Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The 9/11 Arts Project

That crucial ten year anniversary is just around the corner. Here in D.C., we will remember the Pentagon tragedy and the souls who perished in the crash. What better way to commemorate those who were lost...and those who rose from the dust to help out...than to contribute one's artistic talents?


Michael Platt's “The Journey”
The 9/11 Arts Project wants to engage in a year-long collaboration with every willing creative business, organization and individual in the area.  See the info from their press release below: 


Call for Art and Events! 
Want to contribute to the Project but unsure of the location or timing? Submit your art, ideas, and event/exhibition proposals to our Art Bank to connect and collaborate with local curators and venues. It's free and just an email!  Submissions due by July 15th.
 
Graham Boyle’s “Charm & Grace”

Project Partner FAQs

What type of events and programs are fitting?

We welcome Project Partners to contribute arts-related events and programs in the following categories and more: dance, music, theatre, performance art, fashion, spoken word, family and multi-cultural, creative workshops, lecture/panel, film, visual arts, literature and poetry. The project is not a political forum, but rather an opportunity to engage the greater Washington community on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and to catalyze a year of healing through the arts.  We welcome a diversity of voices and expressions.  Project programs may address issues relating to social justice, multiculturalism, national security, religious tolerance, art activism, war, individual healing, trauma, the culture of fear, grief, and community engagement, just to name a few.  

What type of event or program is unacceptable?

While we welcome all arts projects and understand that in order to heal it often means exploring difficult terrain, programs or events that espouse violence, assault any particular group, or are perceived as hateful prejudice will not be accepted. Hence,The 9/11 Arts Project reserves the right to exclude any event or program deemed not in keeping with the project’s healing mission.  If you have concerns on whether your event is in keeping with the Project's mission please email, info@911artsproject.com

Why should I participate?

Bettmann Dances
Photo by Lamonte Gwynn
The 9/11 Arts Project provides an excellent opportunity for artists, performers, social activist groups, non-profits, community centers, and interfaith leaders to cross-promote and market programs, to connect with the greater DC community, and to engage in a yearlong city collaboration. Groups and individuals partnered with The 9/11 Arts Project will be highlighted in a promotional print poster campaign widely circulated prior to the anniversary, listed in a major DC publication ad, and be featured on their own project website throughout the year.  See the full Project Partner Benefits

Is there a Project Partner participation fee? 


Yes. $59.

How do I join as a Project Partner?

  1. By clicking on the “Join as a Project Partner” button (right) you will initially be directed to the project’s Terms & Conditions Policy. Upon your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions Policy you will be directed to Paypal where you will be prompted to pay the $59 participation fee.
  2. Once your participation fee has been processed, you will receive an email with your Project Partner login ID, password and instructions on how to enter the project website and on how to upload your event details to your Project Partner profile page.  Please Note: Payment processing may take up to 3 business days. And any programs or events that espouse violence, assault any particular group, or are perceived as hateful prejudice will be promptly pulled from the project and a full refund of the participation fee will be given within 30 days.  If you have concerns on whether your event is in keeping with the Project's mission please email, info@911artsproject.com
  3. For one full year you will have access to your account and will be able to login and make edits to your event listing as needed.  If you have questions on how to upload or need assistance troubleshooting the site please email, info@911artsproject.com. For more details on how to post your events on the site: Project Partner Website Instructions.
*Please Note: Only Project Partners who have uploaded their events/programs by August 1stth. will be listed on the promotional posters and in a major DC publication ad set to print the week prior to September 11

May I contribute more than one event?


Yes, and the flat participation fee will cover all events.
Phyllis Plattner's “Saints and Martyrs”

May I submit an event to take place after September 11th?

Yes, but the majority of project promotion and marketing will take place around the anniversary of 9/11, including a poster campaign, online and print ads, and a postcard mailing. However, the project website and social media channels will be promoting events and programs for a full year—9/11/11 to 9/11/12. We hope to have public programs on or around the 11th of each month throughout the year as a way of focusing activities.

I want to be a part of the project, but I am not sure what I can contribute yet. Can I still join as a Project Partner?

Yes, you can still join as a Project Partner and feature your group on the site and leave details "TBD." As your program/event develops over the year (9/2011 - 9/2012) you may upload the event dates and venue.  If you need assistance in finding an available venue, we are happy to offer some possible suggestions, please email info@911artsproject.com. Also, we are currently hosting a call for art in order to connect interested artists with curators and venues--please submit your ideas to our Art Bank by July 15th.

Does my event/program have to take place in DC?

No, The 9/11 Arts Project is meant to expand beyond the District’s edges and welcomes all residents of the greater Washington area, VA, and MD.
Brian Counihan's “Friday”

Can an individual artist or musician sign up as a Project Partner?

Yes, as long as he/she has secured an event venue and is prepared to manage the event’s logistics and cover related costs.  If you need assistance in finding an available venue, we are happy to offer some possible suggestions, please email info@911artsproject.com.

What is the submission deadline for inclusion in print materials?


Program and event submissions uploaded by August 1st will be listed on the promotional posters and in a major DC publication ad set to print the week prior to September 11th. There is no deadline for inclusion on the website.

Must all events/programs be free?

No, but we strongly encourage you to keep the events as open as possible and eliminating a fee will facilitate greater access to everyone. If you do decide to sell tickets or charge an entry fee you will be responsible for managing sales through your organization.

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