Calls for Artists

Page updated on Feb 4, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Artists, performers, makers, and creators can find paid opportunities to share their talents with the people of Alexandria.

Current Opportunities


Deadline: February 10, 2019

The Public Art Program, in collaboration with Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), is launching the AlexRenew Public Art Residency, which will run from approximately May 2019 to October 2020. This residency is an opportunity for artists to engage deeply with the work of AlexRenew and its RiverRenew project – a major initiative to improve the health of Alexandria’s waterways. Artists will work collaboratively with Public Art Program and AlexRenew staff throughout the process and should have an interest in exploring water-related environmental issues and working with communities.

Read the full call and apply now

SEEKING Dance/Movement and Music/Sound Artists

Deadline: February 20, 2019

The Office of the Arts is seeking two performing artists or artist groups/organizations to develop and perform new work for Waterfront Park. These site-specific residencies are opportunities to collaborate with the Office of the Arts on the creation of an original sitespecific performance in response to the new temporary interactive public artwork Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab installed at Waterfront Park. One opportunity is for dance or movement-based work and the other is for music or sound-based work. 

Created by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos, it is a site-specific, temporary installation that will activate the new expansion of Waterfront Park from March through November 2019. The project aims to encourage visitors to experience art and explore and enjoy the new public plaza and civic space.

Click here for information. 


Deadline: Ongoing

The Mobile Art Lab activates public spaces and connects art with people. The Office of the Arts offers paid opportunities for local artists, makers, performers, and creatives who lead participatory activities for Alexandrians of all ages. Past projects have included video projections, screenprinting, silent discos, jewelry making, 'zine making, drum circles, and hennah designs. If you would like to pitch a creative project for consideration, contact Tia Bural at


Program and Operating Grants

Deadline: March 20, 2019

The Office of the Arts stewards the City of Alexandria's Arts Grants program with the intent of reaching these goals: 

  • To strengthen Alexandria's creative capacity by providing its residents with diverse opportunities to meaningfully engage with the arts;
  • To improve the capacity and stability of Alexandria-based arts organizations to create, perform, and present works of artistic excellence and innovation through organizational support and program funding;
  • To create a vibrant urban environment by supporting diverse individual artists, organizations, and other entities in the creation, performance, and presentation of high-quality works of art across the City of Alexandria. 

The online grants portal launches on Friday, February 1, 2019. Online applications must be submitted by the March 20, 2019. Mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Click here to learn more about the grants program. 

Click here to request access to the grant portal.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Visit for more opportunities to work and show work at Torpedo Factory Art Center and its Target Gallery.