The North Oconee River Arts Celebration is a community-wide call for submissions of original projects that share knowledge, appreciation, experience, or attitudes towards the North Oconee River.
What is the purpose of this project?
The North Oconee River Project invites the Athens community to submit proposals of artworks that celebrate the inherent rights of nature for inclusion in a site-specific event along the river and associated publication. Artworks should be inspired by nature and humanity’s role within it, with special consideration given to works that demonstrate a knowledge, appreciation, experience, or attitude toward the North Oconee River. We invite submissions from any medium and practice inclusive of music, performance, poetry, visual art, prose and others.
What are the goals for the artwork?
To create and strengthen meaningful connections with the North Oconee River
To discover and establish connections between artists and their local natural ecosystems
To function as a stage for scientific and artistic collaboration
To explore the use of local or native materials
To address the expansion of the inherent rights of ecosystems to thrive
To elaborate on the potential of local ecosystems to form mutually beneficial communal behaviors
To challenge the Human/Nature binary
Who is eligible to submit?
Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal. We especially encourage submissions from the broader Athens community.
Limited funding is available in certain circumstances, such as to purchase materials. If you would like to receive funding to bring your project into fruition, please explain your request and include a budget in your proposal.
Is there a required medium or format for submission?
Entries can fall under any discipline, can be presented in any format, and can use any medium. This includes but is not limited to all forms of material and digital art, performances of any kind, musical compositions, dance choreography, theatrical scripts, and fiction or non-fiction literature or films.
In addition, entries may be interdisciplinary in nature and may include information or materials from multiple disciplines and mediums. Entries both from individuals and collaborative teams of two or more people are welcome.
What is the selection process?
Submissions will be reviewed by members of the North Oconee River Project.
All artwork will be judged upon its relevancy and impact. Important considerations are highlighting ideas that are valued by the community. In addition, artwork should convey the complexity of the rights of nature with emotional, inspirational, or intellectual impact.
How and where will my project be showcased?
This event will take place along the North Oconee River, from Dudley Park to North Avenue at the North Oconee River Park. Performances will take place along the riverbed, and more stationary artworks will be exhibited in the park.
Visitors will be paddle down the river and experience the performance and visual art. This total immersion in a celebration of the community’s relationship with this watershed is intended to inspire feelings of stewardship toward the river. Artworks such as poems and essays will be printed in a special review to commemorate the event and the Project’s mission.
When is the submission deadline?
All proposals must be submitted online by March 31. There is no fee for submission. Proposals for funding will be considered on a rolling basis, so the earlier the submission the better.
The date of this event is TBD.
How can I learn more about the North Oconee River Project?
For questions about space for site specific works and performances, or other questions about submissions, contact Berea Antaki at email@example.com or the North Oconee River Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.