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 for each program. So, be sure to read all instructions (and make sure you are submitting to the right program)!

Join our newsletter list, or check here from time to time, to see what calls may be open.

PLEASE NOTE: Submittable is best viewed on a desktop or through the Submittable 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.

*ORGANIZATIONS requesting funds: please use our general grant request form instead*

Inspired by the 1930's Works Progress Administration and the #StayAtHomeFestMS, we're creating a new submission opportunity for artists! Have an idea? Need a micro-grant? Use this form to submit!

Please be sure to read all instructions here: 

SAAC Interns help organize a wide range of arts-related publicity, calendar, and communication needs. This internship offers a unique opportunity to contribute to a consistent, organized strategy to communicate a wide range of arts and culture events to a diverse audience. This will include use of social media, newsletters, website updates, press releases, and various other touch points. These roles may be adjusted as needed, and each internship will have the opportunity to write one or more blog articles on arts-related topics. Preference given to current MSU undergraduates. This position is currently unpaid, but may be eligible for academic credit.

Requirements -

  • Excellent verbal/writing skills.
  • Efficient problem-solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm for the role as well as the mission of SAAC.
  • 10 hours/week for an academic term, but flexible with student’s schedule.

For 2019-2020, there are 1-2 positions available.

Are you a potter, painter, photographer... or any other artist? Interested in a reading or a one-person show or submitting a mural?


Send us your best work (images you provide must represent the work you wish to submit). We'll take a look at what you've got and follow up with you if we see potential fit with one of our programs!

Up next in our gallery exhibit series is our Winter Showcase!  Submit by November 4.

On acceptance into the Exhibition, your work MUST be gallery ready (that means mounted or framed and ready to hang / display using a wire hanging system).  Not limited by medium, although no piece should exceed 48" in any one direction nor weigh more than 75 pounds. Absolutely no craft kits. 

You may make up to 3 submissions, but only one piece should be in each submission. Final selection may hinge on space limitations and total number of submissions. Works must be listed for sale. SAAC keeps 20% of the sales price and collects and reports sales taxes for the works sold. 

This show will be a HYBRID show: works will be on display in the lobby of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership as well as online. The exhibit will run from November 30, 2020, through January 31, 2021.

Open theme. Suggested max price of $350.

Works in previous AiPP shows may not be submitted again.

Each year, Starkville Area Arts Council has a small pool of discretionary funds that are awarded to support art projects or art organizations in Oktibbeha County, MS. Awards may be used for anything that aligns with one of our two program areas (Art Education & Outreach or Creative Economy) and that fits our mission to build a strong, creative, connected community through art.

Funds must be used within SAAC's current fiscal year. The Board has ultimate discretion to deviate from its own guidelines in order to satisfy its mission or comply with legal requirements.

Applications will be accepted until all funds have been allocated OR until February 28, 2021, whichever comes first. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Decisions will be made on a quarterly basis, so please plan accordingly.

Starkville Area Arts Council