The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is awarding up to $50,000 in grants to artists across the country who submit the best proposals for public-facing art that highlights the role science plays in protecting our health and safety, and the critical role all Americans play in ensuring that science isn’t sidelined.
The art will be staged as part of Science Rising, a national movement working to ensure that science is front and centre in decision-making processes that affect the public.
We’re looking for imaginative artists to create public-facing art that communicates why science is vital to democracy—and inspires people to take action for science, said Rich Hayes, creative director at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The artists can be aspiring hobbyists, college art students, or experienced professionals. The bigger and bolder the idea, the better.
The competition is focused on outdoor work, visible and compelling, in public areas. Contestants should identify a location where their artwork will be viewed by a large number of people. Submissions may include, for example, paintings on buildings, sculptures in parks, video projections, large-scale photography, multimedia installations, or something else beyond our imagination. A limited number of high-visibility, high-trafficked indoor locations will also be considered.
Grants of $10,000 per entry will be awarded. Deadline for proposals is May 15, 2018.
For submission guidelines and to submit an entry, visit this link.
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