Auditions and Performing Artist Opportunities
World Dance Showcase
Auditions for World Dance Showcase 2021 will be pre-recorded video-only. Performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles (ages 16 years and older,) residing in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia, may apply. Applications will be accepted beginning December 14, 2020, until January 18, 2021. Those selected will be invited to perform their dance(s) on stage at the Publick Playhouse on February 27 and 28, to be recorded professionally. These final videos will be edited together and streamed as a virtual concert on March 27, 2021. Each dance group selected by the adjudicators will be awarded an honorarium of $800.
Submission Deadline: January 18, 2021
Prince George's Best Dance Crew
Do you have the moves to win it all? Get ready to show us your moves at our virtual solo hip-hop dance competition for teen dancers. Prince George’s Best Dance Crew is an annual distinctive dance competition that provides young dancers the opportunity to showcase the artistry and technique of the many styles and flairs of Hip Hop dance. This year, we will be taking the competition virtually. Dancers are invited to submit a video audition for a solo virtual dance competition. Up to eight (8), solo hip hop dancers will be selected to record their dance routine at the Publick Playhouse on the weekend of February 6 and 7, 2021. The final videos will be adjudicated and a virtual showcase will be presented online on Friday, March 19 at 7 pm. The competition is open to dancers ages 11 to 18.
No Longer Accepting Applications
Uplift: Inspirational Dance Festival- At Home Dance Challange
Add your artistic voice to our Inspirational Dance Festival community of healing, comfort, and gratitude in this uplifting at home dance challenge. Using the theme “What the World Needs Now,” share your vision through dance on ways the community can heal together. Remember to have fun and be creative! Up to six (6) video entries will be featured in a virtual program in April 2021.
Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm
Visual Artist Opportunities
Artists On the Rise Contest
Montpelier Arts Center presents Artists on the Rise, an annual juried teen exhibition held in the galleries of Montpelier, designed to provide local teens with an opportunity to showcase their artistic accomplishments in a professional setting. Come on, give it a try - YOU are an artist on the rise!
We welcome 13-to 18-year-old students in public or private middle and high school or home school who are residents of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia to enter one piece of original artwork online. There is no entry fee for this competition, and there are awards given for First Place ($200), Second Place ($150), and Third Place ($100).
Submission Deadline: February 21, 2020
For more information contact Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800 or via email.
*Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's competition will be virtual with a physical exhibition that is expected to be by appointment only.
Pieces: A Teen Art Exhibition
How do we pick up the pieces and rebuild ourselves after abuse? With honest love, support, and helping hands. Calling teen artists to submit original art that speaks to the message of how we may be pilled apart but can also come together to stand up and break the cycle of abuse. Submit your art that showcases love, support, hope, self-worth, strength, and cpm[assion. We can pick up the pieces together!
This art call is open to teen artists ages 12 to 18. Selected artists will be featured in an online art exhibition during the Virtual No Excuse for Dating abuse event on February 11, 2021. Artwork will be judged by a panel of professional artists and art managers. The artists with the highest reviewed pieces will receive a prize.
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021
Black History Program: Teen Exhibition
Within the Black community, there continues to exist a deep mistrust of the medical profession, which is rooted in a history of racism, exclusion, inequality, and exploitation in the nation’s systems of healthcare. This year’s exhibition will delve into this mistrust through an exploration of the history of medicine and healthcare within the African American community. It will explore a variety of subjects on the local and national levels, including the influence of West African healing and health practices on the lives of the enslaved, the exploitation of Black patients for the advancement of American medicine, the struggle of African Americans to enter the medical profession, and the success of the Black community in developing their own medical institutions as well as integrating those established by white Americans.
This exhibition of student artwork will be presented virtually.
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021, at 11:59 pm.