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National Arts Program

Every year, National Arts Program partners with more than 90 venues in 30+ states to create workplace exhibitions where the artistic expression of employees and their families are recognized. By supporting these venues with an online gallery, funding, guidance, cash prizes, and more, they are the ONLY national nonprofit this dedicated to transforming people and places by showcasing individual creativity.

2020 Spring Art Show & Open Studios, Screw Factory

Applications for the Screw Factory's 2020 Spring Art Show and Open Studios are now open. Deadline to submit is March 2, 2020.

Arts For The Future 2020 International Student Art Contest

Arts For The Future is inviting students from all over the world to use their talents, imagination, and creativity to create original artwork. (

Calling Student Artists:
Group 1 (Age 5 and under)
Group 2 (Age 6-9)
Group 3 (Age 10-13)
Group 4 (Age 14-18) ​

Outdoor Sign, Slavic Village

The Gertrude Gardens has brought renewed life to the corner of E 65th and Gertrude Avenue with vibrant flowers and bright imaginative art installations. The site- a collaborative project between local business, the Gold Plum and Slavic Village Development- is searching for a local artist to design and create a sign. Proposals due February 21, 2020.

Cleveland Humanities Festival, Staged Reading Submissions

This year, the theme of the 2020 Cleveland Humanities Festival is, appropriately, "Truth." And Literary Cleveland is involved again! We invite you to submit to Literary Cleveland a play, poem, personal essay, short story or other literary work addressing the theme of “Truth.” Contributors are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly. Deadline to submit is February 9, 2020.

1st Miami Contemporary Small Format Art Exhibition

Since 2002 Art Basel Miami Beach, and other 18 collateral art fairs presenting more than a thousand art galleries from around the world, have drawn scores of art lovers and collectors to Miami, which is getting closer to become a real “art scene”. It is in this auspicious context that the 1st Miami Contemporary Small Format Exhibition will take place, hosted by Cowry Art Studio, (in downtown North Miami, 3 blocks from the Museum of Contemporary Art), and slated to be opening during the last week of March 2020.


Lorain County Metro Parks announces auditions for ROAD TO FREEDOM, an outdoor, interactive Underground Railroad experience in Sheffield Village

African-American Men & Women / age 18+
Caucasian Men / age 18+

By appointment only at French Creek Nature Center. Email Cultural Arts Manager Brian McNally @ (no phone calls please).

Let's Talk Art Coffee Klatch

This coffee klatch is not your everyday gossip gathering. They want to use community driven democratically issued financial support for emerging local artists and makers. Emerging artists bring samples of their work and talk about their ideas and vision. The cash collected will be granted to one artist to further their vision. The theme for this round is "Neighbor".

They are looking for artists and attendees to participate.

RFP: Howard Street Art Project (Akron, OH)

The NACDC is seeking the services of a community member, maker, or artist to activate the North East corner of Howard Street and East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in North Hill through a community-engaged project. The selected leader will be expected to survey and mobilize residents in the surrounding neighborhood, and to create and implement a project that activates the small lot of land in a way that is reflective and respectful of the community. The NACDC is not looking for one type of project in particular -- it could be a visual arts exhibition, performance, event, festival, social gathering, garden, physical structure, etc.

After the application closes, the top 3 projects chosen by the NACDC will be released publicly for a vote by the surrounding neighborhood. The project with the most votes will be notified by early March, with an expectation of finishing it by September 2020. The project has a budget of $10,000.

WomenCinemakers 2020 - Biennale for women filmmakers and artists

WomenCinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors and producers for its 2020 Biennial Edition. They are looking for shorts, documentaries, and features written, directed or produced by women.

Open Call for "Cleveland's Smallest Gallery"

Introducing Phone Gallery - Cleveland's smallest gallery - annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care in the Waterloo Arts District across the street from Waterloo 7 Studios and Praxis Fiber Workshop.
Originally conceived in 2013 by artist Ivana Medukic of 'Project Pop-Up Galleries' and architect Ali Lukacsy, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise vacant and underutilized "space" - in this case, an abandoned phone booth - into an inventive place for art display.

Call for Volunteers - MOCA Cleveland Docent


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.