COOL Cultural Organization of Lowell

Call for Festival Workshops - Lowell Art & Maker Festival 2017


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The Lowell Art & Maker Festival is a new festival happening in downtown Lowell on September 16-17, 2017. During this two day celebration of the arts, visitors can expect to see:

  • Visual artists showcasing and selling their work
  • Makers from around the region demonstrating their skills and products at a maker fest
  • Workshops
  • Live theater
  • Music performances
  • Community public art project in which visitors can actively participate in creating a work of temporary public art
  • Walking tours of Lowell's public art installations
  • Walking tours of Lowell's dance history
  • Authors' corner, with readings from works of our region's authors
  • ...and so much more!

During the festival, hands-on instructional workshops will be offered to the public. These workshops will be free of charge and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They are intended to engage the public and get them excited about creating. Each day will host 12 workshops, with room for approximately 10 individuals per workshop.

Request for Proposal
Artist and Maker finalists will be chosen by the committee. Guidelines for proposals are as follows:

  • Workshop time should be no longer than 40 minutes.
  • Setup can commence behind the tent prior to the start of the workshop. Breakdown should begin immediately after the workshop ends, and must be completed within 10 minutes. Volunteers will be on-hand to assist with both setup and breakdown.
  • Workshops are intended to be hands-on and instructional in nature. These are not intended to solely demonstrate a technique.
  • No open fire will be permitted.
  • A stipend of up to $200 will be paid for each workshop which meets the guidelines. Stipend will be paid after the festival, once the workshop is completed.


  • EXTENDED! Deadline for proposals is April 30, 2017 at 5pm.
  • Submissions can be sent by filling out the electronic form below (preferred), via email, or via hard copy (download here).
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Proposals must include:  
    • A cover letter describing the workshop itself, total time the workshop will take, and total time for setup and breakdown.
    • A list of materials required during the workshop
    • A portfolio of work representing what will be taught
    • A cost breakdown of materials
    • Description of any specialized requirements

Please contact the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) with any questions: 978-455-7652 or

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