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.  

Call for Artists - Downtown Arts DIstrict Temporary Mural

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to commission an artist or artist team to design and produce a temporary mural for the Downtown Arts District. This call is open to artists or artist teams living within 200 miles of El Paso, Texas. This call will open annually for the temporary mural temporary in the Downtown Arts District. The temporary mural will be located on W. Missouri Avenue, along the north facing façade of the El Paso Museum of History. The temporary mural will be outdoors along Missouri Avenue and viewable to pedestrians and passing traffic. The temporary mural is intended to serve as a lively and inviting visual landmark for the Downtown Arts District. The theme must focus on the arts, be representative of the local art scene, local heritage, and promote the Downtown Arts District.

Download the call for artists for the Temporary Mural Project

Call for Artists

**PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must download the full call for artists. Detailed applicant instructions that specify requirements that must be submitted with your application are included within this call. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Temporary mural location

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.

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

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 more information on the events please visit our events section. 

Visit the program Facebook pages: Music Under the Stars & Dancing in the City


Are you visiting the art market or looking to become a vendor? Visit the Art & Farmers Market tab for more information.


Cultural Funding will be accepting applications in May 2016. Visit the Arts Funding Tab for more info on guidelines and more. 


The application period for artists and vendors is now closed. 


other artist opportunities

Marfa Contemporary - Artist in Residence

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Artist in Residence. The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program was instituted in 2012 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds and disciplines. Artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance-related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The competition is open to U.S. residents currently residing in the United States. Non-U.S. residents residing in the United States may be eligible to apply if they are currently in receipt of the necessary visas and documentation to continue residence. The residency is for a two-month period. 

The application deadline is June 30, 2016. 

For more information, please visit http://www.marfacontemporary.org/eng/education/artist-residence/

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

Erin Ritter, ritteree@elpasotexas.gov