Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Call for Acts: Alternate ROOTS Fest 2011

Alternate ROOTS is pleased to announce artist opportunities to perform at ROOTS Fest 2011: Many Communities, One Voice, a national arts festival celebrating the very best of our nation’s local art in honor of ROOTS’ 35th Anniversary (to learn more about ROOTS, please visit www.alternateroots.org). ROOTS Fest 2011 will be held June 22-26, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. As part of this national event, five days and evenings of local, regional and national performances, workshops, case studies, community dialogues and more will be presented. The performance/artwork content of ROOTS Fest 2011 will highlight the broad variety of performance and visual arts in multiple disciplines in various venues across the city. There will be a two day outdoor festival performance with multiple stages and at least one main stage that are all open to the general public.

The producers also seek to identify the number of artists who may be interested in site-specific performances. If you are interested in this option, please note it on your application form.

It is preferred that interested artists have been engaged in local art/community-based art-making or have been involved in a professionally-run entity/organization for a minimum of three years and have a history of their work being presented within the professional arts industry.

Outdoor Festival - Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2011 (Festival performances will be scheduled beginning late morning through the evening.) There is a probability that there will be outdoor performances beginning Friday, June 24th.

*Technical/dress rehearsals will take place on Thursday, June 24 and Friday/Saturday earlier in the day before an artist’s scheduled performance, as needed.

Please see attached fact sheet to learn more about the outdoor performance venue in West Baltimore, MD, also known as the Highway to Nowhere. The location of the festival will be on 52 acres of green space atop the highway.

Why participate:
ROOTS Fest 2011 is designed to attract a national audience of 25,000 to 35,000 people, the majority of whom will come from the Baltimore/Washington, DC metro area and the eastern seaboard. The outdoor festival performances offer an enormous opportunity for local artists to be seen by the local Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan community, a range of presenters, and a broad audience of people who appreciate local arts.

How to apply:
Alternate ROOTS is currently accepting submissions. Please fill out the attached form and submit a video of the actual selection/work you wish to perform. The selection/work can be up to a maximum of 10-12 minutes.  Please do not send video montages as your work sample.

The deadline to submit is: December 31st, 2010.

Please note: Alternate ROOTS will make all selections of performers and artists for ROOTS Fest 2011 events.

Is there an artist fee?
Artists will receive a stipend, and other potential support such as per diem and housing, to participate in the Festival. Once programming decisions have been made all artists must submit a detailed list of their production requirements. Adequate production crew will be on hand: ROOTS Fest technical directors, lighting directors, sound & light board ops, stage management, etc. Any additional costs associated with the performance are the artists’ responsibility and will not be underwritten by Alternate ROOTS or ROOTS Fest 2011 organizers.

How do I get more information?
Send questions to:
Cheles Rhynes/MRP Inc.
Attn: Festival Producer
ROOTS Fest 2011
P.O. Box 5163
Capitol Heights, MD 20791
301-350-0092 wk/fax
301-980-0966 cell

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