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Call For Artists

CRIMINALES TODOS is a travelling community art exhibit aiming to inspire an ongoing dialogue and examination of the social, political and cultural issues related to the criminalization of communities of color. From post-Civil War vagrancy laws targeting newly freed African Americans in the South, to police rounding up Japanese Americans and sending them to internment camps during WWII, to SB1070 targeting Latinos in Arizona; the history of police targeting communities of color has deep roots in American history.
CALL FOR ARTISTS

Criminales Todos
A Community Art Exhibit
December 10th -17th, 2010
Opening Reception: Dec. 10, 2010
Launch Pad Gallery: 534 SE Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214
Submissions Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010

The Safe Communities Project and Portland Central America Solidarity Committee are calling all artists to submit pieces to be presented at the upcoming art exhibit CRIMINALES TODOS, starting December 10, 2010.

CRIMINALES TODOS is a travelling community art exhibit aiming to inspire an ongoing dialogue and examination of the social, political and cultural issues related to the criminalization of communities of color. From post-Civil War vagrancy laws targeting newly freed African Americans in the South, to police rounding up Japanese Americans and sending them to internment camps during WWII, to SB1070 targeting Latinos in Arizona; the history of police targeting communities of color has deep roots in American history.

In times of increased police surveillance, tightened border control and the implementation of anti-immigrant and racist laws across the country, we encourage artists to engage in a conversation about the devastating repercussions of policing and the militarization in our local communities.

Artists of all backgrounds are invited. Our aim is to create a space for conversation against the long standing practices of repression, and the impact of unjust and discriminatory practices. The exhibit is a platform from which to explore the marginalization of communities of color, and how to build solidarity and resistance to discrimination and oppression. Please join us.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:
- Effects of local enforcement programs in our local communities.
- Personal and/or collective experiences with detention and deportation systems.
- Racial profiling and institutionalized racism.
- Intersection of criminalization of resident communities of color and newly arrived immigrants.
- Anti-immigrant sentiment.
- Historical and contemporary forms of popular resistance to human rights abuses.


Guidelines:

* ALL MEDIUMS WELCOME. Artwork may include, but is not limited to painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, performance art, interactive art, design, and other site-specific installations.
* $10 submission fee for up to 4 works. (Scholarships available)
* Please include with your submissions: Artists' Full Name, Phone #, Title or Artwork, Dimensions of Artwork, Artists' Biography (1 paragraph), Statement of Intent (1-2 paragraphs).
* Submit images of artwork electronically to Brenda (at) pcasc.net in Jpeg format: no more than 1200 pixels at the longest dimension and no more than 72DPI in resolution.
* Artwork invited to participate in the show must be ready to hang on the gallery walls. Artists are responsible for preparing their work for the exhibit.




Deadline:

* Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.
* Artists invited to participate in the show will be notified and receive instructions regarding installation procedures on Friday, December 3rd, 2010.




If you have any questions contact: Brenda Salas Neves at 503-236-7916.
Visit:  http://criminalestodos.tumblr.com/


ABOUT US:

PORTLAND CENTRAL AMERICA SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE
PCASC is a grassroots organization with the mission to educate and mobilize community members, workers and students around struggles for human rights and social justice throughout the Americas.
Visit: www.pcasc.net

THE SAFE COMMUNITIES PROJECT
The Safe Communities Project is a coalition of immigrant and civil rights organizations working to end local law enforcement collaboration with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Visit: www.safecommunitiesproject.com

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