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, please 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.

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!

Starkville Area Arts Council and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (Oxford) will face off once again in the 2nd Annual Scrambled Art Bowl! This friendly art competition plays off the long-standing Egg Bowl rivalry between the 2 Universities in their communities. The battle will feature 11 local artists chosen for each team, showcased at 929 in downtown Starkville, beginning with a grand kickoff Friday, November 15 at 929 (MSU vs. Alabama weekend), and running until December 31. Based on art sales and donations, the winning community will be crowned the winner of the Scrambled Art Bowl.

All submissions must be ready to hang (using a wire hanging system for 2D works) or display on a shelf (for 3D works). Program is open to all mediums and types of work. Each artist may enter as many submissions as they like, but no more than one work will be admitted from each accepted artist. Based on the available space for the exhibit, size of work submitted may impact selection for the show. 2D works should not exceed 48" in any direction, and 3D works should not exceed 15" in any direction.

The art councils will split a 20% commission from each sale. Artists are responsible for delivering their work to their local arts council by November 8. Works MUST be listed for sale.

Open theme. Works in previous exhibits for either arts council may not be submitted again.

Each year, Starkville Area Arts Council has a small pool of funds available for two types of grants for projects located in Oktibbeha County: 

  • Community Grants (for artists, community projects, or organizations)
  • Art Education Grants (for teachers, educators)

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 29, 2020, 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