Ends on January 31, 2019

By the People 2019: Open Call for Artists

What is the BTP 2019 open call?

This open call invites artists working in all mediums to submit proposals for artwork inclusion in By the People 2019 to be presented June 15-23, 2019 in Washington, DC. 

What is By the People?

By the People is a city-wide international arts and dialogue festival in Washington, DC presented by Halcyon, which supports innovative emerging creatives through fellowships in art and social entrepreneurship. The inaugural 2018 festival presented free and accessible art and performance to over a dozen venues in all four quadrants of Washington, DC. The festival’s more than 100 events included performances, art installations, and curated conversations about what it means to seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Download the 2018 festival report here

By the People 2019 will be curated by Jessica Stafford Davis, founder of The Agora Culture a national online multicultural arts platform that supports emerging artists of color and collectors through educational programming, art salons, and its annual Art On the Vine exhibition in Martha’s Vineyard.

Curatorial Theme

By the People 2019 will focus on critical work by artists exploring issues marginalized communities currently face within the United States. The work will investigate questions of equality and fairness and will highlight the difficulties and experiences of those who struggle to have a voice. Through film, video, installation and sculpture, the artists will draw inspiration from various historical and contemporary sources to offer new perspectives and alternate narratives that complicate fact and memory. These innovative artworks aim to compel audiences to hope for a more compassionate world and ultimately to work towards a more equitable future for all.

Who is eligible to apply?

Artists working in any discipline who can commit to creating and exhibiting work during June 2019 (key dates listed below). Applications can be submitted by single artists or artist collectives that meet the below criteria.

· Have demonstrated experience developing and executing works or projects, especially in public spaces

· Artists must be over 21 years of age, and are eligible to work in the United States

How do I apply?

Submit application by January 20 at 11:59PM EST. The following materials are required:

· Contact information

· Artist Statement (150 words or less)

· Bio (150 words or less)

· CV

· Description of project you would like to realize for By the People 2019

· Work samples (up to 10 images/videos) demonstrating previous work

Can I apply as a collective?

Yes! Collectives and collaboratives projects are welcome to apply. Please designate a primary contact for application purposes. Upload CV and work samples which demonstrate past collaborative work (rather than individual projects). If this is the first time artists have collaborated, upload all artist CVs as a single document and work samples from each.

How will the artists be selected?

By the People 2019 curator Jessica Stafford Davis and internal Halcyon staff will review applications on a rolling basis. In late-January 2019 shortlisted finalists will be invited to interview with the By the People team and submit a more detailed proposal including in-depth concept outline, site parameters (which will be discussed upon acceptance to interview round), production timeline, sketches of proposed project, and budget.

Where will projects be located?

Festival sites are currently being finalized but will represent all quadrants of Washington, DC. Applicants chosen to interview will have access to site plans, details, and site-visits if available.

Is there an artist stipend?

Artists selected for By the People will present proposals with an artist fee in accordance with their proposed budget and based on the scale of the project.

What is the budget?

Budgets for individual installations will be developed in conjunction with the curator and By the People team. Budgets will include an all-inclusive artist fee. 

Key Dates

December 17, 2018: Application Window Opens with rolling review process.

January 20, 2019: Application closes. 

January 31, 2019: Shortlisted artists will be contacted for followup.

March 01, 2019: Final artists selected.