Call to Artists: Make a Community Altar

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“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 Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

Altar meeting: Wednesday, October 5, 6pm, Garfield Park

The Marigold Project is seeking proposals for large-scale altars (approx. 7×7 feet) to be shown in the one-day outdoor altar exhibit in Garfield Park on Wednesday November 2, 2016. The Marigold Project will award up to $500 to each chosen proposal to cover artist’s time, materials and supplies.

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.

The Directions/Elements

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:

  1. Lead Contact Person: Primary organizer, mailing address, phone number, email
  2. Names of Artist and/or Organizations
  3. Bio’s of Applicants
  4. Concept/Intention of Altar
  5. Visual Mockup. This should include space requirements in square feet
  6. Community Engagement: How does the viewer interact with the altar
  7. Budget
  8. Special needs or materials
**Please note that all awarded projects will be required to submit post project expenses and receipts**

Proposal Deadline September 23, 2016 by midnight

Submit Proposals To:

marigold.project@gmail.com

or

The Marigold Project c/o Carmen Martinez

427 Frederick St

San Francisco, CA 94117