Every other year, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) at Kalamazoo College hosts a global event, With/Out-¿Borders?, which invites social justice leaders from across the world to Kalamazoo College to rest, reflect, build relationships, and be honored for their work. The purpose of this global convening is to 1) bring together grassroots activists from across the globe who envision a world free from oppression and are actively working towards that vision; 2) create an environment where these activists can learn from and support each other; 3) develop deep and meaningful relationship between the Kalamazoo College community and these activists and their work; 4) deploy resources of the ACSJL to uplift and strengthen the work of each participant, living up to its mission of capacity-building on a global level. Essentially, the gathering brings together activists whose work envisions an imaginative, robust, plentiful, and just future.
The theme for 2018 With/Out-¿Borders? is Towards a FutureLand and will be held October 8 – 15, 2018. The ACSJL is gathering activists from across the globe who approach movement work understanding:
land as essential to Indigenous sovereignty movements
land as contested through the forced dislocation of people within and outside the US
land as strength and nurturance
An intimate convening based on global struggles for land allows us to deeply examine the commodities and consumption of space as well as the reach and watch of colonial and corporate power.
To this end, the ACSJL is seeking an artist to create a site-specific installation that addresses this theme.
The selected artist will design, produce, and install an artwork based on the theme of “Towards a Futureland” as described above. The artwork may be previously or newly created but must adhere to the theme. The artwork should interact with the interior space of the ACSJL’s large seminar area. The installation area is a large wall (approximately 700 square feet, see dimensions and diagrams below) that can accomodate two-dimension or wall mounted three-dimensional artwork. The selected project may consist of one large piece that uses the whole wall or a collection of multiple pieces installed as one project.
The artwork will be installed by the selected artist(s) and will stay on exhibit at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership for a period of up to two years. The artist will be responsible for all installation needs (equipment, assistants, supplies). The ACSJL will do any wall modifications needed for installation. The artwork will not be for sale while on exhibit, and the artist will retain ownership of the art. The installation period can begin as early as Monday, June 4, 2018, and it must be completed by Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The artist will be required to attend the opening of the exhibit in October 2018.
Eligibility and Criteria
Artist(s) must live and/or work within a 250 mile radius of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Native American and First Nation artists with ties to the region who do not currently live and/or work in the geographic area are also eligible to apply. Finalists may be asked to submit proof of residency and/or enrollment status during the interview stage.
Artwork must represent the project intent as discussed above.
$10,000 commission will cover all aspects of the project including creation, materials, and installation. Funds will be dispersed in 3 portions: 1) upon signing of contract, 2) mid-installation (~July 1, 2018), and 3) upon completion of installation. Funds are for this one time project.
Project must be artist-led.
Artist(s) must be able to commit to the timeline and complete the installation on time.
Artist(s) may be at any stage of their career but must have demonstrated the capacity to complete projects on a timeline and the ability to use the funds agreed upon to complete the project according to the established timeline.
Artist is required to attend the opening of the exhibit. Travel and lodging expenses for the exhibit opening will be covered by the ACSJL.
The ACSJL reserves the right to reject and/or accept any and all artwork at its sole discretion.
For complete information and application click HERE.