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 - Pop-Up Window Mural Art Crawl

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm Monday, July 18, 2016

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) seeks to commission artists to design and produce temporary exhibitions for an Art Crawl hosted by the Downtown Art and Farmers Market (DAFM) during August’s National Farmers Market Week.

On August 4, the DAFM will celebrate National Farmers Market week with an evening Market at the Pedestrian Pathway in the Union Plaza section of Downtown El Paso. Through its partnership with Velo Paso, the Market will host the second round in a series of semi-quarterly Art Crawls. The Art Crawls will depart from the Market, traveling through window spaces located within participating local business establishments in the Downtown Arts District.

Click here to Download the Complete Call For Artists

Call For Artists - Temporary Mural, Downtown Arts District (Reopened)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 PM Thursday, July 7, 2016

MCAD has reopened the call for artists for a Temporary Mural in the Downtown Arts District. Applicants should submit a complete proposal which includes a full color design that showcases the 

vibrant atmosphere of the Downtown Arts District. MCAD seeks to commission an artist or artist team to design and produce the temporary mural for the Downtown Arts District. This call is open to artists or artist teams living within a 150 mile radius of Downtown El Paso, Texas. 

Only complete applications will be considered for this project. Applicants must download the entire call for artists and turn in their completed submissions via the web form. 

The temporary mural is located behind the El Paso Museum of History on Missouri. Click here to see the mural location.

Apply Here

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


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 concer 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. 


The application period for artists and vendors is now closed. The application period will open later this summer. Please visit ChalktheBlock.com for more information. 


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