Call for Young Artists
IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast
Submission deadline: February 23, 2020
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts are inviting young artists between the ages of 12 and 22 years to explore the impact of women in the region through original works of art created for IGNITE: A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Artworks in any medium will be considered for the showcase as long as they celebrate one or more of the women profiled by the history project Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Art selected to be a part of the Ignite showcase will be exhibited or performed at the Whaling Museum on March 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m. The submission deadline is February 23, 2020. IGNITE is supported in part by Mass Humanities, through a grant that was made possible by Mass Cultural Council. Full details and submission guidelines are available at www.historicwomensouthcoast.org.
Artists who are selected for the showcase will be notified by March 2. All pieces included in the showcase will be eligible for a cash award based on their relevance, creativity, and originality. Award winners will be announced after the showcase.
Launched in 2018, Lighting the Way: Historic Women of SouthCoast explores the historical impact of women from the region and is unearthing remarkable stories of women who have shaped their SouthCoast communities. Whaling Museum Director of Education Christina Turner said, “For IGNITE, we’re looking for artworks that highlight the themes, accomplishments, or stories amplified through the Lighting the Way profiles. 2020 is the Centennial of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. So we encourage young artists to focus on this important anniversary, or the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement, or on women who were civically engaged.”
The Whaling Museum is offering an optional free Lighting the Way workshop for young artists on February 17 to help artists learn about interpreting themes when creating works of art. The workshop is offered at two different times during the day: from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required for this Lighting the Way workshop. Register by emailing LTWcoordinator@whalingmuseum.org or register online at www.whalingmuseum.org. Additional workshops for middle and high school students are also being offered during February school vacation as part of the Museum’s Art Week. Workshops are free but advance registration at www.whalingmuseum.org is required.
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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.
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