Open Call for Submissions: Mobile Arts Platform

What: Open call for submissions in poetry, spoken word, visual arts, performance, and live music
When: Round one deadline – 5:00 pm September 29th, future rounds TBA
Where: Email submission process
Why: To show your creative pursuits and engage the community
Who: Any visual artist or creative practitioner in any medium

Calling all artists! SOMArts is seeking submissions for a series of exhibitions called the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP).

We are accepting submissions for spoken word and poetry, visual arts, performance and music that exemplifies the San Francisco spirit.  This is for inclusion in a one-day-only multi-media installation to occur at the Potrero Hill Festival.  Select individuals and groups will be invited to take part in the SOMArts Mobile Arts Platform exhibition on October 16, 2010 at the Potrero Hill Festival, located at 20th St. and Arkansas in Potrero Hill neighborhood.  This unique project will feature participating artists through a series of video installations at the event, a visual art gallery, a performance stage for live acts, and small run chapbook for all written work.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. To receive the commission the applicant must live in San Francisco, with preference given to those living in Potrero Hill.
  2. For round one priority is given to residents of Potrero Hill.
  3. A commission of $500 will be given to one artist, writer or performer for the commission of a new work.  The commission is decided by a jury of professional artists consisting of Peter Foucault, Justin Hoover, Lex Leifheit, and Chris Treggiari.

Guidelines for application:

  1. The commission will be awarded to the artist who takes the most risk in his or her work, be that formally, psychologically, emotionally, geographically, or spiritually.  The commission seeks to fund the production of artwork that moves a body of work in a new direction, or significantly further down the  same path.
  2. For visual artists: submit by email, up to five images of your work and an artist statement (500 words and one page max)
  3. For poets or writers: submit by email, two written samples of your creative writing or poetry, no longer than one page or 500 words each, along with an artist statement.  Select submissions will be compiled into a chapbook that will be given away free to the public on the day of the event.
  4. Send your email applications to justin(at)somarts(dot)org no later than 5:00 pm, Wednesday September 29, 2010.
  5. Include in your email, your full name, phone, email, address (with zip code) and website (if applicable).

If you have comments or questions email Justin(at)somarts(dot)org.

About the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)
The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) is comprised of two large-scale, interactive sculptures that are “activated” by a mobile exhibitions program. MAP brings together Peter Foucault’s Fal-Core Van and Chris Treggiari’s Mobile Store and appears in locations throughout the Bay Area. MAP is presented in collaboration with SOMArts and supported by a grant from the Creative Work Fund. MAP programming in 2010-11 will include a series of five “pop-up” exhibitions.

Through this partnership, MAP’s goal is to increase arts participation and deepen community engagement through the arts with innovative intervention at three neighborhoods street fairs & festivals in San Francisco, and two events happening at SOMArts.

MAP creates autonomous exhibition spaces accessible to the public to create strong bonds with the communities; an artistic research lab where a cross-pollination of mediums and genres can occur. MAP events variously include video screenings, visual art, performance art, live music, interactive artworks, and culinary art. In essence, MAP builds a temporary, creative microcosm where community and creativity can intersect and flourish.

For more information please visit

SOMArts exhibitions are supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program, with funding from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the James Irvine Foundation.

About the Potrero Hill Festival and the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Foundation
Coined “the little festival with a big view”, the Potrero Hill festival provides this event for young and old alike to enjoy art, music, food, crafts, collectibles and great activities.  The event begins with a New Orleans Jazz Brunch at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street on October 16, 2010, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and is accompanied by the Potrero Hill Festival, the same day, October 16, 2010, from 11 am – 4 pm at 20th Street,  between Missouri & Wisconsin Streets.  MAP will be located at 20th & Arkansas from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The Potrero Hill Festival will support the programs of the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (NABE). The NABE is an invaluable community resource that provides important programs for the community, including youth and senior nutrition, employment and supplemental education programs and programs for developmentally disabled adults.

For more information please visit the Potrero Festival event website: