Arts & Culture Casting Calls for Oct. 11 to Oct. 17, 2018

Published: 10/10/2018 12:38:06 PM

The Shelburne Arts Co-opinvites inquiries from local artists who are interested in submitting work for jury as potential working members. All art and craft media are considered.

Submissions will be considered until Nov. 30. Visit for submission procedures and details.

For more information, contact Flo Rosenstock by phone at 413-256-1840, by email at or visit the Shelburne Arts Co-op at 26 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls.

Organizers of Scarecrow in the Park, the fall festival held every October in Bernardston’s Cushman Park, are seeking creative people to participate in this year’s scarecrow contest.

The two-day event will be held Oct. 20 and 21, and scarecrows must be in place by noon on Oct. 19, as judging will take place soon after. The five scarecrow categories are: scariest, funniest, prettiest, most interesting use of materials, and the rotating category, which is art this year. All categories come with a $100 prize for the winner. In addition, Bear Country Radio will award a $100 Big Y gift card to the maker of the best “Bearcrow.”

One $10 registration fee enters each scarecrow display in all six categories. Anyone of any age is welcome to participate. Money raised during Scarecrow in the Park will benefit the Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s scholarship fund.

Booths are also still available for artists, craftspeople and specialty food vendors. The booth fee for the two-day weekend is $45 per 10-by-10-foot space and $70 for a 10-by-20-foot space. It is expected that artists will commit to the whole weekend, however, a limited number of single-day applications will be accepted at the full weekend price.

To receive an application for booth space in a Word or PDF format, or if you have questions, email Details are also available on the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.

The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls is seeking submissions for a community exhibit called Talkin’ Trash, which will run from Nov. 10 to Dec. 8.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to make art about, with or from something that would normally be discarded. The Art Garden will accept one piece per person, or more if space is available. Size restrictions apply.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 3. Call 413-625-2782 with questions, if the artwork is large or if you are interested in doing a performance at the opening reception.


Organizers of the 2018 Great Falls Word Festival, to be held Nov. 8 to 11 at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls, is seeking submissions from writers, writing groups, publishers and agents interested in being presenters or having a booth in the festival’s book store.

As positions are limited, writing groups and publishers are asked to list their participants in order of preference to be accepted. Submissions should include which days/times you are applying for; include multiple days/times to increase your chances of being approved.

All participants must purchase a festival button for $20. A limited number of buttons have been underwritten and are available for $15 or $10 for students.

Email submissions to


Children ages 5 and older, along with their parents or guardians, are invited to participate in the 34th annual “Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration” that will be performed at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Dec. 7, 8 and 9.

“Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration” is a family show; cast members are families in reality as well as on stage. The cast includes a third generation of performers.

Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11; and at the Shea Theater from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2.

For more information, email To see a video and pictures of past performances, visit


The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble seeks singers and instrumentalists.

Directed by Layth Sidiq, the group meets bi-weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., including on Oct. 11, leading up to a Dec. 14. concert. The cost to participate is $125.

Rehearsals are held at 141 Prospect St. in Northampton. For more information, email


Eggtooth Productions is seeking proposals from artists for its 2019 Radical Interconnectedness Festival.

The production company invites stories that engage issues of race, age, gender, religion, economic class and other aspects of cultural identity that have been suppressed. A wide range of artistic expression will be considered such as music, dance, theatrical, visual, immersive and installation.

Commission is $500. Eggtooth will supply the venue, audience and promotions.

Email proposals to by Oct. 31.

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