!Attention! Artists at Work.

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Open Space is seeking Vashon Island choreographers, dancers, movers and performance artists to submit applications for 1 of 5 slots in this program.

Application DEADLINE:  7/13/2020

Program Performance Timeline:  7/29/2020- 8/23/2020 & 9/14-30

Program description: Each artist or artist group will receive $1000 for the development and performance of an event designed to be performed outside, at a safe distance (6 feet) from the other artists and the public. The number of artists participating in the live performance event will be required to be in compliance with current Washington State and County Health Department regulations. The event will be scheduled at the property just south of Cathy’s Corner on the main highway. (Other locations may be considered as permitted). Performance/events will be presented at least 2-3 times. Scheduling will be done in conjunction with the artist’s schedule and availability of the outdoor location.

Artistic theme for the Distance Dance project:
Beauty; Completely in Your Hands.

Art Goals and Criteria

The goals of the distance dance projects are to provide income for island artists with financial need and create a public testament to the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, the economic and cultural crisis, and the future beyond it. Open Space will video and photograph the project to document the performance events.


Artist Eligibility
Artists must live on Vashon Island and must have financial need, such as the loss of a day job or reduction in hours, loss of traditional opportunities for commissions and/or artistic fees or loss of a job by a partner or spouse within their household. If Open Space and UMO do not receive sufficient applications from artists in financial need, then opportunities will be available to community artists without financial need who would like to participate in the project. These artists will not be paid for their work.

Open Space for Arts & Community is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equal opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, pregnancy, maternity, marriage, civil partnership, citizenship, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by applicable law.

Artists can apply directly through the Open Space website or by emailing applications to info@openspacevashon.com. Artists also may use this email to submit questions or request a phone consultation.


Deadline and Submission Address

All submissions must be received by midnight on July 13, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged. Please apply directly through the Open Space website or email submissions to info@openspacevashon.com. No mailed submissions will be accepted.


Selection Process and Criteria

The selection panel will include members of Open Space, professional artists, and community representatives. Selection criteria include artistic excellence and financial need.


Project Timeline

Submission deadline:  July 13

Panel review: July 13 to July 20

Artist notification: July 20

Distance Dance performances: 7/29/2020- 8/23/2020 & 9/14-30. (Performances will be scheduled in co-ordination with Open Space, the participating artists and the property owner.)


Organizations Overseeing the Distance Dance Project

Open Space for Arts and Community www.openspacevashon.com

UMO Ensemble www.umo.org

Distance Dance performance/event should contain these components:

  • The event should be visible to a moving audience; imagine cars driving by and seeing the event taking place.
  • The event should have a visual component that will catch the spectators’ eye.
  • The event should inspire awe and surprise.

Open Space Artists at Work Team will provide:

  • $1000 stipend to the applying artist, payable upon completion of project.
  • Location for the performance on the property just south of Cathy’s Corner.
  • Outdoor rehearsal space.
  • Marketing and publicity and signage for event.
  • Permitting for location and current safety guidelines.
  • Limited photo and video coverage.

Artist will provide:

  • 20-40 minute performance to be done outside, 2-3 times over the course of 2 months on more than 2 days. (i.e. not all 2-3 showings can be performed on one day.)
  • Marketing materials for publicity purposes.
  • Costumes and props for the performance.