about the history of the area is desired. For more information, please contact Jaime Knoedler, Community Engagement Coordinator, at knoedlerjm@elpasotexas.gov or 915-212-3163.

Call for Teaching Artists and Workshop Instructors

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is recruiting Teaching Artists (TAs) and workshop instructors to help provide hands on arts education and learning opportunities within our various programs and institutions.  MCAD seeks dynamic individuals who work well with children of all ages and skill levels as well as the general public.  Adult instruction opportunities are also available.  Teaching Artists will work directly with City staff to develop programs, and run camp activities within MCAD programs and institutions including (but not limited to) the Downtown Art and Farmer’s Market and the Museums of Archaeology, Art, and History.

For more information about our TA opportunities and their respective application processes, please visit the following links:

Downtown Art and Farmer's Market Teaching Artist


Are you interested in becoming a vendor at the Downtown Art and Farmers Market? Visit the Art & Farmers Market tab for more information.

Summer Concert Series

MCAD's summer concert series includes, Dancing in the City and Music Under the Stars. The application period is now closed for both of these programs. For more information on these events, please visit our events section. 

Visit the program Facebook Pages for a complete schedule and updates: Music Under the Stars & Dancing in the City.


The application period for this year's Cultural Funding program is now closed. Visit the Arts Funding Tab for more info on guidelines and more. 


other artist opportunities

30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2017 Call for Entries for the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the United States, this year we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to Expand this national exhibition to now included international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by juror JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in amounts of $1,000., $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded.

Online submissions and prospectus available at dentonarts.com/materialshardandsoft

Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.

2017 Exhibition: February 4-May 6, 2017, at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

Inquiries may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 382-2787 or exhibit@dentonarts.com

Do you have other artist opportunities that you would like for us to share? Please email them to: 

Erin Ritter, ritteree@elpasotexas.gov