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Thursday April 8, 2021 | by Andrew Page

CALL FOR ENTRIES: San Francisco museum offers $1,000 prize for best work at intersection of activism and craft

The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco has issued a call for entries for an exhibition entitled "Call & Response: Craft as a Tool for Activism," which will be juried by curator and writer Glenn Adamson; sculptor and designer Ebitenyefa Baralaye; and artist, educator and Public Glass executive director Nate Watson. The top three submissions will be offered prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively.

Citing the national reckoning for social justice spurred by protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, the call for submissions states that "all museums and arts organizations must do better to represent, engage, financially support, and communicate with their BIPOC communities." Betsy Greer's 2011 essay, in which she coined the term "Craftivism,” is noted for articulating the power art has to bring about political change. For its call, the museum seeks work by artists at the intersection of craft and activism.

The deadline to enter is May 31, 2021, and U.S.-based artists 18 and over may apply via the museum's entry form on Slideroom (a $5 entry fee applies). The top 50 selected works will be presented in a virtual exhibition that will open on July 30, 2021 and continue through September 30, 2021. BiPOC artists are encouraged to apply. All artists will have the opportunity to sell work through the MCD Artist Marketplace.

For more information on the program, and how to apply, see the official call for entries.

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