“Embodied Place: Ovservations and Notations” OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Sierra Nevada College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

“Embodied Place: Observations and Notations”

Juried exhibition January 16 – February 27, 2015


Garage Door Gallery: Holman Arts & Media Center

1008 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village, NV 89451


Open Call for Submissions

Deadline:      Monday, December 15, 2014 5PM PST

Contact Sarah Lillegard, Gallery Coordinator


This fall Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe announced the launching of a new low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. In honor of the program’s initiation, SNC will be hosting a group exhibition in the Garage Door Gallery juried by one of the program’s lead Visiting Faculty, Amy Franceschini of Futurefarmers, and the MFA-IA Program Director, Russell Dudley.


Open Call

We are inviting artists to submit works that play with the program’s commitment to creative problem solving and interdisciplinary practice through careful observation and the articulation of “Embodied Place”. By this, we mean to seek the work of emerging artists who are particularly interested in creating spaces of opportunity, both inside communities and within an individual’s understanding of the world. We want to see the evidence of your explorations of subject, place, environment, location and context. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, performance, intervention and installation.


For Application Details, please click HERE.

CAA Advisor Keri Smith has a new book!


A conceptual artist and author is luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it

At 42, Keri Smith still writes to a pen pal. She deeply appreciates secret passageways. And she sometimes rolls dice to determine which way she walks down the street. That won’t surprise her readers who have followed instructions from her bestselling books like Wreck This Journal — a tome that asks “users” to cover the pages in dirty fingerprints, smells and drawings made by strangers.

What they might not know is that Smith, a rosy-cheeked Canadian now ensconced in Northampton, Mass., is secretly trying to spark a political movement with her whimsy. “What I’m doing is trying to get kids to pay attention, to look at the physical world more, and to question everything,” she says, leaning across a bowl of yellow heirloom tomatoes on her kitchen table. “I am trying to get kids out of the house and away from screens. Someone is needed in this culture to speak up and say this behavior is dysfunctional.”

Keri Smith is on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Artistic Activism. Read more of her article on Time about her work and her newest book The Imaginary World of _________ HERE! 

SCA Participant: Artivism and the “Aha” Moment

Think back to the exact moment when you decided to become an activist.


Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Was it…


Because someone sent you a petition?
Or because a friend forwarded you an advocacy alert?
Or, I know: was it because you read a really great white paper?


Chances are, none of these inspired you to become an activist. So why do advocacy organizations persist in using these approaches?


The answer is: they are safe and tested. They generate the kinds of measurable returns that professionals love to see. And they are not likely to end in a spectacular failure.

We recently brought the School for Creative Activism to healthcare professionals through Open Society Foundations. One participant, Sacha Evans, describes her experiences including the “Ah Ha” moment of Artistic Activism and why it’s important to diversify approaches. Continue reading her blog post HERE. 

Call for Applications School for Creative Activism: Advocacy Campaigns to Challenge High Medicines Prices

We’re pleased to announce a call for applications to a School for Creative Activism training session taking place this December, in Spain.

“Despite advances in medical science, affordable safe and effective medicines remain inaccessible to billions of people worldwide.” (Open Society Foundation)

We’re inviting grantees of the Open Society Public Health Program and their allies working on access to medicines to apply to participate in a 4-day School for Creative Activism (SCA) to be held in Barcelona, Spain on 15-18 December 2014.

You can download the application form here: SCA Call for Applications – Medicines Prices – Barcelona

Please note: this workshop is only open to grantees of the Open Society Public Health Program. Don’t worry, we’ll be doing more workshops in the coming months, so if this doesn’t apply to you this time stay tuned for future programs.


The Ark: Faith Leaders at Climate Change

AUBRUN ARKCAA had the privilege of working with faith leaders, activists, and community organizers last spring for a collaboration through the Auburn Seminary. 

This fall, they turned their dreams into ideas and their ideas into action at NYC’s Climate March on September 21, 2014, building their very own Ark to sail down the streets of New York City.

The Ark was built through collaboration between Auburn and GreenFaith, along with friends at Catholics United, Sojourners, the World Council of Churches, Judson Memorial Church and Middle Collegiate Church.

Isaac Luria, Vice President of Auburn Action at the Auburn Seminary, described the inspiration for the float sharing,

“The ark appeared in a collective dream with other faith-rooted activists and organizers about how our wisdom traditions could speak to this urgent moment with radical creativity and dramatic flair”

We love the idea of the Ark! Read more about their inspiration and motivations for the project in their article, “Why We are Building an Arc.”  Great creative activism in action!



Open Engagement 2015: Call for Submissions

A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art.
A Blade of Grass is pleased to announce


Open Engagement 2015
From April 1719, 2015, Open Engagement will coalesce in Pittsburgh. Established in 2007 by artist Jen Delos Reyes, Open Engagement is an international conference and platform that explores various perspectives on art and social practice and aims to expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making.
In 2014 OE established a partnership with A Blade of Grass, based upon our aligned missions to nurture the practice. The 2015 conference will also be presented in collaboration with 
Carnegie Mellon UniversityCarnegie Museum of ArtThe Sprout Fund, and the Office of Public Art

Call for Submissions

You are invited to contribute to Open Engagement by submitting your proposals for projects, performances, tours, interventions, presentations, or panel ideas within one of the conference’s submission categories. These include proposals related to the theme of Place and Revolution, Open Platform 10-minute presentations, and Continuing OE workshops and skill building sessions.Click here to learn more.

Place and Revolution

What is the role of artists in defining place and creating change in the world? Open Engagement 2015 features keynote presenters Rick Lowe and Emily Jacir and focuses on the theme of Place and Revolution. Click here to learn more about OE 2015 in Pittsburgh.

A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art.
We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue.


Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

Our good friends and supporters at Blade of Grass are calling for applications for fellowships. Here’s the skinny:

Online application form opens: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Application Deadline: Monday, November 24, 2014

The ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art is an active, year-long funding relationship for socially engaged artists and artist collectives working nationwide. Eight fellows will be selected in 2015 to receive project support of $20,000 with strategic support, assessment tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources. Click here to learn about our eligibility requirements, review selection criteria and access the online application!

Commitment to Local Artists
Beginning this year, ABOG will earmark four of the available eight fellowships for artists living in New York City. We recognize that there is a growing and vibrant community of socially engaged artists in our own backyard and we have a particular investment in strengthening our local artists and neighborhoods. The remaining four fellowships will be open to all applicants, regardless of geographic location.

How We Decide
This is a two-step application process. A panel of readers made up of an artist, a community organizer or participant in a community-based art project, a curator or arts administrator, an educator or scholar, and an ABOG representative will review initial letters of interest and recommend up to 50 semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be invited to submit a full application with an extended narrative, budget, and a timeline for realizing each stage of their project.

Application: http://www.abladeofgrass.org/application/guidelines/

Sporatorium—THIS SUNDAY

Makers and re-makers, thinkers and rethinkers, composers and decomposers: It’s time to wrestle with climate change. This September, world leaders are coming to NYC for an unprecedented one-day summit on climate change at the UN. We know this is a crucial moment. Across the city, country and world, people are making plans to gather in NYC to stage an historic event: the world’s largest climate march and mobilization. Lean more at peoplesclimatemarch.org

In May, more than 60 artists, curators, cultural producers, technologists, performers, and activists came together to start dreaming of how we can make this gathering surprising, beautiful, impactful and transformative.

This Sunday we are hosting the second monthly SPORATORIUM*!

  • to learn what’s getting planned
  • to meet other creatives working at the intersection of art, activism, and the environment
  • to find folks to plug in to your project
  • to plug in to projects that need your help
  • to dream and scheme with other climate concerned creatives from NYC and beyond.

Sunday, June 22nd @ 7:30PM
Judson Memorial Church- 239 Thompson St.
(around the corner from the main sanctuary)

  • delicious snacks provided
  • RSVP for childcare


* And what’s a SPORATORIUM, you ask??:

This is a slightly goofy new word , for a serious new thing, because:

a) In Greece, the Sporeio is a public space for germinating seeds

b) S.P.O.R.E can stand for Special Projects Organizing and Research Exchange, (the word “art” is confusing and loaded, so instead why not say “special projects” instead?)

c) Spores are the reproductive units of fungal mycelium, an underground network of networks that anchors the soil and mingles with all matters of plants- sharing space and swapping nutrients.