smartpower(sm) art project

well, okay, i wasn’t chosen.  i had dreamed of doing a way cool public art project in india, but i’m not what they want, so fine.  here‘s a notice, and here’s the letter i got just now.

Thank you very much for your interest in smARTpower. The Bronx Museum of the Arts received an overwhelming response of well over nine hundred proposals to our initial call, and we were especially gratified by the high quality and geographic diversity of the applicant pool. Unfortunately, though there were many qualified applicants, we had only fifteen spaces to fill. We regret to inform you that your proposal was not selected for the smARTpower program. Provided that the program is re-funded by the U.S. Department of State, we encourage you to apply again in 2013.

Each proposal was screened carefully by the museum staff and experts in the field, including high-level curators, top art administrators, and experienced art educators. We regret that due to the large volume of applicants, we are unable to offer individual feedback on proposals. However, you may consult our website to review the guidelines for eligibility, requirements, and selection if you would like to review the criteria by which the proposals were selected.

Best of luck in your future endeavors,

there is also a recent article saying a little more about the process, including the panelists.

Nearly 1,000 Artists Apply to Serve as smARTpower Cultural Ambassadors

BRONX, NY.- Nearly 1,000 visual artists from nearly all 50 states and United States’ territories are vying to be cultural ambassadors through the smARTpowerSM initiative, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the U.S. Department of State announced today. Through smARTpower, an initiative created by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, 15 American visual artists are slated to travel to 15 countries, including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela. The artists, who will be selected and announced in May, will work with local communities to collaborate on works of art that may address local or global social issues, such as women’s empowerment, education, health, the environment, and civic engagement.

“We are excited by the tremendous response to the smARTpower initiative,” said Bronx Museum of the Arts Director Holly Block. “We had high expectations for the number of proposals we would receive, but the response far exceeded those expectations. This is an exceptional opportunity for U.S. artists to serve as cultural diplomats, strengthening ties with commmunities around the world and using the visual arts to reach across the barriers of language and cultural differences.”

The 15 American artists will be selected at the end of May by a distinguished panel of artists and leaders in the arts community, in consultation with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Department of State. Panelists are:

• Tomie Arai – Visual Artist
• Sandra D. Jackson-DuMont – Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs and Adjunct Curator at the Seattle Art Museum
• Carin Kuoni – Vera List Center Director, Curator and Critic
• Tumelo Mosaka – Curator of Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
• Holly Block – Executive Director at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

its still funny how little i can find on this topic.


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