Call to artists! The YWCA is in search of artists to create original pieces to be considered for installation throughout Missoula's new shelter, The Meadowlark. The YWCA will provide $500 per piece that is accepted, and they welcome including 2D, 3D, mural, multi- and mixed-media forms of art. They are especially seeking representation from Indigenous artists, and aim to have at least half the artwork displayed at The Meadowlark from Indigenous artists.

The Meadowlark will be a safe space for homeless families and victims of domestic violence, and will enable the YWCA to help adults and children during some of the most desperate times of their lives. Whenever a family loses housing or an individual suffers domestic or sexual violence in Missoula, The Meadowlark will be a place for them to go immediately, rather than getting on a waiting list or applying for help. So it's an incredibly important addition to our community and construction should be complete in Spring of 2021.

Here's what they are looking for in art. Artists should submit between one and three pieces of original art for consideration for installation throughout The Meadowlark. The themes for the facility include family, stability, warmth and home. In reflection of disproportionate effects of poverty, homelessness and violence on BIPOC communities, the YWCA is interested in pieces that are culturally representative. To honor the traditionally tribal land that the Meadowlark is situated on, YWCA Missoula is especially seeking Native American representation. Anything fragile in nature or of inappropriate content for children would not be a good fit. The YWCA will provide $500 compensation for each piece that is accepted by the selection committee.

Pieces selected for the facility should be available to YWCA Missoula by February 28, 2021. However, alternate arrangements can be made with YWCA Missoula for the artist to install the piece through early spring in 2021. In your proposal, please include an estimation of the amount of time installation will take and if you are choosing to install the piece yourself. 

Submit your art and proposal through the Submittable button at the bottom of this page.

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