Amplify Arts promotes unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities. Our programming is designed to give artists a platform to experiment, create new work, develop new audiences, and exhibit outside the confines of larger institutional systems. By recognizing and awarding financial support to exceptional artists in the region, we seek to strengthen artists’ voices, advance their careers, and diversify Omaha’s cultural landscape, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live, work, and access meaningful support.
Amplify Arts is proud to partner with Immigrant Legal Center (ILC), an organization that welcomes immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy, to open a call for artwork that will be situated at their new central Omaha offices. This call is for design work that will be printed on a large-scale vinyl banner and hung on the east-facing exterior facade of ILC's new home at 4223 Center Street. The vinyl will be approximately 10 feet wide by 45 feet tall. Artists fluent in digital workflows and graphic design are strongly encouraged to apply. Printing and installation of the vinyl will be managed by ILC and Amplify Arts staff.
As part of the required work sample, artists are asked to submit sketches or mock-ups of new work that speaks to ILC's mission, values, and the shared experiences of the populations they serve. Find more information about ILC on their website at www.immigrantlc.org. Artists are also asked to submit a written proposal that expands upon those ideas and details a timeline for completing their proposed work. To complete the application, artists will submit examples of existing work, a works cited page, an artist statement, and an artist resume or CV.
Proposals focused on work that visually translates ideas related to cultural memory, tightly knit communities, shared histories, and landscapes that reference reassuring notions of "home" will be favored. Immigrant Legal Center specializes in serving survivors of domestic violence, children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected, refugees and asylum seekers, and those with acute medical needs. Artists are encouraged to apply with work sensitized to those who may have experienced significant trauma negotiating the practical, legal, and ideological shifts associated with immigrant, refugee, DACA, asylee, asylum seeker, and first generation American statuses. Artists who have personal experience, or who have strong ties to any of the statuses listed above, are especially encouraged to apply.
One artist will be selected and receive an honorarium of $1,000 for their design. The final design must be completed and submitted by May 3, 2019.
Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area (Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa) is eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. An undergraduate, graduate degree, or other formal arts training is not required to apply for this opportunity.
For collaborative groups:
Artist collectives, collaborative groups, and duos, are eligible if:
- All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
- The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not as an individual.
- Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.
- The group is not incorporated into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Collaborative groups should submit a group resume and discuss the nature and duration of the collaboration in the artist statement.
Criteria for Selection
- Strength of existing artistic work
- Strength and feasibility of proposed new work and timeline
- Proposed work’s relevance to Immigrant Legal Center and the populations they serve.
A panel of local arts professionals, community members, and Immigrant Legal Center staff will review the applications and select artists by April 15, 2019.
If selected, artists must complete a contract with Amplify Arts. Artists will receive payment upon selection and must provide at the time of contract execution a W-9 and completed and signed contract document.