Call for Artists: Spirit of Community – Art & Activism

Harlem Memorabilia – Reflections in Fiber at The Interchurch Center, 2013.

Harlem Memorabilia – Reflections in Fiber at The Interchurch Center, 2013.

Community Works, in partnership with the Interchurch Center and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), is pleased to invite artists to participate in Spirit of Community: Art & Activism•Artists of Washington Heights/Inwood, an exhibit that aims to illustrate the timeless role the arts play in shaping, informing and documenting culture. The exhibition will be held from 2 December 2013 to 7 January 2014 in the Treasure Room Gallery, The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York.

This exhibition is the companion to Community Works’ Latin Roots: Washington Heights/Inwood exhibition that celebrates the diverse cultural and historical importance of Washington Heights and Inwood by honoring four remarkable local heroes.


Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 13 August 2013, 5 p.m. EDT

Eligibility: All interested artists must reside within the boundaries of Northern Manhattan (river to river above 155th St.). All fine art media will be considered for the exhibit.

Please read and follow the guidelines carefully. In order to be considered, artists should send the submission form and all relevant attachments via e-mail no later than Tuesday 13 August 2013, 5pm EDT.

Email submissions to: 
Questions: +1 212 568-4396

All submissions must consist of:

  • Submission form.
  • Bio/résumé 2 pages maximum in Word or PDF.
  • Artist’s statement 1–2 paragraphs in Word or PDF commenting on the themes of the work, the process used or other pertinent descriptive material.
  • Five digital images of available work. Please follow image specifications detailed below.
  • Image/price list in Word or PDF with title of work, date completed, medium, dimensions and selling price.

Important dates:

  • Deadline: Tuesday 13 August 2013, 5 p.m. EDT
  • Notification: by Thursday 5 September 2013
  • Delivery of accepted work: Monday 25 November 2013
  • Opening reception: Thursday 5 December 2013
  • Pick-up of work: Wednesday 8 January 2014

Accepted work (please read and follow the instructions carefully):

  • Participating artists must provide all of the requested materials by the dates indicated above.
  • All artwork must be presented in a professional manner (including: professional-grade framing, matting and display materials, and hanging wire). All work must be labeled on the back/bottom with: artist’s name, title of the artwork, medium, and retail price.
  • All artwork must be ready to hang. If specialized display material is needed, the artist must provide it. Please note that the Interchurch Center has a limited number of pedestals and display materials.
  • The Interchurch Center does not have an extensive list of materials/equipment for installation. These must be provided by the artist unless otherwise instructed.
  • All artwork must be available for exhibition for the duration of the show.
  • Images of the artwork may be used by the Interchurch Center, Community Works and NoMAA for promotion of the exhibit (for non-commercial purposes only).

Please forward to any Northern Manhattan artists who may be interested in participating.


Community Works is an award-winning nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building bridges between diverse cultures and neighborhoods, enriching the arts curricula in public schools and bringing the arts to underserved populations. CW is active in every borough of New York City and has provided dynamic learning and cultural experiences to over 3 million people.  Community Works’ historical and artistic exhibitions celebrate neighborhood heroes, culture and history, highlight issues of social justice, and feature the work of emerging and mid-career artists.

This event marks the first anniversary of the Community Matters NYC initiative, a presenting program of Community Works. Community Matters NYC is the first and largest network of major anchor institutions and community partners to honor and celebrate Upper Manhattan’s rich history, culture, traditions and connections to the global community through performances, exhibitions and public programs.

The Interchurch Center is the home to over 80 not-for-profit agencies, which are ecumenical, educational and eleemosynary in nature.  The Center operates as a cooperative; offering programs and services that support tenant agencies and the community, with opportunities for networking and cultural exchange.

The mission of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance is to cultivate, support, and promote the works of artists and arts organizations in northern Manhattan. Since its inception, NoMAA has successfully partnered with local businesses and institutions to promote collaboration with artists and arts organizations in an effort to revitalize the cultural life and effect change in our uptown communities. NoMAA has implemented programs designed to strengthen the professional capacity of the artistic community in Washington Heights and Inwood. These programs are: the NoMAA Creative and Capacity Building Grant Program, the Technical Assistance Program, the Uptown Arts Stroll, the NoMAA Gallery and the Artists Salon.

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