Upload Your Proposal or Application Here. 

Below you'll find active and ongoing Calls to Artists, Requests for Proposals and Applications for various programs at the Durango Arts Center.  Select the opportunity below to view guidelines and application requirements.

Once you select a submission opportunity below, you must then create a free Submittable account to get started.  Your account will allow you to save/review your work before submitting, view your application status and even find more opportunities at other organizations.  For a quick how-to on creating an account, see here: http://help.submittable.com/knowledgebase/articles/225218-how-do-i-submit.

Happy Submitting!

Ends on February 9, 2018$12.00
  • Only original plays, never before produced or published, are eligible.
  • Each play should require two to four characters, and minimal props and costumes.
  • The play, exclusive of title and cast description pages, must be no more than ten pages.
  • Authors may submit more than one play (see entry fee below), but each play must include a separate entry fee.
  • The PLAY'S TITLE and PAGE NUMBERS MUST be included on every page of script.
  • Page 1 should list the cast of characters and a description of the setting.
  • Page 2 should be the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow.
** If plays submitted are not in the required format, they will not be entered into the contest and the $12 entry fee is forfeited.


  • All plays will be evaluated blindly by a panel of judges. The name and address of the writer will not appear on the scripts received by the judges. (Playwrights are required in "Submission Format" section above to include name and address ONLY on title page, which is removed from script before distributing to judges.)
  • 10 - 20 semi-finalists will be selected. Five finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists.
  • Only the finalists and semi-finalists will be notified if their plays have been selected. 
  • Chosen at the Staged Readings in the spring, the Grand Prize Winner will receive an award of $500 and the People's Choice Award will receive an award of $100. Both plays will receive a full production in the 10-Minute Play Festival in the fall.
  • AFTER the Staged Readings, the winners and finalists will be posted on the Durango Arts Center website.
  • All winning plays, finalists, and semi-finalists agree to permit the Durango Arts Center  to produce their plays without compensation if the DAC chooses to do so. Author's retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. 
  • If a play submitted wins another contest, is produced or is published before the entry deadline, the play will be withdrawn from the contest. 
  • Plays must be submitted by Friday, February 9, 2018.


After School Art and DAC Applause

  • AFTER SCHOOL ART SCHOLARSHIPS: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
  • DAC APPLAUSE: Currently accepting applications for Make Way for Mondays on Main 2017-2018

The Durango Arts Center provides need-based scholarships to students thanks to generous individual donations and support from the Boone Fund, Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, Coca-Cola of Durango-FarmingtonDurango Education FoundationDurango Friends of the Arts, Durango Motor CompanyDurango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Erteszek Family Fund, George W. Hopper Foundation, Martin Family Foundation, Pediatric Partners of the Southwest and Red Scarf Shots.

In assessing scholarship requests, we ask that your child submit either a written paragraph or drawing that describes why they are interested in attending a DAC education program that will be shared with our generous scholarship donors.  Honoring confidentiality, child names will be withheld – this information will be shared with donors to further illustrate the impact of their funding.

Upon receipt of your complete application, you will be notified regarding the level of scholarship support DAC can provide to assist with your child’s art class experience.


If you do not wish to fill-out an online scholarship application, you may download this form by clicking here, or pick up a copy at the Durango Arts Center in the first floor Box Office or Barbara Conrad Gallery front desk.  The paper application should be submitted along with your child's drawing or writing sample to: 

ATTN: Sandra Butler (Visual Arts / After School Art)

or ATTN: Emily Simpson Grandt (Applause!)

802 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301

Sandra@durangoarts.org or Emily@durangoarts.org


Durango Arts Center Education Team

Ends on May 21, 2018

Durango Arts Center is currently accepting proposals from artists and curators for exhibits in the Barbara Conrad and Entrada Galleries for the 2019 calendar year. Entries are welcome from artists and curators of all career stages and in all mediums and themes for group and solo shows.

All Media Accepted:
Performance Art

Artists are encouraged to submit their current body of work or concept for an upcoming project, installation, performance, etc. The proposed project does not need to fill the entire space. Exhibits will be curated from the proposed work. Artists will be paired according to the Exhibits Committee and Exhibits Director's input. 

Curators are encouraged to think big about collaborative exhibition ideas and to connect with the Durango and surrounding communities through their artist selection, theme, and/or partnerships. 

Proposals are free for current DAC Members. $10.00 Proposal Processing Fee for Non-Members

Deadline to apply is May 20, 2018 for the 2019 season. Submissions will be reviewed by the DAC Exhibits Committee and Exhibits Director by the end of May and notifications will be sent on or before July 1, 2018.
The Durango Arts Center's Exhibits Program believes the open call for proposals is integral to the full creative development of our community. Exhibits will be selected to support the growth of ideas and interests of local artists at all stages of their career by providing exhibition opportunities.  We are also interested in fostering our local arts community by presenting interesting contemporary artwork from out of the area to continually bring new creative ideas, concepts, and methods to our local artists and arts advocates. 

DAC is a multi-faceted hub for community arts that hosts and promotes contemporary visual and performing arts, arts education, dynamics exhibits, an active Docent program and the annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival. Over the years, DAC has built its reputation as a local arts industry leader and has been working diligently to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in the Four Corners region and beyond.

Our Mission:
The Durango Arts Center enriches the community through innovative visual and performing art, and arts education. DAC advances appreciation and participation in the arts as a cultural leader in the region.

Our Vision: 
The Durango Arts Center strives to be a cultural destination and a creative catalyst, inspiring our community through engagement in the arts.

A Little History: 
Since the late 1960s, the Durango Arts Center (DAC) has worked to promote the exploration, education, enrichment and enjoyment of the arts as a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. What is affectionately known throughout the Four Corners as “DAC,” the Arts Center actually has a founding history rich in the support and development of the arts in this region that reaches back several decades.  DAC in current day is the result of a confluence of two agencies – the Durango Fine Arts Council (DFAC) and the Durango Artists Association (DAA) – both created in the 1960’s to develop and promote regional activity and interest in the arts.

Proposal Questions? Please contact Peter@DurangoArts.org

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