Open Call to Artists
Freeing Our Selves is the THEME for an upcoming month-long exhibit in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).

The roots of International Women’s Day trace back to a mass mobilization in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding the right to vote, better pay and shorter working hours. The first official National Women’s Day march, led by the Socialist Party of America, took place a year later on February 28. In 1913, IWD moved to March 8 and was recognized by the United Nations in 1975.

Esperanza Community Housing invites artists residing in Los Angeles to participate in the upcoming community art exhibition Freeing Our Selves.

Seeking art that engages women’s struggles for emancipation and celebrates their social, political and economic achievements, Freeing Our Selves will exhibit iconic women and women-identifying folks who led or influenced the women’s movement, women-identifying activists who fought anonymously, challenged convention and art that reflects/expresses/meditates on the myriad benefits and costs of fighting for women’s rights.

The exhibit will open in March 8, 2019 and run through March 30th.

To Participate: Please fill out name, contact info, links to website, social media and upload 2 photos below of the artwork you are proposing for Freeing Our Selves exhibition, with artwork title, dimensions, medium, price -if for sale- and artist statement and bio below.

Space is limited. Please submit your information to be considered for the show no later than February 27th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Artist submissions do not guarantee acceptance for the exhibit.
Artists invited to participate in the exhibition must deliver their artwork by Saturday, March 2nd from 2 to 6:00 PM.

Artwork Requirements: Two dimensional artworks may be no smaller than 24 x 24 inches, and no larger than 30 x 40 inches (including frame, if applicable). Artworks must be ready to hang. Limit two submissions per artist.

Important: Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of their artworks.
Artworks may be available for sale. Artists receive 90% of the selling price upon purchase. Payments for the sold artworks will be made after the close of the exhibit.

Medium: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital, textile, mixed media, performance.

• Artwork submission deadline: Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 PM
• Artwork delivery deadline: Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 6:00 PM

No Entry Fee

Esperanza reserves the right to refuse or reject any artwork for any reason.

Questions: Please contact Yadira Arévalo, Project Coordinator, at or (323) 618-5069.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation was founded in 1989 to address displacement and housing insecurity. Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is a social justice non-profit in South Central Los Angeles that achieves long-term, comprehensive community development. We recognize that Indigenous, Black and Latino immigrant communities are disproportionately impacted by historical oppression, health disparities, disinvestment and displacement. Therefore, we develop and preserve affordable housing; elevate health equity and access to care; mobilize for environmental justice; create and protect local economic opportunities; expand engagement in arts and culture; and advocate for policies protecting human rights. Esperanza works collaboratively to strengthen South Los Angeles. In all of our actions, Esperanza builds hope with the community.

Mercado La Paloma is Esperanza Community Housing’s economic development venue; a former garment factory that has been redeveloped as a vibrant cultural and culinary hub, with restaurants, folk arts shops and services that are all first-time family owned businesses.

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