Artist Applications are now being accepted from local, regional & national artists, ethnic & cultural groups, community based groups, and individuals who wish to be considered for participation in the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival, set for May 1-9. This annual nine-day celebration of the arts provides over 30,000 residents and visitors with an array of free and moderately priced performances, exhibitions and activities that take place throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area.
Artists may apply to participate in the Arts Festival’s Main Event (May 2 & 3) and/or submit a proposal for a stand-alone Individual Event in the following disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature. Applicants who wish to apply for both the Main Event and an Individual Event must submit a separate application for each category. The review panel will consider applications with requests ranging from paid compensation to non-paid free event proposals. Various forms of assistance will be provided based on the requests in the applicant’s proposal.
Visual Artists/Fine Craft Artisans/Photographers should note that the Artist Application is for events and presentations such as installations, solo/group exhibitions, workshops, demos, lectures, etc., and NOT for participation in the Festival’s judged art competitions. Competition applications will be posted in March 2015.
In addition to the Artist Application, local youth performing artists may also consider submitting an Opening Processional Application. The Opening Processional has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities for over ten years and features groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other crafted props, jugglers, dance troupes, and school groups. Participants parade around the Convention Center Complex into the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium where the celebration continues with a Community Groups Performance Spotlight, featuring performances by pre-selected groups.
There is no fee to apply!
The deadline for submission of Artist and Opening Processional applications is 5:00pm on Friday, December 5, 2014.
NOTE: The deadline is now one month earlier than in previous years!
Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered.
Those submitted by fax or email will not be accepted.
The 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival Artist Application may be obtained by clicking on this link. All applications for the Arts Festival, including the Artist and Opening Processional applications, can be downloaded from the “Apply” page at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.
Visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com to view details on other participation opportunities, the 2014 festival components, and updates on the 2015 festival schedule. Questions may be directed to the Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston. org.