Call for Curators: Black Art Story Month 2022

Mon, Jul 12th, 2021

Storefront Mural by Steven Mosley for Black Artstory Month 2016

DEADLINE: Monday, August 3, 2021.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is seeking a project curator for its upcoming annual Black Artstory Month series in February 2022. The curator will have the opportunity to curate an innovative month-long arts program that combines visual art installations and free community events along and around Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill.

The curator will propose a theme for the month-long series then lead the production of a group exhibition with related public events. The curator will work with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership staff, the Black Artstory Month Advisory Committee (comprised of local community members), artists, and partners to plan and execute the month-long series. Additionally, the curator will work with a graphic designer to create a visual style for the series and manage the creation of related marketing materials and design assets.

The selected curator will be awarded with a $3,000 honorarium, and assist with dividing the program’s budget amongst participating artists and event production. 

Responses to the open call will be evaluated on the proposed theme direction, prior curatorial or related experience, and existing networks within the neighborhood of Brooklyn.  

ABOUT BLACK ARTSTORY MONTH

Begun in 2014, Myrtle Avenue Black Artstory Month is an annual series that elevates and celebrates this neighborhood’s long-standing history as a haven for Black artistry, with past themes including Brooklyn style, healing, notions of home, and remembering. To view previous Black Artstory Month themes and marketing materials, please click here

This cycle’s thematic focus was developed by Daonne Huff, who co-created Black Artstory Month with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership in 2013. 

GENERAL SERIES & CURATOR EXPECTATIONS

  • The curator will help envision and lead the execution and collaboration with partners to create the series’ following mix of projects, which includes but is not limited to:
    • Storefront Artwork Exhibition on Myrtle Avenue
    • Four free public events (primarily hosted within Myrtle Avenue businesses)
    • One 3-D public art installation 
    • Digital or “take home” assets (e.g. coloring sheets, digital playlist, etc.)
  • The proposed theme should focus on using visual art and arts-based events to address anti-Blackness in our community, motivate audiences to seek change by promoting conversation and activism. 
  • The curator will help create a month that is led by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s guiding values, including Collaboration, Community Engagement, and Innovation.
  • The curator and all proposed artists should live or work in Brooklyn, priority consideration will be given to those in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill area.
  • The curator will be responsible for the production and execution of the events and art installations with the Myrtle Avenue BID support.
    • These events should include 4 free events during the month that involve and engage Myrtle Avenue businesses. Some of the events should be tailored to focus on specific audiences, including local elders, kids, or youth (middle & high schoolers).
  • The selected curator will work closely with project partners and help facilitate the month’s collaborative and community engagement spirit, including working with local business owners, the advisory committee, graphic designer, local artists, and series partners, which could include local schools, the Myrtle Avenue Senior Advisory Council, and local supportive housing providers. 
  • Curators may not include their own work in the exhibition.

TO APPLY

E-mail your application to blackartstorymonth@myrtleavenue.org by the submission deadline of August 9, 2021.

Application by email must include:

  1. Name
  2. Website or Social media handles
  3. Resume
  4. Statement of interest, expressing why you’d like to be involved in this project.
  5. Portfolio or demonstrated experience. 
  6. Brief proposal for the general thematic of the month.
    (Note: the theme does not need to be finalized. It simply needs to be a general thematic direction with a single sentence description; e.g. Black Health – I’d like to curate a series that reflects on the intersection of health as it related to the Black community including disparities, access, accomplishments.)

THE SELECTION SCHEDULE

  • August 9, 2021- Submissions due.
  • August 13, 2021- Curators will be notified about the selection process
  • September 6, 2021, the selected curator finalized the proposal.
  • September -December 2021- the selected curator start working on the production. 
  • February 2022 – Black Artstory Month 

ABOUT MYRTLE AVENUE PARTNERSHIP

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership fosters an inclusive vibrant community anchored by Myrtle Avenue. We do this by engaging and supporting our neighbors, cultivating partnerships, building community capacity, identifying needs, and providing services that connect our neighbors to resources and opportunities.

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