VOCA: Methow Arts announces its newest Initiative and Call to Artists of Color

September 2020

As part of Methow Arts’ commitment to advancing racial equity and committing resources to support regional artists, leaders, students and communities of color, we are thrilled to announce a series of new initiatives aimed at amplifying voices of color through the Arts.

VOCA, Advancing Voices of Color in the Arts, is the newest initiative of Methow Arts. VOCA aims to support the work and careers of NCW-based artists of color through art exhibit opportunities, creative projects and professional development resources.

CALL TO ARTISTS OF COLOR. Methow Arts announces its first VOCA Call to Artists for the exhibit “The Nature of Color,” to be displayed at Methow Arts headquarters in downtown Twisp, WA. Color makes the world vibrant and alive. Color helps us make sense of both the natural world and human world. This exhibit invites artists of color to reflect on this meaning through an innovative exhibition of their work.

Innovative, colorful, hopeful and interactive art is highly encouraged for this exhibit. Mediums may include painting, film, projected light, collage, and mixed media. Use of lighting in conjunction with artwork is also preferred as a way to showcase artwork from a distance through windows in darker months and during closures caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The exhibit may feature one artist or several depending on the applications received. Selected artists will receive a stipend of up to $1000 for their work.

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS: This opportunity is for artists of color, 18 years or older, who reside in North Central Washington. DATES: The show opens December 1 and will run through January 15. The application deadline for this opportunity is October 23rd. CONTACT: Methow Arts staff is here to help with the application process and to answer questions, contact @ info@methowartsalliance.org, 509-997-4004, methowarts.org/VOCA. STIPEND: Selected artists will receive a stipend of up to $1000 and promotion and professional development services.

CALL FOR TEACHING ARTISTS OF COLOR. Methow Arts is seeking artists of color with teaching experience for our arts education programs in Okanogan County schools. Since the late ‘80s, Methow Arts has provided high quality art programs for public schools in six school districts that have no dedicated art teacher. Despite school closures, Methow Arts is dedicated to continuing its service to schools through a diverse array of arts education offerings. Interested teaching artists can contact Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director at ashley@methowartsalliance.org for information and applications.