Call for Artists to Create Images of Edible Plants Found in Watertown

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The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

The Watertown Public Arts & Culture Committee is pleased to launch the first project of Edible Watertown, a long-term interdisciplinary project that promotes awareness of our local environment through community engagement and the artistic and scientific exploration of plants native to Watertown.

Edible Watertown aims to uplift the importance of native flora and their ecosystems to connect people with the environment right outside their door. The community connections created by this local movement, in response to the global issue of climate change, will encourage us all to be better stewards of the environment and increase recognition of the known natural gifts in our community.

About “Edible Watertown: Plants of Our Past”

In Plants of our Past, 10 artists will be selected to each create a 2-dimensional artwork, one for each of 10 native edible plants in Watertown:

1.    Bearberry
2.    Bee Balm
3.    Daylily
4.    Garlic Chives
5.    Mountain Mint
6.    Wintergreen
7.    Mayapple
8.    Red Bud
9.    Elderberry
10.  Huckleberry

Artists will be selected anonymously by a jury that includes the Edible Watertown Subcommittee of the Public Arts & Culture Committee. Artists will be selected based on a review of their previous work, their ability to complete projects on time (as evidenced by their resumes), their alignment with the Public Arts & Culture Committee’s mission and values and/or Edible Watertown (as evidenced by their artist statement and/or bio) and weighted by their proximity to Watertown. Each artists’ application will be given a numerical score by each subcommittee member and the artists with the top 10 combined scores will be selected. The subcommittee will make a final determination in the event of a tie.

Timeline

June 28: Applications open.

July 15, 12:00-12:45 PM: Virtual Information Session about the Call for Artists

July 24: Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday July 24, 2022.

Info Session

A virtual information session about the Call for Artists – Edible Watertown: Plants of Our Past
will be held on July 15, 12:00-12:45 PM

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86709288025?pwd=dE83bzcwNTZLQllxQWhaOGM5NytIZz09

Meeting ID: 867 0928 8025

Passcode: nUXx4N

Phone: +19292056099

More Information

Contact Liz Helfer, Public Arts & Culture Planner, in the Community Development & Planning, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Call 617-972-6417 Ext: 12167

Email: ehelfer@watertown-ma.gov

Website: www.watertown-ma.gov/688/Public-Arts-Culture

More about Edible Watertown: https://www.watertown-ma.gov/815/Edible-Watertown

See more information about the process and how to apply by clicking here.

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