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Call for Artists kicks off “River Reflections” project

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Via Press Release
07/19/2014 1:55 PM

Artists of all disciplines who live in Amador and Calaveras counties are invited to submit qualifications and samples of work for an opportunity to participate in a project called, “River Reflections.” The deadline to submit an application online is midnight, Aug. 22. Artists selected as Finalist Artists will be invited to create work inspired by the Mokelumne River, and they will have until Dec. 1, to do so. Visual artists — in both two- and three-dimensional genres — dancers, musicians, composers, actors, literary and video artists are encouraged to discover the application details at amadorarts.org.

Last spring, AmadorArts submitted the “River Reflections” project for a “Creative California Communities” Grant from the California Arts Council, a State agency. Turns out, the local arts council has become one of 24 successful grantees out of 157 applicants statewide. AmadorArts, in partnership with Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy and East Bay Municipal Utilities District, will spotlight the arts to increase awareness of the upper Mokelumne River, appreciation of its beauty and recreational opportunities and the need for conservation. The inspired art, music, dance and stories will be showcased in events scheduled in the first five months of 2015. 

In its grant application, AmadorArts pointed out how the Mokelumne River, as it flows from the Sierra to the East Bay Area, provides water for drinking, irrigation and power generation to 1.4 million people, many of whom simply do not know where their water comes from. Artists who reside in the East Bay MUD water service area are also invited to submit qualifications.

Artists selected to participate in “River Reflections” will be notified by Sept. 2, and each will be awarded a $200 stipend. They will have the opportunity to go on three complimentary, guided, “inspirational” river experiences, have their final work judged for cash awards and installed in three month-long rotating shows in Amador, Calaveras and Oakland. A Grand Finale event will occur in Amador in May 2015.

After visiting the AmadorArts website, if you need more information, call Terra Forgette, the River Reflections Coordinator, at 267-9038.  Remember, “When you put your hand in the flowing river, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.” Leonardo daVinci

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