2018-04-12 / Front Page

‘Power of Words’ project seeks local artists

Mural will be painted on south wall of People’s Store

MANISTIQUE – The Power of Words Project, a creative initiative of the Svelata Foundation, has announced a new opportunity for local artists to participate in the first Power of Words Project mural in Manistique.

Partnering locally with Lake Effects Community Arts Center and Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce, the Power of Words Project mural will be created on the south facing wall of People’s Store building from July 6-Aug. 6. Four $500-$1,000 stipends are available for local emerging artists who are willing to put in 40-80 hours of work on the project.

There are also additional volunteer opportunities for artists who would like to contribute.

All artists will work with Mia Tavonatti, internationally renowned artist and muralist, and her team of professional artists. Artists from any of the surrounding communities are welcome to apply.

These stipends are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of an art portfolio and complete application and Statement of Purpose. Artists are encouraged to participate in this process. The amount of the stipends are based on number of hours worked and can accommodate varying schedules depending on artist availability.

Requirements are as follows:

Portfolio: Each portfolio should include eight to 10 high-resolution jpeg files. Portfolio artwork may include drawings, painting, mixed media, self-portraits, landscapes, still life, figure studies, and public work completed. Artwork should have been created within the last five years.

Artist Statement: Statements should include the reasons for wanting to participate in the project, artistic goals, education and experience, if any, working on large scale projects as a team or individually. Be sure to include a name at the top of the statement.

Artist Resume (optional): Include current artist resume or biography, if available. This should be no more than three pages.

Deadline: Completed applications, along with digital portfolio and Artist Statement, and resume must be received by email no later than May 1 to be considered for the stipends. All artists selected to work on the project must be able to climb scaffolding and be available to complete their required hours during the project.

Email application to Tavonatti at miatav@yahoo.com.

Applications for both local artists and student artists are available at the Welcome Center, located on U.S. Highway 2, as well as at www.discovermanistique.com/powerof words-project-manistique.

Further information is available by calling 341-5010.

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