The Arts Council is committed to connecting artists to opportunities to showcase their art, get involved and engage the community through their art. Listed here are the annual calls for artist participation, and to be reminded of these calls as they open up, sign up for our Newsletter by clicking here. And follow us on Facebook to capture any last minute artist opportunities that come across our desk.
Exhibit at the Santa Cruz County Government Building.
Santa Cruz County artists and crafts people are invited to apply to exhibit in the Santa Cruz County Government Center at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. There is a $25 Application Fee and the application process is early December for the upcoming year. The applications will be reviewed by a panel and determined by mid-December. Exhibits last approximately nine weeks (four exhibits per year). For more details, see the 2017 Call for Entries County Exhibits.
Support Arts Education through your Art Donation.
Hearts for the Arts is an annual fundraiser held at Artisans Gallery and we invite artists to donate a small piece of fine art or fine craft. This is a silent auction that offers the opportunity for your work to be displayed in downtown Santa Cruz for the first two weeks in early February and will be part of the February First Friday to boost exposure. You will be invited to an artist reception to soak up the appreciation and awe held for your art and to thank you for supporting Arts Education in Santa Cruz County through your art. All proceeds of this project will support Mariposa’s Art and SPECTRA teaching artists programs. Donations are collected in January. For more information, please contact Ann Ostermann, Open Studios and Events Manager.
Participate in the Ebb & Flow River Arts Project.
Summer is a time of river revelry and there are numerous ways to participate. Artists are called to be a part of temporary and permanent art installations and artists, creators and all community members are encouraged to be a part of the kinetic art parade–this year it will be on June 3rd and we hope all will be a part of it. Click here for details about this year’s Ebb & Flow River Arts Project.
Apply to be an Open Studios Artist.
Visual artists of all disciplines, from seasoned creators to those just stepping into the art world are invited to apply to be a part of the Open Studios Art Tour. This beloved annual event takes place during the first three weekends in October and gives artists the unique opportunity to get their work and their creative process in front of hundreds of people. The guidelines have shifted to allow more artists to apply. In particular, to address housing and studio space challenges, artists now have expanded opportunities to be hosted at another participating artist studio and the application fee for artists under 25 has been waived. Check out the Open Studios pages for more details.
Apply for an Arts Council Create or Develop Grant.
The Arts Council’s Grant Program is committed to supporting artistically excellent work, increasing the success of artists and arts organizations, expanding equitable access to the arts, and engaging new audiences in the arts. There are Winter and Spring grant cycles and to find out more about the current grant application process, click here.
Become a Teaching Artist.
Utilize your artist talent and accompany it with patience, humor and love of teaching and you can become a meaningful mentor for youth in our community. For more information about applying to be a teaching artists, click here.
Other Community Opportunities:
- Santa Cruz Public Library has quarterly art shows in the Downtown and Scotts Valley libraries which includes one First Friday in the 3 month period for each show at the Downtown branch, and one Sunday reception for the Scotts Valley show. Dee Hooker coordinates the shows and is currently working on shows for the next year. If you are interested in showing, please contact Dee through this website: www.dhooker.com
- California Arts Council lists calls for artists that can be sorted by a variety of criteria.
- Cabrillo College Visual and Performing Arts Programs
- Santa Cruz County Artists Facebook Group
- Museum of Art and History
- And Sign up for the Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Newsletter to keep updated on additional professional development opportunities.