Local artists are sought to work collaboratively on this creative process.

Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art

Local artists are sought to work collaboratively
on this creative process.

Residents Wanted for Community Input/Design Workshops.

The City of Asheville, in partnership with Art Ecologie and adé PROJECT, will host four community workshops to help in the completion of a mural and two installations representing the legacy and memories of The Block, Asheville’s historic African American downtown business district.

This year the city’s Visiting Artist Project has been rebranded as Celebrating African Americans through Public Art (CAAPA), with the inaugural artwork a community-informed project to honor The Block.

Residents are invited to become part of the artistic process. The final piece will be unveiled in September during the Goombay Festival.

Project Outline

Selected artists will work with Art Ecologie members to implement their public art installation design. Duties may include: Co-facilitate community art workshops; work collaboratively to create mixed media collage elements; engage in community listening; and assist with murals.

Submission Guidelines

  • Lived experience: African Americans and other persons of color are encouraged to apply.
  • Portfolio to include five to 10 quality images or video of previous work plus website and/or social media site.
  • Artist statement: short biography and curriculum vitae.
  • References: Contact information for one to two references.
  • Final submissions are due by 5 p.m. July 18, 2019.
  • Email submissions with content listed above to connect@theadeproject.org.

Call for Artists 

In order to complete a mural and two installations representing the legacy and memories of The Block, Art Ecologie and adé Project seek (4) local artists to work collaboratively on this creative process, from design to installation. The selected artists will be paid an honorarium.

Mixed media artist: Experienced fine artist working with collage and other mixed media.

Muralists: Experienced in detailed outdoor murals including lettering.

Literary artist: Experienced with poetry / spoken word.

Community Workshops

Thursday, July 25

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Session 1)

2-6 p.m. (Session 2)

For adults, 18 and older. Childcare and Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

Friday, July 26 

11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Session 3)

2-6 p.m. (Session 4)

For youths, ages 10-17. Spanish language interpretation will be provided.

All workshops will be held at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Eagle St., Asheville, NC 28801.

For more information, or with questions, please contact Project Manager Cortina Caldwell at connect@theadeproject.org. For general questions about the City of Asheville’s public art program, email Steph Monson Dahl of the Economic Development Department at sdahl@ashevillenc.gov.

 

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