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Call to Artists: Commissioned Outdoor Sculpture at Concordia Language Village Skogfjorden

CALL TO ARTISTS!

 

Syv Søstre Garden Park Sculpture Skogfjorden, Norwegian Language Village Concordia Language Villages Bemidji, Minn.

Professional artists are invited to submit qualifications for consideration to create a site‐specific sculpture, or artwork, for a newly created “garden park” at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village.

BACKGROUND

Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village, is one of seven culturally authentic program sites on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minn. In the center of the Village is a newly established garden park (2015) that was funded by Gary and Jenette Nelson in honor of their daughter, Ann Nelson, a former Skogfjorden villager (camper) who lost her life on 9/11 in one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The Nelsons intended to create a place that captured Ann’s dream to learn languages and experience the world. The Syv Søstre garden park offers Skogfjorden villagers and staff a place for gathering, for finding purpose and direction, and for experiencing the wind in their sails to carry their dreams forward.

There is a Norwegian saga about the eight daughters of the mountain king Sulitjelma. They, like Ann, were eager to explore the world. Lekamøye, the eldest, was charged by their father to lead and protect them on their journey. They came down from the mountains to the salty sea that Lekamøye couldn’t resist throwing herself into for a swim. Hestmannen, the son of the mighty Vågakallen from the Lofoten islands, spied Lekamøye in the fjord and was immediately enchanted. Eager to win her over, he mounted his horse and rode off to woo her. But Lekamøye was not to be had and fled, eventually having to leave her sisters by the sea as she sped on. But before the sisters could explore more or Hestmannen win Lekamøye’s heart, a drama ensued and they all turned to stone.

Today, the Syv søstre (Seven Sisters) stand tall, linked together, jutting into the ocean from Norway’s coast. People travel from all over the world to walk the Syv søstre’s deep valleys and climb their tall peaks, all to discover the treasures of Norway’s natural wonders of land, sea and vast vistas beyond. The Syv søstre offer exquisite stages for wonder and delight and stand as a magnificent landmark for seafaring travelers on journeys to places beyond.

This Norwegian legend has been the inspiration for the creation of the Syv Søstre lommepark at Skogfjorden. The small park’s seven circles—one for each sister—offer their own small places for wonder and delight, places for looking inwards and looking out, for looking downwards and looking up.

A copper vegviser, a Viking compass used for finding one’s way, is inlaid in the stone floor of the circle at Syv Søstre’s west entrance. On the east side, from the cobbled stone floor, shine the stars of Lille bjørn — the little dipper and homing North Star. Between them, there is a circle for gathering and looking inwards, and another circle with a tree to provide shade for looking out. The park’s three middle circles are linked to form a ship with a raised bough and swirling tail, reminding villagers and staff to take what they discover about themselves and the world with them on their life journey. In the middle of this ship, where a mast might be, is the home for the future sculpture that will be placed to draw one’s eyes up, out and far, far beyond.

BUDGET

A selection panel will commission three short-listed artists to submit a concept design proposal for the sculpture responsive to the scope of the project listed in the Call to Artists. A stipend of $300 will be paid for the concept design and any research or travel associated with the concept design.

The project budget for the Syv Søstre garden park sculpture project is $13,500.
The project budget must cover all costs associated with the completion of the approved artwork, including but not limited to the artist’s fee, travel and mileage, required insurance, materials, fabrication, installation, any graphic design and miscellaneous supplies.

Eligibility requirements

All professional artists who can demonstrate the successful completion of a private or public project of similar size and scope are eligible to apply. Employees of Concordia College and Concordia Language Villages are ineligible. Undergraduate students will not be considered eligible.

Additional qualifications include:

  •   Demonstrated ability to work with a design team to meet the goals for the project;
  •   Ability to attend scheduled design team meetings in Bemidji or by phone; and
  •   Ability to design, fabricate and install a project at the selected location within thebudget granted by the installation deadline of June 1, 2018.

    SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:

    Ross Dybvig
    Assistant to the Group Director rmdybvig@cord.edu
    Subject: Garden Park Sculpture

    SUBMISSION MATERIALS:

o Professional résumé highlighting relevant previous experience.
o Three to five images (JPEG up to 3MB) of previous private and/or public art projects

of commensurate scope.
o Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget and commissioning entity.
o Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project. o Names and contact information of three references.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

 

SELECTION PROCESS

A committee comprised of Concordia Language Villages leadership staff and art professionals will review qualified submissions the week of May 8, 2017 with a decision for launching the design phase by May 15, 2017.

Schedule

A group of three artists will be short-listed and will be requested to provide a site-specific concept design for the Syv Søstre garden park sculpture. A design prospect booklet will be provided, and opportunity to see the site can be arranged by appointment.

Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $300 to cover the costs of producing a 2D rendering or maquette by July 3, 2017. Stipend must cover all costs of the production of the site-specific rendering, research, travel and materials.

Review of site-specific concept proposals by the Selection Committee will take place July 5–26, 2017.

Terms and Conditions

Application for any project advertised by Concordia Language Villages constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of Concordia College. Concordia Language Villages reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice. Submission materials become the property of Concordia Language Villages. For more information about Concordia Language Villages and the Norwegian Language Village, please visit www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org

Questions may be addressed to:

Warren Schulze, Director of Operations Concordia Language Villages wschulze@cord.edu; 218-586-8502

Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grant Deadline May 1

Arts Legacy and Arts Project Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

LegacyLogoThe Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have deadlines of May 1.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab.  The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.  There are also informative step-by-step video’s posted to our website to help you out.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

Calling All Poets, Memoirists, Fiction, Nonfiction & Young Adult Writers

Cirenaica — Your Northwoods Writer’s Paradise Awaits

CALLING ALL POETS, MEMOIRISTS, FICTION, NONFICTION AND YOUNG ADULT WRITERS
YOUR SUMMER PLANS AWAIT
Writers Of All Genres, Skill Levels, & Locations Are Invited To Apply

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is inviting applications along with a writing sample for consideration. Their mission is to support and inspire writers of all levels.

The residencies are located in the small town of Fall Creek, Wisconsin and writers from all over the country are encouraged to apply. Last summer writers traveled from all over the country to attend. This summer they will be offering five, three-day residencies at Cirenaica.

For more information or to apply or visit their website at http://www.cvwritersguild.org/residency/ or email wichippewavalleywriters guild@gmail.com.

 

Rural Arts and Culture Summit Register Today

Register today for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit!
Registration is now open for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Read more and register at www.racsumit.org. The deadline for early bird registration is April 19. We will be coordinating a ride share. Please contact our office ASAP about the scholarship and ride share. You will need to complete a form to receive the scholarship monies. Call us at 218-745-9111 for more information.

The featured plenary session on Wednesday, June 7th, will bring together four cultural leaders to discuss a variety of cultural equity issues in small towns and how the arts can help create more inclusive communities:

Anton Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar from Bemidji, Minnesota

Michael Strand, a potter and activist from Fargo, North Dakota

Meredith Martin Moats, a folklorist and founder of the McElroy House in Dardanelle, Arkansas

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots from Utica, Mississippi

On Thursday, June 8, keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Metcalfe from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, will share the stories and strategies behind her business, Beyond Buckskin, which empowers Native American artists and designers, advancing the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in-depth platform for societal participation. Inspired by historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, authenticity and creativity.

Other highlights of the Summit will include:

“Range,” an exhibit in UMM’s Morrison Gallery curated by Andrew Nordin. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to exhibit until April 1. More information about the exhibit can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/range

“A Steady and Irresistible Wind,” a site-specific, place-based performance installation created by artist Bethany Lacktorin, which will take place during the Summit on and nearby the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. A follow up to Lacktorin’s performance, My Ocean (2016), this piece is an ongoing exploration of diaspora where displacement, transition and growth as it occurs culturally, agriculturally, mentally and socially are expressed in story, music, movement and sound.

Workshops, panel conversations and demonstrations presented by over 30 practitioners throughout the nation.

Registration for the Summit is now open, with special early bird discounts available until April 19. Register here: http://bit.ly/RACSummitReg

Open Call: Request for Qualifications for the Creation of Large-Scale Downtown Murals

This coming spring and summer, the Hennepin Theatre Trust will partner with business and property owners to commission Minnesota-based artists/artist teams to complete new large-scale murals along Hennepin Avenue (between 5th and 10th streets).

This call is open to established and emerging artists, or artist teams, with priority given to artists from communities of color who have a strong connection to Hennepin Avenue and who have demonstrated experience in managing a project of this magnitude.

All Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions will be reviewed by the Trust’s Arts Advisory Panel. Finalists will be chosen by the panel and paid a $250 stipend to create a mockup design — based on the secured site dimensions. All finalists will be asked to participate in a brief, informal interview with the Trust’s Director of Public Art and Placemaking. Two artists/artist teams will be selected.

The Trust’s Director of Public Art and Placemaking will work collaboratively with the two selected artists/artist teams to negotiate contracts, payment, deliverables and timeline — and assist with the negotiation of a final design (subject to approval by participating property owners).

APPLY HERE: https://hennepintheatretrust.submittable.com/submit/78511/mural-request-for-qualifications

Each of the two commissioned artists/artist teams will also receive a $5,000 stipend, as well as overall project management and support, equipment rental, labor assistance, insurance, permits, and materials assistance from the Trust.

Project Timeline and Tasks:
• Now – March 31, 2017: RFQ open call
• April: The Trust’s Arts Advisory Panel reviews RFQs and makes finalists recommendations, finalists interviewed, sites confirmed, artists selected, designs produced and approved and contracts signed
• May: Mural work begins
• June-July: Mural work continues and is completed

Questions? Contact Hannah Novillo Erickson , Artist Coordinator Hennepin Theatre Trust
612.455.9525 | 612.455.9502 fx
Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org
615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 140 | Minneapolis, MN | 55403

Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. The Trust is located in the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org and wedompls.org.