[Sponsored Listing] The City of Woodstock, Illinois, seeks artists’ proposals for the North Benton Street Mural as part of an outdoor dining and entertainment area in its historic downtown district. The commissioning of a new mural in the historic district is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to give residents and visitors opportunities to engage with the arts.
The mural will be attached to the exterior, west-facing facade of a privately owned building at 220 North Benton Street. The proposed mural site is located on a street adjacent to the historic Woodstock Square and within the historic district. During summer months, the street is closed to vehicular traffic. It is used as an outdoor dining and entertainment space by several nearby restaurants. The site has high visibility and a significant amount of pedestrian traffic.
Residents and visitors come to the historic Woodstock Square to attend performances at the Woodstock Opera House and private music and movie venues, as well as numerous special events throughout the year. The award-winning Woodstock Farmers Market, locally owned shops, and popular bars and restaurants attract people to the Woodstock Square in large numbers.
Enter by: 25 Feb 2022
- Finalists selected: By March 4, 2022
- Design submissions: By March 25, 2022
- Mural agreement available: By April 15, 2022
- Project completed: By July 15, 2022
There is no submission fee. Artists may submit more than one proposed concept. Designs must be the artist’s own work and must not violate any copyright restrictions. Any artist with previous mural design and installation experience is eligible to submit a proposal. All correspondence and contracts are part of the public record. By submitting materials you are (1) consenting to the release of those materials by the City in response to requests under the Public Records Act and (2) agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the City for release of such information.
Artists shall submit the following for consideration:
- Artist Application
- Link to portfolio
- One to two paragraph narrative describing design concept, including substrate
City staff will review applications for completeness and eligibility. The City Council will determine final project award and contract terms. Designs may also be subject to review by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission and the City’s Arts Commission. After review by an art advisory group, finalists will be selected and notified to submit a full-color design for consideration. A $500 design fee will be paid to those artists not chosen as the finalist.
Proposals will be evaluated based on:
- Artistic excellence, vibrancy, and originality of the artist
- Appropriateness of the design for its site in Woodstock’s entertainment district
- Documented experience of the artist in completing similar projects
The mural will be mounted to the west-facing brick façade of a historic building. The space available for the mural is approximately 30 feet by 12 feet. Permission from the building owner has been secured. It is clean and in good condition for an installation. The wall abuts the sidewalk; there are no obstructions. The City will work with the selected artist to accommodate requests for access to power and water as well as overnight storage of materials. The mural should be installed to withstand weather and other site conditions for a term to be agreed upon by the selected artist and the City in the mural agreement. The mural is subject to removal by the City at any time during or after the agreed upon period.
- The selected artist must show proof of liability insurance prior to beginning mural installation. The City of Woodstock, Benton Street LLC, and any other parties participating in installation must be named as additional insured entities.
- Proposed designs remain the property of the artist unless the design is selected by the City. The selected design and installed mural will be the property of the City of Woodstock. As such, no royalties or fees, beyond the initial artist’s fee, will be attached to its ongoing use by the City.
- Any unapproved substitutions or deviations from the approved final design or proposed materials may result in termination of contract, removal of imagery, and non-payment of any amount due. City staff will monitor mural installation.
North Benton Street Mural Artist Benefits
The artist stipend is $12,000. This amount must cover the artist’s design fee, supplies and travel. The City of Woodstock will pay for the substrate and equipment necessary to complete the project onsite. One-third of the amount will be paid when the mural agreement is signed; one-third at the project mid-point; and one-third when the project is completed.
Woodstock prides itself as McHenry County’s epicenter of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and those who appreciate imaginative expressions in an area rich with visionaries. Located in a collar county, Woodstock is a commuter rail stop away from Chicago and acts as a uniquely urban city surrounded by rural amenities such as agri-tourism farms, designated scenic drives and conservation areas nestled within glacial topography.
Woodstock’s rich history and vibrant sense of community provide a far-reaching opportunity for interested artists to express themselves, spark conversation, and capture the essence of a modern place rooted in its rich past.
Interested artists will find that Woodstock’s far-reaching marketing and recognizable Real Woodstock brand, along with community support for the arts, is tailor-made to propel commissioned works to the forefront of national awareness. Coupled with City support through its newly formed Arts Commission, artists commissioned for inaugural exhibits will be featured prominently as the public arts program continues to gain momentum through well-curated 2-D and 3-D art installations.
About the City of Woodstock, Illinois
Woodstock is the arts and culture focal point of McHenry County, Illinois. The Historic Woodstock Square is home to the Woodstock Opera House, Stage Left Café, and numerous other arts and entertainment venues. In its most recent downtown development plan, the City identified the creation of public art in the Woodstock Square Historic District as a goal.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and named a Preserve America Community by the White House, Woodstock is a community unlike any other. The Historic Woodstock Square offers many shops and retail establishments in a unique and nostalgic atmosphere.
Throughout the year, Woodstock is host to many events, festivals, and fairs, from Fair Diddley Art Fair, to Summer Band Concerts, award-winning Farmer’s Market, to HarvestFest, and Groundhog Days–celebrating Woodstock’s starring role as Punxsutawney, PA in the 1992 Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day. The beautiful Gothic style Opera House serves as the cultural entertainment center of Woodstock, featuring plays, concerts, and performances throughout the year, including the Midwest Mozart Festival each summer.
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[Sponsored Listing] The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces a call for artists to install a new piece of public kinetic art. The art call is open to artists of all levels, worldwide.
Enter by: 4 Mar 2022
The ECAC will review and evaluate each kinetic art application based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. These criteria may not apply to every application and do not represent the only means of evaluation.
The City of Elgin offers the following in the form of support for the selected artist:
- Access to the installation site for artwork creation purposes
- Support for the installation and de-installation (as necessary) of the work
- Maintenance support as is feasible, reasonable, and adheres to the plan as proposed by the artist
- Publicity support for the proposed artwork
- Signage for the artwork
- Unveiling event after or at the time of installation
The City of Elgin will not provide insurance for the artwork.
About the City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
The City of Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission embarked on a Public Art Plan in 2017. It has successfully installed several murals and sculptures since that time. Additional public art programs consist of wrapping utility boxes in original printed artwork, painting storm drains, creating a walking map, and developing a grant program for neighborhoods to acquire their own artwork. Beyond the public art initiatives sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission, several events and festivals are held each year to celebrate the various forms of art.
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[Sponsored Listing] The Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the 2022 Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program, aiming to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media. The Board hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase tourism, and encourage visitors to the Old Town area by providing a dynamic and engaging exhibit.
The Keller Public Arts Board seeks six sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a two‐year period. All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody, or violent content shall be accepted. Sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand the harsh Texas weather and require no maintenance by the City of Keller.
Enter by: 14 Mar 2022
The Old Town Keller area originally developed along the railroad tracks that served as the impetus for the founding of Keller. Once the site of a bustling train depot, city leaders now aim to establish Old Town as a destination for pedestrian-oriented businesses offering a variety of shopping, dining, and other services.
Artists must reside in Texas. All works must be original.
- Base must fit on 5’x5’ concrete pad.
- Max Height of 12’
- Max Weight 2,500 pounds
- Sculpture must be ready for installation no later than June 1, 2022
Rotating Sculpture Program Artist Benefits
A $1,500 honorarium shall be awarded for each piece for the installation, exhibition, and removal of the artwork for a two‐year period. One‐half of the stipend will be provided to the artist upon
selection. The remainder shall be paid upon successful installation. One Best in Show winner shall be awarded an additional $500.
The existing 5’x5’ concrete pads shall be used for display and the City of Keller may provide some assistance with installation and removal of the artwork. The artist will receive recognition via a plaque with their name at the pad site, and a photo of the sculpture, location, and contact information on the City’s website and Facebook page.
The selected artists may participate in the Keller Art Walk on November 12, 2022. The Old Town Keller area, where the sculptures are installed, is the backdrop for the festival where artists of all genres display and sell their work. The chosen artists have the opportunity to participate in the event with the free booth space and canopy provided them.
About the City of Keller
Keller, Texas is home to over 45,000 people who enjoy quality schools, thriving businesses, an award-winning parks and trails system, and excellent, efficient, and innovative municipal service. In 2001, the development of a Public Arts Program was a natural progression in the flourishing Keller community. Since then, public art has become an increasingly prominent feature in Keller thanks to the efforts of the city, private individuals, local businesses, civic organizations, and the community at large.
Keller has established a notable collection of sculptures and an annual schedule of family-friendly art events. Neighboring communities have used similar approaches to public art by pursuing permanent pieces, often for city facilities or as part of capital projects, and by establishing recurring, signature art events and festivals. The Keller art community regularly leverages available cultural resources in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area to bring a broader spectrum of art to Keller, often in creative or uncommon ways in order to distinguish the local arts program, and the city, from other areas.
The mission of the Public Arts Program is to support and promote a process that will encourage visual and performing arts in public places and to define the programs, policies, and guidelines for acquiring and commissioning of arts of the highest standards to enrich the quality of life for all residents and visitors of the City of Keller.
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[Sponsored Listing] Fontys’ international, one-year Master Performing Public Space (PPS) invites creatives from all art disciplines to join with their individual practice-led artistic research projects. The program is a hybrid format combining online and on-site intensive weeks. In a time in which political and social structures are re-considered heavily, PPS offers a flexible and innovative environment to artistically question, redefine, and reclaim public space in its broadest sense. Become part of the Master’s international community of artists and researchers re-creating our public spaces.
Enter by: 28 Feb 2022
As a student of Master Performing Public Space you will benefit from the following:
- International art and research community
- Individual coaching and collective experimentation
- Work in an interdisciplinary setting
- Strengthen critical and artistic positioning
- 24/7 access to the online learning platform
Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches and subjects with an equally diverse range of research methods, PPS creates the opportunity for artists to explore their practice and its potential in public space. Creatives with a background in theatre, dance, circus, music, fine arts, architecture, digital arts, and graphic design are welcome to join this program.
Performing Public Space is committed to understanding how cultural developments can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces. Based on the idea that public space exists only when it is socially performed. The primary goal of the program is to enable students to adopt an independent and critical reflective attitude while inventively switching between different roles in the organizational process of their artistic research. This Master offers its students the necessary tools to perform critically and effectively as artists and researchers and be able to navigate complex modes and methods surrounding the contemporary artistic process and result.
- Acquire the skills needed to conduct artistic research
- Develop well-grounded artistic strategies
- Gain a stronger awareness of and position in the sociopolitical context
Fontys is a forward-looking University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. They offer Bachelor, Master, and Exchange programmes in a variety of fields. It is the place to be for anyone who is interested in technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity. As a public institution of higher professional education, Fontys is at the heart of society. While with Fontys, students lay the foundations for a meaningful social contribution during their careers. Professionals come for retraining, refresher courses, and further training. Through practice-based research, Fontys contributes to solving the issues in the world around us.
For more information, contact FHKpublicspace@fontys.nl.
[Sponsored Listing] The City of Penticton, BC, Canada announces a call for artists for their Public Sculpture Exhibition. Created in 2016, Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition (PPSE) is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton.
The Penticton Sculpture Walk Exhibition is committed to serving the public by providing access to various mediums of public sculpture. It is well noted that public art slows down the pedestal traffic, providing a positive impact on the enjoyment and mood of the general public, that influences how people see and connect within their communities, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between friends and strangers alike. Through an annual revolving collection of sculptures, the City of Penticton hopes to provide a freshness to public art that engages, connects, and provides its community with a sense of image and identity, as well as including artists as contributors to this cultural fabric.
Enter by: 13 Dec 2021
PPSE is open to professional sculptors of all backgrounds. Previously completed sculpture photos, or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, detailed drawings of the proposed sculpture must be included, as well as photo examples of previous work. The City of Penticton is looking for up to seven (7) sculptures to be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown and one (1) larger feature sculpture for the Front Street roundabout (intersections of Front Street, Marina Way, Ellis Street and Vancouver Avenue) in Penticton, BC.
Artist will be paid a set lease price of $2,000 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures and $3000 for the roundabout sculpture. In addition to the lease amounts, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ($500, $300, and $200 respectively) will be awarded.
Public Sculpture Exhibition Terms and Conditions
- Lakefront/downtown sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of one year (May 2022 – April 2023). The roundabout sculpture may be negotiated into a two year term (May 2022-April 2024).
- Artists will be responsible for transportation of their sculpture to and from site. Pedestals / pads will be provided by the PPSE.
- Artists will retain the ownership of their sculpture and will be responsible for carrying comprehensive insurance to cover it in the event of theft or vandalism and public liability or will sign an indemnification in favour of the City of Penticton for any liability claims against the City as a result of the existence or location of the sculpture within the City during the exhibition. The risk of loss or damage to the sculpture will always be borne by the artist, and the artist will be responsible to repair and or replace all or part of the sculpture in the event of loss or damage thereto during the exhibition.
- The City will enter into a lease agreement with the artist for the duration of the exhibition and the artist is responsible to uphold all terms and conditions of the agreement as set out by the City.
- City staff/or City contractors will perform the installation to ensure that the work is done in accordance with City standards, and to optimize the viewing of the sculpture.
- Sculptures will be placed in predetermined locations at the discretion of the PPSE committee and City.
- Artists are encouraged to be present for the installation of their sculpture(s) in May, 2022, and removal in April, 2023. In the event the artist cannot be present, they are required to provide in writing a representative to be present on their behalf.
- Up to $300 per sculpture will be allocated for signage that the City will create and install in consultation with the artist.
- At the end of the lease any sales/leases of sculptures will be conducted solely by the artist or their agent and will not involve the City.
- The City will be responsible for media relations and publicity for the sculpture exhibition.
- The artist will retain copyright for their sculpture and grant the City a license to take and distribute images of the sculptures. Any other likeness or models of the sculpture will not be created without the explicit permission of the artist.
About the City of Penticton
Nestled between two lakes, Penticton enjoys long, hot summers, dry winters, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine each year. It is located in the southern Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Easily accessed by major highways and airports.
It is known for its beaches, wine, and orchards, not to mention a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. Hop on your bike to discover award-winning wineries and trails with stellar views. Shop at the bustling outdoor market, peruse art galleries or go skating at the modern Community Centre. Ski champagne powder slopes or take in a hockey game or concert at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Penticton, from the Interior Salish word snpintktn, is commonly translated as “a place to stay forever,” or more accurately, “a place where people live year-round.” It’s the kind of place where people come to visit for the holidays – and never want to leave.
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[Sponsored Listing] The Midtown Greenway Coalition has issued a call for sculpture concepts to select an artist for a proposed Midtown Greenway Light-emitting Sculpture. This sculpture will be an important improvement to the Midtown Greenway, Minnesota’s busiest non-motorized transportation corridor that serves thousands daily, and the East Phillips Neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Enter by: 3 Dec 2021 4pm CT
Showcase how public art can be a functional item that lights up a dark area and inspires additional projects elsewhere along the 5.5 mile-long Midtown Greenway, the #1 urban bikeway in the U.S. This Light-emitting Sculpture is an opportunity to work directly with an impacted community in a largely low-income and very diverse neighborhood.
An Advisory Team composed of neighbors will select three finalists. The Advisory Team for the sculpture is composed of residents on the two blocks adjacent to the proposed sculpture location and includes Latina, African American African immigrant, white, and queer people. The public will vote for their favorite design from among those three, based largely on the sculpture’s likelihood of making viewers say “Wow!” A contract for up to $8,000 will be offered to the winning artist for the design phase, resulting in a detailed design that can be used to pursue approvals to install the sculpture in public space. An additional contract for construction and installation will likely be offered to the winning artist to achieve sculpture installation by late August 2022. The sculpture will be unusual in that it will be a thing of beauty and quality in a high crime neighborhood where morale needs a boost.
About The Midtown Greenway Coalition
The Midtown Greenway Coalition is the grassroots nonprofit organization that advocated for public agencies to create the Midtown Greenway. The Coalition continues to serve as the community’s voice in protecting, improving, and promoting the use of the Midtown Greenway.
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[Sponsored Listing] Arts Orange County and The City of Newport Beach are pleased to announce a call for entries for Phase VII of its ongoing Invitational Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition. Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit artworks for consideration for a temporary exhibition at the site.
Up to ten artworks may be selected and showcased for two years in the heart of Newport Beach in Civic Center Park.
Deadline: 30 Nov 2021
There is no cost to submit
The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden. The Civic Center Park has developed into a destination for residents and visitors to gather for events and activities including summer concerts on the lawn, art shows, docent-led sculpture park tours, visits to the dog park, or leisurely walks along the park’s winding trail, appreciating its environmentally-friendly expanse of native plant life.
Display artworks in a serene, ocean-view setting made to be beautified by sculpture. This exhibition has consistently delighted and enriched visitors with the works of world-class artists both local and national.
Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition honoraria range from $2,500-$5,000.
About Arts Orange County
Arts Orange County is the officially designated independent nonprofit arts council for Orange County, California. It is dedicated to sustaining, strengthening, and advancing creative ecology. Designated by the County as its official local arts agency, Arts Orange County is the community’s leading advocate and service provider for the arts and arts education.
Home to City Hall, City administrative offices, and the Central Branch of the city’s public library system, the Civic Center is the heart of Newport Beach.
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[Sponsored Listing] Allez! Missoula is looking for 1-3 artists (or art teams) to take over their alleyway for the 2022 Fall/Winter mural exhibit. The final exhibit of the year is for the most ambitious of artists. In this show, artists are invited to paint a minimum full 4’ x 16’ mural display section, or up to our entire alleyway, 4′ x 56′. The exhibit will run the second Friday of October through the end of February 2022.
Deadline: 10 Nov 2021
Artist/s will have full range of artistic choice in theme, and can choose from any of Allez! Missoula’s layout options. Murals are featured in a custom-made framing system. Because of this, exact measurements and layouts of proposed artwork are necessary. Check out the guidelines on the “Painting Process and Wall Layout” page from the link above. View and click to download layout options. Use these to design your proposed artwork. Follow the measurements provided to make your own layout or insert your images into the forms provided.
All Allez! 2022 Mural Exhibit accepted artists will be paid for their work depending on size.
- Digital artwork file: $300 per image used
- 4’x16’ Mural (full bay): $2,200
- 4’x32′ Mural (2 bays): $4,400
- 4’x56’ Mural (3 bays, full alley): $7,700
Allez! is a unique opportunity in that the artist’s work is featured as both public art and as a gallery setting. The artwork is fully visible to public view and available for purchase. The alley is attached to Radius Gallery, the most prestigious gallery in Missoula with a roster of collectors from all over the world. Allez! creates unique artist interview documentaries free of charge to the artist.
About Allez! Missoula
Allez! is a revolving outdoor urban art gallery which activates the alleyway of the beautiful 120 N Higgins Avenue building in the Original Townsite of Missoula. They engage, promote, and sponsor a wide variety of artists and artistic visions. Allez! provides a custom display system on a lighted alley wall for showcasing quality artworks that represent the region. They strive for ways to create a tangible, stable economy for artists by partnering with other community organizations, nonprofits, schools, and businesses to promote sponsored public events.
Allez! envisions a Missoula downtown with all alleys activated with good lighting, mediated blight, beautiful artistic expression with safe, and welcoming public-access for all. Allez!:
- Values a public art space for all to share safely
- Envisions a stable economic framework for working artists
- Strives to remedy downtown’s visual blight, one panel at a time
- Provides space for education and workshops
- Believes that the courage and creativity of the human spirit is worth championing
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[Sponsored Listing] Castlegar Sculpturewalk announces a call for artists for their 2022 event, which opens next May. Sculpturewalk is open to professional and amateur sculptors of all backgrounds. One of the premiere arts events in Canada, Sculpturewalk attracts artists and viewers from across the world to the beautiful city of Castlegar, BC, the Sculpture Capital of Canada™.
Deadline: 31 Oct 2021
Completed sculptures or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, examples of previous work must be included within the application. Open to art beyond what is traditionally viewed as sculpture (i.e. light installations). All sculptures need to be made of a durable material for the yearlong outdoor setting and constructed with safety in mind for display in a public setting.
Castlegar Sculpturewalk Awards
Each artist accepted to the program will receive an $1000 honorarium, payable upon installation of sculpture.
- People’s Choice Awards: Winning sculpture purchased for up to $15,000 plus a $2000 cash award, 2nd place $1000, 3rd place $500
- Artistic Merit Awards: Overall winner $2000, 2nd place $1000, 3rd place $500
- Voting for the People’s Choice award will take place from May-October
About Castlegar Sculpturewalk
Inspired by, and borne of, local artist Pat Field’s participation in the Sculpturewalk program of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Castlegar Sculpturewalk began in 2010 with just ten sculptures. When Castlegar City Council learned of Sioux Falls’ downtown revitalization initiative tied to the cultural economy, they realized that they faced many of the same downtown revitalization issues and agreed to a trial project.
Incredibly, with community and basin support, and a dedicated group of volunteers, this cautious trial project grew beyond expectations into Castlegar becoming The Sculpture Capital of Canada™. Downtown Castlegar is now one of the few venues in Canada where artists have the opportunity to show and sell outdoor sculptural work, bringing international artists to the community, and supporting emerging local and regional talent.
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[Sponsored Listing] Embracing Our Differences announces a call for artists for their outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national, and international artists and writers.
The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit will be displayed at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota from January 19 – April 10, 2022.
Deadline: 6 Oct 2021
The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. The Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.
Artists’ works will be displayed for three months. Bayfront park has a substantial audience. In 2021, 254,280 people visited the exhibition—bringing the total amount of visitors to more than 3.55 million since 2004.
About Embracing Our Differences
Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition as well as a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs, and resources designed for teachers and students. Their mission is “Through the transformative power of the arts, we educate and inspire to create a better world.” Their vision is “A world that embraces diversity, respects differences, and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.”
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