It is no secret that we live in divisive times. While it can be argued that all times have been divisive in their way, the present moment feels at times as though society may come apart at the very seams. Social media has a way of condensing a lot into a very small space and here in the U.S. and around the world, divisive messaging from the highest office sets neighbor against neighbor. Artists must answer the clarion call to use their skills to draw attention to the difficulties of our time and to seek out ways to bring together our global society. At the same time, here are some opportunities that give special focus to those populations who have been marginalized and whose voices are often silenced by the current political majority.
Wasl | Al Mawred Al Thaqafy seeks to support artistic creativity. This most recent opportunity focuses on a particular concept. In their own words:
“In keeping with its dedication to supporting independent cultural organizations against the backdrop of political, social, economic and cultural challenges that hamper the ability of organizations, initiatives and individuals engaged in culture and the arts in the Arab region to achieve their aims, Culture Resource has launched Wasl program. The new program is inspired by the desire to create new spaces for addressing the commonly shared difficulties that obstruct the development of such organizations, initiatives and individuals while remaining sensitive for their particular contextual properties and open to new individual or multilateral experiences.”
For complete information, and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is October 22.
AfrikaBurn is part of the international Burning Man Regional Network. Presently they seek submissions from across the globe to participate in their spring, 2019 programming. Those chosen may be eligible for some assistance. Those living and working on the African continent receive dramatically reduced rates for participation. This is an opportunity for artists to collaborate in a meaningful way through an established artistic/community organization on the African continent. For more details and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is October 28.
Praxis Center is an all inclusive community. Regardless of the sociopolitical atmosphere, every artist has something to say and deserves equal rights to the means to say it. We strive for a network of artists who support each other no matter what and who understand that the world is only as good as the diversity found within. Join our community today and find a support system to lift you up and help you find your voice over the din of chaos that is today’s social and political landscape. Make art, make a statement.
Photo credit: AfrikaBurn