Call To Artists: Gathering The Embers 2014

Curators Amanda and Natalia Vigil are soliciting applications from emerging and established artists interested in producing work for Gathering the Embers: The Spirit of Home on October 24, 2014, 7–9:30pm at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th) in San Francisco.

Now in its fourth year, Gathering the Embers brings the spirit of Día de los Muertos to the stage and is part of SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition and accompanying public programming. Gathering the Embers is an opportunity for artists to openly pay tribute to love, life, loss and resiliency.

In connection with this year’s Day of the Dead exhibition theme, artists are encouraged to create tribute pieces centering around “The Spirit of Home”, be it by honoring an individual, by exploring the meaning of home or the spirit of place, or by evoking the complexities of the loss of culture and people being felt in the Bay Area now, and the cycles of life and death.

Amanda and Natalia grew up in San Francisco as part of a vibrant Chicano arts community and learned after their father’s passing that mourning crosses many boundaries. It is with this understanding that they are honored to curate this intentionally multi-racial/cultural event. For them, Gathering the Embers is a family project, a way to engage their San Francisco community, and to celebrate their Mexican hertitage.

Young people, people of color, and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Literary artists, dancers, choreographers, media artists, filmmakers, vocalists, spoken word artists, storytellers, musicians, are encouraged to apply. Individual or ensemble performances will be considered. If you don’t have a fully-evolved idea, please fill out the application best you can.

Artist participation requires:
– Performance Photo and Biography with application (300dpi jpg or pdf)
– An individual artist meeting with curators
– Mandatory dress rehearsal on Thursday, October, 23 2014
– Gathering the Embers show, Friday, October 24 2014

Click here to submit an application no later than Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Pictured: Christopher Davis, photo by Jess Young