Calls for Entry

Call for Entry- Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project

Quest Skinner van. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Quest Skinner van. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

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Application deadline: EXTENDED to January 1 , 2014

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The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) and DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) are currently seeking submissions for the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (CHAAAP), a community-based public art project.  CHAAAP will commission ten artists to produce sculptures to be permanently installed on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. All levels of experience will be considered. The application deadline is December 15, 2013. More information and instructions on applying are available at http://bit.ly/CHAAAP.

This pilot CHAAAP project will use animals as the binding theme, each sculpture to be an animal starting with the same letter as the street where the sculpture will be installed.  Sculptures can be figurative and somewhat factual, or conceptual and somewhat fantastical. A panel of four local experts in public art will select and commission the ten artists. The honorarium for each selected artist is $1,000.00 plus a $200.00 materials fee. The project will also instill each sculpture with a digital “aura” which will connect walkers via cell phone to information about the artist and the neighborhood.

In addition, artists will be able to work with the project historian, Mara Cherkasky, for insight into the historical and contemporary significance of the specific locations for each sculpture in the neighborhood. Selected artists will work closely with the project manager and art director to propose and determine safe and stable materials and construction for proper installation of each sculpture. The pilot phase of CHAAAP is funded by the DC Department of Transportation and administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/CHAAAP or contact [email protected]

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transforming power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans.  CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW was a featured charity in the 2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy and the winner of 2012 Best in the City awards for “arts classes for kids” and “arts classes” in The Washington Post Express.

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