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.

Open call for submissions for our next AiPP Group Show - The 2022 Winter Showcase!  The submission deadline is October 2, 2022. This show will be a HYBRID show: works will be on display in the Starkville Area Arts Council gallery as well as online. The exhibit will run from November 7, 2022 to January 9, 2023.

NOTE: Only submit ONE work per submission. Artists can submit up to 3 works by submitting additional forms. All mediums accepted. Visit the page for our AiPP initiative at for additional rules and details.

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 2021-2022, there are 1-2 positions available.

This application is for consideration for SAAC's new SAAC Artist Store. 

About the SAAC Artist Store: 

SAAC has moved to a new space on Main Street in Downtown Starkville! With a greater Main Street presence, we'd like to share this opportunity with artists in town who would like to sell their unique artwork in our space.  Our space is limited to 6 artisans at a time, so reserve your spot today! 

The SAAC Artist Store will be open during SAAC business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, excluding Holidays). SAAC handles all sales, taxes, and payments to artists. Specific rules and information can be found below.


  • All forms of work are eligible for acceptance, including but not  limited to: Ceramics, Graphics, Jewelry, Literary Materials, Painting, Sculpture, and Traditional Crafts (including but not =limited to woodworking, candle-making, fiber arts, etc.)
  • 1 shelf per artisan. Space is Limited to 6 artisans total. Shelf dimensions are H 21.5 in x W 57 in x D 26 in. Larger works may be accepted (Please notify SAAC). All works must be for sale. All works must be original by the artist contracted with SAAC.
  • Artists will receive 60% commission of sales for works sold on their shelf. A 40% sales commission will be assessed against the retail price provided by the ARTIST. The ARTIST will be paid the gross, less commission and sales tax, on or about the 10th of the month following the month of sale. 
  • SAAC only provides space to the ARTIST. The ARTIST will need to supply any and all decorations, business cards, signage, etc. for their booth. 
  • Artists may change inventory at any time (by appointment with SAAC) to reflect new work, holidays, seasons, etc. Artist must provide SAAC with an updated Inventory Sheet upon any changes made to inventory.
  • Space occupancy is first come first serve. Terms may be for 6 or 12 months, which may be reassessed at the end of the term. 
  • All accepted artists must follow our Community Engagment Policy (available on our website). 
  • A blank Letter of Agreement and Terms and Conditions can be found on our website ( 

If you still have questions after reading the instructions, please send an email to Juliette at If you have technical issues with the application form itself, contact Submittable by clicking the "?" in the upper right or lower left of the form.

Acceptance Notes
All applications will be reviewed for acceptance by SAAC Staff and our current Board President.  IF ADMITTED,  you will receive a Letter of Agreement and Terms and Conditions. No admitted vendor will be allowed to set up until the Letter of Agreement is signed by the participating Artist and returned to SAAC. 

The first round of applications will be reviewed and accepted before September 3, 2022. 

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!

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 the ultimate discretion to deviate from its own guidelines in order to satisfy its mission or comply with legal requirements. Please answer questions as fully as possible. We welcome questions in advance of completing the application form.

Applications will be accepted until all funds have been allocated OR until the application deadline posted on the website, whichever comes first. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Decisions will be made quarterly, so please plan your needs accordingly. 

Starkville Area Arts Council