Literary Application

The Arts Center seeks a literary artist to be the Keynote Presenter of the 5th Annual Arts Alive reception, and share work alongside two The Arts Center seeks a literary artist for the 5th Annual Arts Alive reception on August 12, 2022. The Arts Center invites literary artists to submit a brief application including current work to share at the reception, with up to two other literary artists. Two slots will be made by invitation to support connections to other programming at The Arts Center. Applicants are also encouraged to sign up for the open mic on Saturday August 13, 2022 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Sign up hereOptional: A themed work and reading on Embracing Brave.

***Artists with questions are encouraged to review the information session prior to applying. Upon review, if you have further questions, please contact Claire Elam at Si necesita alguna adaptación para completar esta solicitud, comuníquese con Claire Elam en ***

About Embracing Brave

Following two years of creative pivots and organization-wide transformation, we are deeply inspired by the brave people who found so many ways to sustain the arts through this time. In this spirit, we are excited to share Embracing Brave as The Arts Center’s theme for program activities in 2022. Embracing Brave is about overcoming obstacles, taking first steps, finding new passions, building persistence, and celebrating milestones. To accept, and enthusiastically welcome, the mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, difficulty, or the unknown.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The application is open to all Oregon and Washington-based literary artists. Artists must have an interest in sharing their work in a public setting and in-person, at The Arts Center, on Saturday, August 12, 2022, and have experience making work in the literary arts. The Arts Center recognizes Black, Indigenous, and artists of color who have historically been excluded from public forums and actively prevented from expressing their perspectives within the arts community. The Arts Center is actively seeking submissions from artists who identify as BIPOC with the intention to prevent further silencing and injustice. Applications will be evaluated by the program director and program council members based on work samples, relevance, and feasibility.

We continue to encourage a diverse selection of artists to participate, including those from historically excluded communities including (but not limited to): artists from rural communities, artists from communities of color, LGBTQIA+, and artists who are self-taught. We welcome artists regardless of citizenship status, familial status, race, gender identity or expression, religious observance, sex, sexual orientation, and sources or level of income.

Application Process

  • Please fill out the following form and send 2-3 work samples with the Subject line: Arts Alive! Literary Application (YOUR NAME) Please include your name in the file names (example: painting1_ClaireElam.jpg)
  • Where/to whom to submit:
  • If you require any accommodation to complete this application, please get in touch with Claire Elam at Si necesita alguna adaptación para completar esta solicitud, comuníquese con Claire Elam en


The Arts Center will provide a travel and lodging budget of up to $225. If the artist is local to the Corvallis area, then a $100 honorarium is available. The artist will also receive up to 2 additional tickets for the Artist Reception & Party on August 12, 2022.

About Arts Alive!

Arts Alive! serves regional audiences of Linn and Benton Counties by coordinating innovative, thought-provoking art projects that support artists by providing opportunities to share their work with the public. Our 2022 Arts Alive! will include opportunities for visual artists, musicians, installation artists, teaching artists for adults, teaching artists for children, and open mic performances. For more information on these opportunities, please visit

Deadline and Exhibition Dates

  • June 3, 2022:  Deadline for proposals
  • Mid-June 2022 AAP Council and Program Director Application Review
  • June 15, 2022: Final Artist Selection Notified
  • August 12, 2022 Artist Alive! 5th Anniversary Celebration and Artist Reception
  • August 13, 2022 Arts Alive Workshops & Demos, Music & Open Mic