VisionLA ’15 extends an open call for environmentally themed art shows, events, installations, and performances across the L.A. basin to show Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, 2015.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Visual Art for Exhibition – Oct 29

Projects & Events WITHOUT Venues – Oct 23

Projects & Events WITH Venues – Nov. 15

WHY APPLY TO THE FESTIVAL?

By having your event or show collected under the Festival umbrella, your work will get wider reach to larger and more diverse audiences. Your creative voice will join with others in the LA arts community in a powerful collective call for climate change awareness and response.
First, read our FAQ about what we’re looking for. Review our guidelines for submitting promo pics and work samples. Then, fill out the short application below, agree to a few simple terms and we’ll be back in touch very soon.

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What kind of work are you looking for?
We’re looking for projects in all disciplines− visual, performing, literary, film & video, music, theater, street art, political art, installations, performance, multimedia…Events & shows in traditional and non-traditional venues, indoor and outdoor, work that engages with the public space or diverse communities, including kids…etc.

We’re also looking for educational and other cultural events that engage with the climate change & sustainability themes – lectures, panels, conferences, etc. It doesn’t have to be an arts event. As long as it’s open to the public.

When does the event/show need to happen?
Somewhere within the range of Festival dates: Nov 30 – Dec 10, 2015.

Where does the event/show need to happen?
In the greater Los Angeles area. Besides LA county (West, Central, East & South LA), the range could include SF Valley, Glendale/Pasadena, Beach communities, Orange County, Inland Empire, Long Beach, etc.

What are the festival themes?
Work that feels, reflects on, or responds to: Climate change and related environmental pressures, sustainability (a huge topic that includes economic and social justice as well as environmental sustainability), human/nature interaction, transformation and change, imagining alternate futures, use of recycled and reclaimed materials, etc. We encourage loose, diverse and creative interpretations of the themes.

 Is there a cost to be part of the Festival?
There is no cost to be a part of the Festival, but each project must be produced on its own steam; we don’t offer production funds.

Do I need to have a venue or can I just submit work?
Most projects need to have a venue; in some cases we may be able to match projects and venues.
—-With one exception:—-
Our team may be curating a visual arts show at a TBD venue downtown. Please submit your photography, painting, sculpture or large-scale installation that depicts or relates to our themes using our online Application.

What kind of promotion will you offer?
We’ll promote Festival events and shows through our media partners and our own marketing, online and social media platforms. Since our Festival will be concurrent with the international climate summit in Paris, we expect extensive media coverage of events by local and even national media. We plan to invite several Festival artists to be video profiled before and during the Festival. Besides appearing on our media platforms, these profiles will be pitched as news stories to local and national media. Profiled artists potentially gain very wide exposure through association with the Festival.

Why do we need to “Allow climate change and/or climate action engagement and educational material to be displayed at your venue, as appropriate?”
So many people are concerned about the climate crisis, but don’t know what to do about it. As artists and activists engaged in the climate movement, we festival organizers were missing the voice of the LA arts community in the question of what to do about climate change, both here in LA and beyond. We envisioned this festival as a consciousness-raising and climate movement-building event, both within the arts community and in the diverse audiences that artists reach with our work. We would love to engage both you and your audiences in learning more about what’s happening with climate change science and the climate justice and sustainability movements. We have partnered with 350 SoCal.org and other environmental justice groups to provide tables of information and/or speakers at your event, as appropriate, offering educational information and inspirational and engaging ideas for what people can do in their own lives, families, homes and communities to get on board the movement for positive sustainable change. It’s not absolutely required that you offer space for a table or time for a speaker, but we strongly encourage it, at those venues and shows where it is appropriate.

Are there sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available?Yes! Please contact us for more information on becoming a sponsor or volunteer.

Why should I apply to the Festival?
You’ll reach bigger and more diverse audiences with your work, including Angelenos as concerned about the climate as you. By joining with the greater L.A. arts community, you’re making your individual vision and voice have farther reach and more powerful impact. Together, Festival artists as cultural visionaries will raise awareness, engage communities and play a pivotal role in driving the Clean Revolution both here in our city and globally.

Please join us and become part of the first-ever, ground-breaking LA Climate Action Arts Festival!

If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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Terms and Conditions

  • Use VisionLA Fest logo on the homepage of the show or event web site.
  • Include VisionLA Fest links and info in newsletter, blog, Twitter and Facebook posts.
  • Allow VisionLA Fest to use your name, the name of your project and your project’s promo photos in Festival PR and marketing.
  • Follow and retweet VisionLA Fest twitter posts to audience when appropriate.
  • Provide the VisionLA Fest website with timely access to images and videos of event.
  • Allow VisionLA Fest to have signage and/or printed programs at event, as applicable
  • Allow climate change and/or climate action engagement and educational material to be displayed at your venue, as appropriate.
  • Provide VisionLA Fest with 5 invitations to event, as applicable.

PROMO PHOTO & WORK SAMPLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

When submitting links, please point us to the files you want us to see ONLY, for example, a dropbox folder with selected images, sound files, or videos;  links to specific samples on youtube,  vimeo,  itunes, etc.; or links to a page on your website that features the specific samples you want us to see. Please don’t point us to a website without instructions for what specifically to look for, that is, a direct link.

1. PROJECTS WITH VENUES: please submit 2-3 promotional photos that best showcase your project for our Festival Program

  • jpg file format
  • min. resolution 5×7 in, 300 DPI
  • each photo labeled Artistfirstname_lastname_title of project.jpg
  • include a description document noting: Project title, Project author/artist, Project date & name of venue (if known), Description of photo content (including any performers shown in the photo)
  • PLEASE INCLUDE PHOTO CREDIT
  • You may also enter press or review links, online CV or other supporting materials you want us to see, up to 5 links
  • Preferred submission: Enter link to a dedicated dropbox, hightail or other online “cloud” folder.
  • If you can’t link us to an online folder, please email your jpgs and description document to: submissions@VisionLAfest.org

2. VISUAL ARTISTS WITHOUT A VENUE. For visual artists who wish to have their work considered for the Festival-curated exhibition or other venues:

  • Submit 4-8 jpg images of painting, photography, sculpture, large-scale installation, or online link(s) to video work
  • that demonstrates engagement with the Festival themes
  • labeled Artistfirstname_lastname _title of work.jpg
  • include a description document with this information listed for each piece: Title of work, materials used, size, sale price.
  • Preferred submission: Enter link to a dedicated dropbox, hightail or other online “cloud” folder.
  • If you can’t link us to an online folder, please email your jpgs and description document to: submissions@VisionLAfest.org
  • Video artists please submit videos clip(s) up to 8 min. – online only, do not email video clips
  • You may also enter press or review links, online CV or other supporting materials you want us to see, up to 5 links
  • Due to the expected large number of submissions for the curated show, we will only be contacting you if you are accepted for exhibition.

3. MUSICIANS APPLYING FOR A FESTIVAL GIG

  • Please submit 2-4 songs or song clips via an online link- dropbox, itunes, podbean, etc.
  • You may also enter press or review links, online CV or other supporting materials you want us to see, up to 5 links.
  • Submit 2-3 clearly labeled promo photos of the artist or band via online link, or email to submissions@VisionLAfest.org
  • IMPORTANT: PLEASE INCLUDE PHOTO CREDITS
  • Please do not email video or sound files.

4. ARTISTS OF OTHER DISCIPLINES WITHOUT A VENUE

  • If you’ve mounted the work before, please submit promo photos per the #1, above.  Please also submit a sample of the work, or other similar work(s) if this is a new piece.
  • Preferred: Enter links online (dropbox, hightail, youtube, vimeo, personal website sample area, etc). You may also enter press or review links, online CV or other supporting materials you want us to see, up to 5 links.
  • If you don’t have samples of your work online, please email jpgs (up to 6) or writing samples (up to 5 pages) to: submissions@VisionLAfest.org
  • Please do not email video or sound files, but provide us a download link.