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. 

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 El Paso International Airport. Please download and review the individual calls at the links below.

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 3. Visit the Arts Funding Tab for more info on guidelines and the workshop schedule.

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


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

Plaza Classic Film Fest - Local Flavor

The El Paso Community Foundation's 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region's largest showcase of locally made and connected films. The non-competitive film series, which is generously sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video. The entry deadline is June 9, 2017

For more information visit the Plaza Classic's webpage here

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. Deadline to apply is April 14, 2017. Additional information and application instructions are available at NMSU - Publicartist.org

Public Art Call - City of Seattle: Public Artist Roster

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is creating an artist roster of approximately 160 emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be pre-qualified for future art projects at city utility facilities, parks, street rights-of-way and other locations. This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop temporary permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of forms, sizes and complexities, outdoors and indoors, with budgets up to $175,000. This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be practicing professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Deadline to apply is April 12, 2017. For more information visit the Seattle Public Artist Roster - Publicartist.org.

Public Art Call - University Health System, The Dr. Robert L.M. Hilliard Center Lobby, San Antonio, TX

University Health System is pleased to announce a call for artists to be considered for inclusion in our new clinic, The Dr. Robert L. M. Hilliard Center. Dr. Hilliard, who passed away in 2014, had deep and profound ties to San Antonio’s East Side community where he practiced throughout his life — delivering more than 14,000 babies. He also had deep ties with University Health System and the San Antonio Housing Authority, the two organizations that came together to build this state-of-the-art medical facility on the city’s East Side.

Artists in this call are being considered to create a hanging or wall mural art installation for a large two story atrium lobby that will greet patients and the public in the new space. The 12,000 square foot building will have general health care outpatient services, with focus on pediatric and women’s health services.

Artists are asked to create a welcoming, colorful, engaging art work that related to any of the following: human form, nature, color, cultural diversity, abstract shapes, and history. The goal within our University Health System, “Salud-Arte: Art of Healing” program is to create a peaceful, positive distraction environment for patients and their families. Deadline to apply is April 23, 2017. For more information visit Hilliard Center - Publicartist.org.

Public Art Call - Gateway to Downtown, Odessa,TX

The Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities (OCA&H) invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece to enhance the structure on the corner of 8th street and Maple avenue, know colloquially as the ‘Cloth World Sign.’ This piece will be an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collection. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2017. For more information visit Gateway to Downtown - Publicartist.org.

Public Art Call - Luminaria 2017, Contemporary Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio’s multi-arts festival is scheduling programming from November 9th-11th, with the epic night festival on Friday, November 10, 2017. Luminaria invites you, your gallery, your collective, or other creative organization to submit work for this highly competitive showcase. Project Proposals will be evaluated on their overall professionalism, creativity, originality, and innovation. Cross-discipline works are encouraged. All artists are required to be present at the festival and open to interacting with the public. All works must be created specifically for Luminaria, unless Luminaria is also its Texas or US premiere. Art work sales are not permitted at the festival. Deadline to apply is May 10, 2017. For more information, visit Luminaria - Publicartist.org.