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 28, 2019$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.


  • AUTHOR'S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and EMAIL should be on a separate page and be downloaded as a SEPARATE FILE, FILE #1!
  • 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 Thursday, February 28, 2019.


Unless you were invited to apply, artists must contact Exhibits Director, Peter Hay, to inquire about Winter Solstice Artisans' Market by emailing peter@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606 Ext. 12.


A signature community event, the Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market (WSAM) is a much anticipated destination for holiday shopping amongst locals and visitors.  WSAM provides artists and craftspeople a unique opportunity to sell work through DAC in a 4-week long professional market setting, with DAC providing marketing to its 1200+ membership and the community at-large.  DAC retains 40% commission of artist sales, which serves to support the costs of the market and the dynamic, year-round exhibition program that welcomes over 8300 visitors annually. 


Peter Hay, DAC Exhibits Director, peter@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606 Ext. 12.


Friday, November 23 – Saturday, December 22, 2018

Opens Friday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. // Closes Saturday, December 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Market is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (with occasional late nights for special events, such as Noel Night, Dec 1).


DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 10/26/18 @Midnight


Friday, October 26th @ Midnight

Deadline for registration, complete digital registration, and entry fee (membership payment if applicable).

Saturday, October 27th

Winter Solstice Inventory Spreadsheets (Google Sheet) will be emailed to all registered artists on or before October 26th, along with detailed instructions on how to input your inventory. 

Tuesday, November 6th  

Deadline to submit artwork inventory spreadsheet to DAC. Please email inventory to peter@durangoarts.org.  Call Peter with questions, (970) 259-2606, Ext 12

Saturday, November 10th

DAC will prepare labels of each artist’s inventory, available for pick-up at DAC 10 a.m. to 5pm

Saturday, November 17th 

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., drop-off all labeled artwork at DAC. A drop off time sign up sheet will be emailed out with registratio info. Please sign up for a time to help spread the artwork drop off thorughout the day and not all at one time. 

Friday, November 23nd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Opening of Market!!!! Tell your friends and family there is a Black Friday alternative!

Saturday, December 22nd

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., LAST DAY OF WSAM

Sunday, December 23rd

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., pick-up unsold artwork inventory at DAC. There will be a pickup time sign up sheet emailed out a few week before the end of the market. Please sign up for a time to help spread the pick up congestion. 


1. Complete your registration by October 26th, 2018.  

"Complete Registration" requires the following:

  1. Filling out the entry form on this screen, scroll down.
  2. Paying entry fee and membership if needed.

NOTE:  Completing the online form below does not conclude your registration. Your registration is complete when the appropriate payment has both been received by the DAC.  

Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301

If you are not currently a Durango Arts Center Member your Non-member registration fee of $125 will automatically include an Artist Level membership, which will be active for 1 year. As a member you will receive a higher commission fee (60%) on artwork sold, in addition to other benefits. To learn more about DAC membership visit: http://durangoarts.org/join-as-a-member/


  • DAC Member Entry Fee: $75
  •  Non-Member Entry Fee: $125

If your payment is not received by the October 26th deadline, you will not be included in the market.

2. By Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018 DAC will email you a specific inventory spreadsheet form through Google. Each artist must complete this Google Sheet in full, itemizing all of your merchandise that will be for sale. Each artist may enter up to 200 items.  No other spreadsheet will be accepted aside from the one that DAC supplies.

Please email completed inventory form to Exhibits Director, Peter Hay, at peter@durangoarts.org, no later than Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Please follow the instructions and be certain all information is correct!

3. DAC will enter your inventory into our system and then create artwork labels for artists to pick-up by Saturday, November 10, 2018. Each label will include your artist code, a short description of the item and the retail price. Artists are responsible for affixing these labels to their artwork prior to drop-off at DAC.  Artwork will not be accepted without labels.

4. All artwork must be brought to DAC on Saturday, November 17, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  An exhibits committee member will assist each artist to check-in the work. Artist may install their own display, but must remain flexible to fitting all artists' work into the show and merchandising the space to disperse artwork throughout the space.  DAC will provide pedestals, plexi-glass displays and tables with black cloths, but if you require a specialized display, please supply it! Please call or email Exhibits Director to discuss specialized displays prior to installation day.

5. Artists must be willing to sign up for Market sales and assistance at least one shift per week during the Market. Shifts are either 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 23 – December 22. A Google Sheet with all available dates will emailed and each artist is responsible for signing up for their respective shifts. Shifts will require different numbers of shop volunteers. This will be listed on the Google Sheet.

Thank you for taking part in Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market 2017!

By Submitting this online form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the above text as it applies to the 2018 Winter Solstice Artisans' Market.

Durango Arts Center