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


IFF Photo Contest – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County


 Photographers 18 years of age and older are invited to submit their most stunning photographs of the upcoming 38th International Folk Festival, Sept. 24-25, in downtown Fayetteville, NC.

Deadline (EXTENDED!): October 24, 2016, noon

Click here for more information

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

Artist Fellowship Program – North Carolina Arts Council 
 Writers, songwriters, and composers have the opportunity to receive $10,000 towards the creation of new work.

Deadline: November 1, 2016

Click here for more information





After School


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 2016 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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 General Arts Opportunities


Talent Wanted – Gallery 116th

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

Inters 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 

IFF Photo Contest – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Are you a photographer? Here’s your chance to submit your best shots of the 38th International Folk Festival! The Arts Council is calling all photographers 18 years of age and older to submit their most stunning photographs of the upcoming festival, Sept. 24-25, in Downtown Fayetteville.

There will be a juried contest with cash awards totaling $400 in the following categories: parade, performances and cultural food.

Entries must be received no later than noon on Oct. 24, 2016.

Click here for more information

History of Art Book – Great Good Art Gallery

Be included in the upcoming book, “A Brief History of Artists in Eastern North Carolina”.  The book is going to showcase the entire creative community in Eastern North Carolina.  The project is being undertaken to acknowledge those artists in Eastern North Carolina who have made a contribution to the art community.

As a creative artist in Eastern North Carolina, we are inviting you to participate in the endeavor.

Deadline: December 31, 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

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.

 Click here for more information

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.

Click here to learn more

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




Call for Art – Fayetteville Art Guild

Eligibility: Open to all artists eighteen years of age and older.

Submissions: Original 2-D and 3-D works of art and fine art crafts in all mediums including oils, pastels, photography, jewelry, fabric, pottery, color pencils, etc.

Entry Fee: No charge to Art Guild Members and $25 for Non Members

Hand delivery of art work to The Sweet Palette at 101 Person Street

Dropoff: November 10, 2016

For more information contact


Luncheon and Holiday Ceramics Sale –  Foundation at Southeastern Community College
This December, Southeastern Community College will hold a luncheon on December 9th at the historic Vineland Depot.  The Depot has a gallery space where we would like to host the ceramic work of regional artists.  The luncheon is in conjunction with Vineland Christmas, a week long series of holiday events in downtown Whiteville.

Entry fee: $10 for artists would have a 6 ft table for exhibition space.

Contact September Drueger at, (910) 642-7141 x 379

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



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 for our production of Intimate Apparel will be held on October 22nd from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

Audition requirements, roles we’re seeking, character descriptions and more information about the auditions may be found on our website’s auditions page.

Sign up for a time slot now by e-mailing

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

Click here for more information on this group


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