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The Neon Museum National Artist Residency

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Now in its sixth year, The Neon Museum National Artist Residency is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection. The selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, will have the opportunity to develop a project inspired by The Neon Museum collection. Engagement with the community is an important residency component through a workshop or specific engagement project.

The 2021 residency program will span six weeks from Monday, October 25 through Sunday, December 5, 2021, with the first two weeks conducted virtually and the final four weeks completed on location in Las Vegas. Artists over the age of 18 and based in the United States are eligible to apply.

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The following is provided to artists accepted for participation in the Museum's National AIR Program::

Honorarium - $2,500

Travel - $800

Self-contained apartment and studio space in downtown Las Vegas

Materials - up to $3,000

Access to onsite collection and archives

Curatorial support as needed

Marketing and publicity

Documentation

Deadline: 
07/11/2021
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'Contemplation and Engagement: two elements inherent of Care'

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HAS Magazine launches an open call for contributions for its fourth issue to be published in November 2021.

The goal of HAS Magazine is to discuss pressing topics through the analysis of a wide range of themes in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. Conceived as a magazine for the broadest possible range of readers, HAS offers a space for staging the most creative, enlightening, imaginative, and socially relevant interactions of the humanities and the arts.

Our aim is not simply to report on existing ideas or to reproduce art that examines issues of importance, but to contribute to the achieving of actual progress in cultural exchange and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Information, education, creativity, communication, and thought provocation will be merged, in order to provide a platform for positive change in society—local and worldwide—with the help of the humanities and the arts. We plan to connect curious readers with enthusiastic writers and practitioners willing to work to improve upon current global challenges, through demonstrations of how the humanities and the arts can have an impact on society.

We welcome contributions from scholars, researchers, critics, practicing artists, and any interested parties who find the above aims important and would like to be part of the project. HAS is not a commercial venture, and in order to reach the broadest possible audience, it will be available online for free in English, French and Chinese. Due to the non-profit nature of the publication, contributions will be on a voluntary basis.

The published texts will include scholarly papers, experimental essays, reviews, critiques, interviews, video and photo reportage, and news. The editorial committee is constituted by members of UNESCO-MOST, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, and Mémoire de l’Avenir.

The theme of the fourth issue is Engagement and Contemplation: Two elements inherent of Care. We aim to investigate this topic from a multi- and cross-disciplinary perspective—including but not limited to philosophy, history, anthropology, archaeology, literature, sociology, economics, political science, and post-humanities scholarship.

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Engagement is a mindful way of life, a call for action. It builds from self-awareness and the understanding of one’s capacity to judge and act. It is a commitment, an approach to life, inherited in modernity as a moral consequence from historically binding obligations. Engagement is about acting, sometimes in order to alleviate distress, to help or encourage others. It is about feeling invested of a mission. It is movement guided by a desire of transformation. Engagement leads to taking care by direct involvement and practice.

Contemplation is a mindset characterised by a heightened awareness of life. It is a mode of perception based on the observation and attention to all things living, identities, otherness, and contradictions. Contemplation builds from self-uncertainty and the understanding of one’s limitations, avoiding judgement and erroneous action. Contemplation is a pledge for precaution, guided by scepticism in the face of visions of the future. It encompasses reflection and care. 

Often perceived as opposites within philosophical and religious disputes, engagement and contemplation carry the contradictions of human agency. Engagement inspired the condemnation of, for example, slavery and of the holocaust, but it also led to the violent destruction of lives and cultural traditions in the name of certain ideals. Contemplation is the first step toward enchantment, appreciation, and creativity, but it has also led to indifference, apathy, and oblivion. 

Engagement and contemplation are elements of the asset of care. Contemplation invites engagement. Both bring one to a state of care, yet taking care of someone or something may be a positive or a negative process, depending upon what frames that process and the perspectives of those involved in it. Should we privilege one over the other? Some past societies fostered the virtue of contemplation, which often perpetuated inequalities. This has created the trend, in the last few centuries, to privilege engagement, but a large part of the current dilemmas regarding sustainability have been triggered by it. Contemplation seems to be insufficient in face of catastrophes, while engagement seems to find it difficult to distinguish between caring and patronizing.

The arts echo these debates and postures, in close relation with ethics and aesthetics. However, when assessing art history, most of us, at present, do not consider those values as being essential in distinguishing between major and minor art work. How will our actions, engagements, and contemplations be assessed in the future, if they will be assessed at all? And how can we approach care in our society, when understanding the present care in relation to transformation, which only occurs in the flow of time?

Care can be seen as central to all of the most urgent challenges that our societies face today on a global level, including climate change, ageing populations, gender equality, education, and poverty. In tackling these issues, the humanities and the arts provide crucial insights, and have important roles to play. To reach solutions, there is a need for philosophical, historical, and critical perspectives.

In the face of global warming and environmental degradation, the notion of care has also become urgent with respect to non-humans and with regard to the relation between the local and the global. Care forces us to consider our interdependence, to look inward and outward simultaneously. In philosophy, the ethics of care proposes to focus moral action on individuals and interpersonal relationships. Care puts interdependence before competition and domination.

Other questions may include: How does care find itself within an individualistic global era? Why is care a part of an organic, interdependent relationship, as between animals, persons, etc.? What does care look like today? How can it be revalued? What relationships of care exist today in our communities, our nations, our global society? How can we care for our tangible and intangible cultural heritage? How are care and care relationships gendered? How can we give value and social capital to care? How can the humanities contribute to the development of more inclusive and just perceptions of care?

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07/08/2021

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Grants for Arts Equity

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Open funding opportunity for Bay Area visual arts organizations serving BIPOC and other underserved audiences.

Minnesota Street Project Foundation is awarding grants for capacity-building initiatives to Bay Area visual arts organizations serving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other underserved audiences. The program’s vision is to help visual arts organizations working in communities that have historically experienced the greatest socio-economic barriers to sustained arts engagement. Chosen grantees can receive up to $10,000.

Guidelines accessible here.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and accessible here.

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Chosen grantees can receive up to a $10,000 grant.
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Chosen grantees can receive up to $10,000 for capacity-building initiatives to help sustain and strengthen arts engagement in their communities.

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Phantom Perspectives

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Phantom Perspectives explores the relationship between art, science and technology by testing the boundaries of our perspectives. By considering the ocular capacities of the human eye, each artist seeks to tackle perception, whether it is focused on our bodies, our sight, or the walls of the gallery itself.

The multi-disciplinary approach will interrogate our perspectives of reality through an immersive environment. Life is often regimented, controlled and reasonable, bearing the imprint of a socially constructed perspective. Yet, Phantom Perspectives seeks to present the intangible through physical and virtual representations of a new reality that can be attained through the removal of influence.

Subverting the traditional viewing experience, the exhibition presents one that encourages participation and active engagement of the audience. Through this interrogation of perceived normality, we can question our increasingly mechanised society by utilising art to blur the rigid perspectives that can be imprinted on our reality.

Fringe Arts Bath (FaB) is a test-bed for early career-curators, and those who prefer to operate outside of the gallery-based arts scene. FaB aims to raise the profile of contemporary visual arts in Bath and beyond, providing opportunities for early-career and emerging artists. FaB festival is a free, 2 week festival putting art in unusual places in unexpected ways for people to happen across and interact with, with exhibitions, interventions and events based in Bath, UK, in May-June each year.

There are 20 different exhibitions to submit to for FaB 2020, everyone can submit, from anywhere in the world. Deadline 23:59 on Sun 22 March 2020. Submission is free (unless otherwise stated). If you are selected, FaB will ask for a £20 contribution and some of your time - read their FAQs for details. twitter/instagram/facebook: @fringeartsbath

Deadline: 
03/22/2020

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£20 fee if selected
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Women's Art Via Engagement

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In addition to other subjects of interest to women,  artists are encouraged to create and submit art that tells a story about violence against women & girls -whether in the past or current. We gather art for display that shows how violence against women & girls is happening now, and how it's use in the past shows how women have been controlled through fear.

Rape keeps women from going outside and having a full life. Domestic violence keeps women in abusive relationships and away from their own personal power. Honor killings keep women from leading full lives & having options. These are just a few ways that women are controlled by violence.

Women need to continue to speak up and let their voices be heard. Men who support women need to get on board. Women need platforms for their opinions and their voices to be heard. This art show will allow viewers to discuss what they see, and what the status of women's & girls lives are like.

During the art show, we will offer art workshops to make art about issues women are particularly concerned about. To find out about discussions, hours, and opportunities to make art during the show

Actual art must be received at gallery by January 26, 2020

 

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01/26/2020

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