Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reminder: 2011 Partner With an Artist Information Session

Please join us for the Partner With an Artist Information Session Thursday, December 16, from 6:30 - 8pm, Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester.

seARTS Partner with an Artist Program to Award $7,500
Connecting artists and local businesses

GLOUCESTER,  Mass. - The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts' (seARTS) is pleased to announce its signature Partner with an Artist (PWA) program for 2010-2011. The PWA "Call to Artists" invites artists to submit proposals for innovative collaborations with local businesses.  A panel of jurors will review proposals and award five $1,500 grants. The application deadline is January 31, 2011. An Information Session on PWA will be held Thursday, December 16 from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester.
The program is managed by Sarah Slifer, who successfully created and ran the Gloucester New Arts Festival as a seARTS partner. According to Slifer, "PWA is an exciting opportunity for artists to think and work in creative partnership with businesses, bringing art out of the studio and into the public forum in new ways."
Among the most recognizable PWA programs was the October 2008 "Literary Gloucester" themed PWA series which involved installations at Captain Joe's; Fitz Henry Lane monument; the Building Center, InterShell, Virgilio's, and Dogtown Bookstore. Cape Ann businesses interested in working with artists on collaborative projects are encouraged to attend the December 16, PWA Information Session.

PWA 2010-2011 is supported with funding from the Bruce J. Anderson and the Andrew Bayness Funds of the The Boston Foundation. In prior years, PWA received support from seARTS Mass Cultural Council Adams Grant.

In May 2011, in partnership with Cape Ann Art Haven, seARTS invited nationally recognized guest artist and educator Jerry Beck, to lead a multi-media sculpture workshop with students to create constructions that explore Gloucester's early history.  The project was inspired by images of Native Americans, found in the Gloucester City Hall WPA murals.
The current "PWA Call to Artists" focuses on the following:
Creating opportunities for artists:  In a time of recession it is even more meaningful that grants are available to artists to recognize that the arts play an important role in the economic life of our communities. In this way, PWA is inspired by the New Deal's Works Progress Administration (WPA) support of artists and encouragement of artwork that connects to the community at large.  
Partnership with a business:  This is an opportunity for artists and businesses to explore a creative relationship. We are looking to fund innovative projects that explore arts/business collaborations and embrace the partnership as integral to the work of art to be created. A business might provide goods, services, or space for a project.  
Grants will be announced in early February, 2011. Completed projects will be on display beginning May in conjunction with a community forum with the artists.
For information or a copy of the Program guidelines, please contact info@seARTS.org.   There is no fee for seARTS members to apply.  Non-members may join seARTS or pay a $25 application fee. 
WHAT: seARTS Information Session, Partner with an Artist 2011
           Free, artists, business and the public are invited
WHEN:  Thursday, December 16th, 6:30 - 8 pm
WHERE: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

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