Call for Applicants Now Open for “The Windows of Downtown Ensley”
The Ensley Merchant Association and REV Birmingham have announced plans to enhance 19th Street Ensley through an interactive arts program called “The Windows of Downtown Ensley”. Scheduled to launch in May 2014, the program will showcase original artwork from Birmingham and surrounding area creatives in vacant and participating merchant windows each month. The initiative is being facilitated by Kuumba Community Art, an Ensley-based art program with special focus on youth arts education.
“The local merchant association and residents wanted to see a program where the vacant windows of this historic district were filled,” said Kuumba Community Art founder Deidre Clark. Windows of Downtown Ensley is a community-led initiative that has the potential to bring authentic, home-bred vitality to this area. We hope local community members and visitors will come back time and time again, because the exhibits are sure to be eclectic and constantly changing. This really has an opportunity to become a very unique cultural fixture in Downtown Ensley”.
Organizers are calling for a wide range of artwork submissions, ranging from watercolor to digital art. Chosen art pieces will be cycled out to maintain vibrancy and newness in the Downtown Ensley District.
Clark notes they hope to receive submissions from a vast pool of local artists, including students from UAB, Miles College, Birmingham Southern and more.
Organizers are in the process of selecting the judging panel for artist submissions. The program is scheduled to roll out in May 2014. Artists selected for the first cycle will be notified by the end of April.
Applications are now being accepted. Click below for the downloadable PDF:
Interested artists should submit their applications to HeartofEnsley@Gmail.com.