CALL FOR IDEAS: Visualizing The Star-Spangled Banner

The American Visionary Art Museum is making a call to all artists, historians, and the general public to submit their visual interpretations of the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner for possible inclusion in the design of its upcoming “A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk” project. The overall design and theme of the giant public sidewalk art project will be decided by the project managers and lead project artist. AVAM encourages its members, neighbors, and the public to help us generate some visually rich, creative ideas on how to best illustrate our National Anthem, especially concepts that might lend themselves to 3-D interpretation (see lyrics below).

 LYRICS:

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS: Please type a description–400 words or less, or create a sketch (pdf, jpg, or 8.5”x11” paper), and email to abby@avam.org or mail to American Visionary Art Museum, Attn: Sidewalk Ideas, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013. Submissions will be presented to project leaders to be used for inspiration and possible inclusion in the overall design. AVAM makes no guarantees that individual submissions will be accepted or included, and there are no prizes or awards given in exchange for submissions. Sketches and descriptions cannot be returned. This is not a call for submissions to the Museum, the AVAM collection, or possible future exhibitions.

 

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Catherine Borg, Baltimore, MD
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Amanda Burnham, Baltimore, MD
Dustin Carlson, Baltimore, MD
Lynn Cazabon, Baltimore, MD
Cindy Cheng, Baltimore, MD
Mina Cheon, Baltimore, MD
Wesley Clark, Hyattsville, MD
Sarada Conaway, Baltimore, MD
Ricardo Contreras, Baltimore, MD
Larry Cook, Landover Hills, MD
Hoesy Corona, Baltimore, MD
Caitlin Cunningham, Baltimore, MD
Frank Day, Washington, DC
Erika Diehl, Baltimore, MD
Lisa Dillin, Baltimore, MD
Amy Finkelstein, Takoma Park, MD
FORCE Upsetting Rape Culture, Baltimore, MD
(Rebecca Nagle & Hannah Brancato)
Zoe Friedman, Baltimore, MD
Lorenzo Gattorna & Mary Ancel, Baltimore, MD
Marian Glebes, Baltimore, MD
Clarissa Gregory, Baltimore, MD
Joshua Haycraft, Washington, DC
Jeff Hensley, Ellicott City, MD
Hedieh Ilchi, Rockville, MD
Brian Kain, Emmitsburg, MD
Jordan Kasey, Baltimore, MD
Dean Kessmann, Washington, DC
Sung Hwa Kim, Baltimore, MD
David Knopp, Baltimore, MD
Nate Larson, Baltimore, MD
Jonathan Latiano, Baltimore, MD
Kimberly Llerena, Baltimore, MD
Curtis Miller, Baltimore, MD
A. Moon, Baltimore, MD
Jeffrey Moser, Lancaster, PA
Charles Norton, Baltimore, MD
Louie Palu, Washington, DC
Mark Parascandola, Washington, DC
Ruth Pettus, Baltimore, MD
Benjamin Piwowar, Baltimore, MD
Tatjana Plitt, Odenton, MD
Steve Prince, Silver Spring, MD
Adam Rush, Baltimore, MD
Miguel Sabogal, Baltimore, MD
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Where do you find public art? Do you see it every day, in murals in your neighborhood or an art installation on your campus? Have you traveled to visit destinations like Mount Rushmore or Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park?

There is a new tool to help you find public art— the Public Art Archive™, a data-rich, online catalogue of public art throughout the U.S. and Canada put together by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). WESTAF is a regional arts service organization dedicated to the creative development and preservation of the arts, with an emphasis on technology. While the organization primarily serves the 13 states that make up its membership, WESTAF impacts the entire country through their new technology tools designed for the creative industries.

Launched in 2009, the archive is a free resource that allows a broad range of users to explore public art in their communities. Their extensive, standardized data includes items such as images of the public artwork at different stages of the project, documents with artists’ statements, audio of artist interviews, and video of the piece’s installation. The archive also boasts a mobile site that grants visitors easy access to the database, including a geo-location feature to immediately find artworks near you. With 100 collections catalogued to date, WESTAF continues to accept content submissions to the archive.

DIE HARD
Wednesday, February 6th, 9pm at the Charles Theater
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Gunky’s Basement, the MD Film Fest series curated and hosted by Dan Deacon + Jimmy Joe Roche, continues with a rare 35mm screening of DIE HARD!

**Advance tickets now on sale at Red Emma’s and Atomic Books!**

Directed by John McTiernan (Predator, Last Action Hero), and starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, this is the landmark action-thriller that spawned a franchise–and a thousand imitations. Come see it, big and loud, on the largest screen at The Charles!

As always with Gunky’s Basement, it’s a 35mm print for just $5!

THE SOURCE FAMILY
Tuesday, February 19th, 7:30pm at MICA Brown Center
. Director in Attendance!
Maryland Film Festival is proud to announce the Baltimore return of MFF 2012 crowd-favorite documentary THE SOURCE FAMILY (formerly known as The Source), with co-director Jodi Wille and Source family member Explosion Aquarian presenting! One of the essential documentaries about the counter-cultural experience of the 1960s and ’70s, this special festival screening of The Source (co-directed by Wille and Maria Demopoulos) will take place as part of our popular Spotlight Series.
The MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series showcases the best of independent film and unites filmmakers with audiences. Each Spotlight Series film features a conversation between WYPR 88.1FM’s Tom Hall and the filmmaker, followed by a Q & A with the audience. Past titles in the series include BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, and THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE.
Tickets are $7 for this screening, or FREE to current Friends of the Festival members!

Civil Society Institute Fellowship Available:  One fellowship for a minority artist with demonstrable financial need from New Haven, Jersey City, or Baltimore.  The $25 application fee is waived for eligible CSI applicants.  This award also includes a $500 travel stipend.

This award and 40 others are available at our February 15th deadline, including 16 open merit-based fellowships, 2 awards for outstanding American poets with financial need, relief awards for artists affected by Hurricane Sandy, and more. Learn about all of our current fellowship opportunities at www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.

Applications are due by February 15th, 2013. This year, we have partnered with SlideRoom to bring you an improved online application process. To get started, visit  www.vermontstudiocenter.org/apply, or vsc.slideroom.com.

If you have any questions, contact David Grozinsky, Admissions Coordinator, at david@vermontstudiocenter.org or 802-635-2727.