Budget: $500–$2,000, with potential for negotiation. 

Eligibility: All local and regional performers are welcome to apply.

This call is only about site-specific performances to be presented during Canal Convergence at the Scottsdale Waterfront. There is a separate Call for Creative Workshops and Activities open. It can be found at CanalConvergence.com. The Call for Interactive Public Art has already closed for those interested in proposing public art installations.  A separate request for qualifications for the Local Light, a temporary, light-based public art initiative, will close on May 15. 

Canal Convergence will be on view for 10 days, from November 8–17, 2019, along the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Scottsdale Public Art has chosen a number of artists to present their light-based public artworks in and around the canal. We are also seeking performers who can create site-specific pieces for the Arizona Canal relating to the theme of “The Story of Water” or in response to the canal, one of the artworks, or the event landscape, including the canal pathway, bridges, etc. Be creative! Any and all performers are encouraged to apply. Dancers and other types of performing artists are encouraged to apply.

Our mission is to provide an authentic and immersive art experience in and around Scottsdale’s canal. 


Overview + History

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light Events

Since 2012, Scottsdale Public Art has partnered with the City of Scottsdale and Salt River Project to present Canal Convergence annually at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Canal Convergence’s free and immersive events feature innovative large-scale installations, hands-on activities and workshops, live music, and other performances that provide a truly unique experience.

For 2019’s Canal Convergence, Scottsdale Public Art endeavors to use public art and programmatic elements to more explicitly tell the story of water’s impact on our lives historically, biologically, psychologically, economically, and socially. From the historical impact of the ancient Hohokam culture in developing an early canal system to the benefits of water conservation and use in the 21st century, water is an important topic that affects everyone.

Visit CanalConvergence.com for more information. 


Objectives

· In your proposal, please tell us how you see your performance addressing Canal Convergence’s key themes: Water + Art + Light as well as this year’s focused theme of “The Story of Water.” 

· Be creative! This is not limited to just dancers. We welcome all kinds of performances.

Artist participation is integral to Canal Convergence. Programming artists are expected to attend our Canal Convergence Launch Party and engage the Scottsdale community and its visitors throughout the scheduled event where applicable. 


Assistance

Scottsdale Public Art can provide on-site assistance to programming artists, pending a discussion of needs following the selection process. Within your proposal, please consider how the program will be installed and operated, including labor, equipment needs, and an installation timeline, if applicable.


Site Specifications

We encourage artists to visit the canal prior to submitting to get a sense of the space. The event is held on the banks of the Arizona Canal between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard. Please also look at prior iterations of Canal Convergence at https://canalconvergence.com/past-events/ to get a better sense of what we have done in previous years.


Submission Requirements

Each artist or team may submit up to two ideas or performance proposals.

-Cover page: Name, project title, email address, phone number, or address.

-Proposed narrative (one page or less): Describe performance narrative, including adherence to theme and target audience. Please try to paint the picture of your performance to the best of your abilities. You may include costumes, length, number of days, number of performers, etc. 

-Resume (two pages or less): Include past experience of artist or artist team.

-Budget (one page): Please be as detailed as possible, including line items of each supply and artist fees.

-Two to six videos/images of past completed works: Please include at least one video link if possible.

-Media list (one page): For each submitted image, include a title and brief description of each image and any other information relating to the image. 


Timeline

April 22: Request for Proposals released.

June 3: Submission deadline for RFP at 11:59 p.m. (MDT).

June 3–14: Proposals reviewed by SPA staff.

June 17–19: Notification of selected performance artists.

June 24 – July 19: Contract development and finalization.

July 19 – August 15: Scottsdale Public Art will work with artists to gather information for marketing materials.

July 19 – November 8: Artists will develop performance in preparation for the event.

November 8 – 17: Artists will perform at Canal Convergence.


Questions

Please contact Jennifer Gill, Public Art Manager, at JenniferG@ScottsdaleArts.org for information about your application for Canal Convergence.


Coffee Talks

We will be hosting three Coffee Talks around the Valley to answer any questions about your proposals prior to submitting. These are informal workshops to talk with a Scottsdale Public Art administrator about your ideas. Just look for the table sign that says: “Canal Convergence.”

May 22, 2019 | Cartel Coffee Lab | Tempe Location

Noon – 2 p.m.

225 W. University Drive, #101, Tempe, AZ 85281

May 23, 2019 | Cartel Coffee Lab | Old Town Scottsdale Location

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

7124 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

May 28, 2019 | The Coronado | Phoenix

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85006

Eligibility: All local and regional artists and artist teams are invited to submit a proposal.

Budget: $200–$2,500, depending on materials and how many days you will be able to participate.

This call is specifically about creative workshops and activities for Canal Convergence. A separate Call for Performers is open. It can be found at CanalConvergence.com.  The Call for Interactive Public Art has already closed for those interested in proposing public art installations.  A separate request for qualifications for the Local Light, a temporary, light-based public art initiative, will close on May 15.  

Scottsdale Public Art seeks ideas and proposals for artistic workshops and activities for Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light 2019. Canal Convergence will be on view for 10 days, from November 8–17, 2019, along the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. 

Our mission is to provide an authentic and immersive art experience in and around Scottsdale’s canal. 


Objectives

Scottsdale Public Art seeks proposals for artistic workshops and interactive activities. In your proposal, please take into consideration the following:

-How does your idea address Canal Convergence’s key themes of Water + Art + Light or this year’s focused theme of “The Story of Water” (see Overview below)?

-Hands-on experiences are highly desired. How will you engage the community in a creative and meaningful way at Canal Convergence?

-Canal Convergence strives to be a zero-waste event. Will your program be able to work with this goal in mind? The use of solar power, biodegradable materials, and recycling and/or recyclable materials is encouraged.

Artist participation is integral to Canal Convergence. Programming artists are expected to attend our Canal Convergence Launch Party and engage the Scottsdale community and its visitors throughout the scheduled event. 


Overview + History

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light Events

Since 2012, Scottsdale Public Art has partnered with the City of Scottsdale and Salt River Project to present Canal Convergence annually at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Canal Convergence’s free and immersive events feature innovative large-scale installations, hands-on activities and workshops, live music, and other performances that provide a truly unique experience.

For 2019’s Canal Convergence, Scottsdale Public Art endeavors to use public art and programmatic elements to more explicitly tell the story of water’s impact on our lives historically, biologically, psychologically, economically, and socially. From the historical impact of the ancient Hohokam culture in developing an early canal system to the benefits of water conservation and use in the 21st century, water is an important topic that affects everyone.

Visit CanalConvergence.com for more information. 


Details

Artist and artist teams are being asked to submit a proposal for new concepts or existing programming structures to be featured during Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light 2019. We are seeking interactive workshops, demonstrations, social practice interventions and other special and interactive events.  


Budget

$200–$2,500, depending on materials and how many days you will be able to participate. Your budget should include costs for travel, accommodations (if applicable), and other considerations during the event. Please reach out to Jennifer Gill, at JenniferG@scottsdalearts.org if you have any specific questions regarding your proposed budget.

A limited number of larger budgets may be awarded to programs requiring advanced technology, specialized equipment or travel. 


Selection Process

Selection will be based on adherence to the listed themes and requirements, as well as suitability for the site and event.


Assistance

Scottsdale Public Art can provide on-site assistance to programming artists, pending a discussion of needs following the selection process. Within your proposal, please consider how the program will be installed and operated, including labor, equipment needs, and an installation timeline.


Workshop Space

Our primary focus for programming will be in our workshop tents. We are also open to activating a variety of other sites at the Scottsdale Waterfront, including the canal paths, grass areas, bridges, stages, and plazas if your program stands alone. This is an outdoor event, so the weather may vary from cold to hot at that time of the year. We can provide power, trash, water, tables, and chairs. 


Submission Requirements

Each artist or team may submit up to two ideas or artworks. 

-Cover page: Name, project title, email address, phone number, and address.

-Proposed narrative (one page or less): Describe activity, including adherence to theme and target audience.

-Resume (two pages or less): Include past experience of artist or artist team.

-Budget (one page): Please be as detailed as possible, including line items of each supply and artist fees.

-Two to three images or renders of your proposed project. 

-Two to three images of previously offered artistic workshops or activities.

-Image list (one page): For each submitted image, include a title and brief description of each image and any other information relating to the image. 


Timeline

April 22: Request for Proposals released.

June 3: Submission deadline for RFP at 11:59 p.m. (MDT).

June 3–14: Proposals reviewed by SPA staff.

June 17–19: Notification of selected performance artists.

June 24 – July 19: Contract development and finalization.

July 19 – August 15: Scottsdale Public Art will work with artists to gather information for marketing materials.

July 19 – November 8: Artists will develop performance in preparation for the event.

November 8 – 17: Artists will perform at Canal Convergence.


Questions

Please contact Jennifer Gill, public art manager, at JenniferG@ScottsdaleArts.org for any questions you may have.


Coffee Talks

We will be hosting three Coffee Talks around the Valley to answer any questions about your proposals prior to submitting. These are informal workshops to talk with a Scottsdale Public Art administrator about your ideas. Just look for the table sign that says: “Canal Convergence.”

May 22, 2019 | Cartel Coffee Lab | Tempe Location

Noon – 2 p.m.

225 W. University Drive, #101, Tempe, AZ 85281

May 23, 2019 | Cartel Coffee Lab | Old Town Scottsdale Location

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

7124 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

May 28, 2019 | The Coronado | Phoenix

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 2201 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 

Scottsdale Public Art