Calls for Artists

Page updated on Jun 12, 2019 at 10:18 AM

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

Current Opportunities

Public Art

Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2019

The City of Alexandria’s Public Art Program in collaboration with Alexandria Library, invites artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications to be considered for a public art project as part of the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library (Burke Library) that will activate the site and draw attention to the library. 

The selected artist/artist team will create an original, permanent public artwork for the Burke Library, a key community venue serving almost 100,000 residents and visitors in Alexandria’s west end. The artwork is expected to be in the Seminary Road side of the library, making the library more visible from the road and serve as a landmark for the west end. 

The maximum budget for the artwork is $100,000. This budget will include all costs of creating the artwork, including but not limited to artist fees, travel, insurance, overhead, design, fabrication, site-work, shipping, installation costs. In addition, artists will be expected to participate in related community meetings, programming, and events. Alexandria’s Office of the Arts will provide additional support to the project through marketing, publicity and assistance with site permits.

Click here for more details and to apply.


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 Anne O'Dell at


Program and Operating Grants

Deadline: The deadline for the 2019 program has passed. 2020 applications will open in February.

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 for FY21 will launch in February 2020 with an anticipated deadline in late March 2020. Mailed or hand-delivered applications are not accepted. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Click here to review information about this past year's grants program. 

Click here to request access to the grant portal once it goes live in 2020.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

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