A unique opportunity has opened up for artists who would like their work to be the setting for this summer's public theater program in downtown Albuquerque and become part of the City of Albuquerque's permanent collection.
The City's Public Art Program in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, produced by the Vortex Theatre, is sponsoring "Take the Stage," a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza. This installation will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza's summer repertory of plays.
Other sponsors include the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and the Albuquerque Convention Center's management, SMG.
Artists are invited to submit preliminary concept proposals for a temporary public art installation as an integral part of the summer 2017 season production. The installation will function as both an artistic element of the set for the performance series as well as an interactive object located on Civic Plaza during non-performance times. The winning design will be built and administered in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, the Department of Cultural Services, SMG and other public and private partners.
Photographic documentation of the final construction as well as the artist's renderings will become part of the City's permanent collection in order to meet the permanent artwork acquisition requirements of the 1% for Art program. The structure itself will be fabricated by the event producers for the temporary display and use during June and July 2017.
The full prospectus can be found at [link]. The deadline for submission of proposal is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by 4pm in either email - email@example.com - or hard copy format:
Cultural Services Department
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Questions about the project may be directed to (505) 768-3388 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The fusion of outdoor performance space and interactive installation is a nationally-unique concept that furthers the public mission of Vortex Theatre to connect and engage audiences. The Shakespearian plays being performed for the 2017 season are "Macbeth" and Comedy of Errors."
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Those with a passion for sharing the unique history and culture of local communities and those looking for a flexible volunteer schedule will want to take advantage of Casa San Ysidro's docent training later this month.
Inside the adobe walls at Casa San Ysidro are furnishings, tools and art used when New Mexicans lived on a remote frontier. It is now considered one of the world's most comprehensive collections of New Mexican art and furnishings.
People will love volunteering at Casa San Ysidro because:
Helping at Casa is meaningful: Each month, volunteers help more than 400 APS students explore how ordinary New Mexicans accomplish extraordinary things.
It's also flexible: Casa docents support public tours and large public events throughout the year according to their schedule.
Casa is an enriching environment: regular docent-exclusive enrichment activities are offered with invited speakers and tours to important New Mexican places.
Docent Training (all three sessions required)
Monday, Jan. 23
2000 Mountain NW
Friday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan.30
The Old Church
966 Old Church Road in Corrales
Contact Emily Stovel, site manager of Casa San Ysidro, at 897-8828 or email@example.com to register.