5th Annual Arts Alive!

August 12 & 13, 2022

Watch. Make. Participate.

Arts Alive! serves regional audiences of Linn and Benton Counties by coordinating innovative, thought-provoking art projects which support artists by providing opportunities to share their work with the public. Our 2022 Artis Alive will include opportunities for visual artists, musicians, installation artists, teaching artists, open mic, and musical performances.

Information Session

Join us for an informational session for artists, creatives, writers, and performers of all types who are interested in learning more about this year’s Arts Alive! This session will be recorded and available for viewing through theartscentstg.wpengine.com The Information Session includes an event breakdown and timelines, a review of the types of calls open to creatives, and a Q& A portion.

Find the recorded session by clicking the button below. This session was recorded with auto-generated closed captioning.

We encourage a diverse selection of artists to participate because we recognize too many artists have been prevented from expressing their perspectives within the arts community. Thus, we actively seek to give voice to those who previously experienced silencing and injustice, including (but not limited to): BIPOC artists, artists from rural communities, artists who identify as 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.

**If you require any assistance to attend, please get in touch with Claire Elam at claire@theartscenter.net.  Si necesita ayuda para asistir, por favor comuníquese con Claire Elam en claire@theartscenter.net **

Applications and Calls to Creatives!

Teaching Artists/Workshops

The Arts Center is seeking demo and workshop artists for Adults and Children for the 5th Annual Arts Alive! event on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 12:00 – 6:30 pm. The Arts Center invites artists working in music, visual arts, ceramics, literary, and performance arts including but not limited to dance, comedy, or theater to apply to teach a workshop in their chosen arts field. Each workshop will run 2-3 hours the breakdown of availability for age groups is broken down in the table below. Please see the event schedule at the end of the application description for further details regarding timeslots and events.

Installation Artists

The Arts Center is commissioning new work for the 5th Annual Arts Alive! event. The Arts Center invites artists working in installation art to submit proposals for a temporary installation on the historic (more info below) front entrance and stairs of The Arts Center (see photo below) with a theme of Embracing Brave. Artists are encouraged to consider upcycled materials as design and artistic practice permits.

Literary Artists

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. Up two slots are made by invitation to support connections to other programming at The Arts Center. The Arts Center recognizes Black, Indigenous and artists of color who have historically been excluded from public forums and actively prevented from expressing their perspective 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 program director and program council members based on work samples, relevance, and feasibility. Applicants are also encouraged to sign up for the open mic on Saturday August 13, 2022 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. See Open Mic sign-up below.


The Arts Center seeks musicians and bands for the 5th Annual Arts Alive! events on August 12 & 13, 2022. The Arts Center invites musical artists to submit a brief application including current music to share at the Artist Reception and Party on Friday, August 12 from 8:00 – 9:30 pm and as an opening band on Saturday, August 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on the Plaza. 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 information and link is below. 

Open Mic Signup

Participate in the Open Mic Session of Arts Alive! This Sign up is Open to all performance related artists. Each performer will be given 5-10 minute slots are available. See full description and signup in the Open Mic Sign Up link below.