Calls & Opportunities for Artists

Call for Artists: CHAIRFUL 2021

Dates: August 23 through Sept. 7, with a public viewing on Saturday, August 21, noon – 5pm at the Jason Russell House. Chairful Where You Sit is a one-day outdoor art installation and fundraiser for the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture featuring artistically transformed chairs and other small furniture items rescued from basements and curbs. Since 2012, our event has saved over 400 chairs from the trash and raised significant funds to support our public art projects. New this year — we’re accepting artistically revamped small furniture items like side tables in addition to chairs!
We are planning a hybrid event with both a one-day outdoors preview of the chairs and a two-week-long online auction event. For more info, contact Adria Arch at
* Need a chair? Contact Adria ASAP. She has several chairs that need artists to adopt them! Chairs must be completed by August 15 or sooner.
* Where do I find a chair? Often you may have an old chair that you never use, or you can peruse the trash pickup. You can purchase a used chair at a thrift shop. Or you can ask your friends and neighbors.
* What kind of paint is best? Acrylic paint on top of a primer coat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may participate?  

A Chairful chair may be completed by one person, or may be a collaborative effort.  

Anyone 14 and older may participate, even if you have never painted a chair before! Ages 14 and  under may participate with an adult as a team  

You do not have to live in Arlington to participate.  

This year there is no submission fee. If you plan to participate, you must send an email to Adria Arch to let her know.  

What kind of chair may I use? You can use any kind of chair – from child-size chairs to rocking  chairs, desk chairs, stools, etc. We love surprises and creativity! The better condition and more creative your chair is, the more likely it will sell. We prefer that you find a chair that was destined  for the trash pick up or stashed in the basement.  

Can I paint other items? Yes. We are including small furniture items like side tables. 

Where can I find a used chair? The best finds are often right in front of you! Check out your  neighborhood before the weekly trash pickup, ask your neighbors, or look in your attic or  basement. Look for announcements on social media. If all else fails, Chairful curators can help  connect you with a chair.  

What is allowed in terms of re-inventing a chair? You may reinvent a used chair by painting,  construction, collage or other means. If you use collage, please make sure that you use acrylic  adhesive and you use several coats of varnish on top.  

Are all chairs accepted for the installation? Yes, all chairs submitted will be part of the  exhibit/installation  

Can I submit more than one chair? Yes, you may submit up to three chairs 

What if my chair isn’t purchased? You may pick up your unsold chair at the end of the exhibit or  you may donate it to APA to use in our publicity and fundraising throughout the year.  

What kind of paint should I use? Latex house paint makes a great base coat. Ask your friends or  neighbors for donations of unused house paints. If your chair is unpainted, a primer coat of white  house paint, sprayed or brushed on, is suggested. Acrylic paint is fine for detail work

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Live Arts Arlington!

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 2021 to share their art with Arlington residents and visitors as part of LIVE ARTS ARLINGTON (LAA). Artists will activate a public dining parklet, via performance or demonstration, at an agreed upon date and time on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 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 offerings 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. 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!
Where is this happening?
For 2021, Live Arts Arlington is happening in or near three public dining parklets in Arlington: two in Arlington Center, one on Broadway Plaza and the other on Medford Street, and one in Arlington Heights near the bus depot. The space on Medford Street has space for 1-5 artists. On Broadway Plaza and in the Heights there is space for one artist. None of the spaces have access to electrical power.
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.
Live Arts Arlington 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. The 2019 LAA pilot included Egyptian dance, puppetry, classical, jazz and popular music performance, portraiture, and basket weaving. Share this Call! 

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Old North Bridge

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Go Out Doors – Minute Man National Historical PArk

The National Park Service and The Umbrella Arts Center have announced a call for proposals for a new extension of the Go Out Doors – Neighbors regional public art project. The new call invited designs for a temporary art installation that are inspired by, respond to, and creatively interpret themes from one of 4 major sites in the Park: The Wayside, Minute Man Visitor Center (site of “Parker’s Revenge”), Buttrick Garden, and Old North Bridge.  Submit proposals by July 23, 2021 for early consideration, or on a rolling basis through July 31 pending capacity at the form starting here.

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