THIS CALL HAS CLOSED.
Call for artists to submit images/ proposals for an indoor wall mural on the 9’ x 30’ Board Room wall at the Salem Street Branch of the YWCA, Worcester, MA. The mural is to be a tribute to the outgoing executive director, Linda Cavioli’s, racial justice and gender equality legacy.
Under her leadership, from the boardroom to the front lines, racial justice became the hallmark of YWCA of Central Massachusetts operations. The proposal selected will be one that best reflects the essence of her legacy.
The proposals will be reviewed and selection made by the commemorative committee.
Artists from New England or New York area, with minimum 3 -5 years experience, 18 years and older that paint large-scale walls. Preference will be given to women, Black artists (AA, Afro-Latina) of the African Diaspora, and other artists of color.
The $9,000.00 is the commission to the artist. Artists are responsible for any necessary equipment, such as ladders, and the purchase of any and all materials needed to create the mural.
Gloria D. Hall, Preservationist with a Public History Bent, Cultural and Public Arts Administrator, Co-Founder and Presenter of Art in the Park, Worcester is working with YWCA of Central Massachusetts' Commemorative Committee, to present a new work in tribute to the YWCA's outgoing executive director. This call is open to individual artists or a team of artists. The executive director is retiring after twenty-nine years of service.
When Linda Cavioli became the Executive Director in 1992, the YWCA had a mission, purpose and one imperative, “The Association will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary”. It was in 2010 that the one imperative was officially integrated into the YWCA of Central Massachusetts’ mission. The mission for this now 135 years old organization is/ became, “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all”.
Sequential organizational and Linda’s career highlights include: brought racial justice training to the board and senior staff; completed an action audit for change; implemented an inclusion and work plan focused on racial equity in hiring, promotion, programming and Board of Directors recruitment with benchmarks and tracking; and substantial changes in all areas. Additionally, there is ongoing training for board and staff; rich and diverse applicant pool for key positions; staff reflective of the communities served; and support to agencies, emerging organizations serving groups of color.
In 2020 the YWCA of Central Massachusetts is known as a premier racial justice ally and institution. The YWCA board and staff diversity is 50% representation of communities of color. Its supervisory and front-line staff is in the 45%-50% range.
“The YWCA's responsibility is to ensure that our goals, objectives, and values are inclusive of race and gender equality and stand side-by-side with our brothers and sisters of color. And that's what I've tried to do.” Linda Cavioli
The executive director is retiring after twenty-nine years of service. The mural is to represent the essence of her racial justice and gender equality legacy and serve as a reminder to the organization and community of the YWCA's commitment to racial justice and gender equality.
|Artwork Location Description
The mural will be located on a second-floor interior wall in the YWCA of Central Massachusetts' board and meeting room. The wall is located on the north side of the room and is 9’ foot high x 30’ foot wide. There is lots of natural light from many window bays. Photo attached: Slender vertical mullions on the building’s west side exterior divide the second floor into 43 window bays. The wall runs perpendicular to these west facing windows.
Pdf is attached showing the lighting and finishes for the Board Room. The walls are all white and, this being a historic space, the flooring is the black Marmoleum tile. The cabinetry, and doors and frames are wood glazed. The ceiling is the 1'x1' concealed spline tile typically used in historic spaces and the lighting is a combination of recessed and surface mounted.
Renovations are currently underway to update, expand and reconfigure the YWCA of Central Massachusetts program spaces. The YWCA’s building is listed in the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System and National Register eligible for its association with the Young Women’s Christian Association and that group’s historic efforts to assist women in becoming independent and self-sufficient and its architectural significance.
The mid-century, four-story International Style institutional building has been home to YWCA of Central Massachusetts since 1961, the year construction was completed. Concrete, brick, stone and bay windows dominate the building’s exterior.
The YWCA is a multi-service organization offering childcare, a health and wellness facility and services, program meeting and training space, and single resident housing units.
Artists from New England or New York area, with minimum 3 -5
years experience, 18 years and older that paint large-scale walls.
All applications are accepted.
Women, Black artists (AA, Afro-Latina) of the African Diaspora, and
other artists of color are encouraged to apply.
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 7
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
The administrator will review all submissions for eligibility and application completeness. If initial qualifications are met, she will present to the three member YWCA Linda Cavioli Tribute Committee for final review and selection. Artists notification and acceptance period: December 11- 14, 2020. One artist or artist team will be chosen.
SELECTION AND INSTALLATION:
As artists design their artistic vision, in addition to Linda’s legacy, the historical nature of the building, and the age and ethnic variety of individual that come along with the various uses and activities that take place in the building should be considered.
Proposal selection will be based on quality, visual design, appropriateness for space and peoples, and experience of the artist.
Artists are responsible for any necessary equipment, such as ladders, and the purchase of any and all materials needed to create the mural.
The organizers reserve the right to stop and cease any work that deviates significantly from the accepted proposal. The artist will be offered the opportunity to correct any problems.
• Entry Deadline: December 1, 2020
• Artist notified: December 11, 2020
• Artists’ acceptance to exhibit: December 14, 2020
• Work begins: January 4, 2021
• Deadline for completion of work: January 15, 2021
|Picture: Linda Cavioli (JPG)|
|Picture: renovations & 2nd floor bay windows (JPG)|
|Architectural rendering showing board room finish (PDF)|
|Contact Information||Gloria D Hall
115 Beeching Street
Worcester MA 01602 United States