Be a part of the Festival

There are several ways to be a part of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. You can:

  • Volunteer to help make it all happen. The Festival is an all-volunteer run event with no paid staff.
  • Apply to the Art Show. The GGAF is a juried art show. Each year, we receive more than 600 applications for the festival. Jurors select the more than 200 artists who will be invited to exhibit their work. Applications open each May.
  • Apply to be a Heritage Artist. Applications open each May.
  • Enter the poster contest.
  • Be a sponsor.
  • Apply to be a food vendor. If interested, use the contact page and select “concessions and vendors.”
  • If your band or musical act is interested in performing, use the contact page and select “Main Stage (Music).”
  • If your local dance studio is interested in performing, use the contact page and select “Performing Arts Stage (Dance).”
  • If you are an artist from outside the US, consider applying to be the International Invited Artist.

In an effort to keep the Festival non-commercial, the committee is very selective in how one may participate. Official sponsors may be allowed to distribute promotional materials but not offer merchandise for sale.