Applications for the 2020 Cotton District Arts Festival
Starkville Area Arts Council and the Cotton District Arts Festival use Submittable, a favorite online system for artists, to help keep your application costs down and make processing applications much easier. All submissions, other than for the Pet Parade (which is taken on the morning of the Festival), will be accepted only through Submittable. If you have difficulty opening any of the applications, we will be more than happy to assist you. Please call our office at 662.324.3080. We look forward to hearing from you!
When each #CDAF2020 Application opens for submission, the buttons below will open the application. Best viewed on a desktop OR in the Submittable App. ALL RULES FOR CDAF APPLICATIONS ARE REPOSTED BELOW. If you apply to be a vendor, you are confirming that you have read and agree to abide by these rules.
For all CDAF and SAAC submission opportunities, visit our general Submittable page.
Artisan Village Rules
NOTE: If you wish to participate in the JURIED ART SHOW, you must ALSO submit in that category. This application is for consideration as a VENDOR in the Artisan's Village.
ELIGIBILITY: Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Original artwork is defined as both handmade and/or the repurposing of items which results in the creation of new and unique works of art. NO craft kits allowed. NO Tee Shirts or other factory-made items (i.e. containers, furniture, etc.) regardless of artistic enhancement. Items containing collegiate or organizational logos and emblems are not allowed.
Juried selection of artists is based on creativity, quality, and originality. Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Mississippi Craftsman Guild members are automatically accepted when the application is postmarked by the entry deadline. Entry requirements must still be met, including photographs and payment of booth fee.
Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Vendors may not sell arts and crafts created by others. Items brought to the festival must be items in the same family or category of those that were submitted in the application photos. Additional items are prohibited and are grounds for removal.
Original artwork is defined as both handmade and/or the repurposing of items which results in the creation of new and unique works of art. Repurposed items must result on the creation of a new or unique item. Examples are wind-chimes made out of silverware, bottles, etc., and sculpture made out of found objects. Adding embroidery, screen-print, or digital print to a mass produced item such as clothing, dish towels, cups, huggies, or other items does not meet this criteria.
NO craft kits allowed. Vendors may not sell any item that was made from a pre-packaged arts and craft “kit”, such as models, rugs, paint by number, etc.
NO Tee Shirts or other factory made items (i.e. containers, furniture, etc.) regardless of artistic enhancement. Vendors may not sell items that are factory made or mass merchandised, including CD’s, tee shirts, etc. All items must be the explicit creation of the vendor, and vendors must be able to describe in detail, the artistic process they used to create their item(s).
Items containing collegiate or organizational logos and emblems are not allowed. Any item that requires licensing by a third party is prohibited. Therefore, arts and crafts that contain college or organizational logos, emblems, or mascots cannot be sold at the festival. This includes all Mississippi State University emblems and logos, as well as those of other colleges, universities, national sports organizations, or corporations (e.g. Coca-Cola, etc.). To clarify, items that have a connection to any university, business, or organization, are using a college, organization, or business logo as a selling point, and the vendor is attempting to profit from the use of such, is prohibited. For instance, using licensed fabric that is printed with the MSU logo to make quilts and sell at CDAF is prohibited. However, using plain maroon fabric with no logo or emblem to make and sell quilts is permissible.
Juried Selection of artists is based on creativity, quality, and originality. Final selection of artisans is based on the artistic creativity, originality, and quality presented in the written description and accompanying photographs submitted in the vendor application. Preference is given to items that are created using traditional handcraft methods, therefore it is important to detail methods used in creating items.
Categories: The following is a list of Arts and Craft items that are considered appropriate. Note that this is only a guide and is not all inclusive, nor is it an automatic acceptance. For the purpose of completing the application, items that are designed to serve a utilitarian purpose generally fall into the traditional crafts category, including furniture, wooden spoons, bird feeders, wind chimes, boxes, basketry, clothing, candles, soap, etc.
Paintings – Original (oil, acrylic, water, mixed media, and other) on canvas, wood, paper, and recycled objects. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial prints (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original paintings along with prints is desired, for example, a booth might have a balanced assortment of 20 original paintings hanging and flip bins containing 10 prints of each. Sculpture – (metal, wood, glass, mixed media, other). Three-dimensional art objects made with any type of material which prime purpose is aesthetic and not so much utilitarian or functional. Graphics (Drawing, Printmaking, Calligraphy, and Photography) Drawings – Original (pencil, pen and ink) on paper. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial prints (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original drawings along with prints is desired. Calligraphy – Original hand lettering on paper or canvas. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial reproductions (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original drawings along with prints is desired. Printmaking – Block prints, screen-prints, typography - hand pulled prints, and other types of individually created prints on canvas or paper, all must be individually signed and numbered. Commercial reproductions must be clearly marked and sold separately (in bins). No screen-printed tee shirts. Photography – Artist’s original photographic prints; including black & white, color, or enhanced. Ceramics – All clay based art and craft - hand thrown or built (mold made ceramics must be labeled). Jewelry – All types and materials. Traditional Craft – include all craftsmanship items that are designed mostly to serve as a utilitarian purpose. Examples include but are not limited to: Woodworking – furniture, boxes, pens, spoons, bird houses, toys, etc. Furniture – all materials, Fiber/Fabric – handcrafted garments, millinery items, knitted items, crocheted items, bows, etc. Decorative Art: Basketry, Stained Glass (sun catchers, windows, boxes), Pressed Flower Art, Paper Crafts (Origami, hand-made paper & books); Gourd Art, Wind chimes. Other: Candles, Soap, Condiments, etc. - There is small limited number of booths available for items that are in the “Other” category. Condiments: These are items such as dip mixes, sauces, and honey. All items must be pre-packaged, recipes and packaging must be original and proprietary of the vendor, and all items must meet federal, state, and local health regulations. For all other food-based items, such as baked goods, cookies, crackers, etc., and ready to serve or pre-packaged foods, please refer to the Taste of Starkville application.
If you still have eligibility questions after reading these instructions, please send an email to CDAFArtisans@starkvillearts.org. If you have technical issues, contact Submittable by clicking the "?" in the upper right or lower left of the form.
IF ADMITTED, you will receive a SECOND FORM to collect your booth fee. No admitted vendor will be allowed to set up until booth fees are paid.
GENERAL RELEASE By submitting, the applicant discharges the Cotton District Arts Festival and the Starkville Area Arts Council from all manner of actions, suits, damages, claims, and demands whatsoever in law or equity from any loss or damage to the undersigned’s property, while in possession, supervision, or auspices of the Cotton District Arts Festival and the Starkville Area Arts Council, its agents and representatives. The applicant has read and agrees to comply with all rules in this application and on www.cdafestival.com.
The Cotton District Arts Festival may request removal of any items that differ from the application submitted and accepted, or any items or displays that are inappropriate to the festival. Accepted artisans who do not comply with CDAF policies within this application risk not being invited back or accepted in the future. CDAF reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY CDAF will occur, regardless of rain; all vendors should come prepared to manage their booths in the event of rain or wind. HOWEVER, CDAF, SAAC, or the City may decide that inclement weather poses a safety threat (such as lightning, flash flooding, severe thunderstorm, tornado watch or warning, etc), and may cancel the Festival based upon that determination. If weather, a major disaster, or other circumstances beyond the control of CDAF organizers cause the cancellation of the Festival, any booth refund will be in the sole discretion of CDAF. CDAF is not liable to exhibitors for the failure of the event to take place OR for damage to products or structures. You may check the CDAF website and social media leading up to the event, if you are unsure of weather conditions.
Although CDAF organizers consult with National Weather Service in Jackson, MS leading up to CDAF, we are unable to predict dangerous weather or protect against any losses from such activity.
ARTISAN OBLIGATIONS Only Artists accompanying their original work may participate in the festival. Booth displays must remain intact until the show ends. Each booth must be manned at all times during the festival. The festival will be held Rain or Shine. Artisans should be prepared for inclement weather conditions.
BOOTHS Booth size is 10’ x 10’. Artisans must provide their own booth structures, and are not to exceed the allowed space. Structures should be safe and adaptable to any surface irregularities in the streets and adjacent areas of the Cotton District. Weights are recommended for all canopies. The Cotton District Arts Festival is not responsible for the loss or damage of items. Only the artist’s original work and prints properly signed, numbered, and labeled as “Reproductions” may be hung in the booth. Prints may be also shown in flip bins clearly labeled as “Reproductions” (*). Booth space may be shared by a maximum of two artists. One application should be completed. The Main Contact Artist will receive notification letter and booth package. Each artist must submit images of their work. Artists may purchase more than one booth. Final booth locations and instructions will be provided prior to the festival. Set up will begin at 5:00 a.m. the morning of the festival and should be completed by 8:00 a.m. After 8:00 a.m. streets will be closed. Booth locations are the sole discretion of the Artisans Village committee.
TAXES Cotton District Arts Festival is responsible for collecting state (Mississippi) and local sales taxes. All Artisans are responsible for collecting sales tax (7%) as required by law. Taxes collected must be turned into the Festival Committee in envelopes provided. A representative of the CDAF Finance Committee will collect taxes during the last hours of the festival. ARTISANS MUST PAY before leaving the festival.
APPLICATION FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
Each artist / artist pair must submit 5 high resolution JPEG images. Your answer to General Information above should include a description of each image for reference.
ALL APPLICANTS must submit images for consideration.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SAAC is an equal opportunity organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the public, all members of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and artist communities.
We expect all CDAF vendors to follow the same community-engagement policy.
If you have any questions, check out our FAQ page. If your question isn't answered there, feel free to contact us!
Juried Art Show Rules
CDAF Student Art Competition Rules
This form may be used by teachers, so check with your school teacher to see if they are submitting for you. Apply by February 10, 2020. Send us your best work (the images you provide must be of the work you wish to submit). One submission per student per category. Cell phone pics are appropriate. On acceptance into the Exhibition, your work MUST be gallery ready. Mounting (on cardboard, mat board, foam core) is required. Matted and shrink-wrapped is preferred (it will protect your work). Works do NOT need to be framed. Two categories are available, and you may submit up to 1 piece per category:
Category 1: drawing / painting / mixed media
Category 2: photography
Craft kits are not allowed. The 2020 CDAF Student Art Competition will be on display in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on March 3 until April 20, 2020, in downtown Starkville.
East & West Stage Rules
*Please be aware that our budget is limited and most accepted bands are from the local Golden Triangle area. For any questions, feel free to contact at email@example.com .
Songwriter Competition and Showcase
Thank you for submitting to the 2020 Cotton District Arts Festival Songwriter Competition Showcase! The top 10 applicants will be selected to compete in a live performance at Dave's Dark Horse Tavern on April 4, 2020. Songs should be original works written and composed by the submitter. In the application form, please paste the URL link where the Songwriter Committee can view/listen to your song online. Once selected, Showcase participants will be contacted for further details regarding the Showcase. Top 3 winners of the Showcase will be invited to perform at #CDAF2020 in a shared time slot! (Plus, in the past, various winners from this competition have been hired to play at SAAC's annual fundraiser Forks & Corks).