ART FOR CHANGE CALL FOR ARTISTS!
HACIA AFUERA PUBLIC ARTS FESTIVAL: FRUITS OF OUR LABOR
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011
Art for Change (AfC) is seeking proposals for artworks for its 4th annual Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival, August 13–August 14, 2011 in East Harlem’s outdoor spaces! AfC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides a forum for creating innovative art and media programs that inspire people to take an active role in social justice. By merging art and community, AfC provides a space to explore social issues and celebrate the richness of cultural diversity.
ABOUT HACIA AFUERA: Hacia Afuera, “to go outside”, takes place in Spanish Harlem’s streets and public community spaces, encouraging active participation while building community. It showcases outdoor art exhibitions throughout the playgrounds and gardens of East Harlem (El Barrio), infused with musical rhythms, spoken words, storytelling, film screenings, and live theater performances by local artists. Artists come together to create original works of art, network, connect with the public, and have their work shown at a highly visible and well-attended community event.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: This year’s theme, Fruits of Our Labor reflects an optimistic perspective about the potential we possess collectively in our communities. While issues of labor rights, labor conditions, and employment opportunities cause distress during this time of economic struggle, Fruits of Our Labor utilizes visual, musical, and performing arts to engage the people of East Harlem into activities that will highlight the creative resources right in their area. The theme also incorporates ideas of sustainability, by way of repurposing, reusing, and recycling objects and materials that may have been discarded. By shedding a new perspective on old items, a renewed sense of clarity can emerge providing new possibilities for social progress and self-sufficiency that everyday people may achieve. Fruits of Our Labor is an opportunity for East Harlem to celebrate its wealth found in the diversity of culture, lifestyle, and expression by bringing people together, united through participation in a variety of artistic actions. Additionally, empowering information may be shared on the topics of labor and sustainability that may further enhance the lives of all who participate in Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival.
HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: Interested artists (collectives and teams are welcome) should submit proposals for artworks that fit into the political and social context of the neighborhood, with a special emphasis on the Fruits of Our Labor theme described above. Interactive, participatory, and artworks created on-site are highly encouraged. Sustainable materials, such as found objects, rescued wood, and recycled or re-used objects are encouraged whenever possible. Artworks may include, but are not limited to, painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, performance art, interactive art, design, architecture, and site-specific installation (please note we have limited electrical outlets available). Proposals must include an Artist Statement describing in detail the proposed artwork and its relevance to the exhibition theme, as well as set-up detail and the ideal location where the piece will be situated. Artists are encouraged to visit East Harlem in person or online prior to submitting their proposals as well as further research exhibition themes to inspire poignant ideas.
Proposals must be received via email by midnight on Wednesday, June 8, to be eligible for consideration. Artists will be notified by June 20, 2011, if their proposal is accepted, and a $100 honorarium will be awarded to each artist or collective selected for the exhibition.
PLEASE INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR PROPOSAL:
Artist Info: Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, Website Address
Proposed Artwork Info: Title, Date, Material, Size (Height x Width x Depth)
Artist Bio (brief paragraph)
Artist Statement (brief paragraph)
2-5 images of work examples: 300 dpi or lower, no larger than 2MB each
Time needed for set-up and breakdown
EMAIL PROPOSALS WITH “FRUITS OF OUR LABOR” AS SUBJECT HEADING TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please contact Junior Target at: 610-568-8160.
Thank you for your interest in Hacia Afuera 2011. We are looking forward to reviewing your proposals!