Calls to Artists

The Cultural Arts Division commssions and exhibits works of art through its various programs. From permanent, public art installations managed by the Art in Public Places Program, to the annual People's Gallery Exhibitions at Austin City Hall, a range of opportunities are available for both emerging and established artists.

See list below for all current opportunities:

Current Art in Public Places Calls to Artists

LaunchPAD (public art mentorship program)

Image: STEN LEX, Accordian (2016) at Seaholm EcoDistrict

Calls to Organizations

The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division will be putting out a call for exceptional creative placemaking projects to endorse for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant.

The endorsement application will launch in early June. Until then we strongly recommend you closely read the NEA OurTown grant and review criteria. It is a highly competitive application. The City's application will be for the City's endorsement only. The NEA OurTown application is a separate, 2 part process, that endorsed applicants will be responsible for completing.

About the opportunity

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. Through project-based funding, we support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.

Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systems changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a local government entity and nonprofit organization, one of which must be a cultural organization; and should engage in partnership with other sectors (such as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, public safety, transportation, and workforce development). Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.

Familiarize yourself with the Our Town eligibility requirements and especially what they do not fund. The City of Austin will not endorse any project that does not meet these requirements.

Please note, the National Endowment for the Arts limits the number of Our Town grant applicants per city and requires a letter of endorsement from the Mayor. CAD will assist in getting the Mayor's letter for the selected candidates. This is a competitive process, so please do your research and present a well thought-out project.

Support Resources

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Our Town can be found here.



Please check back here in early June for more information.
Please note Submission to the National Endowment for the Arts is a two part process. After City endorsement is confirmed, the endorsed organization will be responsible for submitting the full NEA application. Part 1 is due August 5th to and Part 2 is submitting the full application in the window of August 10-17th.