Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops - Call For Artists

Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops – Call For Artists

Open Scene is seeking four artists to lead Open Scene community engagement workshops for twelve youth (ages 16-24) and ten community stakeholders in Urbana, IL.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 5 Dec 2016

In spring 2017, each selected artist or artist group will lead a weekend intensive with participants to explore themes of social justice and/or community development through an art discipline. Activities will begin on Friday evening and end on Sunday afternoon.

This opportunity is open to all professional artists, age 18 or older, residing in the United States. Submissions will be evaluated based on demonstration of artistic quality; demonstration of experience in leading engagement activities, especially for youth and marginalized communities; and appropriateness of method for inclusive, youth-centered, public events.

Selected artists for the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will receive a total payment of $3,000 for artist fees, transportation to and from Urbana, food, and lodging. The Urbana Public Arts Program will provide logistical and staff support and incur the costs associated with promoting the events.

Artists will have the opportunity to bring positive change to the lives of youth in Urbana-Champaign, IL. The small and intimate setting of the Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops will allow artists to share their artistic practices and connect directly with all participants. Artists may learn valuable lessons from participating marginalized youth, whose voices are often times diminished in civic conversations. Through leading art workshops and arts-based dialogues, artists may find this experience an opportunity to reflect, research, and grow.

About Open Scene

Open Scene is a partnership between the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and the City of Urbana, which aims to create a plan for reclaiming the city’s center through arts-based dialogues that directly incorporate the experiences of youth. These creative engagement and planning processes will be anchored at IMC’s emerging cultural facility located in the historic post office building in the heart of downtown Urbana.

Urbana is a community of contrasts. This college town has relatively low unemployment, yet over half of our young African-American men lack jobs. Higher incomes have soared, yet we have the third highest extreme poverty rate in Illinois. In response to this divide, the IMC was founded in 2000 by artists and organizers to provide space, resources, and atmosphere to draw artists and residents together to investigate local problems and design solutions.

Open Scene seeks to enhance the well-being of all city residents through the leadership of one of its most marginalized groups: youth. Our youth are savvy, connected, and creative, yet they are often overlooked in community planning projects. Through a process led by youth, guided by professional artists, and supported by diverse community partners, Open Scene aims to engage all sectors of our community to imagine the future of the IMC within Downtown Urbana as a vibrant space for cultural expression and community change.

For more information, contact ptannos@urbanaillinois.us.

Open Scene Community Engagement Workshops

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