Call for Artists

City of Scottsdale Poet Laureate Call

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021

Description: The city of Scottsdale, in partnership with Scottsdale Arts and the Scottsdale Public Library, is pleased to announce the 2021 poet laureate search. The poet laureate aims to enhance the profile of poetry, poets, and literary arts to our entire community, especially those with less access or exposure to poetry, including older adults, youth, schools, and more. The poet laureate will make several guest appearances during the term, promoting poetry throughout the community. Scottsdale’s next poet laureate will be called specifically to utilize the power of poetry and language to contribute insight, foster understanding, and support healing around issues of equity and inclusion in our community.



Call for Artist-Educators

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation’s Cultural Connections Through the Arts program offers a broad range of school residencies to support classroom curriculum and to elevate aspiring artists to the next level. We are seeking artists and/or educators to lead classroom-based poetry and spoken word residency services.

This artist-educator will lead weeklong, in-school residencies for English language arts classes with goals of inspiring students to write, encouraging a deeper level of understanding of and appreciation for poetry’s usages, and, ultimately, helping them to break down barriers and build communities through stories. Services may begin as early as September 2019 and extend through May 2020. Residencies are typically formatted five days (one week) with one hour per day, per class.



Docent Program


Postponed Notice

For more details on this being postponed please visit:

New date to be announced.

Docents are volunteers who have graduated from SMoCA’s stimulating training program to share their art knowledge with Museum visitors, schools, retirement homes and community groups. To find out how you can become a prospective Docent, attend one of our bi-annual informational Docent Coffee Meetings.




Scottsdale Arts offers challenging and comprehensive internships for undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students who are interested in gaining experience in the arts and business/arts administration fields. Scottsdale Arts is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that is vested with the responsibility of administering and developing the arts within the City of Scottsdale. Our internships are on a volunteer basis and can be coordinated with staff to aid in receiving academic credit.


How to Apply:

  1. Review the list of internships offered. (Note: The following list of openings are indicative of the kinds of internships available; however, internships offered each semester are based upon the organization’s need.) Please clearly state your area of interest in your application.
  2. Please provide:
    1. Resume
    2. Two references (one academic and one professional—contact information only; no letters, please)
    3. Cover letter describing your interest in your preferred internship position.
  3. Complete the online application found here.


FALL Internships (August–December)

Applications Open: mid-May

Application Deadline: August 30

SPRING Internships (January–May)

Applications Open: mid-October

Application Deadline: November 30

SUMMER Internships (June–August/September)

Applications Open: mid-March

Application Deadline: April 30

(NOTE: Late applicants will not be considered.)

Internships Available:

No internships available at this time, please check again next semester.

Questions? Email: