Word on the Street/ARTWalk Alive!



Open Call For Spoken Word Artists


There are four separate applications available: this one for spoken word, and others for  dance, music and visual artists for the ARTWalk Alive! 2006 event.



ARTWalk Background


ARTWalk is an interactive outdoor museum that runs along University Avenue in the Neighborhood of the Arts.  ARTWalk�s mission is to foster, create and maintain a designated distinctive public walkway connecting arts destinations and cultural centers in the neighborhood, in order to provide an environment that encourages increased exposure to a variety of artistic experiences while strengthening the community.



ARTWalk is pleased to announce an invitation for entries to perform at various sites along ARTWalk on Sunday, September 17, 2006, 12:00PM�4:00PM, during ARTWalk Alive!  Any individual poet, storyteller, or monologist or any spoken word or dramatic ensemble that resides in the Greater Rochester eight-county region may submit entries.




ARTWalk Alive!

Serves several purposes:



ARTWalk Alive! 2006 will showcase spoken word, music, dance and visual arts.




1.  Residents of Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties are invited to enter.  Students attending local schools within the eight- county area are considered residents.


2.  All forms of creative spoken expressions are encouraged, including but not limited to poetry, storytelling, individual or ensemble performance or �slam� poetry, rap, short dramatic presentations. Pieces may have rhythmic or musical accompaniment, but the word art should be dominant.  ARTWalk envisions community supportive performances that the random passerby could selectively enjoy or reasonably tune out.  Collaborations are encouraged.


3.  Up to six (6) entries will be selected to perform for up to 15 minutes at ARTWalk Alive! on Sunday, September 18, 2006.




University Avenue will be closed to traffic between Atlantic Avenue and Elton Street.

Specific venues will be designated, each with a single amp and speaker available. More than one microphone can be arranged. If you wish to use an unusual part of the setting, such as the playground, please specify how you would project the sound to the audience.




Performance times will be no more than 15 minutes.


All entries will be judged on the following criteria:



Artistic Merit

Flexibility with regard to weather

Appropriateness to the ARTWalk environment and its mission

(Spoken word performers are encouraged to interact with ARTWalk visitors.)





ARTWalk Alive! ENTRIES must be received by June 16, 2005 at 4 pm.

Mail or deliver all entires to:


ARTWalk�s Word On The Street along ARTWalk

c/o South East Area Coalition

1045 South Clinton Ave.

Rochester, NY 14620

A.  All entrants must submit the following items:



(Please note: If your work is selected, a written script or other materials will be requested to enable the sign language interpreters to do an artistic translation of your work.)


B.  ARTWalk Alive! selected entrants will be notified by July 3, 2005.


C.  ARTWalk does not assume responsibility for damage to or loss of any material submitted for these open calls.


D.  There will be a panel of seven (7) jurors selecting up to six (6) artists.  The selecting panel of jurors will include Neighborhood of the Arts residents, businesses, and arts professionals. Selected applicants may be asked, under the recommendations of the ARTWalk Artists at Work Panel, to refine or modify their pieces to meet criteria.


E.   Wendy Low will coordinate most aspects of these proposals, in her role as WORD on the Street Curator.


F.   RETURN OF SUBMISSIONS: Please include a self-addressed, postage paid package if return of submitted material is requested.




No monies are available at the present.  A small honorarium may become available to each application (not per person) that participates in ARTWalk Alive!  ARTWalk will promote this event and the selected entrant�s name will be mentioned in the program.


ARTWalk is working towards appropriate funding for future programs.




The participating performers assume all responsibility for any and all properties or equipment they bring to ARTWalk. ARTWalk takes no responsibility and holds no liability for injury, damage or loss of property to any persons during these performance times and events.




ARTWalk will retain the right to use photographs or videotaped images of performers and artists rehearsing or in performance for publicity and other non-commercial purposes.






If you have any questions about Word On The Street please e-mail: artwalk@rochester.rr.com, write to ARTWalk, PO Box 10373, Rochester, NY 14610 or leave a message at (585) 234-6670.  This Request for Proposals and Application is also available at the above address or on the web at www.rochesterARTWalk.org













Wednesday, April 5, 7PM

Informational public meeting at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue


Friday, April 21, PM

Deadline for Muse�a�thon and Music On The Block, Summer Series 2006 completed submissions.


Friday, May 5

Notification of panel�s selected entries for Muse�a�thon and Music On The Block, Summer Series 2006


Wednesday, May 31, 7PM

Informational public meeting at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, 3rd floor for ARTWalk Alive! applicants only. (April 21 is deadline for Summer Series and Muse�a�thon)


Saturday, June 10, 10AM�12PM or 5:30PM�7:30PM (TBD)

Muse�a�thon, ARTWalk�s fundraiser walkathon.


Friday, June 16, 4PM

Deadline for ARTWalk Alive! completed submissions


Monday, July 3

Notification of panel�s selected entries for ARTWalk Alive!


Saturday, September 16, time TBD

ARTWalk Site Location Orientation for ARTWalk Alive!


Sunday, September 17, 12PM � 4PM

ARTWalk Alive!
APPLICATION:        WORD On The Street

(Please print)                        ARTWalk Alive!

                                     Open Call for Spoken Artists




Name of Group



(Contact) First Name                           Middle Initial                           Last Name



Street Address



City, State, ZIP Code                                                                           County



Home Telephone                     Other Telephone                      E-mail Address


Do you: __ need electricity __ prefer it but can perform without __ do not use it


CHECKLIST (Please make sure to include the following with your submission)


(  )  A WELL LABELED tape or disk of your work

(  )  Short description of your proposed performance

(  )  Completed application form (this page)

(  )  A 50-word (or less) description of you and/or your group for program notes and/or  


(  )  Names of artists for program notes and/or publicity

(  )  OPTIONAL INFORMATION:  Sometimes the press asks us to suggest artists to be interviewed.  Please attach a list of (or partial list of) performers including age and hometown/village/suburb if you wish to be considered.



ARTWalk Alive! entries by Fri, June 16, 4 pm.

Submit applications to:


ARTWalk Word On The Street

c/o South East Area Coalition

1045 South Clinton Ave.

Rochester, NY 14620


(Please contact ARTWalk, not SEAC, with any questions regarding this RFP.  Additional Applications and other RFP info available at the ARTWalk web site:  http://www.rochesterartwalk.org or call 585-234-6670)


ARTWalk is not responsible for errors or omissions in this printed RFP.