Call for art: FIGMENT Oakland now accepting art submissions

The 4th Annual FIGMENT participatory community event celebrates Bay Area creativity

Oakland, CA – The organizers of FIGMENT Oakland, the Bay Area chapter of the global participatory art organization, have announced the opening of their art submissions portal in preparation for the 4th annual FIGMENT weekend event on June 10, 2017.

Artists, community organizers and performers of all types are encouraged to submit finished artworks, artworks in progress, concepts, performances, workshops or even games for inclusion in the 2017 event. Unlike many creative events, there is no fee to submit works for consideration, no fee for participation and no fee to attend the event.

“As a curator, I love to see the inception of new, creative concepts,” said Emmie Katz, Curatorial director for FIGMENT Oakland. “We try to find works that demonstrate the variety of ways a person can express themselves. Playful expression goes far beyond painting and drawing, and FIGMENT reminds us all of that fact by fostering work that draws inspiration from practice, movement, resourcefulness, and challenge.”

“At FIGMENT, we feature work that is uniquely interactive, accessible and participatory,” said Irene Malatesta, Outreach director for FIGMENT Oakland. “Our top concerns when selecting and featuring work are: How can we better engage our communities with creativity? How can we encourage participation in artmaking and art appreciation by people of all ages and backgrounds?”

FIGMENT is organized entirely by volunteers. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship and is completely funded by individual donations. In 2014 and 2015, FIGMENT Oakland presented 200 creative interactive artworks for the delight of 3,500 visitors in Mosswood Park. In addition, FIGMENT Oakland provided 5 weeks of free art education workshops for Oakland area children in 2016.

About FIGMENT Oakland:

FIGMENT Oakland is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT’s mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities. FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. The event will be held on June 10, 2017, at Mosswood Park in Oakland, CA. To learn more, visit: oakland.figmentproject.org

(Images in this post are from FIGMENT Oakland, 2015. Find more FIGMENT images and photo credits here.)

5 Resources for Artists in Oakland

I’m writing a series of posts over at the FIGMENT Oakland blog! See the original post over there.

San Francisco is known around the world for its quirky, colorful aesthetic and rich history. Just across the East Bay, Oakland is also bursting with creativity, with one of the highest concentrations of artists in the United States! If you’re an artist looking for places to show your work in the East Bay area, here are some 5 great resources that you should definitely have on your radar.

Note: We are not affiliated with these organizations nor did they ask us to mention them. We do think they would be helpful to great number of our local community!

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1. Oakland Arts Enthusiast

Oakland Arts Enthusiast is a regularly updated home for arts journalism, covering contemporary artists, events and gallery openings, as well as calls for artwork. The directory page lists dozens of independent galleries and studio spaces in Oakland and Berkeley. Searchthe calendar for events and openings, browse the gallery section for photo coverage of recent shows you may have missed, or contact them with your own press releases.

 

2. Oakland Art Murmur

Oakland Art Murmur is a beloved East Bay non-profit institution, comprised of a network of member venues. According to their website, member venues in the OAM network exhibited over 1200 artists in more than 400 exhibitions in 2012, to an estimated 84,000 visitors. Find out about open studios, social events hosted by and for artists, and free walking tours. Their mission? To “ignite and nurture a lifelong love and appreciation of art”!

3. Free Oakland UP

The project of curator and artist Jocelyn Meggait, Free Oakland UP is “a multi-purpose art space focused on building community by offering art and objects for free and focusing on socially activated art projects.” For artists working in assemblage, mixed media, sculpture or collages, the listings on this website can be a treasure map to your next amazing materials. They offer a wonderful array of items, opportunities and best of all, space, all for free.

4. California Arts Council

The California Arts Council (CAC) is an organization dedicated to “advancing California through the arts and creativity.” Their grand mission statement proclaims a desire to enrich the lives of all Californians “by access to and participation in a diverse spectrum of artists and arts and cultural experiences” as well as increase public support for the arts and arts education.

Whether you’re seeking help with learning about art grants, or an up to date list of open calls for artwork, their website has got you covered.

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5. FIGMENT

Of course we have to include FIGMENT! You may already know that there is an annualFIGMENT event in Oakland, but it’s actually a global non-profit organization with a deep network of artists, volunteers of all kinds and community organizers.

So what does that mean for artists? It means that if you’re an artist, a maker, or a DIY enthusiast looking to connect with like-minded creators, FIGMENT can be a great starting point. Check out our website, Twitter and Facebook groups to start networking with other artists and organizers of FIGMENT events, and tap into a welcoming community all around the world.

3 things that kids and families love about FIGMENT

I’m writing a series of posts over at the FIGMENT Oakland blog! Here’s the first one.

What kind of experiences come to mind when you hear the words “art show” or “art event”?

Did you picture a stark gallery with white walls or a museum filled with precious objects that you aren’t allowed to go near or touch? Maybe a concert or performance where you have to sit still in a chair and you aren’t allowed to talk?

Let’s face it, what most of us think of as the usual “art experience” just isn’t very kid-friendly.

At FIGMENT, we aim to change that. We think that’s a big part of why kids and families love FIGMENT! We encourage families to attend with children of all ages. We think it’s the perfect place for the whole family: It’s purposefully inclusive, cost-free and totally interactive.

Making giant bubbles at FIGMENT
Making giant bubbles! Image via FIGMENT.

Read the rest over at the FIGMENT Oakland blog.