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 will periodically have opportunities for people to work with the department as volunteers, docents or teaching artists. Please check back often as many of these opportunities will have deadline applications. 

Vendors/Community Exhibits for Poppies Fest

The City of El Paso Museum of Archaeology in partnership with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, Downtown Artist and Farmers Market, The Franklin Mountain Wilderness Coalition and the National Border Patrol Museum proudly hosts the 11th annual Poppies Festival. On April 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., the DAFM will join dozens of community partners and exhibitors at the Museum of Archaeology in celebration of our gorgeous desert environment. 

Vendors and community partners who wish to participate should complete and submit the registration form available at the link below. Vendor applicants must include a minimum of 3 digital images reflecting what will be sold (handmade, original works encouraged). Community booth applicants should include a description and image of the hands on activity to be provided to the public (required).

Completed registration forms must be submitted via email to veneciavm@elpasotexas.gov by 5 p.m. February 22, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Participants will be selected by a collaborative panel of judges and notified via email by March 8, 2017.


Call for Artists - Public Art Program

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department's Public Art Program seeks to commission artists or artist teams to submit proposals for public art projects located at the Alameda Recreation Center, the Lomaland Recreation Center and the El Paso International Airport. Please download and review the individual calls at the links below.

Download the Complete Call to Artists and Apply - Alameda Recreation Center (Deadline February 24, 2017)
Download the Complete Call to Artists and Apply - Lomaland Recreation Center (Deadline February 24, 2017)
Download the Complete Call to Artists and Apply - Art Windows, El Paso International Airport (March 31, 2017)
Download the Complete Call to Artists and Apply- Virtual City Host, El Paso International Airport (March 31, 2017)

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


The application period for this year's Cultural Funding program will open on April 6. Visit the Arts Funding Tab for more info on guidelines. The mandatory workshop schedule will be published soon. 

Scholarship Opportunities - El Paso Museum of Art Classes and Camps

The El Paso Museum of Art has a full schedule of teen art classes and several exciting camps planned for spring break. To make these classes and camps as accessible to as many students as possible, the Museum has a scholarship program that covers the cost of tuition for classes and camps. To apply, please complete and return the APPLICATION or APPLICATION - Spanish to David Hernandez, at hernandezda1@elpasotexas.gov. For a complete list of classes and camps, please visit EPMA Classes.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Call for Summer Camp Proposals - El Paso Museum of Art

The Museum School at the El Paso Museum of Art is seeking proposals for this year's Summer Camps. Art camps run for one week Tuesday through Friday, for 2 ½ hours per day. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Compensation is $25 per hour 

Camps will run:

  • June 20-23
  • June 27-30
  • July 11-14
  • July 18-21
  • July 25-28
  • Aug 2-4

There are a few requirements outlined in the attached Summer Camp Proposal that we ask for you to consider:

  • Completed Proposal
  • 3 images of your work
  • At least 1 image of what the students will create in the camp
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Connections – Some camps may be offered to partnering districts.
  • All classes and camps should gesture at the EPMA Collection or an Art Exhibit that is on view.
All proposals must be submitted by February 13.

Click here to download and complete the Proposal.


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

Chalk the Block 10 - October 2017

Applications for vendors and artists for Chalk the Block 10 will open in the summer of 2017. Please check back for more information.

The application period for MCAD's summer concert series, Music Under the Stars is now closed.  For more information, please visit our events section. Visit the program Facebook Pages for a complete schedule and updates: Music Under the Stars


other artist opportunities

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

Erin Ritter, ritteree@elpasotexas.gov

TX*17: Texas Biennial, An independent survey of contemporary art in Texas Open Call

The Texas Biennial Open Call for Art begins February 21. The Biennial is open to all artists living and working in Texas, as well as artists within 10 miles of the Texas border. The bundary expansion is new for TX*17 and, in line with the Biennial's focus on the diverse landscape of Texas, is intended to emphasize the cultural impact of our neighbors. Applications will be accepted online until May 31, 2017. Complete application guidelines are available here

Public Art Call - NMSU Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Las Cruces, NM

The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee for the Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center (HJULC) enter seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project to be situated on a large wall in the computer lab in the HJULC and possibly on an additional very long wall in a neary by area of the building. Digital and new media projects are encouraged, especially those responding to the uses of the computer lab itself, as well as its larger context within the HJULC facility and NMSU as a whole. Additional information and application instructions are available here