The Albany Creative Justice Art Project invites artists to submit proposals for the creation of a new, public artwork that will actively engage residents of Albany in creatively addressing past, present, and future issues of social justice in the city and region. Applications are welcome from individuals as well as teams, collectives, and collaborators.
Donor Name: Albany Arts Committee
Type of Grant: Training or Mentorship
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/08/2022
The artist should consider working with various constituencies (youth/students, civic leaders, seniors, community groups, public agencies, etc.) for the purpose of informing and collaborating on the production of the artwork, broadly conceived.
Proposed projects should aim to address and prompt discussion on experiences of race, ethnicity, identity, and justice in Albany by inviting openness, exchange, and a healthier civic environment within the city. Proposals in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Stop Asian Hate movement, Indigenous rights and recognition, and other movements centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion are strongly encouraged.
Locations to consider within Albany may include the Solano Ave and San Pablo Ave business corridors, the Ohlone Greenway, public parks and pathways, as well as more dispersed, distributed, or discursive sites.
Project proposals may include diverse contemporary art strategies, including but not limited to: community art, social practice, socially-engaged art, collaborative art, interactive public art, process-based art, research-based art, relational aesthetics, and other community-focused approaches. In keeping with local arts funding ordinances, the final work must be resolved in one of the following formats: sculpture, monument, mural, fountains, fresco, relief, painting, drawing, etching, original print and collage, mosaic, ceramic, weaving, carving, stained glass, wood, metal, plastic, textile, earthworks, digital art, or electronic art. Aspects of proposed projects may be process-based or durational and are open to all media, including, but not limited to, visual and performing arts, media arts, socially-engaged art, and various community art practices.
A strong proposal will consider specific audiences, contexts, sites and forms of community engagements. Additionally, all proposals must include a plan for a final exhibition as well as documentation of the community engagement processes.
The selected artist(s) will develop the submitted project proposals in collaboration with key community members and with the support of the projects program manager.
- Evidence of professional achievement.
- Familiarity with Albany and its neighborhoods.
- Strong interest in engaging themes of social justice.
- A professional, artistic commitment to ethical engagement.
- Expertise in one or more: visual arts, performing arts, media arts, or other contemporary art practices.
- Experience with community arts, socially-engaged art, social practice art, interactive public art, and/or collaborative art practices. Experience with and sensitivity to an urban setting.
- Strong communication skills.
- Experience working collaboratively.
For more information, visit Albany Creative Justice Art Project.