Call for Visual Artists and Writers
Connecting Community Through the Arts

“Connecting Community through the Arts” is intended to engage the whole community – resident adults, middle school-aged youth, local artists, arts and cultural organizations – in the effort to document and celebrate the vibrant, living history of the Meacham Park area of Kirkwood, Missouri. 

Webster Arts, The Rep, and Springboard to Learning are collaborating on an oral history project that will culminate in a celebration event. Artists and writers are sought to translate oral histories collected by middle school students into written and visual artwork that will become part of a permanent record of a community’s history.

Creation of Visual Art Works:  Five to eight artists will be identified by Webster Arts and The Rep.  They will be commissioned to take one or more prepared interviews and create 2-3 original art works that represent or evoke the content of the transcript(s). The visual art will be used as part of a celebration event, then may later be put on permanent display in the community.

Creation of Written Pieces:   Six to ten writers will be identified by The Rep and Webster Arts. They will be commissioned to take one or more prepared interviews and create written pieces such as poetry, monologues, choral readings, etc. These pieces, which should represent or evoke the content of the transcript(s), will be orally presented as part of a staged celebration event.

Celebration Events:   A celebration event will be held in September 2017 to present the artworks.  One performance will be held during the day, to allow the middle school students (participant interviewer/transcribers as well as the remainder of the student body) to attend.  The second, open to the public, will be held that evening. The evening performance will be followed by a reception celebrating the students, community and members, and artists involved in the project.

All artwork may become a permanent part of a documentary on the “Connecting Community Through the Arts” project.

Timeline:

•        April 15, 2017:  Deadline for submission of qualifications and proposals
•        May 1, 2017:  Selected artists/writers notified
•        May 15: Selected Artist/writer contracts due
•        No later than July 1, 2017:  Submission deadline for first drafts/works in progress
•        August 1, 2017:  Final art/written pieces due
•        September 2017: Celebration Events at The Rep

Visual Artists – Request for Qualifications

Eligibility and Funding:

This project is open to established 2D visual artists, living in the St. Louis Region with professional experience working on commissioned art projects. Applicants must have created a minimum of one complete public or privately commissioned art project. Three (3) references familiar with previous projects are required.

2D artists may propose work in any medium.

Awards of at least $1200 will be made to visual artists. Costs of materials are the responsibility of the artist but additional funds may be available. All commissioned work is the property of Webster Arts to install in the community, and may be donated to a Meacham Park/Kirkwood community organization.

Artists work will be supervised by Webster Arts.

Finished work completed under this commission may be duplicated for documentation purposes only; no reproductions may be made and sold, donated or distributed without the written permission of Webster Arts.  

Submission Materials for Artists:

·       Art Resume (no more than 3 pages), including relevant work history.
·       5-10 JPGs of previous work, no larger than 1MB per image, showing your style, scope, and dimensions of work. Some images may include -- but are not required --samples of artwork for theatrical design or production.
·       Description of preferred medium (oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, collage, fiber, mixed media, clay, etc.) 3D work will be considered.
·       Artist statement describing your studio practice and philosophy.
·       Three (3) references that can speak to your work as an artist within your professional field.
·       All materials should be in electronic format. Please use standard Microsoft Word or PDF format for all written documents. All images, drawings and diagrams should be created using standard JPG format.
·       Individual emails should not exceed 12 MB.

Visual Artist Submissions should be sent to Jeane Vogel at Webster Arts (j.vogel@webster-arts.org) no later than April 15, 2017. Call 314.918.2671 with questions.

 

Writers – Request for Proposals

Eligibility and Funding:

This project is open to writers living in the St. Louis Region with experience working from source material.  Written pieces may be in any style, but must fit within the community-building goals of the project. A minimum award of $200 will be made to writers, with final awards being dependent on type and length of piece(s).   Writers may submit proposals for multiple pieces of the same or varied type. Writers’ work will be supervised by The Rep.

Though writers retain ownership of their work, the commissioners of this work reserve the right to use the content of this work in conjunction with this project.

Submission Materials for Writers:
·       Resume (no more than 3 pages), including relevant work history.
·       Outline the type(s) of work that you will create using the prepared anecdotal interviews as source material
·       At least three writing samples, one of which must be in each of the proposed types and styles (maximum ten page samples, which can be from works of any length)
·       Artist statement describing your practice and philosophy in working with source material
·       Three (3) references that can speak to your ability to write for specific audiences and how you respond to critique of your work.
·       All materials should be in electronic format. Please use standard Microsoft Word or PDF format for all written documents.
·       Individual emails should not exceed 12 MB. If sending multiple emails, please label the subject line with your last name and the sequence. (Example: Smith 1 of 3).

Writer Submissions should be sent to Marsha Coplon at The Rep (mcoplon@repstl.org) no later than April 15, 2017. Call 314.687.4080 with questions.