The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is now accepting applications from visual and literary artists to participate in its 20th annual Holiday Arts Tour. The event is a celebration of the arts in Louisiana, featuring visual artists, musicians, writers, and other performing artists. NCLAC will place artists from its five parish region of Lincoln, Jackson, Claiborne, Bienville, and Union parishes first, but if enough host sites are available, artists from elsewhere in the state may participate. Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 8th. NCLAC is also accepting applications from merchant hosts in downtown Ruston. The NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour is a juried arts market. Only unique, original works of the highest quality will be accepted. Submissions will be shown to a committee that will determine if and where an artist will be placed with a merchant. This year’s tour will take place on December 1st and 2nd, and will include People’s Choice voting, Sprout Hour, Art in Action painting event, art demonstrations, and more. Visit nclac.org for more information and to apply. For assistance or questions about the Holiday Arts Tour and the application process, please contact the NCLAC office at (318) 255-1450, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Visual artists who participate will have work reproduced in the full-color brochure, as well as featured posts on the NCLAC site. The Tour weekend will promote visual, literary, and performing artists, and will draw visitors from around the state. NCLAC wishes to receive entries from artists in: ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, jewelry, fiber arts, mixed media, fine woodworking, etc.