July 2019
A Creative Economy Success!

On January 10, 2017, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the Creative Economy Pilot Project, a grant program to support arts and culture projects that stimulate economic development and activity, as well as social impact. Following the city’s grant panel process, 57 projects were funded totaling nearly $500,000.

One of the grants resulted in Vincent Damyanovich’s Living Colors: An Interactive Art Experience, an interactive moving mural of colored lights that change patterns with human interaction. It was designed as a way to promote inclusivity and well-being by bringing people together through positive participation. After three successful exhibits at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Arts Gallery, the George Sim Community Center, and the North Natomas Public Library, SMUD purchased the installation from Damyanovich.

On May 23rd 2019, the permanent installation of Living Colors: An Interactive Art Experience in the SMUD customer service lobby was celebrated. Included in the event were keynote speakers David Tamayo, SMUD Board President, and Dennis Mangers, Arts & Culture Strategic Advisor to Mayor Steinberg. A special performance commemorated the evening with Sara Ivy Logan on vocals, Alex Severson on keyboard, and Anastasia Sullivan on violin. The full performance is available to view at https://youtu.be/I00v2zjCzMA .
North Natomas Library Tech Art

The City of Sacramento, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, a division of the City of Sacramento Convention and Cultural Services Department, invites artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a technology-focused interior wall hanging or freestanding artwork in the North Natomas Library, a branch of the Sacramento Public Library, located at 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835. The selected artist / artist team will design, fabricate, and install the technology-focused artwork along the entrance lobby wall(s) of the North Natomas Library. Submissions for this opportunity will stay on file as part of Sacramento's pre-qualified artist database for tech-focused artwork.
Project Budget: $110,000
RFQ Deadline: July 1, 2019
Applications must be submitted through Submittable: https://sacmetroarts.submittable.com
Questions should be directed to Donald Gensler: dgensler@cityofsacramento.org or 916-808-8493.   
Any Given Child: Teaching Artist Residencies

If you are a Media Arts or Dance teaching artist residing in Sacramento County with experience teaching in classroom settings, we invite you to apply for the Any Given Child teaching artist roster. This roster, which is reviewed annually, is used to fulfill Theme-Based residencies in K-12 classrooms.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.
River Crossing: I Want to Communicate With You

Does someone you know deserve a public tribute?

RIVER CROSSING: I WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU is the opportunity to nominate someone to be commemorated by having the public dock in Sacramento or West Sacramento named after them.

Residencies, Artist Calls & Opportunities

Elsewhere 2020 Residencies (Greensboro, NC)
Deadline: July 8, 2019
Elsewhere is now accepting applications for 2020 residencies from creatives working across media, fields, and disciplines. 35 residents are selected to collectively live and work within Elsewhere to create projects that activate the Living Museum.

SFPUC'S New Southeast Community Facility (San Francisco, CA)
Deadline: July 8, 2019
The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the US to submit qualifications for the SFPUC's new Southeast Community Facility Plaza Sculpture Project.

LA County Department of Arts and Culture Request for Qualifications (Los Angeles, CA)
Deadline: July 11, 2019
The County of Los Angeles is building four of the County's first residential mental health and wellbeing campuses to address a continuum of the needs for the population experiencing homelessness. This RFQ will establish a roster of Artists for all Restorative Care Villages for both purchases of existing artworks and site-specific commissioned artwork.

Residency 108 (Germantown, NY)
Deadline: July 15, 2019
Residency 108 invites emerging and established artists, writers, and thinkers of all disciplines to immerse themselves in their creative practice. This residency is particularly welcoming to those who work with nature, ecology, and the installation of temporary outdoor land art works.

Franklin County Arts Council Request for Qualifications (Frankfort, KY)
Deadline: July 15, 2019
The Franklin County Arts Council is seeking qualified muralists or teams to create outdoor murals for three walls in Frankfort, KY.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Artist in Residence Program (San Jose, CA)
Deadline: July 22, 2019
The SJMQT offers an exciting Artist in Residence program for artists who show a strong emphasis in textiles. Artists will have the opportunity to engage with museum visitors while gaining exposure to new audiences. The Maker Space Studio is a semi-private artist in residence workspace and incubator for creativity and dialogue between artist(s) and the community.

Santa Ana Veterans Village (Santa Ana, CA)
Deadline: August 1, 2019
An opportunity is open for artists to promote a work for permanent display at the Santa Ana Veterans Village, a Permanent Supportive Housing development designed to provide critical shelter and services to homeless veterans navigating the transition off the streets.

Museum of the African Diaspora Call for Emerging Artists (San Francisco, CA)
Deadline: August 5, 2019
Through the Emerging Artists Program (EAP), MoAD is committed to providing local artists the opportunities to generate and exhibit work reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora. The EAP is a call for artists to submit a solo exhibition proposal of their work.

For more calls, residencies, and listings, please check our website , which will be updated regularly with more opportunities.
Articles of Interest

Museum Workers Share Their Salaries and Urge Industry-Wide Reform
“'As the spreadsheet reveals, more and more institutions are relying on contingent labor — whether fixed-term project positions or fellowships,' explains one of Fisher’s collaborators who asked to remain anonymous because their museum position is non-permanent. 'While the people in these roles are given equivalent responsibilities to those in permanent positions, they generally receive a lower salary, and their positions are by definition precarious.'"

Report: Arts a Vehicle for Teaching Social-Emotional Skills
" The report describes how arts experiences can help students further develop core competencies of SEL including self-management and self-discipline, interpersonal and relationship skills, and self-expression. The report also discusses the need for further research into how arts educators can ensure that the experience of students engaging with the arts are positive, as some engagement with artistic expression can sometimes leave students with negative emotions, feeling as if they are not talented or creative..."