The Charlotte International Arts Festival is a multi-week event featuring curated artistic and immersive experiences that celebrate the best of arts and culture from diverse global communities. Click through our multiple opportunities to be a part of the festival!

Blumenthal Fellows Application

Does your work inspire joy, collaboration, provocative thought, awe, innovation, or creative placemaking?

For the second year of the Charlotte International Arts Festival, we are looking for a new class of Blumenthal Fellows who will represent the best in festival projects that Charlotte artists have to offer. You will present alongside the national and international acts and projects that are brought in during CIAF to the thousands of festival attendees who come to enjoy our public events.  

Want More Insight On Becoming A BPA Fellow?

Register below for a Q&A information session on Monday, March 27th @ 6 pm – 7:30 pm with Bree Stallings, Director of Artistic Engagements.

Cultural Stages Application

Through our Cultural Stages grants, we invite YOU to be a local ambassador of your culture!

Open to all performing artists (bands, dancers, magicians, storytellers, etc.) to apply! Selected projects will be presented outdoors in Uptown Charlotte or Ballantyne between September 15 – October 1, 2023.

Busking Application

Through our Busking applications, we invite YOU to be a contributor! By submitting this application, you agree to the following:

  • Each selected artist/group will receive a 60-minute timeslot for busking outdoors in either Uptown Charlotte or Ballantyne.
  • Artists/groups may accept tips from audience members.
  • Blumenthal Performing Arts will NOT provide any backline or tech equipment for performers. Buskers must provide, set up, and take down their own equipment.

Have more questions before you apply? Email us here anytime –

Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!