OPEN CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: Ashé Cultural Arts Center seeks submissions for its upcoming PhotoNOLA exhibition, NEW ORLEANS BEYOND TOMORROW: Community, Culture, Commerce.
The New Orleans Tricentennial brings with it opportunities for reflection. During the Tricentennial celebrations of 2018, we invite artists to step outside their day to day realities and play in the field of imagination. Over the next 300 years, New Orleans is poised for transformation, an evolution of community led by culture and creativity. The best way to change the future is to create it.
Going forward, what will the next 300 years look like?
NEW ORLEANS BEYOND TOMORROW: Community, Culture, Commerce will be on view at the Ashé Power House from December 11, 2018 to January 8, 2019. The group exhibition will be curated by the Ashé Creative Team, and the opening reception will take place on December 13, 2018.
Curatorial Statement from Ashé Executive Director Carol Bebelle
We invite artists to submit photos that imagine the next 300 years not from where we currently are as a society, rather the future from where we need to go. Our goal is to create a space where we are imagining what could be, inside of the philosophical, anthropological, metaphysical, and what we can make happen along the way.
We encourage artists to consider the following questions:
1) As we move into the next 300 years, how can culture and creativity combine to create progress?
2) Over the next 300 years, how can we create a future that is inclusive and equitable for all?
3) How can we ensure the diversity of cultures found in New Orleans is reflected in both the design and development of the city?
4) How can culture be a catalyst for community and commerce?
5) Consider the future to its best potential—what would it look like?
The mere dreaming of a thing begins the making. A dream without a plan however lives only in fantasy. Future trail blazers and pioneers begin with a vision and then continue with the on-going practice of making things happen. Consider this Ashé exhibition the initiation of the beginning steps for the next 300 years of where we need to go.
Accepted media is 2-D photography. The work must be ready for hanging. Photographs can be any size or dimension.
Although the artist need not be a photographer, the submitted work(s) must be a photograph. Artists can submit 5-7 photographic works for consideration. All images must be submitted electronically, in jpeg format.
Please e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: November 24, 2018
All selected works must be delivered to the
Ashé Power House, 1731 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
on December 10, 2018, between 10AM and 4PM.
For questions and additional information, please contact: email@example.com
Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to use art and culture to support equity, human, community and economic development. Ashé is an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts. During the post-hurricane Katrina recovery, Ashé acted as a community-based center for the activities of ReBuild New Orleans and took a leadership role in implementing the strategy to repopulate the Central City neighborhood with its former residents, as well as with new, like-minded neighbors. Ashé houses a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring, and provides sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused, and family-oriented events.
Ashé creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works that emphasize the contributions of artists, writers, performers, actors, dancers, and speakers from New Orleans and around the world. Located on the historic corridor of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., the Center provides opportunities for theater, dance, visual art shows, presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts.