Arlington Human Rights Commission (AHRC, Arlington, MA) seeks an artist (or collaborating artists) to create new work or adapt existing work for light pole banners for Black History Month, February 2021. Six designs are needed to make 12 new banners which will be hung along Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington for the month of February.
Designs will also be posted on the AHRC website and the website of the Arlington Commission for the Arts (our project partner) along with bio/information about the artist and link to their website. The project will be promoted to local and regional press and both organizations’ social media. Our goal is to commission a Black artist to share their perspective on the historical and/or ongoing struggle for equity, inclusion and racial justice. Only Massachusetts residents are eligible. Selection will be made by a subcommittee of the Arlington Human Rights Commision.
COMMISSION FEE: $1,200
DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: January 2, 2021 midnight (see details below) ARTIST NOTIFICATION: January 4, 2021.
DESIGNS DUE: January 18, 2021 as print-ready digital files (dimensions and specs to be provided). We regret that the timeline is tight and apologize that submission and delivery deadlines cannot be extended.
THEME: Figures Fighting For Social Justice. This theme is open to artistic interpretation; you may use historical figures, contemporary figures, imagined figures or abstractions.
DESIGN MEDIA: Open to all media (digital or hand illustration, painting, collage, photography etc). The format of the banners and installation in public space will make simpler, bolder, eye-catching images most effective.