Calls for Artists

Page updated on Aug 19, 2020 at 1:58 PM

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

Current Opportunities

Artful Holiday Guide

Deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, September 7, 2020
Online Application

The City of Alexandria is hosting an Artful Holiday Gift Guide online for the 2020 Holiday Season! Featuring artists, designers, artisans, and crafters, the Artful Holiday Gift Guide supports entrepreneurs who produce unique and authentic works of art and creative goods.

Artists, designers, artisans, and crafters who would like to list their creations in the Guide need to complete and submit an  online application by 5 p.m. ET, Monday, September 7, 2020. Completed applications will be reviewed by a jury of arts professionals. Applicants will be notified October 1, 2020, if they will be included in the Guide. Preference will be given to artists from the tri-state area—Virginia, D.C., and Maryland — but the application is open to national and international participants who can adhere to the criteria.

The Artful Holiday Gift Guide will be live online Saturday, November 21, 2020 – Friday, January 8, 2021.

The online Guide will link directly to each entrepreneur’s online sales platform. Each applicant’s website or platform must have the following live and operational at the time they submit their application: 

  •  Professional presentation of items
  • Fully functioning and secured payment system
  • Ability and guarantee to mail items within five (5) days of purchase
  • Established cancellation, return, and refund policy that is clearly stated on the website
  • Accurate inventory of each item clearly displayed 

Applications must also include:

  • A link to a representative image that can be downloaded for the Guide
    • Minimum size: 800 pixels wide, 300 DPI
  • Two lines of text describing items for sale on your platform 

Applicants must agree to maintain an accurate count of inventory through the duration of the online sale. There is no fee to apply and entrepreneurs featured in the Guide retain 100% of their sales.

The application can be  accessed online. Please email for additional information.

Public Art

There are currently no public art opportunities. Please visit for more information about public art in Alexandria.   



The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts is committed to supporting visual and performing artists during the COVID-19 pandemic and is accepting applications from artists who can offer virtual live-streamed programs or concerts from their homes. These are paid opportunities, and each applicant must be able to stream live the program or concert from their home. 

There are currently no virtual arts opportunities. If you would like to propose a creative project for consideration, contact Kayla Redman at

Events and Public Space Activations

Deadline: Ongoing

Events and Public Space Activations creates equitable access to the arts by bringing visual and performing arts to neighborhoods throughout Alexandria.

Proposals are being accepted from emerging and established visual and performing artists who are interested in engaging directly with the community through their work. All opportunities are paid and will be scheduled between April and October of each year. Artists will have access to the Mobile Art Lab, which is a mobile studio with supplies and equipment to facilitate outdoor activations. Proposals should indicate if work will be done in one day or over a series of two or three weeks. 

Proposals are reviewed by staff with the following criteria: 

  • High artistic quality
  • Unique work
  • Weather-sustainable art (can be outside for extended periods, or be projected, performed, or facilitated out of doors)
  • Equitably accessible for the community to engage with and/or participate in making the art

Interested artists should submit a proposal. For more information, contact Kayla Redman at


Deadline: Ongoing

The Mobile Art Lab activates public spaces and connects art with people. Paid opportunities are available for local artists, makers, performers, and creatives who lead participatory activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Past projects have included video projections, screenprinting, silent discos, jewelry making, 'zine making, drum circles, and henna designs. If you would like to propose a creative project for consideration, contact Kayla Redman at


Program and Operating Grants

Deadline: Annually in the spring

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities' Arts Division 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

Learn more about Alexandria's Arts Program Grants.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Studio Artists at Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center invites artists and artist groups to apply for available studios. The leases will begin on December 1, 2020 and end on March 31, 2022, with the possibility of renewal. 

The application is in two phases, with artists who passed Phase I invited to submit for Phase II. 

Cost: $40 per application

Eligibility: Visual arists over age 21. Those who have received a default notice or notice that they may not lease/sublease in the future from the City of Alexandria via the U.S. Postal Service are ineligible to apply. 

Applying as a group or individually: Artists may apply as a group or individually for a studio. A studio is granted to the application. The Art Center does not pair artists together. Groups of up to four artists may apply together. If accepted, additional artists may be eligible to sublease in the studio. An artist may apply once, not in multiple applications. 

For more information on available studios and application instructions, visit the Art Center's Art Opps page.

Visit for more opportunities to show work at Torpedo Factory Art Center. Many calls are national and international.