Artist Opportunities

Competitions, Classes, Workshops and Auditions, and Job Postings

The following artist opportunities are listed as a service to artists in our community. The Arts Council receives these notifications from many sources, and assumes no liability for their content. If your arts organization has information they would like listed on this page please e-mail Mary Kinney, Marketing Director for the Arts Council, at If you would like more information on exhibiting your artwork at the Arts Council, view the Featured Opportunities below and visit our Exhibit Page for upcoming open exhibits.  (To see an archive of monthly Artists Opportunities provided by the NC Arts Council, go to


After School/Summer Camps

General Arts Opportunities

Visual Arts Opportunities

Performing Arts Opportunities

Literary Arts Opportunities

Featured Opportunities

Gilbert G.A.T.E. – Gilbert Theater

The Gilbert Gate is a competitive program devoted to young actor’s training, ages 17-25. The “Gate” represents the passage from young actor to adult actor.

Our program is dedicated to performance training in Movement, Voice/Speech, Scene Study, and Acting. While in the program the student will become grounded in a myriad of period styles including Restoration comedy and Shakespeare, as well as acting for film and television, audition prep, and musical theatre. With this training, students will learn about the business side of Acting along with college entry counseling, a major part of the program.

The Gate Program consists of 2 units: Renaissance/Classical/Shakespeare or Contemporary Plays, and Filmmaking. Students will complete each unit (2) with a performance showcasing their work through monologues and scene work. These performances will be open to the public.

Auditions: August 20 from 10 – 12 a.m.

Email for an appointment.
Military Call for Art – Cape Fear Studios

Entries are being sought for a military-themed art show at Cape Fear Studios from Sept. 23-Oct. 26.  Artists can submit either two or three-dimensional art, including photography.

Eligibility: Military retirees, Military personnel and their dependents 18 years or older and based at Fort Bragg are eligible

Entry fee: None

For more information, email Steve Opet at

Pottery Workshop – Cape Fear Studios

Join Master Potter Simon Leach for a Pottery Workshop on October 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Participants will need some throwing experience.  A short free presentation will open to the public at FTCC on Saturday, October 28 from 7-8 p.m.$315

To Register, call 910-433-2986 or email





After School/Summer Camps


Discovering the Arts 2016 Summer Program – Ellington-White CDC

Join Ellington-White CDC for “Discovering the Arts 2016 Summer Program” June 20 – July 20, Mondays-Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Middle School Ages 10-13 and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for ages 14 and older.

To Register, call (910) 483-1388

Summer Drama Camps – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

This year, CFRT will offer 5 performance intensive camps for ages 6-19! During each of our camps, students spend their days studying acting, music, and dance in preparation for a fully produced musical performance.  In addition to classes and rehearsals, students take part in theatre games and group activities that build self-confidence and teach teamwork.

Session 1: June 13 – June 25 (ages 8-15) James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Session 2: June 27 – July 2 (ages 5-8) Willy Wonka, Kids
Session 3: July 11 – July 16 (ages 5-8) Willy Wonka, Kids
Session 4: July 18 – July 30 (ages 8-15) James and the Giant Peach, Jr.
Session 5: July 25 – August 6 (ages 14-19) James and the Giant Peach, Jr.


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Summer Children’s Programs – Cape Fear Studios

Week long summer camps will be held for children 8 and up at Cape Fear Studios beginning the week of July 11 through August 8.  Topics include Flashback to the 1960s, Hand Building Pottery and 2 Dimensional Mediums.

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Summer Children’s Programs – Fascinate-U

Registration is open for Fascinate-U’s Art & Science Summer Camps! Camps will be held the weeks of June 20-24, July 18-22 and August 15-19.

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Summer Acting Camps – Gilbert Theater

The Gilbert Theater 2016 Summer Acting Camp will take place August 1-13 – enrollment will begin January 2016.  Campers ages 6-17 can do one or both weeks. Monday – Friday 9:00 am-3:30 pm Saturday performance at the theatre at 7 pm.

Students will enjoy a whirlwind week of Improvisation, Comedy, Acting and Movement Classes! The camp week will culminate in a showcase for friends and family!


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 General Arts Opportunities


North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Conference

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Conference will be held in the Research Triangle Park from September 21-23 at  the Sheraton Imperial Hotel.  Jon the largest annual gathering of North Carolina’s nonprofits for interactive learning, exciting speakers, and great networking.

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GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program

The GRAMMY Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2017 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application.

Deadline: October 1

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38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference

This conference is designed to meet the needs and interests of sculptors and educators working in a variety of 3-D media, including metal, clay, glass, fibers, stone and mixed media. It will be a valuable educational experience that includes not only technical information, but marketing and business information as well.

Deadline: October 6-9, 2016

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Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to artists working in craft disciplines including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ develops, promotes, and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery that benefit all artists. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports artists’ careers.

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Art Instructor – Wine and Design

Wine and Design is currently looking for some great art instructors!  We require that you have an artistic background as you will be in charge of teaching 2 hours of “paint parties” to customers with no painting experience at all. Please have sample work/portfolio to provide.

Great personality, patient with large groups, feels confident enough to speak and teach in front of large crowds, strong work ethic, creative, and ENERGETIC!

Must be able to work most Saturday nights — typical hours are 5:30-9:30 pm.

Please email 3 pieces of sample work from your portfolio and a short summary of why you think you would be a great asset to Wine & Design. We will be in contact with you once we have received your information.

LOCATION: Downtown Fayetteville
COMPENSATION: $10.00-$15.00 per hour based on experience

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Professional Development Seminars – The Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance offers professional development seminars throughout the year for artists and creatives.

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Artist Opportunities – Visual Art Exchange

VAE is looking for visual artists, circus performers, musicians, fashion designers, comedians, geeks and more!

If you are a creative talent and want a supportive community outlet for your work, check out the Calls for Talent posted on the SPARKcon website.

Artist Opportunities – NC Arts Council

For additional Artist Opportunities, visit the North Carolina Arts Council Page at for recent updates.

North Carolina Arts Council – Ongoing Opportunities

State-wide artist opportunities in all disciplines can be found at the North Carolina Arts Council’s website. Click here to see current opportunities.


Instrument Grants – Fender Music Foundation

The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. The organization is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and the equipment necessary to play these instruments.

Who may apply: music instruction programs that are part of nonprofit organizations or public schools in the United States. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. Participants can be of any age. Music appreciation or entertainment programs do not qualify and the participants cannot be professional or career musicians.

There is no application deadline.  Applications are approved on a rolling basis that fluctuates depending on the amount of inventory in stock.  Applications can also be placed on hold if the requested instruments are expected to be received within that calendar year.

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A3 Foundation – A3 Fellows Program

The A3 Foundation, which was established by three early employees of Facebook, has two programs in its ongoing efforts to foster and support emerging Asian-American artists in the media.

The A3/Sundance Fellowship allows recipients to participate for the year in the highly coveted Sundance Directors Lab and Screenwriters Lab programs in order to develop hands-on skills and experience in their field.

The A3 Fellows Program is the inaugural program for the foundation placing emerging artists with more established artists to learn and grow. The fellowship consists of $10,000-$20,000 in funding, as well as mentorship from more established artists, and the opportunity to build your skillset and network. Through the funding and support from the A3 Foundation, we give artists their first break as well as help established artists reach the next level of success in the media space.

Want to apply to these programs? Click here to visit their website for additional information.

Professional Development Workshops – Creative Capital

Creative Capital has awarded $29 million to 530 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel and career development services. Our Professional Development workshops have empowered an additional 6,500 creative minds to strengthen their careers and enrich their communities.

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Creative Aging Roster – Lifetime Arts

 Lifetime Arts is currently recruiting artists for their Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Roster. With the support of the US Institute for Museum and Library Services, Creative Aging in America’s Libraries will establish a Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network for Libraries over the next few years. Beginning in the fall of this year, myriad employment opportunities for teaching artists will appear in libraries who will look to Lifetime Arts’ Roster for qualified creative aging teaching artists.

Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging Roster is a free online directory of professional teaching artists – peer vetted and qualified to design and deliver instructional arts programs for older adults. Searchable by arts discipline, geographic location and languages spoken, the Roster is available to anyone interested in engaging teaching artists for creative aging programs.

Interested in becoming apart of the roster?  Click here





Arts in the Airport – The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville

Artists are encouraged to submit work inspired by or in celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Submitted work may reflect the beauty of the landscape, wildlife and fauna or reference the rich creative and cultural heritage of the area. Contemporary fine craft which reflects an appreciation of craft tradition will be considered.

Deadline:  July 24

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43rd Annual Juried Exhibition – Artists Guild of Spartanburg

The Artists Guild of Spartanburg welcomes entries from all artiss residing in North or South Carolina.   Only digital entries will be considered.

Deadline:  July 28

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Call for Artists – Halifax Art Festival

Artists are encouraged to submit work for the 54th Annual Halifax Art Festival. Juried and Judges “Competitive” entries  are eligible for cash awards ($225 for space & $35 for jury).  Juried “NonCompetitive” are not eligible for awards ($135 for space & $35 for jury).

Deadline:  August 19

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31st annual Sculpture Celebration – Caldwell Arts Council 

Caldwell Arts Council (a Caldwell County, NC non-profit) announces the 31st annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC on Saturday September 10, 2016.

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards and potential sales. No commission in event of sales. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina for this event. Early registration discounts are available.

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Call for Entries – Arts Council of Wayne County

Artists are welcome to enter the 37th National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition.  Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Second Prize, Third Prize, Best in Wayne County and People’s Choice Award.  All work must be for sale.

Entry fee: $25 for two works

Entries Accepted:  Sept 29 – Oct 2

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Restaurant Photography Wanted – Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau keeps a comprehensive database of images and shots from tourism partners throughout the county and we need more shots from Cumberland County NC restaurants. What are we looking for? Folks reading menus and eating, internal and external shots of the restaurants, wait staff at work and pictures of the food. The more pictures we collect, the better we can promote the community and its food offerings.


Can you help? We’ll provide a photo credit for any images you provide. Please submit pictures to



Visual Art Exchange – Call for Art

Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh is currently scheduling Community Exchange Exhibitions. VAE members can apply for solo exhibitions at Cameron Village Library, Duke Raleigh Hospital and the MJH Gallery at the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. These well-attended exhibitions are seen by over 200,000 people each year.

Deadline: Ongoing
For more information:



Performing Arts

Auditions – Sweet Tea Shakespeare 

Sweet Tea Shakespeare will hold auditions for its 2016-2017 productions on August 8 from 6 to 9 pm at the Capitol Encore Academy at 126 Hay Street in Fayetteville, NC. Auditions are by appointment only; walk-in availability is limited and walk-ins will only be seen until 7:30pm. Enter TCEA off of Old Street at the back of the building.

To register for auditions, complete the audition form here: and then email your resume and headshot/photo to with only the words “STS 2016-2017 Season Audition” in the subject line.

Gilbert Glee Auditions – Gilbert Theater

Through the Glee initiative, the Gilbert aims not only to entertain, but also to educate young people ages 6 – 17 by engaging them with timeless literature through expressive theatre, dance and music.

The Glee Club works on material throughout the year and performs for the community often!  Instructors: Brian Adam Kline, Robyne Parrish, Mary McGee, Matthew Overturf and Yudora Forbes.

The cost is $185 per child for the entire year, plus the cost of a t-shirt ($15).

Glee usually meets the last Saturday of every month from 12-3:30 (unless another date is chosen).

Audition Date: August 20 from 12 – 3:30 p.m.

Please prepare a song. No piano music needed.

Please make an appointment by e mailing Brian Kline at – space is limited!


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Actors Wanted – The Carolina Caledonian Fest

The Carolina Caledonian Fest, a new Scottish heritage festival that will take place October 28-30 at Lu-Mil Vineyard in Dublin/Elizabethtown, NC is seeking actors to do monologues in character for the following historical persons. Wardrobe will be provided, along with a performance payment and professional video. If interested please e-mail Allen McDavid at or Mary Alice Kurr-Murphy at

Deadline: October 28-30, 2016

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Gilbert Theater – Audition Schedule

Gilbert Theater holds auditions throughout the year.  To find out about current and upcoming auditions, visit their website by clicking here.

If you cannot make auditions for a particular production, please feel free to contact the Theater or send a resume and headshot to or via mail to P.O. Box 53704, Fayetteville, NC 28305.

Classes on Improvisational Comedy

Offered as part of the Gilbert Conservatory, the classes take place at different times throughout the year. The classes are for all experience levels, fun and friendly and will help you learn how to improvise. The Gilbert Theater is located at 116 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in performing improv comedy, the classes are a great way to try and become a member of the Horrible Folks comedy troupe, which produces the Horrible Folks Comedy Show at the Cameo Theatre in downtown Fayetteville. The show features improv games, as well as video sketch comedy, standup comedians, and more.

For more information, email or call 910-489-8044.


Oldies, Rock & Blues Music

Hope Mills Recreation Center hosts open mic oldies, rock and blues music every first and third Friday of the month.  Enjoy live Rock, Country and Blues music from local artists.  Registration to perform is the day of the event.  Sign-up is open to everyone on a first come first to perform basis.


ConsiderIt is an altruistic organization and online arts journal that presents original writing, visual media and music in order to raise funds for artists and select grassroots organizations. Every three months ConsiderIt hosts a contest for all writers, artists and musicians over 18 years of age. Finalists will be published on the Web site for three months and one winner will receive a cash award. Entry fee applies.

Deadline: Ongoing
For more information: Visit or email



Literary Arts



Writing Can Help

Writing Can Help is a new group led by a 30-year veteran for those who have experienced trauma. Its purpose is to encourage release, hope, help and healing through writing. Open to military men and women, retirees, veterans, government civilians, battlefield contractors, first responders and their family members who have experienced or who are experiencing events resulting in mental (such as PTSD and TBI) or physical trauma and disabilities, Writing Can Help aims to be an environment in which members feel comfortable and free to express themselves while developing and learning the benefits associated with writing in a positive and productive manner.   Meetings on the first Saturday of each month will be critiques of work while meetings on the third Saturday will be workshops.

When: First and Third Saturday of Each Month                    Time: 10:30 am                     Location: Rm 202 of the General Classroom building (All American Veteran Center/Book Store Bldg.) on the Fayetteville Technical Community College Campus

RSVP by contacting the facilitator, Jerry Bradley at (910) 574-5019 or

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