“Day of the Dead is a grass-roots celebration, something that people do because they love it, because they feel moved to do it, because they feel it’s important… and it’s a gift to the community.”
–Starhawk, author, activist, and Day of the Dead participant
CALL TO ARTISTS: Day of the Dead Community Altar
Proposals due Sunday, October 1, 2017
Altar Artist meeting: Wednesday, October 4, 6pm, Garfield Park
The Marigold Project is seeking proposals for large-scale altars to be shown in the one-day outdoor altar exhibit in Garfield Park on Wednesday November 2, 2017. The Marigold Project will award up to $200 to each chosen proposal to cover artist’s time, materials and supplies.
We invite you to be inspired by the tradition of shoe box altars. We will provide one 3’x7′ cardboard box each for 5 lead artists. These altars anchor the sacred space of the park for the community to come together, celebrate and feel the complexities of emotions associated with death. We are encouraging community members to make more personal and individual shoebox altars this year, so please keep that in mind when constructing your large cardboard box.
The Marigold Project invites traditional, contemporary and experimental altar proposals that address grief and loss on a social, spiritual and personal level. We encourage and support altar’s that engage community participation. These altars anchor the sacred space of the park for the community to come together, celebrate and feel the complexities of emotions associated with death.
The Marigold Project is asking that the altar proposals incorporate the following directions, elements and age groups. These elements are universal symbols that connect indigenous cultures and traditions with the present. By placing these symbols within the altars at Garfield Park we invoke the ancestors and create a sacred space. Please indicate which one best suits your project when submitting your proposal.
North- Earth: Elders
East- Air: Children
South- Fire: Young Adult
West- Water: Adult
Center- Ether: Ancestor
These elements are universal symbols that connect indigenous cultures and traditions with the present. Within the altars at Garfield Park we invoke the ancestors and create a sacred space.
To apply, send a proposal with the following information:
- Lead Contact Person: Primary organizer, mailing address, phone number, email
- Names of Artist and/or Organizations
- Bio’s of Applicants
- Concept/Intention of Altar
- Visual Mockup. This should include space requirements in square feet
- Community Engagement: How does the viewer interact with the altar
- Special needs or materials
**Please note that all awarded projects will be required to submit post project expenses and receipts**
Proposal Deadline September 17, 2017 by midnight
Submit Proposals To:
The Marigold Project c/o Carmen Martinez
427 Frederick St
San Francisco, CA 94117