4/7/2017 - Call to Artists: "Utility ARTBox Project"

ARTSBERGEN ANNOUNCES A CALL FOR ARTISTS
Artists Wanted for Creative Hackensack’s
“The Utility ARTBox Project”


Submission Deadline: Monday, April 17, 2017
The Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT) of the Main Street Alliance, the Hackensack Cultural Arts Department, and ArtsBergen are seeking five artists and/or artist teams to design and paint murals on five utility
boxes in the city of Hackensack, NJ.

INTRODUCTION
The Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT) is a group of artists, merchants, organizational leaders and public officials working to implement a creative placemaking plan for the City of Hackensack. Creative placemaking is the integration of arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The CAT has identified a number of projects that will move forward the Creative Vision Statement it has drafted with the input of various members and sectors of the community. The Utility ARTBox is one such project.

PROJECT GOALS
-To create public awareness of the negative effects of littering through public art.
-To beautify the community of Hackensack by incorporating public art into ordinary elements of the city, like utility boxes.
-To provide art-based work opportunities for local artists that celebrate their work via public showcases.
-To engage and delight passersby and residents.
-To endorse arts and culture as a powerful tool to transform, connect, and serve the city of Hackensack.

PROJECT LOCATION AND SCOPE OF WORK
Five utility boxes have been selected for this project. See dimensions and locations below. The Utility ARTBox Project is funded in part by a Clean Communities Grant, with a primary focus on litter prevention. Therefore, each box will serve as a canvas for a painted mural that illustrates a clear message of anti-littering / litter prevention / how littering damages a community and how anti-littering behavior betters a place. The incorporation of elements that engage the public is encouraged. A total of 5 artists/artist teams will be selected. Each artist/artist team will be assigned a box to design and paint his/her vision.

ESTIMATED TIMELINE (subject to change)
Applications Due: April 17, 2017
Artist Selections: May 12, 2017
Painting Begins: May 30, 2017
Project Completion: by end of June 2017

TO APPLY
ArtsBergen is collecting submissions of interested applicants. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to apply and either work or live in New Jersey. Artists will be selected by a selection committee based on creativity of design, experience, artistic excellence, and how clearly the theme of litter prevention is communicated.

Applicants should complete an online application form, and upload the following items by MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017 at: http://s216151.gridserver.com/call-to-artists/ or send by mail to: The Northern NJ Community Foundation, 1 Grand Avenue, Suite 3, Englewood, NJ 07631, Attn: ArtsBergen. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Artists will be notified only if his/her design is selected.

1. Complete the Online Application Form at: http://s216151.gridserver.com/call-to-artists/
2. Upload B. Color Rendering of your suggested design.
3. Upload C. Up to 2 jpeg images from your portfolio.
4. Optional: Upload D. Resume/CV or A. Printed Application Form found in this packet.

DESIGN CRITERIA

Artwork must be original.
Designs must illustrate a clear message of anti-littering / litter prevention / how littering damages a community and how anti-littering behavior betters the city.
Designs can be exclusively imagery, representational or abstract, and/or include written messaging.
-The Clean Communities logo must be incorporated into all designs.
-Avoid large blocks of dark color to prevent boxes from overheating.
-NO profanity | NO copyrighted material/characters | NO subliminal or foreground depictions of nudity | NO depictions of vulgar or lewd symbols, acts, or hand gestures from any culture, both ancient and modern.

COMPENSATION:
Each selected artist/artist team will receive recognition, design credit, and $500.00.
*This fee includes the cost of all supplies and attendance at planning meetings.

CONTACT:

Any questions please visit www.nnjcf.org or contact ArtsBergen
http://s216151.gridserver.com/artsbergen/ at artsbergen@nnjcf.org / 201-568-5608.
Click here for more information about Creative Hackensack and the Hackensack
Creative Arts Team: www.facebook.com/CreativeHackensack.
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About ArtsBergen
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern NJ Community Foundation is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts. Click here for more information: http://s216151.gridserver.com/artsbergen/

About Hackensack Main Street Alliance
Established in 2004, the Hackensack Main Alliance is a public private partnership between the business community and the City of Hackensack. The organization’s mission is to address the issues facing the business community with the goal of improving the local economy and the City’s overall business climate. Since its inception, the Upper Main Alliance has provided Main Street with aesthetic improvements, clean and green programs, merchant grants, and marketing and events such as the Hackensack Street Festival. http://uppermain.org/