DEADLINE: Nov 26, 2018 : Call for Artists/Performers A Day Without Art


A Day Without Art 2018 - December 1st, 2019 - Call for Visual Artists and Performers


In 1987 a small group gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would forget.  This action served as the beginning of the Names Project, also known as the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  On December 1, 1989 A Day Without Art began as a National Day of Mourning in response to the AIDS Crisis. In 1989 Boston Artists created thousands of 12” x 4” paper prayers in response to a call by Yezerski Gallery. Well-known artists, students, youth, and children did these. In 1992 Medicine Wheel was built in the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts.  The Medicine Wheel Vigil has become an enduring testimony to HIV/AIDS in our lives. In those early years we were being asked the unimaginable question,

Where would we be without art?  Last year over 1000 visual artists and 250 performing artists took part in Day Without Art.  This year I invite the public and  the artistic community of Boston, New England and beyond to give testimony and invite reflection on the power of art to help us navigate and facilitate who we are for ourselves and who we can be for one another. 

For visual artists: create a 1 foot by 1 foot  charcoal drawing of someone you love write something about love

  1. Charcoal and paper are available for pick up at Medicine Wheel 110 K Street, South Boston, MA 02127.

  2. We can arrange to deliver supplies  to you or your groups

  3. You can join us at Medicine Wheel beginning Monday October 8th and work on your drawing  here:

    • Mondays, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    • Tuesdays, 1:00 pm -9:30 pm

    • Wednesday, 10:00 am -5:00 pm

    • Thursday, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm

    • Fridays , 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Drawings  need to be returned to Medicine Wheel by November 24th or to the BCA by noon on November 26th, or call us at 617-268-6700  for pick up

For performing artists: Help us sanctify Medicine Wheel by making an artistic offering of  poetry, song, dance, music or performance.  Each year we invite artists to offer a breathtaking experience to mark each hour of the 24-hour vigil.

For the spiritual community:
Mark one of the 24 hours with a blessing, prayer, ritual or meditation

For the public:  Please complete a page with a story or definition of love or the

Vigil begins at 11:30 pm, Friday  11/30/18 and goes for the full 24 hours of Saturday  12/01/18

For more info call 617-268-6700 or 617-872-6065

DEADLINE: Dec 9, 2018 - Calls for Toy Piano Scores and Papers

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DEADLINE for Scores and Papers: Dec 9, 2018

The Associazione Carducci in Como, Italy,  is organizing a musical festival entitled

"Music as play – the toy piano takes the stage"

with the aim of increasing the knowledge and practice of the toy piano.

Composers, musicologists and institutions in Italy and abroad have been invited to take part.

This festival will include a call for solo toy piano scores for concerts and a call for papers for a conference.

Conference and concerts will take place on the 6th and 7th of July 2019 and will be hosted by the Istituto Carducci in Como.

Call for Solo Toy Piano Scores:

Composers of any nationality and age are invited to submit newly-composed works for toy piano. Selected works will be premiered during the festival in Como (Italy) by pianist Antonietta Loffredo [] and then on tour performances in other countries (Spain, Portugal and Australia).


  • Pieces should be written for solo toy piano (37 key concert grand OR 25 key spinet OR 25 table top) or for toy piano (Details) and toy percussion (instruments you can find in a toy shop, such as: small cymbals, rattles, tambourine, bells, drum, toy glockenspiel, maracas, triangle, castanets, guiro and so on).
  • Any aesthetic trends and compositional styles are accepted
  • Duration: up to 5 mins


  • Each applicant can submit up to 2 compositions. In this case, please take into consideration two different instruments (one piece for 37 key concert grand and the second one for 25 key spinet or 25 key table top).
  • Closing date for submissions of scores: 9th December, Sunday, 2018
  • Selected scores announced: 1st  February, Friday, 2019

Call for Papers:

While toy instruments have been included in classical music since the early 1770s, it is the toy piano which has made a major move onto the stage in the second half of the twentieth century, thanks to John Cage. In doing so, the toy piano has taken on a life independent of the nursery, with dedicated performers in several countries commissioning new works, and composers increasingly being drawn to write for the instrument. The sound qualities of the toy piano have unique acoustical properties, the narrow range of the keyboard offers a restricted yet entirely adequate palette of sounds, and the physicality of seating an adult at the small instrument poses challenges.

MasP invites researchers to submit proposals on these topics and more, focused on increasing the knowledge and practice of the toy piano.

More Information:

Please note that there is a non-refundable registration/submission fee of 30 euros for submitting up to two toy piano scores and/or papers. The festival will be held thanks to the Associazione Carducci in Como, which is an entirely non-profit organization; application fees will be used only to cover organization expenses. MasP is not able to offer travel, accommodation or related costs.

Please check out the website below for complete details:

DEADLINE: Oct 28, 2018 - Applications for 2019 co-incidence festival open


Aaron Foster Breilyn & Luke Martin at the Co-Incidence Festival are happy to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 co-incidence festival!

You can find the application, along with specific details about the nature and logistics of this year's festival, on our website here:

The Resident Artist for 2019 will be Sarah Ayotomiwa Pitan (

As with the previous years, the Festival offers a stipend to attending artists and will take place at Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, MA. It will occur from January 11 - 20, 2019.

Though there are conceptual areas of exploration that are common between iterations of the festival, the attending artists (both guest and resident) are encouraged to influence and even drastically alter the direction and activities of the festival. This year topics of focus will include conversation as artistic labor, mapping as praxis, nomadic movement, and complicity as a mode of critical exchange between others. Please read more on the website!

August 22, 2018: Applications Open
October 28, 2018: Applications Close
November 7, 2018: Results Sent
November 21, 2018: Confirmation of Attendance Due

Please spread the word to students, friends, colleagues, and anyone who might find the Co-Incidence Festival interesting! The Festival is open to all ages and disciplines.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Martin and Aaron Foster Breilyn directly at


*ENDED* Deadline for applications: Dec 10, 2016 : co-incidence, an experimental music residency

We are very fortunate to be partnering with Non-Event (host organization), Washington St. Gallery (host venue for the week), and Michael Pisaro (our Resident Artist). If you don't know these places/people, please check them out - they're amazing.

We will accept 6 Guest Artists to the week-long Residency.

co-incidence, an experimental music residency is a gathering of experimental composer-performers for six days hosted by Non-Event at Washington St. Gallery in Boston.

This project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. Following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a residency curated as ‘social sculpture.’ Reflecting the values of experimental music, co-incidence will be allowed to grow organically, strongly influenced by the artists who attend: the directors simply provide a time, space, and loose framework. There will be encouraged but not required peer-to-peer meetings between artists in lieu of official lessons, the people attending will not be labeled as student or faculty, and the residency is tuition-free, with a small, equal stipend offered to the guest artists.

Three important points:

1) The application is free, so please apply!

2) This residency is tuition-free.

3) The Guest Artists are provided a $400 stipend to attend.

(Food [with the exception of a few specific meals] and housing are not provided. We estimate costs to range between $500 - $600 for the week).

please see our website for more details, including the application:

Applications are due on December 10th, 2016.

[Results back on December 15th]

Residency dates: January 24th, 2017 - January 30th, 2017.

If you have any questions you can reach us at

All the very best,

Luke Martin & Aaron Foster Bresley

*ENDED* Deadline for submissions: April 17, 2016 : PAF2016

PerformanceArtFestival2016 :   June 10th & 11th

Bunker's annual Performance Art Festival is a weekend long event featuring site-specific performances and art interventions by multi-media artists from across the nation. Artists are encouraged to submit living art, durational and time-based performances, interactive new-media works, installations, documentations, and collaborative works.  Socially minded and political works are supported. After submitting work for review artists will be notified for interviews shortly thereafter. Selected artists will be provided housing and meals for the days of the festival. Our team is currently pursuing funding so artist stipends will be announced late spring.

Submission fee: $10
Submission deadline: Sunday April 17th

Questions? Email

*ENDED* Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 3, 2016: OUTSIDE / INSIDE

OUTSIDE / INSIDE two site-specific performance art events happening on Spectacle Island, and Georges Island in the Boston Harbor curated by Alice Vogler, Drik Adams, Jan Willett and Vela Oma.

There is a rich history of art happenings on the Boston Harbor Islands over the last twenty years, including last year’s installment of TBOS4 on Spectacle Island which was under the umbrella of The Island Arts Initiative that happened on Georges and Spectacle Islands during the summer of 2015. The Bumpkin Island Art Encampment which happened from 2007-2011 and was curated by Megan Dickerson, Carolyn Lewenberg and Jed Speare and was co-presented by Studio Soto, an artist performance/screening/exhibit space in Fort Point; Mobius; and the Island Alliance. Boston Cyber Arts, the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance collaborated on an ongoing project on the LED screens at the Boston Harbor Island Pavilion on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway for a 24 month stretch during 2014-2016, and through its public art program (formerly called Vita Brevis), the ICA Boston hosted Art on the Harbor islands in 2007.

We are seeking proposals for site-specific performance art work that responds to the history and natural environment of each island.

This public space in the Boston harbor invites artists to think about their work in a public destination which includes families, tourists and Bostonians. Being conscious and considerate of this audience is a must.

On July 16 the Spectacle Island OUTSIDE/INSIDE event will happen - all work will happen OUTSIDE.

On August 13 the Georges Island OUTSIDE/INSIDE event will happen - INSIDE - all work will happen INSIDE the fort barracks.

Each event will be from 12noon - 5pm.

More about the islands: Spectacle Island and Georges Island


We will be doing three site visits that will include both Georges and Spectacle Island. There are limited spots for each visit so please reserve a spot by emailing, with your name and date you would like to join us.

Site visits will be on Saturday, April 23, Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 21st, 2016.

Please send an email with the following attachments in PDF or Word format:


Title of piece you would like to present

Proposal of the piece you would like to present with a brief description of your practice. (500 word maximum) - please tell us which island you are choosing.

Short biography (150 word maximum)

Detailed curriculum vitae / resume

And where relevant:

Link to website OR 10 images (maximum) in JPEG format, with image title / date / name

2 links of video (maximum)

Application should be sent to:


Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 3, 2016

Applications are reviewed by a curatorial team and notifications will go out via email on: Friday, June 24, 2016.

Applicants are not required to be from the Boston area, though Boston artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

While we encourage artists from every part of the world to apply, we are not able to cover travel expenses, but can offer lodging and some home cooked meals for a few days around each event.

Some important things to know about each site:

Work can be durational or time based

There is a small honorarium for each chosen artist.

The site visits are free!

Your ferry trip to the island on the day of the event is free!

Tides. They really change the entire landscape of the beach area, so check them out.

No fire.

No nudity.

No digging.

No affixing anything to walls or structures without permission in advance.

Be respectful of the island. There are a few places that we need to avoid going. The general request is...if visitors can't go there, we can go there either.

You can only use what you can carry over on the ferry.

Nothing can be left on the islands, no remnants left behind.

There is no electricity at either island.

These events are made possible in collaboration with National Park Service, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Boston Harbor Now (formerly the Boston Harbor Alliance)

for more information please visit:


*ENDED* Deadline for submissions: April 29, 2016 : FLESH CRISIS

Submissions due April 29th 11:59pm CST

Flesh Crisis is a 3-Day performance art symposium held at Charlotte Street's La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, MO on July 7. 8. 9. 2016 from 7-9pm each night.

Accepted artists will need to provide travel to Kansas City, but upon arrival, visiting artists will have transit, lodging, and select meals during their stay. Additionally, letterhead can be provided for artists seeking grants for travel to the symposium. 

We are looking for a variety of performance artworks, including, but not limited to: endurance, duration, material/object-based work, language-based performance, participatory practices, indoor/outdoor, intimate, profane, and sound/video. 

To Submit Work:
Email the following, in order, as a PDF file to

by APRIL 29th at 11:59pm CST

• CV / Resumé

• 5 Images or a 5 minute video, either of previous work or proposed performance work.

Link to video via Vimeo or Youtube.

• 250 word description of proposed performance, including the following information: Approximate length; Potential equipment needs; Cleaning logistics, and Preferred date of performance.