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.

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.

Detailed rules are located at PLEASE READ THOSE BEFORE APPLYING. If you still have eligibility questions after reading the instructions, please send an email to 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 pay your booth fee. No admitted vendor will be allowed to set up until booth fees are paid.

Thank you for submitting to the 2020 Cotton District Arts Festival Songwriter Competition Showcase!  The top 10 applicants will be selected to compete in a live performance at Dave's Dark Horse Tavern on April 4, 2020. Songs should be original works written and composed by the submitter. In the application form, please paste the URL link where the Songwriter Committee can view/listen to your song online.  Once selected, Showcase participants will be contacted for further details regarding the Showcase. Top 3 winners of the Showcase will be invited to perform at #CDAF2020 in a shared time slot! (Plus, in the past, various winners from this competition have been hired to play at SAAC's annual fundraiser Forks & Corks).

DEADLINE: March 23, 2020.

The Taste of Starkville at the Cotton District Arts Festival is a collaboration of local restaurants, food trucks and festival/market food vendors*. The mission of the Taste of Starkville is to provide CDAF attendees with a quality food and drink experience. The goal of the ToS committee is to recruit food vendors that offer quality products, unique menu items, and a variety of culinary options that appeal to all festival attendees.  

All new vendors are subject to approval by the Taste of Starkville committee. If you are located in Oktibbeha County** and are interested in becoming a Taste of Starkville food vendor at the 2020 Cotton District Arts Festival, please use this form to submit your business information to the ToS Committee. You will be contacted by a committee member within 2 days with more information regarding the approval process.

*The Taste of Starkville is open to existing restaurants, food trucks and community market/festival food vendors. Due to limited space, local organizations wishing to raise funds are not permitted.

**The Taste of Starkville only accepts businesses based in Oktibbeha County.

Want to be considered as an act for the East or West Stage? Then fill out this form and we'll follow up with you! 2020 CDAF is scheduled for April 18, 2019, in the Cotton District area of Starkville.

Please be aware that our budget is limited and most accepted bands are from the local Golden Triangle area. For any questions, feel free to contact us. 

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!

If you looking for the form to submit to the #CDAF2020 Student Art Competition, then you're in the right place! All instructions may be found on the CDAF website.

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