Carbondale Community Arts (CCA) & Carbondale Main Street (CMS) with the Carbondale Downtown Arts Coalition (CDAC) is accepting proposals from artists interested in creating a commissioned public art mural along several buildings on the west side of the 200 block of North Washington Street. As one of several initiatives aimed at enriching and revitalizing downtown, a specific focus of this mural is to honor the rich diversity of the surrounding community.
Proposals from individual or groups of artists will be accepted through December 1, 2015 after which the CDAC will select an artist(s) based on the work and application submitted, with project completion by October 1, 2016.
The goals of the North Washington Mural project are to enhance the sense of place for the immediate area; to beautify the streetscape and encourage pedestrian traffic; to reflect community pride; and to engage the local community in a lasting creative endeavor.
The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale (BGCC) and Carbondale Community Arts (CCA) are seeking artistic workshop proposals that develop community pride and enhance a positive sense of place for the residential neighborhoods that make up Carbondale’s total community. Workshops will take place in select Carbondale locations between October 2015 and April 2016 as part of “Here We Live,” a joint program of BGCC and CCA that is being undertaken with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Proposed workshops may utilize any media (or combination thereof) and should each be designed to involve 15-20 community participants who will be guided to express their individual and collective view of community (Here We Live) through creative pursuits.
Workshop activities may take place in 1-5 sessions and should result in a work product (mural, sculpture, performance, film, dance, etc.) representing that shared vision. These works will be displayed/performed/shared at the “Here We Live” community festival to take place on the Boys and Girls Club campus on April 30, 2016.
The goals of this initiative are
● to broaden access to interactive and multi-generational arts experiences;
● to give creative voice to residents of the neighborhoods and other-defined “communities” in Carbondale;
● to explore how a community affects those who share it and to expand our means of expressing our sense of place; and
● to build bridges outside our normal circles of engagement.