Calls for Artists


The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture has an opportunity for artists from across all performance and art forms to “take to the streets” in June, July and August 2022 to share their art with Arlington residents and visitors as part of LIVE ARTS ARLINGTON.
Artists will activate public space, via performance or demonstration, at an agreed upon date and time. ACAC will provide advance promotion, signage, and a $100 stipend. Artists are encouraged to put out a “hat” to collect donations from the public.
Selection Criteria: Artists will be selected based on fit between the artist and the space, and diversity of artistic offering across the program. Once those criteria are addressed, preference will be given to artists who live and/or work in Arlington.
If I get chosen, what do I have to do?
– Obtain a $12 street performance license from the town of Arlington, via the Select Board office at Town Hall. With this license you are welcome to busk in Arlington through December 31, 2021.
– Schedule a time, date and location with ACAC for you/your group to perform/create/share.
– Provide ACAC with promotional language and photos/video, so we can get the word out.
– Show up and do your thing!
What happens if it rains? We find another mutually convenient date and time.
How do I apply? Please fill out this seven-question Google form. We’ve tried to make this step as easy as possible, and the form shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete.
Summary: Live Arts Arlington (LAA) is a public performance and creation initiative designed to put live arts in the path of the broadest swath of Arlington residents and visitors. Arlington values diversity.  We strongly encourage candidates of varied backgrounds, including people of color, persons with disabilities and others to apply. Since 2019, Live Arts Arlington has included Egyptian dance, puppetry, classical, jazz and popular music performance, art making, portraiture, and basket weaving.

Artist: Megan O'Brien

CALL FOR Artists: Arlington Utility Box Painting Project 2022

Call for artists to paint utility boxes in Arlington this Spring/Summer  open to all interested artists, in or out of Arlington.
This spring, Arts Arlington will continue its years’ long effort to transform some of the town’s utility boxes into unique works of art. Utility boxes sit on street corners and sidewalks, holding all the equipment that keeps our town ticking. They hold traffic light controls, cable connections, electric transformers and more.
We invite interested artists to submit up to three original designs for the theme Connection by April 1, 2022, to be considered for this year’s jury. Artists will be compensated $400 per box. To find out more details, and for a submission form, email

CALL FOR Artists: Natural Visions

As part of Natural Visions: An Earth Day Celebration (April 23 – May 15, 2022) LexArt is excited to announce a call to artists in New England for representational or abstract work that relates to nature, the environment, and conservation. Work can be in any medium and any material; natural, man-made, or recycled. Sculpture, painting, watercolor, woodwork, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, decorative arts, and photography are all welcome.
Prizes: There will be a First Prize of $250 and two Juror’s Selection prizes of $100. Submission deadline: March 31, 2022, 5 pm.  Accepted artists can expect notification on or about April 10, 2022. Juror: The exhibit juror, Ronnie Gould, began her art career as a painter, then discovered clay and has worked for over 30 years as a sculptor with a focus on animals. Her art work and environmental efforts connect with front-line organizations such as Zoo New England and the Sierra Club.
Entry fees and number of submissions: The entry fee for LexArt members is $15 for three pieces; the fee for non-members is $25 for three pieces.  Artworks must be hand delivered to LexArt between April 14, 2022 – April 15, 2022, 9am-5pm, in the LexArt office, 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA.
Submission Guidelines: To enter, read the submission guidelines here. The guidelines have a link to the page for paying the entry fee and other information. Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022

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