Opportunities

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. 

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 summer 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


DOWNTOWN ARTIST & FARMERS MARKET

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.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
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


CULTURAL FUNDING

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

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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