Indie Grits Labs seeks artists to tell story of rural Southeast

Rural Project calls for Proposals

Application Deadline: Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

Indie Grits Labs is a non-profit organization that works to serve communities through media education, artist driven projects, and the Indie Grits Festival in Columbia.

In Their Words

“In 2018-2019, we are focusing on the issues facing small town and rural communities of the Southeast in the 21st century. The dominance of industrialized farming and the shrinking of domestic manufacturing have transformed the landscape of much of the South. In its wake, we see communities struggling with many of the same issues faced by underserved urban populations: poor access to education, health care, and opportunities for advancement. With this open call, we are looking for artists connected to rural communities across the Southeast to develop projects around the stories and experiences of this often overlooked and disrespected part of our region.”


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All applicants and/or their project must have a connection to the Southeast U.S., and it’s up to each applicant to make an argument for a valid connection. ALL disciplines of art are acceptable: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, sound, video, installation, mixed-media, etc. Artwork can be pre-existing, but it must have a connection to the 2018 Rural concept. In the application each artist must describe how their proposed work ties into the Rural Project.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, but the final date to apply for this cycle is Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.

Past projects include “Two Cities 2018,” “Seen & Heard,” Visiones 2017,” “Waterlines 2016,” and “Daughters 2016.” You can read more about each on the call for proposals page. (For inspiration, it’s recommended that you familiarize yourself with the rural concept above and review the past projects to get a feel for the diversity, experimentation, and collaborative spirit that makes up the Indie Grits Labs history and approach to the media arts.

Click here to read more on the call, its budget guidelines, and how it will tie into the Indie Grits Festival in 2019.