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Paseo 2020 (Taos, NM) – Call for Artists

Paseo 2020 (Taos, NM) – Call for Artists

PASEO announces a call for artists for the PASEO 2020, a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance, and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. This two-day outdoor event, set in the high desert of Taos, is in its seventh year, and scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, September 18th and 19th, 2020.

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Deadline: 29 Feb 2020

The PASEO is seeking work that is immersive, participatory, and/or will make a dynamic impact within the Taos Historic District during this evening festival, scheduled to start at sunset and runs to 11pm. PASEO 2019 brought thousands of people to the streets of Taos to experience this annual celebration.

Artists are encouraged to share their process of art making with the community. As part of the application process, artists are invited to submit proposals for adult and youth workshops, lectures, and forums.

In its seventh year, The PASEO has become the anticipated art event of the year, bringing out thousands of locals and visitors alike to fill the streets of Taos, New Mexico. Taos is a centuries-old Art Colony and home to Taos Pueblo, UNESCO protected and the oldest continually inhabited community in North America. Home to artists for centuries, The PASEO holds to the tradition of bringing artists from around the world to both inspire and be inspired.

PASEO 2020 Artist Benefits

PASEO 2020 is seeking 20-25 installations. They provide stipends ranging from $250 – $2,500 (with 2-3 projects funded at $5,000-$10,000). Stipend is contingent on size, complexity, and anticipated festival impact. PASEO provides funds for the shipping of artwork. The artist is responsible for the installation of their work. The festival will provide staff and volunteers to assist.

The PASEO engages the entire community through educational programs that happen before and during the annual event. The PASEO regularly partners with local arts organizations, local artists, museums, and galleries in hosting these events. Events include lectures and talks, workshops, demos, local collaborations, and training.

About PASEO

The PASEO’s mission is to transform art through community and community through art. They live at the center of three primary values: art, education, and community.

The PASEO Project’s community is both local, global, respectful, and inclusive. They create a platform for art that is experimental, time-based, ephemeral, participatory, and context responsive. PASEO encourages conversations on contemporary art practices; engages the community through education, workshops, presentations; and challenges art and audience while supporting local artists and businesses both emerging and established. The PASEO respects art making.

For more information, contact paseo@paseoproject.org.

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Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

The City of Aurora Art In Public Places Program selection panel is seeking to commission an artist for the Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture. Create a sculptural environment composed of multiple components within this roundabout which is about 70’ in diameter. There is no public access to the roundabout, so the artwork should be designed to be viewed by car or from the various streets surrounding the site. Benches, interactive art, or highly detailed artwork would not be appropriate for this project.

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Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

The artwork should have physical presence and be scaled appropriately for this site. Due to the size of the roundabout, multiple elements working together to create a singular composition would be ideal. It must be designed to be appreciated from all sides. The artwork could be colorful and kinetic. The artwork should not be too shiny or reflective, or in any way create a distraction for drivers.

The elements can be large and massive enough to block direct views across the roundabout. This enables drivers to focus on what is ahead of them, not across or through the roundabout. Thematically, the artwork could embrace a transportation related theme, such as people using various transportation modes literally or abstractly. Transportation modes might represent the diversity of abilities. It could include elements such as walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, canes, bicycles, cars, trains, feet, scooters, motorcycles, skis, sleds, canoes, kayaks, rafts, and airplanes as well as innovative and futuristic options.

The artwork must be constructed from materials that are sufficiently durable to withstand the Colorado climate and altitude. These conditions include extreme temperature changes (over 40 degrees) in just a few hours and subzero temperatures as well as temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sun, low humidity, and precipitation in the form of rain, hail, sleet, and snow.

Budget: $215,158 (There is a separate budget that the city will use for site preparation and minimal landscaping appropriate to the nature of the sculpture.)

About the City of Aurora

The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located in Aurora, CO. Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, and the safest large city in Colorado, spanning three counties in the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The city embraces a highly diverse population of over 350,000 residents who enjoy access to quality education, Colorado’s natural beauty and active lifestyle, and an array of cultural amenities within the context of a vibrant and growing community. Aurora is home to top national employers in aerospace and defense, bioscience, healthcare, and alternative energy.

Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the northern tip of the Black Forest, Aurora offers a unique quality of life that blends a traditional sense of community with a range of outdoor and leisure activities. Residents enjoy a wealth of opportunities and are proud to call Aurora home.

Aurora Regional Transportation District

Aurora welcomed the light rail in early 2017 with the opening of R-Line as a branch of the public transportation network provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD.) The R-Line is known for the strong public art at each station which resulted from a robust partnership between the city of Aurora (COA) and RTD. The New York Times magazine listed Aurora as one of the top places to see public art in 2017. Two sculptures adorn the Iliff Station environment, one located at the station, and the other located outside the Iliff Station Parking Garage. In this area, the R-Line follows the path of 1-225, a major highway providing access to Denver International Airport

Opportunities abound for transit-oriented development (TOD) along the R- line, especially around each station. The area around the Iliff Station has seen rapid transformation with the addition of contemporary high-density apartment living and mixed-use development in an area better known for single family housing on good sized lots and age-restricted retirement communities. These three and four-story apartment complexes in a pedestrian friendly environment are designed to meet the needs of the young professionals attracted to the employment opportunities and active life-style of this growing community.

In addition to the city’s 1% for Art Ordinance, Aurora has an ordinance requiring art within transit-oriented-development districts. New apartments just north of the station are already home to a highly visible ceramic mural entitled “Double Dip.” The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located just south of the parking garage. The addition of sculpture on this roundabout will help to establish this area as a new public art hub within a community where the arts are thriving.

About the Art In Public Places Program

Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program enhances the quality of life in Aurora as high-quality neighborhoods and public spaces are developed and maintained. Locally and nationally renowned artists have created 240 individual pieces to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from outdoor sculptures and murals to functional works integrated into the architecture. The program is funded from a city ordinance requiring the dedication of 1 percent of the funds used to build city of Aurora construction and remodeling projects with budgets of $100,000 or more. Grants and fundraising efforts also fund city public art projects.

The Art in Public Places Program is governed by the nine-member Aurora City Council-appointed Art in Public Places Commission. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the city council regarding the public art program, including project budget allocation, strategic planning, development of policies and procedures,and approval of artwork to be commissioned or purchased.

For more information, contact rbloom@auroragov.org.

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Button Sculpture Installations (Doraville, GA) – Call For Artists

Button Sculpture Installations (Doraville, GA) – Call For Artists

Button Art is seeking artist submissions for button sculpture installations following Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Anniversary. To further the love of art in Gwinnett, Button Art – in collaboration with artists across all mediums and boundaries – will manage, create, and install 200 original button sculpture installations throughout Gwinnett inspired by the County’s 200th birthday and celebrating the future of Gwinnett. Each button sculpture will have a plaque bearing names of sponsors and the artist.

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Deadline: 2 Jan 2020

Open to all artists. Only digital images can be submitted as JPEG, PNG or PDF files with minimum 300 DPI resolution suitable to print 47.5” x 47.5“.

Button Sculpture Installations Award Categories

Most Liked Art on Button Art Instagram

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $7,500
  • Third Place: $5,000

Most Liked Art on Button Art Facebook

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $7,500
  • Third Place: $5,000

Additional Awards

  • Most Innovative Artist: $7,500
  • Best Original Artist: $5,000
  • Best Digital Artist: $5,000
  • Best Photographer: $5,000
  • Most Reflective Art of Gwinnett’s History: $5,000
  • Best Art by Team Collaboration: $5,000
  • Oldest Artist: $5,000
  • Youngest Artist: $5,000
  • Five Honorable Mentions ($1,000 each): $5,000

All art will be on display for the public to engage with and enjoy, while paying tribute to the history of Gwinnett County, GA.

About Button Art

Button Art provides an art presence for the local community by collecting and curating a wide range of art submitted by local and national artists.

Button Art works with the County to provide access to public areas for the display of the art; collaborate with local and national artists; select artwork to be applied on sculptures; identify the causes and create the themes for the sculptures; and manage production, delivery, and installation of the sculptures. Additionally, Button Art organizes community events to publicize and showcase the art and artists behind the art and raise funds to further develop the culture of art across the County.

For more information, contact info@buttonart.org.

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Water/Culture 2019 (Taos, NM) – Call for Artists

Water/Culture 2019 (Taos, NM) – Call for Artists

The Paseo Water/Culture 2019 call is seeking artists to bring visibility to Northern New Mexico’s water culture and issues. Working with artists, Paseo wishes to create more inclusive and imaginative planning processes. They provide benefits to the community through artistic installations, designs, and educational opportunities. Paseo seeks proposals for installations to creatively expand public knowledge and appreciation of the acequia networks downtown Taos, NM. Selected art activations will vary in media, scale, and programming.

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Deadline: 2 Jun 2019

The goal is to highlight the acequia network for the benefit of the local community and wider audience of visitors traversing the downtown. These installations will be featured at the Paseo 2019 festival, September 13th and 14th, with the opportunity for pre- and post-installation capacities. All installations will be considered as an implementation for permanent installations.

Paseo will work closely with a number of partners to implement the Water/Culture 2019 including the Town of Taos, the Acequia Madre de Rio Pueblo, The Taos Valley Acequia Association, The NM Acequia Association, The Arts and Cultural District, Taos Mainstreet, The Taos Gallery Association, Taos Art Council, and a number of educational institutions and local businesses.

Local acequia and cultural leaders have become increasingly aware of and engaged in the water issues facing Taos. There is tremendous opportunity to utilize arts and culture strategies to advance sustainable, integrated, and inclusive management of the community’s water resources. As creative thinkers and doers, artists can be powerful partners to water leaders. Together, they re-imagine traditional approaches to water planning and management and connect with communities in new ways.

About Paseo

The Paseo is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance, and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. This two-day outdoor event, set in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico, is in its sixth year. It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, September 13rd and 14th, 2019.

The Paseo seeks work that is immersive, participatory, and/or will make a dynamic impact within the Taos Historic District during this evening festival. The event is scheduled to start at sunset and runs to 11pm. Paseo 2018 brought over 6,000 people to the streets of Taos to experience this annual celebration.

For more information, contact matt@paseoproject.org.

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Odds And Ends (Ann Arbor, MI) – Call For Artists

Odds And Ends (Ann Arbor, MI) – Call For Artists

Ann Arbor Art Center announces a call for artists for Odds and Ends, an exhibition of collage works. Referencing both classic and contemporary techniques, the exhibition surveys how traditions have evolved and celebrates the ways artists find to continually re-imagine materials. This exhibition welcomes artists that employ a range of collage techniques in any medium (2-D and 3-D). In addition to traditional paper collages, artists working in performance, sculpture, installation, ceramics, sound, and digital media are encouraged to submit work for consideration.

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Deadline: 19 Apr 2019

The Odds and Ends call for entry is open to any artist over the age of 18 who currently resides in the US. Artists are invited to submit up to three images per $35 entry in any combination of individual artwork or detail images. Artworks must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown in any other Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions. There are no restrictions on artwork dimensions however artists are encouraged to review the gallery space diagram to help guide their submission.

The Odds and Ends jurying process is anonymous; however, artists must submit a bio and CV as separate .doc or .pdf documents. Label the files using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Bio and Lastname_Firstname_CV. This is a juried exhibition and all entries must be submitted digitally for consideration. Submission does not guarantee artwork acceptance and submission fees are non-refundable. Submissions will not be accepted past the deadline.

Accepted artwork must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent artist submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations. For shipped artwork, artists are responsible for all shipping costs and insurance, if applicable. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. The Art Center retains a 50% commission on all sold artwork.

Odds And Ends Juror: John Gutoskey

John Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, and collector. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts, where he worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater.

In the 1990‘s, John returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms. It resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of assemblage (through found objects), collage, printmaking, and installation, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collector in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist half-way.

John earned his BFA in theater design with a minor in sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design where he studied printmaking & installation art, and also completed a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. John is the owner of JG Studio and the A2 Print Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Important dates for artists

  • Submission deadline: Friday, April 19 at 11:59PM (MST)
  • All artists notified of juror selections: Monday, April 22 via email
  • Accepted artwork delivery deadline: Monday, May 6
  • Opening party / Juror awards presentation: Friday, May 10 (6-9pm)
  • Exhibition closes: Saturday, June 1
  • Pick-up of work: Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6

Odds And Ends Artist Benefits

Artists will be in the running for a number of monetary awards. Additionally, they will be featured throughout various social media accounts for the duration of the show. Best in Show awards the winner $500. Second place awards $200, and the third is a $100 prize.

The Ann Arbor Art Center is located right in the midst of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hot spot of shopping and restaurants, which give ample foot traffic to our exhibitions in the 117 Gallery. Opening parties average around a few hundred people. Online stats are as follows:

  • Facebook Page: 22K likes
  • Instagram Page: 3650 likes
  • Twitter Page: 4K likes

About the Ann Arbor Art Center

For 109 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been a contemporary forum for the visual arts. Through exhibitions, public art, and art experiences, the Art Center engages over 50,000 people annually in collaboration and exploration of art. The Art Center is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Since 1909, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. The mission: “to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.”

For more information, contact mwolf@annarborartcenter.org.

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Paseo 2019 – Call For Artists

Paseo 2019 – Call For Artists

The Paseo Project announces a call for artists for the Paseo 2019, a multimedia exhibition of installation, projection, and performance art that can be installed, projected, or performed outdoors. Event scheduled for September 13 – 14 in the Historic District, Taos, New Mexico.

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Deadline: 28 Feb 2019

The Paseo Project, nonprofit host organization, is seeking work that is immersive, participatory, and will make a dynamic impact within Taos Historic District. Both high-tech and low-tech submissions are welcome. Preference is given to work that engages with the architecture within the historic downtown. Work can be roving/migratory, performative, site-responsive, culturally-situated, land-based, or somehow distort or disrupt scale and soundscape.

Artists are to be present for the evening festival, which starts at sunset and runs to 11:00pm each evening. The Paseo Project provides artist stipends and a volunteer crew helps with any temporary structures that may need to be built.

About Paseo

The Paseo is an award-winning festival and attracts audiences from all over the Western US and beyond. Since 2014, the Paseo has engaged the Taos community and visitors in the art making process during its two-night outdoor event. Now in its sixth year, it has become the most anticipated art event of the year, bringing out thousands of locals and visitors to fill the streets. Taos is a centuries old art colony and home to Taos Pueblo, UNESCO-protected and the oldest continually inhabited community in North America. The event holds to the tradition of bringing artists from around the world to both inspire and be inspired.

The Paseo 2019 theme is Connections. The organization is seeking work that celebrates, contemplates, or questions our interactions with each other, nature, or the world. It seeks works that are in sync with its core mission to transform art through community and community through art.

The Paseo is made possible by the Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, MAE Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, Nina’s Fund, New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many generous individual donors and business sponsors.

Paseo 2019 Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an artist fee based on the scale of their project and current W.A.G.E. standards. The Paseo project heavily promotes and markets artists by coordinating radio interviews, artists videos, museum talks, online and social media promotion, newsletter, and regional and national ad campaigns. Paseo 2018 advertised in Hyperallergic and Colossal. Participating artists are featured in the Festival Guide and website.

About The Paseo Project

The Paseo Project lives at the center of three primary values: art, education, and community. Its community is local, global, respectful, and inclusive. The Paseo Project’s vision is to create a platform for art that is experimental, time-based, ephemeral, participatory, and context responsive; encourage a conversation on contemporary art practices; engage the community through education, workshops, and presentations; challenge art and audience; support local artists and businesses; and respect art making.

For more information, contact matt@paseoproject.org.

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City Hall Public Art Project – Call For Artists

City Hall Public Art Project – Call For Artists

The City of Manhattan Beach announces a call for artists for the City Hall Public Art Project. The site is located in the City Hall Lobby area. There is a grand stair case that runs between the upper and lower floors. Submissions that address the whole space, including both upper and lower floors, furniture, and fixtures are encouraged.

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Deadline: 13 Feb 2019

The City of Manhattan Beach is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a public art sculpture. Approximately 3.8 million tourists arrive in Manhattan Beach every year.

The budget for the City Hall Public Art Project is not to exceed $250,000.00. This amount includes all costs related to the artist’s design and project management fees; all subcontracted and consultant costs including engineers, electricians, materials, fabricators, studio, and overhead costs; fabrication, transportation, delivery, storage, and installation of all art components; general and automobile liability, professional liability insurance, and automotive insurance as required; and all other costs associated with the art project including a minimum budget contingency of 15%. Please note that the budget includes all costs required for all permits and licenses.

The City Hall Public Art Project RFQ is open to professional artists residing in the United States who meet the minimum eligibility qualifications indicated below:

  • Successful completion of at least 2 (two) permanent art installation or design projects valued over $150,000.00, preferably those that are similar in scope and nature to this project. Prior work could include architecture, landscape, or urban design projects if public art was an integral component.
  • Experience in working cooperatively with multiple professionals including City staff, regulatory agencies, community members, and design professionals such as engineers, landscape architects, and architects.
  • Aesthetic excellence in the design and execution of completed projects.
  • Ability to install or oversee the installation of the commissioned work.

About the City of Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach has been featured in many Hollywood films and series including 1408, 2012, Against All Odds, CSI Miami, Jerry Maguire, Weeds, Veronica Mars, Tequila Sunrise, Point Break, and Starsky and Hutch. Manhattan Beach has 2.1 miles of beach. At the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard is a 928 foot long pier where fishing is permitted from all year long. One of the largest flocks of wild parrots in the United States lives in the South Bay, and you can hear their loud squawks all over town.

Manhattan Beach’s schools were ranked #1 by Forbes in 2014, and it has a more educated population than any other suburb in Los Angeles. Manhattan Beach is located on Santa Monica Bay’s southern end. The International Surf Festival and the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is held every August in Manhattan Beach. Because of its beauty Manhattan Beach has been given the nickname ‘Pearl of the South Bay’. Manhattan Beach has the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium where visitors can see a variety of sea life species. The members of the band The Beach Boys surfed at Manhattan Beach growing up, as they were from Hawthorne, an adjacent city.

For more information, contact mbetz@citymb.info.

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Currents New Media 2019 – Call For Artists

Currents New Media 2019 – Call For Artists

Currents New Media is an annual new media arts festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its tenth year will take place from June 6 – 23, 2019. The Currents New Media 2019 festival is accepting artist submissions in all new media art genres.

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Deadline: 5 Nov 2018

Currents New Media festival is the largest and longest-running of its kind in the United States and is an integral part of an exciting emerging media arts movement in Santa Fe. This year’s categories include Interactive Environments, Entrance Design, Installations (Interactive and non-interactive), Outdoor Installations and Projections, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Environments, Robotics, Multimedia Performance, Digitally Generated Objects (ie. 3D Printing, CNC, and more), Interactive Installations for Children, Single Channel Video and Animation, and Experimental Documentary.

Currents New Media 2019 Artist Benefits

Specific chosen artists will benefit from this opportunity by being flown out to Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA to install their art. They will be housed by Currents New Media in a hotel nearby the festival. They will be invited to spend several days in Santa Fe to experience the city. There is a possibility of giving an artist talk, presentation, or workshop at the festival.  In 2018, the opening night of the festival boasted over 3,000 attendees.

About Currents New Media

Currents New Media is a new media arts festival and nonprofit organization in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Predating organizations like Meow Wolf and SITE Santa Fe, Currents is changing the trajectory of New Mexico and the American Southwest into an emerging and new media arts hub. Currents has worked with over 700 artists and exhibited nearly 1,000 individual artworks and installations. Currents is moving into a permanent gallery space along with its annual June Festival, and its 10th anniversary in 2019 is scheduled to be its largest year yet.

For more information, contact connect@currentsnewmedia.org.

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Bus Stop Installations – Call For Artists

Bus Stop Installations – Call For Artists

The Mayor’s Star Council (MSC) is issuing a call to artists/artist teams interested in creating unique durable artwork to serve as bus stop installations at specific locations in Southern Dallas. Each Bus Stop installation is sponsored by private donors and maintained by DART as part of a network of art installations in Dallas bus stops. The MSC has teamed up with DART, DISD, and local Dallas artists on this new initiative. Together with partners, the MSC is creating the opportunity for artwork designed by local artists and co-envisioned by Dallas high school students to be showcased at select DART bus stops throughout the City of Dallas.

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Deadline: 18 Oct 2018

Each unique bus stop installation:

  • Encourages local DISD students to envision and take ownership for the future of their communities. Working with a team of artists, students envision the future of their neighborhoods while connecting that vision to the recognition and honor of the community’s past.
  • Highlights the history and culture of the neighborhood in Dallas it is located in. This project promotes the strong heritage of communities in Southern Dallas. It highlights the stories and history that aren’t always visible in locations visited by hundreds to thousands daily.
  • Connects Northern and Southern Dallas. By offering a uniquely creative opportunity for investment, the Bus Stop installations facilitate the economic and cultural linkage of south and north. They enable Dallas-based donors and corporations from across the region to consider and invest in Southern Dallas. Sister stops offer the additional opportunity for students and all interested Dallas residents to follow the trail or bus route connecting two Dallas communities.
  • Incorporates the brand or logo of the sponsor. The Bus Stop installations offer a unique way to highlight organizations making an impact in our city.

Bus Stop Installations Artist Benefits

Artists will be paid $1000 for their participation. They will be part of a unique collaboration between Mayor’s Star Council, DISD high school students, a local business, DART, and a local Dallas community. Aritsts learn about the history of the neighborhood. They will be inspired by the kids who will provide their vision for the future of the neighborhood. The art piece will be installed in a DART bus stop shelter. Itwill be visible for the community for years to come. Thousands of people will be exposed to this art piece. The artist becomes part of the MSC community, continuing to work alongside our group in new capacities.

About The Mayor’s Star Council

The Mayor’s Star Council’s mission is to empower leaders to impact Dallas through three pillars: Learn, Connect, and Serve. MSC members engage with peers who share the same passion for improving Dallas. They gain valuable experience that serves as a catalyst for becoming a committed leader.

The MSC is made up of a group of diverse leaders from the ages of 25-40 that come from eight different areas of cultural and professional influence: Arts ahd Entertainment, Business, Education, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Media, Religion and the Social Sector. This group has accepted the challenge from the Mayor to be civically engaged in the challenges the city faces rather than inheriting them in the future. While not officially affiliated with the city, MSC works alongside the Mayor of Dallas. The MSC projects reflect the priorities set forth by the Mayor. MSC works collaboratively with the Mayor to assist with key initiatives, including GrowSouth.

For more information, contact diana@mayorstarcouncil.org.

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Napa Art Walk – Call For Artists

Napa Art Walk – Call For Artists

The City of Napa announces a call for artists for the Napa Art Walk, a curated walking tour program that showcases regularly rotating installation art throughout downtown Napa, California. Collections rotate every two years. The 2019-21 exhibition will be the sixth rotation in this program. All pieces submitted for the sixth Napa Art Walk should integrate and embody a specific sense of place. The aim of this exhibition is for the public to identify their own symbolic and literal relationship to the environment(s) in which they live, and inspire a recognition or creation of experience tied to the place in which the artwork resides.

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Deadline: 30 Nov 2018

Among twenty potential sites situated along primary pedestrian corridors in downtown Napa, ten will be finalized to best match the chosen artworks. All sites are a brief distance from one another. Several are on or near popular visitor destinations such as the Oxbow Public Market, Napa Mill, and Napa River Inn. Busy pedestrian walkways, bridges, the riverfront, and plazas serve as accommodating and attractive sites that elevate the artwork while simultaneously integrating it into the cityscape. The route is not limited to walking, but strollers, wheelchairs, bicycles, and any other necessary assistance can be easily accommodated. The route may be enjoyed as a loop or customized by the individual viewer(s) to meet specific preferences and/or logistical restraints. Napa Art Walk Goals:

  • Create exciting, appealing and harmonious public environments by integrating outdoor art into public spaces;
  • Showcase public art that celebrates Napa’s historical, socio-cultural and aesthetic values;
  • Preserve and enrich Napa’s cultural environment;
  • Enhance the character of Napa through visibility of community-valued artworks;
  • Promote public participation and interaction with artists and artwork; and
  • Stimulate the downtown economy through increased pedestrian activity and positioning Napa as an art destination.

Napa Art Walk Artist Benefits

Ten pieces will be selected by a jury and placed among twenty potential sites in Napa. Each selected artist will receive an Artist Honorarium of $2,000 to assist with transportation, travel and other expenses; $1000 will be paid upon artwork installation in 2019, and $1000 will be paid upon artwork de-installation in 2021, at the end of the exhibition.

Printed and downloadable brochures with a map of art locations enable self-guided viewing of the exhibition. Volunteer docents lead Napa Art Walk tours. The pieces are on display 24 hours a day, though viewing of some may be restricted to daylight. The following will be also provided to increase public awareness of this exhibition:

  • Grand Opening reception / Meet and Greet with the Artists
  • Media releases
  • Printed and downloadable brochures
  • Napa Art Walk Website
  • The “DoNapa” website, social media and blog postings
  • Features on the City of Napa and Arts Council Napa Valley websites
  • Calendar listings
  • Docent-led tours
  • Inclusion in media and school tours
  • Artwork plaques
  • People’s Choice Promotion
  • Instagram account dedicated to the Art Walk

To enhance the usability and visibility of Napa Art Walk, the City partnered last year with Otocast, a mobile app program which provides information about each of these pieces and the artists, (Voices of Napa Art Walk Artists). The Otocast app may be downloaded on any smart phone to find “Napa, CA Napa Art Walk” and hear about the art and surrounding points of interest in the current exhibit. Images of the artworks, a printable brochure and map, and links to the audio tours from current and past exhibitions may be found at Napa Art Walk.

Napa Art Walk Exhibition Programming

There is an opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the artists during their time in Napa – akin to the popular “Inside the Actors Studio” format. These will be voluntary and at the convenience of the artist. In coordination with Arts Council Napa Valley, the City of Napa will organize small group gatherings for interested parties to meet the artists, ask questions, and hear about their work and interests. These events will be held in the homes and/or offices of local artists and art supporters. They will be organized as installation schedules are finalized.

Artworks will remain on view for a period of approximately two years (July 2019 – August 2021), during which community members and visitors may vote online to select one artwork for the “People’s Choice Award”. This award is announced in spring prior to close of the exhibit. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a Proclamation from the Napa City Council and gifts from local merchants and hospitality partners. Past prizes have included overnight getaways, dinner for two at an acclaimed restaurant in Napa, spa treatments, and gift certificates.

About the City of Napa

The City of Napa is in the heart of Napa Valley, a world-class winegrowing region and travel destination. Located along the banks of the Napa River, Downtown Napa is emerging from its origins as a civic district to a vibrant hub of beautiful hotels, charming inns, exceptional culinary establishments and wine-tasting rooms, all enhanced by the arts, parks and entertainment.

The first City of Napa Public Art Master Plan was approved in June 2014. The first Public Art Steering Committee art project, “First Street Art Benches” was completed in 2015, with nine custom-designed benches created by Berkeley, CA artist Eric Powell. The City is presently nearing final design for the renovation of Dwight Murray Plaza. It is one of the most visible and popular plazas located on First Street. Public art is expected to be a major component of the plaza; professional artists are now preparing their submittals for final selection.

For more information, contact napaartwalk@cityofnapa.org.

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