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

Poetry and Reflections – Our P.L.A.C.E.

Our PLACE and the Arts Council present Poetry and Reflections

This is an open mic and poetry competition that will be held at the Arts Council hosted by Enfinite and Sherris Johnson

The open mic will open the show

Poetry Competiton

10 Poets
2 Rounds

Each poem performed, must be inspired by the Reflections: Africa American Life Collection which will be featured by the Art’s council the following week

Poems must be original and recited/performed by the author.
Competition will be judged by members of the Art’s Council and randomly selected members of the audience
There will be 2 rounds and the poet with highest score after the two rounds will win a cash prize

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Draw Libby 2017 – Cumberland County Library

The library is hosting an art contest to draw Libby, the mascot for Librari-Con. Every year a different local artist has drawn a version of Libby that is used in the marketing for that year’s convention. The artist is given a table at Librari-Con and has exclusive rights to sell merchandise featuring Libby. Entries should be received by March 1, 2017. The winner would then have until June 15th to complete all additional artwork (full color Libby, chibi Libby and a two color Libby that is used for t-shirts).

50th Anniversary Exhibition – Fayetteville Art Guild

Artists are invited to submit work for the Fayetteville Art Guild Exhibition entitled 50th Anniversary Exhibition: Past, Present & Future.

Eligibility: Open to all artists 18 years and older.
Entry fee: Free for Guild Members, $25 for non Members

Artists can hand deliver art work to Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery, 113 Gillespie Street, on Friday Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact or call (910) 484-6848 with questions.

Cabin Fever  – Cape Fear Studios

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Cape Fear Studios “Cabin Fever” Exhibition – A non-juried exhibition open to all artists 18 or older. Submit your artwork on January 7th or January 9th between 11 and 5 pm. No entries taken on Sunday.

This exhibit will be on display from January 12th – February 21 2017. A People’s Choice Award will be presented.

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Winter Studio – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Winter Studio begins January 23.  Classes are available for students ages 3 – 12.  For additional information on Studio classes, Student Matinees, or to discover how your homeschool group can attend daytime classes at CFRT, contract Molly Malone at

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After School/Summer Camps

After School Drama Classes – Gilbert Theater

2017 Spring Classes include:

Broadcast News
The Capitol Encore News Staff with Mr. Kline!
Be part of behind the scenes or in front of the camera on highly popular
The Capitol Encore Academy News program.

Tuesdays 3:15-5:15pm ( 2 hours)
Feb 14 – May 9 (12 sessions!)
Exact Dates: Feb 14, 21, 28 Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 4, 11, 25 May 2, 9


Start the journey of becoming an Actor with Fayetteville’s very own Gilbert Theater and filmmaker/teacher, Mr. Kline!
Wednesdays 3:15-4:15pm ( 1 hour)
Feb 15- March 22 (8 Sessions!)
Exact Dates: Feb 15, 22 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5 


Draw, color and build animation films with filmmaker/teacher, Mr. Kline!
Thursdays 3:15-4:15pm (1 hour)
Feb 16-March 23 (6 sessions!)
Exact dates: Feb 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
Ages of students: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade only.

To sign up for classes, please contact Brian Adam Kline at

Encore Kids College Programs – Capitol Encore Academy

Encore Kids College is an after school program hosted by The Capitol Encore Academy (TCEA). The mission of Encore Kids College, through a joint collaboration with local artists and organizations, is to provide access to the arts and creative practices for K-12 children in our community.

Registration for the Fall 2017 Encore Kids College (EKC) after school program is now open. This program is offered to all K-12 students in our community. Students do not have to attend TCEA to participate in EKC Programs.

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2017 Summer Acting Camp  – Gilbert Theater

The Gilbert Theater 2017 Summer Acting Camp will take place July 31st – August 12th.  Campers can do one or both weeks. Monday – Friday 9:00 am-3:30 pm Saturday performance at the theatre at 7pm.

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! Ages 6-17

Summer Camp Cost: $125.00 Early Bird Rate *After April 3 $150.00 PER WEEK. If your camper chooses to stay in camp for the two full weeks, the cost is: $250.00.  Total fee is due at the time of registration.

Deadline: July 28

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 General Arts Opportunities


Audio Describer Training  – Arts Access 
Audio Description is a narration service for individuals who are blind or have low vision.The audio describer provides an ongoing dialogue of visual events that are taking place.  Participants in this training are eligible to audition for Audio Describer employment opportunities with Arts Access.
-how to articulate visual details effectively and in the moment
-tips for bringing audio description back to your organization
-how to enhance the theater or gallery experience for the blind and low vision audience.
Cost: $300 – Group Discounts available
Deadline: January 27 & 28, 2017
The Glacier National Park  – Artist-in-Residence 
The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this astounding landscape. It also allows artists the opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs and exhibits.
Deadline: January 31, 2017
CAPS Teaching Artist/Presenter  – Durham Arts Council

Primarily a partnership between Durham Arts Council and Durham Public Schools, this 44-year program places professional artists in public and private classrooms throughout Durham, Granville, and Orange counties to provide creative and interactive residencies that teach core subjects (math, science, writing, social studies), character education and a variety of life skills through the arts. CAPS impacts the lives of over 20,000 students each year.

CAPS artists also work within the community providing programs in early childhood centers, preschools and after-schools. We serve seniors and adults groups, and provide professional development ‘ARTS’ workshops for teachers and business teams.

Deadline: February 5, 2017
Cabin Fever Workshops  – Pocosin Arts 
Got Cabin Fever?  Choose your remedy with a workshop in the following areas: ceramics, jewelry/metals, paper, or wood.   Scholarship applications are due January 6.  $50  tuition increase starts January 16, 2017.
Workshop: February 16-19, 2017


The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas studios are located amidst a thriving waterfront community full of art galleries, creative professionals, and independent retailers. Studios have freight and passenger elevator access, high ceilings and natural light. Communal spaces include a kitchen, slop sinks, restrooms and a sitting area with wi-fi. Studio access is 24 hours/7 days week.

Deadline: February 17, 2017
Artist Link Project  – Arts Access 
Artists, musicians, at all levels and abilities welcome! Arts Access strives to encourage and promote the work of artists with disabilities throughout North Carolina. As a part of this goal we wanted to start a registry which will allow us to connect you with resources and help promote your work.  We will not share your information to others (who might want to hire you or display your work)  unless you give permission but we will add you to our emails to make sure you get resource info.
Talent Wanted – Gallery 116th

Writers, models and photographers wanted.  Talent please email your resume, portfolio or CV to 

Interns Wanted – Gallery 116th

Gallery 116th is seeking interns.  Interns must be in the Fayetteville, NC area, be a creative indivitual and be a team player.  Please email your resume, portfolio or CV to 

Artists’ Charitable Fund
The Artists’ Charitable Fund –  which is a non profit based in Colorado, that provides financial assistance to professional visual artists who are facing medical/dental or other crisis, such as fire or flood.
In the twenty years the Fund has been operating, it has paid out half a million dollars to assist artists all across the USA.
It does not pay the artist directly – but pays the doctor, dentist or as in the case of floods or fire, has purchased art supplies to help artists get back to work.

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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

For more information or to apply, email


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




Float – Visual Art Exchange

There is a childish freedom of sitting in 4 inches of water. Kiddie pools have a nostalgia of aloof parents and excited friends eager to sit in rusty hose water. The imprint of those memories have toys and objects, designed to (or not designed to) float in luke-warm water waiting to be rescued. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create artwork that stay afloat in either water or air. VAE is challenging artists to think off the wall, and in the pool. Create work that rests in fluid transitions. Work that requires the viewers’ transitions. Work that floats on the surface, between substances, and in space.

Deadline: March 9
Call for Entries for 6x6x2017 – Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Help us once again to build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6×6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted; exhibited in the gallery & online, and offered for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase.

Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Limit 4 Artworks per elementary, middle, or highschool.

Entries Deadline:  April 16 or postmarked by April 15 2017

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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


Call for Sculpture artists – Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir NC.   Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Interested sculptors will find the application form and more details at This call for sculpture artists is ongoing; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year.

Deadline: ongoing

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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 – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Auditions will be held for “Caroline, or Change” on Monday, Jan 9, from 5-9 p.m.

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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

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

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