Art Shanty Projects open call

Art Shanty Projects open call
Seeking visual artists, musicians, composers, media artists, architects, poets, scientists, dancer/
choreographers, writers, builders, fisher-people, outdoors-people, naturalists, puppeteers, set
designers, vocalists, spoken word artists, craftspeople, storytellers, actors, playwrights, etc.
interested in participating in the design and construction of ice fishing shanty-like structures with
integrated participatory programming to be a part of the Art Shanty presence on the St Paul
Riverfront during the Northern Spark festival, Sunset to Sunrise, June 4-5, 2011.

Art Shanty Projects (ASP) will commission up to 5 projects to be a part of the Art Shanty
encampment on the St Paul Riverfront. Past Shanty participants are encouraged to apply, can
propose a continuation of previous programming.
• Each project will receive a stipend of $150
• Logistical and set-up help.
• For more info about Art Shanties, explore

Selection Criteria:
Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which
relatively unregulated public space (frozen lakes, vacant lots, backyards) can be used as new
and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of what art can be.

The project provides a unique opportunity for artists to interact with their audience, and vice
versa, in an un-intimidating, non-gallery like environment. ASP is dedicated to expanding who
can be an artist, please address the following criteria in your proposal.

• Strength of idea and how integrated programming engages the audience directly.

• Leave No Trace. We leave only tracks on the lake (or anywhere). The lake (and
Riverfront) is a quiet place, consequently generators are not allowed at any time. Deep
cycle batteries are an option for providing power.

• Feasibility of proposed structure, while the frozen lake is a harsher environment than St
Paul in June, Shanties still need to be sturdy and rainproof. However the lack of extreme
cold opens up the possibilities for lighter weight, more open construction.

Application Materials: Applicants should submit materials through the Northern Sparks website by Friday, March 7th.
Primary contact info.

• A written description of idea; what is the shanty and what interaction/activity will take
place in tandem with it (max 1pg PDF).

• Relevant visual material, drawing of proposed shanty, images of other similar projects
if relevant, or other materials to help the panel understand their proposal. (max 2 pgs

• Brief bio for each participant (if working as a team).

Art Shanty proposals will be juried by the ASP advisory board.


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