Springfield Central Cultural District Seeks Pop-up Gallery Proposals

Springfield Central Cultural District Seeks Pop-up Gallery Proposals

The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has issued a call to artists for a unique opportunity in downtown Springfield. The Cultural District is searching for artists to host a solo show in their Art Stop pop-up gallery program and sell their work in one of three locations downtown – New England Public Radio (NEPR), UMass Springfield, and 1550 Main.

The RFP asks for proposals from artists of all mediums to show their work from July to October. Requirements to what the art should look like are fairly laid-back, to best enable creative expression. All art will be available for sale during the display period, with 100% of proceeds going directly back to the creator. A stipend of $200 will also be awarded to the chosen artists.

Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

As director of the Springfield Central Cultural District, Morgan Drewniany doesn’t see the arts in a vacuum. Rather, they’re one of the connecting threads joining the realms of economic development, social justice, and a city’s walkability and livability, which are, of course, among the keys to any community’s future. To that end, the SCCD is raising the profile of the arts in and around downtown Springfield — and that of its myriad artists as well.

Artists invited to display work in 'unconventional' downtown Springfield pop-up galleries

Three artists will soon have the opportunity to display and sell their work in the heart of downtown Springfield.

The Springfield Central Cultural District is looking for artists to host solo shows in pop-up galleries at New England Public Radio, the SilverBrick Lofts and 1550 Main Street. Artists will display their work from March to June, receive all proceeds from any sales and be paid a $200 stipend.

"The idea is to create unconventional gallery spaces sprung out of being asked by the host locations how to activate their community rooms, and we're always looking for ways to increase walkability downtown," Springfield Central Cultural District Director Morgan Drewniany said in a statement.

Proposals are due March 8, and more details can be found here. The proposed installations can include a wide variety of media, and will be selected based on artistic excellence and originality, creative use of the available space and regard for the broad audience who will likely see the work.

The cultural district will also favor installations which are comprehensive or have a unified theme, according to the request for proposals.

The initiative follows the cultural district's "Art Stop" program in October, when painter Joe Tomaselli, mixed media artist Chelsea Revelle and illustrator and cartoonist Justin (Murasaki) Phillips displayed their art for one-day popup galleries at NEPR, SilverBrick and 1550 Main Street.

"The October pilot Art Stop in these locations was a huge success in both ways - people were walking and talking about art in a new and different way in the district, and we hope to continue the momentum by doing it again," Drewniany said in a statement.   

Source: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/artists_wanted_to_display_and.html