2020 Florida Biennial Open Call to Artists by July 10

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood announces an Open Call for their 2020 Florida Biennial (November 7 to February 20). Visual artists residing in the state of Florida may submit art for the exhibition juried by Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art. Only one entry per artist. Entry fee is $40. Three pieces of art may be submitted per entry for General Exhibition and two may be submitted for Artists Select where you may be selected for a solo exhibition.

Awards include:

  • Artists Select: Two artists will be selected for solo exhibitions in the Middle and Interactive Galleries during the 2020 Florida Biennial. Each artist will receive a $500 honorarium
  • General Exhibition: $40 honorarium for all exhibiting artists in the Biennial exhibition
  • All Participating Artists: $150 Friend-Level membership with free admission to more than 1,000 cultural institutions given to all exhibiting artists in the Biennial

Thanks to Kathy Futch for providing this information Learn more.

Charlotte Arts Gallery re-opening July 4th weekend: Call to artists

The Charlotte Arts Gallery is opening July 4th weekend!  If you’d like to be one of the 15 artists whose work will be on display, contact Leigha at 813-360-5500. There will be no fee to participate but you must be a current member of Charlotte Arts. This show will run through August. The gallery, located in the Port Charlotte Town Center (1441 Tamiami Trail), will be open Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Plein air painting and art classes will be held near the gallery.

COVID-19 Diversions

This 10-day free online event will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions. “We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival,” Cannes Film Festival executives said in a statement. The festival will feature programming curated by the Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and more. All viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The mission of the wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Punta Gorda is to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and to educate the public. A 2021 calendar will be created — featuring donated photographs — to help educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the center. You can donate up to three photographs of wildlife native to Florida by August 31 for consideration. Learn more.
With so many of our cultural partners temporarily closed, let us bring the humanities directly to you! Tapping into the immense talent and knowledge of our Speakers Directory, Florida Humanities is excited to announce its new weekly Florida Talks: At Home series! Tune in with your computer or smart device as we connect you with some of our state’s preeminent historians, authors, storytellers, and scholars.
Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Thursday, May 14, Noon
Best-selling author, Michael Tougias, discusses the little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, sparking an international crisis that brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down.

Oh, Florida! Wednesday, May 20, 6 p.m.
To some, it’s a paradise. To others, it’s a punchline. It’s actually both, as you’ll learn from veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Craig Pittman. Pittman’s book, Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, embraces those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state in the union.

Documentaries funded fully or in part by Florida Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities are available for viewing on the Florida Humanities website.
The challenge: re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. Thousands of re-creations later, we’re in awe of your creative powers and sense of humor. The challenge was inspired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and a brilliant Instagram account called Between Art and Quarantine, but adapted by the Getty Museum with the invitation to use digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. The only tools you need for this activity are your imagination and a picture of a work of art you like or find interesting. Browse any online Getty Museum collection or other free great online collections, including LACMA, The Met, Cleveland, Indianapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walters, the National Gallery, or do your own online search.
New York Times has compiled locations where verse is happening on Facebook, Zoom, in people’s notebooks, and in our earbuds. Some highlights are a sound artist who is making an audio collage of haikus about the pandemic, weekly book release readings from Copper Canyon Press, and the option to book a live video call with a poet through the Poetry Society of New York.
The husband and wife team of Rachel and Brendan transformed a back bedroom closet into a makeshift theater. Following the philosophy that theater only requires actors, the text and an audience, these professional actors get back to the basics with the help of A-lister playwright pals, writers with projects in development, and students of all ages submitting material for them to read for LIVE audiences via Facebook for free on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m. (The link is to a Facebook site.)
Florida Rep has launched a free weekly series, every Friday at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The live series is limited to 100 participants per session, but they’ll post a recorded version of all sessions the following week.
Browse this site to find diverse cultural life from around the world.
For example, digital stages have been opening their archives and broadcasting legendary past performances featuring star actors, boundary-pushing directors and incredible sets and costumes. These online streaming theater, dance and opera shows ensure you have best view in the house, and it’s often for free.
Virtually visit museums and art galleries
The Google Art Project partnered with more than 1,200 cultural institutions from around the world to archive and document priceless pieces of art and to provide virtual tours of museums using Google Street View technology. (After following link, scroll to about the middle of the options to find the museums and galleries.)
Listen to music online
As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans. NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free, often with digital tip jars and opportunities to directly support artists by buying music and merchandise.

Charlotte Players 2020 John W. Lund Performing Arts Theater Scholarship

The scholarship deadline has been changed from March 27 to April 15.

The Charlotte Players are very pleased to offer the John W. Lund Arts/Theatre Scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to continue studies in the theatre. The following are the requirements for consideration:

  • Submit a completed application.
  • A personal statement of plans and aspirations.
  • Your resume.
  • One letter of recommendation which may include: an art, drama, chorale or thespian instructor, teacher, principal or advisor.
  • A formal copy of your transcript.
  • Appropriate attire at the Interview
  • Complete and audition/interview with the selection committee to include one of the following:
  • Acting: Two contrasting monologues not to exceed a total of seven minutes.
    • Music: (Education, Musical Theatre or Performance) One monologue and a song not to exceed 5 minutes. You may perform a cappella or bring recorded background music on a CD with NO vocal tracks on it. CD player will be provided.
    • Dance: A dance performance not to exceed 5 minutes.
    • Technical: A portfolio presentation not to exceed 5 minutes.

Items 1 thru 5 must be received by 3:00 PM on April 15 (extended from Friday, March 27, 2020).

Please return your application to our post office box or you may deliver it to our office located at 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte, FL. Call ahead to confirm hours but office hours are expected to be 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. You will be contacted for an audition and interview appointment. We applaud your decision to pursue a career in performing arts/theatre and look forward to meeting with you.

Learn more.


The Geneagram: Call for stories and photos

It’s time again to write your genealogy stories for The Geneagram. We are lucky to have so many great writers in our group.
What’s your favorite story about your ancestors? Did your grandfather or grandmother have an occupation that’s no longer practiced? How did they manage to care for their families and their farms or homes and their chiildrens’ education? Where did they travel, and what method of travel did they use? If you have a story idea, contact me and we can talk about how to take it from an idea to an article, ready to publish.
The deadline for your stories and photos is Wednesday February 26 for the March issue of Geneagram.  Send to julia.mcintyre@gmail.com
We welcome articles on any subject related to genealogy, including family stories, research ideas, and stories of your travels in search of ancestors. We must have permission to reprint anything that has previously been published in print or on the internet.
Photos are great additions to any story. Sometimes a photo is a story by itself, with an appropriate caption.
I’ll look forward to reading your story!
Julia McIntyre
Editor, The Geneagram

Poetry contest based on National Art Exhibit at Visual Arts Center

Call for POETRY Submissions

Create a poem inspired by one of the pieces of art on display in the National Art Exhibit on Display February 7-March 25, 2020 at Visual Arts Center.

Deadline for submission: February 26

On-line submissions only

Evening of Poetry & Art: March 4, 2020 7-9pm

Complimentary wine and light appetizers will be served.

All are welcome to come to see this lovely exhibit and to enjoy the poetry reading inspired by this artwork.

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Southern Prize accepting applications until Dec. 3

Nine artists, $80,000 in prizes, and an exhibition of the winners.

The Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South.

South Arts is committed to practices and funding that create greater cultural equity, represent the diversity of our region, are inclusive of diverse voices and artistic expression, and are accessible to everyone. The group of nine State Fellows will be selected by a national jury, and a second national jury will select the Southern Prize Winner and Finalist. Jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. Nine artists will receive a total of $80,000 and be featured in a touring exhibition opening in May 2020.

Eligible disciplines: Crafts, Drawing, Experimental, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Multidisciplinary

Eligible states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Application deadline: December 3, 2019
Questions?  Please contact southernprize@southarts.org
or call 404.874.7244 x23