Call to Artists: Make a Shoebox Altar

“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

UPDATE: Altar Artist meeting: Wednesday, October 17, 6pm, Garfield Park

We invite you to be inspired by the tradition of shoe box altars. We are seeking community members or organizations interested in creating large box altars to anchor the sacred space of the park for the community to come together, celebrate and feel the complexities of emotions associated with death.

 We will provide one 3’x7′ cardboard box each for community member or organization interested in creating a large box altar. This year we are encouraging all community members to make more personal and individual shoebox altars this so please keep that in mind when constructing your large cardboard box.

The Marigold Project invites traditional, contemporary and experimental altars that address grief and loss on a social, spiritual and personal level. We encourage and support altar’s that engage community participation. 

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 17, 2017 by midnight

Submit Proposals To:

marigold.project@gmail.com

or

The Marigold Project c/o Carmen Martinez

427 Frederick St

San Francisco, CA 94117