City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Museums and Cultural Programs Division welcomes Austin-area artists to submit proposals for ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19, an upcoming outdoor ‘art action’ exhibit, October 5, 2020 - March 31, 2021. Artists will be commissioned to train in social practice, a collaborative and participatory approach to public art, then organize and engage community in an artistic response to COVID-19. Participating sites include the Dougherty Arts Center, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, Asian American Resource Center, Elisabet Ney Museum, and Oakwood Cemetery Chapel.
Social practice, according to the Tate Museum, “describes art that is collaborative, often participatory and involves people as the medium or material of the work.” It can include “any art form and involves people and communities in debate, collaboration or social interaction.” Social practice uses the participatory element as the artwork, integrally developing an idea and turning it into public will. Examples and conversations about social practice can be found in this video.
ArtResponders proposals can be from any artistic discipline and will be hosted outdoors, one in each of the ten City Council Districts. Exhibits must comply with and promote accurate COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, and will receive a $2,000 stipend, inclusive of all materials and labor. Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal via the online application by September 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
A panel of City staff members, including members of the Museums and Cultural Programs Division, Safety, Parks Rangers and Community Engagement Divisions, will assist with adjudicating and selecting the artists. Site managers will make the final selections and artists will be notified no later than September 30, 2020.
For more details regarding the application details, scoring rubric, and FAQ, please visit the website.