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. 

Chalk the Block 10 - October 6-8, 2017

Applications for chalk the block 10 are now open. This year all applications have moved to an online format. All applications should be submitted via the online application in order to be considered. Applicant requirements and the link to the online applications are available at ChalktheBlock.com. Artists and vendors who are interested in participating should submit their applications as soon as possible as spaces are limited, and it is a highly competitive process. Only complete applications will be considered. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants

Apply here at chalktheblock.com 

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.

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.

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


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


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

Paso Del Norte Health Foundation - Playa Drain Trail

The Playa Drain Trail is a partnership of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the City of El Paso and El Paso Water. When complete, the trail will run from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The Health Foundation seeks an artist or artist team to work with students in select schools in the Ysleta Independent School District to interpret and express the Health Foundation's mission, values and priorities in promoting health and preventing disease in the region; respect and celebrate the different characteristics of the communities along the Playa Drain Trail with public art appropriately tailored to the character of each neighborhood, reflecting community image, culture, identity, natural environment and architectural heritage; and showcase how high quality, publicly accessible works of art can contribute to the urban and natural landscape and create a sense of place. Deadline to apply is August 30, 2017. For more information, please visit 

Call for Artists - Playa Drain Trail.

AMBOS - Call for Collaboration

AMBOS Project (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), the international artistic collaboration founded by artist Tanya Aguiñiga and made possible by a Creative Capital grant and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Through artist interventions and commuter sourced collaborations that address binational transition and identity, AMBOS seeks to create a greater sense of interconnectedness and generate awareness in the border region. AMBOS Project will be on the road, taking the Border Quipu and other various artistic interventions to all of the border crossings from Lukeville, Arizona to El Paso, Texas. We are searching for artists who live or work along the border to collaborate with us for the next phase of the project in summer 2017.

Please visit AMBOS Project to collaborate directly with AMBOS.

Local artist Angel Cabrales is seeking artists to collaborate with him on an AMBOS Project, Pan de Vida no Divida. He is looking for El Paso/Juarez artists to create a representation of the essence of border life on resin cast pan dulce. The collaborating artists may paint or sculpt the pan dulce in their own style. For more information, please contact creator@angelcabrales.com. Work should be completed by September 7, 2017.

Festival Site Overlook - Sugarland, TX

The City of Sugar Land Cultural Arts Division proposes that a permanent artwork be installed at the Festival Site Overlook, which will be a location for large outdoor events and gatherings. The Overlook serves as a link between the Brazos River Park and the Festival Site. At the top of the Overlook is a long retaining wall and colonnade, which would be highly suitable for an applied artwork, in a material such as mosaic or ceramic tile. Deadline to apply is August 22, 2017, 9 a.m. Central Time. For more information, visit Festival Site Overlook - Sugarland

31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. Entries may be submitted via our online application form through September 29, 2017 (11:59 PM). A downloadable 2018 Prospectus is also available for entries submitted via physical mail or in person to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. For more information, please visit Denton Arts Council