Calls for Artists

Page updated on Jan 13, 2022 at 5:27 PM

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

Literary Programs

Deadline: January 14, 2022, 5 p.m. To submit poetry click here.

The “DASHing Words in Motion” poetry contest will bring recognition to writers, promotes an appreciation of poetry as an art form, and provides inspiration to individuals using the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH Buses and Trolleys.  The competition is to encourage quality writing by writers 16 years or older, who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria, VA.  The “DASHing Words in Motion” program provides a venue for writers to display their poems.  The participation in the “DASHing Words in Motion” is voluntary.  Selected poets are not reimbursed for submittals or participation in the program. 

For additional about other the literary and the Poet Laureate programs, visit the Office of the Arts website: or email the Poet Laureate:  

Public Art

There are no public art calls at this time. 

Please visit for more information about public art in Alexandria.   


Deadline: Ongoing      

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 the Office of the Arts 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 the Office of the Arts 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 the Office of the Arts at 


Program Grants

Deadline: Annually 

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 encourages artists and artist groups to apply for available studios.

At the present time, there are no available studios. 

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