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Call for Summer Teaching Artists

Cleveland Play House, recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award and America’s first professional regional theatre is now accepting applications for part time Teaching Artists for the months of June and July. Teaching Artists will work directly with Cleveland Play House’s Education staff to create and implement lessons for a variety of camps throughout the summer. Teaching Artists must be available for training on May 30th and 31st from 9 AM to 5 PM. They must also be able to pass a federal background check. Typical hours will be 9 AM to 3 PM for the month of June, and fewer hours in July.  

Request for Proposals | Test Flight, new play development program, CPT

Test Flight offers opportunities to artists who are interested in co-producing works with Cleveland Public Theatre. Test Flight is a multi-week series where artists are given the keys to the theatre to develop their projects to a workshop level. In addition to serving local artists, Test Flight will also be open to national and international artists who wish to come to Cleveland to develop their pieces. Test Flight offers artists or groups the opportunity to produce workshop productions of theatre, dance, performance art, music or genre defying performances. Deadline to submit is June 12, 2017.

Request for Proposals| Entry Point, Cleveland Public Theatre

Every project is unique and has unique needs. Some playwrights need a director to work with, others just need time in the rehearsal room with their ensemble, or a way to share a short fragment and get feedback. Entry Point is a platform for artists to develop their work in the early to mid stages of creation. CPT will customize its support of projects and provide a festival forum to share that work with the public. Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 12, 2017

Satellite Gallery Call for Installation Artist

Helmed by Captain Loren Naji, Satellite Gallery is located in the burgeoning Waterloo Arts District, and the only gallery in Cleveland focusing solely on installation art.

They are always booking artists in advance, so email them ( with either photos of previous work, or sketches or a written proposal of your installation idea. Feel free to browse photographs from their openings ( to see if you are a “right” fit for Satellite. You do not need to have previous installation experience, just a desire to dip your toes into the installation art world.

Call for Submissions | Literary Cleveland, Who We Are, Where We Live

Literary Cleveland is seeking submissions of first-person stories, essays and poems written by people who live and/or work in Buckeye Shaker, or have personal ties to the community. Selected works will be published in an online anthology on the Lit Cleveland website and promoted widely. Contributors will be invited to a final reading and celebration planned for Sat. July 8th from 1-3 pm at Loganberry Books, and may be asked to read from their work. Deadline to submit is Friday, June 16, 2017.

FireFish Festival

On October 6-7, 2017 the FireFish Festival will once again transform downtown Lorain into a stage for a scorching array of art, dance, music, and FIRE orchestrated in unexpected places.
Now in its third year, this exciting event directed by James Levin, is looking for the artists that will make this happen ways never before imagined!
The proposal deadline is June 1st so the sooner the better!

2017 MFA National Competition

MFA NATIONAL COMPETITION, July 20 - August 11, 2017. U.S. Artists enrolled in an MFA program within the last three years. Eligible works: paintings, drawings, collage, prints, sculpture, photography, installations and computer-generated art. Juror: Dorothea Rockburne, Artist, Guggenheim Fellow, Collections: MOMA, MMA, The Guggenheim Museum, etc
ENTRY DEADLINE: May 31. Entry fee: $35/1-3 works, $5/ea. additional, max. 6. Online applications only.

Call for Artists and Vendors | Akron Zoo 2017 Trunk Show

The Akron Zoo is now accepting applications for the 2017 Trunk Show! This will be the 9th year for our holiday shopping event hosted by the Akron Zoo Gift Shop. Booths will be located in our beautiful Welcome Center decorated for the Holidays. There are no booth fees and no show admission! Preference given to artists and vendors whose work has animal, garden or conservation themes/materials. Deadline to submit is October 8, 2017.

CALL for Art: The Peer Show

The Cleveland Print Room invites members and non-members to submit artwork for our 2017 juried exhibition, The Peer Show. This is a unique opportunity for photographic artists to exhibit their work and receive substantial exposure in Cleveland’s only dedicated photographic art gallery, community darkroom, educational center, and studio workspace. Over 30 selected works will be exhibited in our gallery, with a top prize of $300 to be awarded. All selections and cash awards will be made at the discretion of the jurors and will be final.

Artist commission

Kickstarter is currently seeking to add to their current network pool of talented artists as their market is expanding, and demand is growing.
Kickstart Artwest is a network of a talented artist pool from all over the globe. They offer artists a marketing arm by providing them with request from their wide range of clientele. This is not a membership program, they simply provide for you commissioned work. They are seeking to add a limited number of artist. Each artist in their network is still independent of their personal clientele accepting commissions through kickstart Art dependent on their bandwidth and availability.

Chinese Cultural Performances

Hello dancers! Yin Tang Dance is now accepting video auditions for the 2017-2018 season. Yin Tang Dance is a community Chinese cultural dance company. They are best known for their involvement in the Cleveland community through performances. If you would like to become a part of their family, please send them your audition video! If they like what they see, they’ll invite you to free classes for final interviews (basically to see how you mesh with the current dance family). Deadline for video auditions is Memorial Day 2017. They are looking for up to 6 dancers.

Male Dancers needed for MorrisonDance

Interested dancers, please submit your resume, photograph (headshot and body shot if available) and any available video links to help us get to know you as a performer! You may email these submissions to Jenni Hankey at

Performers will be required to attend weekly rehearsals and must be available during the week of technical rehearsals, Monday, May 29- Wed May 31, and for the performances on Thursday June 1 – Saturday, June 3. Performers will receive a stipend for the project, and may have opportunities to join us in future paid performance and/or outreach projects.

Costume Designer and Prop Designer Needed

Reply with a cover email and resume to THE PRODUCTIONThings as They Are
Written by David Todd
Original score composed by Ben Chasny
Directed by Anjanette HallMay 12 - 28, 2017Reinberger Auditorium (Upstairs Loft)

Call for artists: It’s Liquid International Video and Performance Art Festival

It’s LIQUID Group, in collaboration with International ArtExpo, is selecting all interesting video art and performance art works to include in: It’s Liquid International Video and Performance Art Festival

2016 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory

The Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory is a free resource for the public to engage with the arts and for artists to discover opportunities. Competitive exhibitions showcase Ohio's wealth of artistic talent and encourage artists through exposure and awards. 

2016 RNC Host Committee: Neighborhood Business Supplier Guide

Take advantage of the opportunity to have your organization or small business included in the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Supplier Guide, an easily accessible, comprehensive supplier guide to the Republican National Committee’s Committee on Arrangements as well as to local and visiting Convention participants to assist them in their planning. 

Call for Volunteers - MOCA Cleveland Docent



MOCA Cleveland reviews unsolicited artist submissions from artists living in Cuyahoga County or its six contiguous counties (Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake).

Artfetch Representing the next generation of leading artists, from around the world.

Artfetch presents the work of selected emerging artists for sale online. The team of specialist cutting-edge curators will choose the most promising up-and-coming artists from around the world to be included on the website.