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.  


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. 

Call To Artists: "My City, My Home" Aesthetic Improvement Project (request for existing digitized artworks)

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to commission artists or artist teams to submit proposals for “My City, My Home,” an aesthetic improvement project. This call is open to artists or artist teams living in El Paso, Texas.

Project Description: The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is seeking the submission of original art works to be used throughout downtown and reproduced for application to utility boxes and other structures. Submissions should reflect the vibrancy of the El Paso arts and cultural heritages and suitable for viewing for all ages.

Download the Complete Call to Artists

Apply here

Application deadline is Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 p.m. MST. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. 

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

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.

Spring Break Camp Volunteers

The El Paso Museum of Art is currently recruiting volunteers, agest 14 and up, for the 2017 Spring Break Camps, March 14-17. Volunteers will assist teaching artists in the classrooms with art making activities, organize set up and clean up of classroom supplies, monitor campers as needed, meet fun people who also have an interest in art, and gain behind-the-scenes experience working in a museum. You don't need to have knowledge of art and art making to be a volunteer. 

Camps are Tuesday - Friday, March 14-17, and volunteer shifts are 3 hours. Volunteers will also need to attend an orientation session on January 14 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Art. Volunteers will need to download, complete the Volunteer Application and mail it to:

David Hernandez

Museum School Coordinator, El Paso Museum of Art

One Arts Festival Plaza

El Paso, TX  79901.

For more information, please contact David Hernandez at Hernandezda1@elpasotexas.gov.

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.

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

El Paso Art Association - con.FIGURE.ation.three.2017

con.FIGURE.ation.three.2017 gives portrait, figure artists and photographers a spotlight into the wonderful world of the human form in all of its splendor. Whether realistic or stylized, sorrowful or ecstatic, in full attire or with nothing at all, artists can show the depth of style, voice and muse. Deadline to enter is Friday, January 13, 2017. A prospectus and entry form is available here, or you may visit Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano. 

Sharpe Walentas Studio Program 2017-2018 Residency

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in New York. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Each year, a jury of artists and an advisory committee select artists from a competitive pool of applicants. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, visit http://thestudioprogram.com/apply.