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. 

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

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum of Art
The El Paso Museum of Art regularly recruits to be part of its docent program. Docents are volunteer gallery educators who lead gallery tours for various audiences, including students and adults. Potential docents should be comfortable around people of all ages, enjoy teaching, and be able to commit to leading tours for one year following training. Docents play a critical role in making the museum  welcoming and enjoyable.

EPMA provides all docents with introductory and ongoing training in art, art history, and teaching. Previous experience or knowledge of art is not necessary. For more information, please contact EPMAEducation@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.


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


The application period for the FY2018 Cultural Funding Program is now closed. 


The application period for Chalk the Block 11 will open in late summer 2018. Please watch our social media for an announcement. 


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

TTUHSC El Paso Medical Science Building II - El Paso, TX

The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific exterior installation to be placed in front of the new Medical Science Building II, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in El Paso, TX. Construction of the facility will be completed by March 2019. Deadline to submit is November 16, 2017. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArt.org - TTUHSC El Paso.

Art Park 21 - Albuquerque, NM

The AP21 team is in the process of establishing a 21st century art park in the Albuquerque – Santa Fe corridor. A key element in the groundwork for establishing this park will be a temporary exhibit of multiple outdoor installations that fit the theme of the park. The park will feature eco-centric installations that take 21st century views of what could be possible in an art park, and of our relationship with our environment. Applicants must register with the Art Park 21 team by November 15, 2017 and submit proposals by January 15, 2018. For more information or to apply, please visit PublicArt.org - Art Park 21.