The Forest Preserve District of Will County is seeking artists to participate in its third annual "Arts & Nature on the River" event scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.
The District is looking for 12-20 individuals, or small groups, from a variety of disciplines, who can connect people with nature and the art it inspires. This year’s theme is “Sharing Landscapes.” Artists may use the natural setting of Four Rivers and the surrounding McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove, or any element of nature, as a cue for linking their art form to this year’s theme.
Categories include: exhibits, demonstrations, performances and participatory, or hands-on, activities. Exhibits and activities will be ongoing. Demonstrations and performances should be no more than 15 minutes and will be scheduled multiple times during the event.
Interested artists are invited to forward a brief artist bio, description of their work and a representative photo, video or audio file along with their take on the theme, “Sharing Landscapes,” to FourRivers@fpdwc.org. Questions can be sent to the same email address. The deadline for proposals is January 15, with artist notification by February 1.
Artist proposals will be reviewed and selected by staff to represent as many art forms as possible within the space available and in keeping with the format for the event. There is no fee to submit a proposal. Selected artists will receive a small stipend. No sales or vending will be allowed at the event; however, artists will be able to promote their work to visitors through approved means.
The event is "unplugged," which means no power amplification will be provided or allowed. The event will take place rain or shine.
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