Asian American Arts Alliance

Locating the Sacred


September 12-23, 2012 / NYC

FESTIVAL WEB SITE NOW LIVE AT
www.locatingthesacred.org



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APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 20th, 2012


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The Festival | 12-23 September 2012


“Locating the Sacred” is a twelve-day, twenty-event festival coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) that brings together artists and spaces in New York for creative explorations of the “sacred.” The festival showcases the diversity and talent of the Asian American community, which now constitutes more than 1 million people in New York (13 percent of the population) and is the most rapidly growing cultural group in the city. The artists will connect with space hosts—from museums to schools to churches—to create events together. The result of these collaborations will be presented for all New Yorkers to experience. The festival aims to promote artists as agents of change, demonstrating the power of art and culture to unleash imagination, break down barriers, and connect communities together for the greater good. At a time of great turmoil in the world—economic, political, and cultural—the festival provides opportunities to explore what remains sacred in our lives during turbulent times, how we might draw inspiration from each other, and how we can imagine moving forward as a society.

The model of the festival is simple. a4 will produce three pillar events: an opening, a closing, and a panel discussion series. For the other festival events, a4 will act as an umbrella, matching artists with space hosts in an attempt to generate creative collaborations across ethnic, religious, geographic and aesthetic boundaries. These events will benefit from the festivalʼs “stamp”, from underwriting for artist fees of up to $2,000 depending on the scope of the project, and from the exposure from the festival's citywide PR and marketing campaign. The festival becomes the showcase of more than a dozen collaborations across the city, which we hope will continue long after the festival is over.


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GUIDELINES

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Applicant and Project Eligibility


Artists


Applications to the festival are open to all New York-based artists, in all disciplines.

We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds. However, in the case where applicants are not Asian or Asian American, their project should at a minimum reflect an Asian or Asian American experience.


Projects may or may not relate directly to faith.


Projects may include, but are not limited to, concerts, dance performances, debates, film screenings, flash mobs, progressive dinners, public installations, readings, walks  and more.



Space Hosts


Space host applications are open to all venues across the five boroughs, including, but not limited to, businesses, community centers, galleries, houses of worship, museums, performance spaces, public spaces, schools and theaters.


Spaces hosts may or may not be affiliated with the Asian/Asian American community.



The Selection Process

Artists


Phase 1 (March 2012):

Artist applications will be reviewed by a peer panel with consideration to the following three criteria:

  • Artistic Excellence: the originality and vision of the work, and mastery of the discipline
  • Relevancy: how the proposed project fulfills the goals of the festival
  • Feasibility: the extent to which producing the proposed project is realistic

Successfully vetted artist applicants will be placed in a pool of potential candidates to be matched with successfully vetted space hosts.

Phase 2 (April-June 2012):
a4 will attempt to match artists with space hosts from the pool of successfully vetted candidates. We expect all events to be scheduled by early July 2012.


Space Hosts

Space hosts may or may not already have a project in mind when applying. If the space host applicant already has a project in mind, their application will be reviewed using the same criteria as for artist applications (see above). Space host applications that do not have a project in mind will be evaluated by how the space can demonstrate its community value and the feasibility of a festival event in that space.
 


How to Apply

Fill out an online application from the links below between January 3rd, 2012 and February 20th, 2012:


Work Samples: Work samples are a representation of your artistic work for panel review. It is mandatory that artist applicants submit at least one (1), and up to three (3) work sample(s). An applicant may submit URLs or upload files onto their online application, or can mail in work sample(s) (including, but not limited to, CD, DVDs and portfolios) to: 
Locating the Sacred Festival, Asian American Arts Alliance, 20 Jay Street, #740, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Note for visual artists: If you wish to submit a series, submit the series as one single work sample.

If, due to technical reasons, you are not able to apply using the online application, you may download a PDF version of the application (below) and mail it to:
Locating the Sacred Festival, Asian American Arts Alliance, 20 Jay Street, #740, Brooklyn, NY 11201



Once you have submitted your application, online or by mail, you will not be able to make changes, so be sure you have reviewed everything carefully before submitting.


Deadline

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST, on Monday, February 20th, 2012.



Notification

Applicants will be notified at the end of March 2012 in early April 2012 about their eligibility for Phase 2 of the selection process. a4 will be in regular contact with Phase 2 candidates between April and June 2012 until a match is created between artists and space hosts.





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How are artists selected for the "Locating the Sacred" festival?
Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, relevancy, and feasibility.


What kinds of projects will be considered for the festival?
Projects may include, but are not limited to, concerts, dance performances, debates, film screenings, flash mobs, photography exhibitions, progressive dinners, public installations, readings and walks. 


Do I have to be Asian American to apply?
No. We welcome artist applicants of all backgrounds. However, in the case where applicants are not Asian or Asian American, their project should at a minimum reflect an Asian or Asian American experience.


Do I need to be based in New York to apply?
Artists must be based in New York to apply. We also welcome applications from artists outside New York provided that they collaborate with a local artist. 


Will I receive funding from a4 if I am selected to be in the festival?
a4 will attempt to match artists and space hosts who have been selected through
Phase 1 (see "Selection Process" above). Upon successful matchmaking, a4 will provide artist fees of up to $2,000 depending on the scale of the project.


My projected artist fees exceed what a4 is able to provide. Can I still apply?
Yes. a4 will work closely with artists and space hosts by offering advice and suggestions on developing additional sources of income (e.g. ticket sales, grants, Kickstarter campaigns).


What kinds of work samples can I submit?
It is mandatory that artist applicants submit at least one (1), and up to three (3), work sample(s). An applicant may submit URLs or upload files onto their online application, or can mail in work sample(s) (including, but not limited to, CD, DVDs and portfolios) to: Locating the Sacred Festival, Asian American Arts Alliance, 20 Jay Street, #740, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Visual artists who wish to submit a series can submit the series as one single work sample.


The work I am submitting is not enough for a full program. Can I still apply?
Yes, artists are welcome to submit one, or only a few, piece(s) of work to the festival. These applications will be considered for inclusion in a group exhibition/showcase.


How does the "matchmaking" process work?
a4 acts as an intermediary, negotiating with artists and space hosts to create events that are of high artistic standard, are feasible, and fulfill the goals of the festival.


I already have a space in mind. Can I apply?
Yes. Artist applicants with a particular space in mind for their project should fill in the area of their application that requests for venue consideration.


Will events be contracted?
a4 recommends all artists to enter directly into contract with space hosts for their event. As needed, a4 can make sample contracts available for use.


When are selections for the festival announced?
Applicants will be notified at the end of March 2012 about their eligibility for Phase 2 of the selection process.
Selections for the festival will be based on a 2-phase process:

Phase 1: A panel review of applications takes place in early March 2012. Successful artists will be placed in a pool of candidates to be potentially matched with successful space hosts.
Phase 2: From March to June 2012, a4 will attempt to match artists and space hosts from this pool of candidates. We expect all events to be scheduled by early July 2012.



Space Hosts

What is a Space Host?
A Space Host applies to host a festival event. Selected space hosts will receive a roster of potential festival artists and their projects, and work closely with a4 to determine the best match. Space hosts then collaborate with the artists to develop their events, and with a4 for scheduling and publicity.


What kinds of events will be considered for the festival?
Events may include, but are not limited to, concerts, dance performances, debates, film screenings, flash mobs, photography exhibitions, progressive dinners, public installations, readings and walks. 


What type of spaces will be considered for the festival?
a4 encourages applications from spaces all across the city that can demonstrate their community value. Space host applications are open to all venues across the five boroughs, including, but not limited to, businesses, community centers, galleries, houses of worship, museums, performance spaces, public spaces, schools and theaters.


Does my space need to be based in New York City to apply?
Yes. Space hosts must be located within the five boroughs.


What are the benefits of participating in the festival as a space host?
Benefits of participating as space host include:
  • Receiving up to $2,000 from a4 for artist fees towards the event
  • Inclusion in the festival alongside major partners
  • Exposure from the festival's citywide PR and marketing campaign
  • Leverage to raise additional revenue for the event through tickets sales and other avenues

Can I sell tickets for my festival event?
Yes, the space host can decide to sell tickets for the event. a4 encourages space hosts to charge reasonably so as to ensure that their events are accessible. a4 does not take any portion of the ticket sales proceeds.


How does the "matchmaking" process work?
a4 acts as an intermediary, negotiating with artists and space hosts to create events that are of high artistic standard, are feasible, and fulfill the goals of the festival


I already have an event in mind for our space. Would I be able to submit an application to host this event in conjunction with the festival?
Yes.


I already have artist fees allocated for our season. What type of recognition will I receive for hosting?
If your event is selected and you are able to provide artist fees without a4's support, you will gain further recognition as a "'Producing Partner".

Producing Partners receive recognition in the following ways:
  • Full-page event coverage in the festival calendar
  • Logo included in the main credits page of the festival calendar in the "Producing Partners" section and on the home page of the festival website
  • Listed in communications as appropriate; and invited to speak to media/press as appropriate
  • Four (4) tickets to the festival's Opening concert

I don't have a space available, but I'd like to produce an event for the festival. Can I apply?
Yes, applicants who do not have a space but are interested in producing an event for the festival should apply under the "space host" category.


Will events be contracted?
a4 recommends all space hosts to enter directly into contract with artists for their event. As needed, a4 can make sample contracts available for use.


When are selections for the festival announced?
Applicants will be notified at the end of March 2012 about their eligibility for Phase 2 of the selection process.
Selections for the festival will be based on a 2-phase process:

Phase 1: A panel review of applications takes place in early March 2012. Successful artists will be placed in a pool of candidates to be potentially matched with successful space hosts.
Phase 2: From March to June 2012, a4 will attempt to match artists and space hosts from this pool of candidates. We expect all events to be scheduled by early July 2012.





PRESS
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NY1 Interview 


 

 INFORMATION SESSIONS 

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Join us for one of our upcoming "Locating the Sacred" Information Sessions:


Tuesday, January 10th, 6:30PM - Staten Island

        St. George Library
          5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall)
          Staten Island, NY 10301

Directions: 1 train to South Ferry. Take the Staten Island ferry.

Walk or take a bus to the library from the Staten Island terminal.

RSVP at  Staten Island Info Session

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Thursday, January 12th, 6:30PM - Brooklyn

          Asian American Arts Alliance / NYFA
          20 Jay Street, Fl.7
          Brooklyn, NY 11201

Subways: F train to York Street

RSVP at Brooklyn Info Session

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Tuesday, January 17th, 6:30PM - Manhattan

Asian American/ Asian Research Institute (CUNY)

         25 West 43rd Street, Fl.18, Rm. A/B
          New York, NY 10036

Subways: B/D/F/M train to 42nd Street - Bryant Park

RSVP at Manhattan Info Session

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Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30PM - Bronx 

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College

          450 Grand Concourse (at 149th Street)
          Bronx, NY 10451

     Subways: 2/4/5 train to 149th Street - Eugenio María de Hostos Boulevard

RSVP at Bronx Info Session       

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Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30PM - Queens 

Topaz Arts

55-03 39th Avenue

Woodside, NY 11377

RSVP at Queens Info Session





CONTACT
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For further questions, email Elena Chang, Festival Coordinator, at  echang[at]aaartsalliance.org or 212-941-9208 xt 6

Mailing Address
Locating the Sacred
Asian American Arts Alliance
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201



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