Open call for artists from across the Americas for art submissions that reflect the role of art in development. The winning proposals will be tiled together to create the Sidewalk of the Americas, an art installation of over 150 artworks that showcase the immense artistic creativity of the Hemisphere and the relationship between art and development.

THE CHALLENGE

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is curating an international, traveling art installation entitled Sidewalk of the Americas, to be produced in early 2018. This open call invites emerging and mid-career artists from all of the IDB member countries in the Americas to submit art proposals that reflect upon one of the following development challenges that affect the Region: diversity and inclusion, innovation, economic growth and globalization, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and justice.

The entire installation aims to capture the essence of the social role of art in the Americas. The goal is to have a conversation on significant challenges while not professing any specific political viewpoint or agenda.

Submissions will include digital reproductions of an artwork of any medium, including digital artwork. To avoid excessive cropping, artworks should be submitted in a horizontal orientation.

This open call is for artists who want to provoke, innovate, and offer new perspectives on the Region’s development challenges as well as demonstrate the immense artistic creativity of the Americas.

Selected participants will be chosen to showcase reproductions of their artwork for temporary installations. Artists will maintain intellectual property rights of their work.

The first prize winner will be invited to participate in an upcoming Demands Solutions  event to present and showcase their work. All travel expenses will be covered, including travel, accommodation, and per diem.

TERMS OF AGREEMENT

INCENTIVES

First Prize:
One (1) first prize winner will be selected by the judging committees based on both artistic merit and depiction of development challenges. The winner will be invited to participate at an upcoming Demands Solutions to present  and showcase their work. All travel expenses will be covered, including travel, accommodation, and per diem.
All selected participants receive:
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High exposure to the international community through multiple installations across the Region.
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Credit in all online and printed materials, related to the installation.
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Certificate of participation in the exhibition.
A one-time symbolic payment of USD $200 for reproduction usage for temporary installations.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DEADLINES

January 7, 2018: Deadline to submit the application

January 31, 2018: Winners will be notified by email

ABOUT

IDB: The IDB works to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, we help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. Our aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. With a history dating back to 1959, today we are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance; and we conduct extensive research. We maintain a strong commitment to achieving measurable results and the highest standards of increased integrity, transparency, and accountability.
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