Call for Artists


FOR BANDS, PERFORMERS, ARTIST DEMOS, DANCE, PUPPETRY, ETC: Live Arts Arlington 2020. Deadline February 24, 2020

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. In May and June 2020,  5-10 artists, across all art forms, will be invited to activate populated, accessible public spaces for two-hour periods.

Arlington values diversity. We strongly encourage candidates of varied backgrounds, including people of color, persons with disabilities and others to apply. The 2019 LAA pilot included Egyptian dance, puppetry, classical, jazz and popular music performance, portraiture, and basket weaving. Read more about Live Arts Arlington 2019 here!

Project Description Artists activate a public space, via performance or demonstration, for two hours at an agreed upon date and time on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. ACAC provides advance promotion, signage, a volunteer site host, and a $100 stipend. Artists are encouraged to put out a “hat” to collect donations from the public.

Program Goals Live Arts Arlington is designed to invite audience members into relationships with each other and the artist(s) by creatively activating public space. Our goals are to provide opportunities for artists and to make it more engaging to live, work, and spend time in Arlington.

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.

What is required to be considered for this opportunity? Please fill out this six-question Google form. We’ve tried to make this step as easy as possible, and hope it won’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete

If I get chosen, what do I have to do? – Obtain a $12 street performance license from the town of Arlington. With this license you are welcome to busk in Arlington through December 31, 2020. – 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.


FOR POETS: April’s National Poetry Month. Deadline February 16, 2020

Arlington’s Poet Laureate, Steve Ratiner, has announced a Call for Submissions to Arlington adult and students who would like to participate in a special project to be launched during National Poetry Month in April.


  • Please submit 1-2 original poems, each no longer than 20 lines, on any subject matter, but with this specific goal: choose a poem you’d wish to share with neighbors, whether or not they are readers of poetry – one that will offer surprise, insight, delight.
  • Send submissions via email only. Paste the poem into the body of an email (no attachments, please). Write ‘A Call for Poems’ in the subject line – and, if you are a student, specify at what grade level.  If a poem has been previously published, please do cite the place of publication. Send to Steven Ratiner at Include your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached if your poem is selected.
  • Depending on the number of submissions, approximately 8-10 poems from adult writers will be chosen, and a similar number of student poems.

All poems should be received no later than Sunday, February 16th, 2020.  Writers whose work is selected will be contacted by mid-March and the project will take place in April.

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