Starkville Area Arts Council offers a number of programs and submission opportunities, from the annual Cotton District Arts Festival to period calls for submissions posted throughout the year. All applications are now taken online - no more postage, no more CDs or DVDs, and no more printing and lost materials!
Submission requirements vary widely for each of our programs. So, please be sure to read all instructions (and make sure you are submitting to the right program)!
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PLEASE NOTE: Submittable may be best viewed on a Desktop or through the Submittable Phone App.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: SAAC is an equal opportunity organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, operation of programs, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the public, all members of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and artist communities.
We expect all SAAC & CDAF board members, volunteers, participants, vendors, and grantees to follow the same community-engagement policy.
Want to practice drafts of works-in-progress before a live audience?
No sets. No props. No feedback. Just drafts.
In this series, writers, actors, singers, songwriters, and performers will present ten minutes of work, on stage, open to the public. Anyone may sit in the audience, at no cost, on a first-come first-served basis. There is no feedback: just read / perform / sing.
Submit up to 10 pages of script or 5 pages of prose/essay/poetry in standard formatting (double spaced, 1" margins) or a 60 second video or audio clip of your song / performance. Examples of eligible works include: essays, poetry, script, songs, prose, or dance… diversity is encouraged.
Actors can utilize this opportunity to strengthen their cold reading skills: to participate, they will need to arrive 30 minutes before the official start time to be “cast” in a reading (no submission is required although if you wish to participate, please bring a brief, current acting resume). Singers and songwriters will need to bring their own basic instrumental needs.
Submissions may be made online, prior to each show, where 5-6 works will be selected to perform. Selection will be based on merit of content and contribution to the diverse community of the Starkville area. Because one goal of this project is to build a sense of artistic community, preference may be given to those creatives who attend multiple readings.
Currently scheduled readings. Start times are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Actors arrived at 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 7, 2018
Oct. 5, 2018
Nov. 2, 2018
Feb. 22, 2019
March 22, 2019
April 26, 2019
All currently scheduled readings will be at SCT's Playhouse on Main Street in downtown Starkville.
NOTE: If you wish to participate in the JURIED ART SHOW, you must ALSO submit in that category. This application is for consideration as a VENDOR in the Artisan's Village.
Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Original artwork is defined as both handmade and/or the repurposing of items which results in the creation of new and unique works of art. NO craft kits allowed. NO Tee Shirts or other factory made items (i.e. containers, furniture, etc.) regardless of artistic enhancement. Items containing collegiate or organizational logos and emblems are not allowed.
Juried selection of artists is based on creativity, quality, and originality. Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application.
- Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Vendors may not sell arts and crafts created by others. Items brought to the festival must be items in the same family or category of those that were submitted in the application photos. Additional items are prohibited and are grounds for removal.
- Original artwork is defined as both handmade and/or the repurposing of items which results in the creation of new and unique works of art. Repurposed items must result on the creation of a new or unique item. Examples are wind-chimes made out of silverware, bottles, etc., and sculpture made out of found objects. Adding embroidery, screen-print, or digital print to a mass produced item such as clothing, dish towels, cups, huggies, or other items does not meet this criteria.
- NO craft kits allowed. Vendors may not sell any item that was made from a pre-packaged arts and craft “kit”, such as models, rugs, paint by number, etc.
- NO Tee Shirts or other factory made items (i.e. containers, furniture, etc.) regardless of artistic enhancement. Vendors may not sell items that are factory made or mass merchandised, including CD’s, tee shirts, etc. All items must be the explicit creation of the vendor, and vendors must be able to describe in detail, the artistic process they used to create their item(s).
- Items containing collegiate or organizational logos and emblems are not allowed. Any item that requires licensing by a third party is prohibited. Therefore, arts and crafts that contain college or organizational logos, emblems, or mascots cannot be sold at the festival. This includes all Mississippi State University emblems and logos, as well as those of other colleges, universities, national sports organizations, or corporations (e.g. Coca-Cola, etc.). To clarify, items that have a connection to any university, business, or organization, are using a college, organization, or business logo as a selling point, and the vendor is attempting to profit from the use of such, is prohibited. For instance, using licensed fabric that is printed with the MSU logo to make quilts and sell at CDAF is prohibited. However, using plain maroon fabric with no logo or emblem to make and sell quilts is permissible.
- Juried Selection of artists is based on creativity, quality, and originality. Final selection of artisans is based on the artistic creativity, originality, and quality presented in the written description and accompanying photographs submitted in the vendor application. Preference is given to items that are created using traditional handcraft methods, therefore it is important to detail methods used in creating items.
The following is a list of Arts and Craft items that are considered appropriate. Note that this is only a guide and is not all inclusive, nor is it an automatic acceptance. For the purpose of completing the application, items that are designed to serve a utilitarian purpose generally fall into the traditional crafts category, including furniture, wooden spoons, bird feeders, wind chimes, boxes, basketry, clothing, candles, soap, etc.
- Paintings – Original (oil, acrylic, water, mixed media, and other) on canvas, wood, paper, and recycled objects. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial prints (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original paintings along with prints is desired, for example, a booth might have a balanced assortment of 20 original paintings hanging and flip bins containing 10 prints of each.
- Sculpture – (metal, wood, glass, mixed media, other). Three-dimensional art objects made with any type of material which prime purpose is aesthetic and not so much utilitarian or functional.
- Graphics (Drawing, Printmaking, Calligraphy, and Photography)
- Drawings – Original (pencil, pen and ink) on paper. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial prints (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original drawings along with prints is desired.
- Calligraphy – Original hand lettering on paper or canvas. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial reproductions (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original drawings along with prints is desired.
- Printmaking – Block prints, screen-prints, typography - hand pulled prints, and other types of individually created prints on canvas or paper, all must be individually signed and numbered. Commercial reproductions must be clearly marked and sold separately (in bins). No screen-printed tee shirts.
- Photography – Artist’s original photographic prints; including black & white, color, or enhanced.
- Ceramics – All clay based art and craft - hand thrown or built (mold made ceramics must be labeled).
- Jewelry – All types and materials.
- Traditional Craft – include all craftsmanship items that are designed mostly to serve as a utilitarian purpose. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Woodworking – furniture, boxes, pens, spoons, bird houses, toys, etc.
- Furniture – all materials,
- Fiber/Fabric – handcrafted garments, millinery items, knitted items, crocheted items, bows, etc.
- Decorative Art: Basketry, Stained Glass (sun catchers, windows, boxes), Pressed Flower Art, Paper Crafts (Origami, hand-made paper & books); Gourd Art, Wind chimes.
- Other: Candles, Soap, Condiments, etc. - There is small limited number of booths available for items that are in the “Other” category.
- Condiments: These are items such as dip mixes, sauces, and honey. All items must be pre-packaged, recipes and packaging must be original and proprietary of the vendor, and all items must meet federal, state, and local health regulations.
- For all other food based items, such as baked goods, cookies, crackers, etc., and ready to serve or pre-packaged foods, please refer to the Taste of Starkville application.
If you still have eligibility questions after reading these instructions, please send an email to CDAFArtisans@starkvillearts.org. If you have technical issues, contact Submittable by clicking the "?" in the upper right or lower left of the form.
IF ADMITTED, you will receive a SECOND FORM to collect your booth fee. No admitted vendor will be allowed to set up until booth fees are paid.
Starkville Area Arts Council awards small grants to teachers and administrators for innovative K-12 projects in the arts (or arts education) that incorporate visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or literature into class curriculum. Grants up to $200 are awarded for specific classroom projects and grants up to $500 are awarded for more general projects that affect multiple classes or an entire school. Teachers or administrators may apply. Funds are paid to the teacher or administrator for the benefit of the project, absent extenuating circumstances.
Projects must be completed within the 2018-2019 academic year OR before May 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
Starkville Area Arts Council awards grants to organizations and individuals for artistic endeavors in Oktibbeha County across all art disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and arts education. The organization or project must align with SAAC's mission to build a strong, creative, connected community through art. For organizations with robust arts programming, SAAC will consider requests for general operating support. We are particularly interested in projects (or public programs) that use art to address community issues, or provide direct services (in the arts) to communities in need, or create public works of art. SAAC is unlikely to fund another scholarship program and is RARELY the sole funder for a project. This is not an exhaustive list: please feel free to call us before applying!
PLEASE NOTE: Most grant amounts are in the $500-1,000 range. Grant requests greater than $2,500 will not be considered.
DEADLINES: Applications must be for projects that will be completed by June 30, 2019. Applications are due on/before April 1, 2019. Applications may close if all funding is awarded before the deadline.