Artist Opportunity: Making the Invisible Visible
The City of Mesa, Mesa Arts Center and project partners are currently seeking applications from artists (visual and performing) of all ages for Water=Life, Making the Invisible Visible, a collaborative public art project. The project, which is part of the Water Public Art Challenge supported by the Arizona Community Foundation, will celebrate the importance of water, the contributions of the ancient Hohokam civilization to the Valley’s water infrastructure, and the relationship of all people to water and the environment, including the sacred place water holds in indigenous and other cultures.
Artists interested in participating in the Mesa project are encouraged to apply to do one or more of the following:
• Facilitate one or more community workshops, leading community participants in art-making;
• Assist in the planning, design, and installation of a temporary work of public art inspired by community input and information shared at the workshops; and/or
• Participate in public events as performers, facilitators of community engagement or demonstrating artists (at Mesa Arts Center’s Season Kickoff, the opening event at Mesa Riverview, and/or the closing event at Mesa Riverview Park).
Questions? Contact Project Manager Sarah Goedicke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organization/Company: Mesa Arts Center
Location: Mesa, AZ
How to Apply: Artist Opportunity: A team of artists will be selected from responses to this request to collaborate with the Project Artist Lead in facilitating workshops, helping to build and install the temporary public artwork, and assisting in presenting the celebration/opening event. Some artists may be selected by invitation.
Eligibility: Open to resident of Arizona or artists with strong ties to our State (must describe your ties to AZ in your application if you are not a resident)
Artist Roles: Artists can apply to do one or more of the following:
• Facilitate one or more workshops, leading community participants in art-making
• Assist in the planning, design, and installation of a temporary work of public art inspired by community input and information shared at the workshops
• Participate in public events as performers, facilitators of community engagement or demonstrating artists (at Mesa Arts Center’s Season Kickoff, the opening event at Mesa Riverview, and/or the closing event at Mesa Riverview Park)
Core Team Artists will be those who are involved in creating the temporary work of public art, who will also lead workshops and participate in the events.
Artist fees: Core Team Artists will receive a fee in approximately the $4,000 to $8,000 range, which will be negotiated based on the number of workshops they facilitate and the scope of their work for the public artwork and events.
Supplementary Project Artists will be those who are hired ONLY to lead workshops or participate in festival/event activities.
Artist fees: Supplementary Project Artist fees will be negotiated with each artist appropriate to their level of work/participation.
The scope of each artist’s participation will be determined following artist selection and will result in a mutually agreeable negotiated fee in the artist’s contract. After the scope is defined, a budget for materials and supplies for the installation will be identified and negotiated with the team. Materials and supplies will not be paid for out of the artist’s fee.
Project Artist Lead: locally-based, nationally-renowned flute player and hoop dancer Tony Duncan will act as an artistic lead and guide for the project, assisting in pulling together the artist team, participating in collaborative planning for the workshops, public art installation and related events, and helping to coordinate the interactions with the community and the Project Task Force. Tony will record Native American flute music and community stories for the soundscape and perform at the opening event.
Artist Application Narrative: Applications must describe the applicant’s art form(s) and previous work with community art-making and engagement and explain the applicant’s interest in working on this project.
• Explain your interest in working with this project and why the topic and/or processes described make you want to participate
• Please tell us how you would like to participate: Core Artist Team or Supplementary Project Artist
• IF you wish to be a Supplementary Project Artist, indicate if you wish to lead workshop(s) or perform, demonstrate or lead a community engagement activity at one of our events
• Describe your art form(s) and specific skills you wish to bring to the project
• Tell us about previous community engagement, teaching or community art-making experience
• Please let us know if you see any issues with availability/schedule to conduct workshops between July and October 2019, or to participate in creating and installing the temporary work of art in October and November 2019.
Providing your project narrative:
Applicants may submit the project narrative in either written OR video format.
Please tell us in a video not to exceed five minutes about your interest, background and experience as described above (can be a cell phone video; production value will not be considered by the panel).
Please provide a written document not to exceed two pages (in addition to contact info/references) describing your interest, background and experience as described above.
Submission deadline is May 31, 2019, 11:59pm.
Submission Materials Required in addition to Narrative video or document:
● Contact Info, Availability & References:
o Provide your name and contact information (address, email and phone number)
o Are you multilingual? Please tell us if you are multilingual and what language(s) you speak.
o References: Provide a minimum of two references for people who have experienced your artwork or creative process, collaborated with you, or helped present your artwork or your community-based work. Please provide each reference’s name, how the person knows your work, email address and phone number.
o Availability: Share any time constraints during the summer of 2019 or October/November 2019 which may limit your availability to work on the project for certain periods of time
• Examples or samples of previous work:
Provide a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of nine (9) work samples, or links to videos, audio recordings or other digital works as applicable. Please provide a one-page list that tells us about the examples, including names of artworks or one-sentence descriptions of projects, approximate dates and where the work was created or presented. These are to help the panel understand your work, and can include images, articles, videos, or a brief synopsis of projects.
Once initial submissions have been reviewed, a select number of applicants may be asked to meet with the selection panel, and a final decision will be made by the end of June.
Ways to Submit Your Application:
• Email – Sarah.Goedicke@MesaArtsCenter.com
• Mail – 1 East Main Street, PO Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211
• In Person – Sarah Goedicke, Mesa Arts Center, 3rd Floor Studios North Building, 1 East Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201
• Dropbox – https://www.dropbox.com/request/k9LKuoXJm1NLgG7qNRXv
For questions about anything in this application or the Water=Life project, please email Sarah Goedicke at Sarah.Goedicke@MesaArtsCenter.com with the subject line “Water Project Application Question.”