Expressions of Interest : initial deadline is passed

We will consider late comers if you have a compelling reason to be considered. please write to us:

Call for Artists, Collaborations, Community Activists

The Cultural Heritage Artists Project, and the Jewish Art Salon invite artists working in all media to apply for participation in creating an exhibition based on the Migration stories as witnessed by the Synagogues left behind, transformed, and rebuilt. Like many metropolitan areas in the US, Detroit has been a city of migration, and thus the point of inspiration is Detroit. Artists, however, may choose parallel stories in other cities.

The exhibition will be be held during CAJM (Conference of American Jewish Museums) in early March in the Metro Detroit area. We expect that the exhibition will receive National attention.

The exhibition is planned as a community art project, as a new genre of hybrid between collaborative engagement and individual works. Combining history and personal interpretation, the project will include scholarly essays, and participating artists are expected to engage in some form of research as part of their creative process.

The migration story you choose may be about any city. The story of Detroit is the inspiration for this exhibition, but we as hands-on research is required for this project, we are open to parallel stories from anywhere that touch on the theme of buildings that are or once were Synagogues, as Silent Witnesses to Community Migrations.

Through the responses to the Expressions of Interest we will form the working group of artists who will shape this project. Acceptance into this working group does not constitute acceptance of your proposal, which you will submit after you have had time to research. Collaborations are encouraged

Questionnaire for Expressions of Interest: Click Here
(very short easy form)

Why Expressions of Interest Now?

Our project is artist organized, requiring research, participation in a virtual artists' group, and the production of new work. By expressing interest now, you may become part of the project with access to scanned materials and other research that may not be available to the public, and a chance to see other participants work in progress.

Artists will become part of the working group based on this short form short form. Once accepted to be part of the group, you will have access to: You will then have several weeks to develop a full proposal (see below) which will be reviewed by a peer group of participating artists to insure that you are working within the scope of this artist organized group project

Full Proposals : Reviewed Monthly / Rolling Admissions

First Review of Full Proposals in July (details TBA)

Research and Creative thought are essential to this project, therefore full proposals are due for review after you have had time to think about and envision your project. You will be asked to submit sketches or a detailed description of your proposed work

All artists who have been provisionally accepted into the group via "Expressions of Interest" will have access to a private group networking site, where artists may upload working proposals for feedback and ask questions

Full Proposals will be reviewed by the Artistic Committee to be sure that they conform to the theme of Silent Witnesses: Migration Stories through Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt, or Left Behind, and include evidence of artistic research and thoughtful engagement with the theme

The proposal phase of this exhibition is an important step in developing a coherent group project, in which artists create new work that stirs their imaginations and is in their own visual vocabularies, while at the same time fitting within the boundaries of this themed, artist organized, group project

Proposals which do not adhere to the Guidelines cannot be included in the exhibition and project

Review of (near) Completed Work : December 1

Final Work will be reviewed for by the Artistic Committee in time to produce a quality catalogue and press materials

Works will be reviewed to assure that they conform to the original proposal, and to the project Guidelines

Catalogue and press photographs, as well as artist's texts, are due at this time.