artist opportunity for 2014:
“FABLES: Open Call for Public Art”
Fourth Arts Block
Submission Deadline: January 2nd, 2014
a public art opportunity for artists to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art. 5 artists (or artist teams) will be selected through an open call process by a panel of jurors, to produce artwork located in outdoor sites throughout the Lower East Side neighborhood. Each selected artist will receive between $1,500 to $2,500 as a combined artist fee and production budget. Applicant artists should live, work or have a strong connection to the LES (note: being a LES resident is not a requirement). Ideal applicants should be invested in a story collecting or investigative process that will delve deeply into the neighborhood’s legacy and/or current culture. Exhibits should contribute to community identity and sense of place, drawing on the stories of the LES and its residents. This may include memorable cultural experiences, local traditions and collaborations, vanished cultural traditions, new beginnings, or underground movements. Artwork proposals can include: murals, collages, wheat pastes or other flat medium. In some cases interactive new media or projections will be considered. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.
image: “Saints of the Lower East Side” by Tom Sanford, photo by Udom Surangsophon