California LGBT Arts Alliance MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
Volume 10 No. 12 – December 2013
The mission of The California LGBT Arts Alliance is to promote artistic and financial partnerships that strengthen and deepen the cooperative relationship among California’s LGBT non-profit arts organizations and individual artists.
Thank you for your participation.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
NEWS – HEADLINES
- Queer Cultural Center To Present Fall 2015 National Queer Arts Summit (San Francisco)
- Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland – MOCA (Los Angeles)
- Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom – the ONE (Los Angeles)
- MOCA to ONE: Art Walk and Tour (Los Angeles)
- David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition (San Francisco)
- San Francisco Arts Commission Town Hall Meetings (San Francisco)
- Nude in Public: Sascha Schneider – Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York)
- Harmony Hammond at Alexander Grey Associates (New York)
WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES
Queer Cultural Center To Present Fall 2015 National Queer Arts Summit
Queer Cultural Center (QCC) is pleased to announce that is has received a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to organize and conduct a fall 2015 Queer Arts Summit that will facilitate a national conversation about Queer performing arts and improve the financial status of LGBTQ theatre, dance and jazz/blues artists.
By bringing together Queer and non-Queer arts presenters with a diverse group of established Queer performing artists at the Queer Arts Summit, QCC will promote national touring as a strategy to improve the economic condition of cutting-edge LGBT theater, dance and jazz/blues artists. The proposed fall 2015 Queer Arts Summit will comprise 3 plenary sessions, at least 10 workshops and panel discussions and 20 showcase performances by LGBT performing artists.
Learn more about the Summit and sign up for the mailing list here: http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Press/ArtSummit.html
Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland at MOCA (Los Angeles)
MOCA presents Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of twentieth century erotic art and forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture. The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957.
Tom of Finland is the creator of some of the most iconic and readily recognizable imagery of post-war gay culture. He produced thousands of images beginning in the 1940s, robbing straight homophobic culture of its most virile and masculine archetypes (bikers, hoodlums, lumberjacks, cops, cowboys, and sailors) and recasting them—through deft skill and fantastic imagination—as unapologetic, self-aware, and boastfully proud enthusiasts of gay sex. His most innovative achievement though, worked out in fastidious renderings of gear, props, settings, and power relations inherent therein, was to create the depictions that would eventually become the foundation of an emerging gay leather culture. Tom imagined the leather scene by drawing it; real men were inspired by it… and suited themselves up.
Read full article and see great queer images here: http://sites.moca.org/thecurve/2013/09/19/bob-mizer-tom-of-finland/
Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom (Los Angeles)
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom at the ONE Gallery in West Hollywood, an exhibition exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art and physique photography during the 1940s, 50s and 60s on the occasion of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s retrospective Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland.
ONE’s exhibition explores how producers and consumers of physique photography negotiated silence and censorship to carve out a space for homoerotic content on the sidelines of dominant culture. Using photographer Bob Mizer, founder of the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland,” as a fulcrum, the exhibition looks back to those who preceded the two, influential contemporaries, and more broadly examines how the circulation of underground erotic materials contributed to the rise of queer culture. Drawn from the collections of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest LGBTQ repository in the world, with additional materials on loan from the Tom of Finland Foundation, the exhibition includes numerous bodybuilding and beefcake magazines from the period, as well as original artworks, collages, primary documents, and a range of related ephemera.
Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom is organized by David Frantz, Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
For more information: http://one.usc.edu/art-and-physique-circa-bob-and-tom/
MOCA to ONE: Art Walk and Tour
Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland at the MOCA Pacific Design Center
Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom at the ONE Gallery
Sunday, January 12, 2014
2:00 – 3:15 PM MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tour by: Sharp, Curator, Tom of Finland Foundation and John Sonsini, assistant to Bob Mizer
3:15 – 3:30 PM Art Walk from MOCA to ONE
3:30 – 5:00 PM ONE Gallery
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tour by: David Frantz, Curator, ONE Gallery and John Palatinus, 1950′s Male Physique Photographer.
The tour will be followed by a reception at the ONE Gallery
Free event open to the public
Presented by: California LGBT Arts Alliance, MOCA, Tom of Finland Foundation and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, the Black LGBT Project and Impact Stories.
David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition (de Young Museum, San Francisco)
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, on view at the de Young Museum from October 26, 2013 through January 20, 2014. Assembled by Hockney exclusively for the de Young, this exhibition marks the return to California of the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation. More than 300 works will be shown in 18,000 square feet of gallery space, making this the largest exhibition in the history of the museum.
This first comprehensive survey of Hockney’s work since 2002 covers one of the most prolific periods of the artist’s career. Hockney’s book, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters was published in 2001, revealing his discovery that artists had used optical devices in their working processes centuries earlier than had been previously thought. The next decade saw an explosion of activity for Hockney, including a period of two years when he worked intensively and exclusively in watercolor for the first time, followed by painting en plein air, experimentation with the iPhone, iPad drawings, oil paintings on a grand scale, and digital movies.
Read full description of the exhibition on the de Young website: http://deyoung.famsf.org/pressroom/pressreleases/david-hockney-bigger-exhibition
Nude in Public: Sascha Schneider (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York)
Sascha Schneider (1870 -1927) was an artist who achieved mainstream critical and commercial success in turn-of-the-century Germany despite its striking homoeroticism. Appointed painting chair at the Weimar-Saxon Grand Ducal Art School, and a recipient of prestigious aristocratic commissions, Schneider was once a celebrated painter. Today he is practically unknown, even in Germany. If his name is mentioned at all, it usually is only as the illustrator of the hugely successful Karl May novels, a German adventure series set in the American West. This exhibition seeks to do more than resurrect a forgotten career. It asks why his art was less controversial a hundred years ago than it is today.
Read about the exhibition on-line here: http://www.leslielohman.org/exhibitions/2013/nude-in-public_sascha-schneider/nude-in-public-sascha-schneider-1.html
Harmony Hammond at Alexander Grey Associates (New York)
Harmony Hammond (b.1944) was a leading figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s. She attended the University of Minnesota from 1963–67, before moving to New York in 1969. She was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York (1972) and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics (1976). Since 1984, Hammond has lived and worked in northern New Mexico, teaching at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 1998–2006. Hammond’s earliest feminist work combined gender politics with post-minimal concerns of materials and process, frequently occupying a space between painting and sculpture.
For years, she worked with found and repurposed materials and objects such as rags, straw, latex rubber, hair, linoleum, roofing tin, and burnt wood as well as buckets, gutters and water troughs as a means to introduce content into the world of abstraction. Hammond’s near-monochrome paintings of the last decade participate in the narrative of modernist abstraction at the same time they insist on an oppositional discourse of feminist and queer content. Their focus on materiality and the indexical, suggesting topographies of body and place, derives from and remains in conversation with, her feminist work of the 1970s. A second ongoing series of overtly political work in various media ranging from bronze sculpture to digital prints, deals with issues of intolerance, censorship and self-censorship.
For more information: http://www.alexandergray.com/artists/harmony-hammond/
San Francisco Arts Commission Town Hall Meetings
We invite you to join the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) at one of two upcoming Town Hall meetings in December. This is your chance to participate in a guided discussion about the SFAC and its current and potential impact on the cultural landscape of San Francisco. Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny will present the agency’s vision for the next five years and its goals for getting there.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102 (link to Map)
If you can’t make it this Wednesday, no problem! You have a second chance:
Town Hall Meeting #2, Saturday, Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122 (link to Map)
Please take this survey (http://sfac.metroquest.com/) so that we can learn which arts-related issues are of most concern to you at this critical time for the arts in San Francisco.
Also, we now have a page dedicated to our Strategic Planning Process on our website. Click here to check it out.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES, JOB OPPORTUNITIES, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS, ARTISTS’ CALLS, RESOURCES
Literary Arts & Performing Arts
Creative Work Fund
For Literary and Performing Arts. The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds.
Grant link: http://www.cac.ca.gov/grants/grantdetail/id/729
ArtPlace America invites Letters of Inquiry for our Innovation Grants program from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.
The Innovation Grants program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that reach for new possibilities and involve a variety of partners who together are committed to increasing the vibrancy and diversity of their communities. ArtPlace America sees its role as providing venture funding in the form of grants—seeding entrepreneurial projects that lead through the arts, already enjoy strong local buy-in, integrate with a community’s economic development and community revitalization strategies, and have the potential to attract additional private and public support to the community. We want to learn alongside those doing this groundbreaking work and spread the lessons they are learning to other communities across the U.S.
ArtPlace America invites Letters of Inquiry for our Innovation Grants program from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.
The Innovation Grants program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that reach for new possibilities and involve a variety of partners who together are committed to increasing the vibrancy and diversity of their communities. ArtPlace America sees its role as providing venture funding in the form of grants-seeding entrepreneurial projects that lead through the arts, already enjoy strong local buy-in, integrate with a community’s economic development and community revitalization strategies, and have the potential to attract additional private and public support to the community. We want to learn alongside those doing this groundbreaking work and spread the lessons they are learning to other communities across the U.S.
Grant link: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/loi/
Individual Support Grants for Visual Artists
Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
Since 1976, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation has been making Individual Support Grants to painters, sculptors and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least 20 years and who are in current financial need. Grants will not be provided to students, organizations, educational institutions, or artists involved in disciplines other than those previously mentioned, unless their work could be interpreted as painting, sculpture, or print. Grants are available through an open application process and they have been distributed to artists worldwide.
The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully-committed artist, and we hope these individuals will consider applying. Twelve grants are awarded each year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of five professionals in the arts who have no affiliation with the Foundation.
Contact: Sheila Ross
Grant link: http://gottliebfoundation.org/grants/individual-grants/
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
The Development Program makes contracts up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities that foster a new level of growth for individual folk & traditional artists and organizations in California. Requested services may be focused on organizational, program, and/or artistic development goals. Individual artists and cultural practitioners, as well as organizations, whether incorporated or not, may apply. Ongoing as funds are available.
PLEASE NOTE: CURRENTLY, WE ONLY HAVE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO AND ALAMEDA COUNTIES.
Grant link: http://www.actaonline.org/content/development-program
Wells Fargo Grants for Community, Education, Health and Arts
Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities. Through the efforts of our enthusiastic team member-volunteers and our contributions, we share our success within our communities by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs and issues.
Where We Give:
We direct our giving to areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation’s vitality and success: community development, education, and human services.
How to Apply
We encourage non-profit organizations and educational programs to review Wells Fargo’s grant guidelines for the areas we serve. To learn how to apply for a grant or sponsorship, click on your state from the map on our website.
Editor’s note: there are different open application times for the various regions in the state. Check the website for your area and application instructions.
Grant link: https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/
Grants for Cultural Projects
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of education, health, culture and social services.
Cultural Programs: The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer innovative programs in the arts and sciences, the majority of which enable access for young people, thereby enriching their lives. Our focus includes education initiatives for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition, the Foundations support programs that nurture artistic development.
Applicants should first use the online eligibility tool, and then follow instructions on how to apply.
Grant link: www.hearstfdn.org/fp_home.html
Art in LA 1945-1980, grants for LA archival projects
On the Record: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 is a special initiative undertaken by the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute to document and preserve the history of postwar art in Southern California. The initiative began with Foundation support for surveys of archival holdings at 22 local museums, universities, and libraries, as well as those of key dealers, critics, and other individuals. Subsequent surveys focused on Latino and African American art in Southern California.
Building on the results of the surveys, the Foundation provided On the Record Archival Grants to enable local institutions to arrange and describe their archival collections related to the On the Record initiative and to make them accessible to scholars, staff, and the general public. As the next phase in the initiative, the Foundation is now offering On the Record Exhibition Research and Planning Grants to Southern California institutions to develop a city-wide series of exhibitions.
Grant link: http://www.getty.edu/grants/research/institutions/on_the_record.html
Grants for Nonprofits Focused on Youth Arts and Creative Programs
The Green Foundation has ongoing funding for quality nonprofits focusing in a number of areas, including arts and creativity programs for children. The funding is ongoing, and the first steps are 1. see if your nonprofit is eligible, and 2. send in a letter of inquiry.
The Green Foundation’s resources are focused on four specific areas – The Arts, Education, Human Services, Medical/Scientific Research, and Special Projects. Preferential attention will be given to institutions exhibiting the following positive factors:
A history of achievement, good management, and a stable financial condition.
Significant programs with the promise of making a measurable impact.
Programs that are self-sustaining and will not necessitate continued dependence on the Foundation.
Contact: Kylie W. Schwerdtfeger or Elena Hermanson
Grant link: http://ligf.org/Howtoapply.html
Zellerbach Family Foundation
Nonprofit community arts organizations doing their work in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties (west of the Caldecott Tunnels), representing the fields of dance, theater, visual arts, music, festivals, poetry, literature, and publications are eligible to apply. Films and videos are not eligible. Youth-performed or youth-oriented programs are not eligible. The Community Arts program supports mainly performance-oriented requests that represent contemporary, cutting-edge new work. Traditional work such as the performance of Mozart’s music, a production of a Broadway play/musical, the performed reading of the works of a traditional poet like Carl Sandburg would not be eligible.
First time applicants should call Linda Howe at (415) 421-2629, ext. 11 prior to submission. Also 3/11, 7/1, and 9/23.
Grant Link: www.zellerbachfoundation.org
Center for Cultural Innovation/Investing in Artists
The Investing in Artists grants program was established to enhance the working lives and strengthen the creative support system for California artists working in all disciplines. The Winter 2014 round will award grants to working artists in the Performing Arts and the Media Arts in two categories: 1) Artistic Equipment and Tools – one-time capital acquisition grants up to $6,000 each for individual artists to acquire tools, materials or equipment that will strengthen their long-term capacity to create work; and 2) Artistic Innovation – grants up to $10,000 each for projects for individual artists to create new work that pushes the envelope of an artist’s creative process, explores new artistic collaborations, or supports artistic growth and experimentation that extends the boundaries of their art-making.
Grant Link: www.cciarts.org/grantsprogram.htm
Fleishhacker Foundation Small Grants in the Arts
Organizations residing and offering programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000, are eligible. Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 are made to support a range of artistic efforts within the following disciplines: dance, film and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Grants are typically for: artists’ fees for creative time, production costs performances, exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts, post production costs for films, and projects which aid an arts organization’s overall artistic development. Organizations may not apply more than once a year. (also 7/15).
Grant Link: www.fleishhackerfoundation.org
Grant Proposals Invited for Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America supports projects in which arts presenters from different cities or states work collaboratively to bring exemplary performing artists from Latin America to audiences in the United States that have little access to the artists’ work. The initiative supports the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the U.S. over recent decades.
The program, which is administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, funds projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the U.S. and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three (and a maximum of five) different cities or towns. In addition to public performances, all projects will include complementary community activities intended to build appreciation for the visiting artists’ work and cultures.
One-year Aid Grants for Experienced Artists
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.
The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.
Arts and Accessibility
California Arts Council
The California Arts Council is committed to making its services and programs open and accessible to all persons, with and without disabilities. This commitment is ongoing and has never wavered.
The California Arts Council reaches out and nurtures its relationship with the disability community through programs and services in partnerships with the National Arts and Disability Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The purpose of the California Arts Council’s Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts for people with disabilities.
The California Arts Council makes available grants between $500 to $1000 for professional development and/or technical assistance. The funded activities are to support efforts in making programs and services accessible to people with disabilities. This fund is available until it is depleted.
Contact: Wayne Cook
Phone: (916) 322-6344
Grant link: http://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/accessibility-ta.php
City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships
For submission deadlines go to: http://www.culturela.org/grants/
The prestigious City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowships honor a selection of the best of Los Angeles contemporary arts. These awards allow very accomplished artists to focus on creating new works. Meanwhile, the Cultural Affairs Department collaborates with community partners to organize a museum exhibition, a performing arts showcase, and publish an illustrated catalog that promote the new work by these artists and distinguish Los Angeles as a major center of creative activity in the United States. Eligible artists must reside in Los Angeles County and demonstrate an active exhibition and/or production record of at least 15 years.
CALLS FOR ART
National Queer Arts Festival Visual Arts Exhibition
Body, body, bodies
Queer Cultural Center
National Queer Arts Festival
June 1 – 28
SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
Mail Entries to: email@example.com
Each year as part of its National Queer Arts Festival, the Queer Cultural Center presents an international exhibition of cutting edge queer art. Over the years QCC has shown more than 1,000 visual artists in 15 major group and solo shows.
In keeping with this year’s 2014 NQAF theme, “Body Politic/s,” we are asking for submissions of artwork with the theme of “body.” All media are accepted!
The Bay Area has a long history of political activism that extends to this day.
This history of civic engagement has nurtured visual art that pays special attention to the politics of the body as well as the body politic. For those who are denied access to traditional political means, or for those who voluntarily reject this, artists have used their own bodies as sites of political transformation or contestation. Whether it is in performance art, installation, film/video, photography, or traditional media such as painting and drawing, artists use bodies (their own and others) as site, metaphor, and catalyst for change.
We are looking for work that explores the physical, social, political, affective and historical dimensions of the body. Themes can include: body as stage, body as canvas, dressed and undressed bodies, costumed bodies, colonized bodies, liberated bodies, bodies at play, bodies in entropy, abject bodies, commodified bodies, indexed bodies, archived bodies, humorous bodies, failed bodies, bodies in transition, domestic bodies, alien bodies, bodies performed, bodies performing, bodies in symbiosis, bodies extended, bodies modified, bodies as signifier, bodies as signified, bodies electric, bodies scarred, bodies healed, bodies as event, bodies displaced, pathetic bodies, bodies without organs, triumphant bodies, abstract bodies – work that explores the limits of what it means to be a body.
For information about how to submit work go to: http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Press/Body.html
Debuting at the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Prophesies is a multidisciplinary event featuring performances and an art exhibition that will explore queer visions of the future, queer futurity and queer utopia(s).
We need submissions from YOU (the greater queer community) for queer artists to interpret and bring to life through their own original work. What does a queer future look like to you? You can write a few sentences or pen a novel.
Prophesy has historically been a tool of resistance, a means by which marginalized groups have externalized their desires and been moved to action.
Mainstream gay and lesbian ideas of “progress” have always dominated the discussion of what a queer future looks like – total and unquestioned assimilation into heteronormativity. Queer Prophesies provides a space to resist this narrative and use the collective imagination of the queer community to envision and create alternative queer futures in collaboration with exceptional queer artists.
It can be realistic, fantastical, utopian, dystopian, whatever you want it to be. We will compile all of your great ideas and submit them to artists participating in the project. Each artist will choose an idea to create a piece around – your idea could become a song, a piece of art work, a drag number, a performance piece.
If you are an artist or a performer and you are interested in submitting work, learn more about the creative process below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to submit original work to potentially be included as part of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival.
CROWD-SOURCING PROCESS: if your idea is selected, a queer artist or performer will create a piece from your idea to be debuted at the Queer Prophesies event in June 2014. Marginalized people have the power to create their own visions of the future. Submissions are especially encouraged from those who are low-income, queer youth, incarcerated queers, undocuqueers, queers of color, trans/trans* queers, queers with disabilities, etc.
ARTIST SELECTION: If you are interested in submitting work, please contact email@example.com by Friday, December 13. The curator will give you access to a spreadsheet containing all submitted prophesies received and you can select one (or more) to create a piece about. You will also receive visual art/performance specifications and instructions for submitting your work for review. We welcome all types of art and performance and are committed to a diverse program. All art works are due by February 15, 2014 and will be reviewed by the advisory board for inclusion in the Queer Prophesies show.
In the context of escalating evictions throughout the Bay Area, queers occupy a complicated role, both as people at risk for displacement and sometimes as first-wave gentrifiers. Many of us migrated to urban centers in response to prior uprootings–by economics, by violence, by homophobia. When we move, what do we carry with us?
Baggage will be a hybrid of visual art, storytelling and street theater exploring migration, displacement, and home-making through a queer lens. Baggage will hit San Francisco streets for one day during June 2014′s Queer Arts Festival, possibly moving to the East Bay shortly thereafter. We will schlep Baggage to an assortment of San Francisco street locations. In each place, we will share stories (recorded and/or performed). Finally, we will install our Baggage in a gallery space, creating both a makeshift multimedia installation and a container for a panel discussion and workshop.
Artists are asked to propose visual and/or performative works responding to this question: What does “home” look like when you pull it out of a particular building, or neighborhood or geography? When circumstances move us, willingly or unwillingly, how do we take “home” with us?
Is “home” a collection of nostalgic objects? Is “home” a toolbox, a way of building new relationships and connections to place? Is “home” a tangle of tin can telephones, connecting us to those who may suddenly be further away? Is “home” a plant we’re nurturing, a plant with many leaves and branches, a plant that may or may not take well to new soil? Is “home” a particular way of walking through the world? A collection of songs? A language? A feast?
How do we carry these things with us? By dragging them? By tying them to our backs and to our hearts? By bike? By MUNI? By unicorn?
And finally, how do we prepare to make new home in new places, and who do we prepare to make it with?
Visual and/or theatrical representations of home, and a plan for how they will move with the rest of the group from place to place. This piece will be “performing” both in particular locations and in the schlep BETWEEN locations.
Storytelling and performance to unfold at particular sites in SF (we will also be sharing some stories by queer folks who will not be physically present).
firstname.lastname@example.org Please include 3-5 images of prior work or a link to your video or website.
All artists will receive a small honorarium.
San Francisco Artists
Description of your show and what you’re looking for: Homo File is an interdisciplinary Queer history performance project chronicling the life of Samuel Steward-tattoo artist, college professor, queer rebel. The show involves acting, puppetry, aerial arts, live drawing, and music. We are casting 2-3 roles, a lead and 1-2 supporting roles. Lead: We need a talented male or trans actor preferably with tattoos, musical, aerial or acrobatic skills. And 1-2 well-built male or trans person who can play multiple characters with musical, aerial, and/or puppet skills.
Link to find out more: Casting Call: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pDxLNLixI5piRclIvrPNY2J8V70wOMPbdFo1GSQTfIE/edit?usp=sharing
Application Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLT5QRL
Homo File Website: http://homofile.eyezen.org
Passage & Place
The concept of Home is often defined by one’s relationship to place- one’s connection to, or displacement from, a geographical or structural location. In thinking about diaspora, a person’s Home may be a place they have never physically been- it may be less of a physical place and more of a conceptual one. When considering chosen and forced im/emigration, incarceration, or territories occupied by military force, one’s concept of Home may not simply be defined by a single static place- or by place at all. In the context of queer identities, many of us who have chosen to disengage, or have been disowned from our families of origin, define Home through our interpersonal relationships to chosen family and community.
Some of us may associate particular people in our lives with a sense of Home. For some of us, Home may be laden in the sight of an object, a smell, a sound, a phrase. One’s concept of Home may be best conjured up by the act of movement, the practice of tradition, or the retelling of significant events.
What is it that signifies Home to you? Consider drafting a letter to that place/person/object/etc.
Imagine being able to communicate with Home directly– what would you say? What is your relationship to each other at this point in time? Has it changed? If so, in what ways? What lies in the space between you and Home?
This is a call for letters written, and visual art created from You to Home. A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.
Email submissions to email@example.com
Mail submissions to:
Passage and Place
PO Box 22469
Oakland CA 94609
Selected letters and visual art will be displayed during the PASSAGE & PLACE exhibition in June 2014.
For this call we are looking for you to interpret what forsaken nature means to you. It could be the opposite of thriving; the decaying state of our natural surroundings. It could be a desolate landscape, an area plagued by the inability to change or perhaps a once thriving area reclaimed by nature.
All international artists, professional and amateur and all art mediums will be considered in this call for submissions, from photography, wall sculpture, fabric, mixed media, all paintings and drawings including, oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, etc. Sizes up to 12 feet are acceptable. Work must be able to be hung on a wall to be considered for the live exhibition. Freestanding 3D artworks will be displayed online only. We are now accepting video and poetry entries for both live and online shows.
Accepted entries for this online exhibition will be judged again for a collective live exhibition at our Pasadena Gallery. The artists will be asked if they wish to submit their artwork for the collective exhibition, which is not a requirement to being a part of the online exhibition.
Cost: $35 for 3 entries, $5 for additional entries.
Common Knowledge: Juried Exhibition
Non-Fiction Gallery is looking for works of all media and sizes exploring the theme of universal beliefs, established myths, and shared narratives from our past and present.
Proverbial sayings. Urban legends. Folklore and catchphrases. People have been distilling concepts, culture, and codes of conduct into easily digestible and communicable portions since the dawn of civilization. Whether they are insidious or inspirational, what are the stories and sayings that pervade our lives and influence our perspective? How can they inform contemporary art making?
MEDIA: All forms of 2-D and 3-D art welcome. (Space and equipment limitations may apply.) Artwork must be original and completed within the last 2 years.
ENTRY FEE (Non-refundable): $20 for up to three works, $5 per every entry thereafter. Fee can be paid through Paypal (using the link on the right side of the website) or can be dropped off at the gallery in cash or money orders.
Riprap Literary Journal Artist Call
Riprap Literary Journal is accepting art submissions. We are inviting artist of all kind to submit any work. Submissions are due December 21st, 2013.
Submit your artwork to: Riprapjournal@gmail.com
Guidelines to submit: http://riprapliteraryjournal.tumblr.com/guidelines
Long Beach, CA
Exhibitors Wanted at Nature Center
The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center has a large exhibit hall with a vaulted ceiling and moveable display panels. We are always interested in any form of art exhibit that highlights local wildlife, wetland or bay ecology, or any theme in keeping with our goal of education and inspiring the public.
Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
2014 International Art Competition (I.A.C.)
The Taiwan International Contemporary Artist Association has organized one of Asia’s top art contests, the International Art Competition (I.A.C.), since 2011. The organizer is now combining I.A.C. Together with Art Revolution Taipei (A.R.T.), the most important platform of art exchange in Taiwan, to promote individual artists to the international market. The combined power of both of these unrivaled art outlets will result in more opportunities of sponsorship, exhibition and sale.
The Taiwan International Contemporary Artist Association
Sustainable Bolivia run this continuous residency program to foster inter-cultural and artistic exchange and development in Bolivia.
See website for detail: http://www.sustainablebolivia.org/art_residency.html
Contact: Ryan Greer
Currents 2014: Santa Fe International New Media Festival
June 13 – June 29, 2014
CURRENTS 2014, the 5th Annual Santa Fe International New Media Festival will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA – June 13th – June 29, 2014. CURRENTS’ curators look for the unique ways artists use technology as a tool for expression and communication, and ways that scientists, programmers and developers are integrating the arts and aesthetics into their explorations and projects.
The citywide Festival will be held in venues throughout Santa Fe: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the digital dome facility at the Institute for American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, David Richard Gallery, The Tower Gallery on the Pojoaque Pueblo, Axle Contemporary, Warehouse 21 and the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza. In addition to exhibitions CURRENTS 2014 offers panel discussions, workshops and multimedia performances. All exhibitions and most events are free
to the public.
Santa Fe, NM
Video Art Screening
Screening Date: 04/08/14
Artists who work with video/digital media are invited to submit to this open call. Work will be projected in the gallery, one piece at a time. Please complete the Submission Packet available on our website. Links can be sent in place of images.
Visit http://www.trestlegallery.org/opportunities/ for full information.
Ahmanson Foundation Provides Grants to Nonprofits in Los Angeles
The Ahmanson Foundation supports nonprofit organizations serving Los Angeles County, CA in the areas of the arts and humanities, education, medicine and health and human services. Support is also provided for building funds, renovation and equipment, capital campaigns, endowments, institutional scholarship funds, matching grants and special projects and programs. http://www.theahmansonfoundation.org/.
Bank of the West Grants for Cultural Activities
Bank of the West provides grants for well-managed cultural activities in communities that the Bank serves. Bank of the West’s Charitable Contributions Program operates on a year-round basis. Contribution requests are granted based on the nonprofit organization’s ability to meet the Bank’s charitable giving criteria, eligibility, need, and availability of charitable funds. http://www.bankofthewest.com/BOW/main.jsp?ChId=6f8dc2d8b4d2ff00VgnVCM10000087c35c92
Boeing’s Grant Guidelines and Application Process
Boeing provides charitable contributions to U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable or educational organizations in five focus areas: education; health and human services; arts and culture; civic; and the environment. Boeing also considers requests for in-kind donations and services. (A Boeing office is located in Seal Beach, CA.) http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/community/guidelines.htm
Foundation Center – Online training
A free online course from the Foundation Center called Introduction to Fundraising Planning provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You will learn how to develop a fundraising plan that will include a variety of revenue sources for your organization.
This course is designed to help you achieve the following:
Take stock of your organization’s strengths and assets
Create a case statement
Set fundraising goals
Choose funding partners
Prepare a fundraising calendar
Also at the Foundation Center: an online training course, titled Proposal Writing: The Statement of Need, to help grantseekers develop skills in constructing a compelling statement of need. The course includes interactive exercises and assignments, case studies, a final exam, and a printable certificate of completion. Lessons can be taken at any pace, and can be reviewed often. For more information visit the Foundation Center’s website.
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs serves as a catalyst for the delivery of high quality arts and cultural experiences. The strategies for accomplishing our mission are centered around marketing, communication and relationships with community partners.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
The mission of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is to foster excellence, diversity, vitality and accessibility of the arts in the County of Los Angeles. The Commission plays a leadership role in cultural services for the county, providing information and resources to the community, artists, arts organizations and municipalities.
Liberty Hill Foundation Lesbian & Gay Community Fund
The Lesbian & Gay Community Fund was created to provide critical support to new or ongoing projects addressing the issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Grants of $10,000 to $25,000 are targeted to groups actively working for institutional, policy, or public opinion changes that improve LGBT life and well-being and build alliances between LGBT and straight communities.
In 2006, a total of $230,000 was given through the Lesbian & Gay Community Fund. This is the largest amount of money Liberty Hill has ever given through this fund, due to the generosity of many individual donors and foundations such as The California Endowment and the Durfee Foundation.
McKnight Foundation Offers Online Resources For Arts Groups
from the CAM eNewsletter
The Nonprofit Management Toolkit on the McKnight Foundation Web site offers fundraising resources, tips for honing your nonprofit’s message for the media and the public, technology assistance, and advice about recruiting and working with volunteers. The fundraising resources section provides links to information compiled by the Foundation Center, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charity Channel, Idealist.org, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and other organizations. To access the Nonprofit Management Toolkit, see http://mcknight.org/resources/toolkit.aspx .
Wells Fargo Funding
In 2005, through corporate and foundation grants, Wells Fargo gave 5,435 grants to nonprofits that totaled over $38 million. Wells Fargo gives first priority to requests where the primary purpose of the grant is to benefit people and communities of low and moderate income. While Wells Fargo accepts requests for financial support from organizations which enhance a community’s quality of life–including cultural, arts, civic projects, and other activities–these grants are not one of their funding priorities. For California funding guidelines:
California Arts Council
The California Arts Council (CAC), a state agency, was established in January 1976 to encourage artistic awareness, participation, and expression; to help independent local groups develop their own arts programs; to promote employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in the public and private sector; to provide for exhibition of artworks in public buildings throughout California; and to enlist the aid of all state agencies in the task of ensuring the fullest expression of our artistic potential.
The CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL
The California LBGT Arts Alliance is funded by the California Arts Council.
For information about CAC visit its website: http://www.cac.ca.gov
Get your personalized ART license plate.
Proceeds from the plate sales directly benefit the California Arts Council (CAC).
The Queer Cultural Center serves as the CA LGBT Arts Alliance’s fiscal sponsor