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What Artists Need To Know About The Illuminate Stapleton Project (Updated Information)


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of announcing in one of my posts that there is an event taking place in Stapleton as the result of a grant which was awarded this year to the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership (HTPCP) by NYC in order to unify Stapleton. A meeting concerning this was held on March 25th and guidelines were distributed regarding the submission process for artists to participate.

All art and art installations will be featured at the Illuminate Stapleton Neighborhood Art & Light Festival October 9-11th, 2015. HTPCP is curating a series of light based art installations throughout the neighborhood and has officially put out an open call for artists to submit RFP’s (Requests for Funding Proposals to create a video/photo/animation project OR a light based sculpture to exhibit during the festival. If awarded funding, applicants will receive the funds with a contract to complete/provide works by a specific date in September in preparation for the event. So far, the funds which are available for this will be distributed as follows:

Two $1,000 awards for statues/installations and five $400 awards for video projections . A word about themes and concepts: all must be suitable for all ages, or “rated PG”. They can include video footage, photographs, any form of animation, or any media type that can be projected onto a screen/wall . Projectors will be available for those awarded projects during the festival, however if your submission includes audio, the artist is responsible for providing speakers to connect to the projector.

It is recommended that artists find a location within Stapleton that will allow the presentation of their work, either indoors or outdoors. By providing a Letter of Intent from a business/property owner that gives permission to project video a the site on weekend of the event, an artist’s project has a better likelihood of being accepted for participation at the festival. HTPCP will be working closely with Stapleton area businesses and partnering artists with them as well. If an artist cannot find a business on their own, they are encouraged to seek the help of HTPCP.

Please note, HTPCP recognizes that there are many artists of different disciplines which do not necessarily incorporate videography into their work. That is why they are also accommodating these artists to exhibit in spaces available within the community and local businesses. By filling out the application, including jpegs of your work, your bio and artist statement, it will help HTPCP consider partnering people correctly. There is a Voting Panel comprised of representatives from Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership, Staten Island Arts, local business and building owners, as well as local residents. Panelists will be provided with all applications to review before the official panel vote. Decisions will be made by the HTPCP Annual Meeting in June. Individuals must be a Staten Island resident, age 18 and up and Staten Island based organizations must have a two year track record of producing or exhibiting work on Staten Island. FOR PROFIT Organizations and other Organizations with Budgets over $100,000 for the past three years are not eligible.

Go to HistoricTappenPark.com for a PDF version of the application and guidelines. All applications are to be submitted to info@historictappenpark.com by MAY 1ST, 11:59 P.M.

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