ArtBeat Call for Talent - Application
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 18

Festival: Saturday, July 13, 2019 (Raindate: Sunday, July 14)
Davis Square, Somerville
Questions? Email: Rachel Strutt, rstrutt@somervillema.gov

2019 festival theme: Consumed
We encourage you to tie in proposals to this year's theme. Although bands, for example, don't need to relate a performance to the theme (although you're welcome to try!), we hope many other applicants will engage with the idea of "Consumed."

Are you consumed by feelings of joy, creativity — or guilt or anxiety? Do you associate the word "consumed" with synonyms like "absorbed" and "engrossed" or "depleted" and "dissipated?" We are interested in all your interpretations of this theme yet are particularly interested in exploring how our consuming habits affect the planet. In fact, the Arts Council (SAC) is teaming up with the City's Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) for this festival/this theme, to investigate how artists and climate activists can collaborate in ways that affect positive change. Can we consume less? Can we consume in ways that are smarter? Can we turn the often all-consuming dread of climate change into positive action? Perhaps a visual artist creates works to visualize our obsession with consumption or interprets climate change data in an engaging visual language. Perhaps a photographer would like to curate a show on "Stupid things I bought." Other ideas include: a consumption confessional, the crowning of lord and lady consumption, and a global warming film festival or a parade around this theme. However you interpret "consumed," we can't wait to see your proposals!

VISUAL ARTIST – ENVIRONMENTALIST COLLABORATIONS:
If you are a visual artist who has an existing body of work or a new project idea for ArtBeat, please fill out the general ArtBeat talent application above. However, SAC and OSE also are interested in pairing up artist activists and environmental activists to take on a collaborative project. We are eager to see how artists can interpret environmental ideas and data in creative, provocative ways. If you are an artist who is interested in being paired with a climate change organization or activist to jointly work on a new project…

TO APPLY: send an email to rstrutt (at) somervillema.gov and include: 1) contact info 2) link to your website or 3 .jpegs of your work 3) briefly include any preliminary ideas or mention any past work you've done relating to consumption/climate change 4) suggestions for groups you'd like to be paired with (although we can't make any promises that we can fulfill specific requests). We will address budget once selected artists and environmentalists have a clear sense of project. To learn more about what the City of Somerville is doing to address climate change and to get inspiration for potential collaborations, please take a look at Somerville’s Climate Action Plan: Somerville Climate Forward (https://www.somervillema.gov/climateforward).

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