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Below are the current calls from the Arts Council. In addition, review the program pages found on our website that will provide more  context for work with artists.

The ArtBeat 2022 planning has begun! The Somerville Arts Council's annual multicultural arts festival showcases the City's diverse and vibrant arts communities and attracts ten thousand visitors to Davis Square. Presented by the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) and Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. ArtBeat is now its 36th year and features an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, food, performance, and interactive activities.

This year's ARTBEAT THEME: Rise
Things are looking up, lifting—rising. At this year's ArtBeat Festival we invite artists of all kinds and community members to interpret the "rise" theme in myriad ways. Literally, let's think about what's above us—the sky, stars, trees, cranes, birds, and buildings. And figuratively, how might "rise" resonate? What's beyond us, what's within reach? What trends and stats are rising in Somerville? How might we rise to further our dreams and goals, and rise up to fight inequality? Whether it is dancers leaping upwards, singers hitting high notes, a sculptor crafting a lofty installation, or a community group calling for social change and a rising up—we can't wait to see your interpretations of this theme. It's time to RISE Somerville!

Apply here for the following ArtBeat Calls
ArtBeat Craft Vendor Application- (Deadline: Thursday, March 31st)

ArtBeat Community/Cultural Organization Application- (Deadline: Monday, June 6th)

**Other SAC Calls****

Somerville Arts Council and the Inside-OUT Gallery Call to SOS Artists:
CREATE/SPACE, Members’ exhibit for April & May 2022

Submission Deadline Extended to: April 3

A perennial favorite, Somerville Open Studios has been dedicated to bringing art to the masses for decades. Once again, Somerville Open Studios, the Somerville Arts Council and the Inside-OUT Gallery welcome seasoned members and newcomers alike to submit pieces for this annual show. For years, this exhibit has been a popular highlight and a great way for SOS artists to connect with the art collecting public. This year’s exhibit theme: Create/Space

This is a closed call for artists that are registered for SOS 2022.
Please note that this is a juried exhibition and not all submitted work will be accepted.

Applicants’ work must be available from April 14- May 17.  

Download the application guidelines here:
Questions? Contact Heather Balchunas at

In addition, check out these other resources where calls are posted.

Art Deadline List

An online newsletter providing information about juried competitions and exhibitions, calls for proposals/papers, jobs, internships, residencies, and funding opportunities in the arts.


ArtSake is a place to dig into the creative, innovative work of Massachusetts artists. It’s hosted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Part blog, part resource/call.

New Foundation for the Arts Blog

A blog for artists, presenters, organizations, or anyone with interest in the arts, including calls to artists and organizations.