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Applications for the 2017 Open Studios Art Tour are now available on Zapplication.

Deadline to apply is midnight April 30th.

Interested in applying to the tour? Please read the OS 2017 Guidelines & FAQs

Take the stress out of the application process with these support documents:

FREE Application Assistance workshops

Arts Council holds workshops to answer questions about participating in Open Studios, selecting your body of work for the jury, options for being hosted by another Open Studios artist, and preparing the required digital files. A general tour of the application process will also be provided. No reservation required.

Upcoming workshops at the Arts Council office, 1070 River Street, Santa Cruz:

  • Saturday, March 25th 11 am-Noon
  • Wednesday, April 12th 7-8 pm
  • Saturday, April 15th 10-11 am

Upcoming workshop at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main Street, Watsonville:

  • Saturday, April 22nd 2:30-3:30 pm

FREE Digital Image preparation appointments

A limited number of FREE digital image preparation appointments will be offered. At your appointment, we will prepare the seven application images and the Artist Guide image from your digital files while you wait. IF you have created your Artist Profile on ZAPP® prior to the appointment, we will upload the sized images to your Image Library.

Appointments last one hour and will be held at the Arts Council, 1070 River Street, Santa Cruz (Tannery Arts Center Campus). Click here to sign up.

Dates for 2017 Tour:

  • October 7th & 8th  North County
  • October 14th & 15th  South County
  • October 21st & 22nd  All County

What is Open Studios ?
Open Studios Art tour is your opportunity to explore creativity in Santa Cruz County. For 32 years, our goal has been simple: connect artists with people who love art. For the first three weekends in October, artists from the redwoods to the bay open their studios so that friends, neighbors, and strangers from near and far can discover art in this stunning county.

If you missed the 2016 tour, but would like to take a look at the Artist Guide, you can view the Guide online.

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