Call for Entry: EMERGE AND SEE

By Editorial Team on October 26, 2020

Deadline: Mon, 14 December 2020

Deadline to submit:  December 14, 2020

We the PEOPLE, despite the appearances of

a completely morally and economically corrupt President and administration;

rampant, unchecked police brutality upon black and brown people;

the breakdown of election integrity;

annihilation of immigrant dreams of a better life for brown and black populations coming to the US;

evaporating policies for environmental salvation;

a harrowing sense of an economic recession with the potentiality of a depression;

inherent racist system and policies,

the genocide of American populations, young and old

and oh….so much more

Come together to affirm and create a reality

That encourages justice, promotes respect, social equity, acceptance and tolerance of others, preserves peace and freedom for all –

Envisioned by the visual arts to support social change and community transformation.

Busboys and Poets is looking for visual art to be displayed for its upcoming EMERGE AND SEE exhibition beginning January 2021 at all its locations –  14th and V, NW; 450 K NW; Takoma, Brookland, Shirlington, Hyattsville and Anacostia.  Performance and film will be considered.  Film and video must be on mp4 format.

Deadline to submit:  December 14, 2020.

Artists may submit up to 8 original works to be reviewed, ranging from but not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, quilts, etc.  We are open to all media, and all sizes that can fit inside the restaurant.  We are open to sculptural forms that can be hung safely on the walls without brackets.

Artists may sell their work. Busboys and Poets takes no commission.  Images that are not for sale should be marked NFS.  Images can be framed and must be ready to hang.

The preferred submission process is online at  Click About, then Art,  then Art Submission form and fill in your information.  Please include a bio or resume, artist statement, images and contact information – email, phone number, social media information, etc.


Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email no later than Dec 31, 2020.

In January, 2021 artwork will be installed at the various locations.  Artist will be notified when and where.  Artist is expected to assist with installation and deinstallation of art work.


Please contact Carol Rhodes Dyson, Art Curator at with questions only.

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