For WPA’s 2023–2024 program season, we are inviting DC-area artists to submit ideas for one-night only events around the question:
“Where should we start?” “With everything we need to do, there is always a starting place within, a starting place between, and a starting place for the collective.”
- adrienne maree brown
WPA’s first-ever symposium How can we gather now? (March 2023) explored questions of community and the potential of gathering as a crucial practice. During her keynote talk, author and organizer adrienne maree brown spoke about the different scales and modalities of gathering and how healing and change start at the individual level. As we embark on our 48th season, we are excited to invite DC-area artists to imagine programs that will challenge us towards new unimagined directions for future project development in response to the question: “Where should we start?”
Your program can respond to this question in any way that interests you and supports your research. The program you propose may take any form, including: film screening, workshop, conversation, performance, book presentation, and beyond. As this call is designed for anyone from the DC-area to apply, so should your event be designed for anyone from the DC-area to attend. While proposals for virtual events are not accepted, hybrid events are welcome.
We will produce two (2) Open Call programs this season, in February and April 2024 respectively.
The budget this season for each edition of our Open Call series is up to $3,500—which includes a fee of $750 for the artist-organizer (or lead artist), and additional support for invited discussants and collaborators, plus other associated costs (to be allocated in dialogue with WPA’s program staff). Please note: Your proposal should include at least one discussant/collaborator - or a clear vision for how to engage a specific group or community as collaborators.
To submit your proposal for the 2023–2024 Open Call series, please complete the following form. We encourage DC-area artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to submit their ideas. Submissions will be reviewed and accepted through Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.