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33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition – Call For Artists

33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition – Call For Artists

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts announces a call for artists for the 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition. This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. This year, an 11th sculpture will be chosen by the jurors for display on the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) campus, just a short distance from the university.

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Deadline: 22 Feb 2019

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is the longest running outdoor sculpture competition east of the Mississippi. Each year, new sculptures are located throughout the Appalachian State University Campus, located in scenic Boone, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the sculptures are enhanced by the striking and dynamic landscape. The exhibition brings artwork to a rural community. The Rosen Sculpture Competition’s longstanding history has fostered an appreciation for dynamic public sculpture. Both the campus and regional community have come to anticipate this annual exhibition and related programming. Each summer, the winners are revealed with an open community sculpture walk and talk organized by the juror.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition is made possible by the continued generosity and support of the Rosen Family: The Martin and Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen/Charles and Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition Artist Benefits

All artists whose works are installed will receive a $1,300 honorarium to offset round trip transportation, lodging, and incidental expenses. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artists. The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will cover the material costs of installation and de-installation.

The 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition will feature three cash prizes. All winners will be designated the Martin and Doris Rosen 33rd Annual Award Winners. The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season. The top three artists will receive the following cash prizes: $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Awards and Honoraria total $20,300.

The competition offers a sales program, brochure/map, and extensive promotion as a featured exhibition in conjunction with both the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Appalachian Summer Festival as well as permanent archiving on the competition’s website.

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors from the university, community, nation and beyond in creating unique experiences through dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach, and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. They create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is an engaging and accessible resource. It responds to diverse educational, cultural, and health needs by meeting participants wherever they are in their personal relationship with the visual arts. It provides them with opportunities to access the power of the arts to help learn, grow and heal.

For more information, contact reddingm@appstate.edu.

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Permanent Outdoor Sculpture – Call For Artists

Permanent Outdoor Sculpture – Call For Artists

The City of Penticton and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union are issuing a call out to artists for a permanent outdoor sculpture. The work will be displayed in the heart of downtown Penticton in front of Valley First at 184 Main Street in Penticton, BC. Completed sculptures or proposed designs may be submitted. Proposed designs must include examples of previous work and detailed drawings. Installation on May 3, 2019. The sculpture will become part of the permanent Public Art Inventory of the City of Penticton.

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Deadline: 14 Dec 2018

Artists will be responsible for transportation of their sculpture to the site. The City will work with the artist to provide a proper base for the sculpture. The City will create and install signage in consultation with the artist. For international entries, artists must cover their own shipping costs up front and will need to pay for any import fees and customer broker fees.

Permanent Outdoor Sculpture Requirements

The sculpture must be created using durable materials able to withstand 10-15 years in an outdoor environment. Preference will be given to art works that are colourful and of a shape and scale that will enhance the street scape location. Ideally the piece will reflect the attributes of Valley First and the City of Penticton described as:

  • Authentic: Skip the acronyms, jargon, and euphemisms. Ensure a clear message through a modest, authentic, and personable tone.
  • Smart: Smart is always insightful and relevant. It is being resourceful and effective.
  • Honest: Transparent and trustworthy. Like a good friend, honesty builds a stronger relationship.
  • Innovative: Understand the market, listen to everyone, and then try an entirely new creative and progressive approach.
  • Refreshing: The unexpected truth is stimulating. It’s not just what you say but how and where you say it.
  • Diverse: Every individual is unique. Accept and respect others creating a safe and positive environment.
  • Communal: Embrace your neighbours and form collaborative and meaningful relationships. Embrace future generations with excitement and vibrancy.

Permanent Outdoor Sculpture Artist Benefits

The successful artist will be paid $30,000 for their work. Artwork will be displayed in a highly visible public area with a large volume of foot traffic throughout the year. The location of the sculpture is within the popular Saturday Market boundaries. The successful artist will be recognized with their information displayed online and in print through various media including brochures and nameplates. The successful artist will be invited to multiple grand opening events including an artists reception, artists talk, and an unveiling ceremony that will be hosted in conjunction with the launch of the 2019 Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibit.

About the City of Penticton

The City of Penticton is a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront city focused on sustainability, community, and economic opportunity. Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

Penticton is one of two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Beaches and water fun are part of the Summer culture – dive in like a local and get wet. Okanagan and Skaha Beaches feature nearly 15 acres of premium, sandy beach and swimming areas. Along with all of the year-round recreational activities available, agriculture has been an important contributor to Penticton’s livelihood. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metropolitan area, 5 craft breweries, and 3 distilleries all within easy distance of the downtown core.

For more information, contact kelsey.johnson@penticton.ca.

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Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

The City of Penticton is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition (PPSE). Created in 2016, the 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 city is looking for up to five (5) sculptures which will be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown in Penticton, BC.

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Deadline: 14 Dec 2018

Completed sculptures or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, examples of previous work must be included and detailed drawings of the proposed sculpture. Sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of the exhibition (May 4, 2019 – April 30, 2020).  A stainless steel base plate or steel strips should be securely attached to the bottom of each piece(s) so they can be welded to the pedestal or fastened to a concrete pad. All sculptures need to be made of a durable material for the yearlong outdoor setting. They must be constructed with safety in mind for display in a public setting. Metal sculptures should be sealed/powder-coated to avoid rust bleeding onto pedestal or pad. Sculptures being proposed must be a minimum of 3’ high.

Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition Artist Benefits

Artists will be paid a set lease price of $2,600 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures. Artwork displayed in a highly visible public area with foot traffic throughout the year. Artist recognition and information displayed online and in print through various media. Signage encouraging the sale of artist’s work. Invitation to an artists reception and talk, along with a grand opening and unveiling ceremony.

About the City of Penticton

The City of Penticton is a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront City focused on sustainability, community, and economic opportunity. Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

Penticton is one of two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Beaches and water fun are part of the Summer culture – dive in like a local and get wet. Okanagan and Skaha Beaches feature nearly 15 acres of premium, sandy beach and swimming areas. Along with all of the year-round recreational activities available, agriculture has been an important contributor to Penticton’s livelihood. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metropolitan area, 5 craft breweries, and 3 distilleries all within easy distance of the downtown core.

For more information, contact kelsey.johnson@penticton.ca.

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St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 – Call For Artists

St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 – Call For Artists

The Allied Arts Council and the City of Saint Joseph, Missouri seek sculptures to be placed in Downtown Saint Joseph for the St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019. Sculpture artists are invited to submit work for this one-year sculpture exhibition scheduled from June 2019-May 2020. The walking tour is in the heart of St. Joseph. It features the work of artists from across the United States.

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2019

Artists must own the rights to the artwork and the sculpture must be available for the duration of the one-year contract. All St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 sculptures are available for purchase.

The St Joseph Sculpture Walk through the Allied Arts Council is the only sculpture walk exhibition in Northwest Missouri that calls for artists and requires submissions. Saint Joseph, Missouri is a unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and beautiful, historic architecture. The mission of the Saint Joseph Sculpture Walk is to be an important, nationally recognized platform for sculptures while educating and inspiring the Saint Joseph community and its many visitors. The Sculpture Walk is a program of the Allied Arts Council that introduces contemporary outdoor public art and sculptures to the community. The Walk is a year-long exhibit of national, juried, outdoor sculptures displayed in Downtown St. Joseph and includes an eclectic mix of fifteen sculptures from artists nationwide.

St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 Artist Benefits

Selected sculptures/sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium. All sculptures selected will be competing for up to $13,000 in cash prize awards. Your sculpture will be on display for one year in Downtown St. Joseph. There is an artists’ reception and awards ceremony before the first official walk. People travel to St. Joseph to experience the Sculpture Walk. Individuals who participate in the walk will vote on which sculpture is their favorite. The Allied Arts Council will purchase a sculpture to become a permanent part of Saint Joseph’s public art collection. Sculptures have not only been purchased by the Allied Arts Council, but also by other organizations in St. Joseph.

About Allied Arts Council

The Allied Arts Council, the second oldest arts council in Missouri, was organized in 1963 to provide service to St. Joseph area arts organizations, artists, and the general public. The Council has since grown into a federation of fifteen arts agencies, produces community arts programs, raises funds, promotes public awareness, and provides service and support to its member agencies. The Allied Arts Council seeks to make St. Joseph a better place to live through the arts. Its mission is to provide leadership and support for the arts and to its member organizations.

As the leadership organization for the arts in St Joseph, the Council fulfills its mission in several ways: by supporting its member organizations in promoting artistic opportunities by; providing financial support and fostering coordinated cultural planning; offering programs to educate and develop future audiences; providing forums of expression for local artists; and advocating for arts and its member organizations at the local, state, and national levels. The Allied Arts Council is managed by a professional staff of four and 31 board of directors. Programs utilize over 2,000 volunteers each year.

For more information, contact artstaff@stjoearts.org.

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Studio Scholarships – Call For Artists

Studio Scholarships – Call For Artists

Every year from 2020, the Fondazione Internazionale per la Scultura will award studio scholarships to artists who are dedicated to three-dimensional work. Length of stay: beginning of May to the end of October. Five artists will be selected by the jury to live and work at the Centro Internazionale di Scultura.

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Deadline: 31 Mar 2019

Professional 3-D artists may apply for a studio scholarship after completion of their studies at a recognized university/academy. Recommended are one to two years professional experience and exhibitions of their work. Three-dimensional artists with no formal education may apply if they have been working as artists for at least five years and have exhibited their works publicly (in galleries, art spaces, museums) or have been able to exhibit three of their works in a public space.

Each studio scholarships holder will have an apartment in the artists’ house which is located in the village centre of Peccia, Switzerland. There are six residential units in this house. Each unit has its own shower/toilet and small kitchenette. The house has a large kitchen and dining area for communal use. The scholarship holders are expected to cater for themselves. Internet connection is available: WLAN.

There are five studios available. These are usually awarded only once. The studios are designed as autonomous working units. The scholarship holders must be willing and capable of working independently with sculpting materials. In line with the purpose of the Foundation, the marble of Peccia is the main work material, but all other stones and other materials such as wood, metal, plaster, clay,  and paper can be used. There are no assistants or other workers available to help with the projects.

After their stay, the scholarship holders may become members of the Artistic Committee. They are eligible in the awarding of the studios together with the Artistic Committee members and the jury. As a rule, one former scholarship holder is elected to become a member of the jury.

Studio Scholarships Artist Benefits

The scholarship is CHF 1500 per month. The artists will have at their disposal a personal studio, a shared work area with a 20-ton crane, and three workshops equipped with all the necessary tools and materials for work with stone (marble), wood, and metal. They will live in individual apartments in the artists’ house which is located in the village centre of Peccia.

The works created in Peccia are subject to a commission of 30%. If an artist is able to sell one of his/her works created in Peccia, 30% of the proceeds will go to the Centro (Artists’ Solidarity Contribution).

About Centro Internazionale di Scultura

Since the dawn of human history, men and women have shaped everyday objects into special forms. In so doing, they have left behind traces of their own lives and the world of their imagination. All cultures known to us, on any of our continents, have thus created sculptures in which past, present, and future are intertwined in forms of everlasting beauty. They will continue to generate significant expressions of mankind’s own perceptions in the future.

As part of Centro Internazionale di Scultura’s wholehearted commitment to this tradition, they strongly believe in the potential for development that is offered by three-dimensional art. With the aim of promoting the artists working in the field, Centro Internazionale di Scultura are committed to the creation of the International Centre for Sculpture as a place where tradition is developed and celebrated further in the years to come.

For more information, contact info@fondazionescultura.ch.

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Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019- Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019- Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019 showcases over thirty outdoor sculptures from local, regional and international artists in a rotating gallery in the downtown core. All of the sculptures are available for sale or lease with the winning sculpture (vote) purchased by the City. Sculpturewalk has rapidly become one of the premiere arts events in Canada, drawing people to the beautiful city of Castlegar, BC and earning the trademark The Sculpture Capital of Canada™.

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Deadline: 31 Oct 2018

Downtown Castlegar is one of the few venues in Canada where artists have the opportunity to show and sell outdoor sculptural work. It brings international artists to the community and supports emerging local and regional talent. Castlegar’s annual exhibit is more than three times the size of that first year. The permanent collection grows with each People’s Choice award. Public enthusiasm for this cultural economy experiment increases at a similar pace. It places Sculpturewalk at the epicenter of a regional culture boom.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019 Artist Benefits

Each participating artist receives an honorarium of $500 (Canadian) and up to $250 in shipping costs. The winning sculpture is purchased for up to $15K. There are additional cash prizes of $7K in two categories: the People’s Choice Vote (via ballot) and Artistic Merit Awards (juried). Accommodation for the installation/opening weekend is covered along with an opening gala. Sculpturewalk has an excellent sales/leasing program. The artist receives 70% of all sales and leasing fees. Many of these sculptures are located throughout the West Kootenay area and British Columbia. A free calendar is produced showcasing the artists work.

About Castlegar Sculpturewalk

The benefits of the Sculpturewalk program to Castlegar have been huge. The program has an even broader impact to the cultural economy than initially imagined. The Kootenays are an area rich with artists, but galleries – particularly outdoor ones – are extremely limited or entirely unavailable to outdoor sculptures. It is important that Castlegar brings international artists to the community to share their perspectives. It is crucial that emerging local and regional artists are supported. With this experience, many artists have gone on to win large-scale commissions in larger, urban centres.

With additional pieces showcased annually, Castlegar is able to feature sculptures from across the world and down the street. It is amazing to look back at how the community has created a vibrant, dynamic public art program respected world-wide. Castlegar Sculpturewalk is the #1 rated local attraction on TripAdvisor.

For more information, contact info@castlegarsculpturewalk.com.

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Self Visualization For Maximum Good

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Click here to for the Introduction to Maximum Good. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Self-visualization is thinking in advance about the most positive outcome can be before starting any new activity. Consider thinking about what it is going to be like when we finish, how we are going to feel, and what is realistic.

Consider the following

There is a range of ways that this can be done. Before starting anything new – any new work of art, our new job, or the beginning of our day – consider what outcome of this will make you feel good. Close your eyes for two minutes and think about how a positive outcome will feel.

One of the reasons why this is important to do is that most times there are obstacles that we will confront in new situations. It can be easy to give up when starting something new when faced with these obstacles.

Having a positive mindset going into the new task about what the final outcome is going to be is beneficial. If we think about the positive outcome before starting any new activity, then it is more likely that those obstacles will seem lessened. Try taking some time to think in advance.

Create an image. We can make vision boards made of of positive things which motivate us. These can be cut outs or hand made. We can use a work of art to focus on whether it is one of ours or something which inspires us, even if it is just an image displayed on our phone.

Try writing or reading daily affirmations. These are statements about positive beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. We can use the same phrase every day or try to vary them. They can be aspirational and read at a set time every day, usually in the morning. It can be note that says, “Today, I’m going to have a good day” kept near where we sleep so it is seen every time we wake up. Keep them someplace where we are most likely to see them.

The physical act of writing the same note daily can be helpful, too. It makes the thought process even more tactile.

Consider trying to write out our goals. What are they? What do you want to achieve? Sometimes the best thing is getting through the day ahead of us.

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

Exercise – Get started now

  • Try a self-visualization technique before starting a new activity
  • Create a vision board
  • Write and read daily affirmations
  • Write and read short and long term goals
  • Search online for examples of other self-visualization techniques that you can do daily

Throughout the Maximum Good series, I will present several exercises. Some are going to be new for you and others will be familiar. Try self-visualizing success before you start any one of them give them. Try thinking positively about a successful outcome before we try each activity.

Think positively that you’re going to have a good day today.


Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

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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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Introduction To Maximum Good

Introduction To Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Welcome to Maximum Good! This series is about professional development through community engagement. Specifically, how to use your skills and talents to best benefit yourself while helping your community at the same time.

My name is Todd Hestand and I am the founder of Side Arts, a content management service for visual artists and arts organizations. I am also a business management consultant specializing in marketing, operations, and supply chains for consumer goods and industrial manufacturing. In my role as the Manager for the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, a Philadelphia-area non-profit, I work directly with artists of all kinds – disciplines, experiences, nationalities, gender identities, and ages – to help them realize their creative visions.

This series will review topics that many artists encounter as they learn how to market their skills and build their businesses. I have addressed these concepts frequently with my own clients. Together we have created solutions that benefit them, their bottom line, and their craft. Hard skills will include marketing, budgets, and contracts. Soft skills will focus on personal goal setting and understanding why you do what you do, and how you can move past personal roadblocks. Importantly, each of these skills will be tied to how you can improve your community for maximum good.

Themes throughout Maximum Good

  • Change the defaults: what are the smallest possible changes you can make to your creative process that will have the largest impact
  • Identify innovation: what unique characteristics do you have that will help you engage with your audience and improve your community
  • Build positive habits: what systems can you build that, by automating the smallest possible tasks, can make risk so much easier to address
  • Architect choice: how can you give your audience and community the maximum number of options of engaging with you so that they feel empowered
  • Understand privilege: identifying what privilege is and how it impacts your work, show empathy, and act accordingly to address issues positively in your community

Introduction To Maximum Good
Things to keep in mind

I will be giving you tools that you can use and try out at your discretion. Some will be activities and worksheets, others will be thought experiments and case studies to review. All of which should be designed to be easily approachable. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all. Some activities may not be applicable to you. There is no set order to participate. You should feel that you can jump in anywhere that interests you.

None of these topics are presented perfectly. There is always room for improvement. Feedback and suggestions are welcome at mail@sidearts.com.

Follow along by subscribing to the YouTube channel and read more at sidearts.com/blog.


Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

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33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration – Call For Artists

33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration – Call For Artists

Caldwell Arts Council announces a call for artists for the 33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration. Sculptors invited to compete for up to $11,000 in cash awards during this one-day competition.

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Deadline: 7 Sept 2018

The Caldwell Arts Council invites the public and sculpture purchasers to this event. Typically, there are 70 sculptors with over 200 sculptural art pieces throughout this garden park setting. Food vendors are on-site, along with live music and children’s art activities. Artists must bring their own pedestals, tables, seating, leashed pet, business cards, and sales aids. Sculptors are invited to the Welcome Dinner in the park on Friday, September 7th with a hosted wine/beer event at 6 pm followed at 7 pm with a buffet dinner (both meat and vegetarian options available). Additional guest meals may be purchased at time of registration.

33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration Artist Benefits

Awards include $3,000 Best of Show, $2,000 First place, $1,500 Second place, $1,000 Third place, five $500 Judges Merit awards, and five $100 Honorable Mention awards along with $500 Stevens Family People’s Choice award. There were 4,000 visitors last year. Sculptors may sell their work with no commission required by the Caldwell Arts Council. This event occurs rain or shine. Bring a pop-up tent to protect work if desired.

About the Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council started in 1976. They promote the arts to the people of Caldwell County. The Sculpture Celebration event started in 1985 as a brainchild of a sculptor, parks and recreation director, and the executive director of the Caldwell Arts Council. The Council reaches over 12,000 Caldwell County students with traveling theatre shows which bring their studies to life on stage. They host the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention, bringing instrument competitions and famous names to the Happy Valley / Yadkin Valley area of Lenoir. The Council provide visual arts exhibits throughout the year at their downtown and offsite galleries.

For more information, contact office@caldwellarts.com.

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