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Call for Artists: Artist in Community Earth Day Event!

Event Description

Outer Banks Forever, Dare Arts, and the Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service have partnered to create and launch a new Artist in Community program that will give local artists the opportunity to share their crafts with the public at a family-friendly Earth Day celebration (April 22) on the grounds of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. The crafts demonstrated as part of the event will serve, through the creativity of the selected artists, to deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation of our Outer Banks national parks. This event is generously supported by Outer Banks Forever donors and a grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Benefit to Artists

This event will provide three selected artists with the opportunity to perform their craft in a beautiful national park setting and to engage with and inspire local community members and park visitors of all ages. Artists will have the opportunity to create a or works en plein air that promote an understanding of the need to protect and enhance our Outer Banks national parks for future generations. In so doing, artists will have the opportunity to discuss their work and artistic vision with park visitors. Our desire is for artists to share their artistic inspiration and engage with the public as they experience the beauty of the Bodie Island Lighthouse and surrounding areas. Artists will be compensated for their time with a modest stipend.

Please note: Artists will not be able to sell their work at this event. This is an educational/experiential event only.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023 (Earth Day)

  • Time: Event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with three 90-minute artist demos during that time: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Location: Bodie Island Lighthouse grounds


Artists including writers, composers, craftspeople, painters, photographers, sculptors, storytellers, musicians, videographers, poets, dancers, and all visual and performing artists are encouraged to apply.


  • Artists must be current residents of Dare County.

  • Artists must be 18+.

  • Artists must bring their own supplies.

  • Artists must have their own transportation to and from the event.

  • Artists must be comfortable working in front of and engaging with the public.

Entry Deadline

March 14, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Important Dates

  • Call for artists opens: March 7, 2023

  • Call for artists closes: March 14, 2023

  • Selected artists notified: March 22, 2023

  • Artist in Community Earth Day event: April 22, 2023

How to Apply


Email Rachael Graf, Community Engagement Coordinator at Outer Banks Forever:


About Outer Banks Forever

Outer Banks Forever is the official nonprofit partner of the three national parks of the Outer Banks – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial – helping to protect and enhance these special places through public engagement, programming, and project support.

To learn more, visit or follow on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

About Dare Arts

Located on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, Dare Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment, and opportunity. Dare Arts strongly believes that the arts are essential to the creation and sustenance of a thriving, vital community. To learn more, visit or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About the National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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