Hacia Afuera 2010 Call for Artists! Deadline July 9

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Hacia Afuera 2010 Call for Artists! Deadline July 9
Curated by: Art for Change

895 Shore Road
Bronx, NY 10464
June 20th, 2010 - July 9th, 2010

Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
immigration installation graffiti/street-art sculpture, outdoor, festival performance



Hacia Afuera Public Arts and Music Festival
August 28-29, 2010
El Barrio, East Harlem, New York City


Art for Change (AfC) is seeking proposals for artworks for its upcoming Hacia Afuera public arts festival in East Harlem (El Barrio), New York. AfC is an organization that creates 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.



Art for Change (AfC) is demonstrating its commitment to keeping arts alive in El Barrio and is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Hacia Afuera public arts & music festival, a weekend-long festival celebrating food, music, performance, and public art. Hacia Afuera (“to go outside”) will take place in Spanish Harlem’s streets, gardens, playgrounds and public community spaces Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, August 29, 2010, and will also showcase an outdoor group exhibition of artists throughout the neighborhood. We are inviting artists to take part with performance, music, site-specific installations, and interactive multi-media pieces. The event is being produced in partnership with individuals, artists, and community organizations, creating a movement for the residents of East Harlem to take pride in their streets. We expect to attract hundreds of visitors throughout the weekend of the festival. Emerging and established artists can expect to 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. El Barrio is a neighborhood rich in history and public art, from theater and performance to murals and community gardens. Hacia Afuera is an opportunity for residents, artists, and performers to reclaim public spaces in celebration of its history and culture.



The exhibition will explore various themes related to immigration such as: the effects on children of immigrants who are the next generation of our country; the growing structural inequality of the world economy and its relation to migration both into and out of countries; the correlations between historical immigration patterns and racism towards ethnic minorities; the existence of “cultures of exile” among worldwide immigrant communities; the varying objectives and strategies of advocacy for immigration reform; and notions of the "other" fueled by immigration debates including the mixed positive and negative roles played by politicians, activist groups, and privatized media. The exhibition also seeks to explore the dichotomy of how immigration has the power to simultaneously enrich and divide a country by examining the positive impact of migrating populations upon a recipient’s national culture as well as the negative by-products of inequality, segregation, and racism.

These issues further elicit the questions: What would be the structure of an immigration system democratic for all sides; and how could we bridge the gap between a utopian ideal and the politics of reform? By engaging artists as a voice for social justice, the exhibition hopes to engage individuals, families, local communities, greater society, and government in working together towards fair and ethical immigration reform.



Interested artists (collectives and teams are welcome) should submit proposals for artworks which fit into the political and social context of the neighborhood, with a special emphasis on topics on immigration suggested, but not limited to, the description above. 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 as well as a restricted budget, but AfC will provide basic materials and tools for installation. Proposals must be one page in length, including a detailed description of the artwork and its relevance to the exhibition theme, as well as set-up detail and the ideal location where the piece will be situated. Although the exact demarcation of where the festival will take place is still to be decided, gardens, streets, sidewalks, parks, private walls are possible. Artists are encouraged to visit East Harlem in person or online prior to submitting their proposals as well as further research immigration issues to inspire poignant ideas.



  • Artist's Full Name(s) and/or Alias
  • Artist's Bio
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Dimensions of Piece
  • 2-5 images of past work examples
  • If performance, indicate duration and number of participants
  • Time Needed for Set-up
  • Time Needed for Breakdown
  • Materials Needed (Please indicate which materials you are able to supply.)

*Proposals will not be returned.*


Please email your proposal, work samples and statement of intent to: Please put “Art for Change: Hacia Afuera Proposal” in the subject heading.

If you have any questions, please email or contact Christine Licata at: 212.831.4333

Proposals must be received via email by Friday, July 9, 2010, to be eligible for consideration. Artists will be notified by Friday, July 16, 2010 if their proposal is accepted, and a $100 honorarium will be awarded to each artist or collective selected for the exhibition. We are looking forward to reviewing your proposals!

Thank you for your interest in Hacia Afuera, 2010!