Opportunities

regional arts opportunities

  • The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is committed to connecting artists of all disciplines to area opportunities that expand their careers. 
  • Explore this page for local job openings, exhibition proposals, open casting calls, try-outs, workshops, and more. This page is continually updated so check back often!
  • Do you have an opportunity for the Lehigh Valley arts community? Add it to this listing of arts opportunities by filling out our online form. Anyone can submit, not just members! We will review and post new opportunities quickly.
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Arts Council Opportunities

View our own opportunities by clicking on the “Volunteering” and “Internships” pages, which are under “How Everyone Benefits.” Additionally, we are developing opportunities for contracting individuals to write arts advocacy articles and produce marketing and graphic design work. If you are interested in being considered for either opportunity please send us an email that includes your resume and addresses how you could assist us.


Opportunities

Techne Music Festival

Application Deadline
Monday, March 30, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Techne Music

Address
348 Main Street Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

Contact Name
Timothy Schwartz Email

Phone
(215) 880-5869

Techne Music Festival is a chamber music program hosted at Moravian College. Festival alumni from Curtis, Julliard, Eastman, Peabody and other conservatories. Video only audition deadline March 30th, 2020. Auditioning, complete schedule, and scholarship information available at www.TechneMusic.org.

39th Annual CCAL Art Exhibition and Sale

Application Deadline
Monday, April 6, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Carbon County Art League

Email
Email

Phone
570-460-3314

Artists have the opportunity to enter art work to be judged and/or sold. Members may also sell prints and non-judged pieces at our Annual Exhibition. To enter your artwork please complete a registration form and mail your entry tags and payment to the address found on the registration form.

Location:

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center is an exceptional venue for your artwork. A portion of the proceeds go to supporting a local educational and cultural facility. Address: 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, PA 18080

Categories:

  1. Oils/Acrylics

  2. Watercolor/Watercolor with pen and ink

  3. Works on Paper (pastels, charcoal, pencil drawings, pen and ink )

  4. Sculpture and Mixed Media

    • ​including, but not limited to, jewelry, encaustic painting, woodwork, weaving, gourd art, metal work, pottery, artwork incorporating two or more types of media in one piece

  5. Photography

    • ​including black and white or color, digital or film photography minimally enhanced by technology, ex.: red eye, cropping, exposure, etc.

  6. Digital Art

    • ​all forms of digital art including photography that has been greatly manipulated or altered by technology

  7. NEW Student Category

    • ​There will be a separate category for art work created by students 18 and younger which will have no entry fee. A limit of 2 free entries per student will be accepted. (Should a student wish to enter additional pieces in the above six categories, they may do so for a fee of $5 per piece.)

Eligibility:

Entries must be original and recent. Works must not have been entered in previous CCAL shows. No depiction of nudity or violence will be accepted. Up to 3 pieces per category may be entered, and may or may not be for sale.

Public Art RFP

Application Deadline
Monday, April 13, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Materials Conservation Co.

Address
1625 N. Howard Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Contact Name
Julia Guerrero Email

Phone
(215) 763-8090

RFP for an original work of public art welcoming visitors and residents to downtown Allentown. The work of art may take the form of mural, lighting, low-relief sculpture or other appropriate forms (or a combination of these), and open to artists with public art experience at a similar scale.

Emmaus Paint-A-Hydrant Program Call for Artists

Application Deadline
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Emmaus Arts Commission View Website

Address
Borough Hall Emmaus PA 18049

CALL TO ARTISTS! Emmaus Art Commission’s public art project continues in 2020.

Help us enhance Emmaus by beautifying our well-worn town hydrants and showcasing the talent of our community throughout our town.

We are currently seeking applications from interested artists or artist teams. We want to see what your interpretation of what a hydrant can “be.” Perhaps your design would embellish a hydrant with a sense of place and local pride or maybe incorporates the history of our area? Perhaps it reflects the natural world, or make the hydrant stand out via abstract colors and shapes?

Open Call for Submissions

Application Deadline
Monday, May 4, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Foundry Art Centre

Address
520 N Main Center Saint Charles, Missouri 63301

Contact Name
Kaitlin Wilfing Email

Phone
(636) 255-0270

The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri, is seeking submissions for “Final Draft”, an exhibition showcasing design and illustration in fine art. All media is considered for submission. Artists may submit up to 3 works for a non-refundable processing fee of $35.

Site-specific Artist Installations

Application Deadline
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Eastern State Penitentiary View Website

Address
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site 2027 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

Contact Name
Damon McCool Email

Phone
(610) 866-4382

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2021 season of site-specific artist installations. We’re again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project. The deadline for proposals is June 17, 2020.

ArtsQuest

Application Deadline
Sunday, June 28, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
ArtsQuest View Website

Address
25 West Third Street Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

Contact Name
Nicole Gencarelli Email

Phone
(610) 332-1300

ArtsQuest is seeking art from artists and members of the community focusing on the theme of travel. This exhibition will also feature additional collaborative works from our summer students ages 4-18.
The deadline to apply is June 28th.

Comedy Acts

Application Deadline
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Click here to apply

Organization
Allentown Brew Works

Contact Name
Andy Pollack Email

Phone
(610) 428-5826

Brew Haha is a free comedy/variety show held on the 4th Thursday of every month at the Allentown Brew Works.

We’re looking for any kind of comedy or comedy-adjacent act, including stand-up, character bits, improv (long or short form), sketch (live or video), clowning, magic, juggling, etc.

Open Auditions for Singers

Organization
Concord Chamber Singers View Website

Phone
484-707-5078

Concord Chamber Singers, an elite 40-voice, multi-generational community ensemble in the Lehigh Valley, invites experienced choral singers to audition for the 2018-2019 season. Upcoming events include a Family Holiday Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem on December 2, followed by our annual Yuletide Feast December 6 and 7 at the Northampton Country Club. CCS will also perform at First Presbyterian Church of Easton during the first weekend of April 2019, featuring a world premier piece by Libby Larsen with orchestra and Irish Tenor, Emmet Cahill.

Auditions are being scheduled now for August. Call the Box Office: 484-707-5078 to schedule your audition. Visit www.ccsingers.org to learn more about the group.

Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society Jam Sessions

Application Link
Click here to apply

Organization
Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society

The Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society sponsors a free public jam session EVERY 3rd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH held at the Lehigh Valley Active Life Center (formerly called the Lehigh County Senior Citizen Center). It is open to all folk music lovers of any age who play an instrument or simply like to sing along or listen to the music. All ages and skill levels are welcome to our jam!

You will be joining Society members and guests for an enjoyable evening of folk music, bluegrass, old country, oldies and contemporary folk and sing-a-long songs of all kinds. Jam books are available to all who come. The books contain lyrics and chord diagrams of over 700 folk songs. Participants form a circle and each person in turn selects a song of their choosing for all to play and sing. You may also bring your own special songs. Our jam starts promptly at 6:30 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. Free refreshments are often served. Amplified instruments, except for bass, are discouraged. There is ample free parking at the Center.

More information: http://www.lvfms.org/jamsessions.html

Volunteer Mural Artists Needed

Organization
Lehigh Valley Manors

Contact Name
Megan Kholi Email

Looking for Lehigh Valley artists! We are looking for volunteers that are willing to assist us with painting murals on our dementia/memory care units. Diversion murals are a great way to help assist our residents from exit seeking and is very therapeutic!

Showcase Artist at Restaurant

Organization
1774 Grille & Tap View Website

Email
Email

Phone
(610) 838-1774

We would like to extend our restaurant dining room to local Lehigh Valley Artist. We are looking for people who would love to showcase and talk about their art to the community. This is a free opportunity that we hope can give you exposure and allow people to know about our New restaurant.

Call for Artist Showcase: Macungie Institute

Organization
Macungie Institute View Website

Address
510 E. Main Street Macungie, Pennsylvania 18062

Contact Name
Tim Brown Email

Phone
(610) 966-7830

Seeking local artists to display their work in the Lobby & Conf. Room areas of the Macungie Institute. We would be open to hosting Artist Reception if dates are available. The Institute seeks to serve the community, with a focus on the arts and support local artists.


Jobs

Docents on Main Street in Bethlehem

Organization
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites View Website

Address
Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center 505 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18018

Email
Email

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is looking for part-time staff for the “Docents on Main Street Program” in Bethlehem. The docent must feel comfortable wearing 18th century period-appropriate clothing, enjoy speaking to the public, able to work independently, and provide an exceptional level of customer service. The docent will be outdoors almost the entire time in all types of weather. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting and welcoming diverse visitors to the downtown historic and shopping district
  • Sharing information about downtown activities, museums, shops and restaurants
  • Giving directions
  • Answering questions

The base of operations for this program is the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center located at 505 Main Street. The program will run daily from 11-4 and extended hours on weekends, during the summer and for events. Must be 18 or older to apply. This is a paid part-time hourly position. Flexible hours and schedules are available.

Email cover letter with availability & resume.


Internships


Volunteer

Lehigh University Art Gallery Looking for Volunteers

Contact Name
Lehigh University Art Gallery Teaching Museum Email

Phone
(610) 758-6881

LUAG’s volunteers have the opportunity to gain exposure to the valuable and impressive works in LUAG’s collection.

By enhancing visitors’ experiences and making them feel welcome and appreciated, Volunteers are an integral part of the LUAG Teaching Museum.

Candidates should possess a love and appreciation of art, excellent communication skills, and interpersonal skills.

Training will be provided.

 

Volunteer for Arts Calendar Distribution!

Address
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201 Allentown, PA 18101

Contact Name
Lehigh Valley Arts Council Email

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is looking for volunteers for our bi-monthly Arts Calendar distribution!

A big part of our mission is promoting and advocating the Arts of the Lehigh Valley, and that means dedicating the time and energy into creating our Arts Calendar! But we wouldn’t be able to get it out in the world without our awesome team of dedicated volunteers! They generously give their time to dropping off Calendars to various locations throughout the Valley, completing the final task of distribution.

Here’s how you can help the community simply by dedicating a small amount of time every two months:

We distribute more than 6,000 Calendars, but as a volunteer you’d be responsible for 5-10 locations to drop off a stack to the front desk or a staff member. It’s a quick and easy job, though very important, and while it doesn’t require many hours or heavy lifting, it does require the use of your car.

Our next distribution begins around March 1, 2017! If interested, please contact Lauren Beck at 610-437-5915 or operations@lvartscouncil.org.

Volunteer for Community Music School

Contact Name
Lisa Hopstock Email

Phone
610-435-7725

Our musical instrument petting zoo is a highlight of many local events and helps spread the word about CMS and our programs. You do not need to know how to play every instrument.

If you have an outgoing personality and a desire to spread the joy of music to the community, please contact Lisa Hopstock at 610-435-7725 or lisa@cmslv.org for more info.


Workshops

Inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Festival

Application Deadline
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Organization
Let's Play Books View Website

Let’s Play Books Bookstore, in partnership with the Bethlehem Area Public Library, is proud to present, the Inaugural Lehigh Valley Book Festival, to be held annually, the last weekend in March, commencing in 2020. Join us as we celebrate books – their authors, illustrators, and readers! The festival will host creative and informative programs that will include daytime and evening activities for all ages in and around the Lehigh Valley.

Friday, 3/27:  LV BOOK FEST Authors’ Reception. Our kick-off event, ticketed.  Author & illustrator meet & greet, PBS39 at the Steel Stacks, Bethlehem.

Saturday, 3/28: LV BOOK FEST events to be held at the Bethlehem Area Public Library – Main campus. Expect a full day of authors & illustrators, panel discussions followed by author signings, family-friendly programming, and activities. Includes a variety of tracks, including TEEN FEST & KIDS’ FEST. 10am – 5pm.

Sunday, 3/29:  LV BOOK FEST event(s) to be held at ArtsQuest Center, at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, and in Emmaus, PA.

Leading into the weekend will be a writers’ conference, Diverse Communities, and the Writer’s Voice, sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium’s Writers’ Community and the Moravian College Writers’ Conference. The conference features Daisey Hernandez, author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. 

Keynote address: Thursday, March 26, 7 PM
Master class: Friday, March 27, 9 AM

Plus additional workshops and a writers’ roundtable featuring area writers on Friday, March 27; details to come in January 2020.

Submit an Arts Opportunity

Organizations may complete an online form to submit an arts opportunity to be posted. Please contact our Operations Manager for more information. The Lehigh Valley Arts Council reserves the right to only include opportunities that are in line with our mission.

Submit an Arts Opportunity