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Grantee Spotlight, April 2014: Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company

Federico Restrepo founded Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, a non-profit experimental arts organization, in 1986 to expand the use of puppetry in dance theatre. The company explores the junction of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in New York and throughout the global community by developing and promoting creative productions of dance, theatre, puppets, visual arts, multimedia and other forms. Loco7 provides an artistic home and a professional foundation for a multi-cultural group of performers, designers and theatre artists who collaborate with the company on a project basis.

Restrepo, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, cites his intense love and passion for the history of the Americas and his journeys in New York as a constant source of inspiration for his work as an artist. With Loco7 and support from LaMaMa, he has premiered fourteen original pieces in New York City, with subsequent tours throughout the world. With these works, Restrepo has endeavored to incorporate social issues with music, dance, words and visuals of all types to transcend traditional stage performance, and bring a broader theatrical experience to light.

Since 1986, Loco7's mission has been to develop the use of puppetry as an instrument for the dancer, a style that incorporates dance and design. Utilizing original rhythmic music, live musicians, dancers, body puppets and larger than life marionettes, the company’s objective is to merge these various elements and to weave a choreography that extends beyond the body of the dancer.

Loco7’s new work, “Seucy and Boto: Stories fro the Amazon Jungle” translates an ancient South American myth for children. Restrepo notes that mythology can be tricky to translate for children, because the subject matter can be very brutal, but with “Seucy and Boto,” Loco7 aims to adapt the core messages of the myths instead of the literal narrative. The production features a mix of dancers, actors and puppeteers, many of whom are new to the company, alongside long-time company members, including: Hope Kroog, Kiku Sakai, Quimen Sanchez, Katie Ostrowski, Giacomo Rochini, Jeanne Lauren Smith, Soukeina El Isbihani, Chriz Zaborowski (musician), and Denise Greber, who will co-write and produce.

“Seucy and Boto” will be featured as a part of LaMaMa Kids, a series of creative workshops and performances for the young and the young at heart, on April 19, 2014 at 11:00AM. For information and tickets, please visit lamama.org

BRIC House Fireworks Residency Open Call!

The BRIC House Fireworks Residency is designed to bring together artists of different disciplines who share a vision, and provide them with technical and financial resources to facilitate the collaborative development of creative projects that cross or erase artistic boundaries. Two projects will receive commissions of $15,000 and $30,000, respectively.

DEADLINE: March 24, 2014.

Details at BRICartsmedia.org/fireworks2014.

Floating Library

Dear Artist/Thinker/Poet/Writer,

Do you have a writing project, artist book, unpublished novel, article, manifesto, dissertation, or poem that you would like to share with the world by being included amongst the reading materials on the Floating Library? The Floating Library is interested in featuring unpublished/little known artists' writings and book projects. Although we do not want to limit your creativity, we are specifically interested in content related to social movements, public space, feminism, queer theory, environmental health, creative activism, DIY culture, poetry, guerrilla gardening, holistic health, geography, children literature, pirates, post-colonialism and diaspora (yes, that is quite a wide range!). Please understand that the accepted work will not be returned as it will be donated to school at the end of the project in order for the generosity of the project to continue on. In no way will we make a profit off of your work and your intellectual property rights will be respected. Your participation will be acknowledged and honored on our website and other social media outlets.

Yours Truly,

The Floating Library Crew

For more information and to submit a project, click here.

Project descriptions must be submitted via the above link by May 9th, 2014 12:00AM EST to be considered.

Request for Proposals for Women, Arts & Activism Fund

The Asian Women Giving Circle, a donor advised fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for its Women, Arts & Activism Fund.

Through this RFP, the Asian Women Giving Circle seeks to support Asian American women-led projects that use the tools of culture, the arts and education to raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that impact Asian American communities. As such, the focus of this grantmaking will be on programs and projects that combine the arts with activism, and which highlight and promote women's central role in their leadership, creation, development and management.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, March 7, 2014 at 5pm (Eastern Standard Time).

For the complete RFP and application materials, please visit: Ms. Foundation for Women's website.

2014 Barrier Beautification Open Call

The NYCDOT Art Program invites emerging and established artists and graphic designers to submit proposals for the spring 2014 Barrier Beautification open call to beautify barrier sites in all five boroughs with colorful murals. Over the past few years, DOT and New York Cares have produced 25 temporary murals on barrier sites around the City. Selected artists receive a design honorarium of $2,000 and a materials fee of $500 to cover costs to produce stencils. In addition, the agency, in partnership with NY Cares, provides supplies to paint the murals onto the barriers. All proposals must include the Barrier Beautification application form, 1 conceptual design, 3 images of past work and an artist resume.

For complete submissions guidelines, visit: www.nyc.gov/urbanart.

Postmark deadline: Friday, March 7, 2014.

Spaceworks LIC Launch

Spaceworks Long Island City is home to 4 large studios for dance, theater and music makers. These affordable workspaces are rented exclusively as rehearsal space to develop live performance and are available for $12-16/hour.

Performing artists use a modern booking and access system to reserve rehearsal space online and swipe into the studio during their reservation. Get Your Spaceworks Card today to start rehearsing.

To celebrate the launch of its premiere rehearsal facility, Spaceworks is offering 20% off all rehearsals through May 31, 2014—use code “MAKEART20” to redeem.

Spaceworks is a nonprofit real estate organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City. For more information visit spaceworksnyc.org.

Contact: info@spaceworksnyc.org or (718) 408-8755.

2014 NARS Foundation Emerging Curator Program

Deadline: March 3, 2014

The Emerging Curator Program offers an opportunity for an individual to organize a conceptually cohesive group show at the NARS Foundation Gallery, and aims to create a platform for emerging curators and artists to exchange ideas. The curator is provided with exhibition space and administrative support in order to present innovative ideas and artworks in a unique gallery surrounded by artist studios. No prior curatorial experience required. The exhibition will be scheduled between the months of June and July, 2014.

Applications and Guidelines can be found here
All inquiries, please contact info@narsfoundation.org.

Catch — & — Release, featuring Pier 42 participants Yeju Choi and Chat Travieso

Catch — & — Release is a participatory design installation temporarily set up underneath the FDR at John Street. As part of the Design/Relief initiative launched by AIGA, Catch — & — Release aims to engage individuals within the neighborhood and to inspire the South Street Seaport community(one of the many communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy).

Yeju Choi and Chat Travieso, both Path to Pier 42 participants, took part in the design of this project.

When: Tuesday-Sunday from 11-7PM, January 14 - February 2, 2014

Where: Design/Relief box, under the FDR (near intersection of South Street and John Street)

Learn more here.

2014 Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award

2014 Application Guidelines
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Installation: July, 2014 (subject to change)

Clare Weiss (1966-2010) was the Public Art Curator for New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. During her tenure she curated more than 100 outdoor public art installations throughout the city and organized complex, thought-provoking and visually compelling thematic exhibitions for the Arsenal Gallery. Clare’s passion, humanity, energy, courage, and collaborative zeal were valued by all who knew her.

The Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award is granted annually to one emerging artist who submits the most compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture in a New York City park. The location changes annually and is determined based on the site’s visibility and proximity within a neighborhood underserved by public art.

For full details, click here.

Stuart Hawkins: Everyone Knows What It Looks Like

Zach Feuer Gallery presents Everyone Knows What It Looks Like, an exhibition of new paintings by Workspace participant Stuart Hawkins.

Exhibition dates: January 9 - February 15, 2014
Open reception Thursday, January 9, 6-8PM

Zach Feuer Gallery
548 West 22nd Street
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10-6

New Play Features Installation Design By Abigail DeVille

JACK produces the first professional production of this bold short work by visionary playwright Adrienne Kennedy, directed by Charlotte Brathwaite (Princess Grace Award) in collaboration with Abigail DeVille (resident artist, Studio Museum in Harlem). She Talks to Beethoven is a 30-minute, non-seated installation/performance that integrates found objects, drawing, silhouette and projection to tell the story of Suzanne Alexander, an African-American woman living in 1961 post-independence Ghana. After the sudden and mysterious disappearance of her husband, she seeks solace in the spirit of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, whose letters she has been studying. Actors Natalie Paul and Paul-Robert Pryce play Suzanne and Beethoven, respectively.

Wednesday – Saturday, January 15 – 18, at 8 pm and 8:45 pm
Sunday, January 19, at 8 pm and 8:45 pm
Wednesday – Friday, January 22 – 24, at 8 pm and 8:45 pm
Saturday, January 25, at 6 pm and 6:45 pm
The final performance on Saturday, January 25 is followed at 8 pm by a reading of Kennedy’s subsequent “Alexander plays,” including Ohio State Murders, The Film Club and The Dramatic Circle.

$10 ($7 for preview on Wednesday, January 15).
Available at www.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.

505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238
Between Fulton St. and Atlantic Ave. in Clinton Hill.
C or G train to Clinton-Washington.
Website: www.jackny.org

Emerging Artist Fellowships & Folly Competition - Socrates Sculpture Park

For Artists: Emerging Artist Fellowships
Socrates Sculpture Park's longstanding Emerging Artist Fellowship program, now in its 14th year, offers a residency in the Park's outdoor studio (beginning in May 2014), and inclusion in the annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition (Sept 2014 - March 2015).
To learn more/apply, click here

For Architects: Folly Competition "Folly" is a partnership between Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York. This program looks to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture through the production of an architectural folly. Folly will offer one emerging architect or designer a production grant and a two-month residency at the Park, (March-May 2014) leading to a summer exhibition at Socrates (May-August 2014).
To learn more/apply, click here

The deadline for both programs is JANUARY 7, 2014.

Both residencies include:
- $5,000 commission
- 24/7 Access to studio, materials, equipment
- Technical, marketing and administrative assistance
- Public exhibition
- Printed brochure and E-publication/printed of catalog

The Emerging Poets Fellowship

The Emerging Poets Fellowship is an annual opportunity for poets to receive guidance and instruction from a distinguished and diverse faculty and enter the next stage of their professional and artistic practice.

Funded by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, this fellowship immerses poets in a twelve-week program, which includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House's events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.

The 2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop will be taught by poet and teacher Kristin Prevalett. Distinguished Visiting Faculty includes Cornelius Eady, Alice Notley and Edwin Torres.

The application deadline is December 10, 2013. Further details about the program and the application process can be found on the Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House page on our website.

HAA announces additional info sessions for affordable housing opps

Harlem Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the scheduling of additional information sessions for the affordable housing opportunity within Broadway Housing Communities’ (BHC) SUGAR HILL PROJECT in Community District 9 (CD9). The project is a community revitalization project that integrates affordable housing, early childhood education and the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Artand Storytelling. They are especially interested in ensuring that artists in the community receive information about the project. There are 124 rental apartments affordable to local community members, with a set aside for 25 homeless households. Importantly, 50% of the remaining apartments are reserved for CD9 residents.

Applications are due January 3, 2014 and will be chosen from a lottery.

10:00 am
Chashama Gallery
461 West 126th Street (off Amsterdam Avenue)
RSVP on or before 11/29/13

6:30 pm
The Fortune Society Community Room
630 Riverside Drive (btw W. 140th & W. 141st St.)
RSVP on or before 12/2/13

3:30 pm
Dance Theatre of Harlem 466 West 152nd Street
(betw Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Ave.)
RSVP on or before 12/5/13

10:00 am
SoHarlem Creative Outlet Mink Building
1361 Amsterdam Ave @ W 126th St Suite 340
RSVP on or before 12/6/13

Please RSVP to linda@harlemaa.org.

Water Street Pops! Coming Soon This December! December 1-15, 2013

The City of New York and The Berman Group are sponsoring Water Street Pops! - a series of activities and special events in Water Street's privately owned public spaces (POPS) - to activate and energize the Water Street corridor. For more information, and to view a calendar of events, click here.