SMArt Spaces Seeks Project Proposals
SMArt Spaces Seeks Project Proposals for 2016
Sydney, NS — Cape Breton’s new community-based initiative that brings art to empty storefronts and spaces in the CBRM, is now accepting artist proposals for the second term. Jumping off of the overwhelming success of the Lumiere Festival, which brings thousands of residents and visitors into the downtown core for one amazing art-filled night annually, we are hoping to continue the attraction, on a smaller scale, throughout the year.
The goal of SMArt Spaces is
- To provide high-quality creative displays in unattractive and unused spaces in our downtown.
- To facilitate the rental /permanent occupancy of spaces through increased positive exposure to these spaces by the community and visitors
- To decrease vandalism by bringing more people into our downtown and creating ‘ownership’ of our downtown
- To give artists of all types access to free high-exposure sites throughout CBRM for exhibiting, creating and performing.
The ultimate goal of SMArt Spaces is to activate all empty spaces in order that they become profitable rented spaces, bringing commerce and vitality to the business district. We aim to put ourselves out of business, and put business back where it belongs.
Artists from across the island are encouraged to apply, and those successful applicants will receive an honorarium. We are looking for 2D and 3D artistic mediums: visual arts, film and video, and fine craft. Each installation will be displayed for six to eight weeks, decided by the landlord, the artist and the SMArt spaces facilitator.
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