CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: FIGMENT Baltimore September 21, 2019 at Carroll Park
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting art project submissions for FIGMENT Baltimore 2019! FIGMENT Baltimore is a one-day participatory arts event held at Carroll Park, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event accepts submissions from artists of all ages and experience.
You can bring any art/performances anytime during the day of FIGMENT but registering helps us if you are bringing something larger. Plus we can post info about your art on our website and help you promote it on social media.
How to Submit Your Project
Submit your project using the FIGMENT Artist Submission Portal by September 14, 2019.
Got a question that isn't answered on this page? Contact our curatorial team at [email protected].
We recommend submitting well before the deadline to receive more detailed attention from the Curatorial Team, especially for artists new to FIGMENT.
Additionally, should you choose to take the project on the road to one of our other cities, you may reuse the project and apply it to other cities. If you wish to clone a project from a previous year, please contact [email protected]
Please submit your art project for FIGMENT Baltimore by September 14, 2019!
After you submit, you will be assigned a curator, who will be your official contact and through the FIGMENT evaluation process, and then your guide supporting you through the event itself to ensure bringing your project to FIGMENT Baltimore goes as smoothly as possible.
If you have any questions, e-mail our curatorial team at [email protected].
9 Things Artists Should Know about FIGMENT
FIGMENT is not your typical art event. Here are nine key things to keep in mind before submitting for FIGMENT Baltimore.
- Everyone is welcome. Artists and participants of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT.
- All art is participatory. All of the art at FIGMENT is participatory. We look for art that encourages people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment.
- No sales, logos, or advertising. The art at FIGMENT is a gift from the artist to the FIGMENT community. Nothing is for sale at FIGMENT. At FIGMENT, interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. There is no advertising, nothing is for sale, and no one asks for donations.
- We’re outdoors in a public park. FIGMENT takes place outdoors in a public area, so your project should be designed to withstand the weather and the public.
- We leave no trace. Your project can not leave any trace or mark in the park, and artists must be prepared to completely remove and clean up after their project.
- We’re all volunteer. FIGMENT Baltimore is an all-volunteer organization. Our staff gives their time as a gift to artists and participants. Additionally, artists need to supply all of the labor they need to install, supervise, and uninstall their project.
- FIGMENT Baltimore is a completely free event. There is no charge for artists or participants to be a part of the event.
- We have no artists grants. Sorry, we do not have a budget for project grants.
- We're in other cities, too! There are FIGMENT events happening around the globe, and we encourage artists to bring their projects to multiple cities! Find out where else FIGMENT is happening this year.
CURATORIAL CONSIDERATIONS: HOW WE EVALUATE PROJECT SUBMISSIONS
The FIGMENT Baltimore Curatorial Team is primarily concerned with the suitability of your project for FIGMENT and Carroll Park, as opposed to artist experience, education or previous exhibitions of the piece. Artists of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT as long as the project is interactive, upholds our principles, and does not violate park rules. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when preparing a project for FIGMENT.
Is it interactive?
Interactive or Participatory art blurs the lines between the artist, the art, and people engaging with the art. We look for art that encourages people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Theater, dance, music, performance art, games, creative costuming, workshops and activities are all common genres found at FIGMENT. Three dimensional sculptural installations are also common at FIGMENT, as the participant’s experience of the piece alters as he or she moves around it.
We generally do not accept “wall art” such as finished paintings or photography and do not have space to display such works. Artists working in those genres are encouraged to find a way to engage FIGMENT participants in creating such works, displaying such works inside a larger sculptural installation, collaborating with a performance art event, or creating some other participatory experience that involves such works.
Does it uphold the FIGMENT Principles?
In addition to being interactive, art at FIGMENT must be consistent with our eleven principles. FIGMENT has eleven principles that shape our event, giving our events a unique flavor and experience found in few places elsewhere in the world. They also guide the curators in selecting art appropriate for the event. Upholding the principles presents challenges to FIGMENT artists, staff, and volunteers that many other art events do not have to address.
Is it durable and designed for the environment?
FIGMENT Baltimore is a rain-or-shine event held outdoors in a public park.
Projects brought to FIGMENT must be able to withstand rain and wind. It’s okay to disassemble or cover your project in the event of rain, but you need to be prepared for rain. If your project falls apart in the wind or rain, it is your responsibility to clean it up. Projects must be durable and ready to have hundreds of people interacting with it. Projects must also be designed with security in mind—valuable equipment or materials are left unattended at the artist’s own risk.
Does it pose a threat to LNT?
We take our principle of Leave No Trace seriously. Your project can not leave any trace or mark in the park, and artists must be prepared to clean up after their project.
Artist history & experience
As we stated earlier, artists of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT. We consider artist history and experience largely for placement and promotional purposes only.