Art is a global pursuit. It reaches even the most remote corners of the world and has the capacity to unite cultures in a way that most other media cannot. Through art we can understand each other’s history, present, and the innermost workings of the very soul of those who may have lived a life that is vastly different from our own. This is one of art’s greatest powers – the ability to bring cultures side by side, indeed to mingle thoughts and ideas in order to weave a tapestry that represents the one, small world we have become.
Poznan Art Week invites photographers to enter their work in the A View from the Window competition. Although the organization admits that the theme seems a trivial if not ridiculous idea, in these days of technology when screens are our windows to the world, and with the complication of COVID-19 making the view from our actual windows far more significant, this old theme has taken on new significance. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for entries is June 30.
Goethe Institute invites artist working in all media from Burundi, Cameroon, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Togo to submit their work to The Burden of Memory Project which examines Germany’s colonial history and the impact this has on the present day. The Burden of Memory Fund financially supports the intra-African artistic exchange with funding available in amounts from 5,000 to 20,000€. For more information, visit the website. Deadline for submissions is July 11.
The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia invites artists who are American or Slovene citizens to apply for cultural grands. Each year, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Ljubljana devotes a certain amount of funding towards encouraging and promoting cultural and artistic cooperation, collaboration and exchange between the United States and Slovenia. Funding for cultural grants is decided through a competitive application process, and each proposal is voted on by an Embassy committee. Grant funding of up to $10,000 is available, though typical awards range from $3,000 to $5,000. For more information, visit the website. Deadline is August 12.
Praxis Center is dedicated to helping artists achieve their goals and make their dreams of an artistic career reality. In so doing, we recognize the importance of seeking out the world around us – knowing that our small piece of the planet barely scratches the surface of the bounty of the world. To truly understand ourselves and our place on this planet, it is imperative that we understand the world around us. Join us and journey within yourself and into the world abroad.
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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: Poznan Art Week