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Celebrity Series of Boston’s Public Performance Art Initiative was established in 2013 as part of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration. From its inception, the goal of each public art project has been to broaden awareness of the organization’s activities by taking the artistic experience outside of traditional concert venues to public spaces throughout Boston. The initiative conceives of the entire city as a canvas for participatory arts activities to promote the Celebrity Series’ mission and brand.
Budget: $130,000 (Celebrity Series will cover insurance and permitting; all other expenses to be covered by artist)
Eligibility: Artists and artist groups working in live performance genres
Deadline: June 22, 2018 5:00 p.m. (The Celebrity Series of Boston seeks conceptual proposals ONLY at this time)
Celebrity Series of Boston Mission and Vision
Mission: To present performing artists who inspire and enrich the community.
Vision: The Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. The Celebrity Series envisions a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, life-long, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.
Further information can be found at: www.celebrityseries.org. This is the general website for the Celebrity Series. Applicants are encouraged to browse the entire website.
Public Performing Arts Initiative Goals
Public Performance Arts Projects should consider the following goals and characteristics:
Finalist Proposal Development
A $500 proposal development fee will be provided to the finalist artists or artist teams to develop the conceptual proposal to the next level. The development of the final proposal will be taken up only by the winning artist or artist team once under contract with the full help and collaboration of Celebrity Series staff.
Selection Process / Selection Committee
The selection of artists and projects will be based on the quality of the artist or artist team’s past work, the originality of the concept itself, and the proven ability of the participants to work on a large public scale. Concept proposals will be reviewed by Celebrity Series staff in conjunction with public art experts familiar with contemporary trends in public, participatory art projects. Three to four finalists will be selected in early July. If selected as a finalist, please note in-person interviews in Boston will be scheduled between July 24 and 26, 2018. Details, including travel stipend and guidelines will be provided later. The winning artist or artist team will be selected in early August, 2018.
At the earliest, the selected project is scheduled to take place during the late summer or early fall of 2019. The exact dates will be determined in part by the nature of the project in consultation with Celebrity Series staff. The quality of the presentation is of paramount importance and later dates may be possible to ensure the integrity of the project.
What to Submit
The proposal should include the following:
Insurance, marketing and PR are important for the success of any Public Performing Art Project. As noted earlier, Celebrity Series has the internal capacity to cover most standard expenses in these categories.
How to Submit
Concept proposals should be submitted digitally in pdf format by 5:00pm, Friday, June 22, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUESTIONS? Contact Ricardo Barreto, Public Art Project Coordinator, at email@example.com. For general questions about the Celebrity Series please contact Riley Carbonneau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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