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CFP: NORMAL | art in odd places

Deadline October 29, 2020

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“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was…”
-Sonya Renee Taylor

Art in Odd Places (AiOP): NORMAL invites proposals for its sixteenth annual public art and performance festival taking place from Avenue C to the Hudson River along 14th st in Manhattan, NY. AiOP welcomes innovative multi and interdisciplinary hybrid projects including installation, sculpture, and performance which can be presented in the public realm. We encourage projects that explore & expose the American Mythos, and that actively engage the public.

The Viral and Racial Pandemic confirms that the structures established for collective order in the United States of America failed. Colleges are run like companies and the criminal justice system like corporations. Corporations are bailed out with trillions of taxpayer’s dollars while citizens are made homeless by eviction. At our nation’s border desperate families are separated, and children caged. Hospitals struggle with depleted resources during a global pandemic, and police continue to brutalize black citizens. All this while the U.S. elected President orders the use of clubs and tear gas on peaceful protesters to enable a quick photoshoot with a bible.

Many in the United States of America clearly do not have the inalienable rights promised to them by the Constitution. The ‘Great American Dream’– championed as the right of every citizen– is a sham. Hard work does not guarantee success for all. Racism, classism, xenophobia, islamophobia, and homophobia are deeply rooted in our democracy. The American Normal is a culture steeped in severe inequities and greed.