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Art Can Save The World

The world is increasingly complex. By mid-century, the global population is projected to soar to over 9 billion people. Art can be a path forward, a way of bringing together ideas and cultures, of solving some of the most pressing issues facing humanity and nature today. Believe that you as an artist have the power to make a difference. Seek out calls that give you the chance to make a mark, change the world, create something lasting.

Sanitation is a deadly issue in many parts of the world. Each year, 827,000 people die preventable deaths from poor water, sanitation and hygiene and the resulting diseases. Volume Zero Magazine is launching a competition to rethink public toilets. The Little Big Loo is open to students and architects from all walks. The deadline is coming up so consider this a flash call. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place entries. For more information, visit the website. Deadline is July 24.

Women in Animation (WIA) invites all 2020 female undergraduate and graduate students who were denied the opportunity to showcase their final work due to COVID19 to submit to a special online program celebrating these projects and their creators. These films will be added to a selection of films that can be privately viewed by recruiters, hiring managers, agents and studio executives in animation from across the entertainment industry and will be considered for the Class of 2020 Best Films presented by WIA. For more information, visit the website. Deadline is coming up on July 24.

NGBK in Germany invites artists to submit their work for the German Public Art open call titled As Above So Below. This call focuses on the network of railway systems running beneath the surface as well as above-ground lines of connection in Berlin. This call is open to all individual and group artists based in Germany. For full details, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is July 27.

Praxis Center believes in the power of artists to change the world. We help our students learn to facilitate the business side of their artistic careers so that more energy can be devoted to their practice and creating work that instigates change. Whether reflecting on the state and fate of the natural world or rethinking how humanity can best co-exist on an increasingly crowded planet, we are here to make sure that your artistic voice finds its way to the wider world.

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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.


Photo credit: The Little Big Loo/Volume Zero Magazine


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  1. To: Brainard Carey
    From: Steve Chapman
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Have noticed some of your ads on Facebook. Although I’m not actually a working artist. I am someone who has started, built, and run a number of businesses over the last 40 years. After 12 years in the advertising agency business as an account executive my first business was naturally an agency. About 10 years ago I wrote a book on how to start a business. I was teaching an 8 week workshop course to some folks who had never worked. The goal was to help them move off welfare and into business ownership. Trying to explain the parts of a business and how they worked together was confusing for them so I created a visual model to explain the concept. We call it the BizCube. We find it very effect in helping people who have never owned a business “see” what one looks like. Designing a visual reference for what is typically a conversation allows people to “see” what the parts are and how the parts make up the whole. I was wondering if you might be interested in incorporating these ideas into you programming? Please let me know if you’d like to pursue this conversation further. If you correspond with your email address I can send you a brief overview.


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